Your morning jolt: Nathalie Dupree for U.S. Senate? More butter can fix anything

Another gift from South Carolina arrived overnight. According to this item, Nathalie Dupree is running for the U.S. Senate:

Cook and author Nathalie Dupree/Special

Cook and author Nathalie Dupree/Special

Nationally-known cookbook author and TV cooking show host Nathalie Dupree will announce as a write-in candidate for a major statewide office in South Carolina at 1:15 p.m. Thursday September 30, 2010 on the State House steps (north side behind G. Washington statue) and at 4 p.m. in Charleston at the Pineapple statue at Waterfront Park.

Nothing is wrong with the Amercan economy that can’t be fixed with more butter.

The seat is held by U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint, a Republican now opposed by the unworldly Democrat Alvin Greene.

Updated at 11:35 a.m.: Just got off the phone with Dupree’s publicist, who is in the car with her on the way to Columbia. Dupree will not be declaring any party identification.


Another sign of a tight race: As soon as Congress adjourned on Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop, D-Albany, sent out an op-ed to local newspapers – declaring that he wanted to stay in D.C. for more work. Here’s a taste:

“The 2001 Bush tax cuts, which I voted for, are scheduled to expire at the end of this year. If Congress fails to act in a timely manner to extend the tax relief, higher tax rates for all Georgians will ensue as well as the most oppressive estate tax we have seen in a decade. Consequently, I believe it is imperative that Congress returns immediately to take action before the election.

“Georgia workers are already struggling to pay their bills. A recent survey by CareerBuilder found that 77% of employees are living paycheck-to-paycheck. We must not make life even more difficult for these hard-working Americans, which is why I joined thirty of my colleagues in urging the House Leadership to extend the 2001 tax cuts and not raise taxes on Georgia workers.

And yet Republicans in Washington immediately pointed out that Congress adjourned Wednesday with a bare one-vote margin. And Bishop cast a “yes” vote to leave town.


The war of internal polls continues in the 8th District congressional race between U.S. Rep. Jim Marshall, D-Macon, and Republican challenger Austin Scott.

Marshall released an internal poll last week that showed him well up. Scott had his own on Wednesday, showing him up 46 to 38 percent — but with a 5.7 percent MOE. Click here to see it.

The only thing for certain is that someone’s methodology is wrong.


Earlier this week, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and House Speaker David Ralston announced the formation of a joint-legislative committee to come up with a Georgia version of the much-vaunted Arizona law to combat illegal immigration.

Carol Porter, Cagle’s Democratic challenger, appears to be pulling a page from U.S. Rep. Jim Marshall’s playbook. More immigration legislation, she argues, is a sign that Cagle has been soft on the topic.

From this morning’s press release:

“He’s had his chance to enforce federal immigration laws — four years worth of chances. But now, when the stakes are high, and his re-election fate hangs in the balance, he decides to listen to Georgians.”


Politifact of the day: Nancy Pelosi claims that House Republican Leader John Boehner admitted that the GOP plans return to old economic policies. True or false?

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36 comments Add your comment

Mr. KnowitAll

September 30th, 2010
8:22 am

…could South Carolina politics get MORE bizarre???


September 30th, 2010
8:57 am

Mr. KnowitAll – Yes, South Carolina politics could get MORE bizarre…imagine if their Rep party nominated a candidate who clearly misled on his disclosure statements, owes more money than he could ever repay and has other allegations of improprieties in government contracts, but their Dem party nominated a man so incompetent that he was previously run out of office? Crazy! Couldn’t happen. Not even SC could be that whack.

Too bad Dupree doesn’t still live in Ansley Park. With her lack of experience in government she could still be the best choice if she were to run for Gov here.


September 30th, 2010
9:03 am

BTW – My though of the day about Barnes versus Deal …

Suppose your car was broken and you needed a mechanic. There were only two mechanics in town. The first mechanic had previously repaired your car, done a shoddy job and made it unsafe for you to drive until you got the car repaired again. The second mechanic is known to do a good job repairing cars, but has been caught overbilling and taking cars for joyrides. Which mechanic will you use?

I’d use the second mechanic, but I’d watch him closely. He can do a good job, but you need to make sure he doesn’t let his demons get the best of him. At least I wouldn’t be worried that the car is unsafe.

While Deal has all this noise surrounding him, notice that Barnes is harping on Deal’s ethical issues, not the way he governs. We’re hiring someone to do the job of governing, not someone to be a saint. Deal will be the most watched Gov ever, as the (liberal) press will be waiting for him to trip up. Isn’t that better than putting someone in the office who clearly cannot do the job?


September 30th, 2010
9:18 am

@ Angry

Too bad we can’t just walk :) . Your analogy captures the dilemma quite well. Sigh…


September 30th, 2010
9:28 am


Just wanted to let you know I am stealing your analogy. Great thoughts!

Un-savvy Businessman

September 30th, 2010
9:33 am

Only the the idea of Barnes or Deal repairing your car, could make riding MARTA actually seem “smarta.”


September 30th, 2010
9:33 am

I’m in the 8th Congressional District, consider myself a Republican & live in Tifton but I just can’t support Austin Scott.


September 30th, 2010
9:33 am

Before you criticize Nathalie…remember that the country elected a guy as President who has about the same qualifications as Nathalie. Of course all of those who voted for Obama now disavow of ever hearing of someone named Obama, a community activist and organizer….boy, that really fills out a resume for President….is this a great country or what!!!! Next thing you know, we’ll have two candidates running for governor who should not be in charge of anything remotely as important as running our State. How do we know they are lying…..well fill in the blank!

Road Scholar

September 30th, 2010
9:38 am

Angry- keep that MARTA card handy as Deal drives your car (state) into a ditch.

“…made it unsafe for you to drive until you got the car repaired again.”
How did Barnes make the state unsafe? Holding teachers accountable? Balanced budget? Prosperity? Yes, he did change the flag;remeber Sonny (republicans) campaigned on letting the voters select the flag, but did not offer the recent flag as one to vote for!


September 30th, 2010
9:39 am

@ Angry, that was the dumbest analogy I’ve ever heard.


September 30th, 2010
9:40 am

But your analogy is incomplete and flawed.

There are 3 mechanics. I won’t argue the quality of the 1st mechanic, after all, it’s opinion here.

Anyway, the 2nd mechanic, the one you’re currently using doesn’t know a thing about auto repair and has trashed your car.

The 3rd person has actually never worked on a car but has proposed plans for how to fix said car. (Noting his plans failed miserably in practice.) So, go with the 1st mechanic. You may need a tuneup, but at least the car isn’t sitting on blocks in the front yard.


September 30th, 2010
9:58 am

Shrimp & grits in every pot!


September 30th, 2010
10:02 am

“We’re hiring someone to do the job of governing, NOT SOMEONE TO BE A SAINT.”
If I said it once I’ve said it 5 times, the Republicans will elect the most corrupt, indecent, nothing of a person just because he is a Republican.
They will tell you how he is only human and makes mistakes (a mistake is one thing but the same type mistakes over and over???)
Give me a saintly person and that person will govern good.


September 30th, 2010
10:13 am

As for voting Lib, I’d consider it if he makes the run-off. Unfortunately, if you don’t vote for Deal and Monds makes the runoff, it’s against Barnes, who would likely win. In a runoff, I’d vote for Monds. In the general, though, I’d be too worried about who he would be running against. I know, it’s a Catch-22.

Road Scholar – It’s very frustrating to me that most people either don’t understand, or give a pass to Barnes and the Dems for trying to steal our state government through the use of multi-member districts. This was probably the worst voter suppression case in the US since the sixties, yet the AJC chose to paint it as a partisan battle. Even when the courts pointed out how truly awful the scheme was, the Dem AG didn’t prosecute, nor did the AJC report the story correctly.

When Barnes was Gov, the Dems reapportioned in a way that violated one-man, one-vote. By grouping Rep districts with two Dem districts, then having the expanded district elect three Reps, they were able to change two Dem and one Rep into three Dems. By doing this in select districts, not all districts, they were able to rig a majority Dem legislature instead of majority Rep. (Just because the scheme didn’t work, didn’t make it right. They were stupid, but still tried to steal the government.)

This type of thing doesn’t even happen in Cuba or North Korea. Somehow, the Dems got a pass because the liberal AJC reporter couldn’t understand the implications. Rhonda Cook treated this a a mere good Dem versus awful Rep battle. And she still reports for this paper!

Barnes should never be allowed to be in a position where he has the chance to steal our State government again. That should be a given. No room for debate. Deal’s unethical behaviour centers around his personal finances. Barnes tried to steal our government. There isn’t any comparison.


September 30th, 2010
10:17 am

What’s an analogy?


September 30th, 2010
10:20 am

AngryVoter- How dare you use my profession to compare it to politicians? How about using your career!


September 30th, 2010
10:24 am

Ben, your profession works because mechanics do important work. Everyone realizes they would need to choose one mechanic. My work is so unimportant that anyone reading the analogy would be thinking the obvious choice is to just not use anyone!


September 30th, 2010
10:38 am

Please don’t vote without listening to what Carol Porter has to say. Georgia is a mess because too many voters have considered a letter beside a name to be sufficient information to make their decision. Going back eight years or fifty, clearly it’s not enough. Let’s all try something different this year by truly informing ourselves about the issues and candidates first.

horace mann

September 30th, 2010
10:45 am

AngryVoter- You sure sound like someone I know, but has gone by a different name.


September 30th, 2010
10:50 am

Evidently Roy Barnes is the reason for Ga’s high unemployment rate, lack of a transportation plan and Lake Lanier’s diversion to Alabama and Florida. Perdue and the Recrooklican legislature are just caretakers who just can’t overcome whatever happened up until 2002.

Anyway, Gov Deal will be elected easily, some insurance company head will “lend” him the money to restructure his debt, and he (and all you dumases) will go on for two years that Obama is the reason for Ga’s troubles.

no way.....

September 30th, 2010
10:53 am

stupid analogy….why do you say the 2nd one has done a good job “repairing cars”? he was going to be run out of office because of ethics violations but quit instead. that sounds to me like he is using crappy cut rate parts when he charging for top of the line parts, and charging more for something that is going to break. why is that a safer car. stupid analogy…..can’t believe i am wasting time responding to it….bored i guess.


September 30th, 2010
10:57 am

I don’t understand why people say Bush came into office inexperienced. After all, he danced around active military service – which qualified him to start two wars (off the books.) Adding an unfunded entitlement, and an unfunded tax cut showed how much experience he really had. Wow, we went from a 0 deficit to a trillion in a couple of years – way to go Brownie!!!!


September 30th, 2010
11:01 am

Mechanic number two has done a good job? A partisan hack member of the House, another do nothing member of Congress. I guess he did a great job because he voted the party line no matter the issue and then left in the middle of the night right before an ethics investigation would have been slapped on him.

I guess he is a good mechanic. These Republican mechanics nowadays like to quit their jobs and run for another one. Whenever I read the AJC comments, it reminds me quickly why most people in the U.S. still think of Georgia as some backwoods home of the ignorant.

Both sides should be honest, neither candidate is good and no matter who shows up, it’ll be Obamas fault. Look at all that Sonny has done the past eight years…. A whole lot of nothing. He might have brought some business to the state (including Kia and SonyEricsson), but with the giant state handouts that were provided, it still costs the citizens quite a good deal. How about water, our pathetic transportation, abhorrent education, etc., no one ever cares to actually ever fix the problems.


September 30th, 2010
11:19 am

Mr.Deal can you fix my radiator it is leaking.

Dirty Dawg

September 30th, 2010
11:20 am

Gee ‘angryvoter’…’I'm shocked, shocked, to hear that political redistricting is going on around here…here are your winnings sir – Republican-dominated-drawn districts for as far as the eye can see’. Every election cycle efforts are made to re-draw/pack districts to the advantage of the ‘winners’, e.g., those that control the ‘drawing’ – you remember your boy Tom Delay I’m sure.. So being angry with Roy Barnes for attempting to make some districts a little more competitive is just part of the deal when you win, just ask your Repug friends in power now. Of course when Roy ‘lost’ to the Chickenman, those that didn’t know enough to call themselves ‘BlueDogs’ simply switched parties and the Georgia House, overnight became a Repug majority even without redistricting.

As for the rest of what you say Roy did as Governor, in comparing it to repairing a car that was unsafe to drive, unless you were a flagger or a partisan Republican hack that’s gonna come up with stuff to criticize him whether it’s based on fact or not, then you’re you’re simply stupid…my money is on you being the partisan Repug cause you don’t appear to be stupid. The man left this state a hellofalot better off than your boy Goober Perdue is and is the best man for the job to get us back out of the ditch.


September 30th, 2010
11:25 am

You shouldn’t be patronizing to SC, you’ve probably never even been outside the perimeter anyway.

I don’t like Barnes all that much but he’s getting my vote because DEAL IS A Crook. He lost his seat because he all but stole from the state. All politicians are dirty, but you know for a fact that Deal is crooked.

Georgia Fan

September 30th, 2010
11:33 am

Carol Porter is the only choice for Lt. Governor. Casey Cagle is a corrupt politician who uses every trick in the book to pull the wool over our eyes. It’s time for ethical leadership in the Lt. Governor’s office.

Road Scholar

September 30th, 2010
11:56 am

AngryVoter: Dirt Dawg is right in that every party in power has stacked Congressional Districts when it comes time to redistricting. But what happened after Barnes did it? A Republican tackover in Georgia. Kinda backfired, didn’t it? Perdue was the first Repub governor since when …the civil war? What happened to the rest of the statewide positions? Other than AG, all went Republican.

I’m not going to debate the issue of those who were Demos and changed to Repubs. Some even changed right after they were elected as Demos!

As for your contention “When Barnes was Gov, the Dems reapportioned in a way that violated one-man, one-vote.’ You are wrong. Yes they tried to stack the deck, diluting conservative voters in each district, but each person still had their one vote. If they had more than one, why weren’t they called out in state and Federal courts.

I await your response when the current administration takes up reaportionment. Maybe the conservatives, who are in power will bring Richardson out of retirement to head up reapportionment, since he is so fair and level headed!

Left, Right All of Them are Crooks & Liars . . . .

September 30th, 2010
12:11 pm

even Nathalie Dupree


September 30th, 2010
12:17 pm

Dirty Dawg, the point is it wasn’t just redistricting. Every court that ruled on the case stated that in demanding the actions be rescinded. It was trying to steal our government. There is a huge difference. It’s like saying someone who holds up a bank is just doing the same thing as everyone who takes money out of his or her account. Please. You know the difference.

Trying to say it’s business as usual, when every court that got the case ruled it wasn’t, doesn’t work. You can’t say that it was exactly what the courts ruled it wasn’t. The courts made it clear this was NOT just redistricting, so legally, it wasn’t just redistricting.


September 30th, 2010
12:22 pm

Road Scholar – The court decisions indicated they violated one-man, one-vote. It’s a fact. The cases are over. The rule of law says they violated one-man, one-vote.

If you were one of the Reps that was folded into a multi-member district, your vote was taken away through this illegal scheme. Again, the courts found that to be the case. Supressing votes is wrong, whether you are trying to supress certain races, certain ethnic groups, certain religions or certain political thought.

Had the Reps done this, many of the people who defend the actions would be off the hook screaming. Face it, you’re defending it because you agree with the results.


September 30th, 2010
12:26 pm

And, BTW, when the Reps did reapportion after the Court required it be done, we did get a very fair map. Ironically, it led to an increase in the number of Dem Congresspersons.

While I don’t like either party, the Dems would be more credible if they pushed aside the people who were around ten years ago and found some fresh people, ideas and provided a future-looking reason to make people vote for them. Nominating someone who previously defended what happened isn’t working. Despite Deal’s issues seeming to multiply by the hour, the Dems have nominated someone so flawed that they are unable to capitalize on it.


September 30th, 2010
1:04 pm

Would any of the good godly republicans here explain why the GOP controlled government did not cut spending enough from 2003 to 2006 to allow Bush’s tax cuts to be made permanent?
Why if they were spending as much as they did they could not provide the resources to win in Afghanistan?

Dirty Dawg

September 30th, 2010
1:28 pm

The Repug takeover you speak of – at least in the Georgia House was a direct result of Dems switching to Repugs – and no elections were held under the redistricting that you’re complaining about. As for Roy losing to ‘The Goober’, you can thank Cathy Cox’s naive (I assume, but who knows) decision to let Diebold’s electronic Fox into Georgia’s election henhouse…and you’ll never convince me otherwise. A ten point swing overnight, combined with the same difference in exit polling just doesn’t happen because of ’sun spots’.


September 30th, 2010
1:49 pm

Ummm, yes, one election did take place under the illegal maps.


September 30th, 2010
5:57 pm

Imagine nary a word about the election for Senator. secondly casting aspersions on the Senate Race for South Carolina is kinda high minded isn’t it? You got one “Conservative Senator making campaingn ads showing “regular” folk attending a High School football games. Yet he votes only for the interests of the Ubber Rich & Powerful. He votes against Healthcare. He votes against Unions. He Votes against Unemployment benefits. He states he stay in Washington is only to oppose Pres. Obama’s administration whether his programs are good or bad.

And, the editors of this paper will not report on the standing between him and the candidancy of Michael Thurmond who has wide range support. But, yet you comment on whats going on in South Carolina. Whose Junior Senator just blocked any legislation from passing unless he personnaly signs off on it like he is the President. Mighty, mighty, mighty Highminded People. Can’t stand for someone other than you to be in power. Well get used to it, because CHANGE has come and will continue to COME. So get with the program or dig yourself a GRAVE!!!

Alvin Greene Michael Thurmond, and Kendrick Meek for U.S. Senator from the SOUTH. A new South.