You know what phrase I read over and over before yesterday’s special election in Georgia?
“Republicans were caught flat-footed.”
They were genuinely not prepared for the full-scale assault Democrats launched to get Jon Ossoff over the finish line.
And you know why Republicans were “caught flat-footed?”
Because they don’t know their own enemy.
You have to know how your opponent thinks in order to defeat him.
But even after all these years, Republicans don’t get that.
As Rush Limbaugh loves to say, “I know Liberals like every square inch of my glorious naked body.”
So do I, Rush. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for the Republican Party.
Let’s face it. To defeat the Democrats, you have to be like a profiler from “Criminal Minds.” You have to get inside their heads and predict what they’re going to do.
In other words, you have to think like a Democrat.
And anyone who knows Democrats would never be “caught flat-footed.”
Democrats will use every opportunity to extract a victory — no matter how small that victory might be.
Even something as inconsequential as a special election for one Congressional seat is treated like the Normandy Invasion.
And here’s the kicker. Democrats know how Republicans think.
They know the Republicans will let their guard down and get “caught flat-footed.”
And in Georgia, they were fully prepared for the Republicans to do just that.
Unlike Donald Trump, the Republican Party doesn’t make Winning a priority. As a result, they’re rarely on offense.
And Democrats know that.
But, see, that’s why Democrats were “caught flat-footed” by Donald Trump.
Sure, they were thinking like Republicans.
But Donald Trump didn’t operate from the Republican playbook. Instead of simply being content with holding ground and being a gentleman loser, Trump fought every day to be the Winner.
And he went on the offensive.
If Republicans think like Democrats and win like Trump, they will never be “caught flat-footed” again.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying behave the way Democrats do. But you need to understand how the Democrats think.
In early January, in a column titled Don’t mistake winning a battle for winning the war, I wrote:
Republicans get bitch-slapped all the time.
Because they hold the victory parades after winning a battle and completely forget that they’re still fighting the war.
And while they’re slapping themselves on the back and congratulating each other for their win, the Institutional Left is already arming for the next battle.
The Left never gives up.
It never surrenders.
Not in defeat.
And certainly not in victory.
If we look at Donald Trump’s victory as winning the war, we’re going to lose and lose big.
Republicans wouldn’t have been “caught flat-footed” in Georgia had they just taken the time to think like Democrats.
Those butt-hurt losers are desperate for a morale booster right now. They know that even something as small as one Congressional race will be enough to reinvigorate their base.
Their hatred for Trump is all-encompassing. And they saw Jon Ossoff as their big chance to score a symbolic victory against him.
So they flooded District 6 with money, personnel, campaign infrastructure, and Hollywood star power just to get that symbolic victory.
Anyone who knows how Democrats think would have seen this coming a thousand miles away.
But “Republicans were caught flat-footed.”
Here’s another snippet from my January 3 column:
When your adversary is the Institutional Left, you can never rest on your laurels.
Does anyone really believe that on January 20, Barack Obama is going to fade quietly into the background — content to lead a life of obscurity?
Are we really foolish enough to think that Hollywood celebrities will toss up their hands in defeat and head back to their Malibu estates?
Will the Enslaved Press accept Trump’s presidency and return to objectively reporting the news?
Are colleges and universities going to simply lie down and stop preparing the next generation of radical Leftists hell-bent on turning this Republic into a socialist state?
Who here thinks George Soros is going to throw up his hands and say, “Vell, ve’ve given it our best. I von’t give anymore more of my billions to ze Leftist causes.”
The Left will never surrender. They’re like the Black Knight from Monty Python’s Holy Grail. No matter how many mortal wounds we deliver, they will continue fighting.
And while Democrats are gearing up for the next battle, Republicans are busy slapping themselves on the back for their previous win.
That’s how you get “caught flat-footed.”
Ossoff’s failure to secure over 50% of the vote in last night’s race is less of a victory for Republicans and more of a mulligan.
And they were lucky to get a do-over.
Hopefully, the RNC will use the next two months doing what they should have done before yesterday’s special election.
So listen up Republicans. Think like Democrats. And win like Trump.
If you do that, you will deny the Democrats this tiny, but significant symbolic victory.
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