Your morning jolt: Sanford ‘Lazarus’ Bishop says no to Nancy Pelosi

Sanford “Lazarus” Bishop, having just finished a close fight to keep his seat, isn’t in the mood to gamble again.

The southwest Georgia congressman on Wednesday declared that he won’t support House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s decision to remain the Democratic leader when Republicans take control of Congress in January. From the Albany Herald:

U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop, D-Albany

U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop, D-Albany. Associated Press

“I have nothing against Speaker Pelosi; she has worked tirelessly to bring Democrats together,” Bishop said. “But given the fact that we suffered substantial losses in the election, I think a new face is needed for leadership of the Democratic Caucus. I am part of a group looking for an alternative.

“I’ve had a number of my constituents and supporters ask me to help change the face of the party, and I am listening to my constituents.”
Bishop, who was re-elected Nov. 2 to a 10th term in Congress, had to survive a grueling battle against Republican Mike Keown for the District 2 seat, winning by slightly less than 5,000 votes.

Bishop said he was unsure who he would support for Minority Leader.

“I was expecting (Majority) Leader (Steny) Hoyer to run but have heard he will not,” Bishop said. “I don’t know who I will support. I’m going to see how things shake out and see who else is running.”

It makes one wonder where U.S. Rep. John Barrow is on this.


Alan Abramowitz is a political scientist at Emory University who has a relatively good record for prognostication. Today, he and Larry Sabato of the University of Virginia are co-authors of a piece declaring President Barack Obama to be a one-term president.

From the Crystal Ball:

Obama may be able to count on the 200 electoral votes in the Democratic states, but if his reelection had been scheduled last week, he might well have lost every swing state—all of which he won in 2008. After all, most Republican candidates for top offices did quite well in every swing state on November 2.

If you combine the 158 electoral votes in these swing states with the 180 votes in the solidly Republican states, the GOP nominee would have 338, far more than the 270 needed for election. (The chart’s electoral votes are based on the new expected allocation from the 2010 Census.)

There’s only one logical conclusion to be drawn: President Barack Obama is down for the count, will have an early lame duck presidency, and will be out of the White House in two years.

Updated: Abramowitz just e-mailed to say that the above was an attempt at irony. Far, far below the paragraphs cited, he and Sabato have written this:

CORRECTION: Due to sloppy research by our interns, the authors would like to clarify a couple of points. It turns out that all news reports cited above were not published in the last ten days, but right after the 1994 Republican midterm landslide. Every time “Barack Obama” appears in print, you should substitute “Bill Clinton”. The acronym “OTB” actually stands for “One-Term Bill” not “One-Term Barack”.


But Republicans are walking on eggshells, too. On Wednesday, Tea Party Patriots – a group heavy with Georgia leadership – declared war on the “Republican establishment” in the Senate, over the issue of earmarks. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is out to sandbag an effort by Jim DeMitt, R-S.C., to ban them.

U.S. Sens. Johnny Isakson and Saxby Chambliss have been noticeably silent. Spokeswomen for both senators said their bosses are reviewing the language of DeMint’s proposal.

You’ll recall that, during his one debate last month, Isakson said he supported the use of earmarks – so long as they fell within the constitutional responsibility of Congress. He cited the dredging of the Port of Savannah as an example.



The good people at Creative Loafing remind us that Stacey Abrams, the new House Democratic leader, isn’t just a “whip-smart” tax lawyer with a degree from Yale. She’s an accomplished romance novelist as well, published under the name of Selena Montgomery.


Keep in mind that political philosophy doesn’t mean a thing if you don’t know what a public official is up to. We recommend the whole of this piece from Jim Walls and Atlanta Unfiltered:

Public officials laughed, snarled and stalled when asked to release documents under the Georgia Open Records Act, a new audit has found.

Overall, public institutions did a better job this year handling requests for public records, giving up 80 percent of the documents, according to the 2010 Georgia Student Sunshine Audit, released Wednesday. That compares with a 65 percent success rate in the last such audit in 2008.

Still, one in five university journalism students were denied access to documents that clearly should be public, the audit reported. The most frequent withholders of records, the students said, were … universities.

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64 comments Add your comment

The Centrist

November 11th, 2010
10:27 am

Didn’t the Republican do the same thing with Newt “Loverboy” Gingrich in 1998? They didn’t have a problem with getting rid of Dennis “Earmarker” Hastert in 2006 because he had already effectively ceding his power to DeLay and didn’t run for Minority Leader.

Pinky Lee

November 11th, 2010
10:29 am

Typical move by Sanford and Son Bishop. He was firmly in Pelosi’s pocket for the past four years so why change now. The fact he almost lost his seat is no doubt a wake up call. But he is a politician and has never listened to the constituents in the past. He votes with the block of black legislators and looks after his own hide. To bad he was reelected.

Pinky Lee

November 11th, 2010
10:44 am

To all Veterans, Thank you for your service to this Country and representing all of us. May God bless you all.


November 11th, 2010
10:47 am

The extreme left, including Pelosi, is showing the crazy on this. These people just aren’t sane. (Not that the hard right is, either.) How they can look at the results of the election as anything other than a mandate to change shows true delusion. Kudos to Bishop. Hopefully other Dems will snap out of it and realize that change is necessary.

Paging John Lewis. Hank J, are you listening?

Big 5

November 11th, 2010
11:05 am

Pinky L. Amen to both of your posts.


November 11th, 2010
11:22 am

We need to remove ALL Democrats from office. These people are forcing their garbage laws on us and will eventually ruin this country if not already.

TEA Conservative

November 11th, 2010
11:39 am

Can Isakson show where, specifically, in Article 1, Section 8, of the Constitution he finds congressional authority to appropriate public money to dredge the port of Savannah? Why didn’t a true conservative run against him in the primary?

[...] H/T: Political Insider [...]


November 11th, 2010
11:48 am

Yeah, Smokewagon, just what we need is the entire Federal infrastructure run by the looney right – may as well make the CEO’s of the 100 largest corporations in America the Senate and all the tea partiers the House of Representatives and the Tan Man president. If we don’t have some checks and balances, we can kiss the entire country goodbye.

Tax cuts for everyone, no health care for the unemployed or under employed, dismantle the FDA, the Federal Reserve, the FDIC and all other regulatory agencies. Who gives a sh*t if a few hundred thousand folks die from preventable medical conditions, from unsafe products, food or medications. Lets also get rid of Medicare, Social Security, Education funding and all programs designed to protect the American citizens and provide opportunities. I’m sure the philanthropic folks who run Citi, AIG, Chase, GE and other major corporations that continue to receive corporate welfare will be more than happy to look out for the safety and security of our country and our citizens.

Hell, let’s just brign George Bush and Newt back and let them run roughshod over the Constitution and our liberties, since we all know that the only Americans that matter are the rich and powerful.

No one in particular

November 11th, 2010
11:57 am

You’ve been punk’d, Jim. Try reading more than the first paragraph of Sabato’s article about “One-Term Barack”:

“CORRECTION: Due to sloppy research by our interns, the authors would like to clarify a couple of points. It turns out that all news reports cited above were not published in the last ten days, but right after the 1994 Republican midterm landslide. Every time “Barack Obama” appears in print, you should substitute “Bill Clinton”. The acronym “OTB” actually stands for “One-Term Bill” not “One-Term Barack”. ”

The last paragraph is a gem too.


November 11th, 2010
12:05 pm

Funny how things turn out.

Nancy Pelosi’s leadership is being challenged and debated. “Snap out of it” Democrats are being told. “Change is necessary!”

At the same time old guard Republican Mitch McConnell has signaled to the Tea Party rookies that they will change back to the old way. You know, back to the things that got us in the mess in the first place.

Ha! Some change! One week in and stale old GOP leadership smashes the Tea Party attempt to end earmarks.

We will end up with the same old Republican blueprint…..Massive Bush tax cuts + Massive new spending = Bridges to Nowhere.

Change? Only if Sen Vitter (Republican) gets his diaper changed on the Senate floor.

Get rid of Pelosi! But bring back the old Republican guard and watch them turn the Tea Party into water.

At the same timem


November 11th, 2010
12:10 pm

WTF at 1148!!!!
Love your comments!


November 11th, 2010
12:13 pm

In other news: Where is Obozo to honor the veterans today??? Once again the Clown-in-Chief is absent. This guy is so clueless why his approval ratings are so low.


November 11th, 2010
12:45 pm

The Loaf just loves Rep. Abrams. I’d love her to if she’d do ANYTHING for our district.

Pinky Lee

November 11th, 2010
12:48 pm

WTF, why don’t we let the government determine how much money we can make. Let all small business owners go out of business and just be dependent upon government. All that unemployed, either by their own accord and those who are not, get free medical care. Let’s have a czar for everything we do. Capitalism be damn. Let Government reign from sea to shinning sea.

Dude, you need to move to a country that will take care of you.

Us vs Us

November 11th, 2010
12:54 pm

SPSU – Your President is honoring veterans at a memorial in South Korea. So tell me, why do you hate veterans of the Korean war?


November 11th, 2010
1:02 pm

SPSU: How about half of the tea party hypocrites are Vets who oppose goverment but are taking VA money”
How about you idiots thanking the President for saving 29,0000 jobs in Ga, Oh I forgot, bigots can not say thank you to a African American leader.


November 11th, 2010
1:09 pm

AngryVoter: When you and the Satan conservatives be siting in the soup line thanks to your hatred for the President us true Dem are going to laugh at you idiots.
In case you dumb conservatives have not noticed gas is on the rise, big oil has their friends voted in office now, when will middle class lower white Americans learn Rep dont care about them, what a bunch of losers.
Thanks for sending us back to the Bush years”"”"

M. D. Cain

November 11th, 2010
1:37 pm

gm, keep drinking that Democrat Kool Aid. Get a clue why your party was routed last week.


November 11th, 2010
1:51 pm

WTF – Boy, you are a sour person. Face it America WANTS a change from the NObama ways. Can’t wait in TWO MORE YEARS and he’ll be gone too.


November 11th, 2010
1:53 pm

Obama hasn’t saved even one job in Georgia, except the crook Bishop.

packing my bags....

November 11th, 2010
2:00 pm

m.d. cain….gm’s party got routed by the largest block of voters, independents. the same one’s who elected mr. obama to begin with. he promised change but was just more of the same. the repubs have promised changed but are showing signs of more of the same. don’t let your head get swelled by the recent election. two years isn’t a long time to have to wait to throw these bums out too.
it’s not about dems or repubs…’s about the people!


November 11th, 2010
2:05 pm

Saying no to pelosi is the ONLT thing Mr Bishop has gotten correct. He ans his wife are lying fools………

NObama is where his heart lies

November 11th, 2010
2:29 pm

You ask were the Clown in Chief is? He is with his REAL constituents. The Muslums of course. You really think he would be here honoring our veterans. No Way. The only reason he was here on 11/03 was that they had to wait until Pelosi told him he could use Air Force One. She told him she may ned it if theings got too bad to handle.

Us vs Us

November 11th, 2010
2:49 pm

@”Nobama …”

Odd, I didn’t realize S. Korea was a predominately Muslim country.

Pinky Lee

November 11th, 2010
2:57 pm

Chmbliss & Isakson are always silent until an election year rolls around. You can always depend on them to begin a thumping bass line regarding being fisically resoponsible, defending the country, and protecting family values. These two, as all, need to be notified that they are all on probation. Listening to their constituents is primary to casting any votes in Congress. If they do not, then we all need to start combing the State for someone who will stand up for WE the People for a change. Keep all of their heels to the fire.

Last Man Standing

November 11th, 2010
3:00 pm


I see you are still carrying that chip around on your shoulder. I never knew that totally distorted one’s view until I ran across you!

Please enlighten your readers exactly WHAT 20,000 jobs Obama “saved” in Georgia?
I am sure others here would like to know the answer to that question, too.

Bishop will do as he is instructed to do in D.C.: the man is incapable of thinking for himself. My money says he will stay with Pelosi.

I do believe that Alan Abramowitz has it right when he says that Obama is a one-term president, and a VERY lame duck president at that. It will take decades to undo the damage he has done in his two years with the democrat majority in both houses of Congress.


November 11th, 2010
3:00 pm

Sanford Bishop is doing nothing but pulling a political stunt. He knows that no one is going to step up and challenge Pelosi for the position so he comes out and says “I will support someone else, if someone else runs”. It took about $800,000 from the national Dem party to save Bishop’s seat this election. He owes them big time and will do whatever they tell him to. In the end he will say “I wasn’t going to support her but….no one ran against her” and continue to vote for whatever the Dem party wants. Bishop has shed his blue dog status several years ago. He is only looking for something that will help him in the 2012 election because being so close to Pelosi really hurt him in the 2010 election. Don’t be fooled, Bishop isn’t listening to anyone in his district, this is just a political stunt to save his seat.


November 11th, 2010
3:11 pm


I am sure you are correct. He is trying to save his seat. However, he obviously heard his constituents. He is not just following what the other Dems are doing. I am sure he got the message loud and clear that he is in district sent him there to work for them. The numbers don’t lie as they say. Now, the question clearly becomes are they (his district) going to continue to monitor his votes and other actions or will just be lumped together with the rest of the bunch no matter what.


November 11th, 2010
3:24 pm

gm = idiot not worth reading

Freedom Rings

November 11th, 2010
4:32 pm

The Tea Party will cause Obama to lose and they will run Washington. I can’t wait for President Pailin and Vice President Rand Paul. They know how to salute the flag unlike most of you writing on this liberal rag. If Rand Paul won’t take VP, then Jim Demint should. He is probably the most God-fearing man in the Senate. We need tax cuts and new laws to enforce moral standing in America. Let freedom ring.

Independent American

November 11th, 2010
4:34 pm

Yes, look at Georgia. It is a totally one party Republican state for the last decade. We lead the country in what exactly?

Bill Orvis White

November 11th, 2010
5:09 pm

There’s no doubt that Hussein Obama is a one-termer, but the interesting thing will be if he can even get to 2013. I have a strong feeling that this incompetent president will be removed before that time.
The Hussein Obama story will be a minor hiccup in history. Everything that he screwed up will have to be corrected by the next Republican president the day he or she is sworn into office. The good part about that is recovery will be rapid. We will see a major increase in job, decrease in taxe$, borders will be secure, schools will let God back in and freedom will return to this once-free nation. I’m excited that Hussein Obama is a total failure and he will be replaced soon.


November 11th, 2010
5:26 pm

So, Jim, you lift something to fill your blog and are able to wiggle off the hook, because the lifted and attributed material was done by sloppy interns.

The “no fault”, “not me” life goes on.

Last Man Standing

November 11th, 2010
5:27 pm

Chris Christie for President in 2012!

Martin Williams

November 11th, 2010
5:36 pm

He is not going to be lucky the next time. He is just another idiot democrat as most of them have being the past two years.


November 11th, 2010
6:08 pm

Sanford Bishop is a two-bit hack who would not have been missed. All he does is vote the way John Lewis tells him to.

Last Man Standing

November 11th, 2010
6:18 pm


In case you didn’t hear me: WHAT 20,000 JOBS DID OBAMA SAVE IN GEORGIA?

Get your racist, white folks hating self on here and let us know the answer to that question!

the Cobb

November 11th, 2010
6:19 pm

I hate living in Georgia, damn backwards ass redneck state.

Last Man Standing

November 11th, 2010
6:22 pm

the Cobb:

Delta is ready . . .


November 11th, 2010
6:29 pm

Sanford Bishop needs to consider that the people who DID vote for him. Are becoming disillusioned with his current Leadership. Fact is, the way he led in the past got him RE-ELECTED. Now he want to run SCARED and cave in. This is a warnin to him and Obama. WE CANNOT STAND SCARE TO DEATH, RUN AT ANYTHING PEOPLE. WE CALL THAT GUTLESS, HEARTLESS, AND COWARDLY. YOU ARE WARNED!!!

the Cobb

November 11th, 2010
6:39 pm

Damn, you people are stupid. Both the dems and repubs are different wings of the same bird. They don’t give a damn about none of you. Repeat this to yourself, false hope, false hope. Your country is being ran by corporations, not politicians and they are selling all of you down the drain. It’s amusing watching all of you fight each other as you circle the drain. Ha Ha

the Cobb

November 11th, 2010
6:45 pm

Come on, Last man standing, surely you have some backwards ass comment to make about my last post.

Last Man Standing

November 11th, 2010
7:03 pm

the Cobb:

Recognize your wording from when you posted under other name(s). You aren’t worth the time.

This is Mrs. Norman Maine

November 11th, 2010
7:13 pm

No matter what he does those tea partiers are going to vote against him next time so he might as well serve the constituents who actually voted for him instead of going after the folks who will NEVER support him.

Last Man Standing Before a Urinal

November 11th, 2010
7:27 pm

Time to start thinking how a one party state will address real needs. The “party” is over. Time to get to work. Sadly, since Nov. 2, there does not seem much of that happening.


November 11th, 2010
9:57 pm

Smokewagon’s right. Let’s make a constitutional amendment banning Democrats from holding office ever again. You know, because they suck and…something about taxes, ummm, PELOSI!!11!!!


November 11th, 2010
10:08 pm

Hey, neo-con tea partiers, I have a phrase for you to Google: “voting against your interests.” Here’s a hint: your taxes have gone *down* under that wicked Muslim. The health care bill has been passed and won’t be repealed–and in a decade, you’ll realize that you wouldn’t *want* it repealed. By then, you’ll have convinced yourself that it was a Republican invention. (Actually, it kind of was a Republican invention–the dreadful Obamacare was modeled on what Mitt Romney instituted in Massachusetts).

Eh, it’s rather a waste of typing. You’ve made up your minds: don’t confuse you with facts.

the mehlman rings twice

November 11th, 2010
10:13 pm

Seven of my co-workers bet me that the DJIA would be at 6,000 at the time of the election. I would like to thank you all for my new golf clubs.

the mehlman rings twice

November 11th, 2010
10:28 pm

You tea party’ers see what happened to Joe Miller? Once he said Social Security was un-Constitutional, the welfare receiving folks in Alaska decided to turn on him.