Everyone in Georgia is gearing up for the post-Halloween election of Georgia Governor, and screaming bloody murder all the while. In Athens, at the Georgia Bulldogs game, Monds, the Libertarian candidate flew a plane overhead with a banner. On the sidelines, Republican Deal granted interviews. Meanwhile, on the radio broadcast of the game, Democrat Barnes was airing sixty second commercials for those of us not rich enough or well connected enough to have tickets to the live game.
The question that most often comes to my mind in these last days is why are all the candidates bothering? I mean, I know theoretically that every vote counts. But everyone I know has already made their decision. Is there really going to be any aisle swapping at this point in the Georgia election game?
Everyone Should Have a Chance
Recently, I received a comment on an article about having to vote for the lesser of the two evils, Barnes or Deal. I was duly chastised for not including Monds in the equation. I personally believe that there needs to be a third party candidate. Yet that is not how things operate in the political game-yet. I am overwhelmed at a candidate who would put so much effort into a race he cannot possibly win. The only way he could possibly pull it off would be if both Deal and Barnes were to be caught in some late breaking scandal-together. I live in North Georgia. People do not vote Libertarian. They rarely vote Democrat.
Why Spend All That Money?
Or in my case, why donate all that money? I can log onto all the gubernatorial websites and read the latest. I do not need to be bombarded with dueling ads as I try to watch a new fall crime drama. I’ve made up my mind. They all have their demographics, and the demographics are hunkered down like a Georgia Bulldog. Monds has the progressive thinkers. Deal continues to pander to the good ole boys, and Barnes, well, he has his sights set on the women-the teachers and the mothers and even a few career girls. Yet a few women hold out.
What My Little Family Witnessed Today
We came from church onto our little residential street. At the second red light of the total two, we stopped at the red light. To the left, there is another street that leads a local Presbyterian church. Now, keep in mind, I like Presbyterians. There stood a lady who was obviously one of the parishioners cleaning the typical yard sale advertisements off the church sign. As she pulled off the last yellow and black sign advertisement off, she suddenly did something else.
A few feet further down the road, there was a Roy 2010 sign anchored into the ground. This stood on a public street corner and was not attached to the church sign. The southern Christian lady who was protecting the church name suddenly bolted to the Roy 2010 sign, yanked it out of the ground and with obvious disgust began destroying it and ripping it apart. No such fervor had been provided to the disgracing yard sale announcements.
How This Countdown Influences our Community
There has been a bit of resurgence for Roy Barnes lately in our small mill town. People are tired of the staggering unemployment numbers. Many folks have been unemployed for most of Governor Sonny Perdue’s last term. The few people who have crossed over to Blue Dog Barnes from the overriding red seat of the region have faced suspicion and dislike amongst their neighbors. Tempers ride high.
It is my general feeling that many who claim to be staunch Republicans will secretly be voting Democrat in three weeks, for no one will ever know, will they? They will not openly say so. They are afraid of community retribution. Democrats whisper to each other and have ways of identifying fellow Democrats. It’s not so unlike the secret symbols of the early Christians. North Georgia voters must be wary of those devoted church women. It is a matter of survival in the neighborhood.
Sources: Roy Barnes for Governor, Nathan Deal for Governor, John Monds for Governor, Sunday Jolt: Atlanta Journal Constitution Political Insider with Jim Galloway