I am the first to dub the coming Senate race in Georgia the “Mike and Ike” election. State Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond and U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson come from an era in Georgia politics where the first inclination was dialog and cooperation. That period is history and these two nice guys are generals in a rough political battle. Hot Tamales, Red Hots, Atomic Fire Balls, Jaw Busters, and Lemonheads are candies that better describe the current political climate.
“Now or Laters” seem to be Thurmond’s favorite candy because he has a reputation of make wise, calculated political decisions. At times, a leader must take one for the team and Georgia Democrats couldn’t let a newcomer face Isakson. I told the Senator he should get a pass for being one of the best Republicans in congress—Jon Stewart would say that is like being the skinniest kid at fat camp. As a moderate Democrat, I wanted to leave Isakson’s reasonable temperament and sizeable warchest out of the mix. One can speculate that an economic turnaround would be need for the Dems to do well this year and the Labor Commissioner taking about job creation and training helps the Dem ticket overall.
To me, the biggest problem with Isakson is his inability to convince other members of his party to embrace his logical, less bitter brand conservatism. We remember the Georgia GOP giving Isakson and Chambliss flack for simply negotiating with Democrat colleagues. Will the angry fringe of the southern GOP pull Isakson into their bitterness or will he introduce them to coolness. They better bring the coolness because Thurmond, Thurbert Baker and Sanford Bishop wrote the book on staying cool under fire—never let them see you sweat. I think both Isakson and Thurmond put Georgia’s best interest above party bickering.
My conservative African-American friends (all both of them) think Democrats should be afraid of Palin in 2012. Rep. Paul Ryan, Senator Johnny Isakson and Mario Rubio are the policy-based conservatives who if cloned would be the real concern. Could we please turn our attention back to Palin. For Dems, it is fortunate that the GOP often emulates the wrong folks.
For reading this long babble, you should treat yourself to some old school “candy” music. Is Cameo’s Candy better than LL Cool J’s? Real candy, like political campaigns, isn’t good for you, has little nutritional value and lacks the substance of policymaking –stick with Georgia-grown fruits and vegetables.
Cameo- It’s Like Candy
LL Cool J- Candy at 5:10 from live show
Bow Wow Wow – I want Candy
How could I leave out 10,000 Maniacs’ “Candy Everyonebody Wants.” Some of these races will be decided by 10K Maniacs.