More on the race to replace Kahn.

The Political Insider has a letter sent out by Jim Butler of Columbus critical of Chairman candidate Michael Berlon, though Berlon is not mentioned by name:

One of the candidates for Party Chair has advocated separating the Party from elected Democratic officials. That’s very unwise and counter-productive, in my view.

It reflects a fundamental misunderstanding of past Democratic history in Georgia (when the relationship between the Party and elected officials was based upon the fact Democrats controlled the state and the fact there was no really organized Democratic party, nor much need for one).

It also reflects a failure to understand fundamental truths about fundraising. Such a Party organization will simply not be able to raise money effectively. Money isn’t everything in politics, as we all know and have been reminded in recent years, but it is nonetheless important.

We Republicans are used to having our fights in public, but this in uncharted territory for Georgia’s Democrats. What impact will this have on Party unity?

BTW, any reports on the Chairman candidate forum held yesterday?


  1. griftdrift says:

    I have some quotes over at my place.

    By the way, do you Republicans have any of these hootenannies? I’d love to attend. I always like a good tussle.

  2. Harry says:

    Who would have thunk 140 years on thst the former plantation owners and former slaves would be in the same political party?

  3. joe says:


    After 140 years, who would have thunk that former plantation owners and former slaves would all be dead.

  4. Mad Dog says:


    Are ya afrait of those two groups being in the same restaurant wit chew?

    LMAO! 140 years on the former plantation owners and former slaves are dead.

    Just two kinds of people in this world, Harry. Those who think there are two kinds of people in this world and those who don’t.

  5. Old School Politics says:

    There is an issue brewing under the Georgia Gold Dome that is coming to a head. There are those seemingly intoxicated with power and staggering around with money from special interests and have been noticed legislating under the influence (LUI). They are promoting legislation to repeal certain Sunday laws and are once again in the wrong lane headed straight into Georgia citizens who are the sober, innocent victims of this erratic behavior.

    If you see any of those legislators clearly LUI and supporting SB26 please notify the Georgians Against Misguided Decisions (GAMD) and give their House or Senate District Number. One legislator was seen swerving and opposing local control when it came to posting the Ten Commandments in a previous session and then crossing the legislative road to support local control, when alcohol interests were involved, in the current session. In both legislative incidents he was in the wrong lane heading right at his oncoming constituents. Fortunately, in the first incident other legislators kept the Ten Commandments in the right lane and preserved all Ten. In the current session the legislative incident team is still assessing the damage and it appears only the 4th Commandment would be damaged based on their initial findings. GAMD is a network of concerned citizens dedicated to keeping our existing laws safe from irresponsible legislating. The number for GAMD is 1-GIV26-A-REST.

    Those LUI legislators willing to voluntarily attend Legislator Anonymous (LA) meetings to correct their destructive legislating behavior may contact GAMD for a listing of local support groups in their area. Others who refuse to correct their LUI habits will be distilled at the polls.

    Disclaimer: This is a parody and the telephone number is not real.
    SB26 is very real and needs to be taken off the legislative road permanently.

  6. Harry says:

    joe and MadDog,

    I’m saying, the Democrat party in Georgia is a strange cat, largely made up of urban gays, blacks who hate gays, and some old-school rural white beneficiaries of the system who hate gays and blacks. How is that working out?

  7. Harry says:

    On the national scene, I’m looking forward to the Dimmies nominating Hillzilla, Breck Girl or Osama. Any of them will do nicely.

  8. I’d be a little worried if I were you Harry. McCain and Giuliani (the two GOP frontrunners) have basically no negatives (at this point) and are running neck and neck with Hillary, Obama and Edwards (who all have negatives and are more closely identified with a political party).

    In other words, McCain and Giuliani are considered “non-partisan” at this point. But just what until the campaign starts. It’s funny what losing power will do to you, but the national GOP looks as if it has no idea what to do right now. All of their attacks against the Democratic Congress have been completely lame and very inside baseball, and in Georgia particular *we* will have a nice time explaining how the Republicans in our delegation voted against earmark reform and lower interest rates for college students.

  9. Harry says:

    I would suspect that concerning your soundbite “earmark reform and lower interest rates for college students” the devil was in the details. Anyway, if the GOP nominates either McCain or Rudy, which I doubt will happen, then the general election will be another 1976 — in other words, no good choice. Not that either McCain or Rudy are without their good qualities, but both have severe limitations in their ability to help put the national cancer in remission.

  10. Harry says:

    According to Bob Novak,

    On the eve of Wednesday’s debate, the Consumer Bankers Association and the Financial Services Roundtable sent a joint letter to members of Congress. The offset cuts in loan funding, it warned, “cannot be absorbed by the nation’s loan providers without compromising the kinds of benefits and services now provided to college students and their families.”

    Under “PayGo” the funding got cut to pay for the interest rates being reduced. Therefore, I predict “PayGo” is soon to be replaced by a new Democrat plan known as “Tax & Spend”.

    The American people will get it, sooner or later.

  11. Mad Dog says:


    When the Fed manipulates interest rates, under your reasoning, some funding has to be cut.

    Banks will make up for lower interest rates in the student loan program by collecting 21% interest on student credit cards. j/k

    In reality, the Federal government props up every bank in the country. In the student loan program, the central bank provides the money to loan. The banks collect the interest float. Whenever the interest float changes, for whatever reason, banks have a choice to stop making loans.

    The student loan program makes money for banks. Bob Novak needs a better source.

  12. Calybos1 says:

    And under the Republicans, the plan was “pay later… preferably long after we’ve done our damage and somebody new can take the blame.”

  13. Harry says:

    If blaming the Republicans is supposed to be the rationale for bringing back Tax & Spend, it won’t fly.

  14. Decaturguy says:

    The Democratic Party is made up of “blacks who hate gays,” Harry? I know lots of black Democrats who don’t “hate gays.” Most bigots are comfortable in your party, Harry.

  15. jsm says:

    Ashley Bell is interviewing Carol Jackson right now on AM550 in Gainesville about her campaign for chairman of the Ga Democratic Party. There is also a story on about it:

    “Carol Jackson, a former state Senator who failed in a senate comeback attempt last year, is one of six candidates running for the chairmanship being vacated by Bobby Kahn.”

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