I saw a Tweet this morning that tickled my funny bone. Chris Cillizza, CNN’s Politics Reporter and Editor-at-Large captured a video of an interview featuring CNN’s New Day host Chris Cuomo and Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District candidate Jon Ossoff (D) and posted it to Twitter.
Ossoff is embroiled in a battle to wrest away the seat vacated by Rep. Tom Price, a Republican, who was tapped to become President Trump’s Health and Human Services Secretary.
The “jungle primary” includes 11 Republicans and 4 Democrats. If no candidate tops 50%, the top two finishers will advance to a June 20th runoff.
Ossoff is the liberal darling that Democrats are pinning their hopes on to “make Trump furious”. He has raised an unfathomable $8.3 million for his race with 95% of his funding coming from outside the state of Georgia, but guess what…he can’t even vote for himself because he lives outside the district for which he is running.
When I saw the video it reminded me of The Karate Kid, the 1984 flick which made the quote “Wax On, Wax Off” wildly popular back in the day. In it you will see two campaign signs affixed to railing over Ossoff’s shoulders. A gust of wind catches one of them. The chyron CNN plastered across the screen reads: Political Barometer?
It’s on a loop. First the sign is up; then it’s down. Up. Down. Wax off. Wax on. Ossoff. Osson.
Democrats hope this isn't a sign -- ahem -- of things to come today pic.twitter.com/Sq0RGD74kf— Chris Cillizza (@CillizzaCNN) April 18, 2017
A wave of outside groups have descended to target the guy who played with light sabres in his dorm room. His polling has vacillated between 39 and 45%. He currently stands at 42.8% according to Real Clear Politics. No public polling has put him above 47%.
If a well-funded Democrat like Ossoff can’t break 40 percent in an open race against a fractured Republican field, it would be a signal that Trump’s job approval won’t be transferred to Congress easily in the 2018 midterms and that would shatter the dreams of Hollywood and the swamp dwellers of the Beltway.
Polls close at 7:00 PM ET. CNN will breathlessly present a map of Georgia with demographics and exit polls and drone endlessly on about how this election is a referendum on Trump. Can’t wait to see Wolf Blitzer hang his furry head in despair.