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  1. GAWire says:

    That’s not a “great” commercial … that’s the most obvious spot I have ever seen, and anyone would be an idiot for not doing it. They probably did that spot in about two hours. One would think with that big long list of the whos who of consultants the Perdue campaign released earlier in the year would mean there would be some good campaigning. Instead, it’s ameteur hour in GA.

    The number of people that tell me how bad Sonny’s spots are every day is continuously rising.

  2. TBone says:

    Chris Farris,

    I sure hope you never have a disabled child. Or, for that matter, even a healthy child in a public school.

    And unless you’re a corporation or own a piece of Sonny’s land, you didn’t see a tax break.

    That’s what Sonny did.

  3. housecreek says:

    Corporate tax cuts… minimum wage increase… school funding (that has been hashed before)… he is STILL going after his base because even they don’t like him! He put everything he should have said over the last few months in one spot. 2 weeks before election day. He’s toast… Nov. 8th, he’ll be selling trucks for his dad again!

  4. RandyMiller says:

    Seems all Taylor has left is to go negative and distort realities. Before, it was the hope scholorship and largest tax break in Georgia history; that is until Ms. Cox shed the light it was all Zell Miller’s creation. I also see tonights the night of, (trumpets blasting out the ass please), “The Big Guys Big Bash!!!” I guess if you pay enough at the door you get to keep your nose in the blow all night?

  5. John Konop says:

    Randy Miller,

    You are right that Taylor does not have money to pay for his BIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIG promise.

    But facts do not always drive voters. And this commercial talks to the base of woman he lost.

    I do not think it is enough to win, but this will help him.

  6. RandyMiller says:

    John,
    I dunno, the commercials with all the babies should’ve done that a lot earlier. Also, I stand by my claim people will be turned off by Taylor’s use of physically challenged children as his stepping stone to Governor and thus maintaining all those state leases for his family’s businesses.

  7. Fogle says:

    GAWire,

    You make a good point, and you can be as elitist as you want, but the bottom line is that the commercial is EFFECTIVE. As a Perdue supporter and a member of the media, I too saw a number of these coming.

    It may very well be “amateur hour in GA,” but that’s a moot point if the ad reaches voters… and I definitely believe these – and any others like them released in the next few days – will achieve that goal.

    Kudos to Taylor for capitalizing on the “Sonny Do” spots, but thankfully it is too late.

    Just wanted to give credit where credit is due – like PP would do by adding us to the blogroll.

  8. John Konop says:

    Randy,

    I first heard about the commercial from my wife who is a moderate Democrat who likes Perdue. I had to talk her away from the Taylor vote after she saw the commercial.

    You might be right, but that is why I made my gut call this will hit Moderate to liberal woman.

    I have no data to back this up and you could be right.

  9. Lorie says:

    As a parent of a special needs child, I have to clarify some things. First we approached Taylor after 2 years of getting nowhere with Perdue. Second, our children were getting their services cut enormously. The providers out there were not getting paid. And lastly, trying to get adequate services out of the school system is like trying to squeeze water from a rock. We are parents of children who are either non-insurable or our insurance excludes our children’s disability.

  10. atlantaman says:

    Taylor’s campaign has improved.

    Let’s be honest Mark Taylor is a bad candidate, so the more they can keep him off the TV the more he’ll go up in the polls. They should have started focusing on Sonny a long time ago. Now Sacha makes a great impression and would be good on TV, but seems as if they’ve chosen to keep her out of advertising due to it focusing on the fact that Taylor has already had 3 wives.

    I never thought focusing in on your fatness by referring to yourself as “the big guy” in your tag lines was especially appealing. I noticed they’ve got a new more generic tag line, “Keeping Children First”. “Protecting our Children” or something like that.

  11. jet2nd says:

    ON MY SONNY DO LIST IS TO STOP THE SALE OF METH AND CRACK PIPES AT NEARLY EVERY CORNOR OR CONVIENCE STORE IN GEORGIA OWNED PRIVATELY, A SNELLVILLE MOM STOPED IT THERE SONNY CAN MAKE IT STATE WIDE ! ! ACCORDING TO THE NEWS LAST NIGHT WE ARE THE METH HUB OF THE SOUTHEAST..IF YOU AGREE STEER ME IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION TO STOP THE SALE OF THESE PIPES AND IF YOU DONT AGREE GO TO REHAB !!

  12. Bill Simon says:

    I’m betting Sonny comes out with a commercial claiming that Mark is insulting his dog. Did you guys note that in Taylor’s version of the Sonny-Do List, “Wash Dog” is first?

    Man! I’ll bet that dog is POed about Mark right now…

  13. alex17cole says:

    I am the grandmother of a child with cystic fibrosis. I met with Mark Taylor along with several other parents and am in contact with these parents. How dare anyone say Mark used us, we asked him to meet with us, we asked good ol’ boy Sonny also but we were just not important enough for him to take his time to even talk to any of us or have his staff do it for him. Mark Taylor DID NOT ask for anything from us, only what he could do for us. Guess what, no reporter asked any of us for the truth on that one. We were all there and could have told them straight. He did not ask for money, campaign workers, not even for our votes, so that LIE makes me very angry. Sonny USED that to try to make Mark look bad and that is disgusting on good ol’ Sonnys side. He is pathetic and all you women out there who care about children, especially medically fragile ones had better get a grip and realize Sonny just cut his budget and has a surplus on the backs of our really ill children. And dads too, stop letting this “good ol’ boy” crap guide you, he is not an honorable man, look at the truth of the recording of the tax break he got, when he told that man, get elected gov Brian, how sad and that is REAL.

  14. Maurice Atkinson says:

    Who can argue with a parent of an ailing child without appearing to be cold hearted. I’m certain with ANY legislator you’re going to find problems. However, the facts are that Georgia is doing quite well. We have a robust economy, we have affordable housing, excellent educational opportunities, a decent health care system.

    So what are the Democrats proposing? Socialism. Pure and simple. Government knows best how to spend your tax dollars.

    As a person who has a degenerative muscle disease, thank God I’m not looking to government for my solutions. Personal initiative is tremendous character trait. Solutions outside of government are everywhere. Look for them.

  15. Maurice Atkinson says:

    alex17cole, context is everything. Red flags should go up all over when you hear a 5 second snipet of a radio program.

    Reminds me of an illustration I heard in church as a kid. The preacher was talking about getting the facts straight and accurate thinking. His illustration said “the scriptures tell us the Judas went out and hung himself, go do thou likewise.’ A little verbage here a little there and you suggest that someone is corrupt. It’s just wrong.

    But then again a friend said sometime back that all is fair in love and politics. I don’t agree.

  16. RuralDem says:

    “So what are the Democrats proposing? Socialism. Pure and simple. ”

    Is that honestly the best scare-tactic you can come up with? Come on now.

  17. mercergirl says:

    Maurice,

    Thank you for pointing our your own problems and how you do not ask the government for help. Personally I think the insurance companies should be held responsible in some way- not our government. Like you said, asking for free money is socialism. And I don’t agree with taxing the rich to help the poor, for instance my fiances grandfather worked his butt off to become what he is today. And yes we will benefit from it but if he and people like him had to be taxed a lot in order to pay for others medical care then it would eliminate the personal drive people have to better themselves. After all, whats the point when the government not only takes it from you but will also care for those who do NOT make any effort to bring themselves up?

  18. Lorie says:

    Maurice,

    Do you have children? As a parent of a special needs child, I have to clarify some things. First, there is no “excellent ” educational opportunities for these children. Most are forgotten and fall behind. Every year we parents have to fight to get the little services our children need. And if our children are uninsurable or our insurance company excludes our children’s disabilities, where can we get the $4-5,000 we would have to pay for our children’s needs to become productive taxpaying citizens? We know that Medicaid would not pay for all of our needs but we would like some help.

  19. David Freels says:

    Mr Atkinson,

    You wrote:

    “Reminds me of an illustration I heard in church as a kid. The preacher was talking about getting the facts straight and accurate thinking. His illustration said “the scriptures tell us the Judas went out and hung himself, go do thou likewise.’”

    I’m not sure of the point you were trying to make, but I’ve heard a number of liberal Episcopal priests say you can’t take Scripture literally. As an illustration they’ve said, “Suppose you close your eyes, open your Bible, let the Holy Spirit guide your finger as you point. Suppose your finger lands on ‘Judas went out and hung himself.’ You close your eyes again, flip some pages, let the Holy Spirit again guide your finger. You then open your eyes and read, “Go do thou likewise.”

    It always gets a laugh.

    At the expense of the Holy Spirit.

    After hearing this joke a couple of times, I stood up, found a Bible, and in front of everybody took it to the priest and gave it to him. “That’s not true,” I said. “If the Holy Spirit of the Lord of Life–who died for me and died for you–if He is truly guiding your finger, He will never tell you to kill yourself.”

    He looked at me a little dumbfounded.

    “Try it,” I said, handing him the Bible. “Try it for 10 minutes. Try it for 10 years. It’ll never happen. Unless you’re just like Judas.”

  20. Maurice Atkinson says:

    Look, you have at your fingertips the most powerful resource ever conceived. I do have children, they are grown. One was a special needs child.

    There are resources available. Your case sounds similar to mine. I searched. The NIH is a great starting point. There are also organizations that can steer you in the right direction. I utilized MDA and the NIH and ended up being part of a study at Ohio State University, funded in part by the NIH and a drug company. The research was far superior than any specialist I had seen for more than 10 years.

    I’m not saying there shouldn’t be some sort of assistance or direction, but in this technological advanced age (which you are using), you can do more than any state agency could do for you. Every circumstance has particulars, I wouldn’t rely on government to be able to explore those. You’ll wait an awfully long time.

    Consider this, everyone complains about the wait in the tag line, and you’re asking this same bunch that does not understand efficiency to provide a solution for you. I know there is no comparison, but the results would be comparable.

    Several years ago there was a major retail development building in my neighborhood. A massive shopping center with one entrance on a 4 lane highway and another on a 2 lane road with no deceleration lane. By chance I happened to talk with the highway engineer. I mentioned to him that I had never seen such a major shopping center being erected with not so much as a deceleration lane. He replied, “that’s job security.” Then went on to say the road was going to be expanded to four lanes. As I write this, some 4 years later the road is nearing completion. How many auto accidents, injuries and just major traffic jams could have been avoided by simply putting a deceleration lane in first. It’s government and it can’t fix everything.

  21. rightofcenter says:

    I certainly feel sympathy for the parents and grandparents of these special needs kids. But tht doesn’t mean I think the government is automatically the solution to the problem. Life is difficult, it is seldom fair, and the government can’t make it fair. I agree with mercergirl that this looks like an insurance company problem. Perhaps that’s the tactic that should be taken (a regulatory approach rather than a taxpayer approach).

    As for Sonny and his compassion as compared to the Big Guy: all we can do is look at their personal histories. While Mary and Sonny were taking in foster children, Mark was fighting in court to keep from having to provide adequate child support for his own offspring. You may be suckered in by the Big Guy’s political posturing, but I’m not.

  22. Lorie says:

    This is according to the NIH which is a government agency

    What are the treatments for autism?
    There is no cure for autism, nor is there one single treatment for autism spectrum disorders. But there are ways to help minimize the symptoms of autism and to maximize learning.
    Behavioral therapy and other therapeutic options

    Behavior management therapy helps to reinforce wanted behaviors, and reduce unwanted behaviors. It is often based on Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).
    Speech-language therapists can help people with autism improve their ability to communicate and interact with others.
    Occupational therapists can help people find ways to adjust tasks to match their needs and abilities.
    Physical therapists design activities and exercise to build motor control and improve posture and balance.

    Educational and/or school-based options

    Public schools are required to provide free, appropriate public education from age 3 through high school or age 21, whichever comes first.
    Typically, a team of people, including the parents, teachers, caregivers, school psychologists, and other child development specialists work together to design an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) to help guide the child’s school experiences.

    Medication options

    Currently there are no medications that can cure autism spectrum disorders or all of the symptoms. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not approved any medications specifically for the treatment of autism, but in many cases medication can treat some of the symptoms associated with autism.
    Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), tricyclics, psychoactive/anti-psychotics, stimulants, and anti-anxiety drugs are among the medications that a health care provider might use to treat symptoms of autism spectrum disorders.
    Secretin—a hormone that helps digestion—is not recommended as a treatment for autism.

    Done it. Haven’t waited for the government. Winging my son’s therapy for the last 2 years. I am not sitting with my hand out. Still working. Quitting next month to devote more of my time to my son since as he’s getting older and more problems are emerging. I’ve read the books and different methods.

    And if the people in the tag line are complaining, maybe they ought to have just dealt with it in a timely fashion and used the mail.

  23. Mad Dog says:

    Bill Simon,

    If you notice, the add says, Wash the dog.

    It’s my handwritting and I meant to write, WALK the dog.

    The next list will say, Remove spots from carpets.

  24. Mad Dog says:

    Bill,

    I refuse to write a negative Sonny Do List.

    Mine says, Move Taylor into Governors Mansion and out of his fathers house.

    And, I can get away with lying like that since I’m a proud Liberal Democrat, not applying to the FDIC for deposit insurance, or under Oath at this time.

  25. gatormathis says:

    and I like ROC’s quote:

    rightofcenter // Oct 25th 2006 at 11:04 am

    As for Sonny and his compassion as compared to the Big Guy: all we can do is look at their personal histories. While Mary and Sonny were taking in foster children, Mark was fighting in court to keep from having to provide adequate child support for his own offspring. You may be suckered in by the Big Guy’s political posturing, but I’m not.

    So, what does the “big guy” do with his $100,000 “allowance” from daaa-deee fred and his large Lt Gov salary? I mean a man can’t eat but so many cheese burgers. And he don’t wanna give his baby’s momma no mo’ money. What is a big guy to do?

    Sonny and Mary have raised their family and helped with others as well, ran businesses, held a legislative seat, and been a Gov. for 4 years, yet he is called uncompassionette.

    Mark hasn’t held a family together for any great measurable duration, and is on a third try. We’ve read stories in the paper about the product of his raising, from a few years ago, to a few months ago. His son is following in his playboy, carefree footsteps. He has been a Lt Gov for 4 years, which is mostly ceremony, as is his $100,000 “salaried” position.
    Yet taylor gets comments such as “he cares”. “He cares” mostly to continue the free ride and have the “power” that he thrives on.

    I have saw Sonny walk 20 or 30 blocks in a parade, criss-crossing all along shaking folks’ hands, enjoying the people of our state. Even in 100 degree weather hardly working up a sweat.

    I’ve seen taylor at the debate in Perry, wiping sweat like a man cutting firewood on July 4th, sweat just a running off his face. I think it’s called “sweating profusly”. I’ve never saw him even attempt to walk a parade, and he probably never met a buffet line he didn’t like. And that sweating, I still wonder if it comes from being hot-natured, or afraid what someone might burst into the room to confront him with.

    Taylor’s “To Do List”:

    1) go by the bank to put daaa-deee’s check in.
    2) go get cheeseburgers
    3) go by the bank to put his Lt. Guv. check in
    4) go get cheeseburgers
    5) go visit jesse jackson
    6) see if jesse wants to go get cheeseburgers
    7) remember that daa-dee’s checks are on direct deposit so mt can’t screw that up
    8) remember daa-dee said put the LG check on DD also so as not to screw that up also
    9) remember that jesse usually totes a lot of cash, maybe he’ll buy the cheeseburgers
    10) remember to remember all this stuff
    11) and remember to tell someone to run another negative ad on Sonny Perdue so Sonny will look like a bad person.

  26. David Freels says:

    There seems to be a lot of questions as to what responsibility the government has to help take care of special needs children.

    Most likely our son’s brain-injury was the result of a government-mandated vaccine. His batch was 19 years old when he received it at 2 months of age. The lot number had a number of “adverse events” reported but was just under the threshold for pulling it off the shelves.

    And since doctors have zero liability, nobody explained to us what was going on.

    Nonetheless, we chose to repair the injury as best we can. Our story was told here earlier at http://www.peachpundit.com/2006/10/18/as-predicited/ . Go to the heading “df.”

    If my son receives the drug he needs, there’s every chance he won’t need to be on Medicaid anymore.

    You can see other brain-injured children before/after receiving the same FDA-approved drug at http://oceanhbo.com/client/studies/studies.htm .

    The Federal government via Medicare has placed restrictions on the off-label use of this drug–unlike any other drug. The restrictions are based purely on a patient’s disability. This is illegal under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

    Thus our quest for Medicaid coverage of this FDA-approved drug has as much to do with wrestling away the control that forbids access to the drug now monopolized by the government as much as anything else.

    If the government had never been granted gatekeeper status controlling access to the drug, the insurance companies–as entrepreneurs–would have long ago discovered the drug’s efficacy for brain-injury and at least guaranteed public access so as to reduce insurance costs.

    And while for now this might seem like our own private family fight, eventually brain-injury–hypoxia–kills all our loved ones.

    Eventually you too will scream at the senseless injustice.

  27. Bull Moose says:

    We have let insurance companies have free will with what they want to do without any oversite or anything… That’s just my opinion… No I don’t want big government intervention, but I do want someone to keep the insurance companies in check…

  28. Bull Moose says:

    Oh, and let me say this… Sonny’s lucky that Mark Taylor has run an awful campaign and is a pretty poor choice for Governor… Had Cathy Cox been the nominee, the polls would have been looking very differently…

    And had Ralph Reed been on the ticket, it would be doomesday here in Georgia just like it is everywhere else around the country for Republicans…

  29. Mad Dog says:

    I’m as much as jerk as anyone on these pages. I amuse myself making crude comments at the expense of many people.

    David’s post reminds me, and I hope others, of responsibility.

    So often, the strong do not care for the weak. But, in the end, only the strong can care for the weak.

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