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The Democrats failed in the mid-term elections for reasons that were clear to most—except them.  I knew a year ago (no five years ago) that I would be writing these points today.

Money: Dems in Georgia raised and spent enough money for Nunn and Carter to win but they spent it in the wrong places.  Most voters are unaware of the cottage industry surrounding elections, an industry that centers on Buckhead in Atlanta.  First, you find a candidate who can raise tons of dollars with our friends then you hire our other friends to run the campaigns and still other friends to produce and do media buys for a zillion TV ads. How many people didn’t vote because they were weary from campaign ads?

The people inside this cottage industry won the election a year ago when they secured legacy candidates like Michelle Nunn and Jason Carter, rich fellows like David Perdue and sitting congressmen like Jack Kingston and a few others.  They had the money makers.

Better Money: If Nunn and Carter listened to seasoned cats like Sanford Bishop, they would have cut the media buy money by a third and put that money on old school street teams outside of Atlanta.  When the original Carter and Nunn were winning in the 1970s, the Dems knew to secure the support of old ball coaches, funeral directors, barbers, pastors and other community leaders.  These community leaders would put together teams of workers who made a few dollars.  Grandmothers would be so proud that their family members were involved and leading rallies.

I knew Michelle Nunn would make a great senator but her work history involving volunteerism concerned me from the start.  Black folks aren’t volunteering when they can see that you spent millions on T.V. ads.  They should have spent those millions on rally D.J.s and those free hot dog trucks.  Food and old school music will get the crowd out and that’s when you hook them with warmth.

Learning from Florida: There are two important lessons we can learn this election season from our neighbors to the south.  First, Gwen Graham won a U.S. House in North Florida by striking a correct balance between T.V. ads and community events.  Of course, she is from a famous political family but she rolled up her sleeves and pressed pressed pressed the flesh at dozens of free food events.  Hey, we like free food and Frankie Beverly music.  Graham took it home last week with a free Jimmy Buffet show…nice.

Secondly, Governor Rick Scott narrowly won reelection by running up the numbers in rural areas to counterbalance big Dem numbers in the Florida cities.  In Georgia, we have city Blacks in Atlanta, Blacks in the next five cities (Columbus, Albany, Macon, Savannah and Augusta) and rural Blacks.  Obviously, the plan was to get metro Atlanta to balance the GOP’s rural base.  But, those Blacks in Atlanta are real liberals who weren’t going to get pumped up to help Michelle Nunn while she ran from President Obama and ran to Governor/Senator Zell Miller.  Yes, Miller was a great Georgian back when but he spoke at the GOP national convention for Obama’s opponent. Black folks have memories.  On the other hand, rural Blacks are more conservative and more likely to support moderates like Sanford Bishop.  The Democrat efforts should have started by listening to Bishop.

Second guessing: The Democrat Party in Georgia spent the last year trying to get White Republicans to switch back…newsflash “They are gone.”  The party spent less energy getting the Obama base out.

Future: Michelle Nunn is still a big winner because she is position to be the Dem Senate candidate when Senator Isakson retires.  Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed would be the natural candidate but you know the cottage industry mentioned above must eat and they eat exceptionally well.  Again, getting money is more important than winning.

Black diversity: This blog started years ago as an effort to convince our community to take a better look at the details of politics and policymaking.  Both major political parties have incorrect approaches to us.  We need to take a hard look at the role political hope plans in how we carry ourselves because the parties and the government are indirectly hurting us.

Hillary 2016: Not so fast, we need to talk.

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Why are Democrats constantly out foxed by Republicans and why do Republicans insist on scaring the daylights out of voters?  When Senator Saxby Chambliss first ran for the Senate, Ralph Reed was in charge of the Georgia GOP.
Reed figured out that Democrat congressmen like Sanford Bishop shouldn’t have opponents if the GOP didn’t really have a chance of winning the seats.  Just running someone would compel Bishop to fully engage his campaign apparatus which is a Death Star to most Republicans in that district.  However, Bishop in blast mode also brings out unlikely voters who don’t care about political parties but do care about defending “our guy.”
As Daniel Boone studied the Indians, I have watched and learned from the GOP for decades.  They are as hasty as they wanted to be and as smart as they want to be.  The wizards behind theGOP  curtain know that southern Democrats aren’t real liberals but they play that card time and time again.  Smart…ugly, but smart.
The plan for victory for Jason Carter for governor and Michelle Nunn for senate should have involved Sanford Bishop having an interesting GOP opponent.  Quick, name Bishop’s ‘no campaign ads on tv’ opponent.   He is a dude named Duke and no Democrats know of him.  Bishop will be declared victor two minutes after the poll close.
Mrs. Vivian Childs, a wise and nice Black professional, was defeated by Duke in the GOP primary.  Democrats who wanted Carter and Nunn to win should have voted in the GOP primary for Childs because she would have raised real money from fellow Black Republicans nationally.  Actually, Bishop and Childs debating issues in a pleasant manner would have been refreshing because they are cool like that.
Most importantly, Bishop would have pulled out the full power of the Death Star and much better turnout would have happened in Macon, Columbus and Albany.  Those better numbers might have been the deciding factors for governor and senator.
When will the conservatives realize that their efforts to reach Black voters starts with understanding successful sections of our community.  For example, they love to play the fear factor card with Malcolm X, Rev. Jeremiah Wright  and other Black nationalists. But, Black nationalism is black conservatism.  The GOP should be in love with the “do for self” movement and the “government isn’t your savior” mindset.   But, they never listen to me.

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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.

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Last winter, Senate candidate Jack Kingston said kids should pay a little something or work for school lunches to build character.  I didn’t notice that fellow candidate David Perdue put him on blast for that statement.

http://zpolitics.com/perdue-fires-a-shot-at-kingstons-free-lunch/

 

The play callers on the Dem Team must be out of touch with the average Americans because that statement in a statewide discussion would bring many unlikely voters to the polls.  The statement could divide the GOP voters who supported Kingston in the primary if they felt Perdue was tossing Jack under the bus.  Do we see Jack campaigning with Perdue in southeast Georgia?  In the next two debates, the reporters should ask Perdue how he feels about the school lunch issue today because if he vacillates, the far Right wing of their party might bounce on him.

 

Would my Black Republican friends please screen the TV ads before they air?  Geez.  We know the Dems need unlikely voters to turnout but the energy is weak so far.  Obama supporters weren’t making the connection between Michelle Nunn winning and Obama avoiding a Republican controlled U.S. Senate that might impeach him.  Then, these GOP geniuses starting these out of context pictures of Nunn and Obama smiling together…”Michelle Nunn will work for Obama’s liberal agenda.” Thanks to those one zillion ads, unlikely voters now get the importance of voting and for the record, the picture was taken at a President Bush event.

These are the same fools who might have beaten Rep. Sanford Bishop a few years back in they stayed on the fiscal issues but instead they started saying constructed character crap and that’s when my community got busy in defense of the homie.

 

“Michelle Nunn is a liberal.”  Let’s see, how many liberals would “I love conservatives” Zell Miller appear with in an ad.  Hell, she is Sam Nunn’s daughter.  Senator Sam Nunn was one of the last Dixiecrats; he did what he wanted to do when he wanted to do it because he wanted to do it.  I was on the Hill as a staffer in the Georgia delegation at the time and Senate Nunn was in a party of one; he was a moderate between the two parties.   The peach doesn’t fall to far from the tree.

 

Barrack Obama went into the White House with the hope of working across party lines or even erasing said lines altogether.  It didn’t happen and both parties basically suck today.  Nunn and Perdue are both refreshing outsiders but Nunn wants to build bridges and find solutions.  Perdue seems like a pleasant fellow but he is bring zany Sen. Ted Cruz, the biggest Obama hater in Congress, to the peach state to campaign for him….birds of a feather.

http://politics.blog.ajc.com/2014/10/16/ted-cruz-to-rally-for-nathan-deal-david-perdue/

 

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Those who voted President Obama into office allow people to treat him like a punk (I thought punk was softer than “little something that rhymes with switch”).  It’s like we set this gentleman up.

The election next month to the Republicans is a referendum on the Obama White House.  The governor race in Georgia is about jobs, the port of Savannah, education reform and Obamacare.  Remember, the Republicans talked about Obama, his wife, his dead parents and his dog then wanted the White House to support funding for the deepening of the Savannah Port, which means thousands of jobs in this region.  Hint: when you are going to need something from someone, you should be somewhat respectful.

Oh, the U.S. Senate race in Georgia is even better.  GOP candidate David Perdue has declared that he is running against Barrack Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.  If Perdue wins, he could be the deciding seat to control of the Senate and if the Republicans control the Senate and House, Obama will be impeached and could be removed from office.  But, all you people who were crying tears of joy when Obama was elected are too busy to early vote.

In the recent Senate candidate debate in Perry, David Perdue and Michelle Nunn both showed that they are senatorial.  After Herman Cain and Donald Trump, I get a little leery of confidant private sector guys seeking glory in government.  Governing isn’t as easy as it looks.  Rev. Al Sharpton and Rev. Jesse Jackson get the same leeriness from the liberal activist side.  Hey, any jackass can kick down a barn but it takes a carpenter to build one.

When I was a kid, I was impressed with Sam Nunn’s bumper sticker “a workhorse..not a show horse.”  David Perdue should be playing a senator in the movies.  He is a tall guy who knows how to wear a denim jacket like a cowboy….collar up, cowboy up.  Can he relate to regular people?

Michelle Nunn seems professorial and puts me in the mind of Eleanor Roosevelt. We should remember that she is Sam Nunn’s daughter and when I worked on the Hill, Sam Nunn was a party of one—he had icon status in the game.  The idea that she will be a puppet for the White House is silly political theater.

She seems to understand that both parties need adjusting and improvements can only come from Senators working together with their “dear colleagues.”   Look, the House of Representatives has always been a rough bunch by design but the Senate is elegant and smooth.   There will be nothing smooth about a junior Senator who thinks he is the Marlboro Man and who plans to constantly attack the sitting American president in a disrespectful manner.  The next time I disrespect the office of the President will be the first time and I remember Nixon’s last days.

Oh, Mr. Perdue is a smart fellow and if I were he I would be doing just what he is doing.  He can’t run against Michelle Nunn in the current climate because the Senate really needs a compassionate mother’s voice from Georgia to balance a delegation full of Dem and GOP dudes with too much macho testosterone coursing in their veins.  Actually, Perdue could be a Trojan House.  He seems friendly and nice but he just needs the keys to the gate.  Nothing is new because I never thought that my congressman Austin Scott would be ghost to my community.  But, his visits to certain areas is limited because the GOP doesn’t like it’s folks listening to others.

Bottomline:  The Republicans are playing possum with Obama impeachment because they are discipline like that but they want to humiliate this president and his so-called supporters are standing idly around as the drama goes down.  Obamacrats might be the real punks but it’s not too late to spoil the haters’ plans.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2014/10/08/michelle-nunn-nailed-it-on-the-obama-question/

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As President Nixon would say, I want to make one thing perfectly clear: Nunns and Carters can’t win in Georgia in 2014 without Obamas and Clintons.  Jason Carter is running for governor and Michelle Nunn seeks an open U.S. Senate seat.

The exodus of the Georgia Whites from the Democrats to the Republicans was completed when Congressman Jim Marshall was defeated by Austin Scott.  Marshall tried to paint himself as a non-Democrat Democrat by running from Barrack Obama and then Speaker Nancy Pelosi.  He basically tried to become Sam Nunn.  Sir, I staffed in the Georgia congressional delegation that was led by Sam Nunn…I met Sam Nunn during my high school years…we went to countless Hill receptions with Senator Nunn.. you, Jim Marshall, was no Sam Nunn.  You don’t run from Obama and expect my communities support.

Like it or hate it, the formula for November 2014 Dem success in Georgia is:

(n + ca)/(o x cl)=w         or (Nunns + Carters) / (Obamas x Clintons) = wins

 

First, Jason Carter and Michelle Nunn are good and decent candidates on their own.  However, Georgia is a Red State because the Democrat base is so very shaky.  The four pillars of strength that support the Dem foundation nationally are two Obamas and two Clintons.  To be honest, Michelle needs to be a flying Nunn crisscrossing the peach state with Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama or both.  As Bernie Mack would say, “you don’t understand”…. Michelle Obama still has rock star status with Dem voters; she could pack a college football stadium with only three days notice.

The reality is this: rural Whites are a lock for the GOP but suburban voters of all colors are on the table if the Dems come out with a moderate agenda focused on job creation.  Who can deny that Bill Clinton’s economy plan left the nation in great shape.  On Meet The Press this past weekend, the question was “would Hillary run as a continuation of the Obama years or restart of the Clinton years?”  I say it would be the beginning of the Hillary years.

The far Right should stop tripping on Hillary Clinton’s age because she would take office at the same age as President Reagan and a few years younger than John McCain would have been if he won.

Michelle Nunn is on that chill style like her father and that won’t get out the bloc of voters that almost won Georgia for Obama.  That’s okay because unlikely voters have a lot to think about this year….the motivation is there.  They just need a little knowledge and wisdom from the blogosphere; we call it “that fire.”  Don’t sleep: Nunn’s senate race will be studied by Team Hillary as they plan to take parts of suburbia back from the GOP.

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The race to replace Georgia U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss is going to be better than good.  Numbers say that it should be a cakewalk for the G.O.P. but numbers can be wrong.  To me, the recent entry of Dem. Candidate Michelle Nunn is a test for a moderate woman in a changing South.  Nunn approach could open the door to a sizable section of suburban GOP women for her and for Hillary Clinton.

Let’s be honest: Obama got great numbers among Black GOPers and I think Hillary will get as much as a third of the GOP women vote.  The Georgia congressional delegation is currently all-male and heaven knows that’s too much macho.  The Good Old Boys Club in the Georgia state legislature is the farm system or minor leagues for congressional candidates.  But, I could name half-dozen Black Georgia GOP women who could have won seats from Blue Dogs if there was an ounce of flex in the conservative movement (KB, HBA, VC, DH).  There isn’t a gram of flex with him and the Jon Huntsman types were ceremonially shown the door.  Who’s waiting for them outside the door?  Sam Nunn’s daughter.

I am about to miss use the literary device pun while looking at the Georgia Senate candidates but this should be fun.

Michelle Nunn– This lady has “none” of the traditional baggage of the struggling southern Dem Team and neither did her father.  When I worked in the Georgia congressional delegation, Senate Nunn marched to his own drummer.  He simply did what he thought was best for Georgia and the Dems are hopeful that the peach doesn’t fall too far from the tree.  While the Far Right is prepping to blast her with Obama-pinko liberal, we will have “none” of that because she is actually friends with the Bushes—not the Obamas.  Oh, the Tea Party will come hard but I don’t think this lady is a “nun.”  She is kin to former Rep. Carl Vinson so she must be tough if a relative has a freaking aircraft carrier named for him.

Jack Kingston– As a kid, we said “You don’t Jack Sh–.” Well, I can unfortunately report that Georgia might not have the pleasure of knowing Jack Kingston—the Jack I briefly knew.  When I worked on the Hill, I spend time hanging in Jack’s office because he had a staffer who was a personal friend of mine.  Okay, she was so easy on the eyes that I would go to events with them at the RNC Club or whatever their lair was called.  At the time, Senator Nunn ran the Georgia delegation and half of the GA Dems were more conservative than California Republicans.  As the Bard wrote, what’s in a name?

Anyway, I spend about 15 minutes talking with Jack Kingston alone one night at the RNC and he was (is) good people.  Politically, he can blast with both barrels but that is part of the game.  In Savannah, Blacks and Whites know and like Jack personally and my first assume is that Black Savannah and the radiating influence of Savannah State University could compel nice switch numbers for Jack in the primary.  Indications are that the whole GOP field is trying “out-Obama blast” each others and you know the bros can’t get with that.

Karen Handel– “You can’t handle the truth.” The truth about this candidate dumfounded me.  She grew up hard outside D.C. and attended Frederick Douglas High School in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.  Say what? Upper Marlboro is Black middle class heaven and she went to Doug.  During the governor’s race, I couldn’t believe that she didn’t play this race card because that would have been good for some nice numbers.  She was chairwoman of the Fulton County Commission but her “handlers” didn’t cultivate that potential crossover support.  During the governor’s race, Helen Block Adams really enjoyed her meeting with Handel but it seems that the Tea Party will burn anyone seen listening to moderates. So, she lost win leaving support on the ground.  That’s hard to handle.

Derrick Grayson– I have so much fun listening to Black GOP candidate Grayson because he is “Gray, Son.” The brother is in a grey area from which he blasts the ignorance of both sides.  But, we shouldn’t sleep on his style because he sounds like the oldheads in the barber shop who bring a conservative knowledge that the GOP doesn’t we have.

Paul Broun– Physician, heal thyself.  I am “appalled” by the craziness coming out of this doctor’s mouth.  This Tea Party darling is the key to this senate race.

The Key: Democrats should clear the field for Michelle Nunn; she gets zero primary opponents.  Then, Dems should vote in the GOP primary for Paul Broun because Nunn would beat the brakes off him in the general election.

The Second Key: Some really liberal Dem. candidate will run against Nunn in the primary and she will hone her skills and tune her campaign apparatus while showing contrast.  ala, Obama vs. Hillary.

Third Key: Michelle Nunn’s candidate helps Jack Kingston and Karen Handel because it drives folks away from flirting with Paul Broun.  With a push from the Senator Nunn, the Obamas and the Clintons, Nunn should beat any of these candidates if the GOP primary gets bloody.  There will be blood because Handel has already secured the campaign services of those behind the Kerry Swift boat thing.

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