Georgia is a possibility for Team Obama if we get young people registered and prepared to vote. Chuck Todd with MSNBC keeps pointing to a map with Florida, North Carolina and Virginia as the only swing states opportunities in the South. The president won these states in 2008 and Florida is the big prize because it had 27 electors (electors are the people voting in the electoral college and equals the number of members of congress.)
In 2008, Senator McCain won Georgia by 52 to 47 (a margin of 5.2%.) That’s peanuts or should I say there are enough guys in rural Georgia named Peanut, Dirty Red and Man to sway the 2012 election. Actually, the 204,607 votes need to change that election and maybe the 2012 election could be found easily in Atlanta, our five next largest cities and dozens of rural towns. The congressional races of Rep. Sanford Bishop (Macon, Columbus, Albany) and Rep. John Barrow (Augusta) cover the non Atlanta population centers except Savannah so turnout in these areas is important. Look at it like this: on the first full night of high school football, stadiums around the state will have thousands of unregistered young Black adults.
If you can sit in a ball park for three hours, you can take 10 minutes to register and 10 more minutes to vote. Many of the young men on that field, the cheerleaders and the band members will decide to serve our nation in the armed forces and we should elect leaders who view them as people—someone son or daughter.
October 9, 2012, is the last day to register to vote for those wanting to vote in the presidential election. How would Obama supporters feel if the election turned even nastier after that date but thousands of then-concerned Georgians couldn’t vote because they missed the deadline? Before someone trips out about race, I wanted to remind people that our community was seriously loving on southern White guy Bill Clinton; that’s my dude. Actually, I voted for Romney in the primary because he was the best in a jacked-up field after Jon Huntsman left the GOP primary contest. If Huntsman won the GOP nomination, I might be 50-50 between the president and him at this point. So, supporting Obama isn’t about race as much as it is about keeping the crazy part of the consevative movement out of the White House and the fact that the president has done a good job.
We know that the Democratic Party of Georgia and the national DNC isn’t as crafty as the GOP. The boys in Chicago and D.C. don’t know the kudzu covered rural South like we know it. Florida, North Carolina, Virginia and even Georgia can be won by President Obama if we mounted a serious GOTV and registration efforts before and/or after high school football games.
Social media and smart phones are the tools and wouldn’t it be nice to use these devices for something positive. Hey, we need to fire up the grills and get the best old school D.J.s to pump Maze, pfunk and Tina Marie. It’s time to talk with the young folks about history and it’s way of repeating itself.
My friends in the GOP have a way of ignoring those who vote for someone else (Dems listen to everyone.) While Obama and Romney will be rich and happy no matter what, we need to show some political muscle so the federal, state and local elected leaders will remember our side of town when making policy and laws.