Because there just aren’t enough people named “Vandiver” in the U.S. Senate…

August 17, 2009 18:14 pm

by Pete Randall · 38 comments

…the tipline brings news of a website to draft Jane Vandiver Kidd, Chair of the Democratic Party of Georgia, to run in the upcoming U.S. Senate race against fellow liberal Johnny Isakson. You may now attribute any bandwidth problems on the internet this week to the tens of individuals who are flocking to that small, small corner of cyberspace to learn more about the woman who, the website tells us, “mobilized Democrats in every corner of the state with her 159-county strategy.” Yes, she really worked wonders with that. Bravo.

griftdrift August 17, 2009 at 6:43 pm


macho August 17, 2009 at 6:54 pm

She’s obviously a sacrificial lamb. Most of the Democrat insiders I’m friendly with feel she’s done an awful job as DPG Chairman. There were are lot of Republicans, in marginal districts, that got a free pass from Jane two years ago. With Obama on the top of the ballot, the conditions were very favorable to knock some Republicans off.

Other than that, she was an uninspiring State Rep. from very liberal Athens. The weightiest part of her resume are family members who have served in other offices.

Terran1212 August 17, 2009 at 7:11 pm

“U.S. Senate race against fellow liberal Johnny Isakson”

I’m curious — what actually makes a right winger for you guys? Do they have to be to the right of Tancredo to have bonafide credentials?

griftdrift August 17, 2009 at 7:12 pm

More like right of Torquemada

Henry Waxman August 18, 2009 at 12:06 pm

Torquemada: do not implore him for compassion. Torquemada: do not beg him for forgiveness. Torquemada: do not ask him for mercy. Let’s face it, you can’t Torquemada anything!”

Jace Walden August 19, 2009 at 3:58 am

Well-timed reference to History of the World: Part I. Nicely played.

galiberal August 17, 2009 at 8:48 pm

Oh lord, save us now. Jane needs to stay where she is at!

Pine Knot August 17, 2009 at 9:05 pm

Saxby and Johnny. Not liberal in my eyes, but definately not conservative. Farm bill anyone? Voting for the bailout? I wish more politicians were like Broun and the canidate he endorsed.

galiberal August 18, 2009 at 7:22 am

Broun is an embarrassment to my district!

Bucky Plyler August 18, 2009 at 8:03 am


The only folks that don’t like Broun in our district are from Athens. The rest of us love him & are not embarrassed by him at all.

I wish that every state had a Rep. like Paul Broun!

Icarus August 18, 2009 at 8:09 am

I think this one falls under “be careful what you wish for”.

Didn’t Athens turn out and vote 90% for Broun in the primary thinking that they could either beat him in a general election or he would be so bad he could be taken out next time by a better candidate?

Of course, if my Congressman couldn’t get sworn in, I might be a bit embarassed too.

galiberal August 18, 2009 at 9:03 am

Paul Broun was the lesser of two evils and won because the candidate said we should “bomb uga except for the football team.”

In retrospect, I think voting for Broun because of that was a terrible idea. HE will go away eventually, but… it may take some time.

Bucky Plyler August 18, 2009 at 10:07 am

I wish I could vote on your comment again & put you in the minus!

Game Fan August 19, 2009 at 8:37 am

I’m willing to outsource a minus in exchange for a plus.

Demonbeck August 19, 2009 at 8:49 am

That’s assuming that Icky would remain nonplussed.

Oh wait, Isarus is always nonplussed.

Game Fan August 22, 2009 at 10:08 am

It’s a done deal. But he’s too strong. He’s still solidly in the green.

Henry Waxman August 18, 2009 at 12:02 pm

I like the candidate that Broun has endorsed for governor.

Howard Roark August 17, 2009 at 9:13 pm

Jane’s family in Lavonia have been voting Republican for years. They were quite happy when Mike Beatty beat Eddie Madden and when Sonny kicked the KGB.

drjay August 18, 2009 at 7:31 am

does she normally use the “vandiver” as part of her name–i have a vague awareness of her geneology but this is the 1st time i’ve seen her called jane vandiver kidd as opposed to just jane kidd…

Jane August 18, 2009 at 7:35 am

If she is running as the insider for US Senate, does that mean the Dem’s could not recruit a Black Dem like Michael Thurmond for a statewide office? Does this mean some of the Dems now running for Gov or Lt. Gov may run for re-election to their current seats? Or is she just a place holder until a Dem candidates who actually has a base decided to run statewide?

Romegaguy August 18, 2009 at 9:25 am

what dem is running for Lt Gov?

rugby August 18, 2009 at 9:36 am

The Democrats have a party in Georgia?

Romegaguy August 18, 2009 at 9:48 am

Jane is a woman?

Tommy_a2b August 18, 2009 at 10:15 am

Boy how shallow the bench must be on the D side.

Technocrat August 18, 2009 at 10:43 am

Obviously felons have not studied their right run and to be elected even while serving in prison.

The Demos are missing a great pool of candidates.

Henry Waxman August 18, 2009 at 11:52 am

Yeah, it’s too bad that Vick signed with the Eagles or he would have been a great candidate for the Dems. Even Icky might support him since he wasn’t charged with killing any imaginary dogs.

Icarus August 18, 2009 at 2:54 pm

Hey, I took the dog to the imaginary vet, and she’s imaginary better now.

Chris August 19, 2009 at 9:54 am

My kid does like her new dog. You can come get the power cord chewing real one any time.

Technocrat August 18, 2009 at 1:28 pm

I’m amazed that people discriminate against minor felons [those that spend less than 5 and haven’t murdered someone].
Think what you could learn from Bernie Madoff and others of a lesser stature.
I know a few businesses that hire ex felons [ mostly drugs and stock market fraudsters] almost exclusively and these people turn out fine much better than the typical young ignorant HS grad.

Who better to watch the crooks than a reformed ex crook!

ByteMe August 18, 2009 at 7:30 pm

How do you think Joe Kennedy became the first head of the Securities and Exchange Commission?

benevolus August 20, 2009 at 2:16 pm

Are you saying Mike Vick is a minor felon?
He ran a criminal enterprise for SIX YEARS. He violated bail (illegal drug use!). He didn’t cooperate with the feds as per plea agreement. He failed a lie detector test. His bankruptcy filing was a blatant attempt to keep from paying his creditors by making all his friends and family rich instead.

Dude is no minor felon. He’s a mess.

Doug Deal August 20, 2009 at 2:39 pm

There is no such thing as a “minor” felony. That’s called a misdemeanor. Things are felonies for a reason.

Doug Deal August 20, 2009 at 2:40 pm

Not to say that I think all things that are felonies should remain so.

Jane August 18, 2009 at 9:02 pm

I am a different Jane. In fact Jane is not my real name anyway.

Dash Riptide August 18, 2009 at 9:20 pm

You should use your real name. Otherwise no one will take you seriously.

benevolus August 19, 2009 at 8:55 am

No one may take you seriously anyway. Depending on what you say.
By the way, your pretend last name wouldn’t be “Doe” would it?

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