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xdog
xdog

House special election results, mainly Oconee and Clarke with a little Jackson and Barrow. In short, Athens/Clarke carried the day for the donks.
http://www.oconeecountyobservations.org/2017/11/democrats-win-special-elections-in.html

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

I wasn’t expecting a W in either of these races given the heavy Republican lean of both districts. Not sure if I’m more shocked by Gonzalez beating a heavily-funded and well-connected Gaines or Wallace outright winning and avoiding a runoff.

I think T-SPLOST being on the ballot in Athens-Clarke helped drive Democratic turnout.

xdog
xdog

Definitely Gonzalez. Gaines had the name, the connections, and $200K. Gonzalez was an unknown underfunded soft-spoken Latina whose business was dealing with those music types. Gaines’ campaign ran on vague promises of good times ahead and offered no details that would help define him. At an Oconee forum he wouldn’t even say whether he voted for Trump or not. Come on. That’s just pissing off both sides. For the donks, Gonzales had legitimate positions, she was smart enough to stay clear of the Denson flap, and the party got organized for a change. Tsplost didn’t hurt, sure, but I don’t… Read more »

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

In Gaines’ defense, he was trying to protect his 2022 campaign for Lt. Gov. from being derailed by connections and associations with Trump. He knows Trump’s name is toxic. He (presumably) knows that the Republican Party is hurtling towards a crossroads where it will have to decide between Bannon-ism and not being a party for racists and bigots. If you don’t have to out yourself as a Trump supporter, why do so?

Bully Pulpit
Bully Pulpit

That’s hilariously forward looking. Surely you are making a joke.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Dems had a great night. I’m now watching AL with more interest. Will the more Trumpian Moore get it done?

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

That’s what I’m curious to see as well. Aping Trump didn’t help Gillespie in Virginia, but Alabama is decidedly more conservative. In addition, Moore’s bona fides as a virulent racist will make his campaign rhetoric about Confederate statues, Colin Kaepernick, and “teh gayz” much more believable. I don’t think Virginians bought into the notion that a New Jersey-born former Enron lobbyist was really that stoked about Confederate statues. As for Democratic messaging, I think Jones has that figured out: Roy Moore is talking about gay marriage and Confederate monuments because he knows that his positions on the issues that really… Read more »

David C
David C

” I don’t think Virginians bought into the notion that a New Jersey-born former Enron lobbyist was really that stoked about Confederate statues.” The funny thing is Virginia’s politicians are almost invariably ‘carpetbaggers’ or at least people born out of state. Northam is the first Virginia Governor since 1997 to actually be born in the state. T-Mac, Cuccinelli, Mark and John Warner, Kaine, Chuck Robb, even prototypical Appalachian Man Jim Webb and prototypical Country Club Good Ol’ Boy George Allen, all were born outside of the Old Dominion. By contrast, Georgia hasn’t had a non-native Georgian Governor since Arkansas-Born Eurith… Read more »

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

The AJC’s Matt Kempner today reported that Georgia Power’s CEO testified to the PSC that if the PSC tries to put any of the projected costs of Vogtle on the company instead of customers, Georgia Power wouldn’t continue the project. Vogtle’s projected price and time to complete have more than doubled since construction began, and my understanding is that there’s no guarantee that’s the end of it. The half live experience to date is that it will require another 2-3 years and 25% more than Georgia Power says. I advocate the PSC now make Georgia Power responsible for a at… Read more »

The Eiger
The Eiger

I’m thinking about writing a book.

Rudderless & Leaderless: Being a republican in the time of Trump.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

“I Precipitated the Downfall of My Own Party and All I Got Was This Stupid Hat”

The Eiger
The Eiger

I didn’t vote for the guy. Twice. I was pretty open and clear on what I thought the man would do to our party. And it is happening. Also, we got Trump because of the empty promises of people like Ted Cruz. Who always over promised and never delivered. That lead to the voter angst in my party that gave us Trump. I was also against Cruz and the ass hats that would rather be against everything than for something. I’ve always been opposed to my party wanting everything now and if they don’t get what they want then they… Read more »

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

That was a book title suggestion that I thought would draw more readers. I know you’ve been reliably anti-Trump from the get go. The same can be said for most of the sober-minded Republicans I’ve kept in touch with since leaving DC. Not to recycle an Obama line, but this country does better when there are two parties engaged in serious and meaningful debate on real issues. The GOP’s decent into absolutism has been mirrored by a similar shift on our side and it’s left us with a large gulf in the middle where no one is willing to talk… Read more »

The Eiger
The Eiger

Sometimes to get rid of the weeds in the field you have to burn it to the ground and start over. If you simply cut the weeds they come back faster.

Unfortunately, we have to let our field burn and hope we can come back from this.

All I want to do right now is scream “ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED!” to the weeds in my party who started this crap.

David C
David C

I’d say the key difference is the Bernie Wing may be all in on Twitter Wars, but on the ground they don’t have the money or the votes, whereas the GOP voters are all in on it, as are the money folks like the Mercers and the Kochs. You look at last night, and it was a good night for Dems, but they were mostly establishment types like Northam or Murphy (a Goldman Sachs executive, no less!) , while Bernie was sulking in his tent. It’s telling that the big Socialist Triumph of the day is a random VA House… Read more »

Benevolus
Benevolus

I’d read it. Right after I finish “50 Yards to the Outhouse”.

xdog
xdog

I’d read that book but Dim & Deluded might be a better title. The idea that a powerful, well-connected, and well-financed candidate such as Ed Gillespie believed that running ‘Kill, Rape, Control’ ads offered the best path to the Virginia statehouse should be appalling to goper regulars. Thinking that once Trump leaves the stage goper candidates can revert to their usual right-of-center pro-business positions free of any taint is delusional. Trump is a crutch for too many republicans. Y’all want a party, you better start running campaigns designed to appeal to voters, not inflame their passions. There aren’t enough nativists… Read more »

The Eiger
The Eiger

Don’t disagree.

Ellynn
Ellynn

I’m almost done with “How the Right Lost It’s Mind”. by Sykes. You should take a look at it.

David C
David C

I saw a lot of people on Twitter, pundits and the like assuming Gillespie was all in on those ads so they must be working, when the more obvious answer was that he went all in because he was behind and nothing else had been.

blakeage80
blakeage80

Oh! Can I , as an evangelical who cringes every time I hear names such as Robert Jeffries, Jerry Falwell…etc, write the forward?

The Eiger
The Eiger

Blasphemy I say! How is it that you refuse to see that God is on the side of the man who has never felt the need to ask for forgiveness. He is perfect.

Yes, you can write the forward. I actually think that a chapter on how certain members of the religious-right sold their souls to Trump would be very fitting.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Falwell, Jeffries, and their ilk know as much about Christianity as Trump knows about health care policy or diplomacy. Seeing these Sadducees get publicly called on their B.S. will be worth the price of this entirely imaginary book.

Lea Thrace
Lea Thrace

I think this officially makes you a heretic. Welcome to the club. 🙂

chefdavid
chefdavid

Walker TSPLOST passes. This after sole commisioner doubled property taxes becuase of the counties debt.

Dade TSPLOST fails big time. Hopefully this sends a message to the commision that your plan shouldn’t be just “this tax would be a good thing.”
Trenton LBD passes by 21 votes.

Benevolus
Benevolus

I’m coming up there for hang-gliding this weekend. Don’t shoot me!

Ellynn
Ellynn

So the city of Savannah plays “it’s my ball and I’m taking it home” with the county on the police merger -resulting in additional unplanned costs in the millions to cover new district locations, additional equipment,p ay increases to keep the folks they got; they accelerates a phase out on a business tax; screw up the water billing and lose millions there, buy roerty they then sell at at lose or breaking even, and HOW are they going to make up the lose of funds, mess around with how to fund the fire department. Based on past history, this will… Read more »

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Trump has been unusually quiet about Virginia and New Jersey election results. He did take time to remind everyone of his “MASSIVE” Electoral College victory. Unfortunately for the man who compares everything he does against his predecessor, Obama had far bigger margins in the electoral college. (2008: 365-173; 2012: 332-206). Clinton, H.W. Bush, and Reagan won by bigger margins as well (1980: 489-49; 1984: 525-13; 1988: 426-111; 1992: 370-168; 1996: 379-159). Trump apparently thinks winning 56.5% of the Electoral College and 46.1% of the popular vote constitutes a “landslide.” By that measure, Jimmy Carter (55.2% of the EC, 50.1% of… Read more »

Will Durant
Will Durant

It didn’t take the making of a President Trump for me to want something beyond a binary political system in this country. Though my absolute declaration of being an Independent didn’t occur until Dick Cheney flew Bush 43’s first term into the ground.

Republicans need to step away from letting the entertainers, be they talking heads, radio, or bloggers, run their party.