I’m a Georgia citizen so I was able to vote in the Republican primary/run-off which included an extremely close Gubernatorial race. Karen Handel had the most votes in the primary, but not enough to avoid a run-off with second place vote getter Nathan Deal.
Karen Handel conceded today, losing by less than 1%, a mere 2431 votes, to Nathan Deal in a run-off election. So the race for Governor in Georgia will be between Republican Nathan Deal and Democrat Roy Barnes who served a term as Governor before Sonny Perdue. I’m not a fan of either candidate. Barnes would love nothing more than to increase the size of the already bloated and overgrown government, and there is reason to believe Nathan Deal is not the most honest politician around. Also, for as conservative as Deal has painted himself, he entered politics and a Democrat.
The national story out of this is that Sarah Palin and Mitt Romney endorsed Karen Handel while Newt Gingrich and Mike Huckabee endorsed Nathan Deal. It appears that Palin, Romney, Gingrich, and Huckabee will be the four big names in the GOP Presidential primary when that race comes along in two years.
If that’s the case I’m not to thrilled about the Republican candidates. While Gingrich is extremely smart and understands the economy in a way that Obama can not grasp, he comes across as cold and stale and I don’t know if he could beat Obama in a debate, even if he was right on the issues. Gingrich is also a Washington insider which I think everyone is sick of.
Palin has been making waves, but with the way the media crushes her I am not sure how well should would do in a race against Obama. She has a lot of energy and spunk, but she doesn’t have the experience I’d like in a presidential candidate.
Romney seems very shady to me. He’ll say anything for a vote. I was a supporter of his 2008 primary run until I heard him say in a debate that we need to cut spending and be more fiscally responsible, and then less than a minute later say we need to spend more money on NASA.
Huckabee is fine, but he just doesn’t do much for me. He’s not a Washington insider, but I don’t know if he understands the economy like Gingrich and Romney do.
Do you see any other Republican candidates exploding onto the scene? Bobby Jindal from Louisiana?
We’re finally going to have some music related posts. My first one will be about emotion in music and I have two great songs to share. I have to let Tommy do the first music related post. His feelings will be hurt otherwise.