Ed’s post below is part of a point/counterpoint on unease about Michelle Nunn’s candidacy for United States Senate. Stefan will respond to the points made below.
Michelle Nunn’s campaign may be running into some substantial problems before it even really gets going.
I’ve heard from several Democrats who say they are growing increasingly frustrated with her stance on key Democratic positions. Dissent started to show with her comments on the VRA. While still in a Democratic primary, she took the same side as Justice Scalia on one of the most historically important pieces of legislation for Democrats. She also can’t articulate how she doesn’t really know if she would have voted for Obamacare. Now, regardless of the merits of her argument, it is pretty stupid politically to say to your base: “yeah, I just don’t care about your issues.” Honestly, are there any voters right now who have no thoughts on Obamacare? Who does she hope to attract with her milquetoast moderatism?
Primary turnout numbers also show some potentially troubling signs for Democrats. While not an apples-to-apples comparison, almost two times more Republicans than Democrats voted in last Tuesday‘s top races . For senate it was 603,704 Republican votes to 327,451 for the Democrats. The Governor’s race was similarly lopsided: 594,588 to 303,053. Lite Governor: 493,904 to 275,619. In Clayton, Dekalb and Fulton counties, where most D votes will come from, Tuesday’s bad turnout was respectively: 14.8%, 20.2% and 16.4%. Dekalb is certainly the more worrisome for Democrats as there was a contested congressional primary, sheriff primary and Vernon Jones, the most divisive Dekalb politician ever, was on the ballot. Starting off with an enthusiasm gap and several hundred thousand votes in the hole does not augur well for future success.
While there are polls that show this is a competitive race, I just don’t buy them. Yes, I realize I am going with a gut feeling over science but I just don’t see how the political landscape has changed for Democrats in Georgia. Nathan Deal hasn’t done anything particularly bad as Governor, the Legislature is its usual inept self and looking more broadly, it appears this fall will be a wave election for Republicans.
Nunn is also pretty bad qua candidate. As I said earlier, she has no personality, she can’t articulate that she has no opinions and she just isn’t photogenic.
Yes a lot could happen between now and November. But Democrats have a very tough road ahead of them and I don’t think Nunn is doing the Donkeys any favors.