My insightful, principled and sarcastic colleague, Jason posted earlier about Nunn’s reluctance to answer a direct question on her stance on the ACA. Sometimes we don’t agree, and sometimes we do it publicly. But that makes it more fun for readers, right??
My question is: why should she?
How is taking a stand now to her electoral advantage (if she has any whatsoever)?
People are irritated by her ability to avoid answering questions, but she’s doing what any unchallenged primary candidate SHOULD do. She is giving her Republican opponents no fuel for their fire, she’s giving Independents like me no reason to not vote for her, and she has no serious primary challenge.
Strategically speaking, any campaign benefits the less a candidate speaks. There is absolutely no reason for Michelle Nunn to make a statement on anything until after the Republican run-off.
Speaking, messaging, and debates are methods of candidates to differentiate themselves from one another and guide the conversation to a place where they can excel. Nunn needs not to differentiate herself now. She knows not which candidate she will face in the general, so it is better to wait and use their primary statements against them. The Republicans have been clawing at one another for months, and just WAIT until the run-off. Personally, I’m cancelling Netflix for the run-off period. Who needs House of Cards when you’ve got real-life political theater?
So while the Republicans eat their own, Nunn is avoiding alienating potential general voters by making strong statements. This may irritate peeps, but it also doesn’t make you automatically vote against her.
Oh, and it might also be important to point out who will be voting: WOMEN. Single women, at that. We’re the largest voting bloc in the state.
The latter is of particular importance because it should be said that Republican candidates EPICLY FAIL at reaching these voters, so if Nunn has any chance whatsoever, why would she want to burn bridges with voters who tend to vote her party anyway?
Nunn is keeping her lips sealed until she has the chance to distinguish herself from the middle aged white guy the Republicans will inevitably find as their primary winner. Good strategy for her; bad policy for us. Wins elections, but does not distinguish a good policy maker. And in the general election, despite the attempts of my more progressive conservative colleagues on Peach Pundit who are hoping for a Handel upset, Nunn will have the gender advantage.
You’re not gonna change any of them by talkin’ right, they’ve got to want to learn themselves, and when they don’t want to learn there’s nothing you can do but keep your mouth shut or talk their language. ~Harper Lee