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Base bails on Democrats in droves (The Rats are Imploding Alert)
Atlanta Journal Constitution ^ | January 1, 2011 | Chris Joyner

Posted on 01/01/2011 9:33:20 PM PST by Zakeet

Georgia Democrats enter the upcoming 2011 session of the General Assembly reeling from a series of defections and facing an uphill climb toward relevance.

The once-dominant party holds 85 of 236 seats in the House and Senate, Democrats’ lowest ebb since Reconstruction. And the number has been slipping.

Since the November election when the party lost control of all statewide offices, nine Democratic legislators have become Republicans, including Athens Rep. Doug McKillip, who switched less than a month after his colleagues elected him chairman of the House Democrats.

Now party leaders are scrambling to find new growth strategies while attempting to be more than a speed bump for the Republican majority.

The task is daunting. Mirroring a trend across the South, much of the state party’s white, rural base has fled to the Republican Party and Democrats have struggled to find attractive candidates for statewide posts they held for generations.

Newly elected House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams, D-Atlanta, admits her party’s primary function in the short term will be as a check on the Republican majority’s power.

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The defections by rural, white Democrats continue a trend that’s made the Georgia Democrats a more urban and African-American party. As a result, the power of its African-American Democratic leaders has grown while the party’s statewide influence has dwindled.

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Fifteen years ago, African-Americans made up a third of Democrats in the House. Now they are a two-thirds majority in the House Democratic Caucus and hold most of the leadership positions. In the Senate, African-Americans make up more than half of Democrats compared to one in four in 1996.

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To: conservatism_IS_compassion

I looked up the Georgia website and I’ll leave you to guess who holds the legislative leadership posts in the Democratic Party.

There are very few whites left. And if all they have is their base, it is truly an uphill climb.

Its the party’s policies that have turned off a wide swatch of Southern voters. The Left will blame it on racism but that dog don’t hunt.

White Democrats don’t see a future for them staying on in a party in which they are no longer welcome. That’s been happening not just in GA but across the South. Its truly the end of an era.


51 posted on 01/02/2011 12:22:46 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: goldstategop

I was a page for the first Republican state senator elected to the GA General Assembly since Reconstruction, State Sen. I.W. (Bill) Gregory. Since then, ca ‘64, we know what the story has been. The problem is what happens when all of those former Democrats become Republicans. Many of them are descendants of the New Deal Democrats, and many of them have the same proclivities towards government “solutions” for everything and their appetite for logrolling and pork barrel spending.

This has been a problem with the South as a whole; we end up with liberals such as Lindsay Graham (SC), Juan McCain (AZ), Thad Corcoran (MS), Richard Shelby (AL), Hal Rogers and Mitch McConnell (KY), and Bob Corker and Lamar Alexander(TN). Until we work with Tea Parties to cull the liberals and sell outs the Republic is in jeopardy. The conduct of some of the afore-mentioned legislators has bordered on treason.


52 posted on 01/02/2011 1:07:04 AM PST by Nucluside (ready)
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To: Nucluside

Verify then trust. And kick out those who abused their trust.


53 posted on 01/02/2011 1:24:03 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Lancey Howard

We sure got rid of Crist in Florida.


54 posted on 01/02/2011 1:51:59 AM PST by screaminsunshine (Americanism vs Communism)
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To: goldstategop

Did you get one of those electronic vote counters hooked up to your computer?

You were supposed to seed it with the name of the Democratic candidate, then turn it on!

;-)

(from CT—where they first steal the governor’s election, then raise our taxes.)


55 posted on 01/02/2011 3:08:31 AM PST by cgbg (No bailouts for New York and California. Let them eat debt.)
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To: screaminsunshine

That we did, my dear, That we did! We also short circuited another group of RINOs from taking his and other places.

I am looking forward to the first few months of press releases coming from the new Governor’s office after hearing him speak last week of things they have already targeted. I was most encouraged by listening to the press reporters questions and his answers to them. What was priceless was the looks on their faces when turning away to go file their reports.


56 posted on 01/02/2011 3:13:28 AM PST by mazda77 (Mike Hogan - JAX Mayor)
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To: goldstategop

The problem for southern Dems isn’t whites; many of them left long ago. It is the small but increasing number of blacks that have lost faith in the party.

Nationally, the problem for Dems is being viewed as the “non-white” party; there are simply not enough of them (yet) to win nationally. Hence, they have to try to keep “Kennedy-type” whites (usually females, or Chris Matthews) in the party, while trying to accomodate blacks and Hispanics (the whole time promising all of them affirmative action goodies, for which they are fighting each other).


57 posted on 01/02/2011 3:20:21 AM PST by kearnyirish2
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To: kearnyirish2

In the unlikely event the Democrats begin hemorrhaging black support, we may see the end of the Democratic Party as a political force in this country. That day isn’t here yet.


58 posted on 01/02/2011 3:23:16 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: goldstategop

Some of the black support is being eroded by the obvious preference the Dems are sometimes forced to show for Hispanics (when push comes to shove); any black votes lost are usually replaced by 2 or 3 Hispanic ones (and their population is growing faster). Blacks are most discontent where Hispanics are a growing presence (should I say a more-rapidly-growing presence? They’re “growing” everywhere); in these areas the national (still white) Dem leadership has backed Hispanic candidates (over black ones) and appointed many Hispanics to patronage positions formerly granted to blacks. They know they have to fight harder for the Hispanic vote, and if they anger blacks, where would they go anyway? Apparently, a small number of blacks have started figuring out they can go elsewhere rather than sit home. Obama’s “coalition of minorities” was a facade to conceal deep strife between blacks & Hispanics in terms of affirmative action goodies (jobs/promotions), urban funds, prisons, etc.; everything that had been used to buy black votes in the past are quietly being offered to Hispanics now instead, and blacks are realizing it.


59 posted on 01/02/2011 3:43:12 AM PST by kearnyirish2
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To: kearnyirish2

There is not enough loot to go around and the Democrats can take blacks for granted since they’re not a swing voter group. Hispanics are. The Democrats today to rephrase Willie Sutton, are going where the votes are. And if that means offering more affirmative action goodies to Hispanics means blacks have to go sit in the back of the bus so be it. Jim Clyburn showed how meek the blacks in willing to be used by a party that only has contempt for them.


60 posted on 01/02/2011 4:13:28 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: dljordan

Which RINO”S?


61 posted on 01/02/2011 4:22:02 AM PST by Marty62 (Marty 60)
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To: goldstategop

Long overdue. Should have happened after the Civil WAR.


62 posted on 01/02/2011 4:26:36 AM PST by Marty62 (Marty 60)
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To: Zakeet

Isn’t Nathan Deal an ex-dim?

Knew him in college, a very bright young man.


63 posted on 01/02/2011 5:24:36 AM PST by Vinnie
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To: goldstategop

RINOS do seem to have a hard time with the enter key...


64 posted on 01/02/2011 5:32:45 AM PST by central_va (I won't be reconstructed, and I do not give a damn.)
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To: Zakeet
That photo shows a petulant child, upset that he didn't get his way!

The Presidency of the United States of America is not a training position! It is the job for a fully-matured adult with skills and experience.

Ears has none of these characteristics.

65 posted on 01/02/2011 5:46:38 AM PST by Redleg Duke (We didn't limit out, but we nailed a bunch of RATS!)
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To: Zakeet
"There is a lot of frantic energy to figure out what is wrong,” said Sen. Jason Carter, D-Decatur, grandson of former President Jimmy Carter.

Not much energy required to figure it out. Democrats have become Marxists and most of the people of Georgia have figured it out.

66 posted on 01/02/2011 5:47:03 AM PST by libertylover (The problem with Obama is not that his skin is too black, it's that his ideas are too RED.)
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To: maine-iac7
He is frantic to complete his task: ruin America.

It's not just his task - it's the democRAT's task in general.

67 posted on 01/02/2011 5:55:29 AM PST by meyer (Obama - the Schwartz is with him.)
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To: goldstategop

Wow - an 18-shot multipost. That’s got to be a record!!


68 posted on 01/02/2011 5:57:48 AM PST by meyer (Obama - the Schwartz is with him.)
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To: Zakeet

Remember during the primaries when the MSM said obammy was going to heal the rift in our country’s race divisions?


69 posted on 01/02/2011 6:02:32 AM PST by Joe Boucher
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To: goldstategop
Southern Democrats are literally a minority party and they have no chance of regaining power in the foreseeable future.

It's a bit early to be saying that, not more than one mid-term election removed from Obama carrying Florida, North Carolina and Virginia, especially when population growth is being driven by relocation from the northeast and West Coast and rapidly increasing Hispanic populations.
70 posted on 01/02/2011 6:09:55 AM PST by only1percent
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To: Zakeet

Democrats who leave their party should just get out politics. They can’t be trusted, after all, they ARE defectors.


71 posted on 01/02/2011 6:18:51 AM PST by RetSignman ("It's about saving our Republic, STUPID")
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To: Zakeet

“(The Rats are Imploding Alert)”

I wish.

The fact is (please don’t get discouraged here) if every Democrat disappeared, Satan would get up something else to destroy our freedom.

I just want it to be made clear what we’re up against so we know what to do.


72 posted on 01/02/2011 6:24:11 AM PST by RoadTest (Religion is a substitute for the relationship God wants with you.)
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To: Zakeet

Pres. Obama and the Democrat Party doesn’t care much for the “rural” Democrats. They’re more interested in the urban population centers.


73 posted on 01/02/2011 6:24:27 AM PST by Little Ray (The Gods of the Copybook Heading, with terror and slaughter return!)
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To: Zakeet
"...much of the state party's white rural base has fled to the Republican Party..."

Affiliations built up over generations take generations to undo. In the '70s, the Democrat Party turned anti-prosperity with its adoption of environmental wackoism. In the 70's, the Democrat Party turned explicitly anti-white and anti-male with its policies of affirmative discrimation on behalf (mostly of women), Blacks and later other favored racial minorities.

At the latest, from 1980 on, a white, especially a white male, who voted for the Democrat Party is the practical equivalent of a Jew voting for Hitler. It's taken 30 years for the ice dam to finally break.

As an old guy, I remember when the Solid South meant the Democrats had the South locked up politically. In the Future, the Solid South, will mean the party of Lincoln has the South locked up politically. Just a couple of years ago, the liberal rags were telling us that the GOP was going to be a regional party. Now, who's the regional party? The Dem's have the West Coast and the North East and big cities.

Obama has just made the result of the Democrats long term policies obvious to everyone. Thus, the ice dam breaks, sweeping Democrats down river and out to sea. This isn't going to change soon. Obama has shown how no one can trust so-called 'conservative' Democrats. They vote the party line just as hard as Nancy Pelosi does. Kennesaw isn't about to elect Nancy Pelosi.

74 posted on 01/02/2011 6:42:58 AM PST by Jabba the Nutt (Are they insane, stupid or just evil?)
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To: Marty62
Long overdue. Should have happened after the Civil WAR.
That's absurd; after the Civil War the Republican party was, in the South, a black party. And it was held in power by the Union Army until a controvesrial presidential election resulted in a back room deal to discontinue it. Consequently the KKK suppressed the black Republican vote in the South, and the result was the solid Democratic South - in which the Democratic primary was the actual deciding election, and the general election was a mere formality. It has taken 150 years, but in the South the identities of the two parties have, in that sense, almost inverted.
Martin Luther King was a registered Republican; in 1960 Nixon actually expected to be competitive for the black vote.

75 posted on 01/02/2011 6:47:12 AM PST by conservatism_IS_compassion (DRAFT PALIN)
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To: goldstategop

Deja Vu!


76 posted on 01/02/2011 6:51:33 AM PST by Disambiguator (Political Correctness is mandatory stupidity.)
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To: dljordan
You've got to be kidding? Within 2 years, the Tea Party went and forced Arlen Specter out, voted Bob Bennett in Utah out, got Toomey, Rand Paul, Mike Lee and others elected to the US Senate. The GOP is about 1/3 Tea Party in the US House.

There was a massive TEAsnami in the states. This is zero to 60 in 4.7 seconds. And it's just the start.

Do you realize how slow things like this change in politics? This has been a bullet train of change.

Could we have used more Tea Party wins? Absolutely. I wish it would go faster, but for politics, this is faster than we could ever have expected.

60% plus of Americans, believe the Tea Party will be more influential in 2011 than in 3010. The trend is your friend.

77 posted on 01/02/2011 6:53:10 AM PST by Jabba the Nutt (Are they insane, stupid or just evil?)
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To: goldstategop

You’re absolutely right, and when blacks start to show some independent political thought then CNN runs specials like “Racism in America”, the History Channel shows “The Klan; a Secret History”, and the blacks run back to the party of Southern lynch mobs, segregation, and urban abortion...


78 posted on 01/02/2011 7:03:16 AM PST by kearnyirish2
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To: conservatism_IS_compassion

Congress adjourned in March 1865, prior to Robert E. Lee’s surrender, and did not reconvene until December. During that interval, President Andrew Johnson permitted the creation of white-only governments in the South headed (in every state except Tennessee) by former supporters of the Confederacy.

When Congress reassembled, the South’s representatives included the Confederate vice president, six members of the Confederate Cabinet, and four Confederate generals.

In 1866, after the president had denounced Congressional efforts to extend citizenship rights to former slaves, claiming that they would “destroy our institutions and change the character of our government,” Republicans in Congress seized control of Reconstruction from the president.
http://www.digitalhistory.uh.edu/reconstruction/section4/section4_04.html


79 posted on 01/02/2011 7:03:38 AM PST by Marty62 (Marty 60)
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To: only1percent

Obama carried those Red States and IN with a heavy black turnout. He didn’t have a record then. He does now and he’s a known quantity - a northern black liberal. If the GOP nominates a good candidate AND the economy and exploding debt are still an issue come 2012, he’s eminently beatable. With poll ratings at around 40%, that’s not good re-election territory for an incumbent.


80 posted on 01/02/2011 9:10:22 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Zakeet

And identifying themselves as the party of the working and middle classes with republicans beholden to special interests...is exactly the propaganda that may work if the republicans aren’t willing to expose the democrat duplicity.

People forget, things get a little better economically, the news edits out things having to do with cultural degredation such as queers and abortion....and it’s easy for the RATs to slide back into congressional seats.

I hope Georgia can keep their heads on straight as I also hope for many other states in this country. Some places are beyond hope (CA, NY, etc)


81 posted on 01/02/2011 9:36:01 AM PST by prairiebreeze (Happy New Year to all fellow FReepers!)
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To: Jabba the Nutt

“You’ve got to be kidding? Within 2 years, the Tea Party went and forced Arlen Specter out, voted Bob Bennett in Utah out, got Toomey, Rand Paul, Mike Lee and others elected to the US Senate. The GOP is about 1/3 Tea Party in the US House.”

Wait and see how they will be subverted and neutralized. I sincerely hope that is not the case but I doubt it will be the otherwise.


82 posted on 01/02/2011 2:14:07 PM PST by dljordan ("His father's sword he hath girded on, And his wild harp slung behind him")
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To: dljordan
Within 2 years, the Tea Party went and forced Arlen Specter out, voted Bob Bennett in Utah out, got Toomey, Rand Paul, Mike Lee and others elected to the US Senate. The GOP is about 1/3 Tea Party in the US House.
Wait and see how they will be subverted and neutralized. I sincerely hope that is not the case but I doubt it will be the otherwise.
But whoever suggested that the Tea Party would let it go at that? We should be very publicly making preliminary plans "peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances" now.

We must put the part of the GOP which doesn't want to get the word on notice. And I would think that there will be at least one candidate for the Republican presidential nomination ready and willing to lead that movement. Probably Governor Palin, IMHO.


83 posted on 01/02/2011 7:10:23 PM PST by conservatism_IS_compassion (DRAFT PALIN)
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To: goldstategop
The death of the Democratic Party is being celebrated prematurely by the Republicans.

Newsflash: The Democrats have a death grip on their constituencies, are highly organized, can get out the legal and illegal vote in the areas of highest population, and thanks to their ability to employ key constituencies in government, academia, and the media, are a self-funding organization. These are their back-ups. The entire dole-based population is also theirs, from kids diagnosed with ADD on SSI, to welfare moms in Section 8 housing, they have troops the Republicans can only dream about.

Their default voter base is always more than half of the electorate. The GOP's only national chance is to attract the so-called "independents." Unfortunately, the GOP at the moment has no program, no plan, no leaders, and no clue. If we are not careful, the Evil Party will kick the Stupid Party's butt.... again .... in 2012. We will still be in this depression and the Republicans will take the blame ...again.

Why has everyone forgotten that today's "Southern Republican" was yesterday's "Southern Democrat." They were Democrats because in the olden days, up to FDR and then LBJ, the African-Americans were Republicans!

84 posted on 01/05/2011 7:45:46 AM PST by Kenny Bunk (A pity Pinochet is still dead. He would have been ideal for 2012 ... or sooner.)
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To: Zakeet
The once-dominant party holds 85 of 236 seats in the House and Senate, Democrats’ lowest ebb since Reconstruction.

Hmmmmm...isn't that about the same time that The RATS of the day organized a little organization they called The KKK?

85 posted on 01/05/2011 7:47:49 AM PST by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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