The Ramifications of the Georgia Senate Runoff

January 5, 2021 Updated: January 6, 2021

Commentary

If the Republicans win the Georgia senate runoff, it will be yet another sign, as if we needed one, that the Nov. 3 presidential election was corrupt or, to be more polite, “had issues.”

That’s a big if, of course. To the extent we take them seriously (not much), the polls are showing a toss-up.

Nevertheless, if both David Purdue and Kelly Loeffler achieve victory, it will replicate, symbolically, something we saw frequently on Nov. 3 when “down ballot” candidates out ran a very popular president, resulting in surprisingly large Republican gains in the House of Representatives and state houses.

Curious, no?

In today’s election, no opportunity will be on offer for people to vote for Joe Biden alone and leave everything else blank, as apparently happened in an astonishing, probably unprecedented, number of occasions during the presidential election, awakening suspicions of ballot stuffing.

On the other hand, it is feared that Republican disgust with the presidential election will deter turnout.

So the world will be watching today’s runoff for a number of reasons, the most obvious and talked about being the control of the U.S. Senate.

Will the citizens of Georgia reelect the incumbents or will they opt for a near clone of Jeremiah Wright under accusation of spousal abuse and a jejune fellow who seems like a particularly tedious adjunct sociology professor at a community college?

If that seems extreme, although it’s not, I would remind you this is an opinion column.

Meanwhile, I’m pretty confident that many GOP senators—those who followed the lead of Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) in refusing immediately to certify the electors and those who did not—will be watching closely for other, admittedly political, reasons.

Which side should they be on?

Victories for Loeffler and Purdue will encourage those who didn’t follow Hawley to suddenly join the other dozen or so Republican senators who had the spine to declare themselves before the runoff.

President Trump was rather pointed during his rally last night in calling out Sens. Mike Lee and Lindsey Graham who, to my surprise, were in attendance, given their positions. Politics is a strange game.

No matter how this plays out, however, we are in a hall of Catch-22s. The Cruz-Hawley Group, if we can call them that (it’s perhaps unfair to Blackburn and several others who have also been working on this) have asked for ten days to study whether there has been fraud in the presidential election.

While that’s an understandable number since the inaugural is slated (as of now) for Jan. 20, it is nowhere near enough time to make a determination.

Investigating the Dominion machines and software alone—when, in all likelihood, not a single member of the U.S. Congress has anything close to the technical expertise necessary for such an investigation—undoubtedly cannot be accomplished in that time frame.

We are indeed in one of the strangest moments in our history. While China, as stated in an interview with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo here at The Epoch Times, is already “inside our gates,” we are at each other’s throats or, incredibly, almost beyond comprehension, seriously debating in our Congress whether we are allowed to call our mother and father “mother” and “father.”

What must Chinese leader Xi Jinping be thinking? Or the space aliens now rumored to have been circling our globe for some time? They must be shaking their heads, if they have them.

So it would seem all hope resides with the voters of Georgia. (I’m not sure that’s entirely true but it’s close enough for now.)

In short order, I will be hopping in my car and heading down to Atlanta to attend the victory or wake, as the case may be, at the Grand Hyatt in Buckhead.

More soon.

Roger L. Simon is an award-winning novelist, Oscar-nominated screenwriter, co-founder of PJMedia, and now, editor-at-large for The Epoch Times. His most recent books are “The GOAT” (fiction) and “I Know Best: How Moral Narcissism Is Destroying Our Republic, If It Hasn’t Already” (nonfiction). Find him on Parler @rogerlsimon.

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