Is it Possible that the DPG’s Preferred Candidate to Face Johnny Isakson Knows Nothing About Georgia Politics?

The answer to what is, frankly, an entirely reasonable question is yes.

On paper, Jim Barksdale should have been a semi-decent candidate if only because he could self-fund his race.

However, since his March 11 announcement, Barksdale has done seemingly nothing on the campaign trail. The most damning piece of evidence is that his Facebook activity began on April 5, nearly a month after his announcement. Since then, there’s been a variety of platitudes shared (few of which have any actual relevance to the campaign), a visit to a Red Clay Democrats event and two posts about going to African-American churches in Atlanta.

Oh, and 98.41% of his warchest came from a $1.1.-million dollar personal loan. That loan was barely more than Isakson was able to raise from individual donors for the first quarter of 2016. Don’t even bother comparing the two candidates’ cash on hand.

Besides general ineptitude, Barskdale doesn’t seem to know who are the main figures in the Georgia political press corps. Maybe because in the words of The AJC, Barksdale has “shirked the press.”

To wit: 13139202_1009829815772704_924816945041598543_n[1]

For all the talk about Georgia possibly becoming more purple in the next few years, that seems rather pollyana when terrible Democratic candidates are recruited while actual big-name challengers sit on sidelines waiting for an ideal moment to strike.

Assuming there was a path to victory for Barksdale, I think it is safe to say that path is quickly vanishing.

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The election is in November. The primary election is in a few weeks.

Calm down. No need to spend a lot of money yet.

But he could use a social media person.


And, unlike Secretary Clinton, a good district attorney can indict a ham sandwich.

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I think given the two presumptive candidates at the top of the ticket, this has to feel like a missed opportunity for Stacey Evans. She could’ve played statewide and benefited from Trump’s misogyny.

Kasim would’ve given Johnny a run for his money but I don’t fault him for taking some time off to “get some seed corn”.

Scott Holcomb, Stacey Abrams, Margaret Kaiser, and of course, Jason Carter come to mind on folks that could definitely challenge statewide in the years to come.

My two cents.