I told you Georgia is in play

Despite all the hopes and wishes of certain unnamed individuals, the Obama Campaign has not abandoned Georgia tells the AJC they do believe Georgia is winnable.

While some took the sign of Obama ads going off the air as a retreat, others who use “Common Sense” were very much aware that it’s not the most intelligent thing in the world to pay for advertising while you’re getting free coverage by the major news networks.

While Republicans have taken the fact that Obama suspended television advertising in Georgia as a sign he’s abandoning the state, Plouffe said the campaign always intended to go off the air during the convention. “We’ll be back up next week,” he said.

The AJC’s article points out that just as in 1992 when Bill Clinton won Georgia, Democrats won’t need to win 50% in order to win Georgia.

When Bill Clinton won, he did so without winning a majority of the vote. Independent candidate Ross Perot took 13 percent of the vote, and Clinton won Georgia with 43 percent. This year, Libertarian Party nominee Bob Barr could do enough damage to Republican John McCain to again swing the vote Democratic.

Some Georgia delegates in Denver are excited about Georgia being a battleground state.

Chad Brock of Atlanta, an at-large Obama delegate here, sees a similar path to victory.

“John Kerry made absolutely no investment in the state and he finished with 42 percent of the vote,” Brock said, moments before the gavel fell to open to the Democratic National Convention. “Between record African-American vote and 400,000 people the campaign intends to register, there’s no reason our percentages can’t go into the high 40s. We can win with 48 or 49 percent.”

Jara Butler of Roswell, also an at-large Obama delegate, also noted that Clinton was the last candidate to campaign actively in the state. Obama, she said, is making a huge investment in Georgia with more than a dozen offices, more than 100 paid staff on the ground. “He looks at Georgia the same way Clinton did,” Butler said, “and every state is in play.”

With the failures of the Bush Administration combined with the disappointment Georgians are feelings towards the state Republicans, Georgia’s Democrats have an opportunity in 2008 not only to win Georgia for Obama/Biden and evict Saxby Shameless from Washington but it would appear some are gearing up for 2010 as well.

28 comments

  1. Harry says:

    Many libertarians have given up on Barr. Not to say they’re all voting GOP, however some will.

    I recently spoke with a Democrat who’s supporting Nader!

    But anyway, let’s see Obama spend money in GA! Come October I’m working GOP GOTV in VA. If the GOP can’t take GA it’s all over anyway.

  2. jsm says:

    So democratic hopes for GA are hanging on Barr? Obama needs to be working on getting back as many of those Hillarites as he can. I’d say they’re a bigger voting bloc.

  3. John Douglas says:

    The #1 and #3 most liberal Senators in Washington are going to appeal to voters here in Georgia? (I would guess Socialist Bernie Sanders of Vermont is #2, why skip over him?)

    The Democrats are putting up a brave front but they wrote off the South and interior West with their hard core, left wing ticket of Obama/Biden. Now they have to concentrate on their base and keep an eye on the Clintons at the same time.

    At this point, McCain’s best bet is a Reagan Republican from the midwest and then on to November. Take it to em and show the leftists who have controlled the Democrat party for 40 years that we will not turn this country over to the ACLU, or any other radical group, regardless of party.

    America is a counrty of moderation and the Democratic ticket this year is anything but moderate.

  4. John Konop says:

    The numbers show the election hinges on white middle age and older Democrat woman. Another way to look at is woman like Spacey will pick the next president. We all know Spacey is all about emotion over issues from her postings. That is why this election will be a toss up.

  5. Chris says:

    Personally, after 8 years of scandals, and another 8 years of gross incompetence, my #1 criteria is a President who isn’t an embarrassment to the greatest nation on earth.

    When Trent Lott says that McCain has done more to undermine leadership than anyone else, that tells me he is more competent than most and would make an excellent commander in chief.

  6. So Trevor’s picked up where SpaceyG left off.

    If Obama wins Georgia, I’ll shave off what little hair I have left and sport the Eric Johnson look for the next year.

  7. odinseye2k says:

    McCain is a cross-bred between the Republican version of Kerry and Bob Dole. That’s electorally speaking – he’s so dull he has to resort to making fun of his opponent for being a vacuous celebrity. We know how effective that line of attack was against G.W. Bush and Ronald Reagan.

    Meanwhile, we have a GOP candidate who doesn’t only plan to do everything in his power to serve the rich over everyone else in this country, he actually has the Benjamins from his sugar mama himself. Emotion and reason combine in this case.

    Handel may not be the GOP’s only hope in Georgia, but here’s her chance to get Blackwell / Harris points. How much voter suppression can she enact? We already know she’s “unable” to hand out enough voter registration forms.

  8. Harry says:

    Obama tries to block free speech

    “The fact that [Obama] is launching his own convention by defending his long association with a man who says he didn’t bomb enough U.S. targets tells us more about Barack Obama than any of tonight’s speeches will,” said McCain spokesman Brian Rogers.

  9. odinseye2k says:

    Right … because anonymous rumors and attacks generated by people in the shadows are totally what the First Amendment was designed for.

    But hey, sauce for the goose – we should totally tell the American public how the North Vietnamese brainwashed McCain to take over the country by tossing aside his wife and social climbing to the point he could become President.

    I mean, hey, if it’s not true, McCain can prove it, right?

  10. Three Jack says:

    dems apparently are running on a motto of “healthcare is a right, life is not” if the first night of the convention is supposed to set the theme.

    i’m curious where in the constitution pelosi, kennedy, obama and the rest found that healthcare is a right. don’t see how that message wins in georgia.

  11. Harry says:

    Given that 90% of the babies born at Crawford Long are paid for by Medicare…it’s a free ride if you get out of the oven alive.

  12. jsm says:

    3J, You demonstrate exactly the liberal strategy of declaring “statutorily created rights,” as Congressman Deal so eloquently put it in this April district convention speech. See page 3 and following:
    http://www.gagop9.org/DealKeynoteSpeech_April08.pdf

    Liberals use dishonest rhetoric to shame politicians into creating more expensive and inefficient government entitlements seemingly every year.

  13. odinseye2k says:

    “Liberals use dishonest rhetoric to shame politicians into creating more expensive and inefficient government entitlements seemingly every year.”

    Or, you know … actually human suffering.

  14. jsm says:

    Where is government’s responsibility for alleviating human suffering in the Constitution? This job shouldn’t be left to government.

    People will help others out of the goodness of their hearts if given the opportunity.

  15. John Konop says:

    jsm

    YOU SAID;

    “Where is government’s responsibility for alleviating human suffering in the Constitution? This job shouldn’t be left to government.”

    “People will help others out of the goodness of their hearts if given the opportunity.”

    I agree that is why I am against being the policemen of the world!

  16. odinseye2k says:

    “Where is government’s responsibility for alleviating human suffering in the Constitution? This job shouldn’t be left to government.”

    I agree, but it is one tool among many. Charity is great, and so is self-subsistence. Unfortunately, neither has proven to solve the overall problem. Government hasn’t solved it all either, so we’ve got to continuously iterate on the solution.

    We have examples from many nations in Europe, Japan, and Canada. All can be applied to the problem to find the right combination that gets people taken care of.

  17. John Konop says:

    odinseye2k

    Giving money away usually creates dependency. I am for teaching people to fish but show me examples how our aide we have given away has solved a problem? I can give you countless examples from Africa, Middle East…….and we all know who ended up with the most of our tax payers dollars with the so-called aide. And did the aide work?

  18. OleDirtyBarrister says:

    I hope it rains on November 4 like it did last night and parts of today. Let’s then see how the underachieving, bus-riding, hole in the shoes and no umbrella Obama bin Biden supporters show up at the polls. It happened to Roy in 2002, and Sonny received the opportunity to become Stan Thomas’ buddy and real estate partner because of it.

    Perhaps we can again hear some of the “community organizers” tell us how the government should ensure that every voter have a free umbrella so that they can stand in line to vote. (We heard that in 2002).

  19. rugby fan says:

    Myself.

    I am the only I person I agree with 85% of the time.

    The other possibility is Saint Michael Jesus the Archangel, if he can steal the nomination from McCain.

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