Rove, Price, and Broun.

February 19, 2013 10:00 am

by Buzz Brockway · 13 comments

From yesterday’s Peach Pundit Daily:

Rep. Tom Price Gets National Review-ed. Rep. Price is a big Taylor Swift fan. National Review thinks it’s great he’s up on pop culture. Price should be tread carefully in the pop culture landscape. It can turn you into a meme before you know it.

Rove & Price vs. Broun? Price may have stepped on a political land mine in the National Review interview by appearing to agree with Karl Rove. Rove has drawn the ire of Tea Partiers and others for wanting to avoid more costly Akin-like moments by driving those sorts of candidates out of the Party. Price of course is a potential rival of Congressman Paul Broun for next year’s open US Senate seat. Broun seems to be the kind of candidate Rove wants to “cleave from the herd.” Is Price auditioning to be Rove’s candidate? Possibly, but Broun knows how to run as an anti-establishment candidate. Just ask State Senator Jim Whitehead.

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Spacey G February 19, 2013 at 10:58 am

I’d be far more worried about a kiss of death from Karl “The Anti-Midas” Rove than from any Taylor Swift/pop culture quiz.

From the NR article: “Karl Rove’s Conservative Victory Project could also boost Price. The program, which is part of Rove’s super PAC, American Crossroads, is going to be spending money in Republican Senate primaries, looking to elevate electable conservatives over gaffe-prone candidates or contenders with troubled pasts.”

Noway February 19, 2013 at 2:40 pm

Right on, Spacey. Rove, who was humiliated on national television on election night with his rant after the call, spent 300 million and got crap for it. He’s just trying to remain relevent after that fiasco of unprecedented proportions. I’m seriously surprised didn’t fire him like they did Morris. Actually, Broun will self destruct soon enough. Georgia isn’t stupid enough to elect a pandering inbred like that to statewide office.

xdog February 19, 2013 at 4:36 pm

I don’t call Broun an inbred since his father was an honest and capable man, but don’t you realize that the reason Broun is in Washington now and in a position to aim for the Senate is because tens of thousands of gopers decided he was the best man for the job? Not donks or indies or socialist workers or vegetarians but the best and brightest of the goper party put him there. Those are your true panderers and inbreds.

Noway February 19, 2013 at 4:52 pm

Don’t know anything about his daddy, he was probably as saint but for a medical doctor, by all accounts a bright and learned man, to resort to telling a group of voters that the Earth is only 9,000 years old, there is something seriously disingenuous and almost comical about that. My opinion is that the rest of Georgia voters will not put up with crap like that. He won’t make it out of the primary.

Charlie February 19, 2013 at 11:03 pm

Beautiful revisionist history you’re attempting there xdog, but most of us remember that Broun went to Congress because Athens turned out to vote 90% for him. When exactly did Clarke County become a conservative bastion?

xdog February 20, 2013 at 7:34 am

Let’s put the blame where it belongs, Charlie. Most recently Broun got 9849 votes in Clarke. That’s 37 percent. For the district he got 137,263 votes, 67 percent.

You must be referring to Broun’s initial election when he beat the goper sanctioned candidate Jim Whitehead after Whitehead said that the only thing in Clarke not worth bombing was the football team, after he refused to appear in debates in Athens.

Whitehead was the worst hand-picked candidate I’ve ever seen. If the gopers had selected someone only slightly less incompetent than Whitehead to run, he’d be congressman today.

The Last Democrat in Georgia February 20, 2013 at 12:42 am

“Georgia isn’t stupid enough to elect a pandering inbred like that to statewide office.”

…They are if he panders the best.

Spacey G February 19, 2013 at 11:02 am

FYI… I’m just trying to flesh out your post for you, Buzz. I know we’re all busy busy busy, but sometimes (not always of course) banging away a little more on the keyboard is actually more helpful than just linking to something.
Yours in more words not less,
Spacey

Bull Moose February 19, 2013 at 5:30 pm

I’m surprised there isn’t any discussion of the PPP poll that came out today about the GA Senate Race or the other poll that came out about Gov Deal and the PSC.

If Democrats were smart and nominated the right combination of candidates, I think they’d have a real shot at winning both seats and perhaps picking up a Congressional seat somewhere in the state.

If this race ends up being between someone who’s been in DC forever versus someone who hasn’t, I think most Georgians would go with the person who hasn’t spent a lifetime in DC.

John Konop February 19, 2013 at 8:56 pm

Bull,

I like and respect you, but if the GOP puts up a real candidate like Price, Karen, Casey, Phil…….they win hands down. If they go the other way it could be good tv….. I do think the next cycle you could be right for Dems via changing demographics and if Hilary is on the ticket. The first women buzz will be big………it will be crazy high female voters especially young women……You are the expert, do think I am wrong?

Bull Moose February 19, 2013 at 11:38 pm

John I hope you’re well. I agree, a real candidate like Price, Karen, Casey maybe, and a very very small number of others could run away with this race and make a great Senator for our state.

I very much worry though that the Tea Party will push any of the above candidate to take extreme, illogical positions on some common sense areas that will make them unelectable in a general election. I mean, Price is one of the most credentialed conservatives in Washington, DC and Debbie is already blowing a lot of smoke about him not being conservative enough just because he didn’t diss Karl Rove’s 2014 election plans. Think about that. He didn’t even take a position, commit one way or the other, or cast a vote and already Debbie and her group are already unhappy. It’s starting to remind me of the extreme conservative groups who chose to lose 3 times with Guy Millner in the 90s.

I think Broun, Gingrey, and Kingston all have some substantial issues that make them unelectable, whether that be in a primary or general election. If they are nominated, I think the stench of scandal and controversy would push less conservative voters into the column of voting for a conservative Democrat. But alas, I thought there was no way this state would ever tolerate the scandals of Nathan Deal and yet they did (perhaps aided by the near revenge obsession of certain DC based GA politicos who poured tens of millions of dollars into the state to make people think Roy Barnes was akin to Barak Obama).

As for the Democrats, if they can find two folks willing to run they might be able to make it competitive. The key is finding the right person. And it may be people who run for the sole sake of rebuilding the Democratic Party of Georgia and getting their name out there in advance of 2016 and 2018, by which time Georgia will be very competitive similar to that of Virginia and other competitive states.

I think the logical question at that point is how did this happen, beyond minority growth rates and what not. To some degree, I blame some of the Congressmen who have served and have chosen to take the easy way of serving and winning reelection. They have abandoned the role of educating voters and informing them and typically just go along with some opinions and assumptions that aren’t necessarily accurate or informed. They don’t view their role or duty to elevate the discussion and inform the citizenry and offer logical rational solutions to our nations problems. They get encouraged for taking unrealistic positions, being opposed to everything, and doing virtually nothing while in office.

Anyway, that’s my two cents… Whoever wins, I hope they will try and be more like Paul Coverdell in his model of service to our state and less like Saxby Chambliss and some of the current House Members.

The Last Democrat in Georgia February 20, 2013 at 12:18 am

Even if GOP candidates are forced to the far right in the primary, they could likely still win by a substantial margin the current political climate as Georgia Democrats just don’t have enough money or organization to compete statewide currently, though that could change with a successful Clinton 2016 run.

John Konop February 20, 2013 at 6:12 am

I agree Bull we need less political bs and more doing their job……..

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