Savannah Morning News editorial page has some kind words for . . . Michelle Nunn?

December 2, 2013 9:00 am

by Bill Dawers · 7 comments

It seems a foregone conclusion that the Savannah Morning News will endorse a Republican in Georgia’s 2014 Senate contest. If Jack Kingston is the nominee, expect a ringing endorsement.

But on Sunday the SMN gave a big shout-out to the likely Democrat in that race: Michelle Nunn: Refreshing Democrat. From the editorial:

Ms. Nunn, who’s running for the U.S. Senate in Georgia and who visited the Port of Savannah for the first time last week, seems a far cry from the Harry Reids, Barbara Boxers and Dick Durbins of her party.

“I’m not one who believes in ideological extremes,” Ms. Nunn said here Tuesday. “I believe that most Georgians are folks that actually just believe in trying to put the state and then the nation first. To set aside differences when possible to actually try and get things done.”

Can you imagine the Senate majority leader saying that? Neither can we.

And:

Ms. Nunn appears to be cut from the JFK kind of Democratic cloth: Ask what you can do for your country, and your community, on your own time and your own dime. Compared to many others in her party in Congress, she’s a refreshing voice.

Nunn is still in the process of defining herself for voters — and will be at least for a few more months. It will be interesting to see if she gets positive press like this from conservative voices in other corners of the state.

Thomas Adams (@GeorgiaCRE) December 2, 2013 at 9:24 am

Savannah Morning News editorial page has some kind words for . . . Michelle Nunn? http://t.co/AObLvztxRW

Jon Lester December 2, 2013 at 11:06 am

Why do so many editorial staffs seem oblivious to the news coverage they supposedly edit? Have they forgotten Nunn’s support for taking sides with Sunni terrorists in Syria? And I don’t know what sounds so “refreshing” to the SMNES, because I’ve only ever heard the sound of political mediocrity in her quotes.

@FriendsofNunn December 2, 2013 at 11:41 am

Savannah Morning News editorial page has some kind words for . . . Michelle Nunn? — Peach Pundit http://t.co/wGY4YxPCgr

atl_man December 2, 2013 at 1:39 pm

““I’m not one who believes in ideological extremes,” Ms. Nunn said here Tuesday. “I believe that most Georgians are folks that actually just believe in trying to put the state and then the nation first. To set aside differences when possible to actually try and get things done.””

Wrong. The Civil Rights Act was very ideologically extreme, opposed by at least 75% of the country at the time. And Ronald Reagan declaring “tear down this wall” when even a lot of Republicans felt that we would be stuck with Soviet communism for decades/generations (with containment and detente the recommended foreign policy posture) and a great deal of the left felt that the Soviets would ultimately win?

Sorry, that ain’t moderation. Neither was building Hoover Dam to totally revamp the economy in the western states, building the REA/TVA to do the same with the southern economy, creating NASA, using the arms race to bankrupt the Soviets or the huge round of tax cuts and privatization to rescue our economy (and the British economy via Margaret Thatcher) from stagflation. And for that matter, neither was the proposal by Jimmy Carter that we focus on renewable energy/conservation to make us less reliant on oil produced by Islamist and Marxist nations (and in the case of Iran, both, as Iran is a combination of theocracy with Soviet style command economy) that we are just now getting around to heeding 30 years later.

Moderates are always popular: on the other side. Republicans loved the southern Democrats in the 1980s. In the 1970s, northeastern and far western Republicans like Bob Packwood were the Democrats’ best friends/enablers. But the ideas that usually work either come from the far left or the far right.

This is exactly why Obamacare is a failure incidentally. It is a mix of Republican and Democratic ideas when just doing either conservative or liberal healthcare reform would have been much better. No Child Left Behind? More of the same. Either fight for real school choice/privatization/discipline or spend more money to reduce class sizes and attract better teachers in the lower and middle grades + give heavy subsidies to quality teachers willing to work in low performing schools.

Another thing: Michelle Nunn would talk like a moderate to get elected only to vote with Reid, Pelosi, Obama etc. on everything that actually matters (i.e. major legislation, judicial nominations). She may vote conservative on things that either are going to pass anyway or has no chance of getting enacted: big deal. She is not going to defy the Senate conference or the DNC on anything that actually matters any more than Mary Landrieu or Mark Pryor will. It would be nice – refreshing actually – were she to come out and admit it, but were she to do so, she would certainly lose. So it would be even nicer were the media and pundits to admit what she cannot. There is no evidence that Michelle Nunn is a true moderate like her father, and if she were, the DPOG definitely wouldn’t make this effort to hand her the nomination.

Harry December 2, 2013 at 2:01 pm

Good points.

benevolus December 3, 2013 at 2:58 pm

Ahh, the Benevolent Dictator model. Alas…

rightofcenter December 4, 2013 at 12:56 pm

Unfortunately for Michelle, there are only of couple of questions that really matter, and there really isn’t a “moderate” way to answer it.
1) Would you vote for Harry Reid as majority leader?
2) Here’s a list of President Obama’s nominees to the courts over the course of his administration. Who would you have voted to confirm?

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