Georgia Rep. Paul Broun is a bright guy and physician who for some unbeknownst reason insist on being somewhat nutty on the Hill. I met Dr. Broun a few years ago when he was running to replace the late Rep. Charlie Norwood. I thought his runoff opponent Jim Whitehead was a quintessential southern political leader; Whitehead put you in the mind of an aging, wise coach.
Some Republican political operatives in Georgia should have their heads examined because Whitehead played football at the University of Georgia yet wrote off Athens—“dog gone,” literally. He had Black managers in his tire company who worked themselves up in the operation but the Whitehead campaign never used them in ads or had them working the community—in other words, win without Black support so you won’t need to listen to their liberal agenda for the next two years. Newsflash: Not all Blacks are liberals and those people whispering in your ear are not helping.
So, Broun keeps coming up with a constant diet of far-right conspiracy theories or faith-related legislation that feeds a certain element but does not help his party with moderates nor help address the economy recovery. He is better than this because his father was a well-represented Georgia legislative leader. His father’s legacy is so strong that the Black community in Athens backed Paul over reasonable Whitehead. How you like me now?
Of course, Broun is safe from a Democrat challenger but his latest legislative idea of making 2010 the year of the Bible might bring out a GOP candidate who is about the business of governing rather than stirring conflict and division. Would 2011 be the year of the Quran and 2012 the year of the Torah? I am a moderate and I will be at church on Sunday but a resolution like Broun’s can’t pass until there is a constitutional amendment to declare one faith the official faith of America and Broun knows that.
Our community needs reasonable Republicans more than just another Democrat.