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13 August 2010

Call Me Crazy: I Wouldn't Touch Obama With A 10-Foot Pole

Two weeks ago, I described a situation in which Democratic gubernatorial nominee Roy Barnes lost my mother's vote for "lying on President Obama." [Walker, Andre (2010-8-3). Democrat Roy Barnes Lost Several Votes For Governor Monday Night. Georgia Politics Unfiltered. Retrieved on 2010-8-13.]

My mother, a soon-to-be-64-year-old black woman, says she doesn't like Barnes and believes Republican Nathan Deal is probably a crook too. So, I think it's safe to say that my mother likely will skip the governor's race this November.

Now this is one of those times where I disagree with my mother.

I believe that Barack Obama is toxic to Democrats this year, and I'm more than willing to give former Governor Barnes a free pass on running as fast as he could away from Obama. Plain and simple, Roy Barnes will lose if he's seen as Barack Obama's lackey in Georgia; and I think the Barnes' campaign knows that.

Well, Democratic National Committee chairman Tim Kaine thinks Roy Barnes is crazy.

Tim Kaine thinks that any Democrat, who runs away from Barack Obama this fall, is crazy.

"Democrats who are kind of afraid of to be who they are, or who are pushing back on the leaders — I think they're crazy," Kaine said, "You can't win without energizing Democratic voters."

Smith, Ben (2010-8-13). Kaine: Dems 'crazy' to distance from Obama. Politico. Retrieved on 2010-8-13.

DNC chairman Tim Kaine does make a good point.

You cannot win without energizing Democratic voters. But, you also can't win if you energize the Republican voters. And that's what Obama does in the state of Georgia. He energizes the GOP base, and there are more of them than there are Dems.

So call me crazy. Call Roy Barnes crazy. Call any Democrat, with the common sense to distance themselves from the toxic presidency of Barack Obama, crazy. That's cool. We'll be crazy all night long as we rack up victory after victory on election night.