Here’s something for you guys to chew on. Even if Democrats pick up a few trending seats here and there, the Republicans will almost certainly retain solid majorities in both houses of the legislature. I know there are things that some of you didn’t like about Roy Barnes the first time he was Governor. But at the same time, he’s proven that he’s hard working and can be successful at moving things through the legislature. The CATO institute and others said he was the best Democratic Governor in the country back then.
He balanced the budget for four years, put money into reserves, cut property taxes by billions (despite what Casey Cagle says to Politifact, ummm Mr. Cagle the escrow portion of my mortgage went up over $100 a month to pay for your “budget balancing”) and was willing to use his political capital to make tough decisions for the state. Love him or hate him – you also have to admit at this stage of the water crisis, now that things have the potential to get quite litigious, that he’d be tough as nails in that role. I know I’d call 888-KING-ROY if I needed a lawyer.
So here’s the thing for you guys to ponder, specifically the ones who said that if Oxendine was the nominee you’d vote for Barnes. Now that Deal has basically morphed into Oxendine on steroids why not give divided government a shot? Let Roy check the excess of the Republican legislature and vice versa. If it works out everyone wins. If you decide against it, at least you can get Karen Handel or someone else in 2014 instead of being stuck with Deal until 2018 or Chris Riley has enough money to retire, whichever comes first.
This is a sophisticated appeal to the blogging crowd, you likely won’t see it on the airwaves. But people that read blogs like this and their friends and families could swing a close election. I hope you’ll give it some thought particularly in the privacy of the voting ATM.