If crystal balls were real, I would look into one and tell Georgia what will happen with congress reapportionment and the 2012 elections (no need to state the obvious in safe seats.)
Georgia 2nd District: Macon, Columbus and Albany will again be in this district and it will be Dem for the next ten years. If Rep. Bishop decides to move into a position with the next administration (Obama or some GOP POTUS), the GOP should start grooming a likable African American candidate who is less bitter (a Black Scott Brown.) If Bishop is unbeatable in 2012, wise guys in the GOP should discourage anyone from running just to be running because Bishop’s campaign apparatus serves as the S.W. Georgia foundation of Obama 2012.
Georgia 8th District: This district becomes unwinnable for a Democrat with the exit of the Dem. sections of Macon. As in the 2nd, energy and resources spent running a candidate could be better spent in truly contested congressional districts or charitable contributions. If we free up members from raising money, they would have more time to seek solutions and would be less beholden big money donors.
Georgia 1st District: While members don’t own districts, Rep. Jack Kingston is one conservative who doesn’t deserve token Dem. opposition. Kingston has built a strong relationship in the Black community with his work on regional interests, frequent visits to “Democratic” events and his long history of hiring minority staffers. He covers southeast Georgia like the dew or that funny smell from the paper mills.
Georgia 12th District: With the exit of Savannah to the 1st, this congressional race will be hotter than fish grease. A few GOP members of the state legislature will run because it’s their turn but they should dust off Michael Steele’s old diversity plans and find a woman, a minority or a minority woman. From the political center, I will say that the GOP doesn’t understand how easy it would be for women and minorities to support a less bitter conservative who adds range to the old boys club. Rep. Barrow could switch to the GOP now and be safer; but he will likely stay Dem and count on the GOP producing a primary winner with little appeal to the center.
Georgia New District: Hall County based…safely conservative.
Summary: Georgia is the biggest state east of the Mississippi River and President Obama needs to win it to have a second term. Half of Georgia lives in metro Atlanta and there are a dozen different types of Black folks and a dozen different types of White folks in the peach state. While urban Blacks are real liberals, rural Blacks could support certain conservatives in certain situations. In this crystal ball, I see President Obama leaving office in 2013 or 2017 (hard to make out) but the aftermath is rough on the Black community. We put all of our political eggs in one basket and an elephant is kicking that basket across the South.
With secondary concern with presidential politics, our community should build a functional relationship with conservatives—at least the Black ones. My dear brother Obama thought he would find a few conservatives interested in dialog and compromise but hell no. If I could see into the conservative strategy meetings, it seems that the plan is to beat up on the president so much that we would say, “come home, man, before the stress beats you down.” He said he was tough (which means the ablilty to take punishment like the only Black kid in a whole school.) But to lead in this times, he needs to be rough also (like elbows on the basketball court.)