Perhaps no Republican saw their reputation among the rank and file dim more in 2020 than Georgia’s Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. While most of that is related to opinions surrounding what he should or shouldn’t have done in regards to the cluster that was Fulton County’s election counting and results, it’s wasn’t just that. Rather, it was the fact that Raffensperger seemed to go out of his way to stick his eye in the thumb of Republicans who had concerns.
Further, Raffensperger decided to play Democrat MVP before January’s Georgia Senate runoff election by leaking audio of a call with Trump discussing the 2020 election. Even if one believes Trump was in the wrong on that call, why exactly would any Republican do something to help catapult the likes of Rafael Warnock and Jon Ossoff into office? To make matters worse, some months later, it was revealed that Raffensperger’s closest advisor was behind a series of fake Trump quotes that were again used to bludgeon Republicans in general. As I surmised at the time, the only way that advisor could have gotten the details they had was through Raffensperger.
With all that said, Raffensperger, who was lauded on networks like MSNBC and CNN for his handling of the 2020 election, is getting a sharp reminder that he is still a Republican. That means he’s not getting any return on all the goodwill he tried to sow with Democrats. In fact, he’s not a villain in their eyes in regards to Georgia’s recent election reform law.
To express that, Raffensperger ran to National Review to write an op-ed defending himself.
“Her entire national profile is based on this Big Lie. But media outlets who have condemned Trump’s own Big Lie seem to have a soft spot for the failed gubernatorial candidate’s conspiracy theories.”
Brad Raffensperger will get mail for this comparison. https://t.co/HXUujaSg9S
— Varad Mehta (@varadmehta) July 3, 2021
There’s something especially pathetic about this because it relies on an assumption that Democrats would otherwise act in good faith. That assumption is ludicrous, and anyone not in a coma
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