Michelle Nunn cowardly refuses to stand with Barack Obama.

Why is it so difficult for a Democrat to admit that he or she voted for Barack Obama?

That’s a rhetorical question, of course. What’s not rhetorical is the question: will the Democratic party do anything about this?  After all, when Alison Grimes did pretty much the same thing the Democrats cut her loose and left her out to dry. But I suspect that they will not do this to Michelle Nunn, and here’s why… Continue reading Michelle Nunn cowardly refuses to stand with Barack Obama.

Rep. John Barrow (D, Georgia-12), monkeys, and cocaine.

There is something arresting about this campaign ad from the NRCC, which indeed draws on everything in the title.

Now, I will not lie to you: nowhere does the ad claim that John Barrow has ever done cocaine with a monkey.  And I will freely admit that the title of my post may cause people to wonder whether John Barrow has ever done cocaine with a monkey.  In fact, I will even cheerfully concede that the truth – that John Barrow ‘merely’ likes to vote to fund stuff* that the government probably shouldn’t be funding until it funds all the other, more important stuff – may feel, ah, somewhat prosaic.  Nonetheless… there’s just something about a minimalist political ad about a woman with a monkey on her shoulder talking about how John Barrow likes to spend taxpayer dollars on programs involving monkeys and cocaine.
Continue reading Rep. John Barrow (D, Georgia-12), monkeys, and cocaine.

Annnnnnd so much for Michelle Nunn (D CAND, Georgia SEN Primary).

Calling for the resignation of Eric Shinseki over the contemptible actions of his Veterans Affairs bureaucrats is about as softball as you can get in a red state like Georgia, and Michelle Nunn just utterly whiffed it.

“I defer to the President’s judgement.” Yeah, Michelle, that would be the problem with you being Senator.

Moe Lane

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.

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

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

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). Continue reading Petard Watch: Georgia Democrats and their diversity requirements.

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.

Continue reading DSCC learning nothing from SC-01 debacle?

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.