As one of Peach Pundit’s more left-leaning front page posters, Ed has been issuing warnings for a while now that Georgia Senate candidate Michelle Nunn is not being liberal enough in stating what she really believes. In a recent post, Ed said,
Last week, Senator Johnny Isakson said Nunn is going to have to start taking a stance on issues. Sen. Carter, to his credit, has been vocal about his policies and views. I’ve also said Nunn is going to have to start saying who she is and what she believes. If myself, Sen. Isakson and Cong. Lewis believe something, it must be true.
We can now add a fourth voice to those who think Nunn may be a bit too wishy-washy, even for a state where John Barrow can consistently win as the last white Democratic congressman from the South.
That voice would be University of Georgia student John Henry Thompson, writing about Southern Democrats in The Arch Conservative. Here’s a sample:
Nunn represents the most striking example to date of the worst genre of American politico — the Lame Southern Democrat. These clowns of the Sunbelt are united by a platform of insipid boilerplate and characterized by goofy faux-wonkishness. Joining Nunn in this category are the eminently forgettable Jason Carter (whose grandfather all but founded this ignominious brotherhood) and South Carolina’s least favorite trial lawyer man-child, Vincent Sheheen.
Why are Southern Democrats so darn lame? I’m not sure, but I think it has to do with a belief that to win in the South, a Democratic candidate — particularly a statewide candidate — must closely resemble a white bread and bologna sandwich, sans crust.
Michelle Nunn hopes to peel off moderate right-leaning independents and women in her bid to win the Senate seat held by Saxby Chambliss. She is certainly positioning herself in the mold of her famous father. Is she really as wishy-washy as the Arch Conservative suggests, or is she simply hiding her true beliefs, as Ed implies?
And, will it make any diifference if liberal Democrats sit at home on election day because they don’t see Nunn as being outspoken enough for their taste?