Sometimes the idea wafts gently into the warm Georgia air that the Front Page Posters here at Peach Pundit agree on everything. The whole “HandelPundit” thing became a running joke, and gave some an excuse to dismiss what was posted here. One email based political publication was jubilant in Handel’s defeat not because of support for Deal but because of the opportunity it provided to rub it in Peach Pundit’s face. Of course that publication failed to point out that a candidate for Insurance Commissioner it heavily supported went down hard in the runoff. Take that Bill. 😉
The General Election race between Roy Barnes, Nathan Deal, and John Monds will put on display the differences of opinion we Front Page Posters have.
I intend to vote for Nathan Deal and will be posting a series of articles between now and November in support of Deal, in opposition to Roy Barnes, and in defense of Republican Governance of Georgia over the past few years. I don’t think Nathan Deal is God’s Gift To Humanity, I don’t think Roy Barnes is the Spawn of Satan, and I don’t think the Republican run State Government has been perfect. On the whole however, Nathan Deal and the Republicans will be better for Georgia that Roy Barnes will.
Elections are about choices – we choose from among the candidates on the ballot for any given office. This year voters could choose from among seven Republicans and seven Democrats. Libertarians put forward one candidate. Now we must choose between one Republican, one Democrat, and one Libertarian. We all know this but I think it’s important to remember. The election for Governor this year is not an opportunity to pick the best person for the job, it’s an opportunity to pick from the candidates that decided to run. Being upset at what we may view as flaws in the remaining candidates is pointless. Pick the candidate that agrees most with your views and support him. Remember an 80% friend is not a 20% enemy.
Last week I warned of a post-primary split in the GOP. I’d been hearing from a number of Deal supporters that they would never support Karen Handel, and Roy Barnes isn’t so bad anyway. Now I’m hearing some Handel supporters say the exact same thing. You Republicans can vote for Barnes or Monds in protest if you want, but do it with your eyes wide open about exactly who it is you’re supporting.
Why am I supporting Nathan Deal? I explain in more detail as we move forward, but as an incoming freshman Legislator, Nathan Deal is someone I can work with to get good stuff done for the people of my district. I don’t think I can get much done with Roy Barnes in the Governor’s mansion – it will be more about trying to block bad stuff. Some of you may like the idea of divided government and there’s plenty of data to support your idea on the Federal level. For me, I don’t want a Democrat Governor and a Republican Legislature. Call me selfish, but I want the chance to get some of my ideas enacted into law. Nathan Deal gives me a better chance to do exactly that.