Your Saturday jolt: The Facebook campaigns to come

Over at Slate, John Dickerson uses Sarah Palin’s endorsement of Karen Handel in the Republican race for governor to forecast a 2012 trend:

Sarah Palin speaking in Duluth last month. AP

Sarah Palin speaking in Duluth last month. AP

The next Republican presidential campaign will happen in lots of new places. There will be all the familiar locations we love so much—Iowa, New Hampshire, diners, and Lincoln Day dinners—but this week offered another reminder, as if we needed one, that the race for the 2012 nomination will play out in the virtual world and at hyperspeed.

For the next 18 months, there will be stories and controversies and entire news cycles (or mini-cycles) in which the candidates deliver their messages but in which no one is actually seen speaking.

The most successful adopter is Sarah Palin on Facebook. She’s been posting messages on the social network for months. This week she endorsed Karen Handel in the Republican primary in Georgia, which drew a sharp response from one of Handel’s GOP challengers, and responded to the NAACP resolution calling on the Tea Party to denounce racism. “The charge that Tea Party Americans judge people by the color of their skin is false, appalling,” she wrote, “and is a regressive and diversionary tactic to change the subject at hand.”

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Speaking of long-distance politicking, Gov. Sonny Perdue will have to consider Twitter or something like it – if he intends to play any role in the aftermath of Tuesday’s primary contest for governor.

From the Atlanta Business Chronicle:

Gov. Sonny Perdue will take a delegation of Georgia community and business leaders on a business mission to the Farnborough International Airshow (FIA) in the United Kingdom to promote Georgia’s aerospace industry.

During the air show and stops in Stockholm, Sweden and Dusseldorf, Germany during the July 19-23 mission, Perdue will meet with companies seeking opportunities for foreign direct investment in the United States. He also will meet with companies such as Firth Rixon, Bombardier, Sony Ericsson and RWE to discuss their operations in the state and explore opportunities for further investment and job creation.

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Given the mixed reports from various polls, it’s hard to say definitively whether state Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine or former secretary of state Karen Handel will make it to an Aug. 10 runoff in the GOP race for governor.

A fellow doesn’t know who to attack, which can make for some awkward phrasing. Last night, from the Nathan Deal campaign:

As Fulton County Commission Chair, Karen Handel voted to give more than $400,000 in taxpayer funds to Planned Parenthood. Oddly, Handel drew extra attention to her record on this issue Thursday by attacking John Oxendine for telling the truth about her record, marking perhaps the first time in history that Oxendine was attacked on Atlanta TV when Oxendine was the one telling the truth.

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15 comments Add your comment

Tom

July 17th, 2010
10:30 am

Ox wouldn’t know the truth if it gored him.

dawggie stile

July 17th, 2010
10:48 am

Oh Sonnyboy – you should go play golf with Obama instead of a vacay with your buds in Europe.

Maycomb

July 17th, 2010
12:30 pm

No need to play golf with the Organizer in Chief. All of his tee times are full.

Yankee in Gooberville

July 17th, 2010
12:48 pm

THat’s because ol’Sarah is unable to present a coherent interview to anyone but the most friendliest right wingers out there. She couldn’t take on Katie Couric, she sure as hell can’t take on anyone else.

And the MSM is faaaaaar too kind to her as it is, never pointing out just the bald face lies she always goes off on. She is a liar, pretty crazy, and still insisting she’s the mother of Trigg rather than Bristol. Show us the birth certificate Sarah!

Perfect match with an uneducated ‘just say anything’ opportunist like Handel. Two rotten peas in the same slimy pod.

Now we know

July 17th, 2010
1:19 pm

“She is a liar, pretty crazy, and still insisting she’s the mother of Trigg rather than Bristol”

Now we know. Now we know of all the moonbat positions Palin supports, why she won’t support the birthers. She knows she has her own skeleton in that closet perhaps?

General Sherman

July 17th, 2010
1:37 pm

The sad part is we go to the polls and vote tuesday and we do not have any one to vote for! All of the candidates promise and NEVER deliver,but they are going to make changes.(GAG)
Please give me a phone number to call and you can ask for my vote,I am not sold on any of you yet!

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

July 17th, 2010
2:34 pm

Enthusiastic and sincere Carl Camon did well in this morning’s debate, wish the cloud over him had been cleared earlier in the process. From Ray he was always going to be a longshot, but an inspiring one who might have had a chance given the state of the Bush/Cheney Gay Old Pervert side.

DuBose Porter is the candidate who comes across as a legitimately competent, actual man – South Georgia version. His wife is remarkable and we’re never unequally yoked. I just hope the compulsive, conformist “four Eagle Scout sons” speaks well of Dublin’s local culture. Looks like they tried…too bad they couldn’t pop out a single daughter.

Nobody’s perfect, but a united Electorate is what we need to invoke G-d’s renewed blessings for Our State: Annuit Coeptis.

Camon or Porter, but with Carol Porter as Lt.Gov. the marketing boost we’ll get with DuBose as governor is just too good to pass up.

Bubba

July 17th, 2010
2:35 pm

I never though I would miss Marvin Griffin, Lester Maddox or (God help us) J. B. Stoner. Well, maybe I still don’t. But this bunch of clowns is no better.

Pork Chop

July 17th, 2010
3:49 pm

To all who thirst for truth and an honest candidate:

I feel your pain . . .

Follow me and I shall give you change you can believe in . . .

I promise you hope . . .

. . . and I shall deliver unto you equality, higher taxes, many more undocumented citizens (I mean, Democrats) and a national debt that will be monumental. I shall lead you into socialism – and, as sheep, you shall be shorn . . .

T Knight

July 17th, 2010
10:24 pm

Just got another piece of trash mailer from John Oxendine….. yeah he’s such a standup guy… I needed a magnifying glass to find his name on it.

Unbelieveable!

JL

July 17th, 2010
10:27 pm

Pork Chop, Facts are silly things but you might look back at the Bush years and notice that he never paid for a war, he gave trillions in tax cuts and the prescription health plan was unfunded. Look at charts for the last few decades and you might discover that the Republicans don’t fare well in the deficit department.
Many Republicans are now saying that they will cut taxes again and not cut spending. Both party leaders are preaching that.

Pro Life / Pro Fiscal Responsibility

July 18th, 2010
1:53 am

If Handel gets elected, planned parenthood will have full access to the governors office. We gotta balance the budget, and it will be harder if Handel starts spending state revenue on abortions. No wonder she was the only one who Georgia Right to Life didn’t endorse. If there was an organization called Georgians for Fiscal Sanity, they would not endorse that dropout either.

Pro Life / Pro Fiscal Responsibility

July 18th, 2010
1:53 am

If Handel gets elected, planned parenthood will have full access to the governors office. We gotta balance the budget, and it will be harder if Handel starts spending state revenue on abortions. No wonder she was the only one who Georgia Right to Life didn’t endorse. If there was an organization called Georgians for Fiscal Sanity, they would not endorse that dropout either.

Pro Education

July 18th, 2010
2:02 am

Isn’t it hypocritical to say education will be a priority in your administration when it has not been a priority in your own life?

Pro Shop

July 18th, 2010
2:10 am

Where is Sonny Perdue right now, when his anoited one Mrs. Handel needs his help getting in the runoff? Wait I’n sorry he’s not on a golf course, that’s our president. Sonny is in another country making mama grizzly come all the way down from Alaska to do his work. Somebody has got to pull the strings on that puppet.