Wait, it’s not? Then what is it that is causing all of this mass hysteria? Oh, right.
As with most of my opinions, you can blame them on my youth and inexperience. But I just don’t understand the Republican hysteria surrounding Roy Barnes’s potential (but long-shot) return to power. As I and others have pointed out time and again, Roy’s fiscal policy wasn’t all that bad. It actually compares favorably to Republican Governor Sonny Perdue’s fiscal record. So what is it about Roy Barnes that has so many people sacrificing their firstborn in order to prevent his retaking the “throne”?
“Roy Barnes ruled like a king.” Yeah, got it. Point acknowledged. If Perdue was one thing, it was completely disengaged and ambivalent. He was the Yin to Roy’s Yang. Unlike Roy, he didn’t meddle in the day to day business of the legislature, and he generally didn’t use his office as a bully-pulpit through which to threaten his dissenters. But then again, he didn’t have to. In the House, Sonny had Glenn Richardson and Earl Ehrhart to serve as enforcers. While one was banging a lobbyist and the other turning a blind eye to it, both ensured that dissenters were punished with loss of seniority and committee positions. In the Senate, Sonny had the Lieutenant Governor. When the latest in a long, sad history of GOP sponsored tax increases came to the Senate floor, Sonny needed votes. And when it looked like he wasn’t going to get them, Casey Cagle took action. In vain of Glenn Richardson, Cagle threatened committee assignments and seniority in order to push through Sonny’s tax increase. With loyal lap-dog enforcers like Cagle and Richardson, why would Sonny need to be the bad guy? And how was the Republican legislature’s way of keeping the troops in line any better than Roy’s?
“ZOMG! Oh noes, what about redistricting?” If there is one thing Republicans are good at, it’s creating a pseudo-crisis out of nothing. Redistricting is the biggest red herring of all. First, regardless of what Roy Barnes wants to do with the districts, any plan will have to be supported by a heavily GOP-controlled legislature. Second, regardless of what Roy or the legislature want to do, the final legality of the entire issue will be decided by the courts. Redistricting is a non-issue. Roy Barnes can do nothing to affect it.
So why the hysteria? Simple, disgruntled Republicans have to create some sort of moral justification for doing something against their “principles”. It seems like a lot of GOP folks out there are just too scared to say they’re voting for Deal because he’s a Republican. I give Doug Grammer a lot of crap on here for being such a hyper-partisan, but at least he’s honest. He’ll vote for the GOP nominee every time because he believes it’s superior to voting for the Democratic nominee. I may not agree with it, but at least he isn’t trying to blow smoke up my rear end and tell me it’s for some other reason.
It’s funny. Back in the primary, “ethics” seemed to matter. Nathan’s “ghetto grandmother” comments seemed to be important. Now all of the sudden, Republicans are flocking in droves to Nathan Deal because of the Roy Barnes Boogeyman. A boogeyman that doesn’t exist. So, all of you who are begrudgingly supporting Nathan Deal because you’re “afraid” of what Roy Barnes will do, quit lying to me. Quit lying to yourselves. Roy wasn’t as bad as you want him to be. And as fiscally irresponsible as the GOP has been recently, he could easily be a thriving member of your party. The real reason you’re not supporting Barnes has nothing to do with his fiscal policy, or his leadership style, or the threat of redistricting or any other pseudo-crisis you can invent. It boils down to something much simpler:
The “D” beside his name. Deal with it.