How they did in Georgia

In the first quarter of the year, Republican candidates took in less than $650,000 from Georgians versus more than $1 million for Democrats, according to the Federal Election Commission. Although it’s early, the money trend marks a turnaround from the 2004 election, when President Bush’s Georgia contributions dwarfed those of his Democratic competitors. (Source:

It goes on to say Georgians could be holding out for Fred Thompson.

Whats interesting is in fundraising the order was Romney, McCain and then Rudy. However polls have had the order as Rudy, Romney McCain.


  1. Icarus says:

    People, and especially Republicans, like to bet on front runners. The Republicans don’t have one yet.

    As the race narrows to a solid two or three candidates (and some candidates will not finish the marathon, even if they are the only true conservative), the Republican $$$s will pick up.

  2. MSBassSinger says:

    IMHO, the key to success in Georgia is to have a primarily conservative majority in the state legislature getting government out of the way where it doesn’t belong, and strongly and smartly active where government does belong. When a large segment of Georgians respect and appreciate what Georgia Republicans do, it will carry over to the national ticket.

    The Republican legislature has had little conservative action that must happen to make the conservative words mean anything.

    No serious progress has been made on a Fair Tax for Georgians. No attempt at a wholesale reassessment of how Georgia government gets in the way of business and personal freedom has been done (i.e. getting government out of the way). No work has been done to hold employers and public institutions accountable for hiring illegals. Disagree? – then name one corporate officer who is in jail for knowingly hiring illegals. Where is the legislation that protects farmers from huge liability lawsuits if they were to go back to hiring teenagers to work instead of illegals, as it used to be?

    Where is the emphasis and help from the State on cracking down statewide on violent crime, including gang activity. Gang activity is found not just in Atlanta, but in nearly every small and medium sized town in Georgia.

    Instead, we have supposed conservatives come up with bills like HB1059, which do nothing to protect our kids, and in fact led to the death of at least one kid in Brunswick. HB 1059 was not a conservative bill – it was a bill written in ignorance and ignoring law enforcement – something we expect from Democrats. We as Georgians look like fools when leaders like Jerry Keen and Eric Johnson continue to defend the indefensible. A truly conservative legislative majority would have rewritten HB1059 into a law that actually works, doesn’t punish tens of thousands of innocent Georgians who didn’t break the law, and respects the Constitutional mandate that laws cannot punish retroactively.

    Take HB216, as another example. A lot of housewives trying to shop for their families are inconvenienced when getting OTC allergy medicine, and no meth manufacturers are impeded. Why punish thousands and thousands of innocents who use the medicine for allergies when it does nothing to reduce meth use in Georgia? Again, ignorance is not a feature of true conservatism.

    Take HB1424. It prohibits people from deer hunting with hunting dogs on their own land during deer season without getting government permission – for a price. Since when is it conservative to tell people what they can and cannot do on their own land so long as others’ property or person is unaffected? There is no shortage of deer in Georgia.

    Georgians want government to quit running their schools from Atlanta, through law enforcement to dry up jobs for illegals so most of them will go home, and focus on the crimes of violence and property. The Georgia Republican Party will lose support statewide unless they use this next legislative session to show leadership, act to reduce real crime, get government out of the way, and make government do what it is supposed to do.

  3. Icarus says:


    ABC helps us point out to Bull Moose that his McCain dream is ending, but in the process, gives aid and comfort to the Ron Paul folks who continue to insist that he can win.

  4. MSBassSinger says:

    Ron Paul gets a little traction now because of how devoted (perhaps fanatical) his followers are. Once what he believes and has said becomes common knowledge and faces the light of day, he will be shrugged off for the uninformed Libertarian that he is. He is not a Republican conservative, he is a Libertarian. His views on war and the Constitution show that he is either dishonest in his beliefs, or that he has no clue about the myriad of writings from the Founders.

    For goodness sakes, our first foriegn war as a nation was against the same 7th century Moslem mindset when Jefferson sent the Marines to what is now Libya to protect American interests from the Moslem pirates.

    Once the media scrutiny hits, Ron Paul will fall quietly aside with McCain and the others that are men too small for the job of President.

  5. Bull Moose says:

    Don’t count McCain out just yet my fellow bloggers.

    We’re talking about a determined man who has faced a lot tougher odds than this before and come out stronger.

    It should be noted that McCain’s campaign needed a staff trimming and what better way to get it done than a forced one.

    This may bring the fighter out in McCain yet!

  6. MSBassSinger says:

    I don’t understand why a conservative would vote for McCain. As a veteran, I do admire his courage as a POW and how he has done so much with his life since.

    But his politics are whatever he thinks sells. He gave us McCain-Feingold – a clear violation of free speech. McCain took the liberal side by supporting the immigration bill that failed. His history is replete with more left turns than a NASCAR driver.

  7. Brian from Ellijay says:

    From the MDJ article above:

    “Among Republicans, only Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, raised a significant amount in Georgia, drawing $405,761, or nearly two-thirds of the entire Republican take. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., raised $112,578 and former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani took in $88,150.”

  8. ConservativeCaucus says:

    Romney did well in GA: congrats to him. However, his odds of winning GA are long. The only way he wins Georgia is if Thompson falters and no one is there to take his place.

  9. andyl says:

    MSBassSinger: 7th century Moslem
    7th century? Really? Even if you meant 17th century you’re wrong because the U.S. did not exist in the 1600s. And Moslems, as you mentioned twice? What that hell are those? Wow next time read over yourself a time or time before you spew your conservative BS all over the place.

  10. Doug Deal says:


    It is clear that MSBass meant the 7th century MINDSET, not that the events refered to happened in the 7th century. I hope you realize that Islam was founded in the early 600’s.

    Addionally Moslem is a recognized variant of Muslim, and was, in fact, the first varient I had heard and was quite popular in 80’s.

    Before you make a rediculous attack on someone else, take at least the minimal amount of effort and get the facts first.

  11. Andyl,

    You are wrong, ever heard the words “from the shores of Tripoli?”

    MSBASS was referring to the events that led to the formation of the US Navy and our first war- Muslim (or Moslem if you prefer) pirates attacking vessels as they traded. Clearly a 7th century mindset-hell what would you consider their mindset today-11th century at most.

  12. andyl says:

    Yes that’s a pretty famous military battle. I’m aware, my point was that he did not have any context as to what he was talking about. How can he know what mindset a group of pirates had and why is that representative of a religion that now represents hundreds of millions of people. I don’t really look at Black Beard as a symbol of Christianity. And that battle did not cause a massive backlash against Islam (Jefferson had a copy of the Koran and respected it as a messsage of faith). My point is that we should not judge the entire Muslim population based upon a few bad apples. Bringing around the moderates within that religion is the only way we can achieve peace (ex. Lebanon).

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