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Needless to say I have a lot of thoughts on the seat Chambliss is vacating, but here are a few for Georgia progressives to think about.

1) the candidate should not be a blue dog, because in a off year election, to make a good showing, the candidate has to energize progressives. On a statewide basis, people who would vote for a Barrow are just going to vote GOP anyhow.

2) Once a candidate is chosen, progressives here should dig in and make sure that vigourous campaigning goes on IN EVERY COUNTY.

3) We may well lose even if we pour everything into it, but to edge Democratic numbers up to 48 or 49% would be a momentum changing victory in and of itself, which might encourage our moribund party to actually run candidates in future down-ticket races.

I've written more at BluestateGeorgia

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  •  There is no electable progressive in Georgia (7+ / 0-)

    start there first.

    (I live here in Paul Broun's district and I despise him more than I do George W. Bush)

    "The way to see by faith is to shut the eye of reason." - Thomas Paine

    by shrike on Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 12:14:37 PM PST

    •  I'm not talking about a Paul Wellstone (1+ / 0-)
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      The candidate needs to be on the pragmatic end of the progressive spectrum.  A blue dog won't get enough enthusiam to build a ground game, and with demographics changing in GA as rapidly as they've been doing, we shouldn't be settling for even a McCaskill type, much less a Barrow.

      As for Broun, I feel your pain.  I think it's atrocious that we aren't contesting each and every seat at each and every level.

    •  Heard that this moron ran unopposed.... (1+ / 0-)
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      Even if YOU ran, it would give him something to think about.  I understand that Athens is in his district and I KNOW PLENTY of liberals THERE.  I don't understand why even a political science professor @ University of GA couldn't have run against this horrible man.

      I mean, even "Darwin" got 400 write-in votes against Broun.  When a non-citizen who's been dead for over 100 years gets that number of votes, you know any Democrat could've done better.

      •  I don't disagree (1+ / 0-)
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        I've been ranting about the lack of candidates put forward for years, and have decided to help do something about it.  I live in Cobb County, which means my focus is Gingrey, Price, the county commission slots, and state legislative slots for the area.

        You're right about Athens.  It mystifies me that no one stepped forward. You have a university represented by a flat earther.  

        I'd be a terrible candidate myself (wild youth, crazy left politics in my twenties, opposition researchers would have a field day with me). But searching out candidates for every single slot should be doable.

        I was horrified that of 14 candidates in the special elections in north metro only one was a Democrat.

        Maybe I'll check around and see if people I know in Athens know of any possible candidates.

  •  I'm going to be looking at State Senator Scott (1+ / 0-)
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    Holcomb as a potential challenger.

    Funny Stuff at

    by poopdogcomedy on Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 12:19:11 PM PST

    •  Haven't gotten as far as thinking specifics (1+ / 0-)
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      It'll probably depend on who wants to run, but I'm going to see if Better Georgia puts forward any recommendations.  I trust them more than I do most of the players in the Democratic camp.

      •  It would be great (0+ / 0-)

        if we could have all the progressive groups in the state communicating with one another. I like Better Georgia, but there are a lot of other good progressive groups we could organize with. Share mailing lists, have regional meetings, push our agenda collectively rather than piecemeal. When I worked for Martin, the GA Dem Party was useless; the left hand didn't know what the right hand was doing.

        Daily Kos has a lot of force available, and we should be using it more.

        I learned this at a Wellstone training: every time they talked about getting word out, it was fb and twitter. No matter how many times I brought up DK as a valuable asset in both communications and action force, I was shut down.

        It's not just a zip code, it's an attitude.

        by sboucher on Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 05:06:40 PM PST

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        •  I agree (1+ / 0-)
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          The Democratic Party of Georgia isn't where the energy is going to come from.  There are a lot of progressives scattered all over the state.  I doubt there's a single county of the 159 which doesn't have a few people who'd be willling to put some time into turning the state blue. As far as I know the party isn't trying to tap into that.

          I think some of the lethargy in the party is due to the Democrat's slide from dominant party to minority status.  It just didn't adapt well to the loss of resources.

          Better Georgia seems to do really good work.  I've sent them donations but really haven't plugged into the stuff they're doing at this point.

          I agree Daily Kos could be a good point of contact.  I'm making an effort to meet people in a variety of counties and districts, but Cobb is big enough that it's keeping me busy at the moment.

  •  It depends on the Blue Dog. (2+ / 0-)
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    sboucher, Egalitare

    With Mayor Reed's statement of disinterest, I doubt that the eventual nominee will be acceptable to many here at DK. It is theoretically possible, but not at all probable.

    One intriguing name I read was former state Chief Justice Leah Ward Sears. People forget she handily beat the another well funded candidate for that office. I think President Obama would take an even greater interest if she decided to run.

    Jason Carter would probably lose, but in doing so he would raise his profile for some future higher state office.

    I would not be surprised if Johnny I. decided against another run when his time is up.

    "There is nothing more dreadful than the habit of doubt. Doubt separates people. It is a poison that disintegrates friendships and breaks up pleasant relations. It is a thorn that irritates and hurts; it is a sword that kills.".. Buddha

    by sebastianguy99 on Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 12:36:26 PM PST

    •  I hadn't even thought about Jason (1+ / 0-)
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      The Carter name could be good news/bad news.  It'd provide talking points for the wingnuts, but could test progressive strength against the noise machine.

      I hadn't heard Reed was backing off.  I'd feel good about him as a candidate.  I'd campaign for a blue dog if that's who won the primary, but I think the 45% or so consistent Democratic vote here is largely progressive, and we need to start stretching our horizons a bit.

  •  Let's think of some non politicians (2+ / 0-)
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    slothlax, FG

    I think someone with a strong private sector profile --s omeone who could talk about job creation in a credible way = could stand out against the other guys.  OUr unemployment rate just went up again in the state and the R's have done nothing about it, barely even talking about it.

  •  Larry, (0+ / 0-)

    we have got to form a new group, we cant wait any longer for the admin of Kos Georgia to work this out. I'd be happy to be the nuts and bolts admin to notify members and followers of the change, set up a map of members (maybe you can convince people to cooperate) and stuff like that, if you'd be interested in being the editorial admin.

    And we'd need to come up with a new name.

    Would you consider this?

    It's not just a zip code, it's an attitude.

    by sboucher on Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 04:53:29 PM PST

    •  Sure, it sounds like a good idea (1+ / 0-)
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      I'm still new enough here that I'm not certain what it would involve.  There are progressive Democrats I know from other venues (twitter, offline activism) that I might could coax into a Georgia group here.

      But I'd be glad to help coordinate something like that here.

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