Your morning jolt: Georgia emerges as the big dog on Super Tuesday

A fundraising email sent out by the Newt Gingrich campaign last night carried a subject line of “South Carolina or bust” and declared that state’s Jan. 21 primary to be “make or break for this campaign.”

We’ll have to wait until Jan. 22 to see whether that’s so. But Secretary of State Brian Kemp is hoping that the GOP presidential contest will hobble along until March 6.

Because Georgia has emerged as the state to win that day.

Last month, because of continued court wrangling over new district lines, Texas pulled out of Super Tuesday and postponed their presidential primary until April 3. “Their presidential primary serves as their regular primary. They didn’t want to have two elections,” Kemp said.

Texas and its 155 delegates — home to Gov. Rick Perry — would have been the primary target on March 6. Georgia has 76 delegates at stake.

Perhaps just as important, Virginia has sidelined itself by limiting its ballot to Mitt Romney and Ron Paul. Other candidates, the state party ruled, didn’t come up with the required and vetted 10,000 signatures. Virginia has only 49 delegates, but its proximity to the District of Columbia would have meant an oversized media focus.

“You don’t have the whole field competing there. I guess Romney and Paul could,” Kemp surmised.

That leaves Georgia and Ohio (66 delegates) as the largest prizes. “If the race continues to Super Tuesday, we’re in a position to be very relevant that day. And that’s what we were hoping for,” the secretary of state said. “We’ll have to see how it plays out.”

Georgians will be able to begin participating in their state’s presidential primary a week from this Saturday – the same day South Carolinians vote. That’s when Georgia’s absentee voting begins. Advanced, in-person balloting begins Feb. 13.

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Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed caused something of a stir at the White House on Tuesday – by giving a vociferous defense of President Barack Obama at a supposedly non-partisan event focused on the development of small businesses.
Reed was a prominent – but silent – face at Obama’s side during the president’s address to a roomful of business men and women. His remarks came during a question-and-answer session in the White House press room:

Reed showed that he’s absorbed Newt Gingrich’s talking points. “If you look at what he has done…versus what Mr. Romney did at Bain Capital – I think this president is going to win that argument,” Reed said.

Then there was this often-used line from the Atlanta mayor: “When there was a decision to be made about saving the auto industry in the United States of America, he supported it. Mitt Romney criticized it.”

It might not have been a coincidence that White House handlers shut off the questions after Reed’s remarks. But the mayor told Scott MacFarlane of Channel 2 Action News that he had no regrets.

“I will do anything they ask me to do in order to help this president. I think he’s earned re-election. I think he’s led this country admirably,” Reed said.

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Talk radio heavyweight Rush Limbaugh may be chastising Newt Gingrich for his criticism of Mitt Romney’s venture capital days, but the Republican party’s more populist voice is not. From Politico.com:

Sarah Palin suggested Wednesday that Mitt Romney has brought his Bain problems on himself by not being transparent and offering no documentation for the claim that he created 100,000 net jobs and refusing to release his tax returns.

“Gov. Romney has claimed to have created a 100,00 jobs at Bain, and people are wanting to know, is there proof of that claim and was it U.S. jobs created for United States citizens? … And that’s fair,” Palin told Sean Hannity of Fox News when asked about Rick Perry’s “vulture” caplitalism charge against Romney. “That’s not negative campaigning — that’s fair to get a candidate to be held accountable to what’s being claimed.”

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Two overseas developments are worth your attention today. First, from the New York Times:

Former President Jimmy Carter said Wednesday that after meeting with Egypt’s military rulers he doubted they would fully submit to the authority of the civilian democracy they had promised to install.

“ ‘Full civilian control’ is a little excessive, I think,” Mr. Carter said, after describing a meeting he had Tuesday with Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, leader of the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, or SCAF. “I don’t think the SCAF is going to turn over full responsibility to the civilian government. There are going to be some privileges of the military that would probably be protected.”

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Then there are these paragraphs from the Los Angeles Times:

The U.S. intelligence community says in a secret new assessment that the war in Afghanistan is mired in stalemate, and warns that security gains from an increase in American troops have been undercut by pervasive corruption, incompetent governance and Taliban fighters operating from neighboring Pakistan, according to U.S. officials.

Here’s the nut of the article:

As a result, the NIE warns that the overall difficulties could jeopardize the Obama administration’s plans to withdraw most U.S. troops and hand over responsibility for the war to the Afghan government by 2014.

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Finally, the AJC’s Politifact Georgia today takes a look at Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s assertion that the board of directors of Common Cause Georgia are being hypocritical when they criticize the nexus of campaign contributions and concession contracts at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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63 comments Add your comment

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January 12th, 2012
9:30 am

Ted

January 12th, 2012
9:51 am

Sarah Palin…….Barack Obama in a skirt.

Centrist

January 12th, 2012
9:51 am

There will be no “Super” Tuesday – Gingrich, Santorum, and Perry will have dropped out or have no financial backing for required campaigning. It will down to Romney and Paul with Romney the prohibitive front runner.

Raquel Morris

January 12th, 2012
9:56 am

Yeah, the President will most likely send Mayor Reed back down to the Minor Leagues for that rookie mistake. Why compromise the official/political divide at the White House just to repeat the points that Gingrich is so ably making on the campaign trail?

[...] primary to April 4th rather than holding it on Super Tuesday (March 6th), according to today’s morning jolt from Jim Galloway.  Texas has a total of 155 delegates allocated compared to Georgia’s 76. Perhaps just as [...]

UGA 1999

January 12th, 2012
10:03 am

Who would have thought a black man standing up for Obama….I am SHOCKED!

Idiot watcher

January 12th, 2012
10:08 am

Unless Gingrich formally drops out before March 6, I bet he wins GA even if he has no money and isn’t campaigning. In fact, I can see him winning GA as long as they don’t take his name off the ballot.

UGA 1999

January 12th, 2012
10:16 am

Idiot…..I am not sure that Newt would win Georgia. Again if Romney wins SC it is over.

Beeg Boi

January 12th, 2012
10:37 am

UGA is obsessed with Black men.

UGA 1999

January 12th, 2012
10:39 am

Beeg Boi…..nope

td

January 12th, 2012
10:48 am

Centrist

January 12th, 2012
9:51 am

Totally disagree with the assessment. One of the three you mentioned will still be in the race as the social/physical conservative alternative. The money will be there for alternative. It will be just like 4 years ago with Mike Huckabee. One will drop out after SC and one will dropout after Florida.

UGA 1999

January 12th, 2012
10:50 am

td….I somewhat agree. However I think they all know that if Romney wins SC it is over.

td

January 12th, 2012
10:53 am

UGA 1999

January 12th, 2012
10:50 am

I do not know if everyone knows but I sure do.

UGA 1999

January 12th, 2012
10:54 am

td…..Who do you think Romney will pick as a running mate?

Centrist

January 12th, 2012
10:58 am

td – So you know that it over if Romney wins S.C., but you think somebody (Gingrich I suppose) will stay in for Super Tuesday anyway.

Does he do this just to leverage for a promised job by making Romney spend campaign funds until he makes a deal? What other motivation is there?

td

January 12th, 2012
10:59 am

I am re posting this from the earlier blog. It is important that all you libs understand by bashing Bain you are also bashing the retirement accounts of teachers, state employees and more than likely your own 401k accounts. How do you think your own investments doubles or tripals over a 20 to 30 year period?

honested and Buchhead Boy,

You guys really need to get out and stop watching the MSNBC BS and do a little research before you say others are not telling the truth. Please go to links below and just see how Teacher Retirement accounts have invested in Bain Capital.

http://www.calstrs.com/investments/portfolio/privequityperformance.pdf

If my numbers are close Bain has made the California Techer retirement system close to $50 million. They have over $600 million invested in Bain.

http://www.ccimtexas.com/images/website243/texas_way_v2.pdf

The two biggest Teacher retirement systems in the country think Bain pays them well and invest a great deal of money in the invest funds. Looks like the Ohio system does as well.

Texas teachers invest in Bain

HR Pufnstuf

January 12th, 2012
10:59 am

Wrong place for that Mayor Reed. I think you looked pretty silly getting your digs in at an event where your comments weren’t even close to being warranted.

td

January 12th, 2012
11:01 am

UGA 1999

January 12th, 2012
10:54 am

I do not know and a lot depends on the conditions in the country come next August but as of right now the person would be a strong social conservative to keep them motivated because they are the ones that man the hone banks and put the signs out in the yards.

Centrist

January 12th, 2012
11:05 am

td – Since it is Gingrich who is trashing Romney about Bain, and Democrats are merely piling on – why do you still support Gingrich?

Which of his conservative principals is so different than Romney’s that you can ignore this Bain line of attack?

td

January 12th, 2012
11:08 am

Centrist

January 12th, 2012
10:58 am

I kind of think it may be Santorum and not Newt at this point. The motivation is that the social conservatives want someone to feel good about voting for and to think their wing of the party will have a viable seat at the table when putting together planks on the platform. This is the same reason Ron Paul will stay in to the end. It is not a drain because when Romney knows he has won he can start taking all the money and running ads against Obama. Remember, contributions for a candidate in a primary is a set amount and then the limit starts all over after the convention for the general election, so if you can use primary funds to attack your general election opponent then you are a leg up.

UGA 1999

January 12th, 2012
11:09 am

I really wish Gingrich would focus his efforts on Obama instead of attempting to give the Dems more ammunition against Romney.

Josh

January 12th, 2012
11:11 am

UGA 1999

January 12th, 2012
10:03 am

Who would have thought a black man standing up for Obama….I am SHOCKED!

Just as big of a shock as how the entire White Republican Congress stood up for Bush

UGA 1999

January 12th, 2012
11:12 am

Josh…..and the entire white Democratic Congress stood up for Obama?

td

January 12th, 2012
11:12 am

Centrist

January 12th, 2012
11:05 am

Is this a bad thing for Mitt in the long run? Everyone knows that these same attacks will come from the Obama campaign over the summer and in the fall. The ads will probably even be worse so for Mitt to go ahead and get the message together today is a good thing.

Don't Tread

January 12th, 2012
11:13 am

A little pay-to-play going on at the airport? Say it ain’t so.

Didn’t the same thing go on when filling Obama’s Senate seat?

There needs to be an investigation…the corruption’s a little thick here.

Josh

January 12th, 2012
11:20 am

Well then UGA 1999 your point is baseless now isn’t it?

just askin'

January 12th, 2012
11:22 am

why do the Democratics always say “this” president rather than “the” president or “our” president?

UGA 1999

January 12th, 2012
11:28 am

Josh….nope.

liberalefty

January 12th, 2012
11:44 am

who cares, OBAMA will wipe the floor with them with his billion dollar campaign fund

liberalefty

January 12th, 2012
11:45 am

will their TOKEN NEGRO{herman cain} perform for them too?

UGA 1999

January 12th, 2012
11:48 am

WOW and dems call republicans racist. HAHA Thanks.

Centrist

January 12th, 2012
11:51 am

I just don’t see Gingrich’s attacks as a favor getting them renounced twice (now and when the Democrats do the same in the general election).

Platform planks which a candidate does not agree or has little priority are given only lip service, put on the back burner, or routinely ignored. Romney is already doing that with the social issues and religion which the far right pushes so hard about. I know that is hard for the right wing of the Republican Party to accept, but the reality is that an ultra-conservative is not going to win the nomination or have much influence on the nominee or his pick of a V.P. (which never amounts to much other than possibly the electoral votes from his home state).

td

January 12th, 2012
11:56 am

UGA 1999

January 12th, 2012
11:48 am

Our friends like liberalefty come on these blogs and spot meaningless information. They come on here with wild accusations and their statements of facts without any evidence to back it up. When you call them and ask for proof then all they can do is call you a name. They are part of the misinformed or unintelligent masses that have nothing constructive to contribute to a serious conversation. I kind of feel sorry for them but it is the choices they made themselves to not get educated so I guess they have to settle for the consequences of looking this way.

UGA 1999

January 12th, 2012
11:58 am

td

January 12th, 2012
12:00 pm

Centrist

January 12th, 2012
11:51 am

Reality is not the way the game is played. The planks mean a great deal to the people on the far right as well as the far left. This is the way these two sides can hold the office holders feet to the fire. They may not be able to get the moderate official to agree with them totally but they can get concessions. Politics is an interesting game.

double

January 12th, 2012
12:02 pm

Romney the vulture candidate.He’s circling just as buzzards do.Could be in work, to replace eagle with buzzard.Caution middle class and poor.

Centrist

January 12th, 2012
12:03 pm

Unfortunately, the “the misinformed or unintelligent masses” along with those who put short term pandering above long term health of our country vote in alarmingly large numbers.

UGA 1999

January 12th, 2012
12:03 pm

Double…..name calling is so classy….Keep up the good work, we expect it from you guys.

DannyX

January 12th, 2012
12:07 pm

“…Virginia has sidelined itself by limiting its ballot to Mitt Romney and Ron Paul.”

Not so fast, a federal judge has blocked ballots from being printed, and absentee ballots from being mailed, he may end up ruling in favor of Newt and the others.

Centrist

January 12th, 2012
12:10 pm

td posted “The planks mean a great deal to the people on the far right as well as the far left. This is the way these two sides can hold the office holders feet to the fire.”

Agree with your first sentence, but I think it is merely venting – office holders who don’t agree only give this stuff enough lip service to hopefully keep the extreme wing from staying home on election day. A good example is that Obama is going to reject the Keystone pipeline which his union supporters want, but he sides with the wacko lobby that wants to stop fossil fuels. He is probably correct that the unions will still turn out their members to vote for him anyway.

td

January 12th, 2012
12:17 pm

Centrist

January 12th, 2012
12:10 pm

But then he turns around and tell them I put members on the NLRB that stopped Boing from shipping your jobs to a non union state. He also will tell them look at the billions I sent the unions way from the stimulus bill.

Centrist

January 12th, 2012
12:25 pm

No doubt the unions have been paid off in many ways and can overlook the Keystone pipeline slight. But Romney is not going to able or willing to give such payoffs to the right wing religious/ social issues in any meaningful way other than lip service. The only social issue I can think of which might be contained is the Defense of Marriage Act where all states may not have to recognize gay marriages in other liberal states.

BitterEXdemocrackkk

January 12th, 2012
12:25 pm

‘lieberallefty’ YOU sound like the usual democrackkk RACIST.

Centrist

January 12th, 2012
12:38 pm

Mr. Truman’s St. Paul, Minn., pie-for-everybody speech last night reminded us that, at the tail-end of the recent session of Congress, Republican Clarence J. Brown (R-Ohio) jammed into the Congressional Record the following poem, describing its author only as a “prominent Democrat of the State of Georgia”:

Father, must I go to work?
No, my lucky son.
We’re living now on Easy Street
On dough from Washington.

We’ve left it up to Uncle Sam,
So don’t get exercised.
Nobody has to give a damn—
We’ve all been subsidized.

But if Sam treats us all so well
And feeds us milk and honey,
Please, daddy, tell me what the hell
He’s going to use for money.

Don’t worry, bub, there’s not a hitch
In this here noble plan—
He simply soaks the filthy rich
And helps the common man.

But, father, won’t there come a time
When they run out of cash
And we have left them not a dime
When things will go to smash?

My faith in you is shrinking, son,
You nosy little brat;
You do too damn much thinking, son,
To be a Democrat.

1949 Daily News – http://victoriataftkpam.blogspot.com/2011/11/ode-to-welfare-state-1949.html

double

January 12th, 2012
1:44 pm

last of poem should read.
but father won’t there come a time when they run out of cash
and we have left them not a dime.
when things will go to smash.
My faith in you is shrinking son,have you learned nothing little man?
We will just tax more the middle class,
because we are republican.

findog

January 12th, 2012
1:52 pm

Centrist, td, UGA,

You’re missing the point. Newt is the man making a principled stand like Goldwater in 1964. Extremism in the defense the K-Street lobbyist cabal s no vice…

The VP candidate will be T-Paw

UGA 1999

January 12th, 2012
1:53 pm

findog…..Did you mean to say Tebow?

Darvocet spending

January 12th, 2012
2:14 pm

Don’t reply to TD or his alt, UGA 1999

Thank you.

UGA 1999

January 12th, 2012
2:15 pm

HAHA Darvocet can never make a valid objection to our comments so he prefers to just not answer. Great work!

findog

January 12th, 2012
2:18 pm

Centrist, td, UGA,

The Obama attack the GOP for having a creative destruction candidate when they wrote the bailout for the big banks with no strings attached.

Which is too bad because we should have a broad range discussion on what the minimum level of services our federal government should provide, what is the necessary level of taxation to meet that level, and then how much higher taxes need to be to pay off the debt in 10-20 years.

td, you and I can have this rational conversation so why can’t Barack and Mitt?