Can we trust Georgia’s voters?

I have serious doubts, although it’s not hopeless.

After all, Georgia has a disreputable history as a state that supported slavery, seceded from the Union and fought for the Confederacy, and whose body count from racial lynchings is exceeded only by Mississippi’s.  More recently, Georgia’s voters threw out a triple-amputee Vietnam veteran in favor of a draft evader they subsequently re-elected three times.  This is also a state that voted for McCain and Palin — Palin! — in 2008 and Romney and Ryan — Romney! — in 2012.  That’s not a voting record to inspire confidence.  No, I don’t trust Georgia’s voters.

Even though Atlanta has acquired a reputation as something of a cosmopolitan city, we Yankees still regard Georgia as a hick state.  We know the yokels there still hanker for secession and openly fly Confederate flags on their houses and vehicles.  They think their football team is hot stuff, too, but we have  the Oregon Ducks; and it wasn’t so long ago (only 160 years) that our General Sherman leveled their city of Atlanta with cannonballs, and the North has nuclear weapons now, if we have to do it again.  But I digress.

Georgia is one of 36 states electing a U.S. Senator this year (including special elections in 3 states).  The GOP primary winner was David Perdue, a business executive who’s never held an elective office and whose political ideas are a couple of centuries out of date.  He’s been successful at making money for himself, but nothing in his background suggests he knows how to run a country for all of us.  He’s a C-suite guy out of touch with ordinary Americans, the kind of 1-percenter that Occupy Wall Street targets, and a characterless gutter snipe who’s attacking his Democratic opponent by accusing her of laundering money for Hamas — based on nothing more than the fact she co-managed with Neil Bush a humanitarian foundation established by Neil’s father, George H.W. Bush.

There’s a realistic possibility Georgia voters may elect this guy to the U.S. Senate.  Believe it or not, he’s running neck-and-neck in polls.  The outcome may depend on how many slave descendants manage to vote despite GOP efforts to prevent them from voting.   Michelle Nunn would make a terrific U.S. Senator for any state, but in a lot of ways she’s too good for Georgia, so I don’t expect that much from Georgia’s voters.  But, for now, we can still hope Georgia’s better angels may yet Roger Rabbit iconprevail.



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