Nathan Deal-Kasim Reed alliance a model for Washington?

The Economist, the influential London-based magazine, today points to the bipartisan relationship between Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and Gov. Nathan Deal as the cure for what ails Washington.

The magazine cites Porsche North America’s new headquarters in Atlanta and the so-far-successful quest to finance the dredging of the Port of Savannah as products of cooperation between the two. A small taste:

It helps that Messrs Reed and Deal both come from a legislative background, where—elected officials in Washington take note—compromise breeds progress. It helps also that neither is an ideologue: tea-partiers have called Mr Deal a RINO (Republican In Name Only), just as Mr Reed has taken heat from his party’s left wing. And it helps, as Mr Reed says, that he and Mr Deal share the view that “if you are not going to accomplish as much as you can because the person sitting across the street is from a different party, you’re eliminating one-third of what you can do.”

A Public Policy Polling survey of Georgia voters is out today that shows that, in a hypothetical match-up in a 2014 race for governor, Deal rides above Reed, 47/40. But it will never happen – because of the relationship outlined above.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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Donkey Kong

December 7th, 2012
12:13 pm

D.C. isn’t building a stadium.

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td

December 7th, 2012
1:21 pm

There is no Democrat in Georgia that can beat Deal if he decides to run for re election. Same with Saxby or any Republican that can beat him in the primary.

Another wishful thought Jim.

boib

December 7th, 2012
1:37 pm

@td – And Romney will beat Obama. :) D’oh!

Intown

December 7th, 2012
1:37 pm

I don’t think it was Jim’s wishful thought. It is a legitimate thought readers may have given that Kasim is probably the most popular Democrat in the State that is under 80 years old.

Intown

December 7th, 2012
1:39 pm

but, I agree. It is foolish for any Democrat to run state-wide unless there is a third party candidate in the mix or the Republican candidate is in some VERY serious personal trouble.

td

December 7th, 2012
1:47 pm

boib

December 7th, 2012
1:37 pm

@td – And Romney will beat Obama. :) D’oh!

Obama beat Romney in Georgia? That is news to me. If Obama can not win this state with all the worshipers he has then there is not a Democrat that can win Georgia.

boib

December 7th, 2012
1:54 pm

@td – Romney is the US president? News to me :) Double D’oh!

You dont say

December 7th, 2012
1:59 pm

The best td can come up with is that Romney beat Obama in GA………..

How did the big picture look across the country?

You dont say

December 7th, 2012
2:01 pm

td

GA Republicans also voted for Newt in the primary.

Hope you didn’t put a non-refundable down payment on one of those moon condos that Newt was going to build,

hahahahahahaha

:-)

td

December 7th, 2012
2:07 pm

You dont say

December 7th, 2012
1:59 pm

The best td can come up with is that Romney beat Obama in GA………..

How did the big picture look across the country?

30 Republican governors.
Republicans in control of the HOR
Republicans have total control of 30 state legislatures.
Republicans have control of at least one chamber in 6 additional states.
Michigan just voted to become a “right to work state”.

It is looking better and better each day.

You dont say

December 7th, 2012
2:10 pm

td

is like Pavlov’s dog.

I post he responds.

Yes much better. You were duped into thinking that Romney would win> WRONG

Repubs would take the Senate…….. WRONG

Repubs would gain seats in the House………….. WRONG

Hey, why isn’t Fox booking your heros (ZEROS) Morris and Rove these days?

td

December 7th, 2012
2:44 pm

You dont say

December 7th, 2012
2:10 pm

That election is over and done with and we must live with the results for two years. It is funny that the electorate returned Obama to the WH while at the same time left Republicans in charge of the House (and the money).

NoMoreRawDeal

December 7th, 2012
2:50 pm

They tactfully – or wrongly – forget to mention the giant FAILURE of Deal and Reed when it came to T-SPLOST, though…

You dont say

December 7th, 2012
3:05 pm

in charge with 8 less seats……….. Why did you not mention that?

Did you ever get to the bottom of the pollsters who were oversampling? Remember when you ignorantly stated that Romney was really leading by a lot because the polls were incorrect? Yes you remember.

You read every right wing article that purposely LIED to you about the “oversampling”………….. and were not only gullible before the election but still read articles from those same site and authors that played you for a stupid fool…….
Well one thing is for sure, they knew you would be a good sheep for their flock. And they surely didn’t “over sample” when it came to counting you in as one of the willfully ignorant.

Washingtonian Peckerwood

December 7th, 2012
4:16 pm

You can bet your ascot that the reds and blues will come to a similar agreement when the Redskins’ lease at FedEx Field expires. You know the lobbyists and overpaid bureaucrats would love to see a brand spanking new stadium on the former site of RFK. Of course the stadium sponsor would be GEICO, who already advertises way, way too much.

Drew

December 7th, 2012
4:25 pm

This is laughable.

If Deal and Reed work well together, it isn’t because of their affection for bipartisanship. It’s because Reed, as a mayor, has little authority over Deal’s agenda, whereas Deal, as a governor, has enormous authority over Reed’s. Deal can do far more damage to Reed than Reed can do to Deal, and so Reed has incentive to cooperate.

If the balance of power were more equal, as it is between Obama and Boehner, the relationship would be equally as contentious.

Deal, Reed and Bipartisan Progress

December 7th, 2012
11:58 pm

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