Georgia sequels to Florida’s Rubio-Crist civil war

Because show business is show business, political strategists and Hollywood producers often employ the same tactics.

Among movie-makers, success at the box office means only one thing: a sequel, featuring the same characters and same plot.

In politics, there’s no bigger hit this year than the Republican civil war between Gov. Charlie Crist and former state House Speaker Marco Rubio in the Florida race for the U.S. Senate.

Backed by tea partyists and GOP hard-cores, the 39-year-old Rubio is mopping the floor with the 53-year-old Crist, who started the race with the backing of the Republican establishment, in both Florida and Washington.

A single embrace by a stimulus-peddling President Barack Obama has crippled the well-tanned governor. The latest primary polls put Rubio 18 points ahead.

That kind of success is bound to encourage imitation. In Georgia, the resignations of U.S. Reps. John Linder and Nathan Deal, within the space of three days, have virtually guaranteed that the dynamics of the Rubio-Crist fight will dominate state GOP politics through the July primary.

The contest for 9th Congressional District, which overlaps the top of Georgia like a hound dog’s ear, has been under way for nearly a year, ever since Deal entered the race for governor.

But Deal’s decision to leave Congress, now postponed until March 31, has pushed a stately procession of 10 declared Republican candidates into overdrive.

The resignation is all but certain to trigger a mid-May special election (and likely runoff) that will give one candidate the right to call himself the incumbent. A second vote, for the full two-year term that begins in January, would be held in July.

Two candidates have dominated the fund-raising — state Rep. Tom Graves of Ranger and state Sen. Lee Hawkins of Gainesville. Graves, a 40-year-old developer and builder, has tied himself closely to the tea party movement. He uses the language of insurgency, referring to his supporters as “freedom fighters.”

“I think people are fed up. They’re saying enough’s enough. They’re an energized group of people,” said Graves campaign manager Tim Baker. In 2008, FreedomWorks, the group led by Dick Armey that helped kick-start the tea party movement, gave awards to two state lawmakers. One was Rubio. The other was Graves.

Hawkins, 59, is more a traditional Republican — a practicing dentist for 30 years, first elected to the Legislature in 2006. His focus in the congressional campaign is small business. He pitches himself as a steady conservative and has had little contact with the tea party movement. “He’s not really associated with it at all,” said his spokesman, Steve Holman.

Georgia’s 7th District, which Linder is giving up after 18 years, covers much of east metro Atlanta, including most of Gwinnett County. Like the 9th, it is solid Republican territory — at least for now.

The 7th has picked up about 87,000 newly registered voters in the past four years. Only 21 percent are white.

The field could become crowded, but the first two Republican candidates to jump in after Linder announced his retirement were state Sen. Don Balfour of Snellville and state Rep. Clay Cox of Lilburn.

Cox immediately declared himself the “tea party” candidate and challenged Balfour to give up his powerful position as chairman of the Senate Rules Committee — which determines the fate of most legislation in the Capitol. “It is a conflict of interest to hold legislation sponsored by people or groups whose support you want in a congressional race,” Cox said.

Cox is 41. Balfour is 53. Yet another instance of a Young Turk positioning himself against an older, more established rival.

But every Rubio needs his Crist. And Balfour insists he won’t be typecast. Asked whether he, too, would claim to be the tea party candidate, the Waffle House executive replied, “I’m the Republican candidate.”

But he has allied himself with tea partyists in the past. When the Gwinnett County Commission threatened a 25 percent property tax increase last summer, it was Balfour who threatened the commissioners with a recall — and forced them to back down.

“I carry the flag up the hill. I don’t just vote pro-life. I pass the bill,” Balfour said. As for conflicts of interest, the senator said he was quite willing to discuss legislation Cox introduced last year to limit government oversight of the private probation business.

Cox is CEO of a large private probation company.

This is the problem with all sequels. Scripting an outcome is especially hard when we don’t know how the original drama — the one in Florida — will end until August.

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87 comments Add your comment

Ben

March 6th, 2010
3:50 pm

You mentioned the Crist embrace of Obama in the Rubio/Crist race. Some of us remember the Hawkins/Biden love fest when he came to Gainesville to announce the $33 Million in stimulus money going to that area. Is the 9th District REALLY going to send someone to DC who embraces the idea of stimulus money obtained through generational theft for projects in the District? Hawkins will be a step backward for the people who count on conservative representation in Washington.

Sick and Tired

March 6th, 2010
4:33 pm

Sure they will send him it is the Republican way. Say No then take the credit. It does not matter that they are the ones that got us into the mess and spending. They are a sick and tired party that would do anything to ruin the country. And their followers will support them just so long as they are show their support for the party, not country.

Vanessa

March 6th, 2010
4:35 pm

Where are the moderates? Why do we need to have a choice between a bunch of little boys that call each other names and try to out-tea-party each other. They are both curent politicians and part of the problem. I want someone that will be the solution!! I want a moderate!!

Federalist

March 6th, 2010
4:40 pm

I think Cox has realized he is not in the sandbox anymore with Balfour in this race. The people of the 7th know who has been in the battle for them all these many years at the State Capitol.

(required)

March 6th, 2010
4:47 pm

I’m with you Vanessa…i’m sick and tired of party politics too, getting rid of those on the Hill doesn’t mean anything unless the newcomers can provide the country with solutions that will actually work

vuduchld

March 6th, 2010
4:48 pm

Why in the world would any one vote for these has beens. Tea beggers don’t impress me in the least, they’re just the same old bunch that has failed before and will fail again. If Jawja is serious about moving into the 21st century then ditch these near-do-wells and start from scratch. Your state needs fresh ideas, new concepts and surely a different way of doing business. Look around you, your state has become a basket case with Mississippi and South Carolina being worse. Your unemployment rate is high, with teachers and state employees being furloughed left and right. If you vote for these idiots, why should federal taxpayer dollars keep supporting you? Do everyone a favor, stop talking about these people and propping them up because they’re not even wannabes, they’re nobodies.

Mike

March 6th, 2010
4:50 pm

If Balfour wants to talk about conflict of interest, let him explain his authoring of the bill that handed Georgia Power the right to charge rate payers in advance for a portion of those new nuclear generators in Burke County. He is a stockholder in the Southern Company!

A True Patriot

March 6th, 2010
5:17 pm

Mike, Southern Company Stock is one of the most widely held stocks (if not the Number One) on the NYSE…….your accusation that he would vote for the bill on that basis is groundless…..that right, as you call it, is actually saving you and your children money……it’s just good common sense :)

Larry

March 6th, 2010
5:20 pm

Which one of the T.E.A.party members has failed before at what, Vuduchild? Do you mean they don’t reflect your particular leftist view. Who did you vote for in 2008? Wasn’t a Repub was it?

DWL

March 6th, 2010
5:23 pm

Enter your comments here

DWL

March 6th, 2010
5:24 pm

Well, the tea baggers scorched-earth primary strategy risks sending moderate (rational) independents to the Democrats for the general election. I guess they figure if they win the GOP primary they have it made, and up in the north Georgia mountains that’s probably so. But I’m not as certain about the 7th, which could go to a moderate Dem alternative if the stars align.

Keith

March 6th, 2010
6:22 pm

Folks, right now the Democrats and Rep[ublicans are two flavors of the same moderate party. The Tea Party people are trying to push the GOP toward individual liberty and truly give us a two party system.

midtownguy

March 6th, 2010
6:26 pm

Nominating hard-right candidates will just give Democrats those seats. I say go for it.

TRUTH

March 6th, 2010
6:50 pm

So, ann argument and dang near fistfight has broken out over some (R) seats, huh? Cool down, boys. This fight is over who is the farthest right. Incredible. One step to the right of center, categorizes you as a (R). Even if you go as FAR RIGHT as you can, you are still an (R). Clue, the (R) has been in power for several years, ending recently on Nov 4, 2008, then terminated on Jan 20, 2009. And you’re still fighting over who is more farther to the right. Reminder – The ills of this country has been . well under way prior to Jan 20, 2009. This was under your watch (R)’s. (R)’s who no longer like its current leadership splintered off and became Tea Baggers (a hint to us (D) Liberals that this movement was being lead by Rufus, Bubba, Cleophus), suddenly it was the Tea Party (yet another historical blunder as the colonists were acting against the British, not our own country). We simplify it and call it finger pointing. One (R) pissed at other (R)’s and starting his own mob.

And yes, Georgia (R) politicians are just like the national scene. Confused. Out of ideas. Ego Driven. Fear Mongering. Typical. Politically lost frat boys.

THAT truly is the position of MOST Americans and Georgians. Acting obstinate and NOT engaging in civil and intelligent discussion to reach agreement mutually is the actions of spolied men behaving like privileged frat boys whose arguing to see who’s pappy has more. This country and state are held captive while you stall, lie, and disregard the public and its agenda. You cannot claim victory if the nation fails. Don’t you get that? Or are you all just (R)’s?

THE WAY I SEE IT

March 6th, 2010
6:52 pm

I don’t think it matters who the Republican candidate is; the Democrat is going to win. Republicans are pretending that we all have forgotten how badly they screwed up this country during the Bush Administration. The revolt against the political right which began in 2008 with the election of Obama is going to continue. They simply do not have the numbers they pretend to have. There are just a lot of Democrats in this country and the misinformation campaign spread by the Republicans only strengthened the political left. People may not like the Dems that much, but they like the Reps even less.

THE WAY I SEE IT

March 6th, 2010
7:04 pm

Healthcare costs too much. We spend WAY too much money on defense. Government funded stem cell research is a good idea. SCHIP funding to help pay for programs like Peachcare is worthy of my tax dollars. I hate that we gave tax breaks to big oil during the Bush admin. and they charged us $5/gallon and made record profits. I am not aligning myself with any political party, but why would I vote for a Republican?

Oh Brother....

March 6th, 2010
7:26 pm

The way I see it, you know nothing about economics, healthcare, tax or energy policy–but a lot about gubment programs.

Have you received your Obama Stimalas yet? Just stick your hand out…..again.

pn

March 6th, 2010
7:27 pm

The “new” Republican party has been cloned from Newt Gingrich’s stem cells.. Pompous, hypocritical, mean-spirited, polemical, menacing, ego-driven and completely over the top. Where are the Republicans who are truly conservative, rock-solid, steady and productive–and not raging wingnuts or nihilists? How this country needs a moderate, rational Republican voice willing to confront and call out the demagogues and nut cases… Teddy Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower for example.

Bob Attaway

March 6th, 2010
7:29 pm

No one has elected anyone the leader of the tea party. I paid my way to Washington last 9/12.
I was proud for the movement, when we left Washington, it was much cleaner than when Obama
was inaugurated.

The reason for Dissent is to get Barack Hussein Obama and his fellow travelers (socialists)
back to Chicago with their friends(Mayor Daly).

Katie

March 6th, 2010
7:30 pm

I feel someone here has to point out that purpose of the Tea Party is not to be R or D. Indeed, if you go to an event you will see both and mostly I’s. The movement represents Conservatism of old married to the Independence of the current day. They do not desire to put forth a candidate and become a third party. The are a true grass roots movement who is reinventing power broking in DC. They are not aiming for a bunch of T’s in the congress. They are aimed at setting forth principles – mainly aimed at fiscal conservatism, and identifying the candidate who most closely represents that. Since Republicans are much more conservative, though clearly lost their way lately, Tea party endorsements mainly go the R way.
Take note, however, though it is popular to say Bush went crazy spending and the Repubs did all the bad stuff, keep in mind the congress has been ultra liberal since 2006. That is where the budget comes from and is approved. That is where Barney Frank drove Freddie and Fannie down the drain. That is where Chris Dodd put forth mortgage rules that allowed people to borrow who weren’t worthy and punished banks for trying to lend carefully (all the while getting a sweetheart deal for himself). Bush had homeland security to fund, and two wars; agree with them or not. Obama campaigned on the front that he would end all wars. The homeland didn’t need securing because we can all just hug and get along. For his part he has quadrupled the national debt and is so far over the top even without the horrendous Health bill, we may never get a grip on the National debt.
If Bush was your enemy and you pointed out how he rigged gas prices, and was killing innocent people in foreign wars – where are you now that gas prices are rising again? What about the innocent blood shed in Afghanistan lately – gonna call for war crimes against Obama? The tea party represents the breadth of people who see so far beyond all these right/left propagandas. Reasonability is entering the political theatre and the old puppet masters don’t like it! Its about time someone policed politics for the little guy because we are in the most corrupt administration of all time (in America – of course Germany and Russia have seen this before).

jt

March 6th, 2010
7:37 pm

The democrats will steal your wealth via Government lawyers and bureaucrats while the Republicans will steal it by people wearing uniforms. The Republicans and Democrats usually cooperate when it comes to taking your wealth.

The only choice for liberty is voting Libertarian or not voting at all.

Bob Attaway

March 6th, 2010
7:38 pm

After re-reading the list the guy who poses as Truth is an IDIOT!

adam

March 6th, 2010
7:39 pm

Balfour. Cox. Two stupid peas in a pod

John

March 6th, 2010
8:05 pm

If you don’t vote right, you vote WRONG.

dawgmom

March 6th, 2010
8:05 pm

Katie — excellent post. But do not forget that the mortgage “crisis” began with Jimmy Carter and was further exacerbated by Bill Clinton. These two Presidents laid the foundation that home-ownership is a right, not a privilege. To pn — Teddy Roosevelt may have run on the Republican ticket, but he was a self-avowed Progressive. Much like Obama, he was elected under false pretenses.

jim

March 6th, 2010
8:09 pm

Uh Katie, quess what – the present administration is simply trying to cope with what King George did with his administration. If President Obama would have pulled out the troops in Afghanistan, me thinks you would be the first to call him one of those cut and run guys. You refer to the “ultra liberal congress”. How is it ultra. Some of the democrats are the “blue dogs” and some of the repubs vote with the administration. So spare us the hyperbole and deal with facts. Save the conservative screed for the politically and mentally challenged.

jim

March 6th, 2010
8:14 pm

Uh dawgmom. you are a prime example of why some of us vote democrat. You question a man’s credentials long after his death and long after the Republican party became so right wing wacko conservative. I can remember when some repubs were liberal and progressive thinkers. Then the right wing extremists took over and began deciding who and who was not a repub. Intellectually disgusting. And guess what – it is your kind of thinking that will keep the repubs a localized and regional party. You can forget winning national elections for the near and far future. Outside of the south and some western states, people tend to think you’re nuts.

dawgmom

March 6th, 2010
8:30 pm

Jim — I’m nuts because I study history? At no point did I say I was a Republican or a Democrat. I only stated facts. Why do you feel the need to speak so harshly? If you take some time to do some research (instead of flying off the handle), you will see that my points are correct.

jim

March 6th, 2010
8:54 pm

No flying off the handle here. Happen to be a history major and taught the subject for years. Harsh is only to those who see it as harsh. Others see it as reality. And be honest – you do not believe in political correctness, do you? So save the “harsh” rhetoric for those who buy into it. Keep voting conservative and watch the state go to he– and know deep down, you are part of the problem, not the solution. Where is Nelson Rockefeller or Jacob Javitz when you need them? Oh wait, they were progessive repubs like Teddy R. was , so they are not real repubs. Is that about it? Again, intellectually disgraceful.

dawgmom

March 6th, 2010
9:15 pm

How do you define political correctness?

HTGuy

March 6th, 2010
9:33 pm

jim, you are obviously a progressive liberal ex-teacher that is disgruntled over your lack of ability to get a real job. Don’t punish those who have been successful in this country just to vent your personal frustrations. Get a life and wake up to realize that your party in power is on the path to spend this country into bankruptcy. Your attempts to demean those with conservative or libertarian views is not only demeaning but arrogant, which reminds me of someone else.

jim

March 6th, 2010
9:44 pm

Remind you of yourself maybe? Not a liberal and loved my job. Actually taught people like you about govt. and the history of this great country. I love it though when people use words like demean and arrogant. That so aptly describes the Glen Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity lunatic fringe. There is a reason that some of non liberals are ex repubs. Because you and I do not think the same does not mean we do not think. Sit back and chill – your anti education bias is showing.

dawgmom

March 6th, 2010
9:52 pm

jim — still waiting to hear your definition of political correctness. Also, what in my post lead you to believe you were intelluctually superior to me?

HTGuy

March 6th, 2010
10:01 pm

No, you remind me of the Obama administration’s arrogant style of managing the federal government. You don’t care to listen to other people’s opinions of what is right for this country’s future. Instead you choose to belittle them rather than get into intellectual debate. If not a liberal, you are definitely a progressive, which means that you tend to be a socialist at heart. You have your right to your opinion, just as others do to this post. So don’t blast everyone that has a different opinion than you. That was may original point.

jim

March 6th, 2010
10:08 pm

Political correctness is saying or doing something to appear correct or pander to a group. It is a fairly generic phrase that most people get when they hear it used.
Never claimed intellectual superiority to anyone. Just pointed out the obvious – Teddy R. was a republican who was also progressive. At one point in our history that was not a contradiction in terms as it is now. Teddy was a repub who believed that the govt had a critical role in our country. He was responsible for starting national park service and early (dare I say it) conservation/ecology movement. So when someone starts talking about how TR was not a real republican but a progressive, it becomes annoyingly inaccurate. One could say Ronald Reagan grossly increased the federal deficit, which would be accurate. That would not allow someone to say he was not a republican. That is the real issue. The REPUBLICAN LITMUS TEST that must now be passed to be called a repub. Left the repubs long time ago when creative thinking and accepting alternative ideas became “liberal”

Josh

March 6th, 2010
10:17 pm

Balfour is a big fat cat Waffle House CEO and other observations: and yes, I would say that to his face if but, that’s impossible because the jerk is MIA–typically in Egypt. Now, we have Clay Cox, a conceited, arrogant rugrat from Lilburn who should be called by his Native-American name, Dances With Lobbyists. C’mon GA, let’s get new competent blood in Congress, not a NJ native-turned-f@t redneck or a little s+it with an SUV and the best education that daddy could get for him. I heard there are more Repugs ready to throw their hats in the ring. As for the Dems., they don’t have anyone either. Where’s that cookie man who challenged Newt? He was a joke. Is that guy who challenged Linder going to try again? You see, I can’t remember his name ’cause he’s totally forgettable. Lord help the 7th! Oh, and then there’s the 9th. Where are the bubbas on this one?

jim

March 6th, 2010
10:18 pm

Dwight Eisenhower could not find a home in the republican party today. Too liberal, whatever that means. Collin Powell has been dinged by the repubs because he actually voted for President Obama . Imagine a person of color voting to see a person of color who was qualified , elected in our life time. With the tea baggers and right wingers, its all about lock step positions that require agreement on each point. Anything less than total agreement is labeled dangerous thinking.
Come to think of it, Honest Abe was a true republican progressive who actually believed that all men were created equal and a person’s grandpa did not have the right to keep slaves. A truly progressive thougt at the time. AND he was a republican.

dawgmom

March 6th, 2010
10:21 pm

As for your definition of political correctness — you are right. I am not nor have I ever been one to parse my words/thoughts in case I might offend some person or group. That is just how I was raised as an American. As for the Repub./Dem./Progressive terminology, my opinion is that no group is necessarily good for the country. Anyone running for office that is for the free market and minimal government gets my vote. Be they Republican, Democrat, Independent — I don’t care. Our country is a Republic and I will do anything within my small power to insure it remains so.

d2

March 6th, 2010
10:30 pm

Yeah, like Bush listened, Speaking of Bush he created a whole new department, SIGNED the federal intrusions on schools by the NCLB act, didn’t care to have the Military the best equipment when they went to war. I voted for Reagan and still liked his years in office, but these tea partiers are not a anythng but a bunch of people who are mostly retired and ill-informed. They call themselves Christians and yet show arrogance by saying that if you don’t believe they way they do then you are wrong and not a Christian. I love how they love to say Hussien when they speak of Obama. I use to be a republican, but the hate and hypocrisy is really rampant. Why everyone is against the stimulus plan until it trickles down to their district and then the ribbon cutting is celebrating. The tea partiers are against no taxes and limited Gov’t, but don’t mind telling me how they hire an attorney to get their Social security for their disability. The tea partiers complain that there is to much taxes but yet ride on the roads. You know Reagan raised taxes. They claim that Gov’t need to be run like a business. Businesses do not stay around long if they can not generate enough revenue to cover their expenses. They raise prices all the time. I love how the tea partiers discuss about cutting taxes. If you don’t believe in the tea partiers thinking then you are a liberal-you know what I can think for myself I don’t need a pamphlet with Obama as the Joker to tell me how to think. Forgive me for being independent-but that is what America is. Tea partiers are beginning to show their true light—-the more people I talk to more they think they are becoming to radical. I love it when they won’t to cut taxes but don’t mind having vouchers for schools. There are more of us out here that agree with Jim then you realize.

d2

March 6th, 2010
10:31 pm

That should be against no new taxes

jim

March 6th, 2010
10:34 pm

Uh HT guy – On a regular basis, I have conservatives in my face who are more than happy to explain my percieved lack of knowledge about how conservatives can save the world. They can’t save the whales but they can save the world. Or so they say. Or I get the recipie for winning in AFghanistan from some repub type who never served his country when the chance was there. Prior to teaching ( the job you labled a non job ), I was an infantry sgt. in Vietnam. Led troops each day in killing other human beings for God and country. At that level, it never seemed to make a whole lot of sense. But then why should it? The people who could have explained it and led it to success were too busy in school (George Cheney, Saxby Chandless,et.al. They had other things to do like going to school. And lets not forget Dan Quayle and George W. They joined the Nat. Guard. Back in the day, joining the Nat. Guard was closely akin to declaring yourself a concientious objector. Guard units did not go to Vietnam. Guard units laughed at us as we geared up to go

dawgmom

March 6th, 2010
10:39 pm

d2 — Many people consider themselves independent because the extreme sides of both parties are tearing this country apart. How many Tea Party events have you attended? I can tell you that, from my experience, the crowds have consisted of Democrats, Republicans and Independents — all wanting to distance themselves from the outer fringes of the two dominant parties.

HTGuy

March 6th, 2010
10:41 pm

jim, Guess what…. tea baggers, right wingers and in general libertarians are fed up with democrats and republicans spending habits. While conservative republicans have cut taxes, they have done a terrible job of cutting spending. While G.W. Bush and others cut taxes, they didn’t do the corresponding cutting of spending (wars or no wars). To this point, the republicans failed as well. The main difference is that (progressive) democrats want both more spending and more taxes and more socialism that will take this country eventually into bankruptcy (pay attention to where the various European countries are headed). Pointing out leaders from 50 to 100+ years ago is irrelevant to the current state of this country. Any good or bad decisions from those eras can be changed if the voting masses decide it is right. Education of Americans is key to our future. Take a look at the current poles if you have any doubt.

DON'T BE FOOLED

March 6th, 2010
10:43 pm

Most of the Pro-Republican comments in this forum and other forums like CNN, Fox News etc.. are coming from professional lobbyist organzations. They are spending millions hiring people who spend all day on the internet spewing their misinformation. They are trying to make us all think that there are a lot of people against this administration. The political right thinks they can con America into thinking that Americans are against the new leadership. We are not falling for it. We are not as dumb as you think. Get a real job. Go back to telemarketing. We have Factcheck, We know you are lying. Copy this and put it on as many forums as you can.

jim

March 6th, 2010
10:47 pm

and dawgmom, parcing your words may be considered plain old good manners. Not every conversation is a political debate or a time to endorse the next righty who believes in God, wants lower crime, less taxes, and his girlfriend left alone to make money on the side (See Republican Senator Ensign of Nevada. Or maybe we should genuflect toward newt – how many wifes which translates to how many empty promises? And we will not even count the first one who he dumped while she was in a cancer ward. Yeah, those crazy repubs have such social grace, don’t they?

d2

March 6th, 2010
10:51 pm

To dawgmoms
I have been to three. Does that really matter? I walked away after seeing such rhetoric. They did not consist of anything but conservative retired First Baptist republicans. Oh by the way I am a First Baptist. I also believe the Jesus died for our sins. I was their when one of the person there told me how he got a wheelchair and a device on the back of his truck from the SS every three years. He sells the device on the back of his truck and sells his electric wheel chair. He still gets one every three years. I talked to another one saying he fought the government to get his SS disability end up hiring an attorney to get it and got his backpay. I talked to another one who talked about his gardener he pays under the table and is learning how to speak what he calls Mexican. Boy it made me want to throw up.

jim

March 6th, 2010
10:57 pm

and HT guy – It so depends on who is doing the education. Leaving it to the likes of Roger Ailes and FOX is like asking Josef Goebbels if he wants his old job back as hack and misinformation spreader. Propaganda is not education. Curious, does it bother anyone here that Fox and its programing is run by a foreign alien? Rupert Murdoch is not an american. I can only imagine the outcry if someone like Sean Connery began a news network here and put his spin on the news. The rightie tightie types would go ballistic. And more and more people “get it” all the time. We are tired of gridlock brought on by the repubs. Several years ago when the repubs were in power they loved the phrase “elections have consequences”, “the people have spoke”, etc. Now its dig in and say no. Nancy Reagan could have used all of them in her Just Say NO to Drugs program. They all practice saying it every day.

d2

March 6th, 2010
10:59 pm

oh yeah, I forgot about the contractor at the tea party event. He said he could put vinyl siding on my house. He came looked at it said it would be 10,000 dollars, wrote up the estimate on his notebook with a fish symbol and said he could have his crew of Mexicans start on it next week. I went to a local contractor and had it done for 4,000 and it was a good job. No I been with the clients of the tea partiers. No more for me.

DON'T BE FOOLED

March 6th, 2010
11:01 pm

The Tea Party is a minority of morons. This “party”, if you can call it that, is an insignificant group of emotional soccer moms and their fat, ignorant husbands that have no grasp of reality. They worship at the feet of Rush, claim they tithe 10% of their income on their taxes, but don’t. Don’t argue with them. It’s like speakng louder to a foreigner.

jim

March 6th, 2010
11:10 pm

Uh Dawgmom – How do the Tea Party people distance themselves from the fringes ( your words ) and at the same time invite Sara Palin to speak at a tea party event? If she gets any further out on the fringe she will fall off the planet.