Wednesday, March 02, 2005

This sounds encouraging.

So says Bill Shipp:

Why are Democrats laughing? Sure, the Republicans have made a mess. Their first turn at running state government in more than a century has mostly bombed.
Their legislative package is so virulently anti-populist that even some big business boosters are stunned. Unfettered increases in auto insurance rates, severe restrictions on civil redress, degradation of public education, sweetheart legislation for developers - these are just a few issues that have cooled popular enthusiasm for rulers of the so-called New Georgia.
Gov. Sonny Perdue has struck one bump in the political road after another - whether he's trying to fly a state helicopter, demoting his bodyguards or redoing Medicaid.
Rep. Glenn Richardson's toughest critics say the new House speaker has become a caricature of an old Dixie politician, eager to please the Lexus-and-vichyssoise crowd but scornful of his Douglas-Paulding pickup peers. His appointment of a special bully squad to silence committee debate gave him a lasting black eye.
Some of the GOP's once-hot moral topics appear to have cooled. The predicted tsunami of same-sex marriages never arrived. Only a few eccentrics still harp on Darwinism. Anti-abortion absolutism has faded.
The Georgia GOP is split on substantive questions. Many are related to economic growth, transportation and the environment. Have Republican leaders forgotten so soon that the suburban NIMBYs, the anti-development, not-in-my-backyard gang, were mostly their supporters? And, oh, yes, some grassroots Republicans are beginning to feel betrayed on immigration issues. The continuing influx of illegal aliens is straining to the breaking point several communities' infrastructures. Our U.S. senators, Johnny Isakson and Saxby Chambliss, talk the talk on immigration, but our GOP-led congressional delegation can't seem to make a dent in the ruinous problem.
The statehouse's infatuation with government secrecy has created crevices of distrust in much of the electorate.
So Democrats should be dee-lighted, right?
Well, maybe. The donkeys' strategists are certain the current Capitol crowd will soon be out of work. The Dems may be right, yet the next state government is more likely to be populated by new Republicans instead of old Democrats.

He then offers a few reasons why, but I think they're bullshit (Dean's too liberal and Jews hate him!)