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:
“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.
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.