This is the face of a man who knows exactly what he’s doing. Or not. Who knows?
Sure, it seems insane for any candidate–even a frontrunner–to consider skipping the final debate before the Iowa Caucus, but Donald Trump is not your typical candidate. If Jeb! Bush or Marco Rubio led Iowa with a week to go and decided to skip the final debate, it might be considered a fatal mistake, costing the candidate not only Iowa, but other early states as well. However, Trump continues to prove his impervious to the usual traps that ensnarl campaigns and cost candidates elections. No, Trump continues to win and his defiance may be the reason why.
Trump’s entrance into the race last summer (has it really been that long?) defied logic. His campaign kickoff speech, filled with grotesque words about Latinos and undocumented workers was equally baffling. Surely, no one serious about winning the presidency would say these things and think they’ll win, right? But Trump’s poll numbers shot through the roof. Nothing he’s said or done since that fateful day have affected Trump’s numbers. The only thing that’s truly changed is the candidate nipping at his heels, and who stands to his left and right during debates. Trump, however, has remained front and center at every debate, and through every gaffe, ramble, and scoff, Trump reigns supreme.
So why skip the final debate before real votes are cast?
Michelle Nunn, Jason Carter hope to rechart the course of Georgia politics. – The Washington Post.
Awesome piece in today’s Washington Post focusing on Michelle Nunn, Jason Carter, and the future of Democratic politics in Georgia. A must-read this morning.
Is Georgia soon-to-be blue? | MSNBC.
Great clip from last night’s “All In with Chris Hayes”.
Georgia’s turning blue faster than anyone thinks, despite rhetoric to the contrary. Georgians of all stripes are sick and tired of getting left behind. If you’re interested in learning about Georgia’s new Moral Monday, feel free to check out their Facebook page for more info.
Via Jim Galloway from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, it appears that Congressman Phil Gingrey (R-GA)’s U.S. Senate campaign might in some hat water.
The link below has the details, but the gist of it is this: top staffers are resigning and we’re still 6+ months from the primary. Ouch.
Phil Gingrey’s top staffers resign campaign | Political Insider | www.ajc.com.
State Senator Jason Carter (D-Decatur) jumped in the race for governor today, sending the 2014 governor’s race from 0 to 60 faster than a Ferrari.
Always focused on middle class issues and values, Senator Carter is what the state needs to regain its economic footing. Education and the economy are Carter’s top issues, and boy, does he do a great job attacking those issues.
Check out his website and click the link below for additional details, courtesy of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Jason Carter to challenge Gov. Deal next year | www.ajc.com.
Charlie Crist announced that he’s running for governor. Anyone shocked? Well, it didn’t take long for the mudslinging to start. Adam Smith from the Tampa Bay Times has the story, and boy, is it a doozy.
In which George LeMieux attacks Charlie Crist and John Morgan calls LeMieux a homely skunk | Tampa Bay Times.
Next year’s gubernatorial contest in Florida will be a hotly contested race, with near-record amounts of money spent by incumbent governor Rick Scott’s campaign and his likely Democratic challenger, former Republican governor, Charlie Crist. A major issue that is just starting to surface is the role medical marijuana might play in who governs the Sunshine State from 2015 through early 2019.
Supporters of medical marijuana legalization are pushing a petition throughout state, attempting to acquire the 700,000 necessary signatures to get the issue on the ballot next year. With over 200,000 signatures in the bank, it appears likely that pot will find itself at the forefront of state politics. Rick Scott, along with incumbent attorney general Pam Bondi (also a Republican) have both publicly opposed the effort to legalize medicinal pot in Florida, while Democratic gubernatorial candidate Nan Rich has come out in favor of the measure, and Crist is “open” to the idea.