James Williams, who posts here regularly as griftdrift, wrote an op-ed for Creative Loafing about Governor Nathan Deal, in which he acknowledges our Governor’s best attribute (competence) while beating him over the head with the ethics accusations that fascinate the media and commentariat -but which bore voters. The whole thing is available at Creative Loafing via this link, and reprinted
in full partially without permission below.
It takes “grudging” respect to a new level, and you should read the whole thing.
By James Williams
In 2009, I confidently predicted that then-Congressman Nathan Deal would drop out of the Georgia governor’s race before the Republican primary and then Secretary of State Karen Handel would be elected the first woman to hold the office.
In my mind there was no contest. Handel was a rising star in the Republican Party and Deal was a relatively unknown politician from the mountains. At that point, most knew the Hall County candidate only as a congressman who skedaddled out of Washington to avoid an ethics investigation.
Shortly thereafter, I received an email from a retired newspaperman saying I was as dumb as a post. In colorful language, he explained how Deal looked and sounded like a governor to people who actually vote.
A year later, following Deal’s triumph over Handel in the primary and thumping of Democrat Roy Barnes in the general election, I received a second email from my journalist friend containing a well-worded and thoroughly profane “I told you so.”
Pundits, rivals, and opposition have always underestimated Deal. And it is happening again.