Georgia Votes, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
So, Primary Day. Super Tuesday, in fact. Will Drumpf break 40 in Georgia? Will Hillary win the donor-rich Democratic cities of Decatur, Atlanta, Athens? Will… will… Yeah, I read the same polls you do.
I’m definitely in search of some kind of suspense here, but these may prove to be questions with big implications. And at the end of the day, what we gleam from the presidential primary probably won’t have anything to do with November 2016.
The Great Republican Revolt has been a blacklight on the Vegas hotel room that the GOP has become, and Bernie Sandahs has brought passion and vision back to a party that has undoubtedly been searching for it — but what does this mean? Drumpf and HRC will be the nominees. But what is the answer to the next question? What does this mean for the people of Georgia? Here is my Christmas list:
- How will the state GOP prevent a crackup similar to what we’ve seen at the national level? Messaging with red-meat legislation can only keep the beast at bay for so long, cc: John Boehner. Main St. is still struggling to recover from a recession that began building 10 years ago, and there is no coincidence it’s lined with Drumpf signs. So here is my question to you, Mr. Speaker & Hizzoner: Will you govern and risk your base, or will you kick the can down the road until you wake up one day and find going to work has become an episode of The Apprentice?
- Should they fail, how will Democrats capitalize? I’m not saying we have no plan, but nothing counts before the but. There needs to be a candidate in every seat that was within 10 points in 2012, and a Senate candidate to be the face of a movement. This is our chance. And we’re sitting on hittable pitches waiting on demographics to groove one right down the middle — in 15 or 20 years.
- Will enough Democrats vote for Rubio in the Republican primary to bring him above 20%? I don’t mean to presume, but I do. Not that Rubio isn’t palatable to Republicans, but come on, y’all. The guy is being propped up by all kinds of support and cash and still can’t break through. Why are you so convinced he’s your best bet? What makes you think that you’ll be right today when you’ve been wrong all year?
- Will condemning racism become cool again? Georgia has been in the national news for three specific capital letters three times this calendar year. One state rep from my neck of the woods called the Klan “not so much a racist thing but a vigilante thing to keep law and order.” I saw a state senator yesterday imply illegal immigrants were likely to commit terrorism. So, GOP electeds: what are you gonna do about it?
I wear a suit and tie to work everyday at the State Capitol, so if the past year in politics is any lesson the chances are the answers I come up with are gonna be waaaaaaaaaay off. But they’re food for thought, and if you want your state to be a little bit better than it is today, I would say that thinking on these questions is a good start.
We’re sitting on a pile of dynamite in Georgia, daring Drumpfistas to light the fuse. By my count, no state GOP figure has said they would not support the Donald. Today might make one or two smell the roses.