Democratic Strategy

Memo
From: Bobby Kahn
To: Democratic Candidates
RE: Winning Election 2006

This election, we have the opportunity of a lifetime, in a chance to capitalize on the grossly divided Republican base, and post several strong candidates for constitutional offices and statewide races. As it now stands, the Republican base is divided over the Lt. Governor’s race, will be divided over the Agriculture Commissioner’s race and Secretary of State’s race, once the media furor over Ralph Reed has died down. I’ll talk more about this later.

First, we’re going to move Mark Taylor back into the Lieutenant Governor’s race. With a war chest of 3 million and only token primary opposition, he should be well positioned to take on Ralph Reed in the general election. If we can post a strong challenge to Reed, it will significantly diminish Sonny’s effectiveness. If Ralph is busy fighting his own war, he’ll be much less available to assist Sonny with his grassroots campaign.

Secondly, we’re going to have Shirley Franklin endorse Cathy Cox AND Mark Taylor in a move that will most likely galvanize the African American base solidly behind our Cox/Taylor ticket. We can bring in Jimmy Carter, Bill Campbell, Roy Barnes, and all kinds of other dignitaries to raise the money we need to make this a winning ticket.

In the mean time, we’re going to focus on getting the media to chew up Zell Miller, Preston Smith, and other conservative public leaders to make a “conservative” message look hypocritical. The goal is to drag as many people down in the press as possible. If their message is hypocritical, their campaigns won’t hold water.

We will continue to campaign strongly to hold onto the Ag Commissioner’s office, and it appears, if our strategy works, that we’ll end up with the competition being between a Sonny Perdue/Ralph Reed ticket and a Cathy Cox/Mark Taylor ticket.

The potential obstacles include the connections that Ralph Reed has in Washington. We don’t have what it takes to fight a strong support from Washington. We’ll have to figure out a way to answer 4 visits by the President. More to come on that front. Another potential losing battle we’ll fight is the strong grassroots organization that will come from a Reed/Perdue ticket. The GAGOP had an excellent showing the last two elections with their statewide grassroots program, and it will most likely only get better. As previously mentioned, having a strong candidate challenge Reed will help us defend this weakness.

In order to minimize this situation, we’re going to focus everything we have to tearing Ralph down in the press, to his base, and to make him look like an unethical liar to the faithbased community. Faithbased is his strongest base, and if we can cause them to lose confidence in him, it will be a huge blow to his campaign. Of course, we’ll naturally have to go after Casey in the same way if he were to make it to the general, but for now, let’s keep the guns aimed at Ralph. We’ll call this Operation: Kitchen Sink. Throw anything and everything at him INCLUDING the kitchen sink to keep him out of the general. Check with Jim Galloway…I’m sure he’ll be happy to assist in this matter.

Another obstacle to this proposed course of action is the simple fact that it will be very difficult, if not impossible, to talk Mark Taylor out of moving back into the Lt. Governor’s race. He feels that he is entrenched in this race, has a strong showing in fundraising, and has significantly greater policy experience than Cathy Cox.

Finally, we need to focus on recruiting several good candidates to challenge and potentially take the several Senate seats that have been left open in the outflux of Republicans in the Senate due to overinflated ambition. John Bulloch and Johnny Grant are very vulnerable, and open seats have been left by Casey Cagle, Bill Stephens, and Brian Kemp. Best case scenario to take all of those seats, and it will put us in a position to take down the two strongest Republican Leadership bastions that are left: Eric Johnson and through Eric, Glenn Richardson.

Stay the course.

8 comments

  1. Bull Moose says:

    How interesting Maverick — I may do my own version of that sometime soon — Bull Moose can’t let Maverick have all the fun!

  2. Bill Simon says:

    “Bryan” should be “Brian”…apparently, the only “Bryan” MJ is familiar with is “Bryan Hot Dogs”.

    “Erick Johnson” should be “Eric Johnson”, which continues to demonstrate that MJ knows nothing about our state senate.

  3. Erick says:

    To the five people who have emailed me (you know who you are), I can assure you that I am not Maverick despite the fact that he seems compelled to spell Eric Johnson’s name with a “ck.” If he keeps this up I most assuredly will have to tell everyone who he is and he will not like that at all.

  4. Bill Simon says:

    Dang! Now we’ll each just have to create a bunch of e-mail addresses and pepper Erick with complaint e-mails….OR, perhaps I should promote “Erick Erickson” as being “Maverick Johnson” to my list… 😉 😉 😀

  5. Maverick says:

    Sorry, folks. My spelling of proper names seems to have cauesd quite the stir. I am not Erick Erickson. Most of you do not know me, nor have most of you ever met me. I still wonder why the only thing people have to dicker over is my spelling of names, and not my analysis.

  6. Bill Simon says:

    I’ll tell you the same thing I told my older brother last night (who is a freakin’ brilliant electrical engineer): when he writes like he does (he doesn’t bother to take the time to capitalize letters like “i” that should be “I” and words that should be capitalized), it makes him look like either a 12 year-old or someone illiterate.

    It’s “presentation,” MJ, that is important to making an argument. To those of us who grew-up when spelling was an important part of schoolwork, it causes us to think that maybe it’s not worth our time to spend reading what the author wrote if he/she/it doesn’t demonstrate knowledge of the simple concepts like getting the name spelled correctly.

  7. albert says:

    “””””opportunity of a lifetime, in a chance to capitalize on the grossly divided Republican base,””’

    Grossly divided Republican base???? Not in your dreams or nightmares. This early out you see division simply based on backing of candidates, and this is from the traditional politicos. 9 1/2 of 10 people couldn’t tell you who is in the race for Lt. Gov. I would suspect the same amount have no clue who the current Lt. Gov. is either.

    Unless serious bricks are thrown between the various camps the weekend before the primary, as happened a year ago with the Senator’s mass mailing of false propaganda, things will gel just fine. Even with Ike’s mailing most folks still supported him hugely in the general election.

    By this same assessment I believe any of the candidates for Sec. of State have a good shot. I would certainly like to see Perry McGuire http://www.perrymcguire.com/index.phtml as our next SoS.

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