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A7 FRIDAY, JANUARY 8, 2021 | JOURNAL-NEWS | COMPLETE. IN-DEPTH. DEPENDABLE. IDEAS& VOICES OURPROMISE­TOYOU ■ ■ ■ To provide an open forum of community voices. To present balanced views. To seek solutions to important regional problems. CONTACTUS: EmailCommu­nityImpact­EditorAmel­iaRobinson­at edletter@coxinc.comorcall (937) 610-7323 FROMTHELEF­TMIKE FROMTHERIG­HTMICHAELR­AMIREZ LUCKOVICH FROMTHELEF­TDREWSHENE­MAN FROMTHERIG­HTDANASUMM­ERS BALANCEDVI­EWS YOURTHOUGH­TSCOUNT: We’reworkingh­ardtoprese­ntavariety­of views. Sendletter­s toedletter@coxinc.com. Forverific­ationpurpo­ses only, pleaseincl­udeyourema­ilandmaili­ngaddresse­sandadayti­me FROMTHE LEFT FROMTHERIG­HT Georgia’s voters administer definitive end to Trump era AfterWedne­sday, Trump can’t return to presidency when Trump is on the ballot have no interest in participat­ing when he’s not.But the president did still more damage to his party by denigratin­g the $600 stimulus checks in the recently passed economic relief package and calling for $2,000 payments instead. His unexpected veto threat played directly into the argument made by both Warnock and Ossoff: that only Democrats could be trusted to deliver relief to the economical­ly ailing. Ossoff was unabashed in appealing directly to voters’ immediate interests: “You send me and Reverend Warnock to the Senate, and we will put money in your pocket.” Biden was equally direct when he campaigned for the Democratic duo on the eve of the election. “If you send Jon and the reverend to Washington, those $2,000 checks are going out the door, restoring hope and decency and honor to so many people,” Biden said. “If you send Sens. Perdue and Loeffler back to Washington, those checks will never get there.” Last November, polls showed voters most worried about the pandemic tended toward Democrats, while those worried about the economy leaned Republican. This led critics on the left and elsewhere to argue that Democratic candidates had failed to define a clear economic message. Warnock and Ossoff did not make that mistake when they were given a States has been removed. But the worst of the day’s events for Trump came when a segment of a crowd of 50,000 he just addressed concluded itsmarch down the mall to the U.S. Capitol by smashing its way into the building and invading and occupying the Senate and House chambers. Members of Congress were forced to flee and hide. A protester, an Air Force veteran, was shot to death by a Capitol cop. Vice President Mike Pence, who was chairing the joint session, was taken into protective custody by his Secret Service detail. All this was seen on national television. The East andWest fronts of the Capitol were occupied for hours by pro-Trump protesters, whom the president, his son Don Jr., and Rudy Giuliani had stirred up in the hours before the march down the mall. What Americans watched was a mob occupation and desecratio­n of the temple of the American Republic. And the event will be forever exploited to discredit not only Trump but the movement he led and the achievemen­ts of his presidency. He will be demonized as no one else in our history since Richard Nixon or Joe McCarthy. In May 1970, after Nixon ordered an invasion of Cambodia to clean out Communist sanctuarie­s, National Guard troops, in panic, shot and killed four students at Kent State University. Hundreds of campuses exploded; hundreds of universiti­es shut down for the semester. Scores of thousands second chance in the runoffs. Their defining issues were economic, and their victories would make it far easier for Biden to enact a large new relief package, a major infrastruc­ture program, and expansions in health-care coverage and child care. Georgia’s outcome also showed that the swing of middle-class suburban voters toward the Democrats was not a one-off reaction to Trump. Democrats feared and Republican­s hoped that, with Trump defeated, at least some Republican-inclined anti-Trump voters would come home to the GOP on Tuesday. They didn’t. Georgia’s outcome will make an enormous difference in Washington — easing passage of Biden’s program, speeding the confirmati­on of his appointees and enabling the new president to fill empty court seats. And Warnock’s victory seemed especially fitting after a tragic year of suffering and brokenness that fed a demand for change. This led to Biden’s election, and Georgia’s voters have now opened the path for the rest of the journey. of demonstrat­ors poured into D.C. Buses, endto-end, circled theWhite House. U.S. troops were moved into the basement of the Executive Office Building. Today, there is absurd media talk of removing the president through impeachmen­t or invocation of the 25th Amendment. Not going to happen. But undeniably, the events ofWednesda­y are going to split the Republican Party. And what does the future of that party now look like? After Trump leaves the presidency, he will not be coming back. The opposition to him inside the GOP would prevent his nomination or would defect to prevent his reelection were he nominated again. Yet, the size and strength of Trump’smovement is such that no Republican candidate he declares persona non grata could win the nomination and the presidency. Trump’s supporters are today being smeared and castigated by the same media who lionized the BLM and antifa “peaceful protesters” who spent their summer rioting, looting, burning and pillaging Minneapoli­s, Milwaukee, Portland, Kenosha, Louisville and scores of other cities. The Trumpists have been demonized before. They are used to this. And whatever their sins, disloyalty and ingratitud­e to the man they put in the presidency are not among them. E.J. DionneJr. PatBuchana­n Thanks to the voters of Georgia, the 2020 election looks different than it did 48 hours ago. President-elect Joe Biden will now govern with a Democratic Senate and a Democratic House. The margins will be thin, but the power of Republican­s to obstruct has been diminished. And the political map of the United States looks different, too. Four years ago, it was unimaginab­le that Democratic control of the elected branches of the federal government would be cemented by victories in Senate races in Georgia. The Rev. Raphael Warnock won and Jon Ossoff leads in a state that had not elected a Democrat to the Senate in two decades. The likely outcome put an exclamatio­n point on Biden’s success and a dagger into the Trump era. President Donald Trump almost certainly hurt Republican­s Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, both directly and indirectly. Trump’s insistence, against all the evidence, that the November vote in Republican-led Georgia was fraudulent­ly counted split his party and may have discourage­d GOP turnout on Tuesday. And Republican­s will confront the reality that some voters drawn to the polls President Donald Trump, it turns out, was being quite literal when he told us Jan. 6 would be “wild.” And soWednesda­y was, but it was also disastrous for the party and the movement Trump has led for the last five years. Wednesday, the defeats of Senators Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue in Georgia’s runoff elections were confirmed. This translates into the GOP losing the Senate for the next two years. Chuck Schumer now replaces Mitch McConnell as majority leader. And the new 50-50 split will put Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, the president of the Senate on Jan. 20, in position to cast the deciding vote on every major issue where the two parties are evenly divided. Wednesday, there also came the acceptance by both houses of Congress of Joe Biden’s 306-232 electoral vote victory over Trump. The last potential hurdle to Biden’s inaugurati­on as 46th president of the United E.J. 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