Your morning jolt: Why Roy Barnes can’t afford a runoff

Topics below include: Roy Barnes, Republican Governors Association, Fox News, polling, Eddie Long, Politifact, and Ralph Reed.

The same thought has been knocking around in my head, but Larry Peterson at the Savannah Morning News got to it first:

The Miami of Ohio football team and Georgia Democrats have something in common, and that should worry Roy Barnes.

Miami has never won an overtime game and Georgia Democrats have never won a statewide runoff.

Of course, different conditions trigger overtime and runoffs. A tie extends a football game into overtime; a runoff occurs when no one draws a majority of the votes.

But chronic inability to win overtime games and runoffs may have similar influences on strategy. That is, if Barnes faces the likelihood of a runoff, he may be tempted to make aggressive – even risky – moves to avoid one.

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Longtime Atlanta PR man Charlie Hayslett passed along this product of an e-mail chain from a cousin:

“I just got an automated call conducting a poll for political races in Georgia. Since it was [automated], no way I could tell them they were talking to Mississippi, so I took the poll and voted for all the Republicans.

“Wonder how much money some organization is paying the polling company to poll the wrong state?”

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Say what you will about the Eddie Long scandal – over the weekend, it drove dozens of journalists into church. The Washington Post included this tidbit about the scene at New Missionary Baptist that we haven’t seen anywhere else:

Parishioners said they worry the Long is under attack and some members seemed to assume a war footing Sunday morning, praying and singing and doing the Atlanta Braves tomahawk chop before Long came out.

A diversion of late-inning prayer helps explain the Braves’ September swoon.

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The Athens Banner-Herald had this over the weekend:

The 19-year-old son of U.S. Rep. Paul Broun was arrested Friday night in downtown Athens and charged with driving under the influence of drugs, the third time in two years Paul Collins Broun III has faced drug or alcohol charges.

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The Sunday morning news shows carried two new ads in the Georgia race for governor – one by the Republican Governors Association, on behalf of Nathan Deal, and another by Democrat Roy Barnes. Neither ad has been posted on YouTube.

The first reader to send a clip of either one would get a free Political Insider T-shirt – if such a thing existed.

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Politifact Georgia this morning examines whether Democratic nominee for governor Roy Barnes is sticking to a pledge to run a campaign that doesn’t get down in the mud.

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The connection between Fox News and Republicans is rich and deep. And may be posing problems for other news organizations. From Politico.com:

With the exception of Mitt Romney, Fox now has deals with every major potential Republican presidential candidate not currently in elected office.

The matter is of no small consequence, since it’s uncertain how other news organizations can cover the early stages of the presidential race when some of the main GOP contenders are contractually forbidden to appear on any TV network besides Fox.

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Another Fox News connection: Former Sonny Perdue aide Nick Ayers was named the power player of the week by the conservative cable TV network this weekend:

Those jaded liberals at Media Matters think its worth noting that News Corp., the parent company of Fox, gave $1 million to the RGA this summer — implying that Fox is merely talking up its investment. Tsk.

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More from the gubernatorial front: Roy Barnes chased the church vote in Brunswick over the weekend. From the Savannah Morning News:

The Democratic nominee for governor laid out components of a jobs program that he promised to present in full this week, and he assured the crowd of about 40 that churches would figure into it.

Barnes said he would create faith-based partnerships to help educate children and prepare workers. Churches and other faith-based organizations would help provide for children in foster care, would mentor students and help them prepare for tests.

Saying, “It’s time for us to take care of our own people,” Barnes said the state should implement programs to keep jobs at home. A bidder that comes within 1 percent of the lowest bid on a local government or state contract would get the contract rather than have an outside company do the work.

Barnes said he was amazed to be talking to a man in Missouri when he renewed his hunting license by phone.

“Georgia workers ought to perform Georgia taxpayer contracts …” he said.

Finally, the New Republic is crediting man known locally as Baby Jesus for Ralph Reed’s return to the national political scene:

[A]fter Barack Obama swept into the White House on the strength of a high-tech political organizing juggernaut, friends implored Reed—the former executive director of the Christian Coalition and one of the key architects of the GOP congressional takeover in 1994—to get back in the game.

As Reed tells his audience at the Mayflower, a phone call from Sean Hannity persuaded him. “I wanted to know that this was not me,” Reed says, “that this was not any ambition of mine. I wanted to know that this was the Lord.”

Reed breaks into a sly grin as he recounts Hannity’s response: “Ralph, God is speaking through this phone line right now, and he’s using me to deliver the message.”

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150 comments Add your comment

david

September 27th, 2010
10:12 am

I’ll vote for Libertarian John Monds for Governor.

dagny

September 27th, 2010
10:14 am

I’ll vote Monds and then I’ll vote Barnes in the runoff.

Amy Morton

September 27th, 2010
10:19 am

Do you know who did defy the odds and win a major run-off victory in Georgia? They call him Mayor Reed in Atlanta now.

[...] I recorded Fox News Sunday but haven’t watched it yet so I didn’t see that Nick Ayers was named the power player of the week. Here’s some video via Jim Galloway. [...]

Doug Craig

September 27th, 2010
10:21 am

I am voting for Monds the first Tuesday in Nov. then I hope to vote for him again against Barnes three weeks later :)
http://www.votemonds.com
Also look at Chuck Donovan for Us senate
http://www.donovanforsenate.com

lmno

September 27th, 2010
10:29 am

The fact that Nathan Deal is polling well at this point is a testament to the mental abilities of the average Georgia Voter.

When Hell Freezes Over

September 27th, 2010
10:29 am

I have already voted for Deal, but in the run-off I’ll vote Deal again.

CJJScout

September 27th, 2010
10:34 am

The whole stay at home dad thing is pretty scary, but Monds is the best choice.

Can I get am Amen?

September 27th, 2010
10:36 am

Another reason not to like Sean. Ralphie is a con man posing as a religious republican. A lot of us moderate repubs can do religion on our own. Enough of the far right hijacking the party already.

Retired Soldier

September 27th, 2010
10:36 am

The Monds folks are out early today. Remember, a vote for Monds is really a vote for Barnes. My family voted for Deal and Johnny today.

Larry

September 27th, 2010
10:41 am

Why do people vote for Deal?

Retired Soldier

September 27th, 2010
10:42 am

Why do people vote for Barnes?

Bishop Eddie

September 27th, 2010
10:44 am

We’ll blindly follow you to the jumping off place.

Raquel Morris

September 27th, 2010
10:45 am

@Amy, Mayor Reed won what was officially a non-partisan race (even though the Democratic Party inappropriately injected party politics into it) in a heavily Democratic city. Not exactly the same thing as a Democrat winning a runoff in Republican Red Georgia.

David Staples

September 27th, 2010
10:48 am

Just because Monds chooses to be a stay at home dad doesn’t mean he’s not capable. He has a finance degree from Morehouse and previously worked for Lehman Brothers. Some would say that Monds is living the American dream being able to stay at home and raise his kids.

td

September 27th, 2010
10:51 am

Larry

September 27th, 2010
10:41 am
Why do people vote for Deal?

Because he is not a Democrat. The voters of Georgia are determined to send a message to Obama and the national Democratic party. The Georgia Democrats are running at the wrong time because they are going to feel the wrath of the Georgia voter no matter if the deserve it or not.

Jawja Snake Handler for Jeebus

September 27th, 2010
10:56 am

Shady Deal or Lying Roybama Barnes!!! Bwahahahahhahahaha!!!

Jawja is so screwed, not for the next four or eight years, but from now forward. The US is screwed, but Dixie and the A**hole South will be taking it like Bishop Long and Ted Haggard. What a cesspit!!!

tinhat

September 27th, 2010
10:59 am

So … Hannity speaks for God? I guess someone had to be the voice when Jerry Falwell passed away. Frankly, I would think James Earl Jones would be HIs first choice …

3 Arrows

September 27th, 2010
10:59 am

Monds already has my vote..I’ll not vote in the run off if its Shaddy Deal vs King Roy.

David S

September 27th, 2010
11:01 am

It would be fantastic if the runoff were between John Monds and Roy Barnes. At least that would finally show that the republicans in this state were beginning to wise up and support sound economic principles and the principles of individual liberty.

John Monds is the only choice for Georgia.

And a vote for John Monds is a vote for John Monds. If the republican party actually cared about liberty and freedom and put up candidates who supported these values, then there would be no need for another candidate to run. They don’t, so you either care about principles and value your vote or you don’t.

You cannot get a different outcome by doing the same thing over and over. We have seen that from both the republican and democratic parties for the past 150 years. Time for a change.

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

September 27th, 2010
11:02 am

FoxNews’ (”Vatican TV”) Sean Hannity is a dues-paying member of the “Fifth Column” of the Roman Anti-Christ. How appropriate that hypocrite Ralph Reed should be in cahoots with him…and no mystery as to the self-selection of “Bishop” Eddie Long’s congregants: anybody believing a supporter of a draft-dodging closet-queen, who committed 9/11 to send us to false war after being cheated into office by only the Roman Catholic Justices on the Supreme Court, could actually be a Man of G-d, has a long way to go before obtaining “discernment of the Spirit.”

Eddie Long, Sean Hannity, Ralph Reed: Satan’s little helpers in America.

The Beast won’t be casting itself into the Pit.

Retired Soldier

September 27th, 2010
11:04 am

3 arrows-

The other day you called yourself a “true republican” I asked you how a “true republican” votes for some that supports the liberal social agenda of Monds? I.E. pro drug, pro prostitution, pro gay marriage, etc?

Can you answer that for me? Maybe I’m confused at what most republicans beleive in.

Rural Democrat

September 27th, 2010
11:10 am

@Amy and @Raquel Morris: This may shock both of you, but the mayoral race for the City of Atlanta is not a statewide race.

Steve

September 27th, 2010
11:13 am

Barnes can’t afford a run-off, but Deal seem to can’t afford much of anything these days.

This is what's wrong....

September 27th, 2010
11:14 am

td
September 27th, 2010
10:51 am
Because he is not a Democrat. The voters of Georgia are determined to send a message to Obama and the national Democratic party. The Georgia Democrats are running at the wrong time because they are going to feel the wrath of the Georgia voter no matter if the deserve it or not.

Once again see IMNO’s post at 10:29am… you are determining the future of the state of GA, not exacting revenge.

td

September 27th, 2010
11:26 am

This is what’s wrong…., This is not about revenge but it is about sending a message to the political elite of this country that “we the people” are paying attention and do not like what we are seeing from our elected officials. The Dems will suffer this general election cycle, but if you have been paying attention to the primary season the non supportive republicans have already paid a price. If Deal or any of the other state wide Republicans that will be put into office during this election cycle do not learn and continue to ignore “we the people” then they will suffer the consequences during the next election cycle.

Doug Craig

September 27th, 2010
11:26 am

retired soldier
Pro drug? people who want to end the war on drugs are not pro drugs. The GOP has had a shot at using the government to end drug use maybe it is time to do what you preach and allow the free market to come in. Remember Al capone well that is what we do to a large portion of inner city kids while killing people like Kathryn Johnson. If you want drugs use to be safer and less of it maybe we should try fredom and liberty because man those sure are great options

When Hell Freezes Over

September 27th, 2010
11:32 am

It is hard to believe that some of you still don;t understand – or don’t want to understand. I, and apparently many others, vowed after the Obama/Democrat takeover that I would never again vote for ANY Democrat. Folks running as Democrats at the state and county level will not receive my vote either for to run as a Democrat is to say that the candidate agrees with the policies and principles of the national Democrats.

Voting Libertarian for an out-of-work candidate isn’t appealing as he doesn’t stand a chance of winning. A vote cast for Monds is a vote for Roybama.

Adoptsalot

September 27th, 2010
11:35 am

I just read Monds position on a number of issues at his website. Sounds pretty good..not too left or too right. I am waiting to hear his position/plan on illegal immigration before I decide who to vote for.

rightofcenter

September 27th, 2010
11:41 am

As my name suggests, I am conservative and will proudly vote for Deal over Barnes twice if I need to. However, I’m ready for both Ralph Reed and Sean Hannity to exit stage left. Hannity the voice of God? I just don’t picture God repeatedly saying “you know” when he talks – I’d like to think He is more articulate than that.

Jack

September 27th, 2010
11:41 am

I was not going to vote for Barnes nor Deal because Neither suits my taste. now sine I see another name out there in cyber space I shall vote for Monds in desperation…!

Doug Craig

September 27th, 2010
11:42 am

when hell freezes over
So all the Mothers who stay at homoe to raise thier children are out of work. my wife stays at home and she is not out of work she is doing one the greatest jobs in the world taking care of our children. I wish we could switch places and I could be a stay at home father but I own a sheet mteal shop in Atlanta so we made the choice she would do it/
Unlike alot of people Monds takes care of his children and does not have the government take over his duty of taking care of thier education

The Cynical White Boy

September 27th, 2010
11:43 am

I can’t decide which has my head shaking more….

‘Bishop’ Long uttering his carefully worded-lawyer approved message to his flock….or…

The words “Ralph Reed” and “God” in the same sentence.

Either way, YUCK.

GaDMC

September 27th, 2010
11:44 am

These stupid Republicans – After all this sketchy and shady stuff Nathan Deal kees presenting they will still vote for him, Hell he could impregnate a 12 year old and they would still vote for him. This is not about the people of GA this is about Republican against Democrat simple and plain. No matter what the casualties even if it means taking the entire state down. That’s what they will do. How politics turned into the most shady business of all!

It just turns my stomach and I hope that all the folks that vote for Deal and bad things happen will be the ones to pay for it

SmittyATL

September 27th, 2010
11:44 am

King Roy is a professional politician, and Nathan Deal is a crook. The best candidate was defeated in the Republican primary. So Monds appears to be the only remaining viable choice.

Jimmie

September 27th, 2010
11:46 am

With you on legalization – my kids can’t buy cigarettes or beer under age (thankfully) because they are legal and regulated as to how they are dispensed and sold. The drug trade should be legalized, regulated and enforced. It would create vast sources of revenue through tax dollars which could then be used to attack the root causes of dependence, it would clear the streets of dope dealers, because there would be no money in it for them, and it would clean up law enforecement. It is not like the war on drugs has made it any more difficult for people determined to screw up their lives to get drugs currently – they are on every street corner. The best way to destroy any market, as histroy clearly shows, is to turn it into a money maker for the federal government and then tax and regulate it. Legalizing drugs and heavily criminalizing drugs that were not dispensed through a gov’t agency would destroy an incredibly dangerous shadow economy and a lot of at risk kids would have to stay in school and get an education because being a street merchant would no longer be a viable career path. It would also help bring people with addiction into the light so society would better be able to manage the problem. I am a conservative, but when something costs billions and clearly doesn’t work, perhaps it is time to look at the problem from another vantage point. Throwing more money at the war on drugs is just a waste of resources, we need another way forward because the drug trade is absolutely hallowing out our country, one kid at a time.

Mr. G

September 27th, 2010
11:46 am

I am voting for John Monds, he is the only viable choice for Governor. Deal is way to corrupt and Barnes has had his chance. Let’s move Georgia in the right direction and stop voting in the same “ole” losers.

td

September 27th, 2010
11:47 am

When Hell Freezes Over, I vowed to not vote for a Democrat in this election cycle when Obama and the national Democrats in congress decided to not listen to the will of the people and passed health care anyway. I have not vowed to never vote for a Democrat again because I do not want the Republican political class to think they can count votes no matter what actions they take.

3 Arrows

September 27th, 2010
11:48 am

Retired Soldier

September 27th, 2010
11:04 am
As usual you are misrepresenting Monds position.. I am a fiscal conservative that believes in individual rights rather than central government control.

YourDaddyWasRight

September 27th, 2010
11:49 am

———–The only smart vote is a vote for Barnes. A vote for Deal is a vote for a liar who stole the primary from Karen handel. A vote for Monds is a throw away.

3 Arrows

September 27th, 2010
11:52 am

Monds interview in Augusta paprt

ATLANTA — John Monds could serve as a spoiler in the November general election for Georgia governor, but the Libertarian candidate hopes he’s more than that

Georgia Libertarian gubernatorial candidate John Monds faces off against his Republican and Democratic counterparts during a forum held at the Cobb Energy Center, in Atlanta.
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“I wanted to give the voters a choice in what I believe is a better vision for Georgia,” said Monds, a stay-at-home dad from Cairo who home-schools his four children. “I wasn’t willing to wait for somebody to step up and run on the issues I think are important.”

Monds, 45, is a former finance officer for Lehman Brothers whose wife, Kathaleena Edward Monds, works as a professor and the interim dean at Albany State University’s College of Business. He graduated from Morehouse College with a degree in finance.

He’s the first black gubernatorial candidate in state history to appear on the general election ballot.

Monds faces a tough battle: He has little statewide name recognition, and he’s up against two Georgia political giants.

Monds’ platform focuses on individual rights and scaling back government involvement. He wants to lift all corporate regulations put in place by the state and let consumers decide whether casino gambling, horse racing, Sunday alcohol sales and industrial hemp would survive in Georgia.

He said his first order of business would be to fix the state’s economy. Monds said he would do away with the state income tax, instead relying on sales tax with local revenue-sharing, which he says is fairer.

“Everybody pays instead of a particular segment of the population,” Monds said. “You don’t want to punish those who produce, and that’s what an income tax does. We ought to encourage more production.”

Monds said he supports more funding for public education but said parents should have options available to them outside of government-run schools. He said his own four children likely would get a private tutor or attend a private school if he is elected.

He wants to create a $4,000 tax credit for parents who home-school their children or send them to private schools. “Anything that increases the availability of parents to teach their kids the way they want to without giving government more control would be a positive step in the right direction,” he says.

BulletHead

September 27th, 2010
11:56 am

Georgia Rednecks… There won’t be a RUNOFF… Nathan Deal is a financial idiot who will go down in flames in November. Repugilicans (that’s right – nasty republicans)are polling for Nathan Deal out of shame, but many of your lazy republican cohorts will stay at home than vote for RAW deal, Nathan DEAL… LOSERS

No More Incumbents

September 27th, 2010
11:56 am

Maybe we send everyone a message, and vote out all incumbents no matter the party! We should not be voting for a party anyway, we should be voting for the candidate that can do the most good for us.
I totally disagree with Monds softer on drug crime stance, but I like his other positions. Like Adoptsalot, I want to hear about his views on illegal immigration. I think it is a huge proble we are not dealing with. We need a Rapid Deportaion Process.

Dick in Gainesville

September 27th, 2010
11:57 am

I voted for Handel 2x and will vote against Deal in the General & run off. As we say up here Deal has more baggage that Delta Airlines.

Doug Craig

September 27th, 2010
11:58 am

Yourdaddy
throw away vote. Anytime I vote for the best candidate I sleep well at night. If you think barnes is that guy I can respect that but if you think Monds is the best but are afraid because of Deal then we will continue to not get the best people. So I all I can do is ask you to vote for the best person the first time then in the run off do the same thing and vote for the best that make it to the run off

Reality Speaks

September 27th, 2010
11:58 am

All of you Monds dreamers out there, listen up: This is a race between Barnes and Deal, plain and simple. Monds will not win, so man up and make a choice between the two true alternatives. Take your libertarian heads out of the sand.

Retired Soldier

September 27th, 2010
11:58 am

3 Arrows-

How am I misrepresenting his position? That is the position of the Libertrian Party. Complete freedom for the individual. Again, do you favor laws banning drugs currently illegal? Do you favor keeping prostitution illegal? Do you favor traditional marriage? Simple questions. If the answer is no, then don’t bill yourself as a “true republican”.

Carol Turner

September 27th, 2010
11:59 am

I have vowed to use my real name to fight back against vicious and untrue anonymous postings that no one will stand behind. I get all the reasons you say you won’t vote for this party or that, but Georgia suffers when your vote is not for the best candidate, partisan politics be damned.

Not So Casual observer

September 27th, 2010
12:01 pm

Barnes can’t afford a runoff and Georgia can’t afford Barnes. Barnes and Deal are bad choices but Deal has the one positive going for him – he is not a far left wing, socialism loving Democrat.

Barnes was a failure as Governor once and despite all of the name calling from the Left aimed at the Deal voters Deal is still a better choice than Barnes. You would have to lock Barnes in the Governor’s office to keep him from chasing all the ambulances headed for Grady Hospital.

3 Arrows

September 27th, 2010
12:01 pm

Monds interview in Augusta paper