Some pointed questions for Gov. Deal

In 1992, before I even started shaving, my neighbors in North Georgia first elected Nathan Deal to Congress. For 12 of the next 17 years, as I began following and then reporting on politics, Deal was my congressman.

Then, 18 months ago, Deal announced he was running for governor. And I found I couldn’t name a single thing he had done while in Washington. Not one.

Come Tuesday, however, this one-time invisible congressman stands to win the most votes for governor. Even if he is forced into a runoff with Democrat Roy Barnes, Deal will be heavily favored to prevail.

If he does win, it will happen despite his thin congressional record and thick paper trail of mixing public office and personal business interests in a way that is questionable at best.

It will happen even though the most partisan Republicans know deep down that that record and paper trail would, if owned by a Democrat, cause them to howl.

But mostly, it will happen because he has the good luck to face, in Roy Barnes, the most partisan Democrat this red state still has to offer.

Barnes has tried to run away from the Democratic label, away from President Barack Obama. He’s even said he’d be a Whig if he had his druthers.

But try as he might, Barnes hasn’t been able to run away from his own past. He hasn’t been able to convince the public that King Roy has cast off his crown, that the man who drew some of the most egregiously partisan election maps the state has seen would be more even-handed next time.

Barnes’ conservative overtures to cut some taxes have been drowned out by the lavish spending spree he’s also promised. And I have to believe that a truly humbled man, as Barnes claims to have become after his failed 2002 re-election bid, wouldn’t seek the office again.

(The third candidate, John Monds, is a fine choice as a protest vote, but he isn’t even the best Libertarian on the ballot this year — a big missed opportunity for that party.)

So, start getting used to saying Governor Deal. But don’t forget these questions:

1. In Congress, few of the bills Deal did sponsor went anywhere. How will he fare with a Legislature whose chambers — when they’re not at war with each other — have often been hostile or indifferent to the governor’s agenda?

2. There is little to get excited about in the policies that Deal proposed as a candidate. (Example: He’d flatten, but not lower, individual income-tax rates.) Even the better parts of his plan are not what I’d call ambitious. Does Gov. Deal have a vision that will take him (and us) through years three and four?

3. When news stories first emerged about Deal’s lobbying state officials not to change an auto-salvage program that richly benefited his own business, he defended himself in part by voicing concerns that the change ended the elementary safety checks that went with the title work.

But thousands of Georgians buy used cars every year without government-mandated inspections. Why should the state tell consumers to pay a specific company to perform such a basic service? In which cases will Deal trust free markets and personal responsibility, and when will he not?

4. Deal says he favors a limited federal government that doesn’t interfere in state and local affairs. So why was it appropriate for him to travel to Georgia, as a congressman representing a constituent (himself), to meet with county and state officials about local zoning and road-maintenance matters? In which cases will Deal side with local control over federal, and when will he not?

As you can tell, there’s much about Deal that makes me skeptical. But he’s about to get the chance to prove me and the other skeptics wrong. All Georgians better hope that he will.

142 comments Add your comment

jm

October 27th, 2010
7:14 pm

I should probably be scheduling a cardiogram and brain scan for Nov. 3rd….

Deal, for all Barnes warts, just has no place in public office. One would pray for a Deal indictment, but Cagle is no better. Heaven help us.

Illinois and Georgia may be about to have a lot in common. Maybe Deal and Blago can run for President together one day….

And what were the Libertarians thinking? A real missed opportunity.

saywhat?

October 27th, 2010
7:34 pm

Good column, Jay!

Claude

October 27th, 2010
7:53 pm

I’m not exactly wild about Deal either, but I think it’s a little unfair to call him an “invisible congressman” because it’s normal for a congressman to be invisible. He was 1/435 of 1/2 of the Congress, often in the minority party. Other than some items of pork, it would be difficult to come up with a list of accomplishments for any other congressman in Georgia, Democrat or Republican.

Another Governor of the fish pond party... I hope not

October 27th, 2010
8:56 pm

My sincere hope is that a runoff happens and Barnes wins becuase:
1. He has not been on the government payroll for the last 20 years (approx.)
2. He has not meddled in the world of earmarks.
3. He has not used government to enrich himself.
4. He is not just looking for a continued government paycheck.
5. Georgia needs an a governor with an open mind on competing in a GLOBAL economy and that would be Barnes.
6. Barnes, yes he is a bit scary smart, however Georgia will be the better for it.
7. Deal, not scary smart at all, and actually believes that he deserves the endowments of we the people….making him scary corrupt.

In any case, whatever and however you choose to vote… i ask you to join me and jm that heaven help us!

ByteMe

October 27th, 2010
8:56 pm

Hey, Claude, is Barney Frank “invisible” to you? Didn’t think so.

Deal is a pile of stinking poo that has an (R) after his name, which means he will get elected by the majority. Pity us all as we watch him get indicted… or do what Perdue did and have his buddies in the legislature funnel huge tax breaks and/or economic benefits his way. 4 more years of running backwards.

Road Scholar

October 27th, 2010
8:59 pm

Saywhat?: Kyle wrote the editorial! Try to pay attention!

Kyle, add this question also: Since Washington repubs have said that raising of taxes is inappropriate, and, since Deal has promised even more tax breaks for businesses, how does Deal plan to pay for that tax break? Haven’t we already cut $3 billion from the budget the past 3 years? And we are now cutting muscle and bone…the fat had already been trimmed.

carter is a fool

October 27th, 2010
8:59 pm

He is at worst a crook and a bad one. At best, he is an idiot who cannot manage finances while engaging in questionable (but profitable) business dealings. I voted to oust Barnes, but Purdue and his crowd are also crooks and have wrecked funding for education in the state.

Cagle has a lot of chutzpah to lie on camera about not balancing the budget on the backs of our schools. He is a LIAR.

These fools have moved me from a solid Republican to an Independent. I will vote for Barnes and Porter. I will not vote for Backtrack and Queen Nancy et al.

Tall

October 27th, 2010
8:59 pm

The fact that he has accomplished so little in Congress may be a good reason to elect him. I still can’t believe Karen Handel couldn’t beat him.

carter is a fool

October 27th, 2010
9:02 pm

Even the Invisible Deal does not tout any Congressional Accomplishments in his ads. He does not even mention being in Congress. He knows that he did NOTHING but take money and enrich himself only to have his family blow it and bankrupt him.

This is what you want to trust Georgia’s future with in these hard times. Someone who cannot manage money when he extorted so much only to have it slip through his greedy fingers.

carter is a fool

October 27th, 2010
9:09 pm

Rednecks don’t vote for uppity women. This is the reason Handel lost. She is just climbing the ladder and can’t keep a job because she is too busy running for the next one. With education being such an issue and in a crisis state, I could not vote for someone who does not have a high school diploma let alone college.

We have had POOR choices all the way around. Just like when the Anointed Community Organizer along with the blithering idiot ran versus the tired War Veteran and the eye candy who can see Russia.

Poor Choices.

Kayla

October 27th, 2010
9:18 pm

I disagree with several points.
1. I think Deal is losing ground. Women are hot mad that he voted against several landmark domestic violence bills.
2. Blacks are pissed that someone as corrupt as Deal (not to mention he’s a birther) could be at the helm. They could carry Barnes to victory.
3. Barne’s isn’t THAT liberal, Kyle. Don’t forget that Deal voted for the largest tax increase in the state and any person that would manage his own finances so poorly isn’t a capitalist or a sound budget expert. By definition, fiscal conservatives don’t rob Peter to pay Paul…

Barnes isn’t the savior. But I’d take him any day over Shady Deal.

Janice

October 27th, 2010
9:28 pm

I got a pointed question for Nathan Deal?

Why won’t you release your full tax returns!!!

Idiots

October 27th, 2010
9:31 pm

To @Carter is a fool: seriously! Handel didn’t graduate from high school?!? Of course Handel graduated from high school. No college degree, give you that. But she’s not on the brink of bankruptcy and could pass a credit check and security clearance for any job. Despite no college degree, shes actually accomplished some things. What’s deal done? Ok sure a few post office renamings. So, who’s the fool now?

Port O'John

October 27th, 2010
9:35 pm

Another lame op-ed piece and more revisionist history from Kyle. We all know Kyle will endorse Deal, vote for Deal and support him no matter how little he accomplishes or corrupt his administration turns out to be. Kyle made sure that we know where he comes out on this with that Barnes is the most “partisan democrat this state has to offer” and partisan maps costs Barnes to “lose the legislature” horse-hockey.

Barnes lost the legislature because Georgia has been turning into a GOP state for decades (what was that that LBJ said again?). Barnes accelerated the red-tide (and lost the Gov-ship) by taking on the Confederate Flag, teachers unions and northside NIMBYs all in the same term. Now that was hubris. Roy should have stuck with only two of those three, at most. Folks in Georgia don’t want any change and Barnes is all the proof you need for that..

Deal will win without a run-off. This is a seriously red-state and even unqualified Republicans like Sam Olens will win state-wide elections. Even though he used to be a moderate, Sam will turn the AGs office into a partisan stepping stone for a Gubernatorial bid. He’s no fool and he knows that playing the moderate won’t cut it in Kyle’s GOP. If I were a democratic elected official (or even a democrat working for the state government) I’d be taking out some professional liability insurance because there is definitely a partisan investigation from the AG coming your way soon.

And as for the Deal supporters, another four (eight) years of do-nothing Republicanism will ensure that Charlotte, Miami, Orlando, Houston, Dallas, Phoenix and a host of other cities leave metro Atlanta in the dust when it comes transportation, water infrastructure and livability. You won’t see Kyle questioning Sonny’s legacy as governor. That would be sacrilege.

But I bet Nathan Deal leaves office with several million dollars in the bank. After all, that’s what Sonny was all about and that’s the credo of the GOP: every man for himself and the devil take the hindmost.

Mr. Dithers

October 27th, 2010
9:39 pm

Does anyone else just burst out laughing when Nate’s new commercial comes on and he says, without blinking, smiling, shying away, smirking or any other visible facial tic, “I’ve lived my life based on faith, honesty and integrity”? What a crock. Does he really think the voters of this state are that stupid? He’s one of the most corrupt members of Congress (or was), has interfered with state law to try to benefit himself financially, and “forgot” he owed millions he failed to disclose. I know honesty and integrity never entered the situation. His faith is that the people will be stupid enough to elect him because he is a republican. Wait, what’s that? He’s ahead? He’ll probably win. Maybe we really are that stupid.

itsmeagain

October 27th, 2010
9:51 pm

This state is doomed

Jason C.

October 27th, 2010
9:56 pm

I agree with most of the comments here. Deal is the evil of two lessers. I voted NOT for Deal but AGAINST King Roy and held my nose while I did.
The Republicans who vote for Deal actually are voting against Barnes, believe me. They don’t want the “Progressives” (an oxymoron if ever there was one)to have a shot at adding another one, two or three Demoncratic house districts in Georgia.
In all honosty, I am on the verge of quitting voting and giving up my right to vote. If we cannot do any better in GA than those two buffoons to vote for we are truly a 100% backward state.

Karl Marx

October 27th, 2010
10:01 pm

Way to go Republicans. You’ll wear the stigma of Deal and Cagle for a long, long time. Also you know what? I don’t see as many Deal bumper stickers as I do for Obama today. What does that tell you. Jeez republicans really don’t have a clue……

Idiots

October 27th, 2010
10:01 pm

The lessor of two evils is still evil !

Patrick.

October 27th, 2010
10:07 pm

@idiots:
What an apropos name! A “lessor” is one who lets property by a lease! I think the blogger stated “lesser” which I believe is correct. You should have said BOTH are evil but I suspect you are one of the Demoncrats (sic?) this person is referring to.

Idiots

October 27th, 2010
10:27 pm

@Patrick. You caught my typo. Thx! But why the snarkiness? Indeed the lesser of two evils is still an evil. And you are oh so wrong — I am a diehard republican. And why is it that those with whom we disagree are demons??!

Mr. Dithers

October 27th, 2010
10:34 pm

Ladies and Gentlemen, civility has left the building and is heading out of town as fast as it can go.

Bobby Kahn

October 27th, 2010
10:39 pm

Wingfield, the King and I have taken note of your comments – you will be dealt with after our re-coronation in January.

Your use of “Gov” Deal gave me a real laugh in the midst of my busy schedule picking out the color of the carpet and the drapes for my new corner office at the Capital after the King resumes his rightful place in January.

Cutty

October 27th, 2010
10:39 pm

“He hasn’t been able to convince the public that King Roy has cast off his crown, that the man who drew some of the most egregiously partisan election maps the state has seen would be more even-handed next time.”

Really!?! Republicans control the general assembly and the senate, the majority of house seats, and both senate seats. At best, I’ll concede you David Scott’s sat, but once you get out of Atlanta and the other ‘big’ cities in the state, its all red. It would’ve been nice if you had asked these questions a couple months ago, but respect you nonetheless for asking them.

Republicans would rather vote for a crook, than a democrat. Period! As I recall, times were good when Barnes were in office. He was sent home because of the flag and the Northern Arc. Two things in which he was right about in hindsight.

Washington Insider

October 27th, 2010
10:52 pm

Kyle, as one who worked within the Halls of Congress for a time several years ago I would say that you are correct in that Mr. Deal does have a rather thin Congressional record as far as noticeable accomplishments. However, most of his accomplishments are matches of his rather un-flamboyant persona. That’s why I’m personally surprised he’s made it this far in the race as usually only Type A slick-ricks make it so far in politics. Instead, Mr. Deal has produced a lot of practical legislation often involving agriculture or commerce policies. These types of items are not sexy in the industry but someone had to do it and he did.

Also, I don’t wish to be a Deal apologist for the “ethical issues” but I have to say all demons (even exaggerated ones) eventually come out of the closet when you run for an executive post although Deal’s are far less controversial than what most of the other 535 rapscallions have been up to over the years. Washington is an intoxicating place and if Deal’s ethical items that are often listed on these page are as bad as it gets, I think I can live with that after observing how so many others operate in the District, especially for as long as he was there. ( I suppose I have lowered my expectations to reality, huh?) What I noticed was that Mr. Deal was a very well-respected Congressman known for keeping his cool and not shouting it from the rooftops at every possible instance of success or defeat.

Deal will have to keep his cool demeanor in the upcoming year if elected in order to deal with our tax (revenue) issues and also deal with the strain of the federal bureaucracy on education and local governments. No matter what, I think he or Mr. Barnes will come out battered and bruised after the first year or two in office and if the legislature is not cooperative and pragmatic then this term’s governor will be a one-termer for sure. I’m not sure I would trust Mr. Barnes for another term in office because he is the true Type A, say-anything do-another kind of politician Georgia cannot afford right now.

khc

October 27th, 2010
11:02 pm

Georgia deserves better

Highten

October 27th, 2010
11:08 pm

Deal is a crook and old time beltway politician with, as you said, no accomplishments whilst in DC. That said along with his dismal financial acumen and ethics clouds, how could anyone of sound mind even consider voting for this boob? I was here when Mr. Barnes was the governor before and I was doing great and wasn’t the least bit worried about my job or the economy. At the very least, whether you agreed or not, he did what he thought was right for the state. That Arc roadway was a loser no matter how he decided; the flag, well no way to win there either.

john

October 27th, 2010
11:09 pm

You are right, Deal is kind of a wall flower. He speaks timidly like a pushover, he looks like he want to cry in the debates when Barnes gets tough on him.

@@

October 27th, 2010
11:17 pm

I’ll be voting for the worst and hoping for the best. It’s not like I haven’t been forced into doing so before.

I’ll shower after.

Scott

October 27th, 2010
11:18 pm

Since what Port O’ John wrote is so overwhelmingly true…it needs to be repeated to some of you lesser (spelled correctly) intellects. Kyle doesn’t for a minute believe half of what he writes…he writes as he does to keep his job (at least I would hope thats the truth):

Another lame op-ed piece and more revisionist history from Kyle. We all know Kyle will endorse Deal, vote for Deal and support him no matter how little he accomplishes or corrupt his administration turns out to be. Kyle made sure that we know where he comes out on this with that Barnes is the most “partisan democrat this state has to offer” and partisan maps costs Barnes to “lose the legislature” horse-hockey.

Barnes lost the legislature because Georgia has been turning into a GOP state for decades (what was that that LBJ said again?). Barnes accelerated the red-tide (and lost the Gov-ship) by taking on the Confederate Flag, teachers unions and northside NIMBYs all in the same term. Now that was hubris. Roy should have stuck with only two of those three, at most. Folks in Georgia don’t want any change and Barnes is all the proof you need for that..

Deal will win without a run-off. This is a seriously red-state and even unqualified Republicans like Sam Olens will win state-wide elections. Even though he used to be a moderate, Sam will turn the AGs office into a partisan stepping stone for a Gubernatorial bid. He’s no fool and he knows that playing the moderate won’t cut it in Kyle’s GOP. If I were a democratic elected official (or even a democrat working for the state government) I’d be taking out some professional liability insurance because there is definitely a partisan investigation from the AG coming your way soon.

And as for the Deal supporters, another four (eight) years of do-nothing Republicanism will ensure that Charlotte, Miami, Orlando, Houston, Dallas, Phoenix and a host of other cities leave metro Atlanta in the dust when it comes transportation, water infrastructure and livability. You won’t see Kyle questioning Sonny’s legacy as governor. That would be sacrilege.

barking frog

October 27th, 2010
11:22 pm

Fear not fellow Georgians, Deal will be payback for Blago, the
wrath of the Feds will be upon him.

Liberal Pariah

October 27th, 2010
11:25 pm

Isn’t a shame that these 2 losers are the best our broken system can come up with? Either way, hold your nose when you vote.

CobbGOPer

October 27th, 2010
11:41 pm

Sure, Deal was an under-the-radar backbencher, and I think if his knuckleheaded business decisions hadn’t turned out so bad, he’d still be there. But since he’s now in debt up to his hair plugs, he needs a more lucrative income source to plunder, and what better way to achieve that than by occupying the governor’s mansion? Perdue set a wonderful example for old Nate, one he chose to follow. Georgia will suffer for it.

Patrick.

October 27th, 2010
11:42 pm

@idiot
As a well-educated and cultured gentleman let me admit that I did jump the gun on you and I stand corrected. My apologies for demeaning you by linking you with Democrats! Next tim I will read blogs in their entirety and understand what was said. Remember: On November 2, 2010 there will be a cataclysmic and seismic change of government in the USA.
Oh yes, I too, am a die-hard Republican and have voted that way for 50+ years!
PH

Edward

October 27th, 2010
11:51 pm

With a population of over 4.5 million , one is tempted to think we could do better than
Miller, Barnes, Perdue and now Barnes again or Deal as Governor. But the era of statesmen
who would hold public office is over and no where is that more obvious than the candidates for
the Nov. 2 election. It seems that the public servant with integrity, honesty and selflessness is no where to be found and Georgia is worse off because of it. Such a pity!

LizBeth

October 28th, 2010
12:08 am

We know Deal’s governorship is going to end up in the toilet, no matter what. We know the state is going down with him (and his enablers) at the helm. So, really, a vote for Deal isn’t a vote against Barnes; it’s a vote against Georgia.

captguitarman

October 28th, 2010
12:19 am

Excellent column. The only weakness was there was no reminder of what another 8 years of “What, Me Worry?” Sonny Perdue’s total lack of leadership and vision (can you say, Nathan Deal?) will do to this state. Tennessee, Florida, North Carlolina, South Carolina, Nashville, Charlotte, Raleigh-Durham, Charleston, Jacksonville, etc. are all smelling the blood in the water — as well they should. In case you haven’t noticed, Atlanta’s water supply is going to be cut off. Sonny had no strategy and no clue what to do. And now Nathan Deal?? What fun, says Deal’s northern part of the state–all those African American, commie, hippie, pinko gays in Atlanta dealing with no water and terminal traffic gridlock, and no more economic growth. What a laugh!! Does anyone in their right mind think that Nathan Deal, who never did anything in Congress except make himself richer, has one clue about what to do with the issues facing this state. He is running for this office so he will have a house to live in and a chance to do bidness and get the family fortune back.The State of Georgia may learn the hard way as it laughs while Atlanta goes into further decline and becomes the Ohio or Michigan of the South. Handel Republicans: We cannot vote for this man. He is the antithesis of what we need now to lead this state forward. Just skip this one. Hopefully, there will be a run off. King Roy is absolutely no bargain. Handel would have been the breath of fresh air we need so badly, but it wasn’t in the cards. But, we just cannot afford a good old boy, let’s all get rich at the expense of the State of Georga governor, and state house, and lobbyists. Few states have as little choice as we do, but vote to keep political tension under the Dome and with the special interests. That is the last best line of defense.

ga female

October 28th, 2010
1:16 am

don’t be fools, the only choice is for Roy, unless you want the State to go in the toilet.

VIETNAM VET

October 28th, 2010
1:56 am

Sound, logical people vote for the person with the best ideas to move this state and country forward.To not vote for a person because she/he is a liberal or conservative, democract or a republican is just plain stupid.

To vote for a republican on his way to jail is beyond the pale. Perhaps the corrupt lawyer who tries cases in front of judges he appointed can defend him in court and keep him out of jail?

Deal: Bad, shady, raw, wrong Deal for GA.

One other point: Deal does have a record in congress: He voted against every piece of civil rights legislation that came his way. Could that, too , be why he wil win election?

Deal: Bad, shady, raw, wrong Deal for GA.

TnGelding

October 28th, 2010
2:54 am

It ain’t gonna happen. Long live the king!

Seriously, the GOP got dealt a bad hand. Please don’t foist it on the rest of us.

WAW

October 28th, 2010
5:57 am

khc: Georgia deserves better

Georgia deserves exactly what she has with Sonny and will reap exactly what she chooses with Nathan.

As I have said from the beginning: Roy has given Georgia a choice and if Georgia chooses (as it appears will be the case) not to accept him, he can retire to Marietta and enjoy his grandkids with a clear conscience.

Georgia deserves what Georgia chooses. Self-made _________ (you fill in the blank).

marko

October 28th, 2010
6:04 am

In 2002 Barnes lost to Perdue because he replaced the state flag, which prominently displayed the confederate battle flag, with our new flag based on the confederate national flag. The one that actually flew over the capital in Richmond during the war. It’s that simple. The war’s over. The south lost. Get over it. No more progressives? How regressive do we want to ge?. Is bringing back the good old stars and bars good enough? Do we want to resegregate the schools? Still annoyed that Obama can sit on the white man’s toilet? What’s this crap about giving women the vote? Doesn’t the the bible condone slavery? Let’s limit the vote to white male property owners. Wasn’t that the intent of the founding fathers? This progressive crap has gone far enough and Deal is just the kind of man to put an end to it. Come on guy’s you know Deal wouldn’t have messed with the sacred flag Want to return to the good old days? Vote Deal stay the course.

AmVet

October 28th, 2010
6:34 am

The charade is over.

Georgia now has no reason whatsoever to complain about being a laughingstock. (Cue up endless red herrings from the “faithful”.)

We are getting ready to put into the highest office in the state a known crook and the very antithesis of integrity and good governance.

Welcome to today’s GOP in Dixie…

DeborahinAthens

October 28th, 2010
6:37 am

Deal went along with whatever the Republicans tossed out, mindlessly voting for the things that have ultimately crippled this country–going to war with Iraq, USAA Patriot Act (the most egregious invasion of privacy an American could imagine), Medicare Part D. As a Congressman, he neither listened or cared about what his constituents said. I sent him an E-MAIL telling him that I was opposed to the invasion of Iraq. After several weeks, I received a letter in the mail. It started out apologizing for having taken so long to respond. He said that, “because of the Anthrax scare, the incoming mail was being carefully screened…”. I sent him another e-mail, asking him what on earth anthrax contamination had to do with E-MAIL. Believe it or not, I got another form letter starting off with the same lame excuse. By the way, he has never explained or justified his voting record for any of the above listed issues. His philosophy? Go along to get along. After all, what on earth would he do if he actually had to get a real job?

Aquagirl

October 28th, 2010
7:28 am

Deborah, Deal’s staff was too busy working on his private business affairs to answer any constituent inquiries. I can only imagine what he’ll do with the entire State at his disposal.

Will

October 28th, 2010
7:40 am

Kyle:

You appear to be a well meaning young man but you will never be taken as anything more than a republican newspaper writer until you better understand that republican does not necessarily equal conservative and conservative does not trump all.

republicans remind me so much of democrats in that, like democrats, they always promise things to their core (peace, jobs and justice) and, like lemmings to the edge, the core jumps. republicans always pledge tax cuts, less regulation for big business and a host of social issues and, like lemmings to edge, the core always jumps.

Nathan Deal will most likely be our next governor and, most likely, hold the office for eight years. At that point republicans will have controlled the General Assembly, the Govenor’s Office, the judiciary and almost all state-wide constiutional offices for 16 years. Let’s all agree to meet back here on this date in 2018 and see if we have anything other than 16 years of timid, tepid leadership (think Joe Frank Harris and George Busbee).

It’s not that Deal is dangerous – the problem is that Deal will not lead the state forward with anything other than tepid leadership, which means no leadership at all.

Sandra

October 28th, 2010
7:50 am

To Kyle: when I starting reading your article, I thought the guy is finally writing one intellectually honest article. However, it soon turned into Democrat bashing…..again!

To all of you who ‘hold your nose’ and vote for Deal rather than Roy Barnes because he is a Democrat, don’t ever even suggest that you even care about ethics and honesty in government. You can also bet that Deal will come out of office a wealthy man (at Georgians expense). Sonny did it!!!

carlosgvv

October 28th, 2010
7:55 am

Deal will win because most of Georgia is hicksville and can easily be brainwashed by the corporate owned Republicans into beleiving night is day. It is no accident that we are usually 50th in most areas of achivement. Roy is no bargain either but the Democrats have been so demonized by he Republicans that Georgia would elect the Devil himself if he ran as a “conservative”.

What if

October 28th, 2010
8:14 am

& we’re looking at another term or two of self-serving leaderlessness – like the current one. The evidence shows that Deal will do the same – take the opportunity to line his own pockets at the expense of the voters, while ignoring the needs of the state. Georgia certainly deserves to be a has-been. Thanx Kyle.

retired early

October 28th, 2010
8:21 am

Again, I ponder the question; Why do these Republicans endorse policies favoring the wealthiest 2% of the population to the detriment of their own best interest ? Then, I read this article and……
I thought I was finally reading an insightful editorial from Kyle. Naw..just a tongue in cheek endorsement of Nathan Deal.
Once again they will vote, in this case, against what they now…….ACKNOWLEDGE… as against the best interest of your HOME STATE!!!!
There are few things that are truly hopeless. This state is becoming one of them.