The largest crowd of conservatives in metro Atlanta on Tuesday evening paid $30 a head to listen to the talk radio line-up of WGKA (920AM) trash President Barack Obama’s first 100 days in office.
Several hundred (their estimate, not mine, but it was SRO) gathered at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center to listen to Dennis Prager, Hugh Hewitt and Bill Bennett — who were at the tail end of a 12-city tour.
One of the co-sponsors was Sadie Fields and the Georgia Christian Alliance. But it was not her event, as demonstrated by the pay-as-you-go bar.
Ralph Reed was there as well. Ray McBerry, the Republican candidate for governor, was in the audience. John Oxendine was also greeted from the stage — but we did not see him, only supporters. Also attending was a Republican magician with a flaming wallet.
The conversation was predictable. “You don’t transform or remake that which you already admire,” Prager said. “The left is not cognizant of its own motives.”
— Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Leah Ward Sears last week handed in her resignation to Gov. Sonny Perdue, even though her elected term runs through 2010.
Her decision has made Democrats more than slightly angry. Although the seat is formally non-partisan, the party put a great deal of effort into her 2004 re-election. Sears’ resignation gives Perdue an opportunity to appoint a replacement who can run as an incumbent next year.
In a conversation posted Monday on WABE’s web site, Denis O’Hayer asked Sears about the move. Her answer is unlikely to make Democrats any happier:
”I have always said that I am going to do this job without any partisan influence, fairly. The way our system works is, when you are ready to leave, the governor of the state of Georgia makes the replacement.
“I would never hang around, trying to manipulate the system so that somebody who I want to make the selection — you know, the people select the governor to do his job. And the people have selected me to do my job. And when that’s over, I’m over.”
Now, certain people — a particular AJC columnist comes to mind — have argued that resignations such as Sears themselves qualify as the manipulation of an elected judiciary. Feel free to debate the point.
— U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson is waiting for his invite to a White House signing ceremony, after Monday’s final passage of a measure to create an independent, subpoena-empowered panel that will look into the causes of last year’s economic meltdown.
One minor change — rather than being known as the Financial Markets Commission, it will be called the Financial Crisis Commission. An improvement.
— U.S. Rep. Tom Price (R-Roswell) gets some appreciative ink (bytes?) from Politico this morning with a profile that includes this:
“I’ve never seen a guy who could carry on so many battles at one time,” said Texas Rep. Jeb Hensarling, who preceded Price as chairman of the Republican Study Committee, a caucus of conservative House Republicans. “On our side of the aisle, people view Tom as one of the most effective advocates of the Republican message.”
— The debate over what makes a Republican is getting downright weird. Forget Michael Steele’s speech on Tuesday to the Republican National Committee. Price’s session on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”
Take a look at the thoughts of John McCain’s 24-year-old daughter:
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While you ponder that, consider these items found while perusing this morning’s ajc.com:
Newt Gingrich calls on Nancy Pelosi to resign. 95,000 in DeKalb County to get lower assessments on homes. Federal stimulus dollars may be directed to rural Georgia to boost broadband. Atlanta council questions plan to reduce judges.
Your Luckovich fix. Bob Barr points to a cyber bill that squelches speech, curtails liberty. Cynthia Tucker says thrift will cure credit addiction. John Lechleiter argues that the key to biotech success lies in intellectual property rights.
From elsewhere in Georgia:
NYT: Weapons sent to Afghanistan by U.S. may be falling into Taliban hands. LAT: Schwarzenegger’s third budget reform attempt flops in California. WSJ: Kentucky’s senators spar over 2010 race. WP: Senate Democrats scrap funding to close Guantanamo Bay.
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