Jim Galloway On Bill Shipp – And A Gathering Of Living GA History

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.



  1. Howard Roark says:

    Carl Sanders has moved on from the race baiting campaign that Jimmy “Peanut” Carter ran against him in 1970. If I were Carter I would not show up at any event with Sanders. I am sure his shame is hard to get over his bad race based behavior.

  2. Ed says:

    I’ve been reading old copies of Bill Shipp’s newsletters (don’t ask) this week and one of the things that’s stuck out is how, even now, his writing has a sense of urgency and excitement. There’s a feeling of “is this the year things change for Republicans” (from the mid-90s) and you’re left wanting to know the repercussions of so-and-sos comments.

    Also, granted we had the Olympics and the DNC and everything else but it seems like Georgia was a lot more active politically back in the day.

  3. Richard says:

    A small, but significant correction; Harris Hines is the new Presiding Justice; the new Chief Justice of the Georgia Supreme Court is Hugh Thompson from Milledgeville. Shipp would not have made that mistake.

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