The Augusta Chronicle has an article online outlining some double-speak coming from the campaign of Georgia’s 12th District Congressman John Barrow. Democratic Households are being told that he “Works Hand in Hand with Obama”, while Republican leaning households receive mailers touting Barrow’s work against major Obama administration initiatives.
The first mailing has a cover with a picture of the Democratic president next to a headline, “NOW more than ever.”
“John Barrow,” it says, “is working hand in hand with President Obama to create jobs and turn the economy around.”
The other mailing has a headline that proclaims the 12th Congressional District representative as “not another rubber stamp.”
It says he “stood up to (House Speaker) Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats in Washington.” It also notes his vote against Obama’s energy bill and “the Wall Street bail-out.”
Barrow’s challenger, Ray McKinney, hasn’t received the same press here as Austin Scott or Mike Keown, and that’s largely because his odds are longer. That said, in a Republican state in a Republican year, in an election cycle where there is general widespread anger among voters against double-speaking incumbent politicians, a strategy of being all things to all people by an incumbent could provide just enough of a spark for an outsider to break through.
I’m thinking I’ll be happy at the election night party in Tifton on Tuesday. I’m starting to believe that despite the entrenched Democratic base in GA-2 that we will see that upset there for Mike Keown. The longshot I’m starting to watch is now in Eastern Georgia. The Republican wave will have to be tall, but here’s hoping Ray McKinney can catch it.