Broun wastes no time in Georgia Senate race

Here’s what appeared on my screen when I checked the AJC Political Insider blog a few minutes ago:

Broun for Senate ads screen shot

That’s not one but two Broun for Senate ads, just two days after the congressman from Athens officially entered the race to replace the retiring Saxby Chambliss. Both ads take you to the typical landing page at which you can sign up for email updates or give money to the campaign. Beyond that, there’s a one-page website set up with what Broun calls his “Four Way Test for all legislation”: Is it constitutional/right/necessary/affordable?

Lest you have to guess which one of these four appears to be most important to Broun, here’s the script from his landing site:

Broun for Senate landing page screen shot

<– “Constitution”

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<– “Constitutionalist”

<– “Constitution”

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<– “Constitutional”

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I guess you could say his campaign has a theme.

It’s a theme that will resonate with a lot of Georgia voters, mind you. But will it be enough of one to move many members of even the state GOP’s very conservative base beyond his past controversial statements?

The question in my mind is how much of a first-mover advantage Broun gets from this, particularly given that one of the other most likely Republican entrants, Congressman Tom Price of Roswell, reportedly feels no pressure to jump into the race soon. It sounds increasingly likely that Congressman Jack Kingston of Savannah is going to run, but the timetable for his announcement also sounds unhurried. Would even several weeks of being the sole announced candidate help Broun in an election that won’t take place for another year and a half? I guess we’ll find out.

P.S. — This post is in no way an endorsement for or against Broun, and the same will be true for the other posts about the Senate race that are sure to follow in the weeks and months to come. I plan to write extensively about this race, as it will be one of the most anticipated ones in Georgia in years, from both a state and national perspective. But I will not be endorsing anyone for some time. When I make an endorsement, that will be clear.

– By Kyle Wingfield

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Reality

February 8th, 2013
11:37 am

Yawn. Another idiot republican spewing generic words to get Georgia votes.

Will Georgia voters again fall for this crazy republican ploy? How many times will this work?

Maybe I will run for Senate and use the word “Constitution” more times than he does and WIN!!!!

CC

February 8th, 2013
11:38 am

“suggested Barack Obama has more allegiance to the Soviet constitution than the American one.”

This is one statement by Broun with which I can agree.

sailfish

February 8th, 2013
11:38 am

I actually like Kingston, at least it seems that he has some brains instead of jelly in his noggin. Last thing the senate needs is another brain dead ideologue that fears compromise. How exactly did he think we got our constitution?

Just Saying..

February 8th, 2013
11:40 am

What would that be, 20-22 months of “Today in Georgia, Senate candidate Paul Broun said……”?

Tiberius - pulling the tail of the left AND right when needed

February 8th, 2013
11:41 am

If only he believed in Constitutional principles when it came to social issues as much as he claims to.

Which, of course, he doesn’t.

That being said, a full court press this early doesn’t seem to me to mean a whole heck of a lot when there are still so many more yet to enter, as well as so much more time any primary. Depending on how much others hammer him on his previous remarks, Broun might just be yesterday’s news in the next 6-8 months.

Aesop's Fables and other Lib Economic Theories

February 8th, 2013
11:41 am

I’ll betcha he ain’t talking about the Soviet Constitution either.

JDW

February 8th, 2013
11:42 am

Personally I think it would be in Broun’s best interest to wait as long as possible to run ads or make statements. The earlier he starts the larger the number of opportunities that Fruitloop gives himself to shoot his extremities off.

Logical Dude

February 8th, 2013
11:42 am

Kyle asks: will it be enough of one to move many members of even the state GOP’s very conservative base beyond his past controversial statements?

It depends on his competition. I really don’t see him backing down from previous statements, so if his competition has similar controversial statements, then he’ll be on equal ground. If others attack him for those statements, then maybe, just maybe, some candidate(s) will capture some of the middle conservatives and beat out the far right conservatives.

Of course, related to this is out of state money that will be aimed at the “more electable” candidate.

It’ll be interesting to watch.

JDW

February 8th, 2013
11:44 am

So, Kyle what did you think of the water deal….my guess is the Hillbillies say no.

indigo

February 8th, 2013
11:48 am

In most of our States, someone like Broun would have no chance at all for any public office.

Unfortunately, Georgia’s majority dirt dumb electorate virtually assures that Broun or someone like him will go sailing into office with a large landslide victory.

indigo

February 8th, 2013
11:49 am

CC – 11:38

That is precisely to sort of lame brain comment I would expect from a yahoo like you.

CC

February 8th, 2013
11:50 am

Broun had two chances of winning the Senate seat . . . slim and none. He has eliminated the ’slim’ chance he had by announcing this early. I agree with the statement by Tiberius earlier except I think Broun will be history in less than six months.

Mr. Holmes

February 8th, 2013
11:51 am

Personally praying that either Broun or Karen Handel emerges from this scrum. And that Kasim Reed runs against that person.

sailfish

February 8th, 2013
11:51 am

Funny how when bush was president, the dems complained how he subverted the constitution. Now that obama is president, cons claim he adheres closer to the soviet constitution. What conclusion might this all lead to? Don’t worry about it too much, cause the only thing you just might get impeached for is a stained blue dress.

Dusty

February 8th, 2013
11:53 am

Well, there’s plenty of time to think about this one. Maybe we will all review the Constitution and be ready for everybody. There seems to be a whole lot of everybody.

I just hope that Saxby will continue to be a good and strong Republcian for the next two years. . We still have Obama no matter what and that’s enough to worry about. for the coming years.

Aesop's Fables and other Lib Economic Theories

February 8th, 2013
11:54 am

I tend to agree with JDW, I’d pipe it down for a bit and let the field fill out. He needs to understand that there are a lot of freakish deviant small minded little perverts out there that are going to twist up statements about his faith, beliefs in the founding principles of this great nation and other decent and moral subjects he should broach. They do not understand such things and would rather glorify social diseases and all the other filth.

Plus, it will do us all some good not to hear from these mealy mouthed liberals, for awhile anyway.

CC

February 8th, 2013
11:54 am

indigo:

You have no idea how little I care about your expectations . .. or you, for that matter.

Tiberius - pulling the tail of the left AND right when needed

February 8th, 2013
11:55 am

Never complain about someone’s 11:38 comment when you post stupidity at 11:48.

Dusty

February 8th, 2013
11:56 am

Sailfish,,

A stained blue dress won’t get you impeached. Lying about it will.

Tiberius - pulling the tail of the left AND right when needed

February 8th, 2013
11:58 am

“that are going to twist up statements about his faith, beliefs in the founding principles of this great nation and other decent and moral subjects he should broach.”

What business is it of an elected official to comment on / pass legislation on what is decent or moral, Aesop?

“They do not understand such things and would rather glorify social diseases and all the other filth.”

I have yet to read a single comment on here (ever) which glorifies any social disease.

sailfish

February 8th, 2013
12:00 pm

“Lying about it will.”

True enough, but that can only happen if someone “outs” you about a private matter. What about lying to go to war?

Darwin

February 8th, 2013
12:00 pm

So Georgians know the Constitution? LOL!

Bob Loblaw

February 8th, 2013
12:03 pm

Kyle asked: Would even several weeks of being the sole announced candidate help Broun in an election that won’t take place for another year and a half?

Really? With all the pressing things to write about that are on Georgians minds, Paul Broun won’t move the needle except for those who are thinking of running for his current seat.

Won’t win, place or show. Just “out there” early. So thankful he’s running.

sailfish

February 8th, 2013
12:03 pm

Tiberius is a southpaw today, carry on.

Road Scholar

February 8th, 2013
12:05 pm

Does the theme include the words” bat-sh*t crazy”?

Kingston may work. let’s see who else jumps in….

DeKalb School super resigns; why didn’t the resignation include Eugene Walker? Both heads should roll!

Aesop's Fables and other Lib Economic Theories

February 8th, 2013
12:06 pm

Tibs – There are many laws that were written in the very beginning of this great nation, by men that were like thousands of times more decent than anyone alive today, and very, very few of them have been overturned since they were written. Only the ones that deal with social diseases like abortion and homosexual sodomy. Me myself, I’m proud of the fact that I tend to believe as the founders did and even more, I do not deny my God in the face of banal indecent self centered human conduct.

And you?

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

February 8th, 2013
12:06 pm

he is trying to get out ahead of Karl Rove.

but just wait for Rove to start throwing the big money around and we can see how it shakes out.

Karl is on the plane heading for GA….

Centrist

February 8th, 2013
12:07 pm

1. Broun has (thankfully) no chance of winning.

2. Use the Mozilla Firefox browser with the Adblock Plus addon, and AJC ads aren’t downloaded (makes pages come up faster, too).

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

February 8th, 2013
12:08 pm

I do not deny my God in the face of banal indecent self centered human conduct.

I’m glad he is yours. You have your own unicorns too?

Road Scholar

February 8th, 2013
12:08 pm

“He needs to understand that there are a lot of freakish deviant small minded little perverts out there that are going to twist up statements about his faith, beliefs in the founding principles of this great nation and other decent and moral subjects he should broach. ”

I think he is capable of doing that himself!

Hillbilly D

February 8th, 2013
12:08 pm

Personally, I think Broun has a decent shot at getting in a run-off but I think his chances are slim in getting his party’s nomination.

Of course, as others above have said, at this point, this is just filler for a rainy day. It’s way too early to be prognosticating and pontificating about this.

Gotta run. I’ve got to go pay some bills and tend to my dinosaurs. ;-)

Tiberius - pulling the tail of the left AND right when needed

February 8th, 2013
12:09 pm

“So Georgians know the Constitution?”

Generally, better than most people sent to Washington, D.C. Darwin.

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

February 8th, 2013
12:09 pm

I like Kingston. He hasn’t apologized to Rush yet.

And he is willing to go on the Bill Maher show and get schooled several times a year. Fact is, I don’t think he knows it is happening to him.

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

February 8th, 2013
12:10 pm

Generally, better than most people sent to Washington, D.C. Darwin.

Spoken as a fact? “I think it is true so there must be a study somewhere backing up what I think is reality.”

sailfish

February 8th, 2013
12:12 pm

finn

Kingston knows, he’s just a good sport and most importantly, tolerant of differing views.

Tiberius - pulling the tail of the left AND right when needed

February 8th, 2013
12:14 pm

“I’m proud of the fact that I tend to believe as the founders did and even more, I do not deny my God in the face of banal indecent self centered human conduct.”

The Founders specifically stayed away from forcing their religious views on others, Aesop, yet you and Broun’s type of elected official clearly don’t have the same reservations. In that regard, you fail the Founder’s test of limited government.

“Only the ones that deal with social diseases like abortion”

In case you missed it, a disease is something that makes someone sick – not an action. Nice try.

Tiberius - pulling the tail of the left AND right when needed

February 8th, 2013
12:16 pm

“Spoken as a fact?”

An observation.

I leave the misrepresentation of “facts” to you, Finn.

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

February 8th, 2013
12:17 pm

you fail the Founder’s test of limited government.

Them’s fighting words!

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

February 8th, 2013
12:19 pm

Karl Rove has crossed the Rubicon…..it’s on!

sailfish

February 8th, 2013
12:22 pm

tiberius @ 12:14

Yes..very well said, que the applause!

Tiberius - pulling the tail of the left AND right when needed

February 8th, 2013
12:23 pm

Centrist, thanks for the tip on Adblock Plus!

(Of course, Kyle’s employer might not like it) ;)

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

February 8th, 2013
12:23 pm

err, to stick with JC, “the die is cast”.

Aesop's Fables and other Lib Economic Theories

February 8th, 2013
12:26 pm

Tibs – This nation was founded by those seeking refuge from religious persecution. How simple of you to say that the Constitution was written for the “separation of church and state” when those words do not even appear in the Constitution. The exact wording is “congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” Which reflects the desire of the founders not to be persecuted by the government as they had been in Europe.

The more you speak, the more you expose your liberalism, my man.

Centrist

February 8th, 2013
12:27 pm

Broun ignores at least these Founders who took a dim view of Christian theocracy:

Paine, Henry, Washington, Adams, Madison, Jefferson, Franklin, and Lincoln.

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

February 8th, 2013
12:28 pm

And Aesop doesn’t even see the contradiction in what he just wrote.

Kyle Wingfield

February 8th, 2013
12:29 pm

Yes, Tiberius, I expect you, Centrist and everyone else to pay for a digital subscription if you’re going to use an ad blocker. My family likes to eat…

Aesop's Fables and other Lib Economic Theories

February 8th, 2013
12:30 pm

How many saps out there think the Constitution says “separation of church and state?”

And do you ever notice how the God hating socialists never try to twist up this – “or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press;”

Aesop's Fables and other Lib Economic Theories

February 8th, 2013
12:31 pm

I tell you what, finn, you are welcome to point it out to me. Unless, of course, you’re just mealy mouthing.

southpaw

February 8th, 2013
12:33 pm

sailfish @12:03

I am not, and have never been, Tiberius. :-D

Tiberius is smarter than I am.

Progressive, Liberal, Lefty...informed thinker

February 8th, 2013
12:33 pm

“Conservative” now means, radical, extreme, weird, out of touch, obstructionist, christianist, ignorant, insincere, flakey, rigid, wrong….
What a shame that Broun will probably be the next Senator from GA.