Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Primary hangover

Kind of worn out after blogging the Georgia primary from 2 p.m. Tuesday until 3:45 a.m. Wednesday. So let's hit some quick highlights:

Casey Cagle's victory in the GOP primary for lieutenant governor of Georgia is probably destined to be one of those things that the liberal media never understand. The MSM is so focused on Ralph Reed as an icon of the (eee-vill!) "Religious Right" that they just don't get it, although I tried to explain part of it.

Good to see Erick at Peach Pundit giving props to DONKEY CONS (BUY TWO!) as being the first to call the LG race for Cagle at 9 p.m. Tuesday. Of course, without the insight derived from reports by the Peach Pundit gang, even a certified wingnut like me wouldn't have dared call with just 1/5 of the precincts tallied.

Peach Pundit forever remains the best place to find the inside scoop on Georgia politics. Erick did me a huge favor by helping me connect with Republican activists during my 4th of July visit to Georgia. They helped fill me in on the political background, so I could get a good feel for the LG's race, and to all of y'all, I say a big thanks. Next time you're in Washington, look me up. Always good to see home folks.

Rob Huddleston has a great take on the Georgia primary. Rob's a Tennessean, and they've had a particularly brutal 3-way GOP primary for the Senate seat being vacated by Frist's retirement. When the mudbath is over, Tennessee Republicans are going to have their work cut out for them this fall to defeat a united Democratic Party behind Harold Ford Jr.

McKinney's runoff

If you are a normal human being, the news that "Jihad Cindy" McKinney has been forced into a runoff is a "Ren & Stimpy" moment:

There may be crazier liberals in America, but few are so ostentatiously idiotic as the Democrat from GA4. Adorably, and predictably, McKinney's campaign (and a Moonbat or two) saw her embarrassment as the work of a Diebold conspiracy.

Hank Johnson -- who just became Neal Boortz's favorite Democrat -- is to be commended for running an excellent campaign. Yet some Republicans may be asking themselves whether keeping McKinney in Congress might not have some partisan value.

Jihad Cindy's outbursts of idiocy -- as predictable as clockwork -- are the gift that keeps on giving to the GOP. All Republicans have to do every fall is to ask Americans: "Do you really want to vote for the Cynthia McKinney party?" No way 51% of Americans will ever answer "yes."

In a narrow partisan sense, then, it would be a loss for the GOP if McKinney were defeated in the Aug. 8 runoff. But there are times when patriotism requires that we do what's good for our country, regardless of partisan interests, and so ...
Give 'til it hurts!

And God bless America.

Some extra stuff

Just in case you thought Democrats were the World's Worst Political Party, Blonde Sagacity has news for you.

Hat tip to Jeff Emanuel for this from the Athens (Ga.) Banner-Herald:
Cagle’s against-all-odds, David-versus-Goliath victory in this race was a parallel of his life story to this point. A living embodiment of the American dream, Cagle was raised by a single mother, who often had to work multiple jobs to provide for them—but who “never took a dime of government assistance.” A public school product who never graduated from college, Cagle rose from unskilled laborer to successful self-made business owner.
Jeff's just posted his own column about Cagle's victory:
Ninth-generation Georgian Casey Cagle defeated his Miami-raised opponent — who was running for elective office for the first time amid rampant speculation he was seeking the office only as a steppingstone to the governorship — both by communicating his positive vision for Georgia, and by convincing voters Reed's values were "for sale to the highest bidder."
The thing about Republicans, they can sometimes manage to look classy even when eating a big ol' steamin' plate of fresh crow, as Georgia state Sen. Cecil Staton shows:

Here we are on the morning after a long bruising campaign and one job remains to be completed. We must pick up the broken pieces and put back together the Republican family in order to form a winning strategy for the general election.

I know it will not be easy. I have never been involved in a more emotional campaign. ... My candidate for Lt. Governor did not win. But I have never for a moment supposed that his opponent was evil or unworthy. ... I am pledging my complete support to our Republican nominees. There is more at stake than my personal feelings or yours. If we want Republican principles to be lived out through state government then we must come together and work for a total victory this fall, from top to bottom.
I only wish Sen. Staton had explained which "Republican principles" were involved in Ralph's pimping for the Louisiana Coushatta tribe and sweatshops in the Northern Marianas islands. But let's let bygones be bygones, and there's no need to bring up Reed's brilliant political advice at this late date.

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Here's another poor fellow smitten with desire for Ann Coulter.