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