As Mike said in this morning’s email newsletter, “If you claim to know anything about Georgia politics, you will read this piece by Jim Galloway on Bill Shipp and four ex-Governors.” There’s a widow of a fifth, and a lot more of subtext, and of what time and hindsight will do when former adversaries enjoy the luxury of both. I’ll get you started here:
As social affairs go, nothing draws a crowd like a funeral or a good hanging. Bill Shipp’s 80th birthday party was a little of both, and so was exceptionally well-attended on Tuesday.
In the basement of a Smyrna bank, four former governors of Georgia, whose terms stretched from the early ‘60s to this new century, gathered to pay homage to the political columnist they loved to hate – and the man who chronicled much of their own careers.
The magnitude of the crowd was startling. Max Cleland, the former U.S. senator, was there. Harris Hines, the new chief justice of the Georgia Supreme Court, gave the opening prayer. The place was so filled with notables that Vince Dooley, the former Bulldog football icon who once toyed with the idea of running for U.S. Senate, wandered in and out of the room, barely causing a ripple.
There’s more. A lot more. Go read it here. Take your time, and re-read it if necessary.