“Stacey Abrams…will not hold statewide office in Georgia until her state is purged of the remaining racism…,” Joan Walsh wrote while defending Stacey Abrams’ concession speech after losing the election for Gov. of Georgia. Walsh cites numerous reasons the cards were stacked against Abrams: her opponent was both making and bending the rules governing elections, over 200 polling places were closed in areas where her base resides and 700 voting machines were mysteriously unused.
- Was the Georgia governor’s race fair?
- Did Secretary of State Brian Kemp suppress votes through his actions?
- Should Abrams’ concession speech have been more like Martha McSally’s?
Stacey Abrams vows in a speech on 16 November 2018 to continue fighting for voting rights. (Alyssa Pointer/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)
I don’t think National Review’s Rich Lowry is a stupid person, but he asked a deeply stupid question Friday night, after Stacey Abrams ended her campaign to become Georgia’s first black and first female governor with a fiery non-concession speech, which nonetheless acknowledged that Secretary of State Brian Kemp will be the next governor. Lowry posed on Twitter:
Stacey Abrams failed to test Martha McSally. Will any of the same commentators who praised McSally’s grace overwhelmed Abrams for failing?
The struggle for Georgia Governor https://t.co/3WlMsAQpsG
McSally, for the record, is the Arizona Republican who made a nice video Tuesday night conceding her Senate bid to Democrat Kyrsten Sinema, featuring her adorable golden retriever. She gets extra points for a cute dog. But it was refreshing to see a Republican not whine about the normal, fair process of counting votes, the way Trump and Kemp and so many of their GOP allies have been doing, and simply concede when she had lost. Points to McSally, for sure.