Could internal GOP politics open door for Kasim Reed?

By rights, in 2010 the GOP should have taken control of the U.S. Senate and run Harry Reid not just out of the majority leader’s office but out of office altogether. But by nominating far-right, incompetent extremists such as Sharron Angle to run against Reid in Nevada, and Christine “I am not a witch” O’Donnell to run in Delaware, they blew that golden chance.

The 2012 cycle, with Republicans defending only 10 seats and the Democrats having to defend 23, offered an even better opportunity to retake the Senate. Once again, though, the GOP seems to be blowing it. As recently as Aug. 19, Nate Silver of fivethirtyeight.com was giving the Republicans a 61.5 percent chance of winning a Senate majority; today, he gives them a 9.1 percent chance of achieving that goal.

Why that collapse in their Senate chances, especially since in roughly that same time frame, GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney has resurrected his campaign and given himself a real shot at victory? The answer tells us a lot.

Romney, you may recall, pretended to be “severely conservative” in the primaries and is now pretending to be perfectly moderate and reasonable. (If it sounds odd to describe him as pretending in both cases, it’s nonetheless accurate. Trying to establish Romney’s true political belief system is like trying to determine the true color of a chameleon. It always depends. His natural state is pretense.)

However, that is not a gift given to every politician. Republican Senate candidates such as Richard Mourdock of Indiana and Todd Akin of Missouri really are severely conservative; their half-hearted efforts to pretend to be moderates simply are not convincing, and as a result the Republicans could end up losing two Senate seats that were once considered all but guaranteed.

Elsewhere, GOP Senate nominees in once-winnable states such as Florida and Ohio are also failing to perform and are falling short of Romney’s polling numbers in their states. Unlike their party’s standard bearer, they haven’t been able to sell themselves effectively to more moderate general-election voters.

Some of that’s due to the difference between state and national races. At the state level, voters have watched the candidates over their entire careers, so sudden shifts in ideology are more difficult. But it is also true that Republican primaries have become nothing more than tests of ideological purity, won by the candidate most willing to embrace every whim of the party base. That process attracts a certain type of candidate and discourages other types of candidates from even making the effort.

U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, left, with his Democratic colleague Mark Warner of Virginia.

U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, left, with his Democratic colleague Mark Warner of Virginia.

It is possible that we will see that scenario play out here in Georgia two years from now, when the six-year term of Sen. Saxby Chambliss expires. Chambliss has been spotted on occasion keeping company with senators not of his own party. He has publicly suggested that as part of a larger deal to attack the federal deficit, conservatives may be forced to accept revenue increases. And as the top Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee, he has been relatively moderate in his comments on the death of our ambassador in Libya, the current cause celebre among conservatives.

Those occasional waverings aside, Chambliss does have strong conservative credentials: The American Conservative Union gives him a 96 percent conservative rating; the Eagle Forum gives him a 100 percent rating. But these days, scores like that don’t even make Chambliss one of the Senate’s 15 most conservative members, according to the definitive National Journal rankings.

U.S. Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga.

U.S. Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga.

On the other hand, nobody but nobody gets to the right of Tom Price, the ambitious Republican congressman from Marietta said to be eying a run at Chambliss. According to National Journal, Price is tied with nine others as the most conservative member in the House, and when you consider how conservative the House Republican caucus is, that’s saying something.

It also tells you something about Georgia’s Republican Party that two of the nine congressmen who are tied with Price as most conservative — Lynn Westmoreland and Phil Gingrey — are also from the Peach State. In many states, there wouldn’t be room to run to the right of Chambliss. In Georgia, there is.

It’s impossible to speculate accurately about the political climate two years from now, in part because so much depends on what happens Nov. 6. But it is conceivable that if a bitter primary battle develops between Price and Chambliss, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed would be drawn into the race to take on the survivor.

Again, this is pure speculation. Here at home, Reed has cast himself as a strongly pro-business, moderate Democrat eager to work with Republicans to get things done not just for metro Atlanta but for the state. But with his national TV appearances as a sharp-tongued surrogate for Barack Obama, Reed has tied himself closely to a man deemed little short of the devil in much of Georgia.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed introduces President Obama at a 2010 fundraiser in Atlanta.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed introduces President Obama at a 2010 fundraiser in Atlanta.

In other words, Reed would still be at a significant disadvantage in a 2014 Senate race. But if he has electoral ambitions beyond a House seat, he’s going to have to embrace that underdog role at some point, and he also understands that waiting and sticking around as mayor has its risks. Full second terms in that office are often not kind to a politician’s reputation.

And as the record shows nationally, Republican primary battles have a way of creating opportunity for Democrats that otherwise would not be available.

– Jay Bookman

318 comments Add your comment

Keep Up the Good Fight!

October 30th, 2012
10:13 am

We can hope that the fallout creates some opportunity for progressives.

Georgia on my mind...

October 30th, 2012
10:14 am

Good article Jay and I do believe that he could beat Nathan Deal!!

DebbieDoRight -Will Be Good Forever and Ever. AMEN

October 30th, 2012
10:14 am

The GOP is filled withh whack jobs. Only another whack job would vote them into office. don’t believe me? wait for our local blog whack jobs to start blogging.

then you’ll see i’m only telling the god’s honest truth.

will the "REAL" Mitt Romney please stand up...

October 30th, 2012
10:14 am

Keep Up the Good Fight!

October 30th, 2012
10:15 am

Gingrey and Price are just worthless.

Mick

October 30th, 2012
10:15 am

Pretty good analysis, I’m hoping for the same type of scenerio here in florida where we can knock out the republican golden child, marco rubio…

DebbieDoRight -Will Be Good Forever and Ever. AMEN

October 30th, 2012
10:16 am

OMG Keep is first AGAIN!!!! FOUL!! I call FOUL! On Keep!!

He didn’t even READ the comments………..He only read the headlines……………he LIKED Clinton…………….he believes in Big Brother………….he reads TIME Magazine!!

AND…………drumroll please………………..he only watches GOOD STUFF on telelvision!!!

He doesn’t even turn to any of the garbage and watches it!

FOUL!!!

No artificial Flavors

October 30th, 2012
10:18 am

As one that has never voted for a Democrat in my relatively young existence, I may well vote for Kasim Reed based solely on his record as a working mayor and a pragmatic politician willing to compromise to move things along. However, he should back away from the Obama praise no matter how he really feels about supporting the president’s policies, to save some face in the hypothetical election.

DebbieDoRight -Will Be Good Forever and Ever. AMEN

October 30th, 2012
10:20 am

Rubio is not going anywhere — you can depend on the Cuban American population to continually send him back to office, probably forever.

Lord Help Us

October 30th, 2012
10:20 am

Dang it Jay…the cons were off raod and pressing the accelerator downstairs. When cons go supernova, it is too entertaining to change subjects!

That said, the fact that Akin and Mourdock are ‘rephrasing’ or using the ‘out of context’ excuse, along with, Mitt’s abandonment of his ’severely conservative’ bona fides tells everyone that the cons know that the policy that sells to their Fox-washed base won’t hunt with the general population.

tick, tick, tick…

Freedom Riders 2012

October 30th, 2012
10:20 am

Keep Up the Good Fight!

October 30th, 2012
10:21 am

Ummm.. debbie, I read Newsweek. :lol: I am thinking about a subscription to Faux Poutrage Daily and Retired Military Knowitall. But the fact is you’re deflecting from the worse Canadian Mountie evah!!!!!!

Granny Godzilla - Union Thugette

October 30th, 2012
10:21 am

Yes, Mayor Reed will have a political future on the larger stage.

Yes, it’s a good thing.

No artificial Flavors

October 30th, 2012
10:21 am

And Paul Broun wasn’t even in the top 9? Sheesh!

Finn McCool (The System isn't Broken; It's Fixed)

October 30th, 2012
10:22 am

Why that collapse in their Senate chances

Foot in mouth disease

Erwin's cat

October 30th, 2012
10:23 am

yawn…I’m out

Pats by 3

Brosephus™

October 30th, 2012
10:24 am

Don’t underestimate Chambliss. I bet that he’ll be so far to the right by 2014 that he will be standing on Obama’s left shoulder.

:)

Jm

October 30th, 2012
10:25 am

This scenario is as likely as a Romney-Biden administration.

USinUK - not very ladylike (and former Girl Scout)

October 30th, 2012
10:25 am

“When cons go supernova, it is too entertaining to change subjects!”

:lol:

which just means that they’re going to collapse into black holes.

Aquagirl

October 30th, 2012
10:25 am

And Paul Broun wasn’t even in the top 9?

That was my first thought too. If you’re to the right of the guy speechifying about eeevil science in front of the creepy dead deer wall—that says something. And it’s not good.

F. Sinkwich

October 30th, 2012
10:25 am

“But with his national TV appearances as a sharp-tongued surrogate for Barack Obama…”

I would never vote for an O’bozo toady.

Never.

Mick

October 30th, 2012
10:27 am

debbie

Not so…the cuban population versus the whole state of florida is no match. True, they have been the deciding factor in close elections and gave us the previous president in 2000 and gov. rick “the disaster” scott. However, neutralize the miami vote and rubio is definitely beatable…

Redneck Convert (R--and proud of it)

October 30th, 2012
10:27 am

But by nominating far-right, incompetent extremists such as Sharron Angle to run against Reid in Nevada, and Christine “I am not a witch” O’Donnell to run in Delaware, they blew that golden chance.

Well, they say you got to have a few nuts to make a good fruit cake.

It’s just a dang shame this Senate thing is going to ruin our chances of turning this into a Christian nation. That Senate is going to act like a big clog in the drain. Every good thing coming out of the House will run into that clog and just set there and rot. Heck, I got my hopes up big-time when some people on this blog was talking about putting old Mitch in charge of the Senate and ramming things we want thru to the White House, where old Mitt would just set there with a lightning fast pen ready to sign stuff into law.

It just goes to show, you got to keep your mouth shut about what you plan on doing until you get elected, like old Mitt is doing. If this Akin and Mourdock had of kept their mouth shut, we might be getting ready to make Heaven on Earth in a few months, a place where women would have to have all the babies they make and maybe quit their job when they see they ain’t getting paid enough. But no, they had to go and blab what they really think. I’m just glad people like Tom Price can say what they really think ’cause there’s so many nuts in GA they’ll keep re-electing them and besides his wife is crazier than he is GA’s a Christian state.

Have a good Tuesday everybody.

USinUK - not very ladylike (and former Girl Scout)

October 30th, 2012
10:28 am

“I would never vote for an O’bozo toady.”

I loves me some party purity.

Partisanship Forever!
Cooperation NEVER!

Jm

October 30th, 2012
10:28 am

Sidebar- Christie is desperate to run for prez in 2016

USinUK - not very ladylike (and former Girl Scout)

October 30th, 2012
10:30 am

“Sidebar- Christie is desperate to run for prez in 2016″

he’d better drop some weight or he’ll drop of a coronary as they’re administering the oath of office.

Mighty Righty

October 30th, 2012
10:30 am

I don’t think a Democrat will be elected to state wide office in my life time. We have had enough of people who pretended to be conservative here only to be typical left leaning democrats upon arriving in Washington. Speaking of pretending, Mr. Obama ran for office “pretending” to be a moderate democrat anxious to reach across the aisle only to be the most radical far left marxist to ever hold national office but is now “pretending” to be moderate once again.. The voters will issue him a “stand down” order in one week.

Latest Gallup poll show among voters who have already voted, Romney leads Obama by 52% to 45%. A seven point lead which pretty much mirrors natioanl polls.

Jm

October 30th, 2012
10:30 am

“Partisanship Forever!
Cooperation NEVER!”

Says the left wingnut

Jefferson

October 30th, 2012
10:32 am

Ga legislators are pips.

USinUK - not very ladylike (and former Girl Scout)

October 30th, 2012
10:32 am

“Says the left wingnut”

my dear, you have no idea WHAT I believe (beyond freedom of choice), so I suggest you keep your ignorant yap shut on the matter.

stands for decibels

October 30th, 2012
10:32 am

This scenario is as likely as a Romney-Biden administration.

That’d mean an EV tie, which Nate has at 0.4% probability. You really think what Jay’s published is that farfetched, for 2014? in a state that had Obama within five points in 2008?

Mind you, it would require some kind of voter-discouragement factor that would depress GOP turnout for the Senate race, methinks, for Reed to actually win here. But I think it’s better than a 0.4% probability of happening.

Finn McCool (The System isn't Broken; It's Fixed)

October 30th, 2012
10:33 am

Christie is desperate to run for prez in 2016

Christie is starting his 2016 campaign right now.

Will Hillary run against him?

stands for decibels

October 30th, 2012
10:33 am

that “left wingnut” supports a flat income tax, jm.

Thomas Heyward Jr

October 30th, 2012
10:33 am

In a Bannana Republic, the vast majority of People care NOT what gang extorts them.
.
They only do their best to ignore them.
.
bienvenido to Libertad.

Aquagirl

October 30th, 2012
10:34 am

Christie is desperate to run for prez

Christie’s not desperate to run anywhere unless there’s a meatball sandwich in range.

I like the guy, but voters don’t want to see an oxygen canister at the inauguration.

Jm

October 30th, 2012
10:36 am

Sfd 10:32

Yes, very low probability that Reed becomes a US Senator

Far more likely he will take a DC job if Obama wins a second term

Erwin's cat

October 30th, 2012
10:38 am

MR - Latest Gallup poll show among voters who have already voted, Romney leads Obama by 52% to 45%. A seven point lead which pretty much mirrors natioanl polls.

Turn out will decide the election…I linked a report the other day that basically states that if turn is like 2004, Romney wins big, if like 2008 Obama wins not so big, and if it’s an average of the 2, Romney squeaks by…

Jm

October 30th, 2012
10:38 am

“Christie’s not desperate to run anywhere unless there’s a meatball sandwich in range.”

The white house chef can make meatball subs. I’m sure Christie is already contemplating which chefs make the best meatball subs…..

USinUK - not very ladylike (and former Girl Scout)

October 30th, 2012
10:38 am

“Far more likely he will take a DC job if Obama wins a second term”

depends – if they have to fill the seat by a special election, that’s a possibility.

if the position is filled by Gubernatorial appointment, prolly not.

Normal Free...Pro Human Rights Thug...And liking it!

October 30th, 2012
10:39 am

If the president wins re-election and if the GOP side of Congress keep their foot dragging up, by 2014 a majority of the American people will be sick and tired of the lack of progress. There will be another 2010 in reverse…a blue tide. Then we will see. I see Reed in the Senate.

Woodstock Mike

October 30th, 2012
10:39 am

All these liberals talking about riots and burning down buildings are really pushing Romney over the top, this is great!!

Greg

October 30th, 2012
10:40 am

I would prefer Reed run for governor. I have voted against Deal twice for governor (in the primary and general election going libertarian then) and would love to have a great alternative to get my vote. Any chance he could be convinced to move to the Athens/Evans area so I would have an alternative to Broun? Nobody runs against him in the primary or general elections.

Mighty Righty

October 30th, 2012
10:40 am

The certifiable insane left example below is evidence of not allowing them to vote:

http://www.ocregister.com/news/sign-376051-fish-letter.html

Woodstock Mike

October 30th, 2012
10:41 am

“I like the guy, but voters don’t want to see an oxygen canister at the inauguration.”

Now that’s the funniest thing I’ve seen Aquagirl say in a while… Too funny!

Aquagirl

October 30th, 2012
10:42 am

I’m sure Christie is already contemplating which chefs make the best meatball subs…..

I’d sell my family for an invite to a Christie WH dinner.

DebbieDoRight -Will Be Good Forever and Ever. AMEN

October 30th, 2012
10:42 am

But the fact is you’re deflecting from the worse Canadian Mountie evah!!!!!!

HA! His words (I ALWAYS get my man); were taken out of context. He misspoke. If Mitt can get away with it, then so can Dudley! :)

USinUK — Partisanship Forever!
Cooperation NEVER!

Its sad but true. They fight against the inevitable with everything in the poor shriveled up hearts. Even that angry little man who stood in that Alabama schoolroom doorway saw the light; but the GOP would rather stop getting kickbacks and bucks from the Koch brothers before they change their ways.

RC: It just goes to show, you got to keep your mouth shut about what you plan on doing until you get elected, like old Mitt is doing. If this Akin and Mourdock had of kept their mouth shut, we might be getting ready to make Heaven on Earth in a few months

RC may be entertaining, but he is SO deadly accurate on a lot of topics.

When money+ambition+a preconceived agenda come together they = the downfall of America.

At what point shall we expect the approach of danger? By what means shall we fortify against it? Shall we expect some transatlantic military giant, to step the Ocean, and crush us at a blow?

Never! All the armies of Europe, Asia and Africa combined, with all the treasure of the earth (our own excepted) in their military chest; with a Buonaparte for a commander, could not by force, take a drink from the Ohio, or make a track on the Blue Ridge, in a trial of a thousand years.

At what point, then, is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer, if it ever reach us it must spring up amongst us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide. — Abraham Lincoln

Ray Charles

October 30th, 2012
10:42 am

Georgia’s past and its GOP of today would never vote for Kasim Reed…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y8IqkRbxcTA

Douglas

October 30th, 2012
10:42 am

“conservatives may be forced to accept revenue increases” —– Come on Jay, can you not bring yourself to call it what it is —– “tax increases”?

Also, Kasim Reed ???? You must be joking. Have you not seen him on “Meet the Press”? He is a 100% Obama clone, surrogate, etc. And Obama is a week away from getting blown out in GA.

USinUK - not very ladylike (and former Girl Scout)

October 30th, 2012
10:42 am

Mighty – only white men with property, right?

nelson

October 30th, 2012
10:43 am

It appears that what I have read is an abundance of wishful thinking. A bit too subjective. Romney is being thought of as Presidential, a man for the important decisions. A man steadfastly for God,family, country. A man for our time. The latest I heard, President Obama has been loading up on pizzas for his workers in the campaign. Air Force 1, takes a bit too much fuel, just to deliver pizzas. Dominoes does it alot cheaper.

stands for decibels

October 30th, 2012
10:45 am

he’d better drop some weight

In my experience, people of CC’s build can hope to do that only if they’ve got a very powerful positive reinforcement to burn more calories than they consume, slowly-but-steadily, over time.

I can think of few reinforcements more positive than the prospect winning of your dream gig in 2016; and the primary campaign itself would be a reasonable stretch in which bored journalists could cover his weight loss with some aplomb.

In short, he can definitely get himself into reasonable fighting trim for this. Now, whether GOPers will nominate another liberal-for-the-GOP governor is another issue entirely.

Ronald Reagan Parkway

October 30th, 2012
10:45 am

…when it rains in Gwinnett County…it pours…

By Andria Simmons and David Wickert
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Gwinnett County Clerk of Court’s race is usually a snooze, if not a foregone conclusion, but not so this election season.
Mud has been flying in the matchup between Republican incumbent Richard Alexander and his Democratic challenger Brian Whiteside.
Whiteside, a lawyer and former deputy who lost a bid for Gwinnett County sheriff in 2004, has widely distributed a flier and email alleging that his opponent is having an affair with his administrative assistant, Lori Taylor.

Both reference a YouTube video that purports to show the pair leaving a Holiday Inn Express in Norcross on the morning of May 19. Alexander’s wife, who filed for divorce in May, has admitted posting the YouTube video, which she said she obtained from a private investigator.

Whiteside also accuses Alexander in the flier of giving Taylor a “taxpayer sponsored raise of $25,000” by promoting her to a higher-paying position.
“The last thing we need in Gwinnett County is another corrupt official,” Whiteside said.

Alexander and Taylor both declined to respond to the allegation of an affair. Alexander said in an email, “I will not discuss my personal life as a campaign issue.” Gwinnett County does not have a policy that prohibits supervisors from having romantic relationships with employees.

Reached separately, they refuted the claim that Alexander influenced Taylor’s promotion from clerk to administrative assistant.

County personnel records show Taylor was promoted in January 2011 under former Clerk of Court Tom Lawler. She interviewed for the job before Alexander was hired as chief deputy clerk in November 2010.
Taylor said Lawler offered her the position in July 2010 when he learned of an upcoming retirement.

“My position, my promotion, my raise, all of that was prior to Mr. Alexander being employed by the clerk’s office,” she said, adding she hasn’t had a raise since she took the position.
Lawler died after a long battle with cancer on Nov. 23, 2011. Alexander was appointed to replace him.

Alexander has accused Whiteside of an ethical lapse for failing to file campaign contribution and personal financial disclosure reports in June. Whiteside owes a total of $250 in fines for the two infractions, according to the state ethics commission website.

Whiteside said he tried to email the disclosures and apparently they didn’t go through, because he received notice that he was late in filing. He said he mailed the disclosures to the state on Friday.

Williebkind

October 30th, 2012
10:46 am

USinUK – not very ladylike (and former Girl Scout)

October 30th, 2012
10:32 am

Are you being a duck today? We all know what you believe.

stands for decibels

October 30th, 2012
10:46 am

By the way, there must be some kind of a website glitch over at gallup.com; today they show the national polling tied between Romney and Obama, and Obama’s approvals are at 51%.

I could swear the conservatives have been telling me every few days that Gallup has him way down in the head-to-head matchup and that his approvals suck…

F. Sinkwich

October 30th, 2012
10:48 am

Chambliss has some RINO tendencies which will render him an underdog to a Price challenge.

USinUK - not very ladylike (and former Girl Scout)

October 30th, 2012
10:50 am

willieb – “Are you being a duck today? We all know what you believe.”

you saying that you “know” ANYthing … well, it amuses

Williebkind

October 30th, 2012
10:50 am

stands for decibels

That must be a CNN/AJC poll!

Brosephus™

October 30th, 2012
10:50 am

Also, Kasim Reed ???? You must be joking. Have you not seen him on “Meet the Press”? He is a 100% Obama clone, surrogate, etc.

Some of y’all consider anybody who doesn’t parrot the talking points of the right as an Obama surrogate. Almost to the point where that claim sounds like the white noise when a tv channel goes out.

SBinf

October 30th, 2012
10:50 am

My heart bleeds as much as the next liberal, but I’d have a tough time supporting Reed in a senatorial race. Not terribly happy with the way the city has been run under him. Someone close to me worked with Reed in the city and was never fond of the guy. That’s enough of a (non) endorsement for me.

joe

October 30th, 2012
10:51 am

Reed has been OK as mayor, but stands a snowballs chance of getting anything higher than that. Obama is toast!

USinUK - not very ladylike (and former Girl Scout)

October 30th, 2012
10:51 am

294 as of today.

http://fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com/

Obama’s not going anywhere.

Jm

October 30th, 2012
10:52 am

“I’d sell my family for an invite to a Christie WH dinner.”

Given the volume of food required for a Christie dinner, your family could very well be on the menu….

Williebkind

October 30th, 2012
10:53 am

not very ladylike

I guess it does.

Aquagirl

October 30th, 2012
10:53 am

Christie/Soylent Green 2016!

Greg

October 30th, 2012
10:54 am

Stands for Decibels, Go down one poll past the registered voters poll that shows a tie on the gallup.com website to see the likely voter poll. This is the one that is quoted most often and shows Obama down 5 pts.

East Cobb RINO, Inc (LLC)

October 30th, 2012
10:54 am

I don’t think a Democrat will be elected to state wide office in my life time.

You must be getting up in years then because it will happen. So to paraphrase Bobby Knight “if it is inevitable, just sit back and enjoy it”.

St Simons

October 30th, 2012
10:55 am

PPP has the best model. 280-250 victory for Obama,
we keep the Senate, gain in the House, retake it in ‘14.

Let them have Gallup & Razzmussen. A con can dream.

While this is a victory, I consider it a defeat compared to
what could have been.
But demographics will soon do the job for the timid democrats
who should have put the cons away this cycle.
I’m gettin old, and I’m tired of waitin though.

USinUK - not very ladylike (and former Girl Scout)

October 30th, 2012
10:56 am

“Given the volume of food required for a Christie dinner, your family could very well be on the menu….”

I picture guests to look like this:

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

Don't Tread

October 30th, 2012
10:57 am

Thankfully, Kasim doesn’t have a ghost of a chance as Senator from Georgia. He’d be a good replacement for Hank “The island’s gonna tip over” Johnson, though…at least the IQ of that seat would go up. (I wonder what scientific theory supports an island tipping over, Hank?)

Or he could move to The People’s Republik of Kalifornia, Chicago, anywhere in the Northeast and win by default.

barking frog

October 30th, 2012
10:57 am

Georgia will get worse before it
gets better.

Common Sense

October 30th, 2012
10:57 am

So what state will Reed be moving to? We will be sure to send those pro business commercials he ran asking them all to hire one…..

MiltonMan

October 30th, 2012
10:58 am

Here we go again, the same old song and dance routine from the GA democrats who think they can unseat the GA republican senators, the republican governor, etc., etc. They tried this with retread Roy Barnes, Jim Martin, Vernon Jones, etc., etc.

Mayor Reed is the best the libs in this state have to offer??? The clown has been nothing more than an Obama minion, had to go into a runoff to win mayor of uber-liberal Atlanta, the airport vendor issue, his support for TSPLOST, his idiotic defense of Biden & the “chains” comment, etc., etc.

He might be the ideal candidate in the liberal world but he will be soundly rejected by the voters of GA.

SBinf

October 30th, 2012
10:58 am

People’s Republic of Kalifornia
—————————–

Wow that’s so original. You’re brilliant, Don’t Tread. You should right for Leno. Seriously, your material is really good.

curious

October 30th, 2012
10:59 am

No artificial Flavors

“And Paul Broun wasn’t even in the top 9? Sheesh!”

But he is #1 in the looney tunes category.

St Simons

October 30th, 2012
11:02 am

“I don’t think a Democrat will be elected to state office in my lifetime”

if you can live a couple more years, its all gonna flip, and hard.
con scams never last.

DannyX

October 30th, 2012
11:02 am

” This is the one that is quoted most often and shows Obama down 5 pts.”

The Gallup LV poll is has been a mess in the past and looks like it will be again this year. Most all of the national polls show the race even or +1 Romney/+1 Obama. Rasmussen is the exception and they are still close to the other polls, + 2 Romney.

Gallup or Nate Silver, one of the two, will be losing a lot of creditability after the election.

gm

October 30th, 2012
11:03 am

Reed has no choice of winning anything state wide in Georgia, out side of Atlanta the bigots in other areas are not going to vote for a African American.

Mit Romney back in June “We need to get rid of Femma and privatation waste of money” this is the kind of idiot the right wing nut jobs are supporting, hey Anti govment right wingers are you liking government now?

Jm

October 30th, 2012
11:03 am

David Walker, former comptroller, endorsed Romney.

Romney is the right choice for any fiscal conservative.

Mary Elizabeth

October 30th, 2012
11:04 am

I do not think that Georgia will turn less conservative enough to elect the well-spoken Kasim Reed as a U. S. senator from Georgia in my lifetime. Georgians, as I have posted recently, have not changed their deeply conservative beliefs in 60 years. It would be as much a surprise to me if Reed had a fighting chance for senator in two years as it was when South Africa ended apartheid, which I likewise never expected to happen in my lifetime. So there is a small sliver of hope for Reed because apartheid was ended, to my surprise.
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“His (Romney’s) natural state is pretense.” A true and astute remark. However, I believe underneath that layer of Romney being is a fervent and intense animus toward anything “government.” This is dangerous to our nation in ways that most people have little awareness of. When so many of their rights and benefits are moved under a President Romney’s direction, maybe then, the American people will begin to understand how off-balance the thinking of Mitt Romney has been and how much President Obama has done positively for America. But, then, it will be too late.

Moral of story: Sometimes those who are most like you, do not share your background or your appearance. Look deeper, to understand what anyone is really about.

Fergit Heck

October 30th, 2012
11:05 am

I don’t think we will see an african-american win statewide office in Georgia until the Yankees bring back reconstruction.

MiltonMan

October 30th, 2012
11:06 am

“Reed has no choice of winning anything state wide in Georgia, out side of Atlanta the bigots in other areas are not going to vote for a African American.”

Warning: Race card played for the 1,000,000th time.

stands for decibels

October 30th, 2012
11:06 am

This is the one that is quoted most often and shows Obama down 5 pts.

Ok, I stand corrected.

weetamoe

October 30th, 2012
11:08 am

Someone’s God’s honest truth is not the same as someone else’s God’s honest truth—but the secular honest truth verifiable by recalling his memorable? appearances on Sunday TV, is that Kasim is one very very angry man.

gm

October 30th, 2012
11:10 am

Hey big boy, Gov Christie, how is Goverment working for you now? President Obama has to sign the hypocrites checks on the right who for last 8 months bashed goverment along with the idiot Romney.

The nut jobs in Georgia will love Obama if this state suffered what Ny, Nj, going thru asked those rep in those state how they feel about Obama and Femma now, thank you God for humbling satan and his party””””””

Obama/Biden 2012

October 30th, 2012
11:10 am

appearances on Sunday TV, is that Kasim is one very very angry man.

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and so is Mitt Romney….he knows that he is fighting a losing battle but you Repubs continue to live in your Southern Fantasy!!

Keep Up the Good Fight!

October 30th, 2012
11:11 am

Stands, you FOOL! Do you not understand anything about blogs. When you are shown to have erred, you deny…deny…. move the goalposts….claim you were just kidding….. or say something like “well anyone but a kook would know…..”. Why I have lost all respect for you. :D :lol:

TaxPayer

October 30th, 2012
11:11 am

Republicans are good at one thing–their own extermination. The antiqued white party will implode. It’s not a matter of if only when. That much I do have faith in.

DannyX

October 30th, 2012
11:11 am

Herman Cain could not win a senate race in Georgia. Now way Reed could.

Erwin's cat

October 30th, 2012
11:13 am

gm – Reed has no choice of winning anything state wide in Georgia, out side(sic) of Atlanta the bigots in other areas are not going to vote for a African American.

But the bigots inside Atlanta will?…interesting point

gm

October 30th, 2012
11:13 am

MiltonMan

How did Andy Young, Hermain Cain work for you?, there is no race card in the truth, name one black person who ever won a state wide election in Georgia? still waiting

Mighty Righty

October 30th, 2012
11:14 am

Dishonest or stupid. Take your pick. In either case it is illegal but then our laws have no meaning for Obama.

http://www.wnd.com/2012/10/obama-accepts-osama-bin-laden-donations/

Keep Up the Good Fight!

October 30th, 2012
11:15 am

Mighty wants some attention…. he is posting the same World Nut Daily garbage he posted last night. :roll:

Ray Charles

October 30th, 2012
11:15 am

gm

October 30th, 2012
11:13 am

Good question!! I would love to hear that response.

sheepdawg

October 30th, 2012
11:17 am

Until georgia gets more intelligent voters, it will dwell at the bottom in all regards. Roy Barnes tried to expose that this state is a laughing stock of elected idiots. Idiots will always elect idiots, thus the state of georgia politics and leadership

They BOTH suck

October 30th, 2012
11:18 am

“Dishonest or stupid”

Are you speaking of the website that you pulled the article from?

may as well be “we-r-birthers.com”

RF

October 30th, 2012
11:18 am

The problem is the far-right guys like Price and Westmoreland eventually will run out steam. There’s only so many boogeymen you can point at and the number of people believing the sky is falling because Obama’s a muslim/socialist/Kenyan/apologist will eventually dwindle. I don’t know that Dems could retake majority in Georgia, but I do think the Republican party is either going to have to go back to a more moderate stance or split in two. You can only scare people for so long and they get tired of it.

They BOTH suck

October 30th, 2012
11:18 am

Keep

WND is one of the main websites for the birthers……….

hahahahahaha

:-)

getalife

October 30th, 2012
11:19 am

Once again mitt showed no leadership as sandy destroyed the east coast.

USMC

October 30th, 2012
11:20 am

“Could internal GOP politics open door for Kasim Reed?”–JAY BOOKMAN

As I read this article, I realized just how DISTORTED Jay Bookman’s world is. Unbelievable! :-)
(and no, I didn’t need RUSH LIMBAUGH to tell me… )

Jm

October 30th, 2012
11:20 am

“There’s only so many boogeymen you can point at”

Plenty o’ them during Halloween…..