Please keep talking about the intimidation post below. But for those who have had their say on that, here’s something I’ve been thinking about since Gov. Sonny Perdue first asked Attorney General Thurbert Baker to join the multi-state lawsuit against ObamaCare:
Does anyone else think this helps Baker, a candidate for governor, in this summer’s Democratic primary?
Baker of course has declined to join the suit, and Perdue has now moved on to pursuing a lawsuit via a “special attorney general” (in this case, a private attorney/firm doing the work at no charge). Some people have accused Perdue of playing politics. But if he was, he may be helping Baker more than hurting him.
It cannot hurt Baker’s standing with Democratic primary voters for him to refuse to participate in a lawsuit whose aim is to strike down the biggest Democratic legislative victory in a generation. Giving primary voters something to associate Baker with besides the Genarlow Wilson case will help Baker’s campaign.
And it also cannot hurt Baker’s chances of forcing the party’s front-runner, former Gov. Roy Barnes, into a primary run-off. That would be a huge break for the Republicans, who are certain to have a run-off that could be nasty and quite expensive. If Barnes is able to win the Democratic nomination outright in July’s primary vote, he would get a very big leg up on the eventual GOP nominee.
I have no reason to believe Perdue had such a Machiavellian outcome in mind. But the effect could be the same. Just one more reason why it’s so fun to watch the horse race.
P.S. — For anyone who thinks I’m merely taken by the GOP’s political genius…this impeachment business is more likely than not to backfire on them. Bad move imo.