Georgia’s actual #Obamacare paid signups only… HALF?

OK this is something that should make the White House clear its schedule for the rest of the week.

Georgia insurers received more than 220,000 applications for health coverage in the Affordable Care Act’s exchange as of the official federal deadline of March 31, state officials said Wednesday.

Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens, though, said premiums have been received for only 107,581 of those policies, which cover 149,465 people.



No word if there was later a shootout/explosion at some Atlanta gangster’s warehouse.

Let’s set the scenario:

As interstate crashes go, they don’t get much stranger than the one that shut down I-75 in Clayton County for several hours overnight.

The bizarre chain of events began around 10 p.m. Thursday, when a Clayton sheriff’s deputy clocked two northbound motorcycles at 110 mph, Channel 2 Action News reported.

Executive summary: Northbound motorcycle #1 (stolen) hits car, goes over the divider, smashes into windshield of southbound semi.  Semi tractor catches on fire.  Semi trailer destroys the divider, hits northbound SUV.  Motorcycle #1 is now on fire, is hit by southbound taxi, which also catches on fire.  Motorcycle #1 driver in critical condition; semi driver taken to hospital.

Motorcycle #2 flees the scene. (more…)


Petard Watch: Georgia Democrats and their diversity requirements.

Say hello to the Law of Unintended Consequences:

…[I]n addition to having no gubernatorial grassroots infrastructure, the [Georgia Democratic] party itself has no infrastructure. It has gone through a series of scandals. The state party sued members of its board to find out who a leaker was. The Chairman was deposed in a nasty whisper campaign. The Executive Director, himself mired in scandal, got tossed. The Democrats are scrambling now to find a new party chairman and they’ve limited it to only white men. That, in and of itself, is now a scandal.

Party rules for the Georgia Democrats require that the Chairman and Vice Chairman be of both different race and sex. Because the Vice Chair is a black female, the Democrats have had to deny several white women the opportunity to run for party chair.

Assuming that the consequences were unintended, of course. But I’m going to be civilized about this, for once: blame it on my possibly-broken toes (really, you’d think that there would be a reliable way to tell). (more…)


DSCC learning nothing from SC-01 debacle?

Could be, could be:

Left to cope without the party’s top possible recruit, conservative Democratic Rep. John Barrow, who announced he would seek reelection to the House over a Senate bid, Georgia Democrats are now poised to nominate their own Colbert Busch: Michelle Nunn, a prominent nonprofit strategist who boasts a gilded surname in these parts.

Nunn’s father, Sam, once held the Senate seat up for grabs in next year’s race, but she claims no personal experience in the political arena and, like the Colbert Busch experiment, would likely pitch voters a technocratic vision of public service.

But Republicans say that formula has already been tested by voters whose conservative orientation closely mirrors the public sentiment found in Georgia.



This is the Platonic Ideal of “Politicians feeling entitled to special behavior.”

I mean, it doesn’t get any more stark than this:

A state lawmaker in Georgia is so perturbed that someone used Photoshop to put his head on a porn star’s body that he now wants any kind of lewd Photoshopping to be banned.

…Speaking as someone who has actually been Photoshopped myself, I suggest that state representative Earnest (no, really) Smith (D, of course) is being a bit of a, well, wimp about it.  Smith would have been much better off quietly chortling that he’s apparently gotten under a critic’s skin like that; instead, it’s pretty clearly the other way around.

Amateurs.  We’re getting rank amateurs these days…


Moe Lane


Saxby Chambliss (R, Georgia) to retire.

The two-term Senator will not be seeking a third one; and, contra the DSCC (try being THOSE poor buggers this cycle), Chambliss choosing not to get into what was probably going to be a vicious primary actually makes this seat safer for the Republicans.  In fact, I’m only really bringing this up because it should be realized that Senator Chambliss, despite what anybody out there might think of him, did a very valuable thing for us in the 2008 election: to wit, his decisive win of the runoff election between him and Democratic challenger Jim Martin demonstrated that there was a sharp upper limit to Barack Obama’s coattails.  And that Barack Obama lacked the backbone to take risks.

Seriously, having Chambliss, Cao, and Fleming win those elections immediately after the 2008 debacle was a lifesaver.  We were close to the ragged edge of despair; thank God that Obama decided to break contact, instead of finishing the rout.  It may have cost the Democrats the House in 2010.


Hank Johnson comes out firmly against the use of the word ‘midget.’

See how it takes for you to break down in hysterical laughter: Allahpundit lasted three minutes. I broke down at about 1:56, but then I had a glass of wine earlier.  Take it away, Hank Johnson:

To paraphrase Oscar Wilde, you would need to have to have a heart of stone not to laugh at that performance. And the hell of it is? …He’s still better than Cynthia McKinney.

Moe Lane

PS: I assume that at some point somebody will come to try to give me a Stern Lecture on this post. I suggest that such people worry more about how they’re going to get rid of their new paladin, instead. Personally, it’s my cherished belief that if you have Hank Johnson coming out to defend your particular interest group then something has gone terribly wrong for you, somewhere, somehow.


The fascinating thing about Hank Johnson…

…is that he’s still a better option than Cynthia McKinney*.

Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) says, “corporations control the patterns of thinking” in the United States and that the Bill of Rights to the Constitution should be amended so that the government is given the power to restrict freedom of speech.

“We need a constitutional amendment to allow the legislature to control the so-called free speech rights of corporations,” said Johnson.


Moe Lane

*Even Google knows.


Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed hates Bain! …Except the parts* that are helping *him*.

This Bain thing is getting weird. And by weird I mean “self-immolating for Democrats.”

  • Point: [Atlanta Mayor Kasim] Reed said on NBC’s Sunday political broadcast he was alarmed by the internal Democratic skirmish over whether or not President Barack Obama should attack his GOP rival’s business career, likening the prospect of campaigning without the volley to fighting “with one hand behind his back.” “[F]or Democrats to be having a conversation about whether this is fair game,” Reed said in yesterday’s “Meet the Press” roundtable, “is unacceptable.”
  • Counter-point: …Reed neither disclosed nor explained why, if he thought Bain Capital was so horrible, he hired two high-level employees–former Chief Operating Officer (COO) Peter Aman and current Deputy Chief Operating Officer Hans Utz–immediately after the two had been working at Bain.  Aman, a Partner at Bain & Company, took a two-year leave of absence from Bain, in order to work as COO, which is essentially a Deputy Mayor position, under Mayor Reed, from the beginning of 2010 to the end of 2011.



#rsrh A ‘reasonable relationship’ with the Taliban?

Well, that’s what Jim Marshall (D, GA-08) wants, according to this August 5th town hall footage. I highlighted the relevant bit here:

See also Liberty Central.

Now, if you’re wondering whether it might be possible to indeed honorably split off moderate Taliban elements… well, probably, yes. If you’ve got the party that actually takes foreign policy seriously running things; in other words, not Jim Marshall’s. Harsh of me? No, not really. Jim Marshall’s a Blue Dog: which is to say, a hypocrite on spending who voted for the stimulus with nary a qualm. If he’s going to betray his supposed fiscal conservatism, what’s to stop him from betraying his supposed national security bona fides, too?

Moe Lane

PS: Austin Scott is the GOP challenger for that district.


No prayer allowed for subsidized senior meals? #rsrh

What an absolutely brilliant notion; I can’t imagine how that could possibly go wrong.

…[Preston] Blackwelder said it would be preposterous to stop praying before meals at Port Wentworth’s Ed Young Senior Citizens Center near Savannah because of a federal guideline.

“She would say pray anyway,” Blackwelder said of his grandmother. “She’d say don’t listen.”

But Senior Citizens Inc. officials said Friday the meals they are contracted by the city to provide to Ed Young visitors are mostly covered with federal money, which ushers in the burden of separating church and state.

(Via Hot Air Headlines)  Call me a dirty no-good theocratic knuckle-dragging reactionary (we will now pause for a discreet chuckle from my personal friends), but I’m pretty sure that if you could somehow contact James Madison at this late date and asked him whether he intended the Bill of Rights to keep charity cases from being able to pray before federally-subsidized meals, he’d look at you as if you had two heads.  Then he’d probably motion for George Mason to grab you from behind so that Madison could knee you in the groin.

Moe Lane


Anti-health care rationing legislators getting packed town halls, too.

So much for the Democratic narrative.

Now this should be what worries proponents of health care rationing: citizens showing up in much larger-than-anticipated numbers to complain about an issue – to legislators who agree with them.

U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Ga., learned constituents were more engaged than he may have thought.

Hundreds turned out in Waycross for a town hall meeting Wednesday on House Resolution 3200, the House bill on reform – a discussion Kingston’s staff thought would draw only 50 or 60.

Kingston heard worries over the effect of the bill on businesses, lack of health care choice, and the degraded quality of coverage. Kingston himself said there was too much big government and too much cost in a universal plan.

Via The Campaign Spot.  The aforementioned health care rationing supporters – which is to say, “Democrats” – should be worried for two reasons.  First off, it helps put the lie to the Democrats’ sad allegations that the other side is also faking up grassroots support.  Jack Kingston won his R+16 district by a comfortable margin last year; GA-01 is about the last place you’d choose for astroturfing GOP support for something.  Secondly – and more importantly – stories like this indicate that the Republican rank-and-file has gotten a taste for showing up for events like these.  Which is great… for the GOP, because we don’t have to spend many resources at the moment to get them there and keep them there.  Not so great news for the Democratic party, which will have to have its union contingent spend even more resources to match what we’re doing now.  Which means that anybody from a GOP district should go to their town hall meetings, too.  Not that you should forget your cameras.

Just in case.

Moe Lane

Crossposted to RedState.

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