Georgia primary voters should think long and hard before next month’s runoff election. I give myself credit for being a moderate Democrat who voted in the Republican primary because that’s where the action was in this generally red state. So, I get to vote in the runoff and important questions must be addressed. For the record, my interests focus on improving our state more that supporting either major political party because parties are mostly interested in power and control.
- Will Jack Kingston explain his comments about school kids working for free lunch? Readers of this blog know I like Jack but that was some dirty dirty design to secure the nut vote. Shall we humiliates children who were born into families of modest means? Does the same apply to summer lunch programs? Is that for high school and middle school only are will 7 year olds be mopping also? I will say that Democrat leaders on the national level want Kingston in November because that one comment could tip the election by driving young voters to the polls. “He wants my little sister to clean food trays!?”
- Are Michelle Nunn and David Perdue Obama-like in their newness? I am about to hit you with a new angle on the Senate race: because Nunn and Perdue are new to the political arena they don’t have a record of statements and actions like Jack Kingston now and the Clintons in 2008. Hillary Clinton might have made a better president (to some) in 2008 but we would have never known because the conservatives would have rallied behind Romney to keep the Clintons out of the White House. Smart Republicans know that Perdue would be safer.
- How do we want the world to see our state? I have a problem with President Obama. While he is still my guy, he speaks of the USA that should be rather than the USA that is. He see a fair, positive colorfree nation and that simply isn’t reality. Ole Jack Kingston is similar to the average Georgian and me but doesn’t attract new industry. David Perdue is a corporate baller who can represent an international city like Atlanta. Chambliss and Isakson are balanced gentleman and Perdue seems senatorial like them. Kingston has done a fine job representing southeast Georgia but we should remember that Port of Savannah funding might have been delayed because Jack couldn’t or wouldn’t get the crazies on the far Right to dial down the anti-Obama vitriol. Perdue’s handlers are messing up because they should be spinning his time at Dollar General as a job creator in my community. Oh, we love those baby Wal-marts on every corner in forgotten neigborhoods.
- Is Hillary Clinton reading Nunn’s putt? In golf, players watch their playing partner’s putts to judge the greens and the line. I think Team Hillary is watching the 2014 performance of moderate Democrat women candidates to craft their 2016 approach to the South and to gauge which states are winnable. A Michelle Nunn win puts Georgia on the table for Hillary because some GOP women put gender over party—that’s why they should have selected Karen Handel.
- Would the Democrats prefer Kingston or Perdue in November? I think Dems want Kingston for the school lunch thing and the southern drawl. Yes, I am country my dam self but Jack pours that southern twang on like Karo syrup to the delight of rural voters. But, when Dem voters in Georgia six biggest cities pay attention in the fall, it will be on and popping because he sounds like an overseer on Roots.