Morning Reads for Friday, November 8, 2013

You were probably expecting Obi’s Sister to post today’s Morning Reads. She got called away, and as the newest Peach Pundit Front Page Poster, I was drafted to substitute for her. Thanks, Charlie.

Saxby Chambliss is a Democrat, according to Fox News.
Democrats think bringing back the 70s is a winning ticket in Georgia.
Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens visits UGA.

Obama apologizes (sort of) for “If you like your insurance, you can keep it.”
Chris Christie is the latest shiny object in the GOP 2016 presidential race.
In the battle between K Street and Main Street, maybe Ken Cuccinelli couldn’t win.

Random Everywhere
The Dawgs have homecoming this weekend, playing against a team no one has ever heard of. “They are a very good football team,” says Mark Richt.
I guess scattered, smothered and covered means something else in Loganville.
After visiting College GameDay, Travis Roberts gets treated. As expected, it’s brutal.

Ed said I needed to include some music in order to make the Morning Reads complete. Well, there’s this.


  1. Ed says:

    Jon, you had the second best MRs of this week. Still a mile behind me, but that’s just the way of the world.


  2. saltycracker says:

    Obamacare tweaking for exceptions, exemptions, entitlements and explanations is a lobbyists dream come true. The future is bright to have the most expensive, complicated, muddled and confusing law in the history of mankind. Fortunes will be made and lost in this jungle.

    We might never accept that government is inept at owning and administering this industry and would serve us better by regulating it.

  3. Joe Pettit says:

    Thank you for including an update on Travis, Jon. He and my sister greatly appreciate the continued prayers and support from the greater #TravOnGameDay community.

  4. Dr. Monica Henson says:

    Dear Georgia GOP,

    Y’all can keep Senator Chicken Hawk. We don’t want him.

    On behalf of all Georgia Democrats

  5. Jon Lester says:

    You don’t remember when Appalachian State beat Michigan a few years back? That Michigan team proved over the rest of the season to be the worst in modern memory, but the AS win was a big deal at the time.

    Those folks at the Examiner need to do more examining, I think. Sarvis got enough votes to keep the Libertarian Party on the ticket for the next 8 years in part because Cuccinelli isn’t very libertarian at all with individual rights (and polls show that Sarvis took about twice as many votes from McAuliffe as Cuccinelli, interestingly enough). Cuccinelli got as many votes as his brand of candidate possibly can, and from now on, Virginia Republicans will have to do better to compete.

  6. saltycracker says:

    Thank you Stanford for laming the Ducks.
    (Scary fourth quarter)
    The ‘Noles must now run the table.

  7. Dave Bearse says:

    Previously In Georgia Politics…

    I recollect a recent pointed PP comment disparaging Barnes relative to Perdue. It wasn’t so pointed however as to pierce the bubble however. Consider Georgia’s relative standing among states since Barnes left office per the AJC’s Saturday column “State may rank No.1 in business, but….” and form your own conclusions.

    Georgia is 40th in per capita income. Quite a reversal from an extended period of increases and high 20’s rankings when Barnes was in office.

    “Georgia’s economic output dropped below the national avg in 2002, and the gap is increasing.”

    Georgia’s unemployment rate was one percent or more lower than the national avg when Barnes was Gov. It’s been higher than the national avg since 2007, and is now the 44th highest in the nation.

    The percentage of Georgia’s adults who work, or are seeking work, transitioned from greater to less than the national avg, which would seem to mean the slip to 44th highest unemployment is even worse than it sounds.

    On Tonight’s Episode…

    Has anyone else noticed that Fox News, after trumpeting a 60 Minutes episode on from a source claiming he was at Benghazi, hasn’t said a word about CBS admitting it was wrong, and its source a fraud? The episode aired the day before SC Senator Lindsay Graham said, “I’ll block every nomination until I get Benghazi answers.” It’s simply coincidence that Graham, like Fox, has gone silent. Beat that dead horse.

    Coming Soon….

    Carter running in 2014, like Nunn, is a potential wildcard. One of the three requirements for a Nunn win is Dem turnout. Carter in the race can only increase turnout.

    Carter’s entry significantly changes the statewide ballot dynamic even without any synergy between the campaigns. Deal, until last week, need simply coast on a campaign centered on not ruffling Tea Party feathers. It may be necessary, if Carter shows real viability, to triangulate between the Tea Party and the general electorate. The GOP’s record elsewhere in that regard isn’t inspiring.

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