I think we need to take a moment here and recognize a shift that has been going on for some time in Georgia. I think we can say definitely that this is the moment the Young Turks of Georgia have come into their own.
Joel McElhannon, Jay Williams, Trip Radtke, Clint Austin, Chip Lake, Brad Alexander, Steve Butler, Scott Rials — it is the young guys now (we’ll keep Trip and Clint in this list 😉 ) in the Republican party that are moving things forward. They are not always committed to the same candidate in the same race, but they are committed to not just building a Republican party, but a conservative Republican party.
And the Young Turks are winning. It’s always the young guy in the campaign HQ calling the shots from behind the desk. But it is usually the older gentlemen setting strategy, doing the message, and designing the campaign. The young guys are coming on now and they are doing well. In as much as this was a race between Cagle and Reed, part of me thinks it was also a race between old school and new. And new school won out using old school strategy and new school energies.