Your daily jolt: Nathan Deal goes after ‘political arsonists’

Tomorrow will mean the end of the road for either President Barack Obama or Mitt Romney. For others, including Gov. Nathan Deal, it’s the starting pistol for the 2014 campaign.

Over weekend, Deal addressed Republicans in Cobb County. One day after an AJC article poked at his decision to give a plum position to the wife of a top aide and six days after a tea party leader dissed his ballot issue on charter schools, the governor had an assessment of his critics. From Jon Gillooly and the Marietta Daily Journal:

Deal said he has a new term for bloggers who have lately been blasting him.

Gov. Nathan Deal, giving a recent speech in Gwinnett County. Bob Andres/bandres@ajc.com

Gov. Nathan Deal, giving a recent speech in Gwinnett County. Bob Andres/bandres@ajc.com

“You know what I call those folks that do that kind of thing? I’ve come up with my own term. They are political arsonists,” Deal said. “They go out and say these things. They start a little fire over here, they go over here and start another little fire over here, and when the fire goes out on its own causes – which, you know, the tinder for political fires is the truth.

“When there’s not enough truth to sustain the fire, and it goes out, they then say, ‘well, see, we told you we were right. If we hadn’t done what we did, that fire would still be with you.’ Well no, not necessarily. I believe that you have a responsibility to make informed and good judgment calls. It should not be a political arena in which we make judgment calls without knowing where all the facts are.”

Deal didn’t name any names, so we asked his spokesman, Brian Robinson, to explain who the governor was talking about. Here’s Robinson’s e-mail reply from last night:

Governor Deal recently coined the phrase ‘political arsonists’ to describe those who start fires just to see the flames. There’s no substance, just heat and color. Political arson is manufactured outrage to describe the mundane, benign and banal.

“Governor Deal is not preaching or taking himself too seriously; it’s cheeky commentary on how over-the-top so much of our scandal-obsessed media coverage and political discourse is. I’m sure election-fatigued Americans overwhelmingly agree with his analysis.

“But just as important, Governor Deal sets an example for what civility in politics would look like. He treats those who disagree with him on issues with respect and acknowledges that people with different viewpoints can also have noble intentions.”

So drop those matches, you pyromaniacs. I’m looking at you, Charlie Harper.

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My household received the strangest robo-call from Monica Pearson, the former anchor for Channel 2 Action News, over the weekend. It was a get-out-the-vote call, but only that — no mention of any candidate, and no mention of a sponsor. Anybody else get that one?

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Over at the Crystal Ball, Larry Sabato at the University of Virginia called it for President Barack Obama this morning:

With a slight, unexpected lift provided by Hurricane Sandy, Mother Nature’s October surprise, President Barack Obama appears poised to win his second term tomorrow. Our final Electoral College projection has the president winning the key swing states of Colorado, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, Ohio and Wisconsin and topping Mitt Romney, with 290 electoral votes.

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One of my favorite Republican number-crunchers sent a notable note this morning:

FYI, in the last 5 presidential elections, every Democratic presidential candidate (win or lose) has gotten at least 250 electoral votes—Gore won 267 in 2000 (though ending up with 266 because of a faithless elector) and Kerry won 252 in 2004 (but ended up with 251 again because of the faithless elector). No Republican presidential candidate has broken 300 since the first President Bush back in 1988—who took 426 that year.

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Speaking of Larry Sabato, the AJC’s Politifact Georgia today takes a look at his contention that among voters, “the higher the education level, the more likely they are to vote Democratic.”

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The news comes out of Jerusalem, but New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has declared that he’ll stick with the Republican ticket and vote for Mitt Romney on Tuesday. From Reuters:

“The fact of the matter is what New Jerseyans expect from their governor is to work for them, not to work for any particular political party,” Christie told Israel’s Channel 2 television in an interview broadcast on Sunday.

“I’m a Republican and I have endorsed Mitt Romney, I support him and I intend to vote for him on Tuesday,” said Christie, interviewed in his home state by a visiting Israeli television reporter.

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U.S. Sen. Senator Saxby Chambliss is in Rocky Mount, N.C., this morning, holding down the fort while Mitt Romney campaigns in a host of swing states.

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After at least one previously postponed attempt, Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan held a conference call with supporters of Ralph Reed’s Faith and Freedom Coalition. From the New York Times:

Representative Paul D. Ryan accused President Obama on Sunday of taking the country down a path that compromised Judeo-Christian values and the traditions of Western civilization….

“It’s a dangerous path,” Mr. Ryan said, describing Mr. Obama’s policies. “It’s a path that grows government, restricts freedom and liberty and compromises those values, those Judeo-Christian, Western civilization values that made us such a great and exceptional nation in the first place.”’

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Regardless of who wins the presidential contest on Tuesday, a reduced level of back-biting can be expected from the losing side, given this note from the Gallup organization:

Fifty-eight percent of Americans are satisfied with the conduct of Barack Obama’s campaign, and 54% are satisfied with the conduct of Mitt Romney’s.

Sixty-six percent of Americans expressed satisfaction with Obama’s 2008 campaign. A record-low 40 percent were pleased with the campaign run by his rival four years ago, Arizona Sen. John McCain.

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For those of you who saw this message on the marquee of Lassiter High School in east Cobb County on Sunday, know that it was the work of Saturday-night pranksters and has been taken down, according to Cobb school system spokesman Jay Dillon:

lassiter

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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is in Atlanta today , to talk to Gov. Nathan Deal this morning, to watch the Falcons hang onto their unbeaten record on Sunday and — before the game started — to answer questions from a group of loyal Falcons gathered at the Georgia World Congress Center. From Maria Saporta and the Saporta Report:

Somehow, many of the answers would circle back around to the need for a new Atlanta Falcons stadium to replace the 21-year-old Georgia Dome.

“One of our biggest challenges in the League is the experience at home,” Goodell said. “H-D is only going to get better. It starts with a great facility,” Goodell said, adding that it was important for fans to feel safe going to games, for there to be latest technology with scoreboards and mobile devices. “There’s nothing better than being in a stadium with 70,000 people.”

Atlanta Falcons’ owner Arthur Blank agreed. “There are limitations in what we can do at the Georgia Dome,” he said. “Technology is terribly important. That will be completely solved in a new stadium.”

As you’ll recall, we told you last week that a deal between the Georgia World Congress Center Authority, the Falcons and the city of Atlanta will likely require a sign-off by the governor and the Legislature.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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51 comments Add your comment

deegee

November 5th, 2012
11:23 am

I didn’t get the call from Monica Pearson but I can only imagine that the teleprompter stopped before she could get the whole message out.

SpaceyG

November 5th, 2012
11:30 am

“So drop those matches, you pyromaniacs. I’m looking at you, Charlie Harper.” Talk about throwing stones in glass houses, Jimbo. You just broke out all the picture windows on your Malibu beachfront lair.

Kris

November 5th, 2012
11:33 am

I cannot wait until 2014 to cast my cote to OUST shady DEAL…

Deals record…GA 48th in Education 7th in home forecloses.. Left Washington before being brought up on ETHICS charges. Faces a few ETHICS charges in GA.

Monica Pearson for Governor in 2014

OBAMA 2012

GaBlue

November 5th, 2012
11:35 am

Face it: Shady Deal will never love us as much as Daddy Christie loves his Jersey guys and dolls. He’d let us drown on principle before he’d shake hands with anybody who doesn’t play his crooked, nepotistic little Reign-Dear games.

In other news, the sign at the high school was not the work of “pranksters.” It was the work of East Cobb Fascists.

Police officers in Georgia DIE because they can’t replace old, worn-out equipment (like helicopters), but a stadium less than 25 years old is something taxpayers should replace because the plutocrats want nicer skyboxes. (Safety? Yeah, right.) Will you roll over for it…. again?

Kris

November 5th, 2012
11:37 am

My bad….

I cannot wait until 2014 to cast my vote to OUST shady DEAL…

Re-elect President OBAMA…Vote NO Amendment 1

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Kris

November 5th, 2012
11:41 am

@ GABlue….Ditto.

Public Safety be dammed ….Money …Pocket lining change..

That helicopter could have crashed on a school or playground full of children…..or worse killing many.

Recall REED and RECALL shady DEAL

Deb A

November 5th, 2012
11:44 am

I got one of the robo calls from Monica Pearson as well. Thought it was strange, but a good call to remind folks to not only vote the top of the ticket race, but all of them as well.

Jim

November 5th, 2012
11:44 am

Sabato’s point has been made before, which is it seems as if the highest educated and lowest educated vote Democrat. A strange coalition for sure.

honested

November 5th, 2012
11:44 am

Has the Governor considered providing exemplary,ethical leadership and attending first to the interests of Georgia Voters?
That would probably stop most of the ‘fires’ (but then he would have to explain why mr. robinson was
still on the payroll).

2DPointAtlanta

November 5th, 2012
11:55 am

Have mercy! Georgia voters…..you brought this upon yourselves.

Lars

November 5th, 2012
11:56 am

“Governor Deal sets an example for what civility in politics would look like. He treats those who disagree with him on issues with respect and acknowledges that people with different viewpoints can also have noble intentions.”
–Since when?

i don't know

November 5th, 2012
12:18 pm

did the helicopter crash because it was old and falling apart, or did it crash because it was flying too low and hit the pole?

Puerile Pedant

November 5th, 2012
12:18 pm

Don’t vote out Nathan, he needs the money. At least let the guy make a couple million on side-”Deals” before he leaves office. After all, that’s the precedent that our first GOP Governor in 100+ years, $onny Perdue, just set.

Its the American Way!

Might as well vote for a Kenyan, Jihadist, Socialist than against Governor Deal in 2014.

Kris

November 5th, 2012
12:19 pm

Another prime example of a smoke screen. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is in Atlanta today , to talk to Gov. Nathan Deal. (loosely used term).

Most firemen will tell you where there is smoke there is fire…

Nate we need to fix our education system…We need good paying jobs for everyone.

The old stadium can be retrofitted to use latest technology with scoreboards and mobile devices. IF Blank and Goodell want a new stadium let them build it. I cannot afford to shell out $1000.00 to see a game.

We need Ethical leadership…

http://www.newschannel9.com/news/top-stories/stories/gov-deal-sued-over-charter-school-amendment-2960.shtml?wap=0

Grounds or recall in Georgia: Act of malfeasance or misconduct while in office; violation of oath of office; failure to perform duties prescribed by law; willfully misused, converted, or misappropriated, without authority, public property or public funds entrusted to or associated with the elective office to which the official has been elected or appointed. Discretionary performance of a lawful act or a prescribed duty shall not constitute a ground for recall of an elected public official. (Ga. Code §21-4-3(7) and 21-4-4(c))

Recall REED and RECALL shady DEAL

td

November 5th, 2012
12:20 pm

If Deal decides to run again he will not have no primary opposition and will win re election by a wide margin.

Lynn43

November 5th, 2012
12:22 pm

Can you imagine the negative blogs we would get if we demolished a 20 year old school just to please a few people?

Lynn43

November 5th, 2012
12:22 pm

Can you imagine the negative blogs we would get if we demolished a 20 year old school just to please a few people?

catlady

November 5th, 2012
12:31 pm

This one is easy: Don’t add fuel to the fire, Governor. Make APPROPRIATE hires, for example. In all things show fidelity to those you are supposed to represent.

typingperson

November 5th, 2012
12:34 pm

Translation of Deal’s comments: Nothing to see here, folks. Just keep on walking.

cc

November 5th, 2012
12:37 pm

“Over at the Crystal Ball, Larry Sabato at the University of Virginia called it for President Barack Obama this morning:”

Clean-up on aisle 4, broken crystal ball.

Romney 55%, Hussein 45%.

Not even close, folks!

cc

November 5th, 2012
12:40 pm

Vote American!^

Romney/Ryan – 2012

Fry Big Bird!

^All dimocrats are urged to cast their vote on election day Wednesday November 7, 2012.

honested

November 5th, 2012
12:40 pm

cc,

I would offer to bet, but I don’t want a wheelbarrow full of confederate currency.

EBATL

November 5th, 2012
12:42 pm

Regarding Gov. Deal, is you is or is you ain’t my constituency?

cc

November 5th, 2012
12:44 pm

Gambling is not a vice I practice, but I have won the lottery! One of my children’s education was paid for by the suckers who play the lottery.

Kris

November 5th, 2012
12:48 pm

@cc…Please don’t play with matches, you might start multiple fires.

Re-elect a true Leader.

President OBAMA

Shar

November 5th, 2012
12:52 pm

The Governor doesn’t like being called out on his arm-twisting, his indefensible appointment record, his pandering to deep-pocketed donors and his efforts to crush anyone who does not agree with him. He wouldn’t recognize the truth if it flared up and singed off his dyed hair. He has devoted himself to his quest for a one-party “supermajority” so he can marginalize and ignore anyone who is not as focused as he is on lining his very own best interests, and it will backfire on him and the Republicans as he will be unable to resist trampling over the substantial number of Georgia voters who disagree with him.

Paul Ryan, who has gone on record as planning to be an “activist vice president” with a special interest in pursuing his interpretation of a social agenda, is himself on “a path that grows government, restricts freedom and liberty ” of those who do not agree with his religious beliefs. What a hypocrite.

I just received a robocall from Mayor Reed. As with every robocall, I immediately hung up.

MANGLER

November 5th, 2012
12:54 pm

I thought the main point of the media was to dig up information on public officials. The officials who don’t have anyone buried in their back yards aren’t bitching about news coverage.

vote no tsplost

November 5th, 2012
1:16 pm

“political arsonists,” So deal is talking about FOX TV ????

vote no tsplost

November 5th, 2012
1:16 pm

“political arsonists,” So deal is talking about FOX TV ????

Tom Payne

November 5th, 2012
1:18 pm

“political arsonists,” So deal is talking about FOX TV ????

ld

November 5th, 2012
1:21 pm

Deal was the kind of lawyer that gave lawyers a bad name and he is the kind of politition that gives polititions a bad name.

yuzeyurbrane

November 5th, 2012
1:22 pm

I would just rerun your quotes from NFL Commissioner and Arthur Blank in campaign to defeat this corrupt waste of scarce public funds. Talking about alternate universe, these guys are truly in a league of their own.

Attack Dog

November 5th, 2012
1:24 pm

We all know that Judeo-Christian Ralph Reed will one day will reside in Hades with his true master.

Don't Tread

November 5th, 2012
1:43 pm

I’m sure someone at Lassiter is getting a proper talking-to about the evils of promoting the wrong candidate, and probably put on a list somewhere.

Tracy Williams

November 5th, 2012
1:49 pm

The Georgia voters elected the crooked Deal and we will have to live with him until the next election. He must be defeated in the next election!!!!

Dunwoody

November 5th, 2012
2:33 pm

Y’all stop criticizing Deal. He’s a sensitive soul. He’s just making money for his friends and, after all, isn’t that what being governor is all about?

Fartavious

November 5th, 2012
2:40 pm

Is it just me, or is Shady Deal looking a little (ahem) “portly” in AJC’s pictures lately? He must be going on some of those lobbyist-funded jaunts with Ralston.

dagny

November 5th, 2012
2:43 pm

Gov Raw Deal hates for anyone to mention or question any move he has made. He spent years in Congress helping his friends and family but since he was from the 9th no one in the rest of GA paid attention. He had ethics issues when eleted but again, no one paid attention. Now, he wants everyone to go back to not paying attention so he can finish handing out his donor perks. Deal is not any better than Obama.

ideas

November 5th, 2012
2:44 pm

Concerning the new stadium and the technical upgrades. Back in the day, I worked the TV and Radio broadcast from the Fulton County Stadium. First of all the architect did not include the need for TV or audio cable, or TV camera location in the design. Thus they had to hang these ugly metal shelves where they needed cameras. Then to get the Video and Audio cable to the TV truck in the basement under the 1st level, they had to snake the cable through and down a hole in the women’s restroom. The crew always worried what would they do if one of the cable connectors was loosened. No one could go in and fix during a game. To go from the basement parking to get to the dugouts, they had to use the old military style crank phones (green of course) to communicate and then copper for the video and audio. Holes had to be punched in the walls, floors, etc. No cable vaults in the planning. SO WHO IS TO SAY THE SAME THING WILL TAKE PLACE IN A NEW STADIUM. JUST SOMETHING SOMEONE CAN FORGET.

By the way I always view with amusement the fact that if someone does something a liberal left wing nut does not like, he calls them Fascist. If a left wing nut bag does something a right wing conservative does not like, he used to be a commie or socialist. Now they just consider the source and smile at the idiot.

Ralph

November 5th, 2012
2:51 pm

Nathan Deal is basically a workhorse, laboring away at the difficult job of providing good governance in a difficult time and environment. He does not deserve the vitriolic potshots some of the other posters sling at him.

Disheartened

November 5th, 2012
4:12 pm

I am amRepublican who will NOT be voting for Deal for anything ever again.

sheepdawg

November 5th, 2012
5:14 pm

The first tuesday in november, 2014. put an end to “honey boo boo” political leadership in our state

sheepdawg

November 5th, 2012
5:19 pm

“Nathan Deal is basically a workhorse, laboring away at the difficult job of providing good governance in a difficult time and environment. He does not deserve the vitriolic potshots some of the other posters sling at him”
—Willard Romney

political arsonist

November 5th, 2012
5:26 pm

i take great exception to the name calling, especially from an ethically challenged politician

Don Coyote

November 5th, 2012
6:45 pm

If you’re worried about arsonists you probably shouldn’t build your house with political dead wood.

no deal, no collins...stop the cronyism

November 5th, 2012
6:47 pm

Deal is no “work horse”, unless you think working to benefit donors/family members at the expense of the tax payer is being a “work horse”.

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Don Coyote

November 6th, 2012
2:20 am

Hey now. Joe Frank was the “work horse”. Barnes was the show horse. Sonny stole the horse. Deal is the worse hork.

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