I firmly believe that Stacey Yvonne Abrams can win the Governorship of Georgia in the November 2018 election. I don’t mean she can win in some philosophically, theoretical way I mean that I she has a great chance to win. I believe she can win if she remains true to herself and to her beliefs and not become some characterization of what she thinks people want her to be.
In my mind there are some familiar parallels between Ms Abrams and former President Obama. They are both charismatic, articulate highly educated African Americans in the political field with a chance to attain an office previously not held by blacks. Also like the former President, Ms Abrams takes a more practical approach to politics rather than an ideological one. She understands compromise and is willing to do so to achieve the greater good.
Many people don’t believe Ms Abrams can win just like they didn’t believe Mr Obama would win back in 2008. Many didn’t feel the nation was “ready” for a black President and many people now think that Georgia is too red of a state to elect a black woman to its highest office. She will win because she won’t fall into the trap that Secretary Clinton fell in during the 2016 presidential election. President Trump by many accounts was an extremely flawed candidate. There was almost a sense on inevitability of a Clinton presidency during that campaign. Because of this sense of entitlement I think Mrs Clinton made several tactical errors. Chief among these errors were not putting resources into the so called firewall states of Michigan, Wisconsin, Virginia, Colorado, Pennsylvania and New Hampshire. In two of those states she didn’t even bother to run any ads. It was a classic case of overconfidence. Clinton came across as stilted and unrelatable . President Trump for all of his real and perceived faults came across as the genuine article. Yes he is a liar and foolish but you get the sense that what you see is what you get. He is not putting on an act. People respond well to that.
Stacey Abrams just like Barack Obama are under no illusions of inevitability. She knows just like Obama knew that you have to put the work in on the ground. Knock on doors, register people and most importantly be honest about what you believe and how you feel. When John Ossoff ran against Karen Handel he came across as a light republican. He was trying to speak the language of conservatives. He shied away from liberal ideals because he wanted to appeal to certain demographics. I believe the electorate responds well to candidates that are true to their beliefs and don’t try to be something they are not. Barack Obama went and met people that weren’t his typical audience and defended his positions honestly. He didn’t just tell people what they wanted to hear he told them the truth. The nation rewarded him by electing him twice by wide margins. This is the blueprint that Stacey Abrams will follow and I think that if she stays on course with fidelity she will be elected Governor of Georgia.
I think that people are tribal and see the world in a way that reinforces what they already believe. That means that hardcore Trump Supporters and bleeding heart liberals like myself are unlikely to change. However I also believe that a large number of people in Georgia and the nation are hungry for competent, intelligent leadership and Stacey Abrams possesses those qualities. There is a blue wave spreading across America and if we do our part by voting that wave can begin right here at home in Georgia. Please vote for Stacey Abrams to be the next Governor of Georgia.