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01 September 2010

Election 2010 Could Be The Last Hurrah For Georgia Dems

Athens Banner-Herald reporter Blake Aued recently interviewed state Representative Alan Powell (D - Hartwell) about the Georgia Democratic Party's prospects in the November General Election [Aued, Blake (2010-8-31).
Powell: Barnes is Dems' last hope
. Blake Aued's Blog. Retrieved on 2010-9-1.].

Powell told Aued, in the interview, that he believes Barnes has to branch out and talk about the economy and the state budget more. But here's the portion of the interview that is bound to catch the eyes and ears of everyone who reads it:

“If Roy Barnes doesn’t win it in November, you can probably stick a fork in the Democratic movement, because we will not be able to come back for a generation or more,” Powell said in a phone conversation today.

If Barnes loses, Powell said he would “seriously consider” switching parties because Democrats would not only have no influence, but no hope regaining power. He also said he thinks he could halt the Republicans' drift to the right and bring it back toward the middle.

This is the last hurrah for Georgia's Democratic Party. The 2010 elections represents a huge gamble for the Democrats. Almost all of our Democratic eggs are in Barnes' basket, and if he loses, it is over.

Meanwhile, on the Republican side of the aisle, there is a growing movement to embrace a full view of conservatism.

"More and more conservatives are saying that opposition to gay marriage would not be a litmus test for membership in the GOP," [former McCain campaign manager Steve]Schmidt added. "And more conservatives are making the case that no more do you want big government conservatives in the bedroom than big government liberals telling you how to live your life."

Stein, Sam (2010-8-31). Steve Schmidt, Former McCain Campaign Chief, On Mehlman Fundraiser: Same-Sex Marriage Becoming Conservative Cause. Huffington Post. Retrieved on 2010-9-1.

From loosening gun control restrictions to keeping government out of the bedroom to keeping government's hands off of women's bodies to reigning in all this big government spending, there are more than a few Republicans who now believe that being a conservative means being a conservative in every sense of the word.

One cannot call themselves conservative if they're picking and choosing where government can and cannot be involved. Less government means less government across the board.

I believe Alan Powell and others could move the Republican Party from the extreme right wing back to its roots of less government, a strong national defense and promoting businesses; big and small.