Today’s Outsider Look at the Georgia Senate Race

March 26, 2014 11:00 am

by Jon Richards · 16 comments

… is from Benjy Sarlin at MSNBC.

His lengthy profile casts the contest as a “race to the right:”

Georgia’s Republican primary doesn’t fit into a neatly wrapped establishment vs. tea party narrative (think Rand Paul versus Trey Grayson in Kentucky in 2010) or moderate vs. conservative (like Charlie Crist versus Marco Rubio in Florida in 2010.) Any GOP candidate aspiring to statewide office here knows you have to be pro-life, pro-gun, anti-Obamacare, anti-taxes, and willing to play ball with the grassroots in order to stand a chance.

“We’re not identical, but I don’t think there’s a nickel’s worth of difference in our bona fides on the conservative side,” Perdue said in an interview.

This is pretty much the consensus among the field. “It’s certainly a conservative group,” Gingrey said.

Broun, nicknamed “Dr. No” for his constant ideological votes against House leadership, conceded to msnbc that, “certainly all our Republicans are conservative to one degree or another.”

Also featured in the article is the battle between Karen Handel and GRTL’s Dan Becker, Paul Broun’s Lies from the Pits of Hell, the resemblance of David Perdue to Mitt Romney, and the threat of outside money, possibly from Democratic allied groups.

Give it a read, and tell us what you think in the comments.

dsean March 26, 2014 at 2:19 pm

It’s MSNBC, of course they’re going to cast it as a “race to the right.” Of course, in the opening paragraph, the note that there’s basically no difference between the candidates’ conservative bona fides. So how do we have a race to the right when everyone pretty much agrees with each other?

The article’s other strange assumption is that Nunn will be a good candidate. Sure, she has name recognition, but has never been tested or vetted in a political race. She could be great, or there could be some hidden skeleton that has yet to appear. Or worse, she could simply be uninspiring in a race that will largely be about turnout.

Harry March 26, 2014 at 2:55 pm

Or worse, she could simply be uninspiring in a race that will largely be about turnout.
This seems to be the problem.

Doug Deal March 27, 2014 at 10:19 am

The problem with that analysis is that to me it seems that Handel is supported by the people who go to the polls using the old Postal Service motto: “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these voters from the swift completion of their early ballot.”

You don’t need enthusiasm to get these people to the polls, you just need an election.

John Sanders March 26, 2014 at 10:01 pm

the thought of having Paul Broun representing Georgia in the Senate is scary enough to drive many to the polls.

Harry March 26, 2014 at 10:41 pm

A couple of yards in the area that in 2012 were sporting Obama yard signs are now showing Broun signs. What do you suppose them crazycrats are up to?

Will Durant March 26, 2014 at 11:05 pm

They moved.

Harry March 26, 2014 at 11:13 pm

No, they didn’t. Very suspicious.

Will Durant March 26, 2014 at 11:29 pm

I’ve already predicted that there will be a heavy crossover vote from Democrats for Broun in the primaries, so there’s that. I would caution them to remember a bit of history with Republicans doing that with Lester Maddox.

Or, there’s always the possibility they lost a bet.

The most prominent house on the corner of the main drag before you get to my subdivision has a couple of those 10 sq. ft. Broun signs, of course they also fly the old Georgia flag too.

John Sanders March 27, 2014 at 2:38 pm

had to have moved

Jon Lester March 28, 2014 at 11:45 am

Maybe they care about unwise foreign intervention that Ms. Nunn has shown a willingness to perpetuate.

saltycracker March 26, 2014 at 6:07 pm

The title of the column “GOP threatens to push self-destruct button in Georgia Senate race” gives us a hint that a lot of negative comments are about to follow.
Some deserving, some a stretch, some just BS.

The lame drama of last resort is to whine…..”he/she is just like______”

Dave Bearse March 26, 2014 at 11:48 pm

There the crossover vote to consider. The Dem bench is thin at the state level, and even in local races in overwhelmingly Dem localities there may not be much in the way of primary choices. It’s a circumstance that invites Dems choosing the primary where there’s more choices and can make more of a difference.

John Vestal March 27, 2014 at 9:51 am

Illinois has ‘semi-closed’ primaries, where those not registered with a party can select another party’s ballot in the primary.

The 9th CD in Illinois is deeeep blue with an incumbent, Jan Schakowsky, that’s won 8 or 9 straight elections with percentages from mid-60′s to mid-70′s. That said, unregistered Dem voters in the 9th were (allegedly) encouraged to take a GOP ballot in the primary and vote for eventual winner (54%) Susanne Atanus over David Earl Williams, as Atanus makes people like Pat Robertson and Paul Broun look downright cerebral.

Understandably, many in the GOP have tried….both before and after the primary….to get her to drop out of the race.

Harry March 27, 2014 at 10:46 am

Could be some unintended consequences. Sort of like when Republicans voted for Obama in the 2008 primaries to knock off Hillary.

Dave Bearse March 27, 2014 at 10:51 pm

So why would anyone register with a party and limit their choice?

xdog March 28, 2014 at 1:10 pm

There you go. All my county’s local candidates are gopers so I’ve voted in several goper primaries. I don’t care what they say, you come out feeling the same after you’ve made your choice.

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