We Republicans have a long proud history of taking our ball and going home when we don’t get our way in the Primary. Moderates refused to support Barry Goldwater and Lyndon Johnson won in a landslide in 1964. In 2001 New Jersey moderates refused to support Bret Schundler for Governor and got Jim McGreevey. Two years ago conservatives didn’t like John McCain and we have Barack Obama. Will we refuse to unite after tomorrow’s results in the GOP Governor runoff and get Roy Barnes in November? I’m worried about that possibility.
A few weeks ago State Rep. Allen Peake urged Republicans to come together post-primary and took a beating from many commenters. Over the weekend Cong. Nathan Deal said he’s hesitant to support Handel should she win the nomination:
Handel, who has called Deal a “corrupt relic of Washington,” said she’d support Deal if he won the runoff.
Deal, who has said Handel’s campaign lacks substance, wouldn’t commit to backing her if she won.
“It’s going to take some time for us to heal the wounds that have been inflicted here,” Deal said.
I understand the hurt feelings. Harsh things have been said by a lot of candidates, their supporters and single-issue groups (remember GRTL?). The Governor’s race has become particularly rough. I don’t care which candidate you’re supporting, taking your ball and going home on Wednesday is simply not an option. Rather than seeking retribution or nursing hurt feelings we need to roll up our sleeves and get back to work.
For those Republicans who say “Roy Barnes won’t be so bad” let me remind you that the Georgia’s Governor is one of the most powerful executives in the nation. A GOP controlled House and Senate will not be able to fully block Roy’s agenda.
With the budget crisis continuing and redistricting to be done next year, now is not the time to see if Roy Barnes really is sorry for the way he governed 8 years ago. Vote for the candidate of your choice tomorrow but then accept the results and let’s move forward.