In the last fifty years, there have been only two women in the Georgia congressional delegation..Rep. Cynthia McKinney and Rep. Denise Majette. When national decisions are made, various voices need to be heard at the table.
Michelle Nunn is running for the U.S. Senate against super-rich David Perdue and I simply have a problem with sending another dude into the world most exclusive fraternity. Oh, both candidates have produced bios that highlight humbleness but Perdue is a scary combination of older and richer—$20 million a year richer. When you have stacks like Perdue, the average guy is cog in your huge money-making machine.
Why don’t you see liberal women’s political group pounding the pavement in their Birkenstocks for Michelle Nunn? They aren’t pumped because she is a moderate/centrist like Rep. Sanford Bishop and Rep. John Barrow rather than a real liberal as the GOP claims. The Democrats are a bigger tent than the Republicans because the discussion should involve everyone. You know macho dudes in Congress are quick to send our daughters and sons in uniform to foreign battlefields (which are now house to house) while women will demand a rationale, mission statement and exit strategy.
I was watching a PBS documentary on Women’s Lib and they said that the State Department was once Pale, Male and Yale. Yale was the Ivy League school of choice for rich southerners. We have come a long way to have Secretaries of State named Madilyn, Colin, Condoleezza and Hillary. I am a tennis player and in that PBS doc Billie Jean King said that when she played Bobby Riggs in the Astrodome, a woman couldn’t have a credit card in her own name. However, the struggle continues.
To be honest, Georgia political bloggers should admit that Michelle Nunn’s campaign is, to some limited degree, about Hillary Clinton for president. If Michelle Nunn for Senate and Jason Carter for Governor do well, Georgia will be on the table for 2016. The Clinton campaign will model their southern efforts after what worked or didn’t work here.
The biggest Democrat problem during this mid-term election is lack of Black voter interest. Some watchers feel the Dem Team has spent more money, time and energy trying to get Republicans back to the Blue Team than securing the loyal Black and Blue base. They need to get their stuff together with a quickness because presidential hopeful Senator Rand Paul is saying some things that are starting to resonate in my community.
I was tailgating at the FSU-Norte Dame game last weekend and the Gwen Graham for Congress people were out in full force. Senator Bob Graham was in our tent and he taught his daughter how to work a crowd. Michelle Nunn has a different nature than Gwen Graham and that is cool. Senator Saxby Chambliss is a southern gentleman who respectfully dialoged with Democrats and the Obama White House as part of his duties. Michelle Nunn would do the same with a motherly vibe. A woman’s place is in the House…and Senate….and State Department…..and 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.