Democrats Rally in Gainesville

The AJC has a report from the North Georgia Rally in Gainesville.

Democratic candidates, including Congressman John Lewis were on hand:

“The president that we have now is the worst. He even made Richard Nixon look good,” Lewis in a speech to about 250 party loyalists at the “For the People” rally in Gainesville.

“This election is so important, not just for this generation, but the next generation and children yet unborn,” Lewis said in a conversation before the speech. “We need to restore a sense of confidence in America.”

The Democratic Party has registered many new voters in Georgia this year, aiming to turn the state blue in 2008:

Mary Lou Godbey of Lilburn said she enjoyed listening to Lewis and Martin speak, as well as other candidates. This is the first year she and her husband have decided to take an active role in politics.

“I don’t think we can stand another eight years of Bush ideas,” said Steve Godbey, who wore an Obama T-shirt.

22 comments

  1. Howard Roark says:

    ““This election is so important, not just for this generation, but the next generation and children yet unborn,” ”

    Shouldn’t his comments be “children yet to be born.”

    I wonder if John Lewis has any feeling for those 40,000,000 who were never born.

  2. GreenAllTheWay says:

    It is difficult to respond to commends based on anything foun in the AJC. Please find a reliable source of news if you would like to be considered seriously.

  3. Truthteller says:

    Yeah, that guy Chris Strickland showed up and argued for higher taxes again.

    He was right there, working it for big government, side by side with the other big governmenters.

    Chris is for Obama. Ya’ll seen his crazy liberal blogs?

  4. Gray says:

    Chris Strickland doesn’t have a blog, numbnuts. Please share with us the url for that crazy, liberal blog though. I could use the hits.

  5. Truthteller says:

    Gray, are you actually claiming that Chris Strickland is not a liberal blogging kook?

    Are you seriously claiming he does not blog goofy aburdities?

    I call on Chris Strickland to set the record straight right now then.

    I call on Chris Strickland to state here on Peach Pundit, under his own real name, that he has not blogged about his love for Obama, his hatred of all things Republican, and his demand for bigger government.

    Gray, forward this call to Chris Strickland. An email from him to you, copied and pasted here as direct quotes, would certainly settle the issue!

    Let Chris set the record straight.

  6. Gray says:

    Let the record reflect that I am being baited into this threadjack.

    First, Chris Strickland doesn’t blog.

    Second, if you’d like to know more on his positions, a quick google search for his name should provide you the answers you seek.

    Finally, his cell phone # is public knowledge, and easily found at his website. If ANYBODY would like to know his positions feel free to call him and ask him. It is 678-938-1999. (Admins, since he is a public candidate and it is avail on his website, I’m not breaking any privacy rules). Plus he doesn’t mind anyway, although he is currently teaching class to middle schoolers right now.

    Finally, I suppose you are a supporter of the incumbent. There are plenty of news articles regarding the incumbent’s history. If you persist, I’m more than happy to bring up old police blotters from the 90’s if you like.

  7. debbie0040 says:

    Speaking of rallies:

    From the Ft Myers News-Press:

    Palin draws crowd of 60,000 in The Villages
    THE VILLAGES — Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin told wildly cheering, flag-waving, chanting supporters that John McCain is “the only great man in this race” and promised Sunday he will fix the nation’s economy if voters give the GOP four more years in the White House.

    “He won’t say this, so I’ll say it for him,” the Alaska governor said in an almost confidential tone at the close of her first Florida stump speech. “There is only one man in this election who has ever really fought for you. John McCain wore the uniform of his country for 22 years — talk about tough.”

    The Villages, a vast, upscale planned community north of Orlando, has about 70,000 mostly adult residents — many of them military retirees — who vote reliably Republican in statewide races. Tens of thousands inched along roads into the picturesque town square of the complex, where they stood in sweltering heat for about four hours as local GOP officials and a country band revved up the crowd.

    “Sa-Rah! Sa-Rah!” they chanted at every mention of her name, applauding loudly and waiving tiny American flags that were distributed — along with free water bottles — by local volunteers. The fire chief estimated the crowd at 60,000.

  8. boyreporter says:

    ‘The fire chief estimated the crowd at 60,000.’

    That would be an estimated 120,000 legs, 120, 000 arms but not one brain.

  9. jsm says:

    “Abbot Hayes, an organizer at the event, says he had expected a turnout of about 1,000 people, although far fewer filled the floor seats when the event commenced after two p.m.”
    http://gpbnews.blogspot.com/2008/09/n-ga-democrats-rally-for-obama-state_21.html

    Hoping for 1,000–getting 250. Not bad for democrats in North Georgia, I guess.

    “First, Chris Strickland doesn’t blog.”

    Be careful, Gray. I hope that you’re saying this because you’re merely unaware of some things. Even when a blog has been deleted, evidence still remains.

  10. Goldwater Conservative says:

    I really like John Lewis…but I must make a statement that is contrary to his beliefs, and I am willing to bet that I will get a few disagreements from this forum.

    Nixon was one of the U.S.A.’s greatest Presidents.

    I am tired of his accomplishments being cast in the shadows of the Watergate Scandal.

    I will state the same concerning Clinton.

    W. Bush will undoubtedly go down in history as one of our nation’s worst Presidents. Nixon should not be in that category.

    While the Watergate scandal was one of the worst scandals in American history…the rest of his acheivements rank as some of the greatest feats of american politics.

    Am I alone on this one?

  11. umustbekidding says:

    boyreporter,
    You just can’t stand the fact that Palin can draw a crowd that size without there being a FREE concert.

  12. Abb Hayes says:

    jsm – Thanks for the link above – I didn’t see that article.

    We didn’t really know what to expect in terms of attendance, as it was a free event. We hoped for a larger crowd, but were pleased to present a good program for those that attended.

    It’s a tough job, but we’ll keep working up here in north GA to build the Democratic party.

  13. Nixon had a remarkable legacy– creation of the EPA, expansion of health and education services, the thawing of the cold war. Some were great feats. He was cunning and skillful.

    But one cannot view Nixon without seeing him through the prism of his illegal abuse of power. It did more than tarnish his legacy. It disqualified him from greatness.

    But his most craven act was to continue the Vietnam war through the 1972 election, costing thousands of American (and Vietnamese) lives. He did it to appease the “silent majority” that was frightened of hippies and peaceniks (and blacks)– and he all but admitted it shortly before he died.

    So, no. Nixon wasn’t great. He was an SOB.

  14. Rick Day says:

    this independent voter is not happy his warnings from 12 months ago were ignored, mocked and not heeded, so the loyal following ™ could not get past their old, nassy habits, and continue to support the status quo.

    Instead of looking in the mirror at the source of our nation’s troubles, your pundits will provide you with the necessary whines to blames someone else, of course.

    The Circle is complete. GWB=FDR. so much for your fiscal conservatives.

    Er, what is it The McChurion ™ calls himself,fiscal what? And you are buying it AGAIN?

    It is the thing you all do best. From the rest of us who suffer under this stress, we thank you.

  15. GOPeach says:

    SARAH PALIN is gathering larger crowds than REAGAN! Something BIG IS HAPPENING….

    Just heard from a friend that the COBB GOP booth at the Ga State Fair is slammed and people are fighting over McCain -Palin yard signs… it’s getting crazy!

  16. boyreporter says:

    Abb Hayes: Keep up the good work. By the way, I knew your dad and Nath. Please send your Dem HQ email address up there (if you trust this site), as I’d like to get in touch.

    Now to umustbekidding: That was no Palin crowd at the Villages; that was the old folks waiting to get into the Country Cupboard for the “Early Bird Special” buffet.

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