In appreciation of some Democratic glove work

At least in theory, a true baseball fan can root for Boston, but still appreciate – and applaud – the nifty glove work of a Yankee.

The same should apply to politics, though it rarely does.

It is too soon to tell whether state Sen. Jason Carter, D-Decatur, will go as far as his grandfather. But if he does, the nine-minute video clip below – making its way around Democratic circles — will someday be cited as a first sign that he was meant for something more than the farm leagues.

Carter spoke on Wednesday, the final day of the special session that redrew Georgia’s political boundaries. It was probably the best speech of the session and – whether you agree with him or not – deftly, without bombast, laid out the Democratic position in the coming court fight over the meaning of the Voting Rights Act:

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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30 comments Add your comment

The Snark

September 2nd, 2011
3:31 pm

[braces for ignorant comments from people who will take this story as a cue to attack President Carter, and who know absolutely nothing about what President Carter actually did while in office or the demands of the Presidency in general]

Centrist

September 2nd, 2011
3:33 pm

More Galloway/AJC cheerleading.

HIssy Fit

September 2nd, 2011
3:38 pm

Frederick Douglass

September 2nd, 2011
3:48 pm

Now that little ole Carter boy was raised right!

Young Lady

September 2nd, 2011
3:59 pm

And yet more proof the Centrist can’t be a real centrist and put politics aside and evaluate a speech on it’s merits as a speech? Should we be surprised?

I don’t agree that Republicans in Georgia can in theory applaud a good speech by a political opponent Mr. Galloway. I think we will just see people being catty. However I agree he did give a good speech with an exceptionally good argument. I would be curious how much research he put into it and whether he did the research himself or if he had help. If he did it all himself then I have even more admiration for the work that went into it. If not he’s got a good team working with him.

Buddy Hawkins

September 2nd, 2011
4:24 pm

Multi-racial coalitions? Crossover districts? Whatever happened to one person one vote? The people twisting the VRA are Democrats. Their argument, in the end, is that the VRA requires districts be drawn to elect more Democrats. Anything else is unacceptable to them. Too bad the Supreme Court does not agree with them.

honested

September 2nd, 2011
4:53 pm

Jason Carter is a very perceptive and intelligent individual. One of many young Democrats who understand the function of Government and the needs of Citizens.

I guess this is why the republicans have to resort to large, blunt instruments to protect their ever shortening grip on power……as it is obvious few of them can run on their records.

findog

September 2nd, 2011
4:53 pm

Bud, did the supremes reverse the VRA?

Z

September 2nd, 2011
4:55 pm

Jason Carter said it just right. The Republicans will be the downfall of the State of Georgia, vote them all out come election time 2012.

Eye Roll

September 2nd, 2011
5:15 pm

ObamaGod sent his adoring worshipper Adelman to Singapore leaving a “special” election wide open for grandson Jason. The socialist party is so sweet!

His grandpappy’s legacy wil kill his polical career that was given to him by PrezBO!

Retired Solider

September 2nd, 2011
5:15 pm

honested-

“who understand the function of Government and the needs of Citizens.” Only democrats understand the functions of government and the needs of citizens? That’s nuts. The function of government is determined by the citizens, not by those in government. And while we are at it, Obama has no clue what my needs are. If Obama did, I wouldn’t disagree with almost every single policy he puts forth. In addition, when was the last time an elected democratic elected offical asked me what my needs are.

Rule .303

September 2nd, 2011
5:18 pm

Too bad they edited out the the exchange between Senator Carter and Senator Charlie Bethel.

T.E.

September 2nd, 2011
5:27 pm

Buddy Hawkins, you are an idiot and deserve to be ridiculed.

The VRA has nothing to do with electing democrats and everything to do with preventing bigots from stripping racial minorities of their constitutional right to fair representation. It is not my fault that African-Americans are overwhelmingly democratic voters. As Senator Carter said, if you do not like it then create your own multi-racial coalitions.

Current Soldier

September 2nd, 2011
5:38 pm

Retired Soldier – Agrre with you that the citizenry defnes the role and scope of gov’t, but only within the confines of the Constitution. Young Mr. Carter’s flaw (which most democrats possess) is that their view of government is extra-constitutional and therefore they resort to word-twisting, “novel” legalistic approaches, and legislation via judicial fiat. The VRA has been held by the Supreme Court to a very strict “one man, one vote” principle that ensures adequate and demographically consistant elected reprensentation. Crossover districts, communities of interest, multi-interest coalitions are all extra-legal ideas fomented by Carter and his ilk to stretch the meaning of the VRA verbiage in their favor.

Interestingly, they assume that the only way for minorities to get elected is for democrats to have the most favorable map possible. Isn’t it racist to assume that all of a particular demographic is going to vote one way? Isn’t that what we used to call stereotyping (now profiling)? Does that mean they are saying racial profiling works?

Jeff

September 2nd, 2011
6:06 pm

Wow. Someone under the Gold Dome who makes sense. I never thought I’d see this day. Thank you Mr. Carter.

honested

September 2nd, 2011
6:06 pm

retired,

Put your big boy reading glasses on and tell me where I made any reference to the Federal Government. I am simply reviewing the simian antics of the republicans in the General Assembly especially in the ’special session’.
I guess they hope there is a whole new class of unaware voters coming out of high schools.

honested

September 2nd, 2011
6:07 pm

TE,

Your eloquence again astounds.

Alabama Communist

September 2nd, 2011
6:14 pm

Nothing like using a Kid to cry in public about how unfair Tea Party Corporate Republicans are in life…

James

September 2nd, 2011
6:18 pm

Related to Jimmy Carter? LOSER

Wreck

September 2nd, 2011
6:49 pm

This is what passes for an impressive speech???? All I heard was a bunch of blahblahblah make believe legalese WHINING. You want to know the root of this problem? THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT. It is outdated and needs to be allowed to EXPIRE. The VRA only serves to propogate continued division. You want “multi-racial coalitions”???? Really? Then END THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT, TODAY.

Kevin

September 2nd, 2011
6:54 pm

What we don’t need is another Carter……….and why is this a good speech? It’s the same racial pandering to blacks that all Democrats do. B/c they know they can’t win the white vote anywhere anymore. And it may not be bombastic but it is dripping with arrogance…probably leraned that from his Jew hating grandad too.

Karen

September 2nd, 2011
7:18 pm

Good speech and gave retired soldier a burr in his saddle. Love it when ignorance shows it’s head.

VOL

September 2nd, 2011
7:36 pm

Section 5 only applies to states with a history of discrimination? Which states North of the Mason Dixon kept slaves and yet are exempt? History of discrimintaion? ‘Crats are PO’d cause they don’t have the majorities in this state anymore. I can see this Carter is as dumb as his grandaddy. An impotent race arsonist and poverty pimp. Why does this ‘crat leave out the fact that the Voting Rights Act is nothing more than ‘crat power base builder. He mentions it momentarily but doesn’t develop. No other reason can be given for this feigned outrage! For the first commetor, one thing I do know about Jimmy Carter’s presidency is that he created and approved the community re investment act which essentially caused the housing crisis along with Barney Fannie Mae Frank and Chris Country Wide Dodd!

td

September 2nd, 2011
9:07 pm

T.E.

September 2nd, 2011
5:27 pm
Buddy Hawkins, you are an idiot and deserve to be ridiculed.

The VRA has nothing to do with electing democrats and everything to do with preventing bigots from stripping racial minorities of their constitutional right to fair representation. It is not my fault that African-Americans are overwhelmingly democratic voters. As Senator Carter said, if you do not like it then create your own multi-racial coalitions

No, no, no. The VRA is nothing more than a quota system set up to make sure there are the right number of AA’s in elected office. If it was such a great act then why not put all the states under its influence?

honested

September 2nd, 2011
10:44 pm

What is that noise?

Did someone let that tiny dog out of the garage?
I heard something whining.

T.E.

September 2nd, 2011
11:24 pm

td,

I bet you think Affirmative Action is a quota system as well.

Name one Act or Court decision that expressly states that a quota system is to be constructed from the VRA. You will be sorely disappointed. You should stop taking right-wing rhetoric at its word. The VRA is concerned with effective enfranchisement, not the number of African-American congresspeople. If it were concerned with a quota, it would state that “X” number of congresspeople must be black. That is not the case, nor has that ever been the objective.

All states are covered by the Voting Rights Act, only those jurisdictions with a history of active discrimination against minorities are covered by Section 5.

Like every other conservative that posts their opinions on blogs, yours is extremely ignorant. The only information you seem to possess is the misinformation that you hear on the radio or read about in right-wing chain emails. Seriously, pick up a legal text, if you can read it, and begin studying. People like Senator Carter and myself come to the table with a wealth more of information about these subjects…all you bring is a bitter hatred toward those that are not “like” you.

Listen to Jason Carter carefully. He actually does a good job explaining the situation. Pay particular attention to the term “crossover district.”

double

September 3rd, 2011
1:28 am

AC nothing like using a kid to cry.Boehner cries tears big as horse tu$ds and he’s adult.Dogs chasing own tail,extreme right rotation.

BD

September 3rd, 2011
6:53 am

Once again, Sen. Mitch Seabaugh is behind the fiasco of these new maps, just as he was in stripping the budget of the Public Defenders Council. Seabaugh is a buffoon and has and will cost this state much more money than he has ever saved. When will voters in Coweta realize what an idiot Seabaugh really is and vote him out?

honested

September 3rd, 2011
5:50 pm

BD

Agreed. Seabaugh approached and executed this exercise with all of the aplomb of Gomer Pyle. Turned a relatively easy job into a vindictive escapade ‘because Murphy used to do the same thing’.

Georgia cannot move forward until we stop tenaciously holding onto the past.

double

September 4th, 2011
5:20 pm

Just possibly future President of USA.