“Centrist” John Barrow

June 27, 2012 10:43 am

by Charlie · 8 comments

While his four would-be GOP challengers are trying to “out-Republican” each other during their primary, 12th District Congressman John Barrow is distancing himself from the Democratic party.

Jim Galloway reported yesterday and today on Barrow’s plans to skip the Democratic National Convention.  Today, the AJC’s Daniel Malloy is reporting that Barrow will vote to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress.

Partisans are likely to call these moves cynical death bed conversions.  Others may also note that Jim Marshall was able to hold on to majority Republican GA-8 for several cycles by being a centrist. 

Will it work for Barrow?  You can pontificate here for now, as we won’t know until November.

ricstewart June 27, 2012 at 12:13 pm

There’s a difference between being a centrist and being a pandering, spineless snake oil salesman.

SallyForth June 27, 2012 at 12:37 pm

That description sure does not apply to gentleman John Barrow, a traditional conservative Georgia Democrat. And he’s never said a single bad thing about you!

ricstewart June 27, 2012 at 1:11 pm

We must be thinking of two different John Barrows. Which is natural, since there are two John Barrows: one for conservative parts of his district and one for liberal parts of his district.
Last election cycle, he sent two mailers out on the same day. One bragged about how he was “standing up to the Obama administration” and the other said he was “working hand in hand with President Obama.” He even exaggerates his accent more when he’s in rural parts of the district.

ricstewart June 27, 2012 at 1:47 pm

I wonder if he’ll skip both GPB/APC debates like he did in 2010, when he wouldn’t participate in televised debates with Regina Thomas or Ray McKinney.
He also dodged a debate in Vidalia last election cycle, saying he had to stay in Washington for some important votes that night. There were no votes scheduled for the day before, the day of, or the day afterward.

Ed June 27, 2012 at 5:50 pm

Heaven forbid a representative actually, like you know, try to repre.sent his constituents’ views

Tiberius June 27, 2012 at 8:55 pm

Pander is only used in the 3rd person—he/she it panders or they pander.

In the 1st person, it is listen or follow such as “I am following my constituents” or “I am listening to my voters.”

pleiku10 June 28, 2012 at 11:31 pm

A centrist democrat? He should be put on the Endangered Species List and offered protection. I have always wondered where people like Sam Nunn have gone to, they shurely are drowned out by the far left these days!

Blake July 2, 2012 at 1:52 pm

What is this “far left” you speak of? There is no far left in the United States, just a range from centrist Democrats (what you no doubt would call the “far left,” like Nancy Pelosi and Barney Frank) to far-right Republicans. The one exception that proves the rule is Bernie Sanders, who is left but not far left. For the far left, you have to go overseas to countries that actually still have a Communist Party, like Italy.

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