Your morning jolt: White voter registration in Georgia down to 60 percent

Demography, like a glacier, is slow but relentless.

If you wonder why there’s been so much discussion of the Latino vote lately, take a look at these figures that Alan Abramowitz, the Emory University political scientist, drew from the Georgia Secretary of State’s monthly data:

In May of 2008, African-Americans made up 28 percent of active registered voters in Georgia while whites made up 65 percent and “other” race (a category that’s hard to interpret but presumably includes a lot of Hispanics and Asians since very few of them identify themselves as Hispanic or Asian) made up 7 percent.

In May of 2012, African-Americans made up 29.4 percent of active registered voters, whites made up 60.2 percent, and “other” race made up 10.4 percent.

So the downward trend in the white share of voters in Georgia has continued. There is certainly no evidence here that nonwhites have been disappearing from the rolls of registered voters. In all likelihood, the nonwhite share will increase further between now and November, as it did in 2008.”

Abramowitz uses the stats to argue that polls from the Gallup organization are slightly skewed toward the GOP. But the same figures can also be used persuade Georgia Democrats that, as dismal as the present is, they’re likely to be back in the game within the next decade.

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Twenty years later, Cherokee County Sheriff Roger Garrison can’t say who was Cleavon Little and who played Gene Wilder. From Channel 2 Action News:

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On his Facebook page, John Garst of Rosetta Stone, a political service firm with Republican clients, said they’ll be conducting a poll this week for Channel 2 Action News, to be released Thursday.

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On Saturday, while explaining his support of the transportation sales tax, U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, R-Coweta County, lodged this tidbit with the Newton County Times-Herald:

Westmoreland related a conversation a few years ago with Ray LaHood, the U.S. Transportation secretary and a former Congressional colleague.

Westmoreland was seeking funds for a transportation project in Georgia, but LaHood pointed out Georgia has a lower transportation tax than its neighboring states.

He said LaHood told him there was no need to talk about the project further “until you start doing something to help yourselves.”

Westmoreland said it is important for transportation taxes to go for transportation only — and for states to provide for their own transportation needs.

“I have just voted and we passed out of the House an amendment to a bill that says we can’t spend any more than the motor fuel tax brings in” for federal transportation projects, Westmoreland said. He said the federal fuel tax is being supplemented from the general fund.

He said the federal transportation projects need to be scaled back. “We don’t need to be doing cart paths. We don’t need to be doing bike paths,” he said.

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President Barack Obama’s visit to downtown Atlanta on Tuesday for a fundraiser has prompted a reader to send in the following:

“My question is, when a president comes to town, is that town legally obligated, federally or locally, to shut down the traffic and routine on-goings for the city along the president’s route; or could they decline to make the special accommodations? Could the local governments just say, we are not going to inconvenience our citizens for your trip; you will just have to get around the best you can? I’m sure it wouldn’t happen simply out of respect for the Office. Just curious. “

Anyone in officialdom have an answer for this? My assumption is that, since JFK visited Dallas in 1963, no local police force has wanted anything to happen on its turf, on its watch, though presidential trips can get aggravating.

I’m still chafed by that day in 1978 when Jimmy Carter made a trip home as president. I’d had a flat on the Downtown Connector, and left the scene to get a length of pipe to pry off the lug nuts frozen on my ’68 Beetle.

The car was quickly towed away. Jimmy Carter still owes me $50.

(In an earlier version of this post, I had put the Carter visit at 1977. But I am one of those who measures his life by automobiles, and I realized that my ‘66 Chevy station wagon — with three on the tree — didn’t die until the winter of ‘77-’78.)

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We poked through this Washington Post piece, but didn’t find any direct mention of members of Congress from Georgia:

[U.S. House Speaker John] Boehner is one of 34 members of Congress who took steps to recast their financial portfolios during the financial crisis after phone calls or meetings with Paulson; his successor, Timothy F. Geithner; or Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke, according to a Washington Post examination of appointment calendars and congressional disclosure forms.

The lawmakers, many of whom held leadership positions and committee chairmanships in the House and Senate, changed portions of their portfolios a total of 166 times within two business days of speaking or meeting with the administration officials. The party affiliation of the lawmakers was about evenly divided between Democrats and Republicans, 19 to 15.

But U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson did make this Sunday piece on the same topic by the Post:

In the spring of 2009, investigators for the Senate Commerce Committee began looking into complaints about deceptive billing practices on the Internet.

Before the results of the probe became public in a hearing that fall, four members of Congress reported selling all of their stock in one of about 90 companies under scrutiny, the nation’s largest video game retailer, GameStop.

One of the lawmakers, Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), was a member of the committee. The other three were Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Tex.), Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Tex.) and Sen. James Webb (D-Va.).

Isakson’s reply, also from the Post:

In an interview, Isakson said the timing of his GameStop trades and the investigation was coincidental. He said he was “not engaged at all” in his stock portfolio, which is handled by a professional manager. He said he had no conflict, because he was unaware of the committee investigation at the time, did not attend the hearing and has no memory of the issue.

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“Fast and Furious” dominated Sunday morning news shows. Most outlets went with some version of this, from the Washington Post:

There is no evidence that White House officials were involved in withholding information related to a congressional inquiry into the botched gun-trafficking operation known as Operation “Fast and Furious,” the Republican lawmaker leading the investigation said Sunday.

Several Republican lawmakers, including House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio), charged last week that President Obama’s decision to invoke executive privilege over documents related to the probe suggested that top administration officials were involved in withholding information.

“The decision to invoke executive privilege is an admission that White House officials were involved in decision that misled the Congress and have covered up the truth,” Boehner told reporters last week.

But asked Sunday whether he had any evidence to back up those claims, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) said “No we don’t.”

Even so, Texas Gov. Rick Perry on CBS’s “Face the Nation” declared the Justice Department debacle to be worse than Watergate. From Politico:

“We’ve had over 300 Mexican nationals killed, directly attributable to this Fast and Furious operation, where they brought those guns into Mexico. A former Marine and a Border Patrol agent by the name of Brian Terry lost his life,” Perry said. “With Watergate you had a second-rate burglary.”

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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38 comments Add your comment

Cynthia Tucker McKinney

June 25th, 2012
9:34 am

Owebama will win GA and every other state in a landslide. Only racist vote against him.

Cutty

June 25th, 2012
9:45 am

What time Tuesday so I can get out of dodge early?

Centrist

June 25th, 2012
10:02 am

Liberal spin throughout this blog this morning – my only comment is that Georgia has gone more and more away from the Democrat party toward the Republican party which has reversed the unilateral hold on the Governorship, legislature, and vast majority of the Congressional delegation. Evidently, those other races have rejected liberalism.

RCB

June 25th, 2012
10:03 am

One city up north has asked to be reimbursed for their expenses by the DNC. All visits’ expenses should be paid by respective parties.

PMC

June 25th, 2012
10:08 am

I think it’s wrong that sitting presidents are allowed to use taxpayer funded equipment like Air Force One to do thier campainging for the next term. Both parties have done it, it’s not a republican or democrat thing, It’s just wrong. The parties should reimburse the government for those expenses.

Danny O

June 25th, 2012
10:19 am

The interesting thing about the debate over exec privilege in the Fast and Furious is that Rep. Issa is asking for evidence that doesn’t exist. He wants to determine if the administration had a role in planning or approving the operation. The Justice Department has agreed to release all documents prior to when the story about Fast and Furious was first leaked in 2011. So any evidence of a White House role in Fast and Furious would be contained in the 7600+ pages already handed over to the Committee chaired by Rep. Issa. If they don’t find anything in there about a direct White House role in Fast and Furious then it clearly wasn’t on the White House’s radar screen prior to the story breaking in February 2011.

Now certainly the President’s people had a reaction to the news and probably discussed how to conduct damage control. That information would most likely be revealed in the documents that were generated after Fast and Furious became public, which the White House is claiming executive privilege over.. But damage control is not planning and approval. So unless Rep. Issa has something in the large stack of records already provided to his committee, he should stop suggesting that President planned or approved Fast and Furious.

Taylor Wooten

June 25th, 2012
10:23 am

No surprise here…..Whites are fleeing this State, for obvious reasons.

Danny O

June 25th, 2012
10:24 am

@PMC: In order to stop use of government resources for campaigning, we would need to limit most offices to one term.

Auntie Christ

June 25th, 2012
10:28 am

We all know how hard it is to buy guns in TX, AZ, and NM. Why those drug cartels would have to fight each other with knives and sticks had it not been for fast and furious. One thing is certain, if there were no ‘drug war,’ one of the most ill-conceived, misbegotten, dangerous, expensive and destructive ideas ever formulated by the fascist right wing mind, there would be no drug cartels. In their obsession to control and dictate the behaviors of the citizenry and pander to the church lady crowd, our ‘representatives’ created a monster that they have no idea how to rein in. It’s trite, often used to illustrate futility, but the ‘Uncle Remus” story of the Tar Baby is a perfect analogy to this futile exercise.

It’s too bad the rubber stamp congress didn’t possess the same zeal to investigate bush-cheney’s lies that led to over 4,500 American and 50-75,000 Iraqui lives lost, or to investigate how many of Valerie Plame’s contacts were killed because of their association with her. Not one of them was concerned that the US Secretary of State stood before the entire world to deliver the most blatant compendium of lies and propaganda ever assembled since the heyday of joseph goebbels.

The republican house is an assemblage of punks, in every sense of the word. (You may only be familiar with the word ‘punk’ in today’s usage, I use it here in it’s traditional denotation).

Aquagirl

June 25th, 2012
10:29 am

I think it’s wrong that sitting presidents are allowed to use taxpayer funded equipment like Air Force One to do thier campainging for the next term.

This is a simplistic idea. If a president spends 80% of a trip doing presidential stuff and 20% at fundraisers, does the political party have to pay 100% of the cost? Why is the president the only one, should the RNC have to pay for Herman Cain’s Secret Service Protection? Presidents have to campaign. I don’t begrudge them or their families the cost of security on any kind of trip.

People who whine incessantly about these costs are simply looking for something to complain about.

David Granger

June 25th, 2012
10:31 am

Big deal. Just as long as the people registering to vote are legal citizens, with proper paperwork to PROVE that, then who cares what ethnicity or race they are?

Auntie Christ

June 25th, 2012
10:37 am

Someone stated: .Whites are fleeing this State, for obvious reasons.

You left out a critical adjective, “intelligent.” Intelligent whites and intelligent people of all races are fleeing because they are tired of being governed by corrupt, ignorant, bible-thumping, racist, hayseeds who place no value on educating their children or improving the quality of life in this state.

Taipei Personality

June 25th, 2012
10:38 am

Not wanting to beat Jim to the punch, but SCOTUS just decided not to hear appeal on the water war petition from Florida and Alabama, that would have potentially restored Judge Magnuson’s ruling. Big victory for Georgia and particularly Atlanta!

td

June 25th, 2012
10:46 am

Aquagirl

June 25th, 2012
10:29 am

The world is about to come to an end because for the most part I agree with you.

Whomever holds the office of the President must be protected at all times and must have the communication ability to be the commander and chief. All Presidents should have the same ability to campaign for a second term and must be able to use the equipment supplied to the office when they are campaigning.

The current law states that the part of the time used for campaigning cost has to be paid back to the government by the campaign. What I do not agree with is it is up to the Presidents campaign to determine what part of a trip is official business and how much time is campaigning. There should be a third party that determines the time of these trips and how much the campaigns should pay back the government.

Sophie's Choice

June 25th, 2012
10:50 am

Don’t panic overmuch, my redneck friends. “Down to 60%” still means there are more whites registered to vote, so me & my fellow members of the dusky hordes ain’t clamoring on your doorsteps just yet.

GaBlue

June 25th, 2012
11:07 am

I thought the prevailing wisdom here in Georgia was that more guns for everybody is a good thing. Was I wrong? Whatever happened with those guns, the important thing is that the manufacturers are still able to turn a profit, thanks to people who are willing to buy deadly weapons for personal or business use. Right? I mean, traveling gun shows are a free-for-all, so why exclude gubmint agents or Mexican drug lords from the “God”-given right to pack, carry, & kill? And who should have to answer questions from nosy congressmen, anyways? That’s just gumbint intrusion! NRA stands for freedom, right?

Bill from Atlanta

June 25th, 2012
11:08 am

Auntie…
Your problem is you want government to govern the way it suits you. You get angry wih the “bible thumping hayseeds” but are perfectly fine with a government with a LOT of power as long as it is enforcing your world. I agree with some of your views. Iraq and the drug war. If you truly think that the world would be better when we are not involved in the things that you criticise; you may want to embrace those conservatives. For the most part, they are the only ones that want to dismantle federal power.

td

June 25th, 2012
11:10 am

GaBlue

June 25th, 2012
11:07 am

“I thought the prevailing wisdom here in Georgia was that more guns for everybody is a good thing.”

WRONG!!!! Only legal citizens that have not committed a felony should be able to have as many guns as they want. If an illegal or a convicted felon is caught with a gun then they should do serious jail time.

Bob Loblaw

June 25th, 2012
11:13 am

Where’s Phil Kent on this?

GaBlue

June 25th, 2012
11:22 am

td,

Have some stock in our privatized, for-profit prison system, do you? Good thinking!

Auntie Christ

June 25th, 2012
11:52 am

My friend Bill says:”Your problem is you want government to govern the way it suits you.”

I would say that makes me just like you and eveyone else, doesn’t it. Here is what I want my government to do for me, nothing more, but nothing less:

establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.

The key is ‘promote the general welfare’ and we probably differ as to how that is accomplished. I want an EPA that ensures Lake Erie or any other body of water never catches fire again from pollutants dumped in it. I want a public, government run education system that produces the likes of Steve Jobs and Warren Buffet. I want a government that ensures a child in this country never contacts polio, diptheria or typhus again. I want a government that makes sure that a company like Enron is never again allowed to bilk unwitting employees and stockholders out of their livelihood.. I want a government that ensures thay I have the same rights in a court of law that WalMart and AT&T does, that says if XYZ company sells a product that harms my child, I can receive justice, that they are not shielded by so-called ‘tort reform’ from paying for the damages they created.

What I don’t want is a government that allows a south GA farmer/legislator to have more say in my wife or daughter’s reproductive decisions that her OB/GYN. I don’t need this same farmer/legislator telling me what I can and can’t do in my bedroom and with whom I do it.

I want fellow citizens who realize that “the blessings of liberty” aren’t free, that I have prospered because those before me paid for the roads, the schools, the infrastructure that allowed me to prosper, and it is my duty to ensure these same facilities are passed to the nest generation. I don’t want someone in a funny hat adorned with tea bags telling me they are “taxed enough already” and pledge to not pay for their progeny to receive the benefits they have received all their lives.

And finally, I want a military that protects me from foreign invasion, and isn’t used by every politician with a napoleon complex to show how ‘resolute’ they are to stop whomever the ‘enemy de jure’ is. I don’t feel any safer if we have enough bombs to kill everyone on the planet three times, than if we can only kill them one time. I want a DoD that doesn’t have a revolving door to Northrup and Boeing, but is instead dedicated to spending money to protect me and mine, instead of rewarding political contributors.

I don’t think I am being unreasonable. Maybe you disagree.

Going Right

June 25th, 2012
12:01 pm

ANTI-Christ @ 10.37a; If we will lower the intelligence standards to IQ’s at least in the vicinity of plant life, will you follow the “..corrupt, ignorant, bible-thumping, racist, hayseeds who place no value on educating their children or improving the quality of life in this state?

WOW

June 25th, 2012
12:32 pm

Liberal spin throughout this blog this morning – my only comment is that Georgia has gone more and more away from the Democrat party toward the Republican party which has reversed the unilateral hold on the Governorship, legislature, and vast majority of the Congressional delegation. Evidently, those other races have rejected liberalism

While you are correct on the outcomes of the elections. I invite you to look at margins, specifically in Presidential years. In 08 Obama ran close enough in GA to force the Senate race into runoff. Demographic shifts are going to push states like GA, AZ, VA, and NC closer to blue for the forseable future, especially if the GOP doesn’t change its stance on immigration.

lars

June 25th, 2012
12:47 pm

Auntie Christ, very well put. Are you sure you still live in GA?

td

June 25th, 2012
1:10 pm

I just wish all you that are so unhappy with Georgia would go somewhere that would make you happy. We (the large majority) mostly like the way this state is currently being run. We want you to be happy and we promise we will not be unhappy if you decide to leave.

Auntie Christ

June 25th, 2012
1:42 pm

Actually td, we think you would be much, much happier in a place where guns abound, there are no taxes, religion is forced on everyone, and government is minimal or non existent. In addition, the climate in Yemen, Somalia, Liberia and other places I described is wonderful. Get there quick before the libertarians drive up the property values!

WOW

June 25th, 2012
1:45 pm

TD:

Following your logic, then you should be moving to out of the country since you don’t like the way its being run, correct??

Just like you want a new President, some of us want a Governor who is not among the most corrupt politicians in the country and a state legislature that is actually about wanting to accomplish something for our local economies.

td

June 25th, 2012
2:10 pm

WOW

June 25th, 2012
1:45 pm

“Governor who is not among the most corrupt politicians in the country”

This is a bogus comment some of you have been using now for 3 years. There is absolutely no proof that Deal is anymore corrupt then any other politician in this country. If he was as corrupt as you all think then the Holder Justice department would have pressed charges like they did with the governor of IL.

BTW: We will be getting a new President way before this state will be getting a Democratic Governor., so there is hope for people like me where there is no hope for progressives in Georgia.

td

June 25th, 2012
2:16 pm

Auntie Christ

June 25th, 2012
1:42 pm

“Actually td, we think you would be much, much happier in a place where guns abound, there are no taxes, religion is forced on everyone, and government is minimal or non existent.”

There are plenty of guns in Georgia and I carry one with me every time I leave my house. I am not against taxes and we ALL need to pay taxes for the common good. I am against excessive taxes for an excessive bloated government that has no accountability to the tax payer. You are correct that I believe government should have a much more limited role in my day to day life as it currently does. We are heading that direction rather you progressives want to or not because we a broke. All you progressives are doing is ensuring that the cuts will be massive instead of gradual.

WOW

June 25th, 2012
4:01 pm

This is a bogus comment some of you have been using now for 3 years. There is absolutely no proof that Deal is anymore corrupt then any other politician in this country. If he was as corrupt as you all think then the Holder Justice department would have pressed charges like they did with the governor of IL.

No he hasn’t been convicted, but neither has Charlie Rangel or Vern Buchanan, but no one will doube that they all are corrupt. That’s why they make the most corrupt lists every year. They don’t just spot pick 10-20 people out of 535. Anyone with an open mind can see with all the ethical complaints and stories going on that Deal is one of the most corrupt politicians in the country.

Cerium

June 25th, 2012
4:03 pm

How is it that the protocol for the protection of the Commander-In-Chief of the United States has suddenly come into question? Stand down, please, before you are acknowledged to be as asinine as you present.

George W. Bush

June 25th, 2012
4:05 pm

President Obama only lost Georgia by five percent in 2008, so despite Republicans efforts to curb early voting; he may come even closer this time. The enthusiasm may have dwindled among Democrats, but that might be offset by some fundamentalists staying home rather than vote for a Mormon.

The rise in other voters in Georgia also dovetails by the rise in Hispanic voters in Colorado, Arizona, and Nevada. Romney loses more of the Mountain West by losing Arizona, when native son John McCain won his home state by less than 10 percent.

The Koch Brothers feel they would rather lose the Presidency and cement Republican control of bother houses of Congress. It will be hard for Obama to do anything in domestic policy and the Kochs keep their billions in tax cuts. Notice how they scheduled a fundraiser this past weekend after Romney had planned one in Park City, Utah.

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DJ Sniper

June 25th, 2012
5:22 pm

Cerium, it’s the same logic as the whole birth certificate issue. Neither one was a problem until Obama took office. Gee, I wonder why……

I also find it funny how some people talk about wanting limited government, yet seem to have no problem with government intervention all in a woman’s uterus.

Bill from Atlanta

June 25th, 2012
6:20 pm

Auntie
Sorry to get so late…away from the screen…..in response to your comment:
what you want government to do: EPA (an entity initiated by Richard Nixon one of the worse Presidents since Roosevelt)has done more harm than good by encroaching regulations that strangle small companies which keep from competing with the big corporations that are in bed with the agency.

Government schools really?? They are a disaster at least in all of metro Atlanta. Three jerks are under indictment in Dekalb county (my home) for bilking the taxpayers of over 80 million dollars. We are currently suffering a budget crisis because of them. I’m disgusted that I have to pay for this waste until the day I die. I would shut all of them down if I had the choice and give the kids a better option. Jobs and Buffet (Buffets a boob by the way) made it inspite of their government education.
Sorry Auntie no one is going to win the abortion debate. The pro lifers believe that the “entity” inside a woman’s womb is not hers to interfere with. People believing that abortion is murder have a very strong conviction that is not going to be compromised by “womens right to her body” nonsence.
This liberty and wealth that you feel obligated to pay back by paying your fair share misses the point of how much absolute waste and fraud that governments commit everytime they are involved in spending. Anything the government has done domestically can be done better and more efficiently by the private sector. They have built freeways that destroyed communities all over the country. They destroyed mass transporation including the railroads. They created housing tenements that people in them feel they are entitled to for the rest of their lives. The Federal government is working on destroying local control of eduction. (Thanks George)
As for the military..I agree but you need to recognize that Chrysler and General Electric are just as guilty in ilicit relations with government domestic programs as the ones involved in the Mil/Ind Comp. It was some of these companies that worked with the Federal government back in the 20s thru the 60s in destroying private rail and intercity transit.
What you quoted in the beginning of your comment I heartily agree with but as you say…we interpret it differently.

Auntie Christ

June 25th, 2012
8:23 pm

Bill: The basis of your philosophy of government is that private enterprise is much better at solving our problems than is the government, yet your comment is riddled with examples of the corrupting influence that the corporations have had on our government.

You seem to want as minimal government as possible, pared to the very bone, or as norquist said, small enough to drown in a bath tub. I don’t believe that is possible and still have a civilized society, and I offer as evidence the examples of polluted waters, corrupt corporations left unregulated, and failing infrastructure, among the many reasons I see a need for government action.

What we both realize is the failure of the politicians, not the political system. The Constitution gave us the framework to govern ourselves, the politicians have corrupted it. The framers envisioned a government run by citizens serving in congress, city councils and county commissions. John Adams made known his fear of there someday being a “political class,” a group separate and divorced from the citizenry, and his fears have been borne out. This is mine and your common enemy, those that formed and profit from the Military-Industrial Complex, who rig bids on local projects, who pander to one group or another to set citizen against citizen so that they can rob us blind while we argue over which of the crooks is the worst crook. Unless we can rid ourselves of the professional politicians, who will sell us out for 30 pieces of silver, we’re going to perish, and it won’t amount to diddly whether you were right or whether I was. You and I could reach agreement on our differences, the professional politicians avoid agreement at all costs, because strife and disagreement is the only way they can thrive. Big government or small government, the philosophy isn’t the crux of the problem, it’s the people who are in power that is the problem, and when we turn our government over to life long pols we’ve relinquished any hope of good governence.

Personally I’m thankful that there are people like you and others who come here regularly and make intelligent comments regarding events, and for their involvement, whether I agree with them or not. We have gotten to the sorry state we are in now because so many are not paying attention, which is exactly what the professional politicians desire.

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Going Right

June 25th, 2012
9:33 pm

ANTI-Christ: Are you going to follow the “..corrupt, ignorant, bible-thumping, racist, hayseeds who place no value on educating their children or improving the quality of life in this state?

You can dish out your vitriol but can’t take it. Much like the other liberal brain-dead bloggers on Galloway’s postings.