Roy Barnes glides to win; on GOP side, the real battle begins now

Roy Barnes will be the Democratic candidate for governor.

Karen Handel will be in the runoff for the Republican nomination for governor.

John Oxendine, the frontrunner in the GOP race until a few weeks ago, will not be in the runoff. I don’t know where he goes from here, but it won’t be to the Governor’s Mansion except to visit, and probably not even then. It sounds harsh, but that outcome may be the best possible thing to happen to him. John Oxendine in the governor’s office would be a combination only a federal prosecutor could love.

Nathan Deal is the likely second-place finisher — I don’t know if there are enough uncounted votes on the coast, where Eric Johnson is strongest, to allow him to make up the difference. And if that plays out as expected, it sets up a bitter, divisive runoff focused largely around social issues.

Deal has strong ties to both the Legislature and the GOP congressional delegation; Handel’s support traces back to Gov. Sonny Perdue. Deal was endorsed by Newt Gingrich; Handel by Sarah Palin. Personally, I don’t think either endorsement had a great impact, but that’s the way a lot of people will interpret the contest.

The next few weeks aren’t likely to be pretty. The political people in both campaigns play rough.

In fact, the person who enjoys the next three weeks the most may be Roy Barnes.

150 comments Add your comment

SPQR(laissez Faire)

July 20th, 2010
11:00 pm

BOOT BARNES! still has a ring to it

lance manion

July 20th, 2010
11:14 pm

Good points Jay, but Barnes’ fun may be short lived. Based on the total numbers for today’s voting that I saw, Barnes likely cannot win in a heavy Republican state, particularly with Oxendine gone. It will be fun to watch!

Dave R.

July 20th, 2010
11:14 pm

Jay, c’mon. Just weeks ago, Handel was either 2nd or 3rd, depending on the poll. Sarah Palin comes in and endorses Handel, and she wins the top spot pretty easily.

Can’t you give props when they’re due, even if they’re to Sarah Palin? Would it be so hard for you to admit she helped Handel? She’s got a far better track record on endorsements than does Hope & Change – her candidates actually win! :D

Carter is a Fool

July 20th, 2010
11:15 pm

Vote Republican for National Elections to check the Socialist in Washington. Vote Democrat in local to stop the Republiclowns who choose not to support Education in Georgia. Is it not obvious that being in the bottom in the nation in taxes equates to being in the bottom in Education. It certainly does not help to cut days from the school year and disparage teachers.

Hold your nose and vote for Barnes. Hopefully he has learned his lesson. Johnson is the Worst possible outcome and Handel not much better. Between Handel and Deal, vote for Deal (ethically challenged as he is). Handel is under prepared and supported by Gov. GoFish. Enough said.

Grumpy

July 20th, 2010
11:18 pm

Anyone but Roy Barnes. Anyone at all.

deal is for real

July 20th, 2010
11:23 pm

Nathan may have too much experience but he has always done whats best for GA and he has morals,Handel flip flops on gays and abortions, you have to go with the absolutes first and would u really wanta female version of perdue

itpdude

July 20th, 2010
11:25 pm

I think Deal takes the nom. At least he wasn’t endorsed by Palin. Man, Handel sounds like a person Palin would endorse. It’s like she reads from an essay. As she did in a class presentation. In the fourth grade. Horrid speaker.

In the end, and I’m on the ropes here, I’m leaning towards Barnes. Having a GOP assembly and gov. mansion is not my idea of a good idea. I’d say the same if it were the Dems in the assembly when deciding between GOP and Dem.

A single party govt. didn’t work under W, isn’t working under Obama, and hasn’t worked for GA since 2002.

RW-(the original)

July 20th, 2010
11:26 pm

In fact, the person who enjoys the next three weeks the most may be Roy Barnes.

Maybe in the next three weeks Barnes can start practicing doing a 180 into the camera shot instead of that 90 degree sideways look he’s been giving us. It might keep him from looking at the raw vote total and realizing how futile his effort really is. I certainly don’t blame the various media concerns for portraying it as a tossup though. They need those ad dollars in a big way.

Joe

July 20th, 2010
11:30 pm

Good points Jay, but Barnes’ fun may be short lived. Based on the total numbers for today’s voting that I saw, Barnes likely cannot win in a heavy Republican state,…

Lance might have a point.

It appears that people voted in the Republican primaries vs. the Democratic primaries at a ratio of approximately 2 to 1 (somebody please correct me if I’m wrong). Of course, the turnout in November is likely to be higher, and many Republican primary voters might prefer Barnes over the eventual Republican nominee. However, as Lance indicated, the primary turnout ratio doesn’t bode well.

Dave R.

July 20th, 2010
11:31 pm

Nathan Deal was probably the least effective Congressman we had in Georgia. And not the brightest bulb in the circuit, either.

Despite my belief in a certain degree of lack of spine in Handel, she’s actually run the SOS office very well during her tenure.

And either one of them are better than Roy Barnes. Put together!

Dave R.

July 20th, 2010
11:36 pm

Joe, I think you have two things at work with the higher number of ballots taken for Republicans today.

One, the base is energized to go out and do something – anything – to start to reverse what has happened these past 2 years of Hope & Change, and they’re ready to do it at the state level to start with.

Two, you had much more competitive races up and down the line on the GOP side. Governor, AG, Insurance Comm.. Even some U.S. House races were competitive on the GOP side.

Either way, it doesn’t bode well for the Democrat nominees at the state level this year.

RW-(the original)

July 20th, 2010
11:42 pm

Well a high school buddy of mine got trounced tonight coming in 4th in a 4-way race, but there’s hope for you people that worry that the dumb masses just vote for the first name on the ballot. His name was first.

G The Man

July 20th, 2010
11:42 pm

Barnes received more votes than any one else on the ballot of either party

G Cancryn

July 20th, 2010
11:44 pm

Did Karen Handel ever go to college?

Shannon

July 20th, 2010
11:46 pm

I’m a Democrat. Voted Republican today because the race was closer. Voted for Handel in the hope that she’s marginally more liberal than the others in the field. Will definitely be voting Barnes in the general.

RW-(the original)

July 20th, 2010
11:47 pm

Barnes received more votes than any one else on the ballot of either party

G,

Assuming you didn’t just leave Barnes headquarters, what do you suppose that means?

Dont look too much into raw #s

July 20th, 2010
11:54 pm

Don’t look too much into the raw numbers here. Republicans had a feisty main event. Everyone knew Barnes would get the nod – most of the democrats I know stayed away from the polls today because why bother with the hassle when the event has already been decided. No matter which way it goes in november, the final percent will be closer than 55-45.

President

July 20th, 2010
11:54 pm

The key to this race will be teachers. If Handel is the nominee for the GOP she has a great chance to split the teacher vote(most teachers are women) defeat Barnes. If Deal is the GOP nominee, he will have a tougher time winning the support of teachers. I prdet a Barnes win if Deal is the nominee. The GOP’s best candidate is Handel. Nevertheless, she has upset alot of the GOP. Will be interesting to see who Johnson and Ox endores. That matters more the Newt or Palin.

Dave R.

July 20th, 2010
11:55 pm

G Cancryn, that kind of “degree snobbishness” is petty, even for you. I’ll take any 1 high school graduate from a good school system over any 10 people with college degrees. The high school graduate generally works harder and has thinking skills the college-educated don’t have; at least in my association with those I’ve worked with in the corporate world.

And G the Man, that statement @ 11:42 means absolutely nothing. Especially when it comes to a general election.

TG

July 20th, 2010
11:59 pm

Palin’s endorsement of Handel had an impact on me… it meant that there was no way I could vote for her. Nor for any candidate who billed himself as either a “Tea Party” supporter or a “true conservative.” That made for very slim pickings on this ballot. Too few Republicans who think anymore, they just substitute slogans for thought.

RW-(the original)

July 21st, 2010
12:02 am

Dave R,

The funny thing about that statement from G the Man is that it isn’t even remotely true. There’s a Republican candidate for agriculture commissioner in a contested race that has about 150,000 more voted than Barnes.

DawgDad

July 21st, 2010
12:14 am

The Palin-Gingrich endorsement square-off angle is intriguing because those two thrive on discussing issues and solutions. They have big aspirations and won’t want to be embarrassed by an endorsed candidate in an ugly in-fight; I expect there will be a bit of public and behind the scenes chastising if the battle drifts too far off the issues. I expect a hard fight, and I expect campaigns to be campaigns. I also expect the candidates to behave like the leaders we are looking for, and there are two votes in this household that will be cast accordingly.

Rural Education

July 21st, 2010
12:16 am

Any teacher who votes for whoever the Republican nominee turns out to be is just not paying attention. Eight years of an agenda to destroy public education should tell them all they need to know. Handel would be a nightmare and Deal would just enrich himself like Perdue has.

DawgDad

July 21st, 2010
12:28 am

Rural Education:

Take a look at Cherokee County. Not exactly fitting your description of “eight years of an agenda to destroy public education”. Quite the contrary, and there’s nary a D in office around here. Just solid professional management of our schools, a nice eight-to-ten year steady recovery from the disaster created by a complete idiot on our school board who we had to run out on a rail.

The Thin Guy

July 21st, 2010
12:29 am

King Roy claims to have a money tree. He’s going to end furloughs for teachers and hire hoards of illegal aliens to add Gore flushers to the comfort stations in state buildings. And guess who pays for it? Some things never change. Pubbies want your soul and demoncraps want your wallet. I’m more partial to my wallet.

Mr. T

July 21st, 2010
12:38 am

Let me guess who Bookman will endorse as if there is any doubt. Whomever has a D in front of his name

ken

July 21st, 2010
12:42 am

G Cancryn, a college education only shows two things. You can learn. You had money to go. It does not show that one has common sense, honesty or integrity.

atlmom

July 21st, 2010
12:45 am

Vote John Monds. If he gets 5% of the votes in the general election (and I hope he gets WAY more) – libertarians get ballot access across the board in ALL partisan races in Georgia. That’s the ONLY way to get the repubs and dems OUT OF OFFICE. Ballot access is a HUGE issue – especially in GA.

Matti

July 21st, 2010
12:49 am

Thin Guy,

Do you know it’s a sin to bear false witness? “King Roy claims to have a money tree?” Here’s a clue, Sparky: The state is running out of money because it’s running out of tax revenue because it’s running out of jobs and commerce. A state that barely graduates six in ten students from high school is simply not attractive to a company with capital and a good business plan looking to expand operations.

Slashing education and promoting ignorance and illiteracy has been the number one primary accomplishment of the GOP rule in the past eight years. Number of tangible issues solved? Zero. Other accomplishments: Let’s count, shall we? (1) The constitution was ammended so gay citizens can never get the same marriage license that straight citezens get. Check. (2) In the name of “freedom,” citizens still cannot vote on whether we’d like to allow alcohol sales in stores on Sunday. Check. (3) Fishin’ is Fun PR campaign. Check. (4) The water crisis that arose (and will again) from the failure to plan for the needs of unbridled, irresponsible growth: a – Prayer. b- Pay some lawyers to sue Tennessee and Alabama. Check. (5) Pay another lawyer to sue the federal government for its future requirement that deadbeats actually buy insurance for themselves instead of sponging off those of us who pay too much for everything. Check. (6) Raising my property taxes. Check. (7) Cutting our access to public transportation. Check.

I’m sure this is only a partial list.

TK421

July 21st, 2010
12:58 am

Look at how many votes Handel got in Fulton Cty (her home base) vs. how many Barnes got. Yikes! She gets clobbered.

Jim Nichols

July 21st, 2010
1:00 am

I’m planning on flipping SD 17 blue. We are going to have an embedded blogger (www.JimNichols4.com) at the Gold Dome come November.

Dave R.

July 21st, 2010
1:01 am

TK421, her base is NORTH Fulton County. And the Republican base is across the entire state vs. being concentrated in the urban areas.

You’re not much on electoral analysis, are you?

Jay

July 21st, 2010
1:15 am

Who did Karen H. screw or pay off for this?

larry

July 21st, 2010
1:21 am

The Log Cabin Republican vs. the Arm Twisting the Revenue Dept Repblican vs.Roy Barnes.

After Sonny , ill take Roy.

art

July 21st, 2010
1:29 am

Handel: GED
Deal: Career politician
Barnes: King of torts

Any way you look at it, Georgia loses.

Dave R.

July 21st, 2010
1:38 am

Another degree snob.

Got anything useful to post?

And there’s still an AG race to finalize (very important) and an insurance commissioner (maybe even more important), and replacement legislators for those who sought higher office and lost.

art

July 21st, 2010
3:28 am

For all those who think pickin’ on po’ little ol’ Karen’s GED is “degree snobbery”, you are the problem. A high school diploma isn’t the Nobel Prize by any means, but just like military service (which I’m sure most of these degree haters don’t have, either), it means you have done the duty and withstood certain intellectual rigors that better prepare you to handle problems. Frankly, not only should a high school diploma be a requirement for elected office, so should a COLLEGE DIPLOMA in a basic field of study, e.g., science or humanities. The only degree that should DISQUALIFY anyone is a LAW DEGREE.

SPQR(laissez Faire)

July 21st, 2010
3:51 am

I have a mechanical engineering degree with a biology minor, and I would NOT trust half of my ex professors , smart as they might be in their fields, to watch toast to keep it from burning. They would notice a butterfly, and like a little special needs kid, wander off to study it and let the house burn down.

SPQR(laissez Faire)

July 21st, 2010
3:51 am

back to work…

SPQR(laissez Faire)

July 21st, 2010
3:54 am

p.s Nor would you want to elect me , because, like groundskeeper willie, my first official act would be “to kill the lot of ya, and burn yer town to cinders”

I Report (-: You Whine )-: mmm, mmmm, mmmmm! Just sayin...

July 21st, 2010
4:15 am

Palin is the Queenmaker, heh.

SPQR(laissez Faire)

July 21st, 2010
5:29 am

SO was Barney Frank’s mom.

tom

July 21st, 2010
5:33 am

The Real Deal hopefully will fail to win the nomination. He has lined his pockets with sweet deals he nutured while in DC, He avoided a sure ethics violation by resigning his seat in DC. He is slimy and certainly special interest oriented. Glad to see Oxidine gone. Too bad Deal is still here. Handel needs to hammer his past corruption isses. Put it all up on the table for the voters to see.

Yankee in Gooberville

July 21st, 2010
5:33 am

I will not vote for any creature with an ‘R’ after its name. They are all radical right wing do anything say anythings interested in only their own power. I’m a gay american and damn it, I will not accept second class citizenship so get over it you goobers and crackers, we’re here, we’re queer, and we and our straight friends and families vote.

I Report :-) You Whine :-( mmm, mmmm, mmmmm! Just sayin...

July 21st, 2010
5:44 am

“I remain determined that our Afghan national security forces will be responsible for all military and law enforcement operations throughout our country by 2014” — more than three years after President Barack Obama’s date for the start of an American troop drawdown, Karzai said. -Urinal

Hardee, har, har, har, don’tcha just love the Klintons? Der Bruno sets the war up to be her victory, the middle of her first term as US president, will she whine about the quagmire she received from obozo?

By the way, missing the withdrawal date by three years, that’s so dummycrat, have they gotten anything right yet?

USinUK

July 21st, 2010
5:45 am

USinUK

July 21st, 2010
5:48 am

whiner … as always, you are wrong … wrong … wrong …

Obama said he’d begin sending the additional troops “at the fastest pace possible” starting in early 2010 “with a goal of starting to withdraw forces from the country in July 2011.”

The president said additional U.S. forces bolstered by NATO troops “will allow us to accelerate handing over responsibility to Afghan forces.”

Senior administration officials said Tuesday that Obama has a goal of withdrawing most U.S. forces by the end of his current term, which ends in January 2013.

http://edition.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/12/01/obama.afghanistan/

that’s okay … you don’t have to thank me … corrections are free of charge …

stands for decibels

July 21st, 2010
5:50 am

Mornin’. looks like 538 dot com called it correctly, monday at 4pm; to reprise:

Since Handel has not been accused of marital infidelity or attacked for her ethnicity or religion, there’s little question Sarah Palin will get a lot of credit, deserved or not, if Handel does romp to a strong first-place finish tomorrow. And if her runoff opponent is Nathan Deal, we’ll see a rare and fascinating surrogate confrontation between two potential 2012 presidential candidates, right on Newt Gingrich’s home turf, and it could get very, very ugly.

USinUK

July 21st, 2010
5:52 am

“Nathan Deal, we’ll see a rare and fascinating surrogate confrontation between two potential 2012 presidential candidates”

Nathan Deal … presidential candidate???

criminey, the GOP really IS leaving no stone unturned …

I Report :-) You Whine :-( mmm, mmmm, mmmmm! Just sayin...

July 21st, 2010
5:53 am

“This bill is about jobs because unemployment insurance goes to people who will spend it immediately,” said Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.). “That would increase economic demand. And that would help support our fragile economic recovery.” -Urinal

Aahhh, unemployment creates jobs now. We have a new economic theory, courtesy of the created and/or saved 300 Billion jobs crowd. Nice, we just make idiot pronounce with no basis in reality, the beady eyed nation gurgles with glee and all are happy. Meanwhile, Rome burns. And so does Illinois.

But hey, it’s Recovery Summer and the check is in the mail. Party hardy, we won’t come in your…..

I Report :-) You Whine :-( mmm, mmmm, mmmmm! Just sayin...

July 21st, 2010
5:56 am

The Urinal says three years, UStink burbles that all is well. Seems as though one of you is off message this morning. How about if you libs convene a JournoList meeting and agree on some new talking points?

I will patiently wait on the results, K?

USinUK

July 21st, 2010
5:56 am

oh … and what a difference a day makes …

“A video of the full speech — which runs more than 45 minutes — shows that Sherrod was trying to make a very different point from the one her critics saw in her inelegantly worded account of the episode with farmer Roger Spooner. An examination of her own prejudice, she said, taught her that “there is no difference between us.” ”

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/07/20/AR2010072006158_2.html?sid=ST2010072006228

yep … just as we said all along … the UNEDITED video shows that the point she was making was exactly opposite of the way Breitbart edited it …

color me shocked.

USinUK

July 21st, 2010
6:00 am

whiner – what part of “BEGIN withdrawing troops” do you just not understand?

you don’t need talking points when you have reading comprehension skills.

The Taxman Cometh

July 21st, 2010
6:01 am

Recovery Summer…I’ll take the Summer of George! (Costanza, that is)

joeybiden

July 21st, 2010
6:28 am

Bookman, your comment ” Personally, I don’t think either endorsement had a great impact, but that’s the way a lot of people will interpret the contest”.
Your realize most people could care less what you think>

USinUK

July 21st, 2010
6:36 am

now, this would be interesting … talk about being hoisted by your own petard:

Andrew Breitbart may be a target for the U.S. Department of Justice’ Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section (”CCIPS”) which is in the Criminal Division. The website, which was forwarded to this blogger by the DOJ on another issue, covers various types of crimes that involve a computer.

If Breitbart altered the video of Shirley Sherrod to make it look like she was making a statement he then called racist, he’s certainly guilty of defamation of character against Shirley Sherrod.

Breitbart may also be guilty of Internet harassment. He certainly should be made a high-profile example to discourage others from these uses of the computer and The Internet to harass a person. Enough is enough.

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/abraham/detail?entry_id=68350#ixzz0uJOhvjhQ

Bud Wiser

July 21st, 2010
6:57 am

It looks like Deal v. Handel.

I always hated writing those property taxes to Oxendine anyway.

I see that UStink has already veered wildly off topic…. not so unusual since libs seem to have the ability to concentrate on one thing about as long as a flashbulb.

“Racism, Racism, Racism, Racism”, the rally cry for the left wing loons.

Now, if you could only set that to music…

USinUK

July 21st, 2010
7:00 am

awwwwww bud … your selective attention is nearly as charming as Breitbart’s … I’m sure you’re JUST as miffed that whiner is off-topic as well, but were planning on addressing that in a separate post …

DEEP THROAT

July 21st, 2010
7:02 am

Jay why don’t you be yhe better person and brgin writing daily about how DC continues to do nothing about the economy or jobs. Eighteen mo.s and this administration has been on how many vacations, the hope he campaigned on is turning into hoping hes only a one term pres. and the change has turned into from bad to worst.

AmVet

July 21st, 2010
7:07 am

Wow, what an engaged bloggorate (blogging electorate).Lots of comments and surprisingly most of them don’t fall into the WTF? category.

My fave was the one that notes. “Any way you look at it, Georgia loses.”

As Supertramp sang, “It’s hard not to agree…”.

I believe that Handel will prove to as ditsy and clueless as her northern hero, Sister Sarah. And her ethics background is far from spotless, though she harps on her competitors record. As for her performance record, it too is very shallow.

Well, the only silver lining is that two of the three stooges are out of the race…

Later bloggorate!

Indecisive and Incompetent

July 21st, 2010
7:09 am

Here is a video every Republican voter should see. This is a news segment from Macon last Fall, regarding an executive decision that Karen Handel was supposed to make as SOS. She sat on the issue for nine months before resigning.

http://www.bibbmonroebattle.com/vidWMAZ101409.html

This woman IS the career politician in the race. If you want a decisive leader, don’t vote for her.

TaxPayer

July 21st, 2010
7:11 am

Barnes isn’t the only one that is going to enjoy the Republican reality teevee show. I too just loves a good no holds barred cage match between Republicans. I can just see them now, attending each other’s churches and tellin’ the congregations about how they was sent to make things right and how the other one was sent by the devil. Examples of lying, cheating, stealing, etc., will be flying back and forth… then again, they could shake hands and listen to the ref’s warning about hitting below the belt. Nah! Where’s the fun in that.

stands for decibels

July 21st, 2010
7:12 am

USinUK

July 21st, 2010
7:13 am

“Eighteen mo.s and this administration has been on how many vacations”

dude. seriously? you want to go down this path? 33 vs. 96. just sayin.

Indecisive and Incompetent

July 21st, 2010
7:14 am

More on the county border issue and Handel’s incompetence: Here is the opinion from the AG solicited by Handel on whether she could pass the decision onto the OSAH, where the AG forbids that and passes the decision back to HER:

http://www.bibbmonroebattle.com/docSOSReceivesOpinionFromAG.html

Here, you see the surveyor getting a subpoena two months later from where? You guessed it. The OSAH.

http://www.bibbmonroebattle.com/docSOSReceivesOpinionFromAG.html

Handel doesn’t belong anywhere near the Capital. Two years of indecision and incompetence as SOS and an endorsement from Palin. Who is she? What does she really bring to the table? Let’s get real Georgia. Deal is the only choice.

stands for decibels

July 21st, 2010
7:14 am

Bud Wiser

July 21st, 2010
7:19 am

Of course I was UStink, but you beat me to it, since you lefty loons are always so much quicker to get personal, instead of addressing the issue.

BTW, since off-topic from yesterdays news seems to be in vogue, I thought I’d drop this little ditty off that has floated around the net; it holds your esteemed Idiot In Chief in such high regard, after all….

American Battleship comparisons…

USS REAGAN

Seeing it next to the Arizona Memorial really puts its size into perspective…. ENORMOUS!

When the Bridge pipes ‘ Man the Rail’ there is a lot of rail to man on this monster: shoulder to shoulder, around 4..5 acres. Her displacement is about 100,000 tons with full complement.

Capability: Top speed exceeds 30 knots, powered by two nuclear reactors that can operate for more than 20 years without refueling

1. Expected to operate in the fleet for about 50 years
2. Carries over 80 combat aircraft
3. Three arresting cables can stop a 28-ton aircraft going 150 miles per hour in less than 400 feet

Size:

1. Towers 20 stories above the waterline
2. 1092 feet long; nearly as long as the Empire State Building is tall
3. Flight deck covers 4..5 acres
4. 4 bronze propellers, each 21 feet across, weighing 66,200 pounds
5. 2 rudders, each 29 by 22 feet and weighing 50 tons
6. 4 high speed aircraft elevators, each over 4,000 square feet

Capacity:

1. Home to about 6,000 Navy personnel
2. Carries enough food and supplies to operate for 90 days
3. 18,150 meals served daily
4. Distillation plants provide 400,000 gallons of fresh water from sea water daily, enough for 2,000 homes
5. Nearly 30,000 light fixtures and 1,325 miles of cable and wiring 1,400 telephones
and 14,000 pillowcases and 28,000 sheets

USS BILL CLINTON :

The USS William Jefferson Clinton (CVS1) set sail today from its home port of Vancouver , BC

The ship is the first of its kind in the Navy and is a standing legacy to President Bill Clinton ‘for his foresight in military budget cuts’ and his conduct while holding the (formerly dignified) office of President.

The ship is constructed nearly entirely from recycled aluminum and is completely solar powered with a top speed of 5 knots. It boasts an arsenal comprised of one (unarmed) F14 Tomcat or one (unarmed) F18 Hornet aircraft which, although they cannot be launched on the 100 foot flight deck, form a very menacing presence.

As a standing order there are no firearms allowed on board.

This crew, like the crew aboard the USS Jimmy Carter, is specially trained to avoid conflicts and appease any and all enemies of the United States at all costs.

An onboard Type One DNC Universal Translator can send out messages of apology in any language to anyone who may find America offensive. The number of apologies are limitless and though some may seem hollow and disingenuous, the Navy advises all apologies will sound very sincere.

In times of conflict, the USS Clinton has orders to seek refuge in Canada .

USS BARACK OBAMA :

This ship will be used to ferry illegals across the Rio Grande to pick up their
welfare checks as advance payments for their democratic votes.

Details are as vague as his past, his economic policies and his credentials to lead.
But don’t you worry……he has a plan.

stands for decibels

July 21st, 2010
7:20 am

you want to go down this path? 33 vs. 96. just sayin.

there you go again BLAMING BUSH!!!!!11!!

RobbE33

July 21st, 2010
7:20 am

All career politicians become the same once on their knees before special interest groups. The Congressional Reform Act of 2010 should be extended to state legislators as well as federal-
http://www.facebook.com/#!/notes/congressional-reform-act-of-2010/congressional-reform-act-of-2010/235200832599

Doggone/GA

July 21st, 2010
7:21 am

“seriously? you want to go down this path? ”

It was a stupid path to do down during the Bush admin too. It’s not like being on vacation means being totally unavailable. In this day and age, it pretty much doesn’t matter where you are, if you’re the Pres, you’re ALWAYS in immediate touch. Always.

USinUK

July 21st, 2010
7:23 am

bud – you funny man … you make joke … “since you lefty loons are always so much quicker to get personal”

“not so unusual since libs seem to have the ability to concentrate on one thing about as long as a flashbulb”

:lol:

thanks for starting my day with a chuckle … you and whiner really should take your act on the road

Aquagirl

July 21st, 2010
7:23 am

Terry, obviously nobody gives a flying flip about your squabble with the Bibb County Commission. Go pick up your unemployment check and surf the want ads, it’s a better use of your time.

Jason T

July 21st, 2010
7:23 am

Nathan Deal or Karen Handel would be better than “King Roy”.

Horatio Nutcracker

July 21st, 2010
7:25 am

Ustink has nothing better to do. She has such a low self esteem, she is constantly correcting others to make up for her short-comings. Poor thing. She and Doggone are cut from the same mold. They’re sisters.

USinUK

July 21st, 2010
7:27 am

Doggone – I agree with you in part … but I think there is also an issue of appearances … when most workers get only 2 weeks of “personal days” a year (which, for many, includes sick days, as well), taking 3+ months off out of 18 seems a bit extravagant.

stands for decibels

July 21st, 2010
7:27 am

really puts its size into perspective…. ENORMOUS!

Why Bud. Who knew.

USinUK

July 21st, 2010
7:29 am

yes … woe is me … my esteem is soooooooo low … alas! it is only by pointing out the idiocy of folks like whiner and bud that I am able to feel good about myself …

… so thank gawd they give me such good material day in … day out …

:-)

Doggone/GA

July 21st, 2010
7:34 am

“taking 3+ months off out of 18 seems a bit extravagant.”

Sure, to people who have nothing better to do than to THINK about it. Bottom-line, the President NEVER has time off. And it doesn’t matter where he is, he’s always on the job.

Doggone/GA

July 21st, 2010
7:36 am

BTW, Sis…did Mom ever tell you…?

It’s always funny when someone thinks they’re insulting others, but those others consider it a compliment!

test

July 21st, 2010
7:38 am

Barnes and Handel or Deal. Oh my.

Sheesh. Can we call a mulligan?

Horatio Nutcracker

July 21st, 2010
7:40 am

That’s because you’re too stupid to realize that you both are idiots.

You can’t fix stupid.

Normal

July 21st, 2010
7:41 am

Bud and whiner really should take their act on the road…
They should be on the stage…there’s one leaving in 10 minutes…Da Dum.

Great mornin’ all. I’m still amazed that Deal made the runoff. Seems the Noth Georgia folks either can’t read or don’t care that he’s the most corrupt politician in America. He makes Nixon look like a Boy Scout.

We WILL have a democrat Gov again. I see it as more of a backlash to Sonny’s gaggle of thieves. And OX…poor ol’ Ox…heh, heh.

Outhouse GoKart

July 21st, 2010
7:42 am

Will Roy be sporting his celebratory lipstick today?

First Sergeant

July 21st, 2010
7:44 am

Dave R.

July 20th, 2010
11:14 pm
Jay, c’mon. Just weeks ago, Handel was either 2nd or 3rd, depending on the poll. Sarah Palin comes in and endorses Handel, and she wins the top spot pretty easily.

Wrong! Handel was actually leading when Palin gave her endorsement. Sorry, Palin gets no credit!

Normal

July 21st, 2010
7:45 am

USinUK,
I suspect Mr NutCracker is an alias, but Between you and me, I’m glad Whiner, Bud and Nutcase…er…cracker are here. No matter how Bad I feel about myself, I can read their “stuff” and feel much better…they are good for my morale, just sayin’

King Rat Roy

July 21st, 2010
7:46 am

*Munch Munch crunch crunch*

TaxPayer

July 21st, 2010
7:48 am

Well, if Handel gets in office maybe she can get us some stricter immigration laws and get rid of those people that built our houses and made our carpet and cut up our chicken and mowed our lawns and picked our vegetables and bought our used clothing and… well, that’s the ticket.

Doggone/GA

July 21st, 2010
7:49 am

Taxpayer…and cut taxes too!

Jason T

July 21st, 2010
7:51 am

Outhouse GoKart

July 21st, 2010
7:42 am
Will Roy be sporting his celebratory lipstick today?

LOL! Outhouse, between the lipstick an I believe Lasik; maybe he’s really wanting to be GA’s First Lady.

First Sergeant

July 21st, 2010
7:52 am

RW-(the original)

July 20th, 2010
11:26 pm – “It might keep him from looking at the raw vote total and realizing how futile his effort really is.”

The “raw vote total” is deceiving because there were several contests where there were no Democrat candidate, which obviously kept some folks from evengoing to the poles. So, no, Barnes efforts will not be futile. Governor Barnes is back!!

TaxPayer

July 21st, 2010
7:53 am

Handel got religion and apologized about trying to befriend the gays and for even remotely suggesting that anyone supporting abortion under any circumstance has a right to life. That’s what shot her up in the rankings amongst Georgia’s devoutly Republican Christians and got her the extra votes that she needed.

Jason T

July 21st, 2010
7:53 am

TaxPayer

July 21st, 2010
7:48 am

Maybe Handel will just enforce the current laws….HEY! That’s the ticket!

stands for decibels

July 21st, 2010
7:54 am

Veering way the hell off topic again, I don’t suppose there’s any way I could force people to read this splendid refutation of lies your politicians tell you about Social Security, is there?

a wee taste:

[S]ocial security is not in crisis and it needn’t be part of any Grand Bargain with Republicans who simply want to destroy the program (and will, of course, fail to act in good faith anyway.) It is a well financed, efficient, bare subsistence level program for people at the end of their lives that is in no way responsible for the debt. In fact, its surpluses have been covering the Republicans’ insane wars and tax cuts and the nation’s overall rising health care costs for many years. It should be, quite literally, untouchable.

But the right wing and their wealthy owners have been after Social Security since the minute it was created and they have successfully propagated many myths about the alleged financing problems as a way to push their real agenda. They have been lying for 70 years.

USinUK

July 21st, 2010
7:55 am

Normal – “No matter how Bad I feel about myself, I can read their “stuff” and feel much better”

does that mean they’re the bloggy equivalent of Jerry Springer?

Doggone – 7:36 – I was thinking the same thing :-)

MiltonMan

July 21st, 2010
7:59 am

Congrats GA DemoRats. Your #1 person on the November ballot will be nothing more than a proven loser. Good job on keeping Hank “my fear is that the whole island will become so overly populated that it will tip over and capsize” Johnson around. Great to be a conservative in GA while the Demorats are being reduced to a third party.

TaxPayer

July 21st, 2010
7:59 am

Maybe Handel will just enforce the current laws….

Which laws would that be.

Jason T

July 21st, 2010
8:01 am

@MiltonMan

Great post! Gotta love that GA 4th District, huh?

RobbE33

July 21st, 2010
8:01 am

This is what our self-serving state government has given us so far-

Georgia ranks in the top 25 percentile of median household incomes yet has one of the highest per capita tax burdens and lowest education rankings in the nation!

Below is how our regional neighbors have fared-

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2008 individual tax burden by state according to Retirement Living-
Georgia, 16th highest taxes per capita
Alabama, 38th highest taxes per capita
Tennessee, 44th highest taxes per capita
North Carolina, 20th highest taxes per capita
South Carolina, 37th highest taxes per capita
Florida, 47th highest taxes per capita
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2007 education ranking by state according to Morgan Quitno’s Education State Rankings-
Georgia, 40th smartest
Alabama, 43rd smartest
Tennessee, 41st smartest
North Carolina, 22nd smartest
South Carolina, 29th smartest
Florida, 36th smartest
——————-
2008 median household income by state according to the US Census Bureau-
Georgia, 23rd wealthiest
Alabama, 46th wealthiest
Tennessee, 43rd wealthiest
North Carolina, 37th wealthiest
South Carolina, 40th wealthiest
Florida, 46th wealthiest

=========

The only way to put an end to this madness is to revert to citizen legislators as our Founding Fathers envisioned and limit political terms and their ability to enact legistlation that doesn’t affect the legislators-

http://davegj13.wordpress.com/2009/12/29/congressional-reform-act-of-2010/

TaxPayer

July 21st, 2010
8:02 am

I suppose MiltonMan is trying not to think about his upcoming choices on the Republican ticket. I can see where that would leave him really depressed.

First Sergeant

July 21st, 2010
8:02 am

art

July 21st, 2010
3:28 am

Amen brother!!