Dear Erick, With Love, Sonny

I got a nice letter in the mail from Sonny Perdue today. He and Mary want my money. He also wants me to know he has common sense. I actually think this is a decent fundraising letter. I’ve done some direct mail myself and judge this to be an okay effort.1 Notable highlights:

Common sense tells us that the HOPE Scholarship works and we’ve got to keep that money out of the greedy grasping hands of the pork barrel liberals who will spend it on every pet project and not on the kids and scholarships . . . So we’re pushing a constitutional amendment to stop ’em.

Then there is this:

Common sense tells us that sex offenders and Medicaid recipients shouldn’t be getting Viagra courtesy of Georgia’s taxpayers . . . So we’re putting a stop to it.

The best part, however, is this (makes you think you’re being listened to when you read this one):

But Mark and Cathy act like they’ve got all the answers, I can’t help but remember that it was the Democrats who controlled Georgia government for 135 years. Common sense tells me that you don’t put the people who made the mess in charge of cleaning it up.

Beyond the typo in the last bit, that seems like a good poll tested theme. The first two are really platitudes that no one will disagree with. In fact, the Dems will say that Sonny dragged his feet on support of HOPE (of course, so did Gov. Barnes).

The overall themes, however, of common sense and keeping the rascals who screwed it all up out, are a good start. If Sonny and the Republicans really want to capitalize on that theme, they need to launch an archaeological dig through the 135 year record of the Democrats and use the bully pulpit of the 2006 legislative session to roll back outmoded Democrat ideas and provide some efficiencies and common sense to government.

  1. One minor criticism: The campaign is “Perdue for a New Georgia.” Using a masthead of what looks like a swamp, or at best a forest, really doesn’t convey to me a “New Georgia.” Just my two cents on that point, though. It conveys that Sonny is trying to have it both ways, a new Georgia for the metro area, while sending a subtle signal to placate rural Georgia. But, that reads too much into what amounts to a non sequitur.


  1. Melb says:

    Perdue tried to attack HOPE this session. I hope that he tries to say that he is the one protecting it because people are going to look at it as another “flag” issue. Saying one thing and doing another. Also people like living in Georgia and Perdue was a Democrat so attacking the older Democrats is like attacking his own leadership. You are right though that Perdue needs to show an image of common sense and his own leadership because every Republican (not personally involved in politics) that I talk to doesn’t like him that much and the words that I have heard on more than one occasion are “goober” “not the candidate they really wanted” and other words that go along with that theme. He just doesn’t come off very gubernatorial (sp?) and that is an issue he will have to deal with within his current party for they are the ones who are willing to stray.

  2. Bill Simon says:

    Erick, why does the solution to every little political problem always seem to involve amending the state Constitution?

    Back in the 2001 time frame, I think, the Barnes Administration and Dem legislature took it upon themselves to outlaw video-gaming via etching it into the Constitution.

    Last year, though it had been a state law that we would only recognize marriage as being between a man and a woman, the Constitution gets amended again.

    Now, Perdue is going to propose that we, essentially, “lockbox” the HOPE Scholarship program and fix it so that it can never be amended or altered.

    I don’t know the context of the amendment Perdue is proposing, but, if we, as “Republicans,” are going to keep pushing for amendments to the state Constitution for every little political conflict, when/where will it end?

    There is so much more “conservative-based” governing that could be happening around this state if elected folks would stop mucking with a document that, like the U.S. Constitution, should be used as a set of guidelines for governing rather than being re-written just to satisfy every political whim that comes along.

  3. Bull Moose says:

    Yeah, how real is Perdue’s criticsm of “Democrats messed it up” campaign going to work, seeing as he was a Democrat Leader for years…

    Also, enough about the New Georgia. As someone who is fairly involved, I don’t have a clue what this “New Georgia” is all about, don’t know who is on this “New Georgia Committee”, if there is a committee — how often do they meet and are there meetings open to the public? New Georgia just seems rhetorically vague and lost…

    Perdue might want to start with showing some leadership on key issues and actually taking a stand versus being so wishy washy which is how he’s acted for the past couple of years…

    Yeah, I agree — his support is mild — it’s going to come down to party loyalty.

  4. Erick says:

    Bull, if you don’t know what it is then you are out of the loop and I can’t teach you the secret handshake. Sorry, man.

    Bill, I don’t know the answer to your question. Does our constitution suck so bad that it must be amended every year with all sorts of stuff? Surely there are better ways to deal with things than regularly amend what is suppose to be a very special document, though we all know it is not.

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