Skip to comments.Jimmy Carter's Dirty Tricks
Posted on 12/04/2006 11:53:11 AM PST by reprobate
It seems Jimmy has a past. Read on.
Yarbrough: Sanders led Georgia through trying times | | Story updated at 2:03 AM on Saturday, December 2, 2006
Two significant developments came out of Carl Sanders' race for governor of Georgia against Jimmy Carter in 1970. First, unlike Carter, Sanders refused to compromise his principles in order to get elected. Second, once the election was over, the former governor decided to leave the political arena and devote himself to building his law practice. Today, Troutman Sanders, which he serves as chairman emeritus, is one of the 100 largest law firms in the United States, with more than 650 attorneys. Sanders has done well.
At a recent lunch, Sanders was reluctant to get into the details of his defeat by Carter, saying simply, "The thought process I went through in every campaign I ever ran was to focus my energy on talking about education and things that were needed in my district or in the state. I always assumed that if I worked hard enough, my opponent would not be able to beat me using race, but Jimmy Carter effectively used the issue to drive a wedge between the races."
The dirty tricks he endured included a picture widely circulated in South Georgia showing Sanders, a part owner of the Atlanta Hawks professional basketball team at the time, celebrating a victory with his arms around Joe Caldwell, a black player.
Carter and his apologists have long denied any culpability, but veteran political columnist Bill Shipp told me he saw Bill Pope, Carter's press secretary, hand out leaflets with the photograph at a Ku Klux Klan rally.
Dot Wood, a good friend and former vice president of Gerald Rafshoon Advertising, which handled Carter's media, confirms the story and said she saw boxes of the leaflets in the office. Mysterious leaflets also criticized Sanders for attending the funeral of Martin Luther King Jr. Carter made a point to say that he did not attend. (Aside: Remember Carter's sanctimonious performance at Coretta Scott King's funeral?)
Carter, by the way, got only 5 percent of the black vote in the campaign.
During the campaign, Carter also criticized Sanders for his support of then-President Lyndon B. Johnson. "I did support LBJ," Sanders said, "because he had given Lockheed one of the largest orders ever for C-5 airplanes and a lot of money for rural development in Georgia, and I wasn't going to turn my back on him after what he had done for the people of Georgia."
In his biography of Sanders, author Jim Cooke says Sanders underestimated Carter and thought people would see through Carter's facade of portraying himself as a George Wallace-styled redneck. He refused his staff's recommendations to fight back until it was too late, and Carter was elected governor. Of course, once elected, Carter changed his tune, severely disappointing the arch-segregationists who had supported him.
If you want to judge Carter's gubernatorial campaign for yourself, be prepared to wait. It seems that the papers from that campaign reside at the Carter Center and have not been "processed." Call me naive, but I don't think he and his apologists are anxious for you to see them. I can understand why. His image is bad enough. Why make it worse?
Carter's hypocrisy evidently knows no bounds. After a dinner for former governors at the Governor's Mansion, Carter told the news media he owed much to Sanders for making Georgia such a progressive state, and also talked about how much that image helped him in his presidential campaign.
Pondering that comment, Sanders just shakes his head and smiles.
I asked Sanders how he would like to be remembered by future generations. He thought for a moment and said, "I would like to be remembered for playing the game of politics fair and square, for having made a contribution to my state and for leaving Georgia better than I found it."
I couldn't have said it better. Sanders' leadership pulled Georgia through one of the most difficult periods in its history, and he left the state much better than he found it. Most importantly, he did it with integrity. The man is a class act.
Reach Dick Yarbrough at P.O. Box 725373, Atlanta, GA 31139, or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Published in the Athens Banner-Herald on 120206
Someone said this morning on radio that Jimmy will probably go to Venezuela and certify Chavez's election. Always struck me as funny -- Carter declaring a dictator's election as fair and regular. He just loves malevolent despots. Now I guess I know why -- apparently, he wasn't above dirty deals himself.
It makes me sick just to look at him, much less "think" about him!
Yeah, quid pro quo, ya know...socking it to the rest of America to support Georgia. What's wrong with just plain giving the order to the best bidder and not using the taxpayer's money to buy goodwill? What's the need to thank LBJ for "doing something" for the people of Georgia, if the decision were simply fair?
Sounds like there was sleaze on both sides of the fence... :-(
I wish he would just play golf.
The Cuban boat people sank his re-election bid....
Along with a very massive number of other reasons.
Drudge has a link to Youtube of some caller to C-span calling Carter a bigot, racist, and a few other choice names. naturally, the C-span cow hung up on the caller.
Carter is a pathetic old man. No doubt he is intensely bitter about having lost to Reagan.
Worst President Ever
Funny to watch the video. Seems like the MSM doesn't like people who tell it like it is. I think that is the problem of this country, people who tells it like it is are silenced, told to shut up and told that is not P.C.
The part of his legacy he'll never be able to rewrite is LANDSLIDE, BABY!!!
Buchanan was worst. He allowed his Secretary of War to ship Federal artillery to the south, where it could be used against the national government. The civil war was his creation.
FDR was second worst, for his inaction when Germany could have been stopped by very small forces, and his massive increase of government programs, which lengthened the depression, weakening the US when we needed to be strong. His agriculture programs, limiting US crop planting and food reserves, led to starvation of millions after WWII was over.
Wilson also is right up there, for is refusal to support the democratic nations, or to build up US defenses despite a world at war.
I would put Truman as 4th worst, for permitting Soviet opression in Eastern Europe, and publicly putting Korea outside the zone of interest, then being surprised when the communists accepted his offer.
Carter as 5th worse.
So Carter campaigned as an anti-black redneck, eh? There's an awful lot of African-Americans that don't know that.
"I think that is the problem of this country, people who tells it like it is are silenced, told to shut up and told that is not P.C."
So much for the defenders of the First Amendment! The US is going down that slippery slope faster and faster -- sounds more like the old Soviet Union and the KGB than freedom loving America.
The C-Span Cow.
I bet had it been the reversal, a Democrat rage against a Republican, the C-Span Cow would have let them rant forever.
I have witnessed them doing this very act on C-Span, at tax payers expense.
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Jimmy Carter had a lot of experience with the race card. Before he retired as a submarine skipper, he was a senior officer. A sub skipper requires that the officer be at least Lt. Commander, but most likely a full commander.
the navy, during his tenure had gone through a complete renovation as it hugged affirmative action. Not knowing what events occurred on any of his (Carter's) commands, it can only be assumed he saw issues involving negative race related issues.
As a senior administrator in the sub fleet, Carter was well versed in how to deal with military justice - both NJP, and Art. 15's for Courts Martial. I believe there are a number of page 13's with his stamp on them saying he visited the issue at Captain's Mast more than once.
This guy is a snake - a liberal by any other name. he sold the N. Koreans nuclear capability under the Clinton administration. As President, Carter subjugated the military into giving up military control of "special weapons" to unqualified civilian control - his belief (as a liberal) that the world would be safer if the military did not have control of said items.
Carter would sell out his country to save his own skin, and he most likely has "Bubba's" fingerprints on his ears - go figure if you don't know what I mean.
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