During primary season, the poll workers shouldn’t ask if I am a Republican or a Democrat in Georgia. I am a realist who knows that there are very few contested elections in our divided state. I am going to say “I will take the Republican ballot” but have that “I’m no Republican” look on my face. Wise guys like me simply want to be where the action is or shall I say want our votes to have some meaning.
Democrat voters could save that little gas money by staying home in my area because Michelle Nunn will be the U.S. Senate nominee and Jason Carter will get the governor nod. In Albany Georgia on the other hand, voters should take the Dem ballot to put professor Aaron Johnson on the school board—he is good people and smart as a whip.
Dems voting in the GOP primary could a) select a Republican who the Dem would have an easier time defeating in November or b) select a Republican who would respectfully debate issues across the aisle like the current two Georgia Senators. In other words, pick the less crazy Republican because there is a strong chance the GOP will keep that seat in Congress.
Most Republicans in Georgia smiled and laughed when the nutty segment of their party talked about candidate Obama, President Obama, his wife, his kids, his momma, his daddy and his birthplace. But, the same folks are surprised that the White House isn’t quickly putting funds into the deepening of the Port of Savannah, a project that means over 200,000 jobs indirectly in the South. I am not saying the White House is in payback mode but I appreciate Senator Chambliss, Senator Isakson, and Rep. Austin Scott for keeping the debates fiscal and having some degree of respect for the office of the presidency. Georgia’s congressional Dems generally respected the Bushes.
So, I am a moderate who will be voting for the coolest cat in the U.S. Senate Republican primary and the coolest cat in the Georgia state Senate primary. Of course, there is no Democrat running for Senate District 13 so the primary winner gets the position.
(The following is intended for Black voters only) When the Republicans win a position with few votes from our community, they usually ignore said community on that To the Victor The Soils style. (Non Black voters please rejoin the post now.)
All kidding aside, there is a young man from my county running for state senate and people from my community have been friendly with him since high school or before. But, I shouldn’t public say that I am voting for him because the purists in the GOP will get ticked that their selection process is tainted whose who haven’t taken the Red Team blood oath.
Of the other hand, Mrs. Vivian Childs is running for congress against my old boss Rep. Sanford Bishop and I wish I lived in that district because I would welcome the opportunity to vote for a GOP primary candidate who would have a robust and healthy debate on the issues with SDB. While SDB will likely win against either GOP candidate, Childs campaign serves as a testing ground for improving the conservative approach to new demographics (People of color). She might lose the battle but help nation win the war against partisan ignorance.