As usual, pithy bloggers — those political junkies who watched the primary results with laptops at the ready — have already debated, dissected and deconstructed Tuesday’s big winners and sore losers. Their consensus is that moderates of both parties are fed up with extremists, demagogues and self-proclaimed “voice of God” candidates.
The blogosphere better brace itself. With several key races still to be decided in the Aug. 8 runoff, expect another round of chest thumping over who’s the true conservative and who’s the Bill Clinton-loving, big-tax-spending, same-sex-marriage-supporting liberal.
Still, overall, the election suggested that Georgians searched for candidates of substance. Republican voters did not let Ralph Reed’s solid gold conservative credentials blind them to his ethical lapses in accepting $4 million from casino interests to incite “grass-roots opposition” to the opening of competing gambling operations. They opted instead for state Sen. Casey Cagle as their lieutenant governor nominee.