A Diverse Georgia 2014

January 26, 2013 11:10 am

by Bridget Cantrell · 57 comments

Dems, Libs, Repubs – we all want to see a woman in the U.S House or Senate for the sake of diversity.  Alliances worked to soundly defeat TSPLOST.  Alliances will work to get a woman in office.

Be thinking about a moderate we could all get behind…


Chris January 26, 2013 at 10:31 am

I could care less about race, gender, sexual orientation, etc… As long as we finally elect a Senator that actively works to uphold the Constitution, protect individual liberty, works for small government, promotes a humble foreign policy, and supports a sound currency and economic policies (i.e.: Austrian Economics).

Will, the Winner! January 26, 2013 at 11:04 am

Why do we need to get behind a moderate female? If you are going to try and force gender, why can’t she be conservative?

Bridget Cantrell January 26, 2013 at 12:37 pm

You know the answer, but I’ll type it – an uber-conservative usually doesn’t find middle ground a Democrat woman could support.

Baker January 26, 2013 at 12:55 pm

Who said anything about uber-conservative? Karen Handel is out for you Bridg?

Harry January 26, 2013 at 11:49 am

What’s the problem? Get a viable candidate to commit to run and we’ll consider her on the merits. I’d love to see a fine lady GOP senator representing us. There are several who come to mind.

Trey A. January 26, 2013 at 1:08 pm

How about a woman and a veteran? We have exactly one veteran in our Congressional delegation–a Navy doctor. That’s 1 of 15. And this is a red state. With lots of veterans, active duty personnel and people who support our troops.

Harry January 26, 2013 at 1:31 pm

Matter of fact I know a female veteran, type-A, no-nonsense charismatic personality who would be fantastic as senator. But, she has zero name recognition and thus couldn’t raise money. That’s the problem.

Bridget Cantrell January 26, 2013 at 1:38 pm

Name ID is fixable. My email address is bridget.cantrell[at]gmail.com if she’d like to meet for coffee.

Harry January 26, 2013 at 1:51 pm

Let’s see.

IndyInjun January 26, 2013 at 2:08 pm

Good. We need to reinforce good people when they run. Maybe this person will make a go of it. Then maybe she will talk to Stephen Simpson, who ran against Broun. Maybe she will ignore the fact that right wing talk radio, which LOVES GOP incumbents early on dismissed him due to low polling numbers.

You cannot blame the politicos who go wrong – and sell out – when there are zero consequences brought to bear by the people for it. They get to have their cake and eat it too.

Maybe that is what is infuriating about them.

atlanta_advocate January 26, 2013 at 11:57 am

The Democrats have the corner on the diversity game. Every time the Republicans try to play it, they lose either in the primary or the general election. And when the GOP does elect non-white and non-male candidates, it is ironically because they are actually to the right of the GOP mainstream or establishment (i.e. Sarah Palin, Tim Scott, Nikki Hailey, Allen West), make no reference to their race or sex and get movement conservative support as a result (as Palin did in running against the corrupt entrenched establishment in Alaska as a reform candidate and Scott, Hailey and West did by getting Tea Party support).

Being a Republican on one hand and saying “We need diversity so lets elect a moderate woman” on the other is playing both sides. The result would be alienated social conservatives and white males staying home in droves, and a John Barrow – a conservative Democrat who would be impossible to defeat – winning the seat, plus increased turnout from Democrats who would correctly sense weakness in the moderate affirmative action female GOP candidate and react like sharks with blood in the water, and the result would be not only to elect a Democratic senator but to help more Democrats get elected in down ballot races, and perhaps even threaten the prospects of Nathan Deal in the governor’s race.

And incidentally, the lack of a Plan B T-SPLOST alternative (nothing this year, there won’t be anything in 2014 either as it is an election year) or even enough money to adequately fund existing transportation projects or projects universally agreed upon as needed (you saw Nathan Deal’s budget, remember?) while other states are already pressing forward with funding and implementing their major infrastructure initiatives really makes me wonder if that is actually a positive example.

seekingtounderstand January 27, 2013 at 4:06 pm

GOP will sell out to foregin firms for toll roads……………..off shore bank accounts could see a boost. Vacation homes in …………………
GOP blames public for voting down TSPLOST as cover.

Baker January 26, 2013 at 12:28 pm

And alliances will continue to sit idly in Atl traffic and watch as jobs and people decide they don’t want to deal with the mess of Atlanta and instead decide on Charlotte or Seattle or lots of other places that aren’t renowned world over for bad traffic.

IndyInjun January 26, 2013 at 12:52 pm

Or even choose, Savannah, Macon, Augusta, or Columbus – imagine that…..

Dave Bearse January 26, 2013 at 2:32 pm


That severely limits the field, but at least there’s probably decent overlap of two small subsets. Moderate Georgia Republican, at least with respect to statewide office, was an oxymoron.

And at least the unspeakable is being spoken at the least damaging time. The word moderate isn’t going to pass the lips of a GOP Senate candidate during a primary campaign, unless it’s with disdain, since a moderate cannot win a primary to replace conservative Saxby Chambliss that is too liberal for teh GaGOP.

I don’t buy Chambliss’ explanation that his almost certainly being primaried had nothing to do with the decision to not run for re-election. Chambliss said he’s frustrated with Washington. What he didn’t say was that some of that frustration is a reasult of the constraints imposed by on him by the GaGOP base.

IndyInjun January 26, 2013 at 2:53 pm

Actually, I am one of the few who didn’t see red when Saxby did not slam the door on tax increases. I was seeing red over immigration, TARP, CFMA, GLB, medicare D. He compounded his earlier error on derivatives by blocking Sen. Lincoln’s insistence that the things be placed on an exchange and that banks be removed from trading in them.

This was a pattern aimed directly at anyone who was a frugal saver and it stole $trillions from us on top of the $trillions lost. His recent willingness to accept taxes flew in the face of his willingness to participate in a $16 (to date) Trillion Looting. ($16 Trillion being the Fed backstop to the banks.)

They can be moderate, just as long as they don’t murder the frugal and responsible by enabling thievery like Saxby did.

Good riddance.

Sherena Arrington January 26, 2013 at 3:30 pm

Good gracious! A moderate? Absolutely not. Diversity? Why bother? Just give me a constitutional conservative who won’t bend and won’t break and who won’t fall to the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, the lust of power, the lust of pride, and the lust of money.

Will Durant January 26, 2013 at 3:49 pm

No Virginia, there is no Santa Claus.

IndyInjun January 26, 2013 at 5:47 pm

Not an one electable by the whims of our electorate, yet.

novicegirl January 26, 2013 at 3:51 pm

No doubt, ambitious women across GA will be clamoring to earn your “moderate” endorsement.

Bridget Cantrell January 26, 2013 at 5:44 pm

I’ve never publicly endorsed anyone. My eyes are plenty open to see it would hurt them on some level with some group of voters. Politicians endorse other politicians. Makers and doers polarize, sway, educate, and transmit.

I know there are very capable business women out there, and I would like to see them in the races.

Nonchalant January 26, 2013 at 4:07 pm

First, if Chambliss decides to do something on immigration that woud prevent him from running again, the odds of any successor GOP moderate are zero. Repeat zero.

Second, I suggest your female candidate actually earn the esteem of her countrymen via her abilities, not gender. If that is not too much to ask. These days, it usually is.

seekingtounderstand January 27, 2013 at 4:11 pm

you voted for obama and he didn’t earn my esteem via his abilities……………..
you put men in positions of leaderships who fail and fail and fail and where did that get us?

The Last Democrat in Georgia January 26, 2013 at 4:56 pm

“Be thinking about a moderate we could all get behind…”

You mean somebody that is going to easily sell us out to the gun-grabbing liberal wolves on “gun control”, don’t you?

A “moderate” (read liberal R.I.N.O.) is the absolute last thing that we need right now as what we need more than anything else is someone who will stand for principle, someone who will stand to protect the Constitution of the United States of America and fight for it with all of their mite and be willing to fight for it with their life if they have to.

Because “moderate” just isn’t going to cut it with a bunch of mega-corporate and big nanny-state mega-government interests trying to take away our rights while spending the country into total oblivion.

Sorry, Bridget, but you are on your own if you want to find a so-called “moderate” female (or male) who will go to Washington to easily sell us all out to the very people who are gleefully destroying this country.

Bob Loblaw January 26, 2013 at 5:06 pm

Why do you associate a moderate with “someone who will sell you out”? Moderate views don’t equal doing a disservice to your constituency! If your conservative positions cause you to believe a moderate with a different position is a “sell out,” then I think I know what Saxby was talking about when he said that the climate in Washington is untenable and that he doesn’t see it improving.

novicegirl January 26, 2013 at 5:23 pm

We need more government programs, spending isn’t growing quickly enough and there are not enough Federal regulations: more moderates and liberals progressives please.

The Last Democrat in Georgia January 27, 2013 at 12:46 am

Bob Loblaw, January 26, 2013 at 5:06 pm-

When the term “moderate” is thrown around on the right it usually means for those with conservative views on current issues to move over to the left’s point-of-view so that liberals and progressives can feel validated about leading the country over the moral and fiscal edge.

“Moderate” is a term that is only thrown at conservatives to tell them that they need to be liberal on their most closely-held political and social beliefs. “Moderate” is seldom, if ever, a term directed at liberals to tell them to be move to the conservative point-of-view on their most closely-held political and social views.

Sending some political newbie to Washington to be “moderate” on federal spending can only result in this entire country looking like a cross between California and Greece with sky-high taxes (lots of them), virtually all industry deserting these shores in droves and civil unrest in the streets of American cities because their universal welfare checks got cut-off due to severe lack of federal funds.

Sending some wet-behind-the-ears political neophyte to Congress to be “moderate” on “gun-control” can only result in Diane Feinstein and company getting on television and telling law-abiding American citizens to “turn in your guns”.

In this political climate, the term “moderate” means giving liberals everything or about 90% of everything they want while conservatives get a pat on the head and a “atta-boy” as a reward for being good little compromisers.

novicegirl January 27, 2013 at 9:31 am


Bob Loblaw January 27, 2013 at 10:18 am


According to you, moderates:

“feel validated about leading the country of the moral and fiscal edge”

“are ONLY thrown at conservatives to tell them that they need to be liberal”

and, this is my fav, will result in:

“virtually all industry deserting these shores in droves and civil unrest in American cities”

I stopped reading there and just said “Saxby was right”. Deserting the shores in droves and leading to civil unrest? Jeez. If that’s what a moderate could do to America, I wonder how bad it’d get if we elected a liberal president?

Save the drama. Mercy.

What I think Bridget and others mean is get some elected officials that try to work with others in the formation of laws instead of digging in on their position, getting nothing of consequence in legislation and after getting your butt kicked, passing 10+ bills to repeal Obamacare to placate your base, for example.

The American people gave us conservatives more than a pat on the back–it was a swift kick in the a$$. If you want to continue to keep digging while in this massive political hole, feel free. If you’re expecting a different result, I believe you understand the definition of that behavior.

Dave Bearse January 27, 2013 at 2:05 pm

The GOP is becoming a regional party unable to achieve a governing majority nationally because of the GOP base’s contempt for moderates, even GOP moderates.

Bob Loblaw January 27, 2013 at 3:52 pm

The GOP base that has worked for decades for small government, a strong national defense, free trade, human rights and family values does not have a contempt for moderation.

The contempt you find today is from the newly-injected, off-the-couch in 2008 after Obama won, TEA Party freak show that demands extremism in every decision. These folks think about as deeply as “no tolerance” polices that get kids kicked out of school for Tweetie Bird key-chains because, well, they brought a chain to school, when deciding whether or not tax revenue should be spent.

seekingtounderstand January 27, 2013 at 4:15 pm

GOP has worked on small government ……………………………………… translation
we have worked to make sure our small circle gets all the loot from our corruption and that we have no one holding us accountable
As a white man stated at the forsyth republican meeting
“we do not want to change the GOP in Georgia”
Must destroy the tea party because they dare to hold us accountable and remind people how we conducted ourseleves while in office

Dave Bearse January 27, 2013 at 11:14 pm

I think Obama’s election expedited a process that already underway. The quicker a return to moderation the better for the GOP and the country.

Beau Stafford January 26, 2013 at 5:57 pm

So a lack of “diversity” is our BIG problem. Wake up!

Ed January 26, 2013 at 6:43 pm

Is this where Bridget starts to position herself as a moderate?

Just throwing that out there…. Refusing to publicly endorse anyone… Already plotting how to fix name ID…

IndyInjun January 26, 2013 at 7:33 pm

The paleocon movement died when Buchanan finally got ran out and there went the country. One recalls campaigning with furor over open borders and free trade. Those wars were over and America lost to the globalists. Now their world collapses. People would not pay heed then and they won’t now unless reduced to eating dog food. We are so far down the road that everyone has at least one entitlement and most have 3 or more. Now we have to find fit people to bring us through the adjustment. That is what we strive for here, one hopes.

Bridget seems bright, motivated, and trying to make a difference. I salute that, even if she doesn’t like white hair or doing endorsements.

xdog January 26, 2013 at 9:26 pm

“even if she doesn’t like white hair”

At a guess, it’s the moss back she has trouble with.

IndyInjun January 27, 2013 at 12:26 pm

I figured it was the outsized club I use to get my wimmen to yield.

xdog January 27, 2013 at 1:37 pm

“the outsized club”

That’s not what she said.

IndyInjun January 27, 2013 at 2:22 pm

The memory of any of my wimmen is unreliable. Being clobbered over the head with a caveman’s club tends to do that……….and does wonders for their attitude. (Now Debbie and Bridget, I was just kidding!)

Harry January 27, 2013 at 4:36 pm

My memory of any of my wimmen is unreliable.

Harry January 27, 2013 at 5:02 pm

Ed was in trouble.

He forgot his wedding anniversary. His wife was really angry. She told him, “Tomorrow morning I expect to find a gift in the driveway that goes from 0 to 200 in less then 6 seconds AND IT BETTER BE THERE!!”

The next morning Ed got up early and left for work. When his wife woke up she looked out the window and sure enough there was a box gift-wrapped in the middle of the driveway. Confused, the wife put on her robe and ran out to the driveway and brought the box back in the house.

She opened it and found a brand new bathroom scale.

Ed has been missing since Friday.

Noway January 28, 2013 at 8:22 am

Damn, Harry, that is just hilarious!!!

IndyInjun January 28, 2013 at 10:54 am

Ed had white hair and got on a podium with Ted Kennedy to celebrate amnesty? Ed needed to go missing!

Three Jack January 27, 2013 at 5:14 pm

I really don’t care about diversity for the simple sake of claiming diversity at the expense of quality.

For example, the U.S. Senate now has 20 women, the most ever. Out of these 20, there are 2 who can be counted on to support a fiscally conservative agenda – Kelly Ayotte, NH and newly elected Deb Fischer, NE. The other 18 including 2 GOPers (Collins, ME & Murkowski, AK) consistently vote against fiscal sanity.

How about we just work to elect folks who fulfill their pushcard promises no matter gender, race or sexual preferences.

Bridget Cantrell January 27, 2013 at 6:07 pm

3J, There are plenty of fiscally conservative women capable of doing a great job in office. The GOP has had PLENTY of time to do the right thing and promote competent women through the ranks. And not Affirmative Action gimmes – legitimately solid long term assets to the GOP. Enough already.

Harry January 27, 2013 at 6:45 pm

The are a couple of solid GOP women governors.

The Last Democrat in Georgia January 27, 2013 at 6:48 pm

Your talk of “moderation” is very-disturbing during a time when a fully-emboldened far-left is forcefully trying to impose their uber-liberal agenda on the country, a country in which an uber-liberal way-of-life is unwanted in many places outside of the Northeast and the West Coast.

You don’t sound as if you are plotting a future in the Georgia Republican Party. You sound as if you are plotting a future in the Georgia DEMOCRAT Party.

The Democrats are hard at work trying to overturn the 2nd Amendment and you wanna send a “moderate” to Washington to deal with the likes of Obama and Feinstein?

We don’t need to send a “moderate” male or female to go to Washington and surrender to the left’s agenda of disarmament of law-abiding citizens.

If you want to talk about increasing female representation, if anything, we need a no-holds-barred, take-no-prisoners hardcore firebrand conservative female who will tell the far-left what to do and where to go with their gun-grabbing, budget-busting government-expanding agenda.

IndyInjun January 27, 2013 at 7:18 pm

This isn’t South Carolina or Alaska. The Atlanta metro area is half the population in the state and it isn’t necessarily welcoming to a Palin or Haley type of GOP woman.

Wow, LDIG, that was pretty strong criticism of Bridgit. Now fiscal conservatives are not wanted, nor are more moderate GOP women?

The big tent of Reagan is now one of those bivy tents.

The Last Democrat in Georgia January 27, 2013 at 7:33 pm

“This isn’t South Carolina or Alaska. The Atlanta metro area is half the population in the state and it isn’t necessarily welcoming to a Palin or Haley type of GOP woman.”

….Tell that to the thousands of people that have been overcrowding the lines at gun shows as of late here in the metro area, the largest metro area in a state dominated by conservatives.

Metro Atlantans don’t want some kind of spineless “moderate” who will give the ‘Crats 95% of the far, far, far-left socialist agenda they want to impose on the country.

Georgians want someone who will go to Washington and stand up to Obama, Feinstein, Schumer and the gang to fight for our God-given Constitutional rights, rights which are being eroded by the hour.

IndyInjun January 27, 2013 at 7:51 pm

I hear you on that.

Question – can she be a tough constitutionalist and fiscal conservative or does she HAVE TO BE a social conservative?

Just asking.

The Last Democrat in Georgia January 27, 2013 at 8:08 pm

“Question – can she be a tough constitutionalist and fiscal conservative or does she HAVE TO BE a social conservative?”

…Of course she can be a tough constitutionalist and fiscal conservative. I really don’t care whether she would be a social conservative as it is the (at times obsessive and CREEPY) rape and abortion (and birth control) talk that REALLY keeps getting conservatives into really hot water with a media that is already looking for even the slightest reason to smear and defame them as backwards ignorant extremists.

Bob Loblaw January 28, 2013 at 8:53 am

Christine O’Donnell 2.0 is who you’re looking for? That worked out.

Three Jack January 28, 2013 at 8:50 am

Bridget, I’m certainly not the person to defend the GOP, but you sound like you think there is some sort of orchestrated effort to prevent women from seeking public office under the GOP banner. At quick glance, Sue Everhart has served as GOP Chair for two terms, Jan Jones was elected again as Speaker Pro Tem and Karen Handel who I supported damn near became governor (in this case, the GOP good ol boy network definitely had an impact, but she still ended up in the runoff).

My point being, there should be no effort based simply on gender to either prevent or promote an individual. The GOP needs younger folks like yourself to do what you are doing by becoming a voice in the party, but to do so in support of fiscal conservative candidates no matter race, gender, etc.

The Last Democrat in Georgia January 28, 2013 at 9:50 am

“The GOP needs younger folks like yourself to do what you are doing by becoming a voice in the party, but to do so in support of fiscal conservative candidates no matter race, gender, etc.”

…And Second Amendment candidates, of course…

Mrs. Adam Kornstein January 28, 2013 at 9:05 am

Reading through the comments is instructional, looks like just posing the question of supporting a woman cause many many undies to bunch up.

Given the very obvious problem the GOP has attracting female voters to support their party leadership candidates, why shouldn’t Bridgett pose this question? GA hasn’t had a women represent us since 2006 when Cynthia left Congress. We are way behind in women in leadership on a Federal level.

IndyInjun January 28, 2013 at 10:58 am

Yes. I supported Handel after stupidly sitting idle until 2 weeks before the GOP primary. Then there was the run-off and losing by 2500 statewide. I am kicking myself over and over and over…..We didn’t get a refreshing new governor because any number of us who could have swung that race sat on our dead rumps.

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