Georgia Republicans believe themselves invulnerable

In politics as in sports, it’s dangerous to get cocky.

And Georgia Republicans have gotten cocky. They have come to feel invulnerable and complacent, convinced that their constituents’ intense dislike of Democratic policies at the national level has given them a free hand to do as they wish here in Georgia, without consequence or backlash.

Ethical missteps, bad judgment, failure to govern — they believe that none of it matters as long as those magic words “Barack Obama” retain the power to distract and anger Georgia voters.

Want proof? Let’s review events just from the first eight months of 2011.

The year kicked off with the revelation that House Speaker David Ralston had taken his family and staff on a $17,000, all-expense paid holiday trip to Europe, courtesy of lobbyists for a high-speed rail company. In our much-reviled Congress, such behavior would result in severe censure or even removal from office, but here in Georgia it barely raised an eyebrow. In fact, Ralston continues to argue that limits on lobbyist gifts to politicians are not necessary given the fine, upstanding character of those we elect to public office.

There were also no repercussions when the chairman of the Senate Banking and Financial Institutions Committee, Jack Murphy of Cumming, was sued by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation for being grossly negligent in his role as a director of a failed bank in Alpharetta. Murphy is now barred from involvement in any FDIC-insured institution, but inexplicably, he has been allowed by his fellow Republicans to retain his role overseeing the state’s banking industry.

Murphy’s counterpart in the state House, Banks and Banking Committee chair Greg Morris, was also fined $5,000 this year by the FDIC for violating regulations as a director of an Ailey bank. He too has been allowed to stay in his leadership role overseeing Georgia’s deeply troubled banking industry.

Not surprisingly, neither Morris nor Murphy has shown interest in investigating why Georgia continues to lead the nation in bank failures or whether the Georgia Department of Banking and Finance, charged with regulating state-chartered banks, failed in its duties. Given that 17 of the nation’s 68 bank failures in 2011 have occurred here in Georgia, costing the FDIC a total of $1.549 billion so far this year, their studied avoidance of the problem is appalling.

But again, they feel no public pressure to do better, so why should they?

Then there was the scandal in June, when the executive secretary of the state ethics commission was given her walking papers and her sole investigator stripped of her job. Those events occurred immediately after the two sought to subpoena records from the 2010 campaign of Gov. Nathan Deal. Again, there were no repercussions. Overall, GOP leaders have slashed the commission’s budget by 42 percent since 2008, even as they have burdened the agency with new record-keeping duties. They have also stripped the agency of rule-making powers available to almost every other agency in state government, all the while claiming to be horrified at alleged abuses of power in Washington.

I haven’t even mentioned the coup against Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle by his fellow Republicans in the state Senate, which basically left that body rudderless, or the embarrassing financial shenanigans of Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers and his business partner, U.S. Rep. Tom Graves, or the continuing efforts of GOP legislators to empower themselves at the expense of local government officials. And who knows what the rest of the year will bring?

Once politicians feel themselves unaccountable, there’s no telling what they might do.


– Jay Bookman

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stands for decibels

August 23rd, 2011
7:35 am

Normal

August 23rd, 2011
7:37 am

The GOP in general and the State GOP in particular are common thugs in white shirts. Party over People. The GOP is no better than a street gang or a cult. But Karma says they will get theirs in the end.

stands for decibels

August 23rd, 2011
7:37 am

Oh, and Jay, you just blindly hate Republicans, that’s the only reason you keep posting these hack columns. You’d never say anything mean or nasty about your Democrat buddies.

(thought I’d get that one out of the way.)

Mel Brooks

August 23rd, 2011
7:37 am

It could be raining.

Normal

August 23rd, 2011
7:38 am

Stands,
Saved that one. Going to read it all…thanks!

stands for decibels

August 23rd, 2011
7:39 am

The GOP is no better than a street gang or a cult.

All things considered, it’s relatively easy to overcome a street gang or cult.

A baked-into-the-system political machine, on the other hand…

Mary Elizabeth

August 23rd, 2011
7:43 am

“Ethical missteps, bad judgment, failure to govern — they believe that none of it matters as long as those magic words “Barack Obama” retain the power to distract and anger Georgia voters.”

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Rightwing majority thought prevails only in the present in Georgia. The tipping point toward a more progressive Georgia will be sooner rather than later. The exact time of this change is unknowable, but it will occur. 47% of Georgians voted for Barack Obama for President of the U.S. in the national election of 2008. That’s 47%. “Pride before Fall.”

HadIt

August 23rd, 2011
7:47 am

Wait and see, before ten more comments are added some Fox News Tea Party brain-fried zombie will claim that, in fact, it was actually Barney Frank that did it.

Hootinanny Yum Yum

August 23rd, 2011
7:48 am

Maxine Waters. She’s in the news. Let’s discuss the progressives in CA. C’mon, Jay.

carlosgvv

August 23rd, 2011
7:53 am

“they believe that none of it matters as long as those magic words Barack Obama retain the power to anger and distract Georgia voters”

And, since the number of racist dumbed down Georgia voters seems to be steadly increasing, they are safe in this belief. It is all too clear that a large number of Georgians would vote for the Devil himself rather than Obama. Giving Georgia politicians a free hand to do anything the want is a sure way to watch them toss what few ethics they have out the window.

stands for decibels

August 23rd, 2011
7:54 am

She’s in the news.

Clearly expressing what a majority of Americans believe is not really all that newsworthy.

But, nice attempted deflection from the topic at hand, anyway.

stands for decibels

August 23rd, 2011
7:58 am

Sorry, I should’ve written “plurality” rather than “majority” @ 7.54.

Tommy Maddox

August 23rd, 2011
7:59 am

“Once politicians feel themselves unaccountable, there’s no telling what they might do.”

Now ain’t that rich?

jt

August 23rd, 2011
8:00 am

From Senator Toombs….a great Georgian——————-

“I tell you, upon the faith of a true man, that all further looking to the North for security for your constitutional rights in the Union ought to be instantly abandoned. It is fraught with nothing but ruin to yourselves and your posterity. Secession by the 4th day of March next should be thundered from the ballot-box by the unanimous voice of Georgia on the 2nd day of January next. Such voice will be your best guarantee for liberty, security, tranquility, and glory.”

Emmanuel Hall

August 23rd, 2011
8:07 am

The Rpublicans secret weapon here is Georgia and across the nation is their rehtoric of bigotry, racism and hate to their base of the silly, foolish and misinformed. And they know that the so-called mainstream media, with few exceptions will challenge them. But, the salvation is; that no lie will live forever and I believe the end to this right wing Republican non-sense is near.

Jay

August 23rd, 2011
8:07 am

And how did that little exercise work out for them, jt?

I think that’s merely further evidence of the dangers of getting cocky.

Granny Godzilla

August 23rd, 2011
8:08 am

Well….If common decency, moral character and integrity won’t straighten out the GOP cabal in Georgia then perhaps they need to be reminded that according to Gallop just last week President Obama has a 48% approval rating here in our home state.

Guy Incognito

August 23rd, 2011
8:09 am

Why do you libs stay here? Move. We’re sooooooooo backwards. The time is coming for 2 countries. Y’all do nothing but make fun of us Red-Staters anyway. Why burden yourselves with, “the number of racist dumbed down Georgia voters (sic, “that”) seems to be steadly increasing”?

Guy Incognito

August 23rd, 2011
8:10 am

Bring it on Jay

stands for decibels

August 23rd, 2011
8:10 am

I imagine it’d cost a few quid to exhume Toombs’ remains and put them in front of a firing squad, but I’d be in for a C-note if anyone would join me.

Bail Out - Too Big to Fail -- Republican Greed

August 23rd, 2011
8:10 am

The CEO of major bail-out recipient Citibank is replacing the current President of Standard & Poor.
The Republican Bail-Out has earned the distinction of being the largest Entitlement Program ever conceived by the U.S. Government.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Justice Department is investigating whether Standard & Poor improperly rated dozens of mortgage securities in the years leading up to the financial crisis in 2008.

The unethical business practices continue during the “George W. Bush Great Recession”.

Good Little Liberal

August 23rd, 2011
8:12 am

From downstairs:

I would have loved to see him gone if there was an option other than mobs with automatic weapons to replace him. What is it with you guys and this “change” thing. We got change. Now our economy has been in the toilet for years with no end in site. We got change in Egypt. Christians being slaughtered, military in charge and Israel’s only Middle Eastern Ally is now having border wars. World wide instability is not a goal that I think the US should be trying to achieve.

And for God’s sake, stop comparing these armed mob takeovers to the American Revolution. The Declaration of independence was written by the SECOND Continental congress. At the beginning of the revolution we had a smart and established government waiting to take control.
I have to go to work. I know that you disagree, but I think we have made a huge mistake,

AmVet

August 23rd, 2011
8:13 am

Though it is utterly futile, this column should be read to every lockstep, corruption coddling, reactionary Republican in this state.

Though a helluva challenge, it appears that the Georgia GOP is just trying to outslime their party brethren in Washington.

Nathan Deal encourages the ‘troops”…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cr5KyLzFdgI

Peadawg

August 23rd, 2011
8:17 am

“Once politicians feel themselves unaccountable, there’s no telling what they might do.” – I missed where Obama stopped blaming Bush for all of our problems.

On topic though, you’re pretty much spot on with everything you said. Not much to argue here.

willydoit?

August 23rd, 2011
8:19 am

Racism is pretty much dead in America. Now we have Republicism and Democratism. We are a divided country based upon two groups. No matter which party is power, we either hate or defend based upon who we voted for.
Freedom of the press used to mean reporters would go after both parties…no longer true. It all depends on what network or paper the reporter receives a paycheck from as to which party he/she will try to destroy.
Guy Incognito…you may be right…we may see a divided country again in our life time.

Stonethrower

August 23rd, 2011
8:20 am

They are invunerable. Like it or not, this is a red state and will remian that way. Especially if the current occupant of the White House remains for another term. Besides, what other options due the good people of Georgia have. Once in power you do what ever is necessary to remain in power. Suck in up Dems. You had your turn for years and you blew it.

carlosgvv

August 23rd, 2011
8:22 am

Guy Incognito

If I don’t like the political situation in Georgia, I will stay and try to improve it. Unlike you, I do not have a “cut and run” personality.

carlosgvv

August 23rd, 2011
8:24 am

jt

Gov. Perry loves you.

stands for decibels

August 23rd, 2011
8:25 am

Besides, what other options due [sic] the good [sic] people of Georgia have.

golly, I don’t know… maybe they could stop voting kneejerk reactionary a-holes into positions of power, as they’ve tended to do for a coupla centuries now?

Granny Godzilla

August 23rd, 2011
8:26 am

Guy Incognito

August 23rd, 2011
8:09 am
Why do you libs stay here?

Somebody has to clean up the mess

Adam

August 23rd, 2011
8:27 am

OFF TOPIC, but check this out:

HEADLINE: White House to Scale Back Regulations on Businesses

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424053111904279004576524870307612628.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

Hey look, the President is LEADING. At least, according to the Republican definition of leading so far. Watch those leadership goalposts move. Just watch…

JohnnyReb

August 23rd, 2011
8:28 am

If anything unlawful has occurred, the attorney general should investigate. Until then, it’s little more than carpetbagger unhappiness.

As our beloved Lewis proclaimed, if you are not the lead dog the view never changes.

The Leg Lamp is a “major award”….

August 23rd, 2011
8:29 am

Ah yes, some real red meat to start your day from the party of “tolerance and inclusion”.

August 23, 2011

Maxine Waters: ‘The tea party can go straight to hell’

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2011/08/21/maxine-waters-the-tea-party-can-go-straight-to-hell/#ixzz1Vr2WksS9

stands for decibels

August 23rd, 2011
8:30 am

The time is coming for 2 countries.

Yours can be that glorified drilling platform if you like.

jt

August 23rd, 2011
8:31 am

carlosgvv -Perry never considered secession.Another invention of the MSM.
.
Governor Perry is a pandering Statist fool who is avalaible to the highest bidder.
Makes Obama look like a piker.
.
And no………..Perry would not like me.No Statists do …for I expose the lie that they are living…….and no one really enjoys that.
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The Leg Lamp is a “major award”….

August 23rd, 2011
8:31 am

Adam
August 23rd, 2011
8:27 am

So after 2 and a half years he decides to leave. Yeah, that’s real leadership. :roll:

Matthew

August 23rd, 2011
8:32 am

Oh Jay, you poor poor pitiful wanker. Just because your boy Obama is tanking in the polls and continues to ruin any prospects for recovery.

dupe-ilicious

August 23rd, 2011
8:32 am

The two parties need us to continue this split and they are both feeding a hungry population (mentally-starved, critical-thinking-malnourished) the idea that you have to pick one side or the other. If Georgians and Americans continue buying into this “team sport” view of governance then we’ll all get what we deserve and it’s not going to be anything like a “reward”.
Which party will dominate and “lead” the continuing destruction of this state and nation?
If you call yourself a Democrat or a Republican then you are part of the problem.

saywhat?

August 23rd, 2011
8:32 am

With 5 kids, one of the things keeping me in Geirgia is the Hope scholarship. I fear the republicans will succeed in killing it, or at least crippling it to the point of irrelevance, before my younger children have any chance of benefitting from it.

@@

August 23rd, 2011
8:32 am

And Georgia Republicans have gotten cocky.

And the Tea Party is the direct result of Republican cockiness. They’ve come to ruffle their feathers.

Matthew

August 23rd, 2011
8:33 am

Adam – The moves only save 10 billion over 5 years. 2 billion per year – big whoop.

1811/0311

August 23rd, 2011
8:33 am

“And Georgia Republicans have gotten cocky. ”

And Georgia Democrats have gotten arrogant.

The Leg Lamp is a “major award”….

August 23rd, 2011
8:35 am

The Leg Lamp is a “major award”….
August 23rd, 2011
8:31 am

By the way, go back and read the first paragraph in the article:

“The Obama administration will release final plans Tuesday for ending or cutting back hundreds of regulations, an effort to reduce the burden on business and counter criticism that the White House is tone-deaf to business concerns.”

Obama made the move to “counter criticism” he was ignoring business concerns. Yeah, great “leadership”. :roll: Talk about moving the goalposts……..

Talking Head

August 23rd, 2011
8:36 am

Politics as usual. It really doesn’t matter that its the State Republicans this time, if Democrats were in running the show in Georgia, they would no doubt have scandles of their own.

Each party can talk the talk, but hardly anyone can walk the walk.

Paul

August 23rd, 2011
8:36 am

Jay

Your first three paragraphs – I was hoping it might bleed over to our next election in Texas.

Then I read your examples. Hoo-wheee…. this Texan has to say ‘no way we’re beating you at that.”

And that’s quite a mouthful.

Adam

August 23rd, 2011
8:36 am

Peadawg: I missed where Obama stopped blaming Bush for all of our problems.

Then you haven’t been paying attention to his town halls.

Keep Up the Good Fight!

August 23rd, 2011
8:37 am

Public pressure? The Republicans/Tea Nuts seem to celebrate more when their Republican officials have criminal/ethical background problems and flaunt the hypocrisy as if it is a badge of courage. But they foam at the mouth if you mention Obama….
_________________

I sure hope Adam has taken some motion sickness meds because he is already seeing the rapid movement of the goalposts!

Adam

August 23rd, 2011
8:37 am

Granny: Somebody has to clean up the mess

Ugh. So the Democrats are janitors and the Republicans are the wealthy class? Sounds close to accurate, but wholly unfair.

Misty Fyed

August 23rd, 2011
8:38 am

And you kindly forgot to mention that our state has over 10% unemployment under this Republican administration with no signs of easing.

You are talking about a group who elected Nathan Deal as Governor. Few are more conservative than I am and this group embarrasses me.

Dave R. - 3k/4k/5k

August 23rd, 2011
8:38 am

And has been pointed out many times before, Georgia Republicans don’t hold a candle to Massachusetts Democrats in their cockiness.

The bottom-line is that BOTH parties do this, both parties misbehave when in power, yet in BOTH states (and many others), the voters continue to be too stupid to vote out their locals.

Noah Zark

August 23rd, 2011
8:38 am

Just as the national Republican party is beginning to crack under the weight of its own hubris and greed, so to will the state Republican party. I don’t know when or what will set off its failure, but overreaching and this feeling of invincibility will come to roost.

You have to figure that the old statement “nature abhors a vacuum” is true. So know that the R Party has pretty much abolished the Democratic party in Georgia, there is a vacuum of political intrigue. So they will begin to turn on themselves.

But remember, there is NO difference between political beings and corporations. Corporations and government feed on each other like incestuous jackals. And we all know what happens as a result of that,

Daedalus

August 23rd, 2011
8:39 am

Don’t forget the fundamentally misguided transportation sales tax bill.

That legislation gets the most important part of transportation planning and implementation wrong: it fails to address who will operate the myriad transit systems outside of Fulton and DeKalb. The current funding list continues the Balkanization of transit provides. That GRTA would run bus lines that compete with Cobb Transit, Gwinnett Transit and MARTA is fundamentally wrong-headed and counter-productive to creating a seamless, or at least, a less fractured system.

I did not expect the GOP controlled legislature to take on the real heavy lifting — creating one transit agency for the state. Since MARTA was created by constitutional amendment the current GOP leaders simply don’t have the skills, desire and ability to fix that, but they could have decide who will operate transit in the suburbs. GRTA, ARC and GDOT already have the legal authority to operate transit systems. The smart move would have been to fold Gwinnett and Cobb transit systems into a regional system. Maybe even starting some east-west routes (Marietta to Sandy Springs and then Lawrenceville anyone?).

Instead the transit funding will resurrect Clayton transit and provide funding to Cobb and Gwinnett systems so they will stay insulated, and GRTA will continue to run bus lines that compete with all three of them as well as MARTA. Had the legislature addressed the “governance” issue I would vote for the sale tax even if ALL the funding went to the suburbs — but as configured, I cannot vote for it regardless of how much provincial pork they load into it.

And for this nonsense the Georgia GOP wants to be congratulated?

Granny Godzilla

August 23rd, 2011
8:40 am

Even a party of inclusion should not include fools and charlatans.

And yes, the Tea Party can go straight to hell.

All us socialist, communist, trailer park living, america-hating, business-hating, government teat sucking, caddy driving welfare kings and queens with I phones, food stamp getting, muslim, uppity,
half-rican, lonely, fat folks think so.

USinUK

August 23rd, 2011
8:40 am

“ack Murphy of Cumming, was sued by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation for being grossly negligent in his role as a director of a failed bank in Alpharetta. Murphy is now barred from involvement in any FDIC-insured institution, but inexplicably, he has been allowed by his fellow Republicans to retain his role overseeing the state’s banking industry.”

the thing I find amusing is that I remember – VERY VERY WELL – how the GOP howled and screamed about how “corrupt” Tom Murphy was … criminey, he was a cub scout compared to the so-called “state leadership”

Dave R. - 3k/4k/5k

August 23rd, 2011
8:40 am

Oh, and Sen. Jack Murphy is the epitome of the do-nothing political blowhard.

Just sayin! :D

Adam

August 23rd, 2011
8:41 am

Matthew: 2 million each year, oh no! Not that piddly little amount! I mean, cutting NPR funding was a GREAT IDEA and it would have cut ONE MILLION.

Arguments like that 1) fail to take into account that every little bit helps, and 2) Entirely miss the point by focused on how MUCH it saves rather than THIS IS A REPUBLICAN IDEA. Hello? Reduce “job-killing” regulations? ASK the businesses which regulations hurt their profits the most and then act on it? You guys aren’t paying attention, because Obama acted on that, took that idea and made it a reality. LEADERSHIP.

Now, since deregulation solves EVERYTHING (according to some wild-eyed nuts), should we not now see a steep rise in job creation?

deegee

August 23rd, 2011
8:42 am

Murphy, Deal, Rogers and Graves have one thing in common. They made illegal immigrants the focus of their campaigns. Georgians dislike illegal immigrants more than they dislike blatant, in your face corruption. Pathetic.

jm

August 23rd, 2011
8:42 am

You know. Republicans would like to be given the power to “fix” America at the national level. When these kind of shenanigans go on at the state level, it discredits and minimizes the moral authority of the national party.

There are plenty of very good Republicans out there. But the GA State Republicans sure do take some of the wind out of the party’s sails…..

Not exactly the model of good governance…

USinUK

August 23rd, 2011
8:42 am

go, granny, go!

Wes

August 23rd, 2011
8:42 am

Jay,

If the government is either corrupt or ineffective, should we limit them to the few things they do well or give them more authority over our lives?

Adam

August 23rd, 2011
8:43 am

Leg Lamp: Obama made the move to “counter criticism” he was ignoring business concerns.

Right and I’m sure that’s the only reason he would do that.

I guess that makes sense if you REALLY BELIEVE that regulations are just rules that popped out of nowhere and Obama just closed his eyes and threw darts at a list of them to see which ones to get rid of. You know, because not a single one of them should exist…..

Thomas

August 23rd, 2011
8:43 am

uh… ok

Against the democratic leadership who have been clean and transparent as usual?

Matti's Annoyance

August 23rd, 2011
8:44 am

Guy Incognito,

Why don’t YOU move to a place where everybody is exactly like you? I’m FROM here, and we’re NOT going away. We’re not going to sit down, shut up, or get over it either. Nor will we let the corruption go unnoticed as the people about whom Mr. Bookman writes are counting on. If you’re so threatened by the notion that somebody might someday challenge the parroted, bee-ess talking points that come out of your mouth — oh how embarrassing! — then YOU move. Bullies are just chicken sh** on the inside anyway, and everybody knows it.

Keep Up the Good Fight!

August 23rd, 2011
8:44 am

Georgians have been known not to be so stupid that they have not at times voted out local officials who have failed…. There have been some local republicans who have been voted out of office for those failures in leadership and other failures. Its a shame they don’t do it more often and raise the bar!

jm

August 23rd, 2011
8:46 am

Misty Fyed

August 23rd, 2011
8:46 am

It’s time for the tea party to clean house at the State level too. I know you libs think the tea party movement is part of the republican party but it’s not. It’s a condemnation of the republican party. It asks for common sense leadership. Look after the money like it was yours and be honest. Integrity above compromise. Why is that so much to ask?

jm

August 23rd, 2011
8:47 am

Granny G 8:40 – at least you know yourself well.

Self awareness is the first step to recovery. :D

(ir)Rational

August 23rd, 2011
8:47 am

Well, Wes, since most of the people here are ardent supporters of the Democrat ideal, they would argue that it is only the Republicans that are this corrupt. Therefore, we should give them more power, but only to the Democrats. Personally, I think we should limit them to the things they were created to do, let them get good at that, and have that as all they do. But I’m just a crazy person who believes that I know how to spend the money I work for and earn better than some idiot in the state capital or Washington.

Oh-well. Who is John Galt?

jm

August 23rd, 2011
8:48 am

The Tea Party is saving America from long term financial armaggeddon. Fact.

Granny Godzilla

August 23rd, 2011
8:48 am

Obama made the move to “counter criticism” he was ignoring business concerns.

Actually Obama made the move in January….when he ordered the review….

Terd Fergesun

August 23rd, 2011
8:48 am

Why is it with you liberals Book Man that when dems act this way they are being aggressive. When Conservatives act this way they are cocky? Man, you do tow the liberal line I will give you that much. Problem is is clouds your opinion and makes you no different then a Limbaugh or Hannity. Better take a valium after that comparison big boy. I know you need it.

Paul

August 23rd, 2011
8:48 am

jt

“Perry never considered secession.Another invention of the MSM.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5xTxcFA398

It folllows Perry’ speaking style – same as with the Fed – more “who knows what Texans might do (and I’m their governor) rather than active voice “Texas will do (whatever).”

For a governor to speak in such terms – who knows what others might think. They might think the Texas governor speaks treason!

Obozononics

August 23rd, 2011
8:48 am

Cocky is way better than the childish finger waiving and tongue sticking out of Rahm Emanuel, don’t you think? Where were your “Cocky” statements when the democrats drew the lines 10 years ago, typical liberal hypocrisy. What about the Obozo statement to the GOP to “get in the back of the bus” I guess that would not be considered cocky if you are a dimwit liberal….

jm

August 23rd, 2011
8:48 am

Misty Fyed – good point

USinUK

August 23rd, 2011
8:49 am

“I know you libs think the tea party movement is part of the republican party but it’s not. It’s a condemnation of the republican party.”

I guess we should all just ignore the fact that they ARE Republicans

roughrider

August 23rd, 2011
8:49 am

” Georgia Republicans believe themselves invulnerable”

A good reason why Georgia is about 10 years behind the rest of the nation on most issues.

Granny Godzilla

August 23rd, 2011
8:49 am

jm

August 23rd, 2011
8:48 am
The Tea Party is saving America from long term financial armaggeddon. Fact.

When pigs fly over the debt limit poofing glitter and silver dollars

Keep Up the Good Fight!

August 23rd, 2011
8:51 am

Obozo…. Ummm… got any proof that the President said the words “get in the back of the bus”. Do try looking up the actual words. Here’s a tip for you. It was a speech that included a reference to a car and never mentioned a bus.

carlosgvv

August 23rd, 2011
8:52 am

jt

Perry suggested at a news conference that Texans might, at some point, get so fed up that they would consider seceding from the Union. He carefully worded it to distance himself from these feelings, but, as Paul Simon said – “say now who do, who do you think you’re fooling”.

USinUK

August 23rd, 2011
8:52 am

“Where were your “Cocky” statements when the democrats drew the lines 10 years ago”

um, in 2001, when W was in office and the GOP had the house and senate?

Terd Fergesun

August 23rd, 2011
8:52 am

USinUK

August 23rd, 2011
8:49 am
“I know you libs think the tea party movement is part of the republican party but it’s not. It’s a condemnation of the republican party.”

I guess we should all just ignore the fact that they ARE Republicans

What you liberals ignore is that we in the Tea Party will vote out Republicans who are not fiscally responsible. You liberals will stand by a bad democrat and basically let them eat their young.

ProgressivePeach

August 23rd, 2011
8:53 am

Thanks to all the wingnut commenters for proving Jay’s point.

David

August 23rd, 2011
8:53 am

Georgia’s unemployment rate being over 10% confuses me. I mean the Republicans have been the majority for how long now? Where are the jobs? Where are they? It surely can’t be Obama’s fault. He isn’t running Georgia. Where, Republicans, are the jobs or at the very least a jobs bill? I am really curious.

Obozononics

August 23rd, 2011
8:55 am

Normal, you are so funny, you really think the democrats are different?

Misty Fyed

August 23rd, 2011
8:56 am

USinUK. That’s an odd statement. How would you possibly know that? The world isn’t divided into two groups; Republican and Democrat. There are those whose lives do not revolve around affiliation to a party. There are few “yellow dawg republicans”.

Of course, this is a concept you may have difficulty grasping.

Jethro

August 23rd, 2011
8:59 am

It’s one thing to have and share a political view. It is another thing entirely to accept egregious behavior from our politicians. The point isn’t that the GOP is bad. Democrats have engaged in the same behavior when they were in control.

No, it is about our tolerance of these behaviors. “Yeah, so what else is new?”, is the common refrain from the peanut gallery. Why do we put up with it? It isn’t a Democrat vs. GOP issue. It’s about people behaving badly and why we the citizenry tolerate. Jay makes a valid point: there are no repurcussions.

Adam

August 23rd, 2011
9:00 am

jm: The Tea Party is saving America from long term financial armaggeddon. Fact.

No, that’s an opinion.

Normal

August 23rd, 2011
9:00 am

“The Tea Party is saving America from long term financial armaggeddon. Fact.”

The Tea Party doesn’t know it’s arse from a hole in the ground. Fact.

Jay

August 23rd, 2011
9:01 am

“What you liberals ignore is that we in the Tea Party will vote out Republicans who are not fiscally responsible. You liberals will stand by a bad democrat and basically let them eat their young.”

Really, Terd? So Tom Graves and Chip Rogers will be defeated in the GOP primaries? David Ralston won’t be speaker any longer? The Tea Party will demand the resignation of Jack Murphy as Banking Committee chair?

(ir)Rational

August 23rd, 2011
9:02 am

USinUK – So where were the comments about the Democrats being cocky in the State? I believe that is what this is about? Now, personally, I agree, Republicans are being cocky here. How they’ve redrawn the lines, it is almost like they are trying to protect their jobs (much like the Dems did 10 years ago), but I’m not sure they’re trying to protect them from the Democrats, it almost seems like they’re trying to protect themselves from other Republicans. This concerns me more than about anything, simply because that really does remove accountability from the job. I believe term limits for every elected office would solve this problem. Everything from school board members, to county sheriff, to state and US representatives should have term limits. Lets put an end to career politicians. Of course, then we would run the risk of much higher unemployment, because many of these people seem unemployable.

Oh-well. Who is John Galt?

Citizen of the World

August 23rd, 2011
9:02 am

Don’t you know, Jay? Personal responsibility, ethics and accountability are for the little people!

Peter

August 23rd, 2011
9:02 am

Ethics … we don’t need no sticking ethics…. we are GOP !

Gordon

August 23rd, 2011
9:03 am

Yes, its just a big cycle that we can’t get out of. In 2008, eager Democrats in Washington and elsewhere were going to change the world. After all, they won the election. Now Republicans are badly overplaying their hand at both the state and national level. No wonder big problems never get solved. In fact, they just get worse.

It’s just going to take a Depression to change our ways.

Peter

August 23rd, 2011
9:04 am

Education is the difference…..the GOP is the party of lesser education.

(ir)Rational

August 23rd, 2011
9:04 am

Peter, expand that to “we are politicians” and you would be correct.

Oh-well. Who is John Galt?

jm

August 23rd, 2011
9:05 am

Jay
“So Tom Graves and Chip Rogers will be defeated in the GOP primaries? David Ralston won’t be speaker any longer? The Tea Party will demand the resignation of Jack Murphy as Banking Committee chair?”

One would hope.

Jay

August 23rd, 2011
9:05 am

I see, jm.

Hope and change, huh?

Partisay

August 23rd, 2011
9:06 am

Obozonics….you answer the question….do you really think republicans are different?

Libertarian

August 23rd, 2011
9:06 am

Maybe we should let democrats take over the state….you know, so the rest of the state can operate like Atlanta, Clayton, and Dekalb. They have great school systems and foreclosures are low! Oh, wait…

Misty Fyed

August 23rd, 2011
9:06 am

Jay…The tea party has how many seats in the Federal Gov’t? Not many. It’s effectiveness now is limited to how big of a thorn in the side they can be to the “established business as usual politicians”. If the movement survives, I’d be surprised if they will be very effective in penetrating the state politics. Not enough people pay that much attention, and they don’t have that good ole boy memebership card.