Commenters: Rise Up!

We love you commenters. We know that together you can offer the type of constructive criticism, helpful advice and prayers of support that Brian Slowinksi needs. Slowinksi has announced his candidacy for the 10th Congressional District in our great state.

Let’s help him.



  1. Trey A. says:

    Well, he’s got the God, Family, Country thing down pat. I think with a new red tie and a shave, he’s ready for prime time.

    Also, get rid of that Apple desktop. Everyone knows liberals love Macs.

  2. xdog says:

    I lasted 90 seconds. Pretty standard right-wing stuff, right? He wants to be like Broun and Reagan so government will go away and his family will thrive in this great land.

    According to the Augusta Chronicle BS is former Columbia County goper chair, plus he’s volunteered for Sonny Perdue, Herman Cain, John McCain and others. He lost a race last year for the school board.

      • xdog says:

        Hey, I don’t get paid to watch this stuff. Plus, I just had something to eat and I wanted to give my stomach a chance to do its job. Plus, I found myself wondering how many takes it took for BS to say, yep, I did that really well, let’s wrap it, and I found that a depressing thought.

    • novicegirl says:

      He ran for school board and came in third in a 3-way race, so he can hardly be called the “new guy.”

  3. Romegaguy says:

    He kept mentioning helping out the little guy and all I can think of is the midget with the broom in O Brother where art Thou

    • Rick Day says:

      Oh it’s about to get a whole lot more scrutiny. Wonder what the international community’s take on this will be?

      Move over, Kai, the next new internet meme is going to be B.S.!


  4. Nonchalant says:

    Not Congressional material, but he who thinks he would do better uncoached may cast the first stone.

    The camera needs to be farther away, and in my opinion he needs to be at the side of his desk, standing, and leaning on it, or sitting on it, relaxed. Needs to memorize the speech more–I think teleprompters are not there to read, but to *prompt* memory. You recite from memory, not the prompter. Which means, like jazz, you may stray from the notes a bit. Needs to use less facial gestures–has a very expressive face and eyes that don’t serve him well when the camera is that close up. Knowing the speech better, cold, will help with that.

    I like the beard–man of the people touch.

    Without knowing this man personally, I am not writing him off entirely. He seems reasonably intelligent and absolutely sincere. Congress is way too high of an office, methinks, but he seems like he would make a good footsoldier and lieutenant, who has a desire to get involved, and who does not strike me as driven by personal ambition, but conviction instead.

    The tragedy of today is that we make it very hard for yeoman citizens to get involved in positions of responsibility, then get shocked when 3 out of 5 county commissioners turn out to be wicked. Well, no kidding. You made it so hard to get to any office only the most narcissistic, ambitious, or connected usually run. There is no natural career progression path.

    I promise you, you expand town concils and county commissions to 15-20-40 members (with perhaps an executive committee), you’ll get more honest politics, less corruption, a better knowledge of and interest in local affairs amongst the populace, a better breed of debater, and a natural progression path and training ground for guys like Brian. Brian may or may not ever be a good candidate for a Congressional seat, but I want to see this guy involved in his community at some level, because he seems sincere and honest. He needs to be honed, so that he might rise to whatever ultimate level his talents will take him (which, based on the video, would probably the Assembly, which in some sense is more honor than being a Congressman, being closer to the people, and more true to the vision of a citizen-legislator).

    In this era of large, multi-thousand and tens of thousands cities, we have got to find a way to return to enabling a greater sense of connection between those in office and what is going on, and individuals and small groups–churches, chambers of commerce, etc. Especially in the age of the bedroom community. Expanding local government representative numbers might be one way. Otherwise, it is too easy to capture three of five, and corruption abounds. And we get guys like Brian trying to jump to Congressman–which seat they might be more likely of winning than a town council seat, because it is clogged up at the lower level.

    My opinion, at any rate.

    • Nonchalant says:

      As a general note–I would rather folks be steered toward local government positions as their entry point to serious elected office, vice county party positions. Or at least a balance.

      But the fact is that it seems easier to join the county GOP, work at that for a while, and advance that way vice being a governing member of your local community. I’m not saying it is bad per se, because I don’t think it is, just that I’m not sure it is the optimum way available.

      I think the system should be such so that as one enters one’s thirties and has proved one’s initial merit, there should be a natural progression path to engage that person in helping run things–boards, commissions, expanded councils and county commissions, that sort of thing. As a thought–Expecting everyone of true merit to pitch in at some point would help diminish the ability of the ambitious (who have plotted their glorious political rise since their undergrad days at State U.) to make themselves the best seeming person, because there will be more people of talent engaged, but who are not necessarily planning on doing anything more than being the parks commission chair or town concil rep from neighborhood number #5–but who might be encouraged to do more.

      I say this because I know of someone in my locality who I *know* is or was absolutely planning their glorious rise to Congress, seems to me to be doing it more for ambition than conviction, whose flyers would have been considered vapid and shallow by high school SGA standards, who has had outside help to get their position (with the later run in mind), who has had newspaper help to paint themselves in a favorable light in that district (“oh, look, newly elected person at a restaraunt in a town not theirs, how hip this person seems, now lets talk about the restaraunt review”), and who is absolutely at odds with the locals, in part because they are looking more to the future congressional run and the locals, I think, now realize it. That person selected themselves. We don’t need that. One way to get rid of that problem is to flood the zone with more decent, non-ambitious, 30- and 40- somethings.

  5. novicegirl says:

    Paul Broun, and B.S., have very little in common with Ronald Reagan, yet they constantly cite his name. Reagan was a great politician, who understood that the definition of politics is negotiating and compromising. The myth of Reagan has taken a sharp turn to the right of the reality of Reagan.

    It doesn’t mean you don’t do everything you can to pull and push the policy in your direction, but in the end, you understand it’s a diverse legislative body that requires the give and take of negotiating. As Charlie far more eloquently stated in his previous post (, when you’re unwilling to give a single inch on any issue, you become irrelevant. It works both ways, just as I doubt Broun is consulted on much of anything by his colleagues, I doubt many Members worried about Cynthia McKinney’s position on matters.

    This “Ron Paul” wing of the Party places our candidates in ridiculous scenarios (because they don’t understand the term “negotiate”), like the GOP Presidential Primary when the question was asked, “Would you support a plan that reduces spending $10 for every $1 increase in taxes,” and every single candidate said no. There wasn’t a single candidate who could rationally step back and say, “That’s a pretty good deal in our favor.” I would have liked to have seen a follow-up question, “Would you support a plan that reduces spending $1,000 for every $1 raise in taxes,” perhaps the question will be included in the next GOP Primary.

  6. James Touchton says:

    Brian is in my CPLI class and I have come to know him. We may not agree on everything, but he is a good and honorable man. He is the father of six children and has been raising them while his wife serves in the military as a doctor. He brings his children to our meetings and is an excellent parent from what I have seen. I have no dog in this fight and am neutral, he is a great man and displays excellent character.

    • Nonchalant says:

      The reason I have taken the “this video indicates nothing, really” stance is the following little something:

      “And whilst thou livest, dear Kate, take a fellow of plain and uncoin’d constancy; for he perforce must do thee right, because he hath not the gift to woo in other places.”
      –Henry V, Act V, Sc. II

      In other words, there is something to be said for “not slick”. My guess is he doesn’t need to represent any area not somewhat homogenous in belief, and I don’t see him being a strength on the national stage at this time, but nothing I see automatically says he shouldn’t be involved somewhere. Most of would, I think, flame out in our intro video.

      I would encourage the state level on him, in some capacity. A congressman should be more widely known from previous service, in my opinion, or be of unique talent, before his or her initial run, so that either he or she has a good link to the community (especially important in the spread-out districts), or the district implicitly trusts his judgment. Serves as a screening mechanism for ambitious types. I will remind that Joe Scarborough only ever served as a Representative, in a very conservative area, and his first try for office was, I believe, for Congressional office, so, given his current views on many of things, it is not hard to think he might have been more ambition-driven than conviction-driven in 1995, and didn’t mind singing the song needed until he could move onto bigger and better things. He certainly is not in tune with the Panhandle now. “Beware young ambitious folk with law degrees” is a generally good rule of thumb.

      I would also say campaigns by unknows with initially little chance of winning can be useful if they don’t care if they win. In other words, perfectly happy to win, but don’t mind losing. That means you are more concerned with getting your message across, and serves a public purpose, for it stimulates discussion. But for it to truly serve a public purpose you have to focus on the message, not positioning yourself as the perfect medicine in this time of crisis, and the other guy is crapola. For only fools are going to be swayed by a billboard that says “Leadership”, and not many at that, for an unknown with no record is not going to get that benefit of the doubt. Substance will have to do it, not vacuous bullet points about someone having a plan.

  7. FtEarlyCreek says:

    ha ha ha ha…….that was my first reaction. Second reaction, OMG!!! Third reaction, there is room for all kinds in our system, this guy proves it.

  8. saltycracker says:

    In the imperfect world of politics to get a seat at the table you have to outrun another flawed character. Sometimes just joining where the numbers are is all it takes.

  9. IndyInjun says:

    After the year when Oxendine and Schrenko won statewide, no one should ever dismiss the power of BS, not even this BS – Brian Slowinski.

    Shoot, having been Chairman of the Columbia County GOP, the most fractious county chapter in Georgia is preparation of a sort in itself.

  10. Mrs. Adam Kornstein says:

    What others have said, and dental work-ASAP.

    People notice three things and will make immediate judgement calls…. Posture, teeth and shoes.

    Should it matter, no…does it matter absolutely.

    I didn’t hear the rest, because it was a lecture and not an introduction.

    • IndyInjun says:

      MAK, alas you are correct. Voting on stupid criteria yields stupid results., however, greatly explaining why we are in the fix we are in. A right-to-life absolutist with pretty teeth wins over the GOP every time. Meanwhile a Henry Waxman enjoys increasing seniority, irrespective of teeth and shoes.

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