After a spiral to irrelevancy a decade in the making, the Democratic Party of Georgia feels their thirst for political revival may finally be nigh.
Their plan starts with electing a new chairman and convincing themselves that Michelle Nunn can win a Senate seat as a non-incumbent in a midterm year, a feat not achieved statewide for the party since 1998.
As far as the chairman bit goes, their most recent esteemed leader stood down a while back thanks in part to personal turmoil along with dismal fundraising numbers and little in the way of a viable party infrastructure.
The view is that the new leader of the party will be the one to bolster finances and infrastructure, setting in place an organization fit for the purple shades many think are heading Georgia’s way in the next few years.
So, in that spirit of a quest for relevancy, Georgia Democrats are gathering to elect a new chairman tomorrow.
On Labor Day weekend and the same day that the University of Georgia kicks off the 2013 football season with a Top 10 showdown in Clemson.
Because that’s the way to get people to care about what your party’s doing or who its leaders are.
Call it a petty observance, but it speaks to the out-of-touchness rippling Georgia Democratic thought-leaders’ ranks on the front of getting voters to at all care about their message again. For these reasons alone, the bulk of Georgians will be focused on things far removed from politics this weekend.
That’s the first prong in the currently two-legged stool Democrats hope to use for resurgence. The other, Michelle Nunn, has had an interesting enough go of it herself.
After a digital-centric rollout (full disclosure: the author praised it here), she embarked a “What Washington Can Learn From Georgia” statewide tour, seldom mentioning her party affiliation.
Then came word that “pro-abortion-rights” EMILY’s LIST would be publicly lending support to her campaign. Some would call it a deer in the headlight’s response while others would simply muse that hoping it dies out on its own is all that could be done, but Nunn’s campaign has been radio-silent on the matter.
That hasn’t stopped the Georgia Republican Party from calling on her denounce the endorsement, illustrating a sequence we’re likely to see a lot over the next year. After all, Organizing for Action (www.barackobama.com) is reportedly readying to go to bat for her campaign as well.
Not to mention recent revelations that her campaign chairman forked out a $1,000 donation to Anthony Weiner’s mayoral campaign, speaking volume enough on its own though we’ve gotten nothing but more radio silence from Nunn’s operation on the matter.
As miniscule as it is, there’s a cherry on top of all that for Georgia Democrats in the wilderness and a Senate campaign still-learning how tough the road ahead will be, a first campaign email gaffe:
Email from Democratic Senate candidate Michelle Nunn: "Dear [First Name]/Friend" pic.twitter.com/nfDvs7bmRH
— Andrew Kaczynski (@BuzzFeedAndrew) August 29, 2013
That’s small potatoes in the grand scheme of things, but the same can’t be said for the Democratic Party of Georgia’s spurring its own irrelevance, nor the fact that Michelle Nunn’s campaign is part of a national effort to keep Harry Reid in power.
In a state in which voters have given Republicans control of every statewide office, and both branches of its General Assembly, that’s one endorsement that won’t be swept under the rug.