Your morning jolt: A critique on the performance of female leaders of both state parties

Down in Macon, the city’s water supply has been contaminated with a near-toxic dose of testosterone.

This is the only explanation for the tear that Erick Erickson of has been on.

On Thursday, the conservative political blogger first bulldozed U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson for plugging the Serve America Act, “which many on the right view as a compulsory service bill.”

Then he offered a bit of free advice to School Superintendent Kathy Cox, another Republican, who — with her builder husband — is struggling through bankruptcy. “Your career is in sunset. You have no major accomplishments, but a lot of controversy. It’s time, Kathy. You need to announce you will not run again,” Erickson tapped out.

But the day was not finished. A note had to be written to certain male political figures in Georgia, advising them of the poor performance of the two women elected to lead the Republican and Democratic parties — Sue Everhart and Jane Kidd, respectively.

“Fellas, let me be honest with you,” he began. Here’s the gist:

The women in charge of the parties aren’t really performing as A-Team members preparing to bring their A-game for victory. It has nothing to do with their gender. It does have to do with their management styles.

Both are fine people. Both get the grassroots. But neither have a great grasp of the management details necessary to run a winning professional party operation.

While you ponder that analysis, consider these items found while perusing this morning’s

  • A Senate committee gives approval to a conversion to sales taxes on cars.
  • Prosecutor furloughs could lead to dismissal of lesser cases.
  • Transit agencies like MARTA win legislative approval to offer food and beverages for sale in their stations.
  • The Senate approves a one-time homebuyer tax credit.
  • The same chamber prohibits new crematories in residential areas.
  • Peanut Corp.’s leaky roof is a suspect in salmonella cases.
  • “Depression-era unemployment” hits some areas of state, says Michael Thurmond, the state labor commissioner.
  • And from elsewhere:

  • MST: A Texas executive swears that he was ordered to pay $100,000 to a Minneapolis insurance agency where U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman’s wife was employed.
  • LAT: U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch decides to fix the collegiate football situation.
  • WSJ: Lance Armstrong hasn’t just talked about winning the Tour de France again. He’s thought about buying it.
  • WP: Ramping up in Afghanistan with 4,000 more troops for training.
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    5 comments Add your comment

    Coastal Cavalier

    March 27th, 2009
    9:36 am

    The problem both parties suffer from is a lack of experienced, knowledgeable leadership. This not just in their chairs but in those elected to serve the people. Neither party worked to develop new leaders they just assumed all would live forever. This is not unusual as many organizations including governments have suffered for failing to develop a succession plan.


    March 27th, 2009
    11:25 am

    Why would self-described conservatives oppose service to our country? What happened to “country first” ? Are they all draft dodgers or just Rush Lardass and the ones in Congress?


    March 27th, 2009
    11:45 am


    Why are you making this seem like a huge sexism issue? Perhaps he dislikes their management styles?

    Who cares what gender someone is? Who cares if Kathy Cox’s husband can’t run a business? That doesn’t make her a failure, it makes her husband a failure. She’s smarter than a fifth grader and pulls down a 6 figure salary. To me, that doesn’t constitute a failure.


    March 27th, 2009
    1:40 pm

    who cares what gender they are? I don’t. It just seems to me that they are both out of their league. Everyone believes in providing opportunities for qualified individuals. However, Jane and Sue are not qualified. So, what do you do? We hold our noses and hope they take themselves out and realize they are not equipped intellectually to handle a state party operation.


    March 27th, 2009
    2:52 pm

    As an admirer of Mr. Galloway’s reporting, I’m puzzled: I read in today’s Atlanta Business Chronicle, a weekly, that Lisa Borders is getting back in the mayor’s race. Yet I can find nothing about this in the AJC, a daily. Any info on this???