Archive for ‘Georgia’

June 4, 2009

Greetings from Georgia!

Ah, back in God’s country again! If you’ve been wondering why I haven’t blogged in the past 14 hours, it’s because Junior and I were rolling down the road to Rome, Ga. I’m typing this from the home of Pierre-Rene Noth, whom I recently described as my “Menshevik editor.”

Pierre’s so far left, he’s almost right. He’s the intellectual proletariat of journalism, which means that he’s a victim of the greedy bourgeois — or, as it’s pronounced in Georgia, “Burgett,” as in Burgett Mooney III, publisher of the Rome News-Tribune.

Burgett is a splendid example of a greedy capitalist, which is why the Rome News-Tribune is still in business, while other papers are going bankrupt all over the place. Alas, Schumpeterian “creative destruction” required that my dear friend Pierre was offered “semi-retirement” at age 72.

Oh, the social injustice of it all! I keep telling Pierre that this is the opportunity of a lifetime, that all he needs to do is to read The Rules and become a Big Bad Blog Daddy like me — if I can be Not Tucker Carlson, why can’t he be Not Maureen Dowd?

Journalists of the World, Unite! You have nothing to lose but your salaries, benefits and bosses!

Oh, and if you’re wondering why I’m in Rome tonight, I’ll be talking to some old friends. Shhh! Don’t tell my new friends about this. But do tell Kathy Shaidle. My old friends would love Kathy in Georgia, and if she ever gets exiled from Canada, she’d be welcomed as a refugee down here. (Pierre’s a refugee from Milwaukee, which is far too close to Canada for my taste.)

April 21, 2009

The RINO Coalition?

Is your local Republican supporting Arlen Specter?

The five-term Pennsylvania Republican, who faces a tough primary challenge from conservative former Rep. Patrick J. Toomey, received donations from 10 Republican senators in the first three months of this year.
The pro-Specter senators, who donated from either their candidate committees or their leadership PACs, include Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky; John Cornyn of Texas, the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee; and Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, the Senate GOP Conference chairman.
Specter’s campaign report also showed that he received funds from committees linked to Richard C. Shelby of Alabama; Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson of Georgia; Bob Corker of Tennessee; Michael D. Crapo of Idaho; and George V. Voinovich of Ohio, who’s not seeking re-election next year.

(Hat-tips: Jason Pye and Club for Growth.) Any Republican who is even thinking about supporting Specter should first take a moment to ponder the warning from Stephen Gordon.

Johnny Isakson is up for re-election in Georgia next year, and I know a lot of Georgia conservatives are sick and tired of him already. When they find out Johnny’s been giving money to that worthless pro-abortion Big Government crapweasel Arlen Specter . . .

April 18, 2009

Extreme youth

You think you’re a right-wing extremist? Meet two young attendees at the Georgia Libertarian Party state convention:

Josiah Neff of Atlanta displays his Gadsden Flag-themed “Don’t Tread On Me” tattoo as he poses with Ileana Zayas of Marietta. But wait . . .

Josiah’s arm tattoo next to Ileana’s back tattoo.

Is that freaking cool, or what? Now a student at Kennesaw State University, Ileana told me she began getting into libertarianism while she was still a student at Marietta’s Lassiter High School, but got totally turned on by Ron Paul. If the coolest tattoo for college kids is the Gadsden Flag, I’m thinking the future of freedom is in good hands.

And now the bonus picture with exit question:

Q.: Which right-wing extremist is sexier?

April 18, 2009

Greetings from Georgia!

(BUMPED; UPDATED) The 2009 Tea Party Rabble Rouser Tour continues today as I speak at the Georgia Libertarian Party state convention at the Hilton Atlanta Northeast in beautiful Norcross. Just talked to Libertarian blog legend Jason Pye, and everyone is awaiting the arrival of Stephen Gordon of the Liberty Papers.

Right now, my opening act, Bob Barr, is warming up the crowd for me. Remember: Don’t Blame Me, I Voted for Bob Barr!

UPDATE: We’re now a Memeorandum thread. Also got a link from Pundette. There’s nothing like the smell of rabble in the morning! Smells like . . . victory!

UPDATE II: More linky-love (and some Rule 5 action) from Donald Douglas at American Sexist Right-Wing Extremist Power.

UPDATE III: This place is crawling with right-wing extremists!

Right-wing extremist Benjamin Franklin enjoys an authentic revolutionary 18th-century Camel Light.

Right-wing extremist Bob Barr shares top-secret plans with Georgia Libertarians.

Right-wing extremist Rule 5 with Stephen Gordon’s long-suffering wife Deb and Georgia Libertarian Party “Hottie of the Year” Ashley Petty.

January 26, 2009

NAACP: Time for a change!

Change your police chief, that is, to match “demographics”:

The West Metro NAACP is protesting the alleged use of excessive force by Douglasville [Ga.] Police during a recent arrest at a duplex on Duncan Street.
The NAACP’s allegations stem from the arrest of Khiry Hodge, 19, on a charge of obstruction. The group alleges that Hodge was beaten by police at the time of his arrest. . . .
Police Chief Joe Whisenant, who was present at the time of Hodge’s arrest, said the SWAT team was at the residence to serve a warrant to [20-year-old Daniel ] Perry on drug-related charges.
The SWAT team served the warrant as a precautionary measure because police had reason to believe there were weapons inside the home, Whisenant said. . . .
Kimberley Alexander, president of the West Metro NAACP, said Friday at an NAACP press conference at the Duncan Street duplex that “neither suspect resisted arrest” prior to the alleged beating of Hodge. . . .
Alexander went on to say that Whisenant should resign as police chief in light of the incident.
“The demographics in this county are changing, so after 25 years, it’s a good time to retire … it’s a good time to move on,” Alexander said.
Whisenant responded by saying he has no plans to move up his planned retirement date.
“I hope to stay four more years if I serve at the pleasure of the mayor and council,” Whisenant said.

Interesting. Douglas County (a suburb of Atlanta) is 63% white, but because it’s 33% black, the NAACP boss implies that “demographics” requires the dismissal of the veteran police chief, who happens to be white. And why? Because a guy arrested on dope charges says he was roughed up during the arrest.

Even if the suspect is telling the truth, the NAACP’s argument supposes that (a) no drug suspects are ever roughed up in communities where the police chief is black, and (b) roughing up a drug suspect is automatically a “racial incident.” But I imagine more people will be outraged by the implicit argument that no white man can be a police chief in any community that is 33% black.

Thanks for the tip from reader Sylvia, who says: “First rule of the hopeychangey ‘post-racial’ era: Fire the white guy.”

December 3, 2008

Election Day in Georgia

UPDATED & BUMPED: Atlanta Journal Constitution:

Chambliss’s double-digit victory dashed Democrats’ dreams of securing a filibuster-proof, 60-vote “super majority” in the Senate and buoyed a Republican Party battered by staggering losses in the Nov. 4 general election.
“Republicans still know how to win an election,” Republican National Committee Chairman Mike Duncan told hundreds of Chambliss supporters at the Cobb Energy Centre.

The size of the victory (a margin of more than 300,000 votes) is important as a warning to Democrats going forward that the GOP is still a viable opposition. It is also important that Barack Obama diminished himself by refusing to risk his political capital campaigning for Democrat Jim Martin.

I’ve added an analysis of the vote here. Also, Michelle Malkin responds to my defense of Chambliss’ immigration record: “[T]he guy went wobbly went it mattered most — and it took massive resistance and vigilance to set him straight.” OK, but at least he responded to the outcry, whereas Maverick did not.

PREVIOUSLY: Associated Press and New York Times call it for Chambliss. With 93% reporting at 10:15 Chambliss leads 58-42% with a 300,000+ margin. Still 70+ precincts to report in Fulton County and, for some odd reason, only half the precincts in Paulding have reported. I might add an analysis if I can get those numbers.

With 84% of precincts reporting by 9:30 p.m., you’ve got the makings of a solid victory for Chambliss. The key thing to notice is the Republican’s overwhelming majorities in the fast-growing exurban “outer ring” counties. Most of these margins are based on partial reports, but look:

Carroll ………2.2-to-1
Cherokee …..4.5-to-1
Coweta …….2.8-to-1
Fayette …….2.3-to-1
Forsyth ……..5.3-to-1
Hall …………3.3-to-1
Paulding …….3.2-to-1
Walton ……….3.7-to-1

It looks like Chambliss is cruising to re-election. But I’m disturbed to see Michelle Malkin transmitting misinformation, calling Chambliss a “pro-amnesty Republican.” This is false. Chambliss has an A+ rating from NumbersUSA for his opposition to amnesty. Yes, Chambliss supported the bailout, but he’s been a solid conservative vote on immigration issues.

UPDATE: Michelle responds by reminding me that Chambliss was booed at the Georgia GOP convention in May 2007 for defending the guest-worker provisions of the bill that was then pending in the Senate. But Chambliss eventually voted against cloture on S.1639, just as he had voted against S.2611.

I remember being shocked by Chambliss’ May 2007 defense of the immigration bill, since I knew he’d opposed S.2611. I am under the impression that, between the Atlanta business community and the Beltway echo chamber, Chambliss had gotten the mistaken idea that maybe the “enforcement” bells and whistles on the shamnesty bill would be enough to satisfy the base. Getting booed at the convention apparently sobered him up pretty quick.

New York Times reports low turnout in Atlanta:

At the Atlanta Public Library on Ponce de Leon Ave., where more than 1,600 people voted in the general election, only 400 people had voted by noon today.

This is probably good news for Chambliss. Also, Bob Barr has endorsed Chambliss. Will update.

Boosted by Sarah Palin’s whirlwind tour, Sen. Saxby Chambliss appears poised to win today’s runoff in Georgia. Jim Antle reminds us why the runoff was necessary:

Libertarian Party candidate Allen Buckley . . . received nearly 3.5 percent of the vote, running almost 100,000 votes ahead of Libertarian presidential nominee Bob Barr . . .
Many of those voters were fiscal conservatives upset with Chambliss’s vote for the $700 billion Wall Street bailout — or, as he prefers to describe it, “the financial rescue package.”
“It’s for the people, by the people,” an anti-bailout conservative told the Politico in late October. “I think that 99 percent of the phone calls that Saxby got were for him to vote against the bailout, yet he did it anyway. He’s supposed to represent the people of the state of Georgia.… By far, the vast majority did not want the bailout.”

“Libertarian populism,” anyone?

(Hey, who is Bryan Caplan, and why is he stealing my title without credit?)

December 1, 2008

Palin vs. Ludacris

Sarah Palin drew “several thousand people” to an 8:30 a.m. rally for Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss today in Augusta, Ga.:

The Palin rally in Augusta drew a crowd of 3,000 to 4,000 people, many holding aloft campaign signs and shouting their adoration of the GOP vice presidential candidate.
“Sarah! Sarah! Sarah!” they chanted. One woman stood behind Palin with a huge red sign that read: “Save My Gun.”

Meanwhile, Democrat Jim Martin is planning a “rally at the state Capitol at 5:30 p.m. with civil rights veterans and hip-hop star Ludacris.” Hip-hop vs. the hockey mom — we’ll see which gets a majority in Tuesday’s Senate runoff.

UPDATE: Another big crowd in Savannah:

More than 3,000 people flocked to the Savannah Civic Center, some to rally support for Chambliss, others, to catch a glimpse of Palin and see her in person.
When she was introduced, the crowd erupted in applause for the Alaska governor and former vice-presidential candidate, eclipsing the ovations for Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue and the candidate himself, Chambliss.

Barracuda!

UPDATE II: Welcome Michelle Malkin readers.
Palin was greeted by cheers of “Sarah! Sarah!” in what is decidedly Republican country: south Houston County. More than 2,700 people RSVP’d for the rally at the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter, one of several appearances for the duo today across Georgia. . . .

But this afternoon, in Perry, the energy belonged to the GOP. The crowd packed in close, shoulder to shoulder for, as state Sen. Ross Tolleson called Palin, “one of the most exciting women in U.S. politics.” . . .
“It isn’t just about your state,” Palin told the crowd. “It is about the entire United States of America and our future. … The eyes of our nation are on this stage. We all have Georgia on our minds.”

Next stop: Gwinnett County.
UPDATE IV: The Gwinnett rally:
Oh, the Saxby Chambliss signs are plentiful, but it’s clear even before you walk in that this is a Sarah Palin for President event, four years ahead of its time.

Several thousand people are already here at the Gwinnett Center, a majority grouped in front into one large mosh pit.
A decidedly younger crowd than Republicans usually draw to the events like this, and the music is less twangy as well. More rock than country, and many young ladies with tiaras and beauty contest ribbons. . . .
Sarah Palin, governor of Alaska and former GOP nominee for vice president, just got an extended standing ovation from a crowd of several thousand in the Gwinnett Center.
Palin said re-electing Republican incumbent Saxby Chambliss, and denying Democrats a 60th vote in the Senate, was essential to “maintaining the checks and balances needed for our democracy.”
She mentioned that she had been here once before — a politician always likes to say, “It’s good to be back” — when her oldest son graduated from boot camp at Fort Benning. “Georgia, you took care of my boy, now he’s taking care of you,” she said.

A smashing success. Sounds like Sarah’s the most popular Yankee in Georgia.

Chambliss was “happy to become the warm-up act at his own final rallies,” said CNN congressional correspondent Dana Bash, who is covering the Georgia runoff election. . . .
Sen. John McCain returned to the trail to campaign with Chambliss just nine days after losing the presidential election to Obama.
Two weeks ago, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who ran for the Republican presidential nomination before dropping out in March and backing McCain, also campaigned with Chambliss. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney also teamed up with Chambliss. . . .
Last week, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani campaigned with Chambliss. . . .
Some in the crowds were chanting “Sarah, Sarah” at times, and the audiences were much larger than when the other Republican surrogates teamed up with Chambliss in recent weeks.
“With adoring signs and ‘Palin for President’ T-shirts, it may be easy to forget Palin came to Georgia campaigning for someone else,” observed Bash. (Emphasis added.)

Sort of refutes the notion that she was a drag on the McCain ticket, eh? Also, here’s a Democratic prediction to remember:

Martin called Palin’s four campaign stops Monday a sign of desperation for Chambliss, adding that “bringing Sarah Palin is not going to help him (Chambliss) because the voters of Georgia want someone who will stand up for them in Washington. Someone who understands their issues.”

OK, so the Democrat says Palin won’t help Chambliss. We’ll see what you have to say in 24 hours, Jim Martin.

Embedded video from CNN Video

Video via Hot Air, where Allahpundit notes Palin’s reference to John McCain, which doesn’t get many cheers from this grassroots GOP crowd. The ‘Cuda needs to scratch any references to the Maverick from future speeches, and instead start talking Reagan.

November 18, 2008

Dude mystified about ‘racist’ label

You might be tempted to think this is an Onion parody. Except it’s Paulding County, Ga.:

Pat Lanzo insists he’s not a racist.
“I believe people are equal,” he says, “As long as they earn their keep as well as me.”
Nevertheless, the proprietor of The Peach bar and restaurant in Paulding County says that people often mistakenly assume he’s a racist.
The main reason, he says, are the signs he posts outside his restaurant. “Damn Yankees May Have Taken Our N—-rs But Not Our Guns,” said one. “Obama Gives Us Hope Dreams and Maybe A New Holiday — Thats My N—-r” read another.
“The minute someone says the N-word, you’re labeled racist,” he explains.

I grew up in neighboring Douglas County and used to cover sports in Paulding County, and it’s not as bad as you might think from this article. But among some of the good ol’ boys there is a certain . . . obstreperous disdain for the niceties of political correctness, shall we say? A kind of rowdy macho thing about going the extra mile to indicate that one is not intimidated. And Lanzo is correct in saying that folks like that are not necessarily more “racist” than people who sulk in silent fear. Lanzo says:

“If I was gonna hate anybody, I’d hate my ex-wife.”

Dave Niewert and the SPLC don’t understand, of course, but rednecks are the one minority culture whose folkways aren’t tolerated under multiculturalism.

UPDATE: Just some demographic background for people who aren’t familiar with Georgia. Paulding County is a fast-growing exurb of Atlanta, with a population of more than 120,000 that’s increased nearly 50% since 2000. Median household income is more than $58,000.

When I was growing up in Douglas County, Paulding County was overwhelmingly rural. My hometown of Lithia Springs was sophisticated and cosmopolitan compared to Dallas or Hiram. But as neighboring Cobb County became urbanized, the Cobb developers moved westward.

The big thing was when Thorton Road (Ga. 6) was widened and connected to U.S. 278 via Powder Springs and Hiram, so that you now have a virtual freeway all the way from the Atlanta Airport (Camp Creek Parkway) to Rockmart (in Polk County). The area around the intersection of U.S. 278 and Ga. 92 in Hiram is now massively developed. A lot of the residents of Paulding County commute to jobs in Cobb or Douglas counties, especially in the industrial developments around the intersection of I-20 and Thornton Road.

UPDATE II: Lanzo’s Peach Bar is being spun as part of a “racist backlash” against Obama, which is silly: Paulding County never forward-lashed, so how can they backlash? Of course, the prosperous blue-collar exurbanites of Paulding County voted 69% Republican, but that doesn’t make them evil, does it?

October 23, 2008

Bailout damages Chambliss in Ga.

John McCain isn’t the only one suffering for his support for the $700 billion bailout. Georgia Sen. Saxby Chambliss is paying the price, too:

[Democrat challenger Jim] Martin’s surge in the polls coincided with Mr. Chambliss’ support earlier this month of the Bush administration’s $700 billion Wall Street bailout package.
“That’s when things started to fall apart for him,” said University of Georgia political science professor Charles Bullock.

Please note that the collapse of support for Chambliss is not because Georgia suddenly became “progressive.” It isn’t because his Democratic opponent is charismatic or has a brilliant campaign strategy. It is solely because Chambliss supported the bailout. When people try to figure out what went wrong in 2008, they should not neglect the fact that the big-government approach to the financial crisis was overhwelmingly unpopular.

Libertarian populism, anyone?

August 16, 2008

Huffy Plouffe

Obama strategist David Plouffe is getting a bit … edgy when Democrats start wondering why St. Hopey is still dead-even with Maverick:

“Democrats should take a deep breath and realize that there are a group of voters who won’t make up their mind about a candidate until deep in the fall,” said David Plouffe, Mr. Obama’s campaign manager. “And there are 18 states that are battlegrounds for a reason, and they’ll be decided by 2 to 4 points. I don’t care about national polls.”

Yeah, you wanna bet 18 states are within the 52-48% range on Nov. 5? I mean, seriously, Georgia?

“The polls will change, but we know we need 200,000 new voters to be competitive in Georgia, and now is when we have to get them.”

OK, I was born in Atlanta, lived there until 1997, still have lots of friends and family down home, and I will guaran-damn-tee you Obama won’t win Georgia. Let’s look at the facts, shall we?

  • Fact: In 2004, George W. Bush got 1.9 million votes and beat John Kerry by 17 points (a margin of more than 500,000 votes) in Georgia.
  • Fact: In 2006, a miserable mid-term year for Republicans nationwide, Republican Gov. Sonny Perdue got 1.2 million votes and defeated Democrat Lt. Gov. Mark Taylor by 20 points (a margin of over 400,000 votes) in Georgia.
  • Fact: In the 2008 Georgia Democratic primary Feb. 5, Obama and Hillary combined got 1.03 million votes.
  • Fact: Not a single poll this year has shown Obama leading in Georgia, and Rasmussen has consistently shown McCain ahead in the 9%-10% range.

I have talked to Georgia Democrats who voted for Hillary — including hard-core yellow dogs I’ve known for decades, who wouldn’t cross the street to piss on a Republican if he was on fire — who express very deep reservations about voting for Obama. Trust me, there will be a certain number of “Hillary Democrats For Barr” votes on Nov. 4.

At this point, Georgia is one of the strongest Republican states in the country — rivaled perhaps only by Oklahoma or Texas — and every dime Team Obama spends there is a dime wasted. I’d bet if national Democratic officials were to talk to Democratic officials in Georgia — e.g., Reps. John Barrow and Jim Marshall — those Georgia Democrats would tell them the same thing.

For Plouffe to talk about “18 states that are battlegrounds … decided by 2 to 4 points” when that list includes Georgia is evidence that Obama’s Chicago HQ has lost touch with on-the-ground political reality.