A Further Build on Silence’s Post

Silence Dogood’s post has generated a some good comments and a few emails to me personally. I want to pull one out and follow up with a question I made. One Commenter, Hammertime, writes

He is getting out as much as a Governor with responsibilities can. Call his office and ask for his schedule. He is not the SP of 2002 because he has a hands-on method of governing. Is he perfect? Not in the least. He has his faults (temper, stubborness, isolation). My point is that y’all should either accept his faults and the fact that the other guys will block everything we believe in or just get on the other team.

And I believe the regional meetings ARE an indication that he knows there is a problem. But I do not believe it is as bad as the “echo chamber” makes it out to be and not as bad as a fully engaged campaign will get. Point out one legislator who doesn’t want him to come to their district. Just one. Nobody wanted Barnes (and said so).

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Now, as I said in the comments of Silence’s post, I tend to agree with Hammertime. Unlike 2002, people are not afraid to be seen with this governor. And, this governor has his faults, but has also been generally competent.

That leaves a question. Even Hammertime admits that the “regional meetings ARE an indiciation that he knows there is a problem.” So, my question is this: why is there a problem in the first place? My follow up question is this: will the Governor’s staff be able to correctly diagnose and fix the problem?

The latter question is compounded by the first. If the Governor’s staff is part of the problem — and I’m not saying it is — can they correctly diagnose and fix the problem. These are questions that Perdue’s staff is going to have to wrestle with. Time will tell if they get the answers right.


  1. Bull Moose says:

    Unfortunately, I don’t know that the Governor’s staff minions are the right ones to be sending out. Most of them have either offended half of the active base or are so naive that they don’t know who the real power shakers are around the state.

    What the Governor should do is name a very prominent and well respected person to be his Campaign Chairman. This person should be considered to be a party elder, almost an above the fray type person. It should be someone that the Governor is close with, who could offer advice without upsetting the Governor or making it seem he is trying to undermine the Governor’s efforts. It would have to be someone that people would accept as someone who has the Governor’s ear.

    That person then should go out and hold these regional meetings and the Governor’s staff should attend, listen and take notes.

    This Campaign Chairman would be able to smooth the waters for the Governor and kick things into gear for his campaign. Because this person would have not been involved with the actual workings of state government, he could acknowledge areas where improvement is needed without being offended or defensive of the Governor’s policies.

    In my view, given things as they are right now, this is what is needed. I’m like a lot of folks, I really don’t feel too inclined to help the Governor, but I’ll vote for him. I know A LOT of people who feel the same way.

    What should be of most concern is that a lot of business people feel that Cathy Cox has done a good job modernizing the Secretary of State’s office and is business friendly and wouldn’t be too opposed to her as Governor.

    The Governor is going to have to smooth the waters a bit before he can go out there and pound away an agenda and count on the party faithful to carry him over the finish line.

    Right now, especially given things nationally, there is a hint of anti-incumbency in the air, so it’s even more important that the Governor get moving if he wants another 4 years in office!

  2. Doc says:

    The Governor should do a better job of reaching out. He should consider beefing up his staff. But if he does not do either one, that just means the rest of us must work harder. Sonny is better for Georgia than Cathy Cox.

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