One of these things is not like the others,
One of these things just doesn’t belong,
Can you tell which thing is not like the others
By the time I finish my song?
Did you guess which thing was not like the others?
Did you guess which thing just doesn’t belong?
If you guessed this one is not like the others,
Then you’re absolutely…right!
Three sitting Congressmen, two medical doctors, and a Fortune 500 CEO. It would be the start of a great joke, but there’s no punchline.
Then there’s Karen Handel. She’s the one that caused David Perdue (the CEO) to say “I mean, there’s a high school graduate in this race, okay. I’m sorry, these issues are so much broader, so complex.” [Perdue has since called Handel to apologize]
The Sesame Street song describes the Republican primary for departing Georgia Senator Saxby Chambliss’ seat. Like a honeypot attracting bears, the sweet prize of a Senate seat has opened the floodgates of money and hubris.
If you and me were running from a bear, I would stop and change my shoes Asked why, I say I don’t have to run faster than the bear, only faster than you. This is the issue for Handel: can she beat the triumvirate and make it to the runoff against Perdue?
The three sitting Congressmen have very similar voting records: National Taxpayers Union ratings grouped between 80% and 85%, and Heritage Alliance scores of 93% to 94%, they are grouped better than an expert marksman’s bullseye. They also have war chests, and a sitting Congressman’s built-in advantage in access to the press and voters.
It’s no wonder that Handel trails the others according to the RealClearPolitics average, at 10% to Perdue’s 21%. The Congressmen are grouped inside the margin of error between 11% and 15%.
Handel is stopping to change her shoes for the sprint. With high profile support from Sarah Palin, and now the American Future Fund, it’s very possible that Handel can accomplish making it to the runoff, and this summer, the GOP nomination.
I hope she does.
Of all the candidates, she is the only one to show pure backbone. As my uncle used to say “if the queen had balls, she’d be king,” Karen’s got ’em where the other candidates don’t. Where they’ve got resumes, she’s got scars. Where they have degrees, she has life lessons.
This is not to say that Kingston, Broun, and Gingrey are without merit, but they are more properly in the House, where they can be followers and group-thinkers. In the Senate, which the GOP is expected to take from the Democrats this year, we need pure cojones.
I supported Handel against Nathan Deal for governor of Georgia in 2010, and I support her now for Senate.
David Perdue is untested in the furnace of politics. He’s got the pedigree, but pedigree buys you nothing in a street brawl. Karen Handel is a brawler who knows how to counterpunch. She will be a welcome presence in the Senate, both for Georgia and for conservatives at the national level.
If she wins the nomination, she still has to face Democrat Michelle Nunn. RCP has Nunn up by 1 point versus Handel, and the party is worried about that, with all the other GOP candidates showing better (winning) in the polls. But polls are notoriously inaccurate six months out, especially before the field has been narrowed. In other words: that bear’s not in the race yet.
I hope Handel’s fast enough to stay ahead of the three carbon-copy Congressmen, because the bear’s gotta eat and dinner in Georgia is on May 20.