This needs to be covered here today.
Political Insider brought us word this morning that there were unkind and unnecessary things said at a gathering of the “anti-establishment” held at Oscar Poole’s BBQ. Those that have decided they must elect David Pennington for Governor and Sam Snider for House to replace Speaker David Ralston got a bit full of themselves. In the revelry of the festive atmosphere as those assembled held visions of victory, former Whitfield County GOP Chairman Phil Neff said, “Ralston – I’ve known David Ralston – I knew his dad in the Georgia Republican party. He was a snake from the word go. David is the same way.”
That’s not just tacky. It’s ungentlemanly. It’s not the way a proper southern man – or any man – should behave.
The reaction from those in attendance, however, wasn’t to rebuke, but to hoot and holler. It can happen when caught up in the moment, especially when delusions of grandeur have already taken hold.
But in reviewing the tape, those that have assembled under the mantle of returning ethics, respect, and honor to elected office have left evidence in their tracks of their own dishonor. And honor during a campaign, once lost, is a lot like virginity. It’s not something that can be reclaimed.