In the interest of my limited time this week, I’m tempted just refer you to Kyle Wingfield’s excellent and “to the point” column today.
If you don’t want to read through the wind up, here’s the money quote regarding Karen Handel’s taking of Nathan Deal’s bait by making “the gays” a nice primary wedge issue, and in doing so, giving a less than comprehensive explanation:
And for a candidate who has emphasized ethics and integrity, Handel’s fumbling efforts to set the record straight are putting her in a bad place.
It was her first major slip up in a campaign that has gone on for well over a year. Most of the other candidates have had them along the way, and as a pattern emerged, have been roundly criticized by me here on these pages for them.
Handel can’t afford for there to be a pattern. It’s go time, and the major media outlets are finally covering this race. Mistakes made today have a much greater effect than those that Deal spent the entire month of October making, or that Ox has used his entire career of
self public service making.
I would encourage Handel to make a comprehensive statement on this matter and put it behind her. It’s only an issue because she allowed it to become one. It only goes away with some clear and forthcoming statements, and then the few chips will fall where they may.