Georgia Republicans are taking the calculated risk of ‘running out the clock’ and avoiding any debates. And one of the reasons is that poll numbers and actual facts show Republicans as more energized.
Only 21% of Georgians bothered to vote in the July 20th primary. For the first time, Republicans outnumbered Democratic voters in a primary.
Nathan Deal is probably one of the most flawed candidates ever and has shadows of scandals following him. However, in a mid-term election year, Deal could become Georgia’s next governor.
If conservative candidates won’t debate progressive candidates, then Dems must take it to the streets and engage the public on the issues.
It appears the strategy of not saying anything has become an increasingly used strategy since Sarah Palin has emerged on the political scene and she is apparently spreading her words of wisdom to conservative candidates.
Isakson is not fighting for Georgians, but for big business and special interests. What has Jack Kingston done for his district? And the same thing applies for Macon’s Jim Marshall and West Georgia’s Lynn Westmoreland.
Republicans are not good at legislating and helping people even in their own district or state. However, here we are in a continuing economic downturn and conservatives have continued to block Barack Obama and the Democrats on most major issues.
However, avoiding debates seems to be the newest strategy.
Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. However, in a mid-term election cycle, Republicans are hoping their motivated base will pull them through regardless of how flawed their platform and legislative record is.
It has happened nationwide with Arizona’s Jan Brewer who looked terrible in her first and only debate a few weeks ago after being challenged on some of her positions in regard to immigration.
After her performance, she said won’t do anymore debates publicly and stopped ads on a local Phoenix station because she felt their news coverage was too critical.
In the 3rd Congressional District race here in Georgia, Lynn Westmoreland, the obstructionist Republican, has avoided his Democratic challenger for the most part and Westmoreland sees it as a badge of honor.
Keith MacCants at Peanut Politics had recently written a piece about the House District 145 race here in Central Georgia.
The incumbent Republican Willie Talton has been a metaphorical empty suit as a legislator and after having a very formidable opponent in Democrat Fenika Miller, he has dodged her in regard to having debates.
MacCants writes: It appears that Talton’s people are telling him not to debate Miller, in fear of looking out of touch with the concerns of the rapidly growing city of Warner Robins, which is home to Robins Air force Base. Miller has built a broad coalition of support from democrats & republican voters in the district that is 39% African-American.
What has Talton done for his district during his six year tenure to help Houston County residents except rubber stamp destructive Republican policies?
Fenika Miller may not be able to pin Talton down to a debate, but as long as she is pro-active and present her forward-thinking ideas to House District 145 voters, she should come out on top on November 2nd.