Unless you’re living under a rock, or watching only all the negative campaign ads that don’t present any info about when the Georgia US Senate race runoff election really is (Dec. 2), there is a runoff election on December 2nd, a Tuesday. All day. In December. See your precinct. Between Republican incumbent Senator Saxby Chambliss and Democrat Jim Martin.
The main strategy behind this absolutely critical runoff election seems to be chiefly that black Dems won’t bother to return to the polls on Dec. 2 for the white guy Martin. Says Tom Baxter today in Southern Political Report:
Just as he did when he was the president-elect in 1992 and former Sen. Wyche Fowler was the Democrat in a runoff, (Former President Bill) Clinton came to Georgia Wednesday to campaign for Jim Martin in his race against US Sen. Saxby Chambliss.
Martin has an uphill fight in this runoff, with African-American Democrats unlikely to return in numbers rivaling election day and Republicans eager to get over Nov. 4.
Full article here. More on the utterly patronizing tone in this matter is on display in this randomly-generated blog post from a brother:
The good news, for Saxby, is that you have to light a really big fire underneath a Democrat to get a Democrat to actually exercise enough personal responsibility to go vote in a run off election. And I don’t think Bill Clinton has enough matches to light that kind of fire. lol
Remember folks, the Obama victory supposedly showed us that a highly-informed electorate no longer pays much attention to the drively, whiny, obsolete, pricey, ad-buys on Big TV anymore. They pay attention to the community and the networks to which they are now deeply e-connected.
What I wonder is what black Georgia voters really think about Republicans and pundits and pollsters being oh-so-hip to their their current electoral habits and feelings, especially since Georgia Republicans couldn’t see a new political “habit” or trend or tea leaf brewing if one came flaming out of their cell phones and bitch-slapped ’em sideways into Sundays.
Take the survey and tell the world what you do plan to do come December 2. Write-ins are welcome. Even encouraged:
I’ll do my bit and go touch a screen but I won’t be surprised if Saxby wins this thing by double-digits. The sense up here among local Dems in Clarke County is that this one is a write-off. No one I’ve spoken to has even the faintest hint of optimism. Almost like having Saxby back is our karmic end of the bargain for Obama being elected.
Well you didn’t really think there wouldn’t be payback of some kind or another now did ya?
Curiously, the man in the foreground of that image is wearing a tribal necklace.
We saw Proposition 8 pass in California where a large percentage of the blacks who voted were in favor of it (70%). Although, only a small percentage of the black population actually voted (10%).
Minority voters are a strange thing. You can’t always linearly infer an outcome like this. It also depends on how the voters who do arrive at the poll booth will pull the handle. Especially since it isn’t the 90’s and MTV isn’t the only way minorities get motivated for the elections.
Oh well. Just silly assumptions by silly people.