Posted by: The Last Liberal Gwinnettian | October 2, 2010

A Sad, Sad State

I grew up in this state. There was I time when I didn’t like Georgia, with its poor national reputation, impossibly sweet tea, and red clay. In fact, I left Georgia for college just so that I could experience someplace new. The strangest thing happened: As soon as I left, I fell back in love with my home state. Georgia may not be the highest ranking state in the nation when it comes to…well, just about anything other than peach exports. But it is my home, and until now, I had hopes for it’s greatness.

It seems that Georgia is just a sad, sad state.

Today’s Political Insider was titled “The Bulletproof Candidacy of Nathan Deal.” In the post, Jim Galloway quite accurately observes that “in politics, as elsewhere in life, it’s often better to be lucky than talented. And to be on the right side of a wave is the best luck of all.” This sums up the candidacy of Nathan Deal.

Despite a flawed campaign against Karen Handel, Deal emerged victorious. Then, after clinching the nomination, he has made misstep after misstep — primarily while attempting to cover up his previous lies and omissions. And yet, after 3 weeks of the campaign from hell, a campaign that by rights should be dead in the water, Deal is still polling ahead of Barnes.

Have Georgia’s voters truly arrived at the point at which they no longer care about the character of the man they place in office so long as there is an “R” next to his name?

This is a man who has attempted at every turn to hide his business dealings from the voters. This is a man who has had to amend his financial disclosure not once but TWICE in order to make it appear as though he will not be rendered bankrupt in a few months. This is a man who makes bad decisions and then lies to cover them up.

Georgia, like most states in the nation, is virtually insolvent. Our schools are limping by; one of the few educational programs that actually has produced tangible positive results has just been cut. Our roads are a nightmare; we are still ranked among the top cities in the nation with the worst traffic. Our water is running out; all too soon the day will come when we will no longer be able to continue drawing from Lake Lanier. Georgia cannot afford to be lead by a man who cannot even lead his own life without running into debt and trouble at every turn.

Georgia can be a great state. I truly believe that. But as long as Georgia’s voters continue to blindly follow anyone with an “R” next to their name, Georgia is a sad, sad state indeed.

No Deal, Georgia



  1. Don’t lose hope, Roy can win still… He’s got pics of him and small towns… Small towns for Roy, metro ATLiens for Karen disenchanted with Deal, squeaker?

  2. I think the main issue is not that people will vote for anyone with an R by their name, but more because so few people actually pay attention to state-level politics, and the ones that do are… well, the ones that vote for anyone with an R by their name. Seriously, aside from this blog and random signs by the road (90% of which have been Nathan Deal signs, which also probably explains why Deal is ahead — his name is EVERYWHERE, and it’s quite a memorable name, at that) I have yet to hear anything regarding state-level politics in my day-to-day life, unless I go looking for it myself.

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