Way back in 2015 before Saturday Night Live hit paydirt with Alex Baldwin's Trump impersonation, they had some hilarious takes on the numerous Republican debates. My personal favorite was the fake Abilify commercial where low-polling candidates were shown taking the dementia drug and suddenly realizing they had no shot at being president: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GIYEGDJoluc
Someone needs to remake this for the GA GOP. It was bad enough that we had to endure the most expensive (over-hyped, ludicrous) Congressional race in American history where 15 infighting Republicans almost allowed Jon Ossoff to win the jungle primary. But last week our latest season of "So you want to run for political office?" caused the Republicans to lose a reliable state senate seat.
As with everything else that's gone wrong in this country since 2015, it's all Trump's fault. His appointment of Sonny Perdue and Tom Price to his cabinet caused a shakeup all through the GA GOP. Suddenly, there were open seats. And people resigning from their current jobs to run for a higher office. And more people resigning from more offices to run for THOSE seats. At the current rate, special elections will be held monthly until approximately 2032. It's costly, it's time consuming, and it's creating more division in a party already on the brink of civil war.
In last week's 6th district senate race, all of the Republican candidates added together won more than 50% of the vote. But they split that 5 ways. The Democrats split their half of the votes between only 3 candidates. Therefore, 2 Democrats are headed for a runoff. Naturally, there have been calls for legislative action to keep this from ever happening again. Some Republicans simply want to redraw the districts to make them more likely for the GOP to win. State Senator Josh McKoon has proposed an end to these so-called "jungle primaries." But the only reason anyone is complaining about them NOW is because the GOP is losing due to a simple case of too many hats, too little ring. Personally, I'm a big fan of Buzz Brockway's ranked voting proposal (where voters vote once for a 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 17th choice, thereby eliminating the need for runoffs.)
The 2016 presidential election exposed the Republican party's complete inability to narrow the field and keep fringe candidates out of the race. Our state party has even less power over its own candidates. A legislative change is inevitable unless people can put their egos aside for the good of the party and the state. That doesn't seem likely. So, we're just going to have to endure another slugfest between 5 different Gubernatorial candidates next year.
Unless someone writes out an Abilify prescription for Michael Williams and Clay Tippins.