I had several opportunities over the weekend to talk to people about various and sundry political happenings around the state, and in our region here. And, of course, it’s a pre-established conclusion that the Lt. Governor’s race came up at a party I attended Saturday evening, while watching the Dawgs work miracles at the Dome. Go Dawgs!
Anyway, two of the fellas I consider to be friends and fairly close acquaintences were talking about how much they hated Ralph Reed, and proceeded to explain to me that they were planning, should Ralph be the Republican nominee, to vote for the Democrat. This alarmed me, as it would any Republican truly concerned with the integrity of our value system, and so I pressed them to explain to me more. All issues surrounding the embattled Ralph Reed aside, it concerns me to think that someone would consider voting for Jim Martin over a Republican. It’s personal, and we don’t have to explain why, but it’s personal, and we’re going to put Ralph in a body bag, they exclaimed loudly, much to my consternation as I noticed other people beginning to stare. I then proceeded to press them to explain to me why they would persist campaigning in the negative, that is, against someone, than being a pro-active campaigner, and campaigning FOR something. What does Casey Cagle stand for, I asked? “Everything that God stands for,” the proclamation came even louder still, at which point I realized it was a fruitless conversation and simply walked away. These weren’t the children that normally surround Cagle when he travels…these were two grown men, active in the Republican establishment, and at least to this point, somewhat respected in the community.
All of the bullcr** that goes on at the Pundit aside, I have to honestly wonder where this race is going. If this represents the calibre of the “Knights of the Holy Grail” that surround, and are campaigning for Casey, then we’re all going to hell in a handbasket should Casey get elected. Not because Casey is bad news in and of himself, but because he’ll be overshadowed by those who surround him, much like our Governor has in the last several years. I think it’s referred to as guilt by association.
I suppose it’s a vain attempt, but I really would like to ask this: Reed and Cagle supporters alike: what do your respective candidates stand for? Not what have they done in the past, not what has their business supported (because I guarantee you if you dig long enough, you’d find SOMETHING that Casey Cagle’s bank has done that would be less than pristine for his reputation, much like the dirt the media paid to have raised on Ralph), but what issues do they stand for. What leadership positions have they held? What power punches can they bring that will benefit the people of Georgia? Cause like it or not, folks, the Lt. Governor won’t just be a leader in the Republican party…he’ll be a servant for everyone in Georgia, regardless of their party affiliation. Eventually, politics has to turn into policy, and my question is this: can we lay politics aside for what is best for the people of Georgia? Perhaps. But first, there has to be some element of policy involved.
As is my habit, I take this opportunity to reassure our readers that I am not endorsing Ralph or Casey by this post, though I may seem to be defending Ralph to a certain extent. I used to work for Ralph, and he has always been my candidate of choice, though I have to admit I wish both Ralph AND Casey would get Presidential appointments to be diplomats in foreign countries and we wouldn’t even have to deal with it. But, that’s utopia, this is reality, and at this point, I just have alot of unanswered questions about this race.