On Tuesday, affable but out of touch Jon Ossoff was defeated by Karen Handel in Georgia’s 6th congressional district special election by a final tally of 51.9% to 48.1%. Ossoff didn’t live in the district, but sources indicated that he might consider moving there if he had gotten the job.
Who are we kidding? He would’ve never left D.C.
Ossoff was certainly precocious. The thirty-year-old millionaire leaned heavily on outside money—the election was, after all, the most expensive in congressional history—while trading on his elite degrees from Georgetown and London School of Economics, and his tutelage under Clinton-era globalist Madeline Albright, as substitutes for actual experience. Despite his credulous, president-of-high-school-Model-UN look, he was the candidate of big outside money:
“Either Democrat Jon Ossoff wasn’t paying attention or he’s really bad at math though. Before the special election polls closed, the 30-year-old aspiring boy wonder went on NPR to complain about money in politics.
‘The role of money in politics is a major problem and particularly the role of unchecked anonymous money,’ Ossoff said. ‘There have been super PACs in Washington who have been putting up tens of millions of dollars of attack ads in air for months now.’”
But perhaps what might have been most jarring about Ossoff was his deafness to the progressive positions of his generation of democratic voters—namely, his inability to put articulate plans for solving heathcare and student loans front and center in the campaign. Despite his fancy schooling, has Ossoff learned nothing about the direction of the contemporary Democratic party?
More likely, he was just too privileged to understand the forgotten working class of American voters that Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump spoke to in 2016—and found it impossible to relate to their struggles. After all, most of them don’t have as many yachts as the Ossoff family.