Election 2010 is upon us, about a week away. If the polls are right, Republicans will be in control in Washington and Georgia, but not necessarily in Muscogee County. Since Republicans maintain a high-profile in the county, you might think they are the majority. Look at recent election results and you’ll see they are not. Muscogee County regularly goes for the Democratic nominee for president. And locally, the last sheriff and district attorney races make the point.
I was reading a letter to the Ledger-Enquirer that made a big deal about the writer’s candidate for mayor being a “conservative” and accusing others of being “Obama Democrats.” That person just doesn’t understand the reality of Muscogee County politics. Being a Democrat is a plus in county-wide races, not a liability. Besides, some Democrats are also conservatives, especially when it comes to matters fiscal.
Yes, Republicans may gain control of the Congress and retain control of the Georgia legislature. The end result, though, probably will not be all that bad for Democrats. If Republicans are in control and things don’t get a lot better than they are right now, they probably won’t stay in control for very long. But, then, in Georgia, just look at the shape the state is in after 8 years of Republican control, with water, transportation and education problems worse not better, and despite that, they are poised to remain in control. Surely, over time, Georgia voters will wake up if things continue on the down slope. Surely. Surely?
Ah, but in Washington, they’ll be able to blame lack of progress on President Obama vetoes, some will say. That tactic didn’t work with President Clinton. He got reelected. There is a very good chance it won’t work with President Obama, either.
Meanwhile, don’t let all of the partisan rancor upset you. Just have a good meal at the Taste of Lemon. Never heard of the Taste of Lemon? Well, stay tuned.