Your morning jolt: Gay website encourages votes for Rick Santorum in Ga. primary

Over at Fenuxe, a new website aimed at gays and lesbians, Ryan Lee is pushing a last-minute plan to monkey with the GOP presidential primary in Georgia:

Instead of requesting a Democratic primary ballot to vote for an unopposed Barack Obama, LGBT voters in Georgia ought to pull a Republican ballot on Tuesday in order to vote for one of the most enthusiastically bigoted politicians of our generation: Rick Santorum.

And just over an hour ago, state Sen. Jason Carter, D-Decatur, sent out this Tweet:

Just voted in Candler Park; twice as many R ballots had been cast vs. D ones. #santorum will win here. #carefulwhatyouwishfor #gapol

The object, of course, is to boost the candidacy of a fellow whom Democrats think would do badly in November. And Georgia’s presidential primary is an open one. But these things rarely work without the cooperation of the candidate himself – as happened in the Michigan primary, when Santorum began soliciting Democratic, blue-collar votes.

In fact, Mark Rountree, who heads the political strategy firm Landmark Communications, has posted the following at PeachPundit.com:

Guess how many 2010 Democratic voters have crossed over to vote early (or absentee) to meddle in the GOP race here in Georgia?

Just 250 – total.

There are only 250 voters in the whole state who voted in the 2010 Democratic primary and have crossed over to vote in the Georgia Republican Presidential primary. (Frankly, there might have simply been 250 Republicans voting in the ’10 Democratic primary for relatives — meaning that there would be actually zero 2010 Democrats crossing over).

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NBC News reports that Newt Gingrich, who is not on the ballot in his home state of Virginia, won’t be voting today:

“Newt and Callista are not casting a ballot in Virginia and they did not request an absentee one,” Gingrich campaign spokesman R.C. Hammond [said].

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When Rick Santorum made a surprise appearance at First Redeemer Church in Cumming, Ga., earlier this month, there was much wondering over the presidential preference of the church’s pastor, the Rev. Richard Lee – listed as a supporter by the Newt Gingrich campaign.

Doubt was erased on Monday, when the Gingrich campaign included Lee’s name in a list of Georgia pastors giving the GOP presidential candidate their personal endorsement. From Lee:

“Our nation sorely needs a President who not only says he believes in God but takes faith with him to the Oval Office every day,” said Dr. Lee. “Newt Gingrich is that man. And he will be the type of President to protect our right to worship without Washington interference. Religious freedom is what makes America exceptional, and Newt will make sure that freedom remains secure.”

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Many of you have reported receiving a robo-call from former first lady Barbara Bush, endorsing GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney. And she has endorsed Romney. She just hates this year’s contest. From the Dallas Morning News:

“I think it’s been the worst campaign I’ve ever seen in my life,” she said Monday at Southern Methodist University during a daylong conference on the influence of the nation’s first ladies. “I hate that people think compromise is a dirty word. It’s not a dirty word.”

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In the state Legislature, we’ve got a pair of bills that tie welfare checks to drug tests, and Gov. Nathan Deal has declared that he has an open mind when it comes to requiring those who receive unemployment checks to fill little cups with urine.

Yet Better Georgia says that’s only half the story. Its data may be nearly two months old, but the progressive group admits that, in a survey it sponsored, 64 percent of Georgians statewide support drug-testing for recipients.

But 79 percent of Georgians are in favor of drug-testing for elected officials and senior members of state government. More cups, please.

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If you’re a Libertarian in Georgia, you’ll need to read this New York Times piece on the attempted takeover of the Cato Institute by the Koch brothers:

The rift has its roots, Cato officials said, in a long-simmering feud over efforts by Mr. Koch and his brother David Koch to install their own people on the institute’s 16-member board and to establish a more direct pipeline between Cato and the family’s Republican political outlets, including groups that Democrats complain have mounted a multimillion-dollar assault on President Obama. Tensions reached a new level with a lawsuit filed last week by the Kochs against Cato over its governing structure.

“We can’t be perceived as a mouthpiece of special interests,” Robert A. Levy, chairman of Cato’s board, said in an interview. “The Cato Institute as we know it would be destroyed.”

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The AJC’s Politifact Georgia takes a look at claims that the state is a leader when it comes to water conservation.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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186 comments Add your comment

Centrist

March 6th, 2012
10:02 am

Blog headline “no evidence of Democrats in Georgia’s GOP primary” is obviously false. Mr. Jim Galloway obviously does not read these posts or he would see how many say that is EXACTLY what they are doing. More likely, he and many other Democrats just don’t wish to admit what is going on. There is no way to know how many Democrats crossover since there is no requirement in Georgia to state which party you favor – you simply ask for the Democrat or Republican ballot you prefer. (I have done both).

I will give credit that Galloway published “the progressive group” (read liberal Democrats) Better Georgia survey it sponsored, where 64 percent of Georgians statewide support drug-testing for welfare and unemployment recipients.

Mr. Dithers

March 6th, 2012
10:07 am

I’m with Barbara Bush on this one. The fact that compromise is now seen as a sign of weakness is the result of years of both sides attacking each other over and over. The parties have settled into their ideological fox holes and those candidates or officials who venture out are shot on sight. It’s sad, and it’s a good part of the reason why this country is on the skids. Time to get over yourselves, children, and start playing nice for the good of the country.

DannyX

March 6th, 2012
10:13 am

“Newt and Callista are not casting a ballot in Virginia and they did not request an absentee one,”

How sad is that! Newt can go to the moon, cut gas prices to $2.50 a gallon but can’t even get on his home state ballot.

This is your guy Georgia? LOL

reebok

March 6th, 2012
10:23 am

Please quit telling me how smart Newt is. A smart person would figure out a way to get on a primary ballot in the state he LIVES in when he’s, you know, running for President. He would understand supply and demand well enough to know that the President doesn’t control gas prices. And he would come up with a better excuse for cheating on his wives than ‘it’s because I love my country soooooo much.’

Voting against that reptile this morning(OK, technically Newts are amphibians, but you get the idea) made my day.

Becky

March 6th, 2012
10:24 am

But but but-I thought Ga. was noot’s home state and now come to find out it is Va? I do declare.

I am holding my nose and crossing over proudly today and casting my vote for the frothy one.

DannyX

March 6th, 2012
10:26 am

“I think it’s been the worst campaign I’ve ever seen in my life,”

Well said Barbara. Mitt Romney is a joke, an embarrassment to good Republicans like you.

George Hills

March 6th, 2012
10:28 am

> Newt Gingrich…won’t be voting today

Mr. Gingrich helped pass the 1996 misdemeanor gun ban in Congress, hiding it in a 750-page last-minute budget bill. He fooled a lot of people and many in his district stayed mad until he quit in 1998.

Becky

March 6th, 2012
10:32 am

Why would I possibly care what Babs Bush had to say about anyone or anything. Decrepit old fool.

MrLiberty

March 6th, 2012
10:36 am

If democrats really want to send a message by voting republican, they would be far better served by voting for Ron Paul. Ron Paul, unlike president Obama, actually believes that government has NO place involving itself in marriage and that it should be left up to the church. The government’s only role should be to uphold private contracts between individuals, regardless of their sexual orientation, etc. Being a strict constitutionalist, he properly recognizes that the federal government should have absolutely no jurisdiction. He is also the only candidate that recognizes the superiority of the individual over the government and that should be important to EVERY democrat, regardless of their sexual orientation. He is for medical freedom, supports an end to the federal war on drugs, supports a military that is geared for the defense of AMERICA, not an empire to rule the world. He actually supports civil liberties, opposed the Patriot Act (every time), opposed the NDAA (indefinite detention of America citizens without due process) that every other republican candidate supports and that Obama signed into law, and countless other things that most democrats should agree with.

Rather than throwing your vote away on a joke like Santorum, democrats should vote to make the November election a choice between someone whose actions have been contrary to everything he promised during his campaign and a great statesman like Ron Paul who has been consistent in his principles and his votes for every one of his 12 terms in congress.

Becky

March 6th, 2012
10:41 am

Your Ron Paul also threw the tornado victims under the bus. Next!

Centrist

March 6th, 2012
10:43 am

Ah, I see that Galloway changed his obviously false headline to this blog which I pointed out in the first comment.

Becky

March 6th, 2012
10:44 am

Centrist-give yourself a gold star.

MrLiberty

March 6th, 2012
10:46 am

Both democrats and republicans would be well-served to realize that there is basically no distinction between the two parties. They are both in bed with big business, the military industrial complex, the prison-industrial complex, the global banking cartel, etc. There is only one candidate running that, although he is a republican, has voted his conscience and opposed every piece of legislation that would have furthered the goals of these groups against the interests of the american people. Ron Paul is that man.

America is in such bad shape because of everything that govenrment has done, there can be no alternative than to take the power back from their hands and return it to the people. Ron Paul is the ONLY candidate whose plan for america does just that. If you think he is just another republican and have let the media convince you of that, then you have not done your responsibility as a citizen any justice. Please go to his web page ronpaul2012.com and find out for yourself how this great statesman has distinguished himself from the rest of the status quo politicians that are the problem.

Temperment Abound

March 6th, 2012
10:48 am

Did you cast your “Democratic Gay” vote for Santorum, Mr. Galloway?

Metro Mensa man

March 6th, 2012
10:51 am

Centrist @10.02a;
“…there is no requirement in Georgia to state which party you favor – you simply ask for the Democrat or Republican ballot you prefer.<

I just voted in Duluth and was asked if I wanted a Republican, Democrat or a "Non-Affiliated" ballot.

arnold

March 6th, 2012
10:51 am

Becky, please don’t refer to seniors as decrepit old fools. :-) It’s taken me 72 years to get here.

Marlboro Man

March 6th, 2012
10:52 am

Look for the state meddlers to try to change something about primary voting.

MrLiberty

March 6th, 2012
10:52 am

Becky – You mean he doesn’t support stealing money from one citizen to give to another but fully supports the charitable giving of monies VOLUNTARILY from those who are able. Last time I checked our government was $15 trillion in debt, government doesn’t have any money except what it takes from someone either through theft, inflation of the money supply (theft through the inflation tax), and borrowing (theft from future generations). NEXT!

And you just gave one of the most precious things you have – your vote – to a man with such abominable moral principles that you likely wouldn’t even shake his hand. That must make you proud. I will be able to sleep very well tonight knowing that I proudly cast my ballot for a man that is trying to restore american freedom and liberty. Those are the only candidates I have EVER cast my ballot for. NEXT !

zeke

March 6th, 2012
10:58 am

Would absolutely love to see Newt debate Obozo! He would bury that commie! Obozo would appear to be less than an elementary school student!

Bills

March 6th, 2012
11:04 am

Few democrats are voting in GOP primary for a simple reason: no one with a working brain cell would vote for any of the republican loonies.

Ley

March 6th, 2012
11:10 am

Well, zeke, be careful what you wish for!! All that the debates have proven so far is that the GOP candidates are as nutty as fruit cakes.

Becky

March 6th, 2012
11:10 am

MrLiberty-obviously you and I don’t share the same morals or values when it comes to ron paul. I believe in helping my fellow man.

The only reason I voted for Ricky is to keep the clown car going. They are helping our economy with all the dollars they are spending on a lost cause.

Obama 2012

Becky

March 6th, 2012
11:12 am

arnold- I certainly did not mean to offend any elder but Ms. Bush should keep her pie hole shut.

GaBlue

March 6th, 2012
11:13 am

I am SO TEMPTED to cross over today! Four years ago, numerous Republi-transplants at my office asked me if they could cross over in the primary. (I presume they asked me because I’m actually from here and pay attention.) I wasn’t sure what their goal was, and didn’t ask, but they surely were eager to get in there and mess something up for the Dems. Yes, it’s legal, but if there’s a runoff, you have to stick with the one you started with for that race.

But… GaBlue is not going to validate any of those clowns with a screen poke from my finger. Can’t do it. Sorry.

honested

March 6th, 2012
11:16 am

Becky,
Agreed.
Because a rolling Clown Car sucks mega-dollars out of the pockets of those who got us in this mess.

And it is too much to put on a bumper sticker ‘Straight Democrats Voting for Sans-scrotum So The President Can Trounce Him In November!’

Don't Tread

March 6th, 2012
11:24 am

I’ll be glad when tomorrow comes and the robo-calls cease and desist. :rolleyes:

Going Right

March 6th, 2012
11:32 am

Becky: I understand that a rock accidentally flew off a tire and hit your head. It is said by those near and far that the echo lasted for over half an hour. Any truth to that? I don’t believe it. I think it more likely was around 15 minutes.

Becky

March 6th, 2012
11:34 am

Going Right-bless your heart. That all you got? I hope you aren’t old enough to vote.

Going Right

March 6th, 2012
11:35 am

Forgot to add…I glad to see Jimmie Numbnuts is back to his old tricks of giving the “Progressives” their red-meat diet again…you know, bash the Conservatives and watch his socialist-lefty idiots ooze out of their holes in the earth to rant, rave and “froth.”

Weetamoe

March 6th, 2012
11:37 am

That web site of which you speak is really clueless. The word should be write in Sandra Fluke’s name on the ballot. The Fluke woman has penned an article accusing private health insurance companies of heterosexism for not covering surgical and other medical sex change procedures. Journal of Gender and the Law, 2011 Annual Review. The superannuated grad student is quite the activist.

Becky

March 6th, 2012
11:37 am

Going Right-have you noticed no one is requiring you to read the blog and comment? Run along now.

Interested Voter

March 6th, 2012
11:40 am

I believe that Newt & Calista aren’t voting in the Virginia Primary because Newt isn’t one of the two candidates on the ballot – Mitt Romney and Ron Paul are the only choices and you know Newt wouldn’t vote for either of them!

Interested Voter

March 6th, 2012
11:41 am

Travis McGee

March 6th, 2012
11:49 am

Two thoughts: T]

First, the Reverend Lee of First Redeemer is speaking of a Newt I’m unfamiliar with and is walking a slippery slope with the religious liberty and freedom he’s afraid will soon be lost. As Jefferson so aptly opined, “In every country and every age, the priest have been hostile to liberty.”

And second, the Koch Brothers don’t invest money where they won’t have control and that includes the Cato Institute and politicians.

@politiconupe

March 6th, 2012
11:51 am

As an avid Obama supporter four years ago I voted for Obama. As an avid Obama supporter today I voted for Santorum—then I took a shower. GOBAMA 2012

Look me up on Twitter: @politiconupe

Becky

March 6th, 2012
11:54 am

I don’t twitter but well done!

As an avid Obama supporter four years ago I voted for Obama. As an avid Obama supporter today I voted for Santorum—then I took a shower. GOBAMA 2012

Lt. Col. Razorbck

March 6th, 2012
11:55 am

The questionable strategy of having members of the Democrat Party to vote for Rick Santorum is a futile effort; because no matter which of the four Republican Party members still standing garners the necessary number of delegates to win the nomination, all of them, with the possible exception of Ron Paul, can and will defeat Obama in the general election. The United States simply cannot afford another four years of the failed economic policies, broken promises, inept foreign policies, and astronomical budget deficits for which Obama is directly responsible.

“Anyone but Obama” :)

gm

March 6th, 2012
11:57 am

zeke

Retard like you would not know a comie if it bit you, idiot like you never been out of Georgia but calling the President names, sit back and let grown folks talk politices

honested

March 6th, 2012
11:58 am

going wrong,

Think of how quiet things would be in wrong wing circles without the ‘daily dose of approved thoughts’ from the fauxnewz and am rant radio.

Don’t blame the Chief for the truth.
Conservative conartistry has failed, sorry it takes you guys so long to see.

Centrist

March 6th, 2012
11:59 am

Metro Mensa man posted “I just voted in Duluth and was asked if I wanted a Republican, Democrat or a ‘Non-Affiliated’ ballot.”

I guess the Non-Affiliated ballot excludes both primaries, hence today only has referendum issues such as Sunday alcohol sales.

I was surprised at all of the names on the Republican primary ballot – even those that withdrew (Bachmann, Huntsman).

And what’s with Becky when she feels the need to post here, but says Barbara Bush should keep her mouth shut. Let me take a wild guess that Becky and Aquagirl are not in need of birth control because of their caustic personalities.

gm

March 6th, 2012
12:01 pm

Lt. Col. Razorbck

I suggest people like you go and read, go look at all the bills Obama passed for Veterans and work his wife has done for veterans spouse who have lost love ones, do you people do reseach?

I guess he should have let more lives be lost in Iraq and more soldiers die? you people can not be this hate ful and ugrateful.

Rex Dogma

March 6th, 2012
12:02 pm

Cross over. Heck no. Bummer choices. Just get the Sunday sales bill passed so we can all get drunk and laugh at the republican clowns.

Becky

March 6th, 2012
12:02 pm

Centrist-you always make me giggle.As always, if you have no offense resort to barbs.

Becky

March 6th, 2012
12:04 pm

Rex-I’ll drink to Sunday sales but will still cross over.

No Longer Republican

March 6th, 2012
12:07 pm

Becky you are rockin’ today! I too cast my ballot for Sick Rantorum, then voted Yes for alcohol sales here in Forsyth County. @ Lt Col. I don’t know where you have been lately but there is no chance in hell that Santorum or Gingrich could beat Pres. Obama. The only one who has a real shot is Romney and that is not looking too good. Your propaganda is old and tired. Go away. Next!

Lt. Col. Razorbck

March 6th, 2012
12:10 pm

Mr.Liberty,

At least you got one thing right….”NEXT”. That is, the next president should be anyone BUT Barak Obama!!

Becky

March 6th, 2012
12:15 pm

Puck-have no fear. The christians in name only will vote for Sunday sales behind the curtain but bemoan its passage from here to Hahira.

clyde

March 6th, 2012
12:15 pm

Gays crossing over to vote for Santorum?There has to be a joke here someplace.

I’m one up on Barbara Bush.I KNOW this is the worst primary I’ve ever witnessed,and I’ve seen way too many.

Newt Limbaugh

March 6th, 2012
12:15 pm

These are the best 4 people the GOP can find to run.Ron Paul is the only one who believes what he says.Mitt is a rich dude who will say whatever it takes to try and make people like him but they dont.Santorum is a religious bigot who needs to read his bible more but he takes the parts that fit him and the way he lives instead of the whole book.Last but not least Newt he is the GOP in a nuttshell a big fat dumb white man that thinks he knows it all and you are anti american if you dont agree with him.They should have a pie eating contest between him and Rush.A goog form of birth control would be a picture of Rush and Newt butt naked that would ruin the mood real quik.By the way I am a white dude.

LawDawg

March 6th, 2012
12:17 pm

Crossing over to vote in the contested primaries happens all the time and should not be discouraged. I am a registered D, but I voted for McCain over Bush in 2000, and may have voted for him over Gore if he had won the primary.

What Dems (and GOP) should not do is vote in the other party’s primary and try to pick the best opponent for “your guy”. Conventional wisdom is often wrong and the Dems were champing at the bit for Reagan in 1980…look how that worked out.

Anyway, I cast a quixotic vote for Gary Johnson, because he would actually make a great nominee if the GOP establishment and corporate media would acknowledge his existence.