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  •  Blame The Party..It's A Leadrership Deficit (3+ / 0-)
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    Odysseus, polecat, jbeach

    The state Democratic Party basically didn't bother to run a full slate of candidates in this cycle. They in effect conceded before the election ever took place.

    As a result, they failed to be in position to capitalize on and take advantage of the Obama turnout.

    Georgia is over 40% minority, there is no reason other than poor execution by the state party as to why the state isn't at least purple. I don't know if it's a case of learned helplessness, or laziness, or incompetence, but Georgia, and Texas too, suffer as a result of the ineffectiveness of their state apparatuses.

    If you have people who don't believe they can win making the decisions then it doesn't matter much who the Republicans run. Georgia(and Texas too) is a blue state waiting to be cultivated. The Dems just don't have the right leadership in place yet.

    "Most people would sooner die than think; in fact, they do so."

    by sebastianguy99 on Wed Dec 03, 2008 at 11:46:17 AM PST

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    •  Paging Dr. Dean... (2+ / 0-)
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      jbeach, Leftside Defender

      we have a cleanup on aisle 4 for you...

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      I wish I was a moron, MY GOD, Perhaps I am!
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      by polecat on Wed Dec 03, 2008 at 11:49:05 AM PST

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    •  I think in this case it was a candidate issue . . (2+ / 0-)
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      jbeach, gwriter

      Jim Martin is a very smart, decent, and respectful guy.  He has the kind of intellect and temperament that would make for a fantastic legislator.

      Unfortunately, many of these same characteristics were weaknesses when it came to running in a tough campaign state like Georgia.  

      Chambliss pushed to define Martin as an agent of Obama and the Democrats and Martin lacked the star appeal and magnetism to take the stage back and define himself.

      Chambliss also painted Martin as weak and vacillating and Martin played into this by essentially waiting for the Obama field organizers to run his campaign.  

      For whatever reason, Martin never really broke through and defined himself to Georgians, and honestly that goes for the general as well as the run-off.  To be perfectly honest, this was not a race that would have gone to a run-off without Obama on the ticket, so its not surprising that we lost the run-off when Obama was off the ticket.

      The fact that a run-off occurred is more a testament to Obama's strength in the general than any weakness shown by Martin's loss in the run-off.  

      If you don't stop lying about me, I'm going to have to start telling the truth about you. Barack Obama

      by dbratl on Wed Dec 03, 2008 at 12:03:10 PM PST

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