the beat moves onward


“He’s so far out on the extreme, even for the people of Georgia, that he could be a key player in helping the Democrats win,” said Jim Manley, a Democratic strategist and former aide to Senate majority leader Harry Reid. “There would be pages of comments that Democrats could use against him in a general election.”

One:  Maybe not.  Two: the “even for the people of Georgia” has a ring of smugness.  Three:  Particularly below the Senate level, some of these people are going to get elected.  Four:  It’s not good when the Overton Window is moved, such that some objectionable policy becomes “at least it’s not this Broun”, while the scion of the last conservative elected Democratic Senator from the state gets elected on a platform of always being willing to “reach across the aisle” — to work with… hm… a side of the aisle now devoid of any workable force because she was elected thanks to a strategy of aiding the nomination of candidates  “they’re all Mr. Hitler and Stalin on the other side of the aisle” nominated, a few of them to be elected…


I’m searching for a column I distinctly remember, from either after the election last year or the beginning of this year at around the time of Obama’s Inauguration.  It rings of the partisan goober-snickering of EJ Dionne (or, another columnist just like him of the same prominence whose name escapes me right now.)  It goes into “Obama’s Path Forward” and has this idea that now he can work with different Democrats on budget ideas and has a list of a “range” “from moderate figures” such as Maine’s Susan Collins to “right right Republicans” such as… Tom Coburn.

The very same Tom Coburn who is now in the news for musing about how we could Impeach Obama.
Among other ideas...
It appears Tom Coburn is moving into the wistful Dream Sequence of spit-firing ideas.

Update:  Gerogia.  Interesting move by the state’s Republicans.

The new May 20 primary date will now (more than likely) also be the date of next year’s primaries for state offices. That will require an act of the Legislature, but Georgia’s 159 counties will certainly counter any opposition by pointing to the added expense of two separate voting cycles.
The mid-May date, because it would be more likely to attract more voters than a traditional mid-July date, has also been eyed by many Republicans as a means of reducing the influence of hardcore conservative activists and tea party elements in the GOP. Many GOP strategists fear a field of Senate candidates moving too far right will give Democrats an opening next year.

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