The baffling Georgia boycott effort

1 December 2020

8:16 AM

1 December 2020

8:16 AM

Right-wingers on social media are calling for Trump supporters to refuse to vote for Republican candidates Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue in the Georgia Senate race. Instead, tweets with the tag #boycottGArunoff are encouraging voters angry at alleged fraud in the presidential race to write in President Trump for both seats.

The instruction is a bit confusing since Georgia law does not even accept write-in candidates for a runoff election. A protest vote in this case might make someone feel better, but it won’t be counted and we’ll have no idea how many people actually opted to ‘boycott’ the election.

There is a reason Newsmax’s Joe Pinion dubbed the Georgia boycott his ‘whiff of the week’ on his show Saturday. As I said on air, handing the Senate to the Democrats is throwing the baby out with the bath water. It is true that some Senate Republicans and the Georgia GOP did not have the President’s back. If the stakes were not so high, it would be perfectly reasonable to want to hold those people accountable. However, conservatives cannot afford to allow Joe Biden to implement his agenda without any restrictions whatsoever and it is not right to punish Perdue and Loeffler — who voted 94.9 percent and 100 percent in line with Trump, respectively, according to FiveThirtyEight — for organizational failure.

Biden has already said he wants to send an amnesty deal for 11-22 million illegal immigrants to the Senate within the first 100 days of his presidency. This alone should make the idea of losing the Senate unacceptable to conservatives. The concept of law and order would be decimated, the already struggling American economy would buckle under this influx of new citizens, and Republicans would be hard pressed to ever win another election.

The Senate is also in control of judicial nominations, the importance of which cannot be overstated. Remember how frustrating it was when a few liberal judges in Hawaii, DC and New York were able to issue injunctions on many of Trump’s executive orders? That will only get worse if Biden is able to push through his pick (or Kamala’s) of judges. Now imagine if Biden was able to fill a conservative Supreme Court vacancy with a left-wing activist judge. We certainly wouldn’t see New York’s COVID-19 restrictions targeting churches being struck down like they were last week thanks to the 5-4 conservative majority. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was never a Trump loyalist, but those close to him know that he is passionate about securing his legacy as the Republican who turned and kept the courts conservative. It is one of the few things he can be trusted to do properly.

Trump supporters will have plenty of opportunities to make their outrage over this election known. Right now though it is imperative to prevent the leftward lurch of the country under Biden by holding the Senate.

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