What does Nathan Deal’s campaign, PACs and Samsung have in common? Besides both having competition that seems far more energized and excited; both have resorted to shameless desperation and negative attacks in their marketing because they are scared.
Unsurprisingly, Samsung has come out with negative anti-iPhone 6 ads, and it happened remarkably soon after the phone’s official announcement. But unlike previous Samsung hits at Apple, which were often pretty funny or at least somewhat clever, the new ads are just terrible and smack of desperation and with good reason. When was the last time you saw anyone standing in line for a Samsung phone? Apple is likely to steal a huge amount of Samsung customers who were waiting for Apple to release a larger display. When you can buy a BMW for the same price as a low end Kia who in their right mind will go with a Kia? When you see Microsoft or Samsung attacking each other and not Apple, then you can worry about if Apple has lost their mojo. Let the haters nip at their heels while the iPhone 6 continues to sell like donuts at a police convention.
To be clear, Samsung peddles significantly inferior big screen devices and wearables. Sorry but it’s true so Deal with it.
I love the Smell of Desperation
Here is what I received in the mail today. The flier is huge but I did my best to scan as much as I could. With the latest polls showing more Georgians waking up to Deal’s utter failure as governor, Nathan Deal is sweating even more than usual and it shows in his ads.
At least it was partially useful since it did at least include a voter mail-in ballot application. But I really want the tactile sensation of voting against Nathan Deal so I will go in person instead of mailing my ballot. It was mailed from the American Comeback Committee Georgia PAC. 1747 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Suite 250 Washington, DC 20006. But don’t bother trying to look up their website. If you search for that name you won’t find one. They are trying very hard to hide their tracks.
Apparently this particular PAC is The Republican Governors association headed by Chris Christie of NJ. Jason Carter’s campaign seems aware of who they are though since they filed a complaint back in July in regards the RGA acting as a shell campaign for Nathan Deal that pumped around $6.5 million into his campaign back in 2010 and are likely to spend far more than that this year. The complaint is over a fundraiser earlier this year where Shady Deal was trying to suck up to rich out-of-state big spenders with deep pockets while people in Georgia continued to suffer.
I love the Smell of Desperation in the Air
A few months ago I would have called you insane in the membrane if you had told me a Democratic candidate had a shot at winning the governors race in deep red Georgia in 2014. But then people started to learn a few facts about Monsieur Deal. For example, Georgia is 51st in the country in unemployment. How sad is it when people in Mississippi are saying “Thank God for Georgia”. In the last 10 years the middle class is also hurting badly and incomes have shrunk a whopping $6,500. Georgia also has the dubious honor of being the only state in the country to have three cities on the recently released Bloomberg report of the nation’s fastest shrinking cities. In fact, Georgia was the only state to even have more than one in the top ten. Valdosta ranked 1st as the fastest shrinking city followed by Albany at #4 and Macon at #7.
Corruption is not always a fatal flaw as a governor in Georgia, God knows we have had a few of those in the past (Sonny “Go Fish” Perdue comes to mind), but Corruption + Inept = one very vulnerable old vulture.
Deal’s desperation is not limited to simply negative attacks ads from from out of state PAC”s with practically unlimited funds, he has also resorted to sending his supporters to Andrew Hunt’s Facebook page to try and scare people from voting for a Libertarian candidate. Many of the people posting on the page were among the most active on Deal’s Facebook page. No one ever said trolls were smart or good at covering their tracks. Of course if you visit Nathan Deal’s Facebook page don’t expect to see any negative comments at all. Any questions or comments not praising Raw Deal are deleted and the accounts quickly blocked as I wrote here. To Andrew Hunt’s credit he has tried to talk to these obvious operatives and engage them. His supporters have also explained math to them which they seem unable to comprehend. As Dr. Hunt and his supporters attempted to explain, if Jason Carter wins he would win regardless of votes for Hunt since you need 50% + 1 vote to avoid a runoff. Since a runoff is inevitable with current polls, people need to vote their conscience and vote for a candidate instead of against a candidate.
Is Nathan Deal Running against Jimmy Carter and President Obama or Jason Carter?
It is actually a very serious question. You would think they are his opponents and not Jason Carter who is far to the right of his grandfather or President Obama. Democratic candidates in the deep South often would be considered Republican in the rest of the country much to the chagrin of many liberals here. Many Republican congressmen in the North are to the left of John Barrow for example on many issues.
I see more attack ads against Obama and Jimmy Carter than any ads telling us what he has accomplished in his first term or what he plans to do if re-elected. Out of curiosity I looked into what Jimmy Carter accomplished while Governor of Georgia since Deal keeps attacking Jimmy Carter who has earned his place as an elderly statesman and through his efforts with the Carter Center and Habitat has helped millions all over the planet. If you happen to read this article, happy 90th birthday and there are many in Georgia who are proud to have you as a native son. Thank you for all the great work you continue to do in service to others.
“Carter was sworn in as the 76th Governor of Georgia on January 12, 1971. He declared in his inaugural speech that “the time of racial segregation was over. No poor, rural, weak, or black person should ever again have to bear the additional burden of being deprived of the opportunity for an education, a job, or simple justice.” The crowd was reportedly shocked by this message, contrasting starkly with Georgia’s political culture and particularly Carter’s campaign. The many segregationists who had supported Carter during the race felt betrayed.
With Carter’s reluctance to engage in back-slapping and political favors, the legislature found him frustrating to work with. He looked to aggressively expand the governor’s authority while reducing the complexity of the state government. Therefore he negotiated a bill allowing him to propose executive restructuring and to force a vote on it. He implemented zero-based budgetingwithin state departments and added a Judicial Selection Commission to verify the credentials of judges appointed by the governor. Ultimately he merged about 300 state agencies into 30.
Civil rights were a heartfelt priority for Carter. He expanded the number of black state employees, judges, and board members. He hired Rita Jackson Samuels, a black woman, to advise him on potential appointments.He placed portraits of Martin Luther King, Jr., and two other prominent black Georgians in the capitol building, even as the Ku Klux Klan picketed the unveiling ceremony.Still, Carter tried to keep his conservative allies comfortable. He co-sponsored an anti-busing resolution with George Wallace at the 1971 National Governors Conference.
Carter pushed reforms through the legislature to provide equal state aid to schools in the wealthy and poor areas of Georgia, set up community centers for mentally handicapped children, and increased educational programs for convicts. He took pride in his program for the appointment of judges and state government officials. Under this program, all such appointments were based on merit, rather than political influence.
Wake up Georgia. Send Nathan Deal Back to his Junkyard in Gainesville
I hate to admit it but you are kind of right. It is tough times for Fandroid Republicans in Georgia these days. My Galaxy S3 is ready for retirement and I am about to do something I never thought I would. Get an iPhone. Just want to try something new and and the lack of a big display was really the only thing holding me back. Those ads by Samsung do look pretty mean spirited and needy. Like, look at me, I am still here. I matter too! Just tired of plastic and all the crap Samsung adds to Android that slows it down.
I will definitely vote for Hunt. I voted Deal last time and even then with trepidation about his ethics charges in congress but he really hasn’t been a good governor and no way to spin it otherwise. Like my S3, he is ready to be retired. In a runoff I will either stay at home or may decide to vote Carter if he hits the right check marks in the debates but I will not vote Deal again.
Hunt is a good man. I met him for lunch and have a few articles here on my site about him as well. Just search for Andrew Hunt. I used to use an Android as well and I am so much happier with iPhones. No crashing, no bloatware, no malware to worry about, no caches to empty, so much more stable and reliable, and guaranteed updates. Android is a mess and I will never use one again.
I saw your back and forth with old grumpy Charlie Harper at peachpundit on the Jimmy Carter link. That guy can be a real dick. Surprised anyone even comments at all there. You would think with a name from the character played by Charlie Sheen he would have a better sense of humor. He thinks his website is THE political site in Georgia when in reality all he does is post snippets from other new sources. He basically has been made obsolete by Twitter and Facebook. All he does is news aggregation no real in-depth pieces of his own. His site also looks like a 1990’s retro throwback. Keep doing you brother man and you kicked his ass in the comments. Just thought I would let you know I like your moxie and your articles. Old man Charlie Harper is just delusional and living on some past glory. He is a control freak and also nervous his precious GOP douches will lose so thought he could threaten you with his banhammer but you knocked him on the head with it instead.
ROFLMAO Thanks. I actually was being polite but I thought the exact same things about his precious blog. All I saw were snippets and reblogs and that design and layout looks very dated. I got the impression that he thinks very highly of himself without anything to back it up. Anyone and everyone are welcome to post links to their blogs here in the comments since it helps everyone out. I will even post a link to that article so people can read the comments you are referencing.
Hopefully he has analytics installed and can follow it back here. What also struck me was he thought he had authority over the #gapol twitter room. He spams it all the time with his useless reblog crap. And then he took a dig that I had only 55 followers even though I just started tweeting. He has over 27,000 tweets and only 3,700 followers. I have only had around 300 tweets. If I ever make it to 27k I hope to have more followers than 3,700. That alone told me he has an overly inflated sense of his value to Georgia politics.
I hadn’t been to his site very long, just found it a while back but I certainly do not feel like I have lost anything of value by not commenting or going there again. Let him endlessly post links and I will try and write articles that engage people and encourage thoughtful discussion. It seems to be the same few commenters over and over rehashing the same debates more out of habit than interest. Sort of felt like a political retirement community. I hope you tell all your friends and I also wanted to let you now we have a forum. A bit slow on getting people signed up but I hope that will be a great place for lively discussion without an old schoolmarm trying to censor people.
You should check out http://www.bloggingwhileblue.com. Much more Deomocratic friendly website and very welcoming. I am sure they would be happy to cross promote. Never had heard of peachpundit but doesn;t look like much of anything there I can’t get off Reddit or Google news for Georgia. That guy sure had a corncob us his ass but most Republicans do. I think that is what he didn’t like, you actually said good things about Jimmy Carter. Thanks for making that list. He was a much better governor that Nathan Deal.
Thanks for that link. I didn’t know about them but it looks like a great site I will visit often.