Lee Zeldin has a lesson for Georgia Republicans. The Long Island congressman might not have defeated Gov. Kathy Hochul, however he brought out the red in a deep-blue state. In New York that made the distinction in quite a few congressional and state legislative races.
In Republican-leaning Georgia, the Zeldin strategy is what can elect Herschel Walker to the US Senate.
Walker and his staff know what the lesson is, however the apparent wants repeating. All liberal-leaning media inform Republicans day and night time, from the Empire State to the Peach State, that elections are actually about Donald Trump and abortion. It’s a psych-out.
If Republicans take heed to the liberal refrain, they’ll consider that voters have already determined in opposition to them — that they only can’t win on this setting.
And if Republicans purchase the premise however not the conclusion, they threat sending a combined message as they attempt to enchantment to a pro-Trump and anti-abortion base whereas additionally reaching for unbiased voters, particularly single girls, who’re anti-Trump and wish abortion to be authorized.
Zeldin averted the entice. And Walker shouldn’t fall for it when Democrats carry up his troubled private historical past to get him to speak extra about abortion. The concern that maximized turnout for Republicans in New York was crime. That’s what is going to draw out the GOP vote in Georgia, too.
Republicans and red-leaning independents who could also be divided about Trump or abortion have absolute readability on crime. City voters and suburban girls who may in any other case write off the Republican Party listen when it talks concerning the mayhem in our streets — and the way Democrats foster extra of it.
Walker’s election is essential as a result of Republican numbers within the Senate will decide whether or not President Joe Biden can pack the federal judiciary. If Walker wins Georgia’s Dec. 6 runoff, the Senate stays 50-50. Democrats would simply barely retain management, due to Vice President Kamala Harris’ tie-breaking vote.
But their ambitions could be checked by the necessity to work with Republicans on preserving the chamber working with no common majority. Biden’s judicial nominees would stay beneath shut scrutiny, and the president may have little likelihood to nominate judges who’re harder on cops and crime victims than they’re on perpetrators of violence.
With a 51-seat Senate majority, alternatively, Democrats could be unchecked, and Biden would have extra energy to reshape the federal bench than he’s had these first two years in workplace. The Democratic Party’s radical left nonetheless wouldn’t get every part on its want record — however it could get greater than it may possibly now, and the implications for the justice system could be dreadful.
Georgia continues to be a crimson state, as Gov. Brian Kemp’s 53-46 re-election victory over Stacey Abrams on this month’s midterms proved. The voters who backed Kemp over a champion of the Democratic Party’s progressive wing have each motive to assist Walker within the Senate runoff.
The nationwide media want to make the runoff about Trump’s endorsement of Walker and Walker’s personal life. But what’s truly at stake is a test on progressive plans for the criminal-justice system. If Georgia voters give Biden a Senate majority by re-electing Sen. Raphael Warnock, they’ll wind up with insurance policies extra like Abrams’ than Kemp’s. And so will the remainder of us.
Even a blue state like New York was moved by Lee Zeldin’s tough-on-crime and tough-on-enablers-of-crime message. He was combating a steep uphill battle in opposition to Hochul, but he gained floor and compelled her to sweat for her victory. Imagine what that spirit and message can do in a Republican state like Georgia. It can defeat Raphael Warnock and cease the Senate from changing into an adjunct to felony injustice.
Herschel Walker is not going to have a simple time. The 2022 midterms have been favorable to incumbents of all stripes, and Warnock is relying on Republican divisions and distractions to maintain the GOP from uniting behind his challenger. Walker is famend for his soccer profession however has struggled to translate fame into political charisma. Yet for all that, victory will probably be his if his marketing campaign has the readability and resolve of Lee Zeldin’s effort in a way more liberal setting.
Even blue states, blue cities, and blue demographics have crimson votes to prove when Republicans put crime on the poll. In New York that wins seats within the state Assembly and Senate — and Congress. In Georgia, it’s the best way to win a US Senate runoff.
Daniel McCarthy is the editor of Modern Age: A Conservative Review.