A final word from the mailbox: Barack Obama v. rapists

I’m back from this afternoon’s Channel 2 Action News debate.

My questions: The tea party petition, Republican Nathan Deal’s personal finances, and Democrat Roy Barnes’ redistricting history.

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But the real action may have been in the mailbox last home. What may be the last physical word from both candidates in the race for governor arrived at the homes of tens of thousands of Georgians on Saturday.

It boils down to this final argument from the candidates: Barack Obama versus rape.

The Republican mailer comes courtesy of the state GOP and features yet another photograph that pairs the president with Barnes. See it here. The mailer boosts the entire ticket.

It includes a nice mug shot of former Secretary of State Karen Handel and the following: “Elections have consequences for years and generations to come – none more so than this one. I urge you to join me in voting for the Republican ticket on November 2nd.”

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Barnes continues to push the issue of the rape shield law – a sign of how crucial female voters are to whether the Democrat survives to fight on after Tuesday. Two similar mailers arrived Saturday.

See one here. And the other here. The most inflammatory language:

He was a gang member who was staying at a neighbor’s house.

In the middle of the night, my sister’s dog woke her up barking and she got out of bed to let him outside. When she opened the back door, the attacker forcer his way in, locking the dog outside.

Over the next four hours, the attacker beat and raped my sister. He tried to kill her with a croquet mallet that he had taken from her yard, in addition to a knife and a can of spray paint that he brought with him…

I could never explain voting for Mr. Deal to my son. But more than that, I would never want to….

The Real Deal would have given more rights to rapists than to victims of rape.

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50 comments Add your comment

John

October 30th, 2010
6:02 pm

Why Does Barnes look like a black man?

Last Man Standing Before a Urinal

October 30th, 2010
6:05 pm

Are you mad about the one party rule the last two years in Washington??? What about the last 8 years of one party rule in Georgia? What do you like about the last 8 years in our great state? Jobs? Bank failures? Loss of Bell South, Ft. Mac, Ford, GM, etc? public schools? traffic? losing water wars and football to Florida? winning the boat ramp wars? protection against forced microchipping? winning the war against Sunday alcohol sales? winning the war against guns in church? Higher PROPERTY TAXES? Think about one party rule in Georgia.

Last Man Standing Before a Urinal

October 30th, 2010
6:12 pm

Oh wait, maybe you like additional tolls on GA 400, failure to expand the Savannah port, loss of transit dollars to FL and NC, loss of NASCAR hall of fame to Charlotte, loss of a NASCAR race, Auburn recruiting top students from metro Atlanta, HOPE almost broke, Real Housewives, furlough days, condo auctions, business real estate vacancies, Mountain Dew surpassing Diet Coke!!!!!!!

Sick of Republicans

October 30th, 2010
6:19 pm

Republicans never face facts – we had 8 years of Bush/Cheney/Rove that got us into the mess this country is in; we had 8 years of Sonny that got this State into the mess we are in; but bless those Republicans they will never admit it – it is always someone else’s fault. Two kinds of Republicans – millionaires and suckers. If Republicans gets elected on Tuesday then we little guys might as well start buying tents, etc. because we will be out on the streets – from California to Maine.

Tim Tea-bow

October 30th, 2010
6:35 pm

Haha! Florida is beating Georgia. We beat you in the water wars, football, Sunday booze, personal freedom and population growth. Looks like you will vote a felon as Gubernor. Good luck with that bub. When the financial guys start looking to move their companies to a new city, what can you do? You are falling behind. Last Man Standing is right. You guys are not headed in the right direction.

South Ga

October 30th, 2010
8:24 pm

The Republicans have only controlled both chambers and the Gov’s office for the last 6 years. The Democrats cotrolled the House the first 2 years that Sonny was Governor. Also, Sonny inherited a $640 Million deficit when he took office from Roy Barnes and the Democrats.

Ralph

October 30th, 2010
8:26 pm

Deal calmly and absolutely destroyed a desperately shrill Barnes in the debate. That will NOT be reported by the AJC.

It was hilarious how Barnes tried to push the idea of an “independent” commission for the next redistricting, when Barnes strong-armed the current fiasco. Even Monds backed Deal who says he will not act like Barnes did (and was rightfully, soundly evicted by the disgusted electorate).

Barnes had to agree to the Arizona type illegal immigration law being considered by Georgia EVEN WITH a supposed impact on agriculture. Deal went on to point out that the guest worker program for agriculture dies because Democrats always tack on amnesty for illegal immigrants (so they can vote for Democrats).

Barnes had to close disavowing Obama. It was pitiful – but just desserts for King Rat Roy.

Drew

October 30th, 2010
8:35 pm

This rape ad is the most shameful political trick I have ever seen. NO ROY NO ROY. All the bill did was attempt to align Georgia’s rape statute with federal law to keep slime balls like Roy Barnes from being paid by the ACLU to challenge it in court. BY THE WAY, WHY DID KING RAT HIMSELF NOT OPPOSE IT WHEN HE SAT ON THE COMMISSION TO STUDY THE DAMN THING?

Cutty

October 30th, 2010
9:33 pm

Goobers for Deal.

Just peachy

October 30th, 2010
9:47 pm

Urrrrgggg can’t see the ads”

AngryVoter

October 30th, 2010
11:09 pm

These Barnes ads make no sense. First, they ask us to consider that if this had happened and then something else happened then someone may have had to have been in a position where something else may have happened, so the person is very upset. Frankly, anyone who is worried about something that didn’t happen but may have happened so that something else may have happened leading to something else maybe happening seems pretty unbalanced and not all that persuasive.

In short, these relative-of-a-rape-victim ads remind me of the lottery ads that Roy ran last time he was the nominee. It’s as though he needs to create an issue that doesn’t really exist. How did those lottery ads work for you Roy? I’ll remind you. You lost.

AngryVoter

October 30th, 2010
11:49 pm

Just watched the debate online and have to agree that Barnes came across as shrill. His answers to things that happened when he was previously in office were half-truths. Unfortunately, most people knew the rest of the story, so he comes off as a liar. Examples: Redistricting – he tried to paint the Reps as evil for redistricting again, but failed to mention that they had to redistrict because the Courts threw out the illegal Barnes scheme. Barnes’ whining about the rainy day fund also came across as someone who is trying to claim there is a pile of money, but ignore the fact that the money was spent, just not disbursed. And his trying to explain that he actually solved the water problem was not only grating, but just doesn’t seem to be the way I remember it.

On another note, if Barnes has so much money, why can’t he afford a tailor and/or a suit that fits? Seriously, the jacket should hang, not pucker because the material is pulled so tight at the bottom. Maybe he figured if his suit fits so poorly people will be distracted and ignore that his answers often defy logic and are unsupported by real facts.

AngryVoter

October 30th, 2010
11:51 pm

Oh, and you gotta love how Barnes can think that if he claims to be against birthright citizenship yet for the 14th Amendment nobody will notice he is talking out of both sides of his mouth again. It makes him look like slime when he panders to obviously to both sides. Slime in a bad suit.

dagnabit

October 31st, 2010
12:21 am

A bad suit? Your going to vote against a bad suit? No wonder Georgia is falling behind.

roybama barnes

October 31st, 2010
1:27 am

Why did Roy Barnes embolden and empower the most notorious serial pedophile in U.S. history? Why did Roy Barnes call Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills and tell him to “back off” of his investigation that sent Malachi York to prison for 135 years? Why did Roy Barnes take photos with the Nuwaubian cult members in the Governor’s office a mere month before the FBI raid on York’s compound? http://bibbrepublicanparty.com

jonica gay

October 31st, 2010
1:49 am

So much hate in your hearts and you think you’re right ?

John2

October 31st, 2010
4:20 am

So is Nathan Deal responsible for this woman’s sister’s rape? And Roy Barnes is responsible for anything Barack Obama does in Washington? All of this BS is coming from so-called educated men who want to be leaders. Unbelievable.

Bubba

October 31st, 2010
5:33 am

Is the best Georgia has to offer? At least we know Barnes has too much money to be bought, while Deal is so financially desperate that he is likely to wind up under indictment for bribery.

Jeff

October 31st, 2010
5:47 am

South Ga:

Ga is a balanced budget State. There can be no deficits. In other words, to quote Joe Wilson, YOU LIE!

Willis

October 31st, 2010
6:50 am

If the Republicans are so great at creating jobs, why is the unemployment rate stuck at 10%? The Republicans have been in power in Georgia for the last 8 years, yet it’s someone else’s fault.

And Deal can’t even get his taxes paid on time or manage his personal finances even though he’s been at the public tax trough all his adult life. What is wrong with this picture?

ND

October 31st, 2010
6:51 am

I saw that debate, and I have a hard time seeing how anyone could think someone won and someone lost. Deal, Barnes, and most disappointingly Monds all looked equally incompetent. I was watching and trying to find any reason I could to support Monds, and he didn’t give me one.

I’d vote Kasim Reed for governor over every one of those losers.

King Roy Barnes, Promises Kept

October 31st, 2010
7:24 am

VOTE for me….I can out lie, out promise and out steal everyone.

Brittiny

October 31st, 2010
8:10 am

No one will ever accuse Barnes of being classy.

Ken

October 31st, 2010
8:29 am

I think I am going to be sick.

Buzz G

October 31st, 2010
8:42 am

If you like what Obama has done for the country, you’ll love what Barnes will do for Georgia.

Barnes will rape the Georgia taxpayer.

Last Man Standing

October 31st, 2010
8:47 am

Relax folks! In just about 59 hours, it will all be over – hopefully! I’ve received so many robo-calls from both parties that I have quit answering the phone. I’m almost willing to vote for anyone that will close the loophole in the law that permits these political calls. They invariabley start just before supper and last until 8:00 PM and they will cause indigestion!

Kappa

October 31st, 2010
8:51 am

Hello
Good Sunday Morning…have a wonderful day.

AngryVoter

October 31st, 2010
9:35 am

dagnabit – No, I’m not voting for Barnes because of how awful he was last time out. The debate only confirmed that. Roy just cannot seem to be honest. The half-truths and deliberate outright lies he told in this short debate were astounding. The crack about the Reps redistricting was beyond wrong. The Reps had to redistrict to correct what the Court declared illegal. The redistricting actually INCREASED the number or Dems, as it was extremely fair. How Roy could imply the Reps did something wrong in that redistricting just shows how corrupt he really is. Nothing has changed. He is the same man who tried to steal the goverment, was stopped by the Courts, and refuses to own up to what he did wrong. This tells me he will do it again.

The bad suit was just unpleasant to see, though it seems to confirm that the man just cannot see the truth. Anyone else would have been embarrassed to walk out of the house in that suit. My family would tell me the suit doesn’t fit. Wearing that suit just confirms nobody bothers talking to him about anything because he won’t listen and that his version of the story just misses the truth by miles.

Watching him in the debate made me wonder how he got elected in the first place.

AngryVoter

October 31st, 2010
9:45 am

One more thing on the redistricting – Barnes seems to confuse “fair” with “advantageous for Dems.” He wants us to believe the Rep lead redistricting, which actually increased the number of Dem Congresspeople, was equally flawed, but it clearly was not.

Suppose you gave two people money and asked them to deposit it in the bank for you. One person ran off with the money, while the other made the deposit. You went to court and got the money back from the first person. Who would you trust with the money going forward? Certainly not the first person.

The redistricting issue is exactly that. The Dems stole, we went to Court, and the Court gave us back our State government. How anyone could every consider Barnes in that position again is just incredible. It’s like giving the money back to the person who stole it and expecting a different result. It’s the definition of insanity.

Had he stood up last night and taken blame for what happened, he would have looked much better. Trying to explain how what the Courts found illegal was acceptable just made him look like the say-anything, listen-to-no-one, imperious, partisan politician we threw out of office last time.

Can’t wait until Wednesday when we, hopefully, will have seen the last of Roy.

Trev of Athens

October 31st, 2010
9:53 am

We have had 8 years of Republican leadership here in GA and all we have is higher unemployment and worse infrastructure. This is a GA problem, not a federal one. Other states right now have very low unemployment so Republicans must take responsibility for our situation in GA.

Electing an incompentent crook like Nathan Deal will put GA in a worse position than we are now.
On a local level Barnes will do a better job for GA.

td

October 31st, 2010
9:56 am

Last Man Standing

October 31st, 2010
8:47 am
Relax folks! In just about 59 hours, it will all be over – hopefully! I’ve received so many robo-calls from both parties that I have quit answering the phone. I’m almost willing to vote for anyone that will close the loophole in the law that permits these political calls. They invariabley start just before supper and last until 8:00 PM and they will cause indigestion!

And this is the reason I only have a cell phone.

td

October 31st, 2010
10:05 am

Trev of Athens

October 31st, 2010
9:53 am
We have had 8 years of Republican leadership here in GA and all we have is higher unemployment and worse infrastructure. This is a GA problem, not a federal one. Other states right now have very low unemployment so Republicans must take responsibility for our situation in GA.

What in the world have you been smoking this morning? What states are you talking about? Name a few? I am so glad Sonny had that much power to be able to cause a world wide recession and are you telling me that Deal will have the power to cause the economy to change? Now that would be a very positive reason to go vote for Deal.

howler

October 31st, 2010
10:48 am

Is anyone else a little dismayed that this is the best we can do? Why can’t we find and elect quality candidates that want to be governor of this state? I don’t want to vote for any of these candidates, and I’m thinking of voting for Monds just because he seems to be the lesser of 3 evils.

Tim in Roswell

October 31st, 2010
11:00 am

I planning to vote for Barnes, and I still might even though he thinks I shouldn’t be allowed to vote. After all, my great grandfather came here in the first decade of the last century without any sort of visa, and my grandfather (a decorated World War II vet) was a U.S. citizen (even though his parents weren’t) because he was born in New York.

If Barnes had his way, my grandfather (nor my father nor me) would be a U.S. citizen.

khc

October 31st, 2010
11:23 am

looks like repubs gwinnett county commissioners are fairly corrupt…wonder if repubs gonna vote these folks (what’s left of them) back in…..or do these folks get a pass too

huh??

October 31st, 2010
11:27 am

so the Dems’ mailer supports the rape shield law by showing the name and picture of a rape victim? brilliant!

double

October 31st, 2010
11:33 am

These phone calls telling us how to vote.All the other that goes with it.I suppose as an individual you just don’t have enough sense to decide for yourself.We don’t have much choice.Ask are you better off now than 8 years past?Which canidate has experience?Can he learn from past mistakes?Remember Obama inherited most of this mess.He is in DC.Vote for Georgia this time around.Consider ethics make up your mind and go vote.

AngryVoter

October 31st, 2010
11:45 am

Tim – We are just about the only country that allows birthright citizenship. We tell people if they want to come here, there is an orderly process. Some people choose to ignore that and come here anyway, have children and then argue that it would be unfair to deport them because their children are American. Often these illegal immigrants do not pay taxes and add to what we have to pay in taxes, as they use services. Eventually, when the children become adults, they people who chose to cheat the system can apply for citizenship, as family members of a US citizen.

There is no reason, in this day and age, to continue to allow this. Maybe we need to open additional legal channels. Maybe we need a guest program. This system, though, that rewards those who cheats, encourages the every-person-for-himself attitude and penalizes those who play by the rules.

Where is the outrage among the left that virtually all other countries do not allow birthright citizenship? If it were really a human rights issue, why no protest that virtually no other country allows this? And why is it only people who align themselves with the left in this country that find this to be an issue?

Children being citizens and parents being deported is a problem that can easily be solved. Make it clear that any child born in the US to foreign parents after January 1, 2011, is not a US citizen, have every parent sign a form stating this at the hospital (whether suspected to be illegal or not) and then start deporting people who break the law. Once parents realize there will be consequences having birthright babies, the problem should lessen.

Rewarding people, though, for breaking the law only encourages people to break the law.

Last Man Standing

October 31st, 2010
12:13 pm

A new poll released Sunday shows Republican Nathan Deal with a 7-point lead over Democrat Roy Barnes in Georgia’s gubernatorial race heading into Tuesday’s general election.

Deal pulled 47 percent of the vote compared with 40 percent for Barnes, according to the poll by Mason-Dixon Polling and Research Inc. Libertarian John Monds garnered 6 percent of the vote. Seven percent of voters were undecided.

The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points. Deal is below the 50 percent plus one of the vote needed to avoid a runoff under Georgia law. But a spokesman predicted undecided voters would break in favor of the former congressman from Gainesville.

BABY SAY

October 31st, 2010
12:22 pm

BABY SAY DONT KOUNT OUT ROI. ROI BEE A BLU DAWG DIMOCRAT. REPOOBLIKANS WEN JEST BOUT EVERTHINK ELSE BUT DONT KOUNT OUT BARNS YET. DAY NOW SHOOTEN AT HISSEN’S COWS.

John

October 31st, 2010
1:54 pm

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/government/elections/georgia-elections/2010-10-31/poll-indicates-georgia-might-see-runoff-races

There are more “undecided” blacks than undecided whites. Barnes won 39% of whites and 31% of whites in 2002, where he got 46% overall. This poll pegs him with 26% white support. They are probably over polling the poor whites in the mountains that still use land lines and under representing Metro/South GA.

khc

October 31st, 2010
3:11 pm

after watching several debates, monds does not have clue other than talking points…..seems like nice fellow but not capable of leading a state

Wake Up Georgia!

October 31st, 2010
10:16 pm

If you voted for a Republican in 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2008 you should be accountable for your vote! Given a surplus the Republicans quickly drove our country and our state into debt during the first decade of this century. No thanks to the just say “NO” Republicans, Democrats stabilized our country during the last two years and tried to do some things long overdue like establish energy, environment, and educational improvements with no help again from you know who. Yes, the Health Care bill could probably have been better if Republicans had come to the table, but no again. The bill is still the best thing for our country in so many ways. Now if reports are true, the American people may be voting these rich elephants and their greedy lobbyists into control of Congress and the Georgia leadership again. What a bunch of dumb dumbs if that happens! What have the Republicans done to deserve it? NOTHING!

Moderate

November 1st, 2010
1:24 am

** bangs head against table **

The Thin Guy

November 1st, 2010
1:54 am

The fact the GOP has been in charge for 8 years has nothing to do with the hard times in our state. The problem is in Washington where the most anti free enterprise maladministration in American history is actively trying to destroy the economy. The stimulus bill stimulated nothing. The Marxist Medicine bill will break the back of the economy and force us to go the Mexico for adequate medical treatment. Neither Deal nor Barnes can get the state’s economy going. We will continue to suffer until there is an American in the White House. John Monds has my vote on Tuesday. If there is a runoff of course I will vote for Deal. The GOP wants my soul and the Dims want my wallet. You can have my soul. Stay away from my wallet. Libertarians are prime rib, GOP is McDonalds, and the Dims are road kill.

kreedham

November 1st, 2010
2:06 am

Let’s see…Sonny and the Republicans have been in charge of the State for 8 years but many of you folks think everything is Obama’s fault (btw he inherited this financial mess we’re in) and just because Roy Barnes is running as a Democrat everything he does will be at Obama’s bidding! Come on folks, pay attention. Bush actually pushed the TARP and it passed with bipartisan support and the fed govt is making money on the deal but once again you want to put the Congress back in the hands of those that created the mess.

And as far as Nathan Deal goes! He’s in a personal financial mess and is going to have trouble getting out. If elected may be the first governor that would have to declare bankruptcy!

Go ahead and vote for Isakson, Westmoreland, Price, Gingrey, etc. You’ll be voting against your own best interests and probably regret it! Of course a Republican congress, that won’t get anything done is actually Obama’s best friend. He’ll get reelected because of it!

Vince

November 1st, 2010
5:52 am

Barnes’ supporters just don’t get it. Independents and probably even many Republicans could have voted for any Democrat other than Roy Barnes.

….but they had to select him……

TnGelding

November 1st, 2010
6:05 am

Thank goodness it’s nearly over. Too bad our candidates couldn’t conduct themselves the way the two women running for governor in Oklahoma did. Mr. Monds deserves our vote. He’s the only one that can change things for the better and stop the political sniping.

http://www.votemonds.com/

TnGelding

November 1st, 2010
6:07 am

Vince

November 1st, 2010
5:52 am

He’s the most qualified and experienced. Nah, we wouldn’t want that. Not here in “progressive” GA.

Vince

November 1st, 2010
7:16 am

@TnGelding

He was so “progressive” that Georgians fired him 8 years ago for his arrogance, extreme partisanship, lies to teachers and for circumventing the democratic process. His use of slimy campaign ads this time around prove that he hasn’t grown up or changed in the least.

I believe Georgians said loud and clear 8 years ago that we do not want his style of “leadership.”

Why couldn’t the Democrats have nominated Thurbert Baker?