"If Ryan cannot show either closure or immanent closure on health care reform, tax reform, with no government shut down, the Republicans are not only going to be toast in Georgia's Sixth, but also across the board in 2018."
What have we seen this month? The return of Pajama Boy. Live and in color and dwelling down in Georgia. The 6th District of Georgia has been a fairly red district until the last election. That is Tom Price's district, which he won by a comfortable re-election margin. However, the President did not. Donald Trump just squeaked by in Georgia. And this is a state which was carried by large Republican margins in 2008 and 2012.
This week was a primary run-off to fill Tom Price's seat. There were a whole slew of candidates vying for this honor. Then out of the blue comes the 2017 version of Pajama Boy. And, this young and inexperienced upstart, came within a whisker of garnering over 50% of the vote. If he had, it would have been "game over". This 30 year old progressive would have been the latest "Mr. Smith goes to Washington."
So what do we know about our new Pajama Boy? First off, his name. His name is Jon Ossoff - last name rhymes with buzz off. He is the son of a Russian Jewish father and Australian mother. His age is 30, and his work experience is about nil, which means he does not know squat.
He does however, have good Democratic values. He is shacking up with his girlfriend who is going to medical school. Plus, where he is staying with his gal pal right now is not even in the district he wants to represent. But - he says he loves the 6th District, and soon he will move back there. Right...
Reading up on his background, he fits into the good life in Georgia like a round peg in a square hole. He is much more like someone from the northeast. Then how in the world could someone as liberal and progressive as this kid, possibly be a threat to the seat once held by Newt Gingrich? Could he even win it in the special election on June 20th?
Simple answer - yes. And guess who will be able to help him win it? George Soros who has been pouring cash into that district? The DNC? No and no again. If he wins, it will be because of Paul Ryan. What? Yes. By June 20th, the new Republican Congress will have had about six months of governing experience. The Republicans will have had governing experience running the House, the Senate and the White House.
If Ryan cannot show either closure or immanent closure on health care reform, tax reform, and no government shut down due to the debt ceiling fiasco, the Republicans are not only going to be toast in Georgia's Sixth, but also across the board in 2018.
The bottom line is this. Game time started on January 3, 2017 of this year. There are no mulligans, no do-overs. If the Republicans cannot show they know how to govern, they will soon be back as the minority opposition party. The new Pajama Boy out of Georgia will only be the first of many Pajama Boys and Pajama Girls which will rise across the nation.
Paul Ryan needs to demonstrate to the nation he is not just all show and no go. The clock is ticking, and people are watching. It is go time Mr. Speaker. Make it count.