Morning Reads — Election Post Mortem

I’m guessing there are many hangovers this morning.

“La Mucura” continues the Texas Tornados appreciation. 


  1. Dave Bearse says:

    All in all good election results. Gingrey to be retired and a long list of climbers out of office, and more to follow after runoffs. Will there be comebacks? I don’t think the current GA political environment is accommodating of comebacks. Sayonara.

  2. xdog says:

    Handel and Broun also gone for good, probably. I won’t miss either.

    Did the tp win or lose? They didn’t lay a glove on Ralston or Deal but it looked as if they forced candidates to the right.

    In US10 we’ll have Collins and Hice to sort out. That might be fun to watch.

  3. linuxfanatic says:

    My postmortem:

    The GOP slate for every office – governor, senator, mid level executive, Congress – is white and male. That is 0 for 25 offices people in a state that is 52% female and 38% nonwhite. It won’t matter this year, but if you think that you can maintain it with mediocre candidates (oft with ethics issues and no real ideological convictions, indeed in many cases former Democrats) like Deal, Cagle, Buck and Sonny Perdue’s cousin, then good luck with that.

    For goodness sakes, Bob Barr made it into the runoff. You know, Barr, the same guy who abandoned his Congress seat to run against a sitting Congressman with seniority and a vital committee seat in Linder. Who left the GOP, worked for the ACLU, ran against the GOP nominee for president, and has since disavowed himself of a ton of conservative positions … that guy is able to make the runoff in a very conservative district over Tricia Pridemore. But let me guess … Barr was “the most qualified” right?

    Well guys, keep this up and enjoy this party of yours, because it isn’t going to last but a few more years.

    • caroline says:

      Being as I’m possibly one of his constituents I would like to know which Bob Barr is it? Is it Libertarian Bob Barr or is it conservative whiny boulder on the shoulder Bob Barr? As far as I know he’s been relying on name recognition only. For someone in the past who has complained about how awful Washington is, he sure desperately wants to get back there.

    • SingingLawyer says:

      linuxfanatic, I could not agree with you more. As a conservative woman, it is an endless frustration to me that the GAGOP has zero interest in recruiting and running good women and minority candidates. They always want my money and my vote but don’t want me to be represented in the party. I really don’t like identity politics, but if we want to sell the conservative message to other voting blocks, wouldn’t it be more effective coming from someone other than the same old white men? If the party at the state & national level doesn’t correct this course, they are headed to permanent minority party status.

    • penguin says:

      Except to the extent that the Republican party has basically engulfed the tea party into the party and moved more towards crazy as a whole?

    • Dave Bearse says:

      Done except that GOP candidates are more or less uniformly on board with all mainstream Tea Party positions….

      • David C says:

        Yeah. The “tea party” may not be winning elections, but that’s because the “establishment” Republicans that are are indistinguishable from them.

        • MattMD says:

          This is what usually happens to upstart parties with popular appeal (and why we rarely have 3 parties). At least that what I learned in PoliSci 101.

          • DrGonzo says:

            See my earlier comment below. We rarely have third parties anymore because almost every single state has enacted various ballot access laws – like the idiotic ones here in Georgia – that make it difficult to impossible for independents or 3rd parties to get on the ballot. Hard to vote for a third party when they aren’t on the ballot. Hence those folks have to try to ‘work from the inside’ of one party or another, and usually get swallowed up by the establishment and made insignificant.

      • DrGonzo says:

        “…GOP candidates are more or less uniformly on board with all mainstream Tea Party positions…” Until they win their elections, at which point they will swiftly dump all those positions in order to get some Chamber of Commerce dough. And since they’re the incumbent at that point, they’re impossible to beat when the next election comes around.

        We need ballot access reform. Voting for a Democrat or a Republican is no longer a choice when they all end up pushing policy in the same direction – a direction that is almost always in favor of special interests and not the people. It is a ridiculous sham that in Georgia, if I want to run for office as a D/R all I have to do is fill out a form and cut a check; but if I want to run as an independent then I have to gather an inordinate amount of ‘voter’ signatures and jump through other hoops before I’m even allowed to sign my form and cut my check to get on the ballot. I’m hoping Josh McKoon is going to get on board with ballot access reform. He seems to be the only one at the Gold Dome who isn’t out for himself.

        • therightdirection says:

          McKoon is the man. I’ve heard him speak several times and he seems to be the real deal.

          • DrGonzo says:

            With all the Republicans he’s ticked off at the Capitol, he’s definitely the real deal. He walks the walk. Thankfully the good ole’ boys haven’t ganged up to try and crush him. Yet. I have a bad feeling they’ll try once Josh decides to seek higher office, as I’m fairly certain he’ll run for AG when Sam Olens quits… though maybe that’s just wishful thinking.

  4. penguin says:

    Georgia, unwilling to allow Oklahoma to steal the spotlight in its atrocious determination to kill people.

  5. caroline says:

    Perdue and Kingston are weak candidates. Kingston because he has now become Paul Broun. Perdue is weak because he’s too much a condescending person. The way he talked about Karen Handel was pretty bad.

    • therightdirection says:

      Kingston’s rhetoric nor positions are as far to the right as Broun. Give me a break.

      • caroline says:

        Kingston might not say “lies from the pits of hell” but he is in agrement with most of what Broun is. He signed onto the far right for the primaries. It worked for him. I guess he’s going to keep doing it to win.

        • DrGonzo says:

          Sure, and once he (if he) beats Perdue, he’ll tack back to the center. And then if he beats Nunn, he’ll be a RINO in lockstep with Mitch McConnell, and you’ll never hear him speak of his “conservative agenda” until it’s time for re-election.

          • caroline says:

            Maybe. But he’s already been the butt of quite a few jokes. Maybe he’ll get lucky and Michelle Nunn won’t remind people of some of the things he has said and maybe he won’t be so lucky. I guess we’ll see if he wins the runoff.

      • MattMD says:

        Kingston certainly isn’t as unbalanced as Broun but I did see him on Bill Maher denying Evolution.

        I agree with the above poster, Purdue is such a jackass. Plus, I will never, ever vote for someone from the Perdue family again.

    • Will Durant says:

      Everybody but Telfair County finally went to 100% at ~1:00PM with no news reports that I’ve been able to find on why we still had 5 counties only partially reporting until then. Or of course why Telfair is still only partial.

      • analogkid says:

        Very good. Thanks WD.

        I was interested to see what the percentage of total ballots cast in Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton, and Gwinnett was given one commenter’s criticism of Survey USA for having only sampled 25% of voters in those counties.

        The actual percentage was 24.6%, so they somehow nailed it despite higher percentages in 2010 and 2012.

  6. radix023 says:

    Ed you’re not the only one. I don’t think Nunn has any real chance at all either.

    I think the Nunn and Carter candidacies could build name recognition and organization for future races.

    I do find it odd that Democrats are supposed to be benefitting from demographic shifts to minority voters in the Georgia comitia but are running whites in the two statewide offices they are contesting. If African-Americans are the electoral muscle of the Democrats in GA, why shouldn’t they be the face?

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