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Repeatedly, I have written that Barrack Obama as president would be something completely new. GOP candidates have an opportunity to be different, better conservatives than the combative elephants of recent campaigns. John Heilemann wrote an article in the New York Times titled “The New Politics: Barack Obama, Party of One.”  I swear this guy must be bugging my phone because I have been saying that Obama is beholden to the average person who gave him money (like my $10) rather than the traditional Democrat funding sources alone.


The President-Elect had the Blue Dogs, the Congressional Black Caucus and other groups uncertain about supporting him because they did not control him and he wasn’t in Washington long enough to earn his Dem “bones” Soprano style.  John Edwards and Hillary Clinton were fellow veterans from earlier battles. 


The definition of pragmatic is “concerned with causes and effects or with needs and results rather than ideas or theories.”  Obama the Pragmatic is about the business of fixing America rather fighting party battles and I was begging Black southerners to support reasonable Republicans who wanted to help in the same way reasonable members of our party became the “Reagan Democrats.”


Change stinks for those who might be on the outs.  But listen to this: the agents of change are turning their noses up to a range of Washington insiders who did not resist our nation’s slow slide into our current situation—Red and Blue rubberstampers are equally nervous. 


Governor Palin might be right about bloggers getting off on creating confusion and mess. So, I want to help the change effort in my own little way by continuing to push  the Black community toward helping better Republicans.


If you live in an area where your two senators, congressman and governor are Republicans, you should know that the real action might be in the primary election.  The logical act for you would be supporting a more reasonable GOP candidate; someone who will work to add conservative elements to the Obama agenda rather than hoping the new president fails. 


In Georgia, I think Senator Isakson’s reelection is a given and I personally like the guy.  If someone wants to be a GOP congressional candidate in 2010 in a district with a sizable African American population, he can do himself a favor by getting to know the Black community now—two years of connecting and networking is better than a zillion 30 seconds ads. 


The Obama White House won’t be perfect but those GOP incumbents who regularly criticize in a ugly and vile manner should find themselves facing a primary opponent with the support of  Obama backers from both parties.


Finally, we should not forget the Democrats like some Blue Dogs who rode Obama’s coattails when it was convenient but might be AWOL when it is convenient.  We are watching you like a hawk.


Five months ago I knew that I would be writing “help the new president help the nation” five days before the inauguration.  I did know whom the voters would select as the new president but I knew I am such a good American that I would respect and support the direction that was chosen.    


Presidents are public servants—not monarchs or rulers- and this young leader will need us to me the best us we can be.  It is the right thing to do.  During the next two years, keep an eye on the demeanor and conduct of the loyal opposition.  For southerners, the GOP core principles are sound but techniques of the far right can get questionable at times.  Be genteel and good people will remember your approach in 2010—you might just get a cool pass. 




Why Barack Obama Is a Political Party of One – The All New Issue — New York Magazine




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(A wise co-worker once said, “Be careful what you say out loud.”)


I almost wrote, “Let’s have a Statewide Blacks for Saxby Victory Party tonight at the Waffle House in Tifton.  Yes, the place has a seating capacity of 30 people but the truckers still need eight chairs.  We could “go green” by carpooling in two Ford Excursions.


A younger, unwise me would have written, “You know those drinking games that are triggered by what you see on T.V.  When I was a congressional staffer during the First Gulf War, gamers would watch CNN to hear “Wolf” as in Blitzer and wolf down a beer as others chanted “wolf, wolf, wolf.”  If you heard,  “Scud” you took a shot…”


Anyway, there should have been a Georgia Senate runoff drinking game called “Hooker in Church/Coattails” that went like this: every time you spot (no pun intended) a Black person at a Saxby Chambliss rally looking as uncomfortable as a Hooker in Church, you pour out a splash for the “dearly departed brother or sista” then drink. 


When Jim Martin mentions “Obama” –the candidate he did not vote for in the primary, choosing to vote for John Edwards, who had left the race by that time, drinkers chant “coattails for cocktails…coattails for cocktails.”


I am pleased I have developed into a cautious person who would never publicly write what I just wrote. 


During the presidential election, we recalled the Tom Bradley Effect.  The concept is that Whites said they would vote for Bradley for Governor of California but once in the polling place switched.  Some experts think that “the Obama Effect” is saying you would not vote for a candidate but actually vote for him or her.


I am coining the new term “the Saxby Effect” where Blacks voted for Saxby out of regional interests but would not come to his rallies because the GOP base makes you feel like “a Hooker in Church.”  (Sidenote: hookers need to be in church and we are hookers at work in some way and on some level…these politicians, hookers.  Congressional and campaign staff, junior hookers.  Wall Street, K Street, Lobbyists, Union Bosses are classic pimps.)    


While most members of the Georgia congressional delegation are good people, the GOP members should be concern about the exclusive, elitist attitude of the GOP base.  I go to everyone’s rallies as a political and policy junkie and GOP folks look at me as if I am a spy for the Dem Team. 


Karen Bogans, absent contributor to this blog, has been a Republican her whole life and her family’s commitment to that party goes back to Reconstruction.  But, it is common for some perky junior league type to test her conservative mettle.  When Karen and I were debating issues weekly in the Rayburn House Office Building Cafeteria, Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue was still a moderate Democrat like me.   


Most Americans are eager to have leaders who seek civic debate and discourse rather than those who would divide us for personal and political gain.  Let’s hope that the future of the Georgia GOP centers on Johnny Isakson’s genteel southern approach.  The Waffle House in Tifton won’t hold the “Blacks for Isakson” Victory Party—maybe the Morehouse College gym because they like him there as much as Morehouse alumni Herman Cain. 


Politics and public service are all about connecting with people on a personal level.   

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The Chambliss-Martin runoff results won’t be a indictment of the Obama administration because our community is not crazy about Martin and does not have deep distain for Senator Chambliss.  My political friends and I remain puzzled by the GOP’s lack of connections with moderate Black Georgia.


The situation will be different when Georgia Senator Johnny Isakson runs for reelect because he has cultivated strong personal connections with the African American community for decades.  Team Isakson should be studying the current senate race and taking copious notes to keep viable Democrats from entering the 2010 race. He should follow the examples of Obama and the Blue Dog Democrats by building personal relationships with the opposite party members and leaders because people who met Isakson really find him a likeable guy. 

Isakson should add a moderate Dem or two to his field staff to quell the “Us v. Them” mentality of the past—which is easy because casework and field staffing is largely non-partisan.  

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