Screw You, Peach Pundit Readers

ImageA reporter called to get my response to this:

John Linder says less than ten people called yesterday about Calvert and that it does not matter because he does not trust anything bloggers have to say.

So, now you know where you rank with John Linder.

44 comments

  1. debbie0040 says:

    With the Georgia GOP Convention coming up in a few days, I think most bloggers will ask him that question in person instead of leaving a message with a secretary.

  2. Chris says:

    Another walkout? Maybe we should just spend the entire convention at the Leprechaun. 🙂

  3. CobbGOPer says:

    He doesn’t trust anything bloggers have to say? Does that really matter in the Calvert case, seeing as how it’s public knowledge (as in “it’s in the papers, stupid”) the guy was being cased by the FBI? Even if he doesn’t trust us, Linder CAN read the newspapers, can’t he?

  4. Skeptical says:

    I’m pretty sure it was more than 10. The person on the phone in Washington said that people had been calling all morning.

    And as a constituent Johnny boy – I want my damn answer now! Does a resident of the 7th District not merit an answer from you?

  5. Bull Moose says:

    Well honestly, what does it say when a Member of Congress elects to appoint a corrupt Member of Congress onto a committee under investigation by the FBI to such a panel as the Appropriations Committee?

    It says OUT OF TOUCH to me.

  6. Gag Halfrunt says:

    If Linder “does not trust anything that bloggers have to say” does this apply to his blogs on the Seventh Congressional District Online website?

    Upon launching that blog in November 2005 Linder stated that he “looked forward to updating you regularly with my opinions on everyday issues that you care about.”

    Did Linder conclude that a reader cannot trust anything that a blogger had to say based upon his 17 months blogging?

    I appreciate, however, Linder’s professional determination to join the ranks of writers who cannot be trusted.

  7. Mad Dog says:

    Defending Linder isn’t my idea of fun.

    Only ten people could have called throughout the morning, each of them ranting and raving for 5 minutes to the same staffer.

    That staffer could have generated a legitimate comment that “people have been calling all morning.”

    Linder could be honest when reviewing the written phone log that less than 10 entries when made for the specific topic.

    The office manager could have designed the phone log to prevent crazies, kooks, and bloggers from skewing the numbers.

    Just a reminder that information from people isn’t always scientific.

    But, now that I’ve hammered on the overly emotional and those with inferiority complexes, I feel much better about the GOP.

  8. Rick Day says:

    Well DUH, of COURSE John Linder does not care about you. Republicans in general do not care about you or me.

    Yet, you all still send them money and support and offer up apologies for their crimes.

    Eat up, Republicans!

  9. Doug Deal says:

    Rick,

    People of your ilk are the problem in Washington. No matter what excesses your side happens to committ, you overlook it and revel in the fact that they are getting away with some felony. You enable the Washington politician because they know they can count on mindless drones to back them no matter what.

    If you would even have a small fraction of the critical eye toward your own party that Republicans have, perhaps you would have moral authority to make a comment on this subject.

  10. Trevor Southerland says:

    Eh… Republican, Democrat, Independent… it doesn’t matter… about 95% of Congress needs to be sent packing.

  11. IndyInjun says:

    Doug Deal:

    Linder ESPECIALLY does not need bloggers to scrutinize his pet tax “reform” scheme for they might publicize what it REALLY does.

    However, in his defense, he does not even know what is in his own bill. Either that, or he is LYING about it.

    The real INSULT TO INTELLIGENCE is the fact that he has voted for $trillions in spending financed by borrowing that his pet tax makes no pretense of paying for.

    Linder is the perfect example of a GOP incumbent in need of a swift boot.

  12. kevpriest says:

    I think Linder’s still upset that his good friend Lott got in trouble with the bloggers, so it doesn’t surprise me that he doesn’t trust bloggers. Ask him in person, I’ll bet he replies honestly and directly, and then you can post the answer here.

  13. Bull Moose says:

    I called the DC office and the person who answered the phone kept saying that the information on how the Steering Committee voted was not available.

    I finally just told her that the Conservatives of Georgia aren’t going to tolerate another corrupt politician being propped up by the establishment and to please pass along that message to Congressman Linder.

    I’m sorry, it shouldn’t be this hard to make a point on common sense.

    If those in office will not listen it’s time to replace them with someone who will.

    David Shafer for Congress.

  14. Bull Moose says:

    Okay, I’m going there… this effort on the national sales tax is just a sham to take away the pressures of real tax reform that can realistically be implemented.

    It would take a gradual reduction of the income tax and implementation of the sales tax that would take decades to perfect.

    Flat tax is the way to go.

    Stop buying this smoke and mirrors of a national sales tax. You’re just being there stooge.

  15. Bull Moose says:

    He is one of the best State Senators in terms of staying in touch with his constituents and he’s a principled conservative. I think he would make a great Member of Congress.

  16. debbie0040 says:

    I think Linder would be very hard to defeat and I don’t think Shafer would run against him.

  17. Bull Moose says:

    I’m not suggesting a primary challenge, I’m suggesting that Linder retire.

    He’s been there long enough.

    Republicans need fresh blood in Washington.

  18. IndyInjun says:

    Bull Moose nails it. A flat tax is achievable and has proven successful in Eastern Europe and Russia.

    Among the current presidential candidates, tax reformer Ron Paul is very clear that spending reform MUST precede tax reform.

    Linder does not want folks to analyze his votes during the GOP spending orgy, or to recognize that the crushing levels of taxation are rooted in his spending profligacy. He promotes tax reform instead, making folks salivate over the promise of getting “100% of your paycheck,” a reward already compromised.

    His approach is that of a carnival barker.

  19. IndyInjun says:

    Debbie:

    The wave of unrest makes this a very bad year for incumbent GOPers, for the conservatives-not-Republicans and the GOP reformers are IRATE over what they have done.

    For there to be no GOP opposition to Linder and the others is a travesty that may very well revive the Dems as a statewide party.

  20. Holly says:

    Somehow, I doubt Linder will retire at this point unless it’s by the will of his voters.

  21. Federalist says:

    What is wrong with the Dems being a state wide party. Can you not vote for anybody but a Repub? It is sad that many people have steered towards this level of intolerance.

  22. Doug Deal says:

    Federalist,

    How many people in your leftist utopia will cast a vote for a Republican? Is this a result of any other reason than irrational hated of Republicans?

    Indy,

    People have already had their fill of the problems of the Democrats as well. Any backlash is no guarantee that it will help the Dems. More likely, voter-turnout will just plummet further.

  23. Federalist says:

    I have voted for Republicans in the past…Goldwater was one of them…and I am ashamed that so much wrong has been carried out in his name. I would never vote for an person who puts god before government. I have not voted for a republican since I moved to Georgia 10 years ago. I think you are forgeting that the Republican party is the party of hatred. I think you are quite a hypocrite Doug Deal…for one you are just plain irrational…and you have no reason for disliking Democrats. I can understand if you do not like a particular member or bloc of the party, but you just talk sh*t about all of them. I have one more thing to say before I stop blogging on peachpundit. F*ck you doug deal. It is the characteristic intolerance held by you and the GOP Ga delegation that is going to unmake this country.

  24. IndyInjun says:

    Federalist:

    You have to admit that the reform element in GAGOP took care of Ralph Reed in short order, despite religious support.

    The “GOP is the party of hatred” claim might have been better received without the stream of profane language that followed.

    Doug Deal:

    You are right that the point is moot, but for the wrong reason. It is not that the GOP would not dump Linder, its because the voters won’t have the CHANCE. Voters are turned off because the likes of Linder are stuffed down our throats by a party that CLAIMS to be a conservative one, then provides no conservative choice.

  25. Doug Deal says:

    Indy,

    This is why I dive in and out of politics. The whole thing is too discouraging to maintain any sort of long term emotional investment.

    Politics has become as intellectual as debating which football team to root for. Why do people support team X over team Y? Why do people boo one star quarterback and cheer another? It is nothing of substance, it just happens because you are a fan of team X or Y.

    The same thing has happened to politics. People identify themselves as Republicans or Democrats, and then “root” for their party and “boo” the other.

    Like in football where every completed sideline pass by the other team was “clearly out of bounds” and every marginal contact at the end of a pass on your receivers is “clearly passing interference”, people look to see what letter is next to the name before they give an opinion on anything.

    This is not the fault of the parties; it is the fault of the voter. A political party is not your family, God, or a comrade in arms. It deserves absolutely no loyalty. When it falters, you need to attack your own party with as much gusto as you attack your opponent.

    But, this is not done. It’s all about the R or the D winning, not about making the life better, the nation stronger, or all of us more prosperous. So the R’s and D’s realize that they do not have to even try to keep your vote, and we have what we have today. We should be ashamed of ourselves.

  26. buzzbrockway says:

    I have to stick up for my Congressman here. Look, to say some of the things you guys are saying is going way overboard. Linder is a solid conservative, he’s not being stuffed down our throats by the GOP, he’s got outstanding ratings from every conservative organization out there – not just this year, but for his career, and there’s no way David Shafer will take him on. How do I know Shafer won’t run? Because David Shafer is not an idiot!

    I’m with Erick on the issue of Calvert. He needs to step aside. I fully support letting the Steering Committee know how people feel about this. However, we don’t how Linder voted, or what, if anything he’s doing about this. I’m not willing to throw a guy out over a bunch of stuff we don’t know.

  27. IndyInjun says:

    Buzz:

    Linder voted for the biggest social spending program in 40 years, an unfunded $8 trillion liability.

    I really don’t give a rip about his rating as a social conservative, he put me and everyone else reading this about $25,000 in debt from that vote alone.

    That one vote is reason enough to kick his lousy rump out. There were plenty more where he voted for insane spending and pork projects.

    Doug Deal:

    I agree with every word you wrote. Those here are supposed to be better than that, to CARE, and to stick to principles even if it means dumping entrenched Republicans.

    Erick was RIGHT and he was courageous to do this.

    There are a huge number of conservatives out there who are absolutely furious about the GOP from deals like Calvert’s. When someone like Jim Whitehead is campaigning against both Democrats and Republicans, it is the sign that things are not as usual in the political universe.

    I, too, have grown weary. People ARE too easily fooled.

  28. Bull Moose says:

    Buzz… I said that Shafer would be a good Congressman. Period. I never suggested that he should primary challenge him. I think that the sales tax is an unrealistic sham that is not implementable in a realistic time table to offer any real tax relief.

    We need fresh new bold conservative leadership in Washington. Period.

    I don’t think anyone disagrees with that.

  29. Harry says:

    Maybe Linder made a mistake or two and doesn’t always have the greatest communication skills; but he generally falls in the ranks of the reformers in Congress. and has considerable seniority in the party. Like Buzz, I’m a constituent and I’m not voting against him.

  30. Doug Deal says:

    I lived in Linder’s district, and he is not this reformer you think he is. You should ask him about immigration, which I did in a letter. He basically called me a racist for being against open borders (this was after 9/11).

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