12/03/2022

June 12, 2022: Now That Primaries Are Over, What Will “RITOO” Republicans Do?

Okay, RITOOs (Republicans in Trump’s Orbit Only), what’s next? Planning on sitting out November’s general election in a funk so that Democrats can elect Stacey Abrams governor and give Georgia four or perhaps eight years of left-leaning policies? If so, you will deserve every bill passed, every act ratified, every liberal gubernatorial appointment made to every department, board and agency in our state. And trust me, that is a lot.

Please feel free to yell RINO (Republican in Name Only) at any point in this treatise. In the meantime, let me share a few observations with you.

First, all of Donald Trump’s candidates, save two, were waxed and left for roadkill in the May 24 Georgia Republican primary. Trump’s two main targets, incumbent Gov. Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger easily won without a runoff. Kemp beat former Sen. David Perdue by more than 50 points (!) while Raffensperger defeated Cong. Jody Hice with a nearly 20-point lead.

Down ticket, Trump-endorsed candidates for insurance commissioner and attorney general were soundly defeated. His two wins were State Sen. Burt Jones, who beat Gainesville Sen. Butch Miller to get the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor and Herschel Walker, who easily won the Republican nomination for the United States Senate.

Admittedly, the Republican winners were bolstered by 37,000-plus Democrats who voted in the open primary. That may have helped Raffensperger avoid a runoff but Brian Kemp kicked tail without them.

So, what happened? Several things. Let’s start with the 2020 presidential election. News flash: It  is over. Done. Finished. Most people are tired of hearing about it. It is time to move on.