In Georgia Congressional Debate, Karen Handel Wants Poor People To Eat This Cake
The flag lapel pin might not make up for the gaffe.
As Michael Dukakis proved with his wooden answer to Bernard Shaw's very notorious first question in the 1988 presidential debate, sometimes having the right talking points for your party is a really crappy way to connect with voters. Shaw asked if Dukakis would want the death penalty for some hypothetical criminal who raped and murdered Kitty Dukakis, and without the least bit of hesitation, Dukakis launched into a list of reasons why he opposed capital punishment. Sure it was an unfair, emotionally loaded question, but Dukakis should have at least acknowledged the emotional weight of the desire for revenge before explaining why the death penalty is terrible. It's TV debating 101.
Karen Handel, the Republican running against Jon Ossoff in this month's special election for Georgia's 6th congressional district, apparently never learned it's not always good strategy to go with a bald declaration of your party's position on some issues. Luckily for Ossoff, the Republican position on the minimum wage is terrible, and with two weeks to go before the run-off election, Handel sounded terrible pushing the standard Republican line:
This is an example of the fundamental difference between a liberal and a conservative: I do not support a livable wage. What I support is making sure that we have an economy that is robust with low taxes and less regulation, so that those small businesses that would be dramatically hurt if you imposed higher minimum wages on them are able to do what they do best: grow jobs and create good paying jobs for the people of the 6th District.
If they would rather die, they had better do it, and decrease the surplus population.
Ossoff's campaign was quick to capitalize on Handel's infelicitous phrasing of the glories of the free market:
Hooray, Obamacare is still alive! Say, who's that in the hockey mask with the weird hair?
We already knew ACA repeal would suck. Now we know how much it would suck WITH NUMBERS. It sucks a LOT.
Ossoff countered that Handel and Republicans want to "impose their values" on other Americans through the part of the AHCA that guts federal aid to Planned Parenthood, just like Handel did when she ran the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Seemed weird, Ossoff said, that the head of an organization dedicated to fighting breast cancer would try to cut off funding for Planned Parenthood to do breast cancer screenings.
Kill it! Kill it with fire!
Devotion to terrible ideas is a preexisting condition for most House Republicans.
Oh, also, Handel invoked the name of the Devil Incarnate repeatedly, linking Ossoff to Nancy Pelosi ten times during the debate and saying to Ossoff, "Your values are more than 3,000 miles away in San Francisco," a line from one of her ads. So there! Not sure what Handel has against bridges and cable cars.
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