Karen Handel was never the Social Conservative choice for Governor. Her career wasn’t built on blaming illegal Mexicans for all the woes of a lazy and under-educated American workforce. As the chairwoman of a county that had one of the nation’s largest gay communities, she didn’t find some way to blame them for all the problems actually caused by discredited leftists policies pushed by race-warlords like Emma Darnell.
Karen was the choice for those of us who didn’t care if you were sexually attracted to Eve or Steve. She was the choice for those of us who think our problems are related to an entitled populace who believes that not only do they deserve free cake, but they should be able to eat as much of it as they want, get fat, and have someone else pay for their healthcare.
Karen is the only one in the GOP race who knows, as Roy Barnes said, you can’t bring jobs to Georgia when the rest of the country is laughing at us. And they aren’t just laughing over micro-chipped cooters. They’re laughing at Speakers who fake suicide attempts to get attention. They’re laughing at the Georgia First creeps who support state sovereignty so they can molest little girls. They’re laughing at the country bumpkins who care more about a flag that symbolizes oppression to 40% of the population, than a candidate’s policies. They laugh at us because we can’t buy beer on Sunday.
You can clearly see from Karen’s interview with Doug Richards that she didn’t give one flip about gay marriage or gay adoption. She was irritated that there were real issues to be discussed and Richards was waisting her time with this crap. But because once, several years ago, she tried to reach out to a group of Gay Republicans, her opponents pandered to the homophobes in the GOP to paint her as pro-gay. And because stupid stuff gets better ratings than substantive discussions of issues, the media lapped it all up.
Karen should be pushing an agenda of jobs, transportation, education and growth. Instead, because Georgians are a bunch of homophobes, she has to spend all her time trying to be more anti-gay than the walking indictment known as Ox, and the guy run out of congress on ethics violations.
In the process she has alienated those who would vote for her because she doesn’t care who you marry. The bigots were never going to vote for her anyway. They were gonna vote Deal and Ox. And if you’re a Deal or Ox supporters, you don’t care about a candidate’s ethics anyway, so she wouldn’t get their support in the Run-Off.
To win the Runoff, Karen had to show she was the one best qualified to Govern. And she still is the most qualified to govern. But because she’s spent the last few weeks on the defensive over issues that only matter to narrow-minded rednecks, she’s lost the support of the middle. And as anyone whose looked at a bell curve knows, the middle is bigger than the fringe.
Karen’s place was never on the far right. If it was, I wouldn’t have been supporting her since she began looking at this race. Instead of saying that Gays are people too, she’s joined with the rest of the religious nutters in saying their marriages aren’t legitimate and they can’t be good parents.
Most of you know I work in IT. Folks in IT tend to be pretty solutions oriented. Which product works best, has the lowest Total Cost of Ownership, delivers the features, and can deploy fastest. Outside politics, my associations and friendships are all people who inhabit the middle. I work hard to convince the middle they should support their own economic interests and vote Republican. Because at the end of the day, the Democrats do not support the individual spirit of freedom and innovation that made America great, and the Libertarians nominate which ever unqualified crackpot they can find to pay the filing fee.
The middle should be voting Republican. But thanks to Republicans who think the greatest issues facing the nation are two guys getting married, having to hear “press 2 for spanish”, and whether or not a terminal cancer patient must live in agony till his metabolism fully stops, the middle rejected you.
They rejected you in 2008 for Barack Obama. A do-nothing, know-nothing half term Senator.
And they will reject you again for Roy Barnes. And you know what. You deserve it.