Morning Reads — Election Post Mortem

May 21, 2014 8:10 am

by Ed · 37 comments

I’m guessing there are many hangovers this morning.

“La Mucura” continues the Texas Tornados appreciation. 

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Dave Bearse May 21, 2014 at 8:44 am

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.

caroline May 21, 2014 at 10:23 am

Gingrey is/was my rep and I say good riddance to him. But of course it’s not the end for me. Another runoff coming sigh.

MattMD May 21, 2014 at 4:13 pm

He was never my rep but he sure didn’t seem like so much a nut in 2002.

caroline May 21, 2014 at 4:20 pm

He wasn’t until the tea party take over of the GOP.

xdog May 21, 2014 at 8:55 am

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.

linuxfanatic May 21, 2014 at 9:03 am

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.

penguin May 21, 2014 at 9:46 am

Re: Bob Barr, people heard his name and assumed it was this guy.
Clearly qualified!

DrGonzo May 21, 2014 at 10:13 am

Bob didn’t ‘abandon’ his seat, he was re-districted into Linders district.

caroline May 21, 2014 at 10:27 am

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 May 21, 2014 at 2:20 pm

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.

therightdirection May 21, 2014 at 3:20 pm

Right. “Permanent minority status.” Sheesh…

Ed May 21, 2014 at 9:20 am

Has the Tea Party had any victories in any primaries this year? They’re done.

penguin May 21, 2014 at 9:44 am

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 May 21, 2014 at 9:45 am

You beat me to it.

Dave Bearse May 21, 2014 at 9:44 am

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

David C May 21, 2014 at 9:52 am

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

MattMD May 21, 2014 at 4:16 pm

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 May 21, 2014 at 6:00 pm

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 May 21, 2014 at 1:54 pm

“…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 May 21, 2014 at 3:21 pm

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

DrGonzo May 21, 2014 at 5:04 pm

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.

penguin May 21, 2014 at 10:18 am

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

caroline May 21, 2014 at 10:33 am

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 May 21, 2014 at 3:22 pm

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

caroline May 21, 2014 at 4:18 pm

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 May 21, 2014 at 5:08 pm

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 May 21, 2014 at 5:40 pm

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 May 21, 2014 at 4:20 pm

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.

Noway May 22, 2014 at 9:02 am

Matt, you saw Kingston denying evolution on Maher? I hadn’t heard that.

Bridget Cantrell May 22, 2014 at 12:28 pm

Yes, he said it, but it wasn’t “lies from the pits of hell” cray.

analogkid May 21, 2014 at 12:01 pm

I’d like to take a moment to complain that DeKalb county still has zero of 189 precincts completely reporting, and only 112 of those are partially reporting:

Fulton, on the other hand, appeared to have their act together for once. They had all their results in before Gwinnett.

Will Durant May 21, 2014 at 1:17 pm

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 May 21, 2014 at 2:43 pm

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.

xdog May 21, 2014 at 12:47 pm

Get your mind of winners and losers with this map of each state’s internet search history.

Harry May 21, 2014 at 1:33 pm
radix023 May 21, 2014 at 1:56 pm

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?

Harry May 21, 2014 at 4:16 pm