BatGurl here!  Alive and well.  (Be honest, you thought I was gone, didn’t you?)

Given all the commenting going on down below, seems like as good a time as any to actually talk about names that matter.

The Chair of the DPG can do some things to help elect Democrats in Georgia, but it does not matter if the DPG’s next Chair is the most successful state party chair in the history of state party chair’s, candidates are what win elections.  (Real elections.)

We all know the Senate seat names, lets skip that.  But what’s going on in the 11th CD, the 10th CD and the 1st CD?

All of these districts are trending blue.  A candidate willing to run hard in 2014 but also understanding they may have to let a Republican newbie hold the seat for 2 years while continuing to campaign for an eventual win in 2016 would be the ultimate find.  (Freshmen Congressmen are the easiest to beat for various reasons.)

Who’s running for Governor?  Who’s running for Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, Attorney General, Agriculture, so on, etc, etc, etc.  We have a crap ton of state-wide offices and unless y’all want some crazies on the ballot, somebody has to step up somewhere.

So while everyone down below is arguing over who’s going to attempt to raise the Titanic from the bottom of the sea, what names do we have in the elections that actually count?


10 Responses to Names that Matter

  1. Eddy says:

    In what universe is the 11th trending blue?

  2. JPM says:

    The state of the DPG has been such an overarching concern for Democrats over the last year-plus, that it is incredibly disconcerting that we’re spending the entire summer completely wrapped up in the chair’s race and not putting any (or much) attention towards races for public office.

    The primary date is now in early June, we have yet to field candidates for any constitutional offices (ditto for the open Congressional seats), and while 11 months seems like a long way off, it’s not. We need candidates who are fundraising, putting together a strong field operation, and spreading the message that there is an alternative to GOP rule.

    Just my two cents.

    P.S. Good post.

  3. Juliana says:

    The elections that might matter to GA voters are not the elections that mater the GA citizens.

    There I said it.

    A failed congressional campaign, while possibly useful is still a failed campaign -helping no GA resident but possibly some consultants.

    The elections that “matter” IMO are city council races, D.A’s, school board members, mayors, sheriffs and county commission elections.

    Yeah yeah they’re not sexy like a US Senate race, but in the end- your taxes, services and quality of life are far more impacted by these people than the whim of the political wind in DC. Which right now smells like it’s downwind of a manure pile.

    I’m frankly a lot more concerned about who is running in Macon, Rome, Marietta than who is running in the 11th.

    I just barely care who is the DPG Chair for the next year and a half. I guess all the candidates figured that out too, since other than press releases and email I haven’t heard from a single candidate.

    • BatGurl says:

      Agreed. I guess I was just going for “semi-sexy” elections to try to get focus off the “sexy” Senate race. But wow, you went for the straight up ugly elections. Good show.

      I try not to worry about Macon, I just figure it’ll be there, and I’ll try to avoid it as much as possible. But otherwise, I completely agree with you, we need to build our bench and the best way to do that is local elections. Didn’t a Libertarian get elected to the Marietta school board sometime because we didn’t field a candidate? Jesus, gotta stop that shit.

      So, lets open it up wider, who’s running in local elections in 2013?

    • Tim Cairl says:

      Bingo, the power trend is moving downward towards cities and in some cases counties. These are the bench we need to be able to move up and take the higher seats in the long run. Ignoring them won’t help us win long term.