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.
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?”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”