To Answer Erick’s Question

In response:

I would say that for a moment, yes, the Taylor campaign, was taking something of a swan dive (or at least so it appeared to be).

However, with the recent attack comparison ads from both camps, I would say that no, Taylor &c. are not Cathy Cox Redux. What seperates MT from CC is that, Taylor recognized what he was doing wrong (staying silent) whilst Sec. Cox hadn’t a clue what she was doing wrong (everything). MT has now made steps to rectify this and we will–or rather I would assume–see a significant change for Talyor.

To all of those who say it will be too little too late (and this is the main point to keep in mind), remebmer several issues still lurk here.

A) There is no pervaisive reason to vote for Sonny. He is a rather ordinary Governor, a vertiable Eurith D. Rivers if you will. If there is any reason to vote for either of the two candidates, I would hand it to “the Big Guy”. He seems to care more about the office and have more of a–no pun intended–hunger for the governorship than Sonny.

B) There has not been a single debate. The debates will not be fun for either candidate. I do think however, MT has the edge in this, having gone through more than one contentious debate and candidacy in his life.

C) Recent polls indicate that Mark no longer has to defeat Sonny at the first crack. With the Libertarians polling as well as they are, Mark can wait for a run off and be a spoiler. In fact, were the race to conclude in December, I would hand it to MT. I believe the two would have close to equal resources at that time, and it would be a knock down affair seeing who could swing, and hit, the hardest. If you don’t think MT can win a race like that, let me ask you a question. Which Georgia politician has made a career out of tough battles and hard nosed, take no prisoner politics? Sonny didn’t (my word I am sick of his ads outright). 

If there is no run off, well, I still stand by my earlier predictions that it will be a 3% point race, and too close for me to want to call.

And yes Erick, there is a parody that bests the Levitra “ad”.

9 comments

  1. Maurice Atkinson says:

    Man, someone has been out of town for a while, or something.

    “””A) There is no pervaisive reason to vote for Sonny. “””

    To steal a line from Carville and Begala, “It’s the economy stupid.”

    Sonny, along with a Republican led legislature have turned a fiscal mess into a success. It is undeniable that the progress our state is experiencing is due to effective leadership.

    Additionally Sonny is doing something the Taylor campaign, nor any of the other statewide democratic candidates for that matter, aren’t doing. He’s actually “been” going statewide meeting people. Kahn and Company apparently believe that there are no voters, or that they don’t matter, outside of the Atlanta Metro Area.

    Virtually every Republican statewide candidate has been from north Georgia to south meeting with local elected leaders and activists. There is no substitute for relationship building.

    While glossy mailers and slick advertisements are marginally effective, personality makes a difference.

    We Republicans tend to shoot each other on occasion, however, we’ve got it right in this election. Top of the ticket down, we have successful, intellectual and pro-active leaders on our ballot.

  2. RuralDem says:

    “Additionally Sonny is doing something the Taylor campaign, nor any of the other statewide democratic candidates for that matter, aren’t doing.”

    Taylor’s been through Macon and Columbus quite a few times since June. Taylor’s going to be in Macon tonight as well. Considering you live in Macon and I live near that way, I would say Taylor has reached out.

    I could easily flip the idea about Sonny and say that he doesn’t care about rural Georgians since he skipped my county and went straight to Columbus.

    I’ve seen Jim Martin around my area, but I haven’t seen Casey Cagle. I guess he just dosen’t care about rural citizens in Middle Georgia according to your logic.

    Karen Handel hasn’t been either nor has Gail what’s her name… oh yeah Buckner. Ditto with the rest of the statewide candidates from BOTH parties. So to sit here and play a continual partisan game of “Republicans are better because they are Republicans” and vice versa is pointless.

  3. atlantaman says:

    What a bunch of crap. All those candidates you mentioned have been to Macon (the same goes for Columbus) and the surrounding area numerous times. Houston county is the Governor’s home county for god sake. Columbus and Macon are both key statewide areas and all of the Republicans have campaigned there. Rural Dem you are going to have to look beyond the Democrat email messages to get your information.

  4. RuralDem says:

    Um atlantaman,

    I never said they haven’t campaigned in Columbus and/or Macon but I can say with quite certainity that they haven’t visited with rural voters around the area other than Sonny who went to Talbot County once a few weeks ago. Handel was in Columbus a few weeks ago. However, I do not remember the candidates on both sides for LG and AG appearing in Columbus or Macon at all. Please correct me if I am wrong there.

    Maurice is attempting to spin it as if the Democrats only focus on metro Atlanta and the Republicans are working everywhere in the state when in fact they are not.

    My issue is with this statement
    “Virtually every Republican statewide candidate has been from north Georgia to south meeting with local elected leaders and activists. There is no substitute for relationship building.”

    Neither side has actively persued voters in rural Middle Georgia. It’s great that you can go to Macon and/or Columbus and campaign but that does not mean you are going throughout the state targeting all types of voters.

    “Rural Dem you are going to have to look beyond the Democrat email messages to get your information.”

    Nice try but I am only subcribed to one email list. I get my information from numerous sources within the community. Care to try again?

  5. ugavi says:

    Ruraldem,
    I just took a quick look at Handel’s and Buckner’s websites. Looks like Handel has been to Bibb, Houston and Wilcox counties this month. Don’t see anything on Buckner.

  6. Mad Dog says:

    Rural Dem,

    I’ll be in Dahlonega today for the High Country Boil.

    I was in Franklin County some time ago and saw plenty of Dems.

    Wasn’t there a rally in Gainesville with all the Dem candidates in July? Or, was it June?

    Let me check through the thousands of Democratic email threads I belong to.

    I’ll get back to you in about … thirty years?

  7. RandyMiller says:

    I’ve seen Sonny, Cagle, Handel, and Black south of I-285 in rural Georgia. Cagle and Sonny will both be passing this way again in 2 weeks or so.
    And if you drive through Albany Georgia, Sonny signs are everywhere; yards, businesses, on cars. You’re seeing more Sonny signs than Taylor in Taylor’s own backyard. True, I don’t know what that equals in votes, but all in all I don’t think it’s a good sign. I would have thought he’d have had his hometown and former senate district wrapped up. From what I’ve seen and heard on the road this isn’t the case.

  8. rugby_fan says:

    Sonny, along with a Republican led legislature have turned a fiscal mess into a success. It is undeniable that the progress our state is experiencing is due to effective leadership.

    This has been argued many times and it is moot. The constitution of Georgia requires there to be a balanced budget. Ergo, the “fiscal mess” that was brewing was going to be fixed, either by RB or SP.

    I would also say that comparing the growth when SP stepped into office from RB is a terrible comparison. There was a huge economic decline nationwide when RB was in office, as a result, comparitively, SP did wonders.

  9. rightofcenter says:

    As for the Republicans and rural Georgia:
    two weeks ago, the Washington County Republican Party (Sandersville) had a rally with over 500 (ethnically diverse, I might add) in atttendance. Sonny, Max, Gary Black, Chuck Eaton, and Brent Brown were all there. Steve Handel was there too. They had already been to one that week in Eatonton and Swainsboro where they had similar crowds. There is one this week in Screven County. It is truly an unprecedented display of statewide interest in rural middle Georgia.

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