Republicans in Georgia aren’t waiting until next year to prepare for the woman they expect to challenge Gov. Brian Kemp. On Monday, they announced the formation of a new group – “Stop Stacey” – that will be geared towards preventing Stacey Abrams from mounting a successful gubernatorial campaign.
“After losing the White House and United States Senate in 2020, grassroots Republicans across Georgia and America are standing together to stop radical Stacey Abrams,” said senior strategist Jeremy Brand. “Thanks to her socialist backers and billionaires like George Soros, Stacey Abrams has raised over $100 million to orchestrate a total takeover in the 2022 election. We will do whatever it takes to expose Stacey Abrams’ radical network, highlight her dangerous agenda, and ultimately defeat her.”
Abrams has no doubt become a powerful figure in Georgia Democratic politics, and she has been given (and gladly taken) plenty of credit for turning the state blue last year. But while we think Republicans are wise to take the Abrams threat seriously, it should be noted that her accomplishments are way overblown. Her achievements, broken down, boil down to losing the 2018 gubernatorial race (though she still refuses to concede) and registering a bunch of people to vote. Now, that latter accomplishment would be something if it really turned the tide of the 2020 elections.
But that’s a big IF.
Certainly, no one in the mainstream media is bothering with the data; after the state went for Biden, they leapt at the chance to deify Abrams.
“If Joe Biden becomes the first Democratic presidential candidate to win Georgia since 1992, he’ll have Stacey Abrams to thank,” tweeted the New York Times the day after the election.
“Joe Biden needs to thank Stacey Abrams for helping to put Georgia within his reach,” wrote Bloomberg.
“Experts say Black voter turnout in Georgia during the 2020 election likely broke records,” reported the Huffington Post.
It wasn’t long, however, before we got a look at the actual data in Georgia. It showed that the black share of the state’s electorate actually fell to its lowest level since 2006, meaning Abrams get-registered efforts had absolutely no effect whatsoever on Biden’s win (and probably not the subsequent runoffs). She is the very definition of a naked emperor, and her only meaningful credentials are those supplied to her by a neverending avalanche of adoring press.
Like we said, Republicans would not be wise to underestimate the power of that press. But Georgia voters also need to realize that Abrams is more myth than reality.