One thing Barnes and Deal agree on …
… is that the least popular city in Georgia today is Washington, D.C.
At least, that’s what you’d think from seeing their ads on the Internet.
- From the Roy Barnes campaign: “Congressman Nathan Deal: too corrupt … even for Congress.” The “even for Congress” part speaks for itself. But notice also that Congress, not corrupt, is the word in bold — and mentioned twice (i.e., it’s not just “Nathan Deal”; it’s “Congressman Nathan Deal.”)
- And from the Republican Governors Association, in support of Deal: “Roybama: Are you following the Obama-Barnes apology tour?” On the “o” in “Roybama,” the ad manages not only to feature the familiar Obama ‘08 logo, but to hang a crown (remember “King Roy” from 2002?) on it.
Given the big gap between Georgians’ engagement in national politics and their apparent lack of interest in this year’s primaries, I expect that we’ll hear more, not fewer, attempts to tie the candidates to Washington between now and November.
And frankly, it’s hard to blame them: They seem to get a lot more mileage out of these messages than from their pronouncements on education or water.