Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Us vs. Them ... Whitehead-style

I'd say that I was shocked by Jim Whitehead's assertion that this is an Athens-Clarke County vs. Augusta-Richmond County battle, but that's been how all the major players have been playing it. It's not terribly shocking, and is actually good political sense, if you think that Paul Broun wants to turn out Oconee County and Northeast Georgia, James Marlow reached out to Athens-Clarke County and Whitehead plays up to Augusta-Richmond County and Columbia County.

Still, what's unsettling about the story is that Whitehead seems to be going beyond merely turning out base supporters ... he's openly campaigning as someone who will use his political power to benefit one community over another. And that's not only depressing, but a terribly misguided way to represent a district in Congress.

The man has shown nothing but disdain for this community - based solely on the reason that the majority of this population disagrees with his political views - and then plays the victim card when folks around here call him on it. That level of intolerance is absolutely infuriating to me, and it reveals how petty, short-sighted and ignorant Whitehead's view of public service really is.

Shoot Bob Bowen, I may just go vote for your guy after all.

Flack offers his thoughts on the matter as well.


Anonymous StopALLtheBS said...

Whitehead is a dunderheaded fool regardless of your political persuasion.

He wouldn't know an original or independent idea if it bit him in the ankle or peed in his lap.

Well as he is the heir apparent, us on the west side of the district are obviously on going to be on the short end of the crap stick.

For someone who claims to be Norwood's anointed heir apparent, Bobblehead Jim is missing the message that the reason that Norwood was much beloved is that he took care of all the district.

As someone disengaged from the sprout eating, espresso sipping, two wheeling crowd in Athens, but not quite engaged with the Bible thumping hard core in Oconee, Madison, Oglethorpe, and so on, it's going to be an interesting two years watching the party faithful here on the west side of the district get blown off by our representative.

Check back with Jay Hanlet in two years.

9:51 PM  
Blogger Mike-El said...

Should we challenge Augusta to a rumble? Could we take them? Would Goldberg stand with us?

11:26 AM  
Blogger Jmac said...

It'd be Goldberg vs. Hulk Hogan ...

1:43 PM  

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