Ungracious Loser: Stacey Abrams “Concedes” Georgia Governor’s Race

Ungracious Loser: Stacey Abrams “Concedes” Georgia Governor’s Race

Ungracious Loser: Stacey Abrams “Concedes” Georgia Governor’s Race

Stacey Abrams conceded the Georgia governor’s race to Brian Kemp in most ungracious terms. Ten days after the election Abrams finally ended her bid to become governor. Abrams specifically said she is not conceding as apparently that would indicate she respected the result. She simply said she recognized that the law did not allow any further avenues of attack.

Kudos to her for stating reality. Move on. But razzes to her for making such a #Resistance-laden concession speech.

“So let’s be clear — this is not a speech of concession, because concession means to acknowledge an action is right, true or proper,” she said. “As a woman of conscience and faith, I cannot concede that. But, my assessment is the law currently allows no further viable remedy. Now, I can certainly bring a new case to keep this one contest alive, but I don’t want to hold public office if I need to scheme my way into the post. Because the title of governor isn’t nearly as important as our shared title — voters. And that is why we fight on.”
Abrams had previously described Kemp as an “architect of voter suppression” and in her remarks said he had purposefully made the process a “gut-wrenching hardship” for many in Georgia.
“Under the watch of the now former secretary of state, democracy failed Georgia,” Abrams said of Kemp, who served as the state’s chief elections officer for nearly a decade before resigning after overseeing his own contest.
“Make no mistake, the former secretary of state was deliberate and intentional in his actions,” Abrams said. “I know that eight years of systemic disenfranchisement, disinvestment and incompetence had its desired affect on the electoral process in Georgia.”
Perhaps Abram’s most impassioned line of the speech is this: “Democracy failed.”
“Under the watch of the now former secretary of state, democracy failed Georgia,” Abrams said of Kemp, who served as the state’s chief elections officer for nearly a decade before resigning after overseeing his own contest.
Abrams alleges voter suppression as the cause of her demise. Her campaign manager notes:
Lauren Wroh-Gargo, campaign manager for Abrams, said thousands of Georgians reported a difficult time voting. “Voter suppression looks a lot of different ways,” Wroh-Gargo said at a press conference in Atlanta. “It looks like database errors. It looks like negligence of duty.”
Well if that’s true, then what can we say about Broward and Palm Beach County? Come on Democrats you can’t have it both ways. If incompetence looks like voter suppression, then bring on the law suits. Oh wait, that’s her plan!
Abrams made no such retreat from her criticisms of Kemp, saying she refused “to say nice things and accept my fate.” Instead, she announced plans to file a federal lawsuit to challenge the way Georgia’s elections are run. She accused Kemp of using the secretary of state’s office to aggressively purge the rolls of inactive voters, enforce an “exact match” policy for checking voters’ identities that left thousands of registrations in limbo and other measures to tile the outcome in his favor.

Granted, when you win with a 50,000 vote lead it is a lot easier to be gracious.

Kemp tried to move past the contentious campaign even if his opponent wasn’t willing.

“The election is over and hardworking Georgians are ready to move forward,” he said. “We can no longer dwell on the divisive politics of the past but must focus on Georgia’s bright and promising future.”

And out of character some would say, here’s Trump:

We should always agree that if there is a legitimate problem with an election, then we should get to the bottom of it. Maybe that requires a lawsuit. But just being upset about the result of an election does not require a lawsuit.

It would be much better for the public if, after an election, the race actually ended. It would be nice if politicians could leave the public alone for a while, and just get to work doing what they said they would do. Limiting money poured into campaigns is not necessarily a cure-all (and it helps jobs and economy, and is protected speech) but “term limits” for campaign season would be a welcome respite from the relentless assault from politicians. In fact, if campaign season lasted only about 30 days, that would probably get massive bipartisan support!

At any rate, the tone struck by Abrams does real damage to our country. She conveyed her words of #Resistance in a measured sounding way, but her actions uncover her true motives. Continued resistance instead of trying to find compromise is not a recipe for healing. For someone this vindictive and selfish it’s best that she lost.

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6 Comments
  • Michelle says:

    Hillary, is that you in blackface?

  • scott says:

    “At any rate, the tone struck by Abrams does real damage to our country. She conveyed her words of #Resistance in a measured sounding way, but her actions uncover her true motives. Continued resistance instead of trying to find compromise is not a recipe for healing.”

    She’s just following in the footsteps of her messiah Barack Hussein Obama…..

  • deimos says:

    Now she can go back to her old job of swatting at biplanes from the top of the Empire State Building.

    • Jim Crawford says:

      If she doesn’t get stuck in the drive-through at McDonald’s. She looks like she’s had a few Big Macs in her time.

  • GWB says:

    the law did not allow any further avenues of attack
    Yes, because it’s not about a republic, where the people rule (within limits), but about taking power. Abrams isn’t interested in trying to convince the people that she would best govern in the republic of Georgia*, but in taking hold of the reins of power because they need to be ruled. Because she is on the side of the angels, and the arc of history, and such.

    (* Yes, all our states are also supposed to be republics, according to Clause 1, Section 4, Article 4 of the US Constitution.)

  • Then maybe two more times a person decide to drive towards store
    uncover one. We require to focus on all areas, we can’t ignore
    each of these . The original book was published in the mid 1940s.

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