Amid Republican revelry, reason for worry in Georgia

On an otherwise banner night, Georgia Republicans had one cause for alarm: Cobb County turned blue.

Georgia Republicans have long fretted about Gwinnett County’s Democratic drift. Cobb was thought to be safe for longer, because the same demographic trends are happening more slowly there. Instead, both bastions of conservatism flipped. The GOP must address this abrupt change to keep Georgia red.

Let’s start with a caveat: There are reasons to suspect Cobb’s turn toward Hillary Clinton was chiefly about the shortcomings of Donald Trump, especially as seen by suburban white women. Most other Republicans on Cobb ballots won, including hometown U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson.

A large Trump banner and American flag were posted on a pedestrian bridge crossing Ga. 400 in Buckhead. Donald Trump fared more poorly across metro Atlanta than other GOP candidates. (AJC Photo / John Spink)

A large Trump banner and American flag were posted on a pedestrian bridge crossing Ga. 400 in Buckhead. Donald Trump fared more poorly across metro Atlanta than other GOP candidates. (AJC Photo / John Spink)

But Clinton’s competitiveness there is also a result of a somewhat stronger Democratic effort in Georgia. Arguably, that’s part of the reason she lost the White House: Her bid to expand the map diverted some resources from the “blue wall” states she wound up losing. Not a ton of resources, but then again as I write, it appears she lost Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin by fewer than 110,000 votes combined.

Maybe a future Democrat decides the Clinton campaign made a mistake, and re-focuses on the Midwest. Maybe not.

Trump’s margin was smaller here than in purple Ohio. Florida, Georgia and North Carolina were all relatively close, and together they offer 14 more electoral votes than Trump’s Midwestern trio. Heck, they would almost make up for losing Ohio, too. As the electorate changes and Republicans embrace populism, it’s conceivable Democrats will try to win in the Sun Belt, not the Rust Belt.

The populist part is particularly pertinent. It’s no secret Trump broke through the blue wall by courting working-class whites who have watched technology and, to a lesser extent, trade take away their jobs. But guess where else their jobs have gone? Here.

Cobb and Gwinnett aren’t the only places in Georgia where Clinton did better than Barack Obama did four years ago. By my count, there are 17 such counties. They’re not just among the state’s most populous. They’re also among its most prosperous: 14 of them ranked among the state’s top 25 for median household income.

While Georgians like our populism as much as the next state, we aren’t the losers from global trade. We still make things and grow things, but we ship and truck and fly even more things. If the GOP under Trump turns away from the policies that helped spark our relatively rapid growth, that might turn off Georgians — especially in Atlanta’s relatively wealthy suburbs.

What happens nationally isn’t within the Georgia GOP’s control. Here’s what is: Addressing metro Atlanta’s problems.

Traffic comes to mind, and legislators are not just funding more road construction but edging ever closer to transit. Education is another big one. The Opportunity School District failed, but metro Atlanta still has dozens of chronically failing schools. What’s Plan B? (I have some ideas, but that’s another column.)

Of course, the “other Georgia” faces challenges, too: stagnant economic growth, struggling hospitals and, in some parts, equally bad schools. To keep Georgia red, Republicans will need to address both sets of problems. Soon.

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stogiefogey
stogiefogey

Washington Post (11/12/2016) reports Dems are "soul searching" the reason for Republican ascendency that now represents control of the Presidency, both chambers of Congress, (soon) the Supreme Court, total (governor and state legislature) control in 25 states and partial control in 20. Dems now control 5 states. They appear to be stuck in denial that America has totally repudiated their worldview.

Pray that Republicans do not overreach and repeat the mistakes of George WMD Bush and his odoriferous rubber-stamp Congress.

IReportYouWhine
IReportYouWhine

Remember, these are the people that call others "racists" -



In 1990, Keith Ellison helped sponsor a talk at his law school by black separatist Kwame Ture (Stokely Carmichael) on the topic: “Zionism: Imperialism, White Supremacy or Both?” the content of which was starkly anti-Semitic. Ellison continued to involve himself with the NOI, many of whose members were publicly and aggressively anti-Semitic. He also continued to defend Farrakhan against charges of racism and anti-Semitism in the face of indisputable evidence to the contrary.


Ellison won his first congressional election in 2006, and has been re-elected every two years since then. As a congressman he has demonstrated a tendency to say very stupid and jarring things. In a July 2007 speech, for example, Ellison compared the U.S.military response to 9/11 with the reaction of the Nazis to the 1933 burning of the Reichstag in Berlin. “It’s almost like the Reichstag fire, kind of reminds me of that. After the Reichstag was burned, they blamed the Communists for it, and it put the leader [Hitler] of that country in a position where he could basically have authority to do whatever he wanted.”



http://news.nationalpost.com/full-comment/barbara-kay-u-s-democrats-show-they-still-havent-learned-a-thing

seenit-in-Gwinnett
seenit-in-Gwinnett

Many changes in Gwinnett---more Hispanics & blacks..they vote yaknow....Trump didn't win this county either but he sure got my vote.

dimik
dimik

Oh and for the Socialist Poopulist sad and deplorable comrade hillary's loss to that old vast right wing glass ceiling is marvelous, simply marvelous. Almost as good as the left's traditional outburst resorting in to violence. 

How much is George Soros paying you intolerant misfits of this Republic to bring down Lincoln's union?   

dimik
dimik

To see Kyle concede to POPULISM in writing about the Republican's Presidential win is so very humbling. 

NOT!

lvg
lvg

So who on the transition team is being purged today? Looks like rich son in law and Rebekah Mercer are deciding who comes and goes. No pay to play here.

IReportYouWhine
IReportYouWhine

Let the hillary clinton fetish go. Drop it. Focus all your attention on governing the country and making it great again. Don't waste any energy on chasing the past.


Believe me, if I can get over it, so can you.

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

I've been boxed out at jay's place.

That's better than being boxed in with a bunch of malcontents.

So very angry, they are. 

IReportYouWhine
IReportYouWhine

@FIGMO2 Those people over there are fanatical. They've gone total Jim Jones. One of the biggest issues Conservatives have with Trump is that he may turn out to be a liberal, which should convince any American who can think that we might just have a president that governs for all of us. That doesn't even faze the bookman kamikazes, they aren't here to give anyone a chance to prove themselves, they don't even want to hear it.


They are like the Japanese that stayed in their caves for years after the war was over.

SGTGrit
SGTGrit

The Republican party is now united and their Democrat opposition is fractured. Unless the Democrats make a strong right turn to the center their viability as a party will continue in very serious decline. It appears that current Democrat leadership thinks that their party should even move further left.  A huge mistake.

MarkVV
MarkVV

@SGTGrit "The Republican party is now united..."
Joke of the day.

SGTGrit
SGTGrit

We have this insipid far-left call to disregard the electoral college system. These brain washed fools have no clue as to what a monumental undertaking that would be. Two thirds of congress and 38 states to change our constitution. This asinine stupidity is only designed to fire up a left-wing base that no longer cares about Democrats.

lvg
lvg

20 trillion dollar deficit and Orange Clown wants to give everyone tax cuts, spend a trillion dollars on infrastructure/stimulus ; employ tens of thousand for border security and deportations of millions; beef up the military with massive spending and the Cons all cheer. Explain that to me.

DerekGator
DerekGator

Demographics are not in Republicans favor but the numbers don't lie;  Since Obama took office, the Republicans have gained 34 House seats; 11 Senate Seats; the White House; Control of all 3 and 14 Governorship's.

IReportYouWhine
IReportYouWhine

@DerekGator Disagree on demographics, a lot of those people driving the change won't be with us much longer. And the flood gates are fixing to close.

DerekGator
DerekGator

I think that people are not realizing that Cobb now has a large African American population, Cobb Parkway and Windy HIll are over 50% black now, that is why Cobb has turned Blue. 

Here's_to_Blue
Here's_to_Blue

Kyle, I remember that your predecessor, Jim Wooten, railed for year after year after year against the one-party state system when both houses of the legislature and the governorship were in the hands of Democrats.  His constant mantra was to make the state a two-party system.


Well, after the Republicans finally took total control of all branches of Georgia's government, there was never another peep from Jim Wooten about how the state should have a two-party system.  What he wanted all along was for Republicans to have total control. 

Seems like in this column, you're following him down the same rabbit hole in wanting to preserve a one-party system.

IReportYouWhine
IReportYouWhine

Nancy Pelosi could be in trouble as House Democrats delay vote


Out with the old and in with the .....ew.

SGTGrit
SGTGrit

The real story of this election is that Trump outperformed Romney in the battle ground states and blue states that he flipped, while Clinton under performed Obama, by significant numbers in those states she needed to win. Trump, got twice the Black vote than did Mitt Romney and outperformed Romney, with the Hispanic vote. The take away IMO, is twofold Clinton's baggage caused many Blacks and Hispanics to stay home and not vote along with Blacks, ignoring Obama's call to vote for Hillary and preserve his legacy. Blacks and Hispanics did not mount an attack to block Trumps election. This was a repudiation of both Obama and Clinton's far-left agenda.

IReportYouWhine
IReportYouWhine

An organization formed back in 1996 to publicize computerized vote fraud, and which continues to monitor election results to detect vote fraud, has issued a statement that it has uncovered evidence of more than three million people who are not U.S. citizens casting votes in this past presidential election.


http://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/immigration/item/24630-vote-fraud-monitoring-group-says-three-million-noncitizens-voted-in-presidential-election


Looks like Trump won the popular vote after all.

SGTGrit
SGTGrit

@IReportYouWhine 

Democrats love the illegal voters that's why they have their sanctuary cities strategically located.

lvg
lvg

@IReportYouWhine so if 3,000,000 signed to vote illegally, when do the roundups start?

lvg
lvg

@IReportYouWhine @lvg Thought your boy had a plan in place. May as well start with the ones easiest to find if they registered to vote. Or was all that BS to get the sheep to vote for him?

newsphile
newsphile

I believe there are more pressing issues than Cobb County going to the Democrat's side.  1.  The President-elect isn't showing leadership to help bring all the differing sides together.  Granted, most everyone in the US isn't rioting or isn't using racial slurs, but an address to the nation about coming together can't hurt.  2. Trump should also stop the appointment of divisive people to his leadership team. Lots of people who held their nose and voted for him are disgusted by divisive appointments and by recycling Gingrich, Palin, Perdue and others.  They, along with the Bushes, Clintons, and Carters need to go away.  We don't want dynasties in our government.  He should appoint qualified minorities to his team.  If he wants to make the difference he promised to make, he should appoint qualified people above friends.  3.  Trump's children were not elected and should not be given special clearances and more favoritism that the norm.  His children and in-laws should not be in leadership roles.  Goodness knows, everyone is tired of all the perks.  4.  He should immediately put all his business interests in a blind trust.  With the kids' net worth, they should be able to eek by while he's in the White House.  Enough with the appearances of conflicts of interests.  It's time to put our country first, parties second, and build relationships with leaders from all parties who can work for the good of the US. 

Dems hate truth
Dems hate truth

@newsphile Trump won get over it. Why should he work with democrats at all?  Obama REFUSED to work with republicans from day one and did nothing but whip up racial hate. Yet not one democrat had a problem with it.

Now you want to whine non stop about a man who is not even in office yet and even seem to think he should appoint people democrats approve.

Get real.


DerekGator
DerekGator

@newsphile :  The kids are not going to Washington and nobody has asked for special clearances for them.  The kids are going to run the business and Trump is going to Washington.  BTW, he is only going to take a salary of $1 per year. 

SGTGrit
SGTGrit

@lvg 

Russia, Iraq and Iran, all outstanding examples of pure democracies. LOL

Dems hate truth
Dems hate truth

@lvg actually thae 3/5 of person thing was to STOP the spread of slavery. Democrats wanted to count blacks but not let them vote. The electoral collage is there to protect the country as a whole. Would be nice if you libs actually LEARNED something for once.


Please!
Please!

Can people celebrating Trump PLEASE do so without setting off fireworks and other flammables?

We're in a drought and those of us that believe in science would rather not have our houses burnt down.

Thank you in advance!

lvg
lvg

Hillary up to 700,000 votes ahead of Trump. Tell me again who won this election?

VRSR
VRSR

@lvg Trump won.  Obviously you are having a hard time with the rules of the election.  306 electoral votes to 232 electoral votes.

NativeAtlantan57
NativeAtlantan57

Trump did not win the popular vote. He showed a real talent for aggressive attacking. Now it is he who is in the cross hairs with no Clintons to deflect to from his multiple shortcomings.

The majority will hold his feet to the fire for his vague and empty promises. Considering he proved himself by his tweets as thin-skinned as an insecure 13-year-old, it will be entertaining to watch how he handles the scrutiny under the microscope.

For the sake of our country, I hope he proves himself a man; however, it is easier to expect him to lash out and fold like an old tent when the wrath and scrutiny that got him to this point is micro-focused on his every move. Not quite sure how he is going to be able to deal with four years of no tweeting or grabbing of the kitty.

Right wingers, you got what you wanted, now be prepared to handle the examination and never-ending critiques that you heaped on Obama's head for all of these years.

It ain't going to be pretty!

redweather
redweather

I'm pretty sure this election is just the first of many to come. Millions of people today cannot distinguish between fact and fiction. This is largely the fault of the media, which has sold its birthright for a mess of pottage, a/k/a click bait.

Finn-McCool
Finn-McCool

Now Trump is going after the NeverTrump Republicans?

This is going to be fun!

IReportYouWhine
IReportYouWhine

  • 7 in 10 (69%) voters do not believe the news media are honest and truthful.
  • 8 in 10 (78%) of voters believe the news coverage of the presidential campaign was biased, with nearly a 3-to-1 majority believing the media were for Clinton (59%) vs. for Trump (21%).
  • Even 1/3 (32%) of Clinton voters believe the media were “pro-Clinton.”
  • 8% of Trump voters said they would have voted for Clinton if they had believed what the media were saying about Trump.
  • 97% of voters said they did not let the media’s bias influence their vote.

http://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/nb/nb-staff/2016/11/15/mrcyougov-poll-most-voters-saw-rejected-news-media-bias

dcdcdc
dcdcdc

Unlike Pennsylvanian, , Michigan, Wisconsin, etc,  very few Caucasians in GA (outside the Atlanta metro area liberal bubble) were voting for Dems anyway.  So Trump lost a number of suburban voters who typically vote R - without picking up a compensating set of "typical D" voters that he got in crucial swing states.


And yet he still won by 6% - in spite of the typical BS AJC "polls" (cough cough) showing it would be a squeaker.


I suspect things will go back to a more normal voting pattern in Cobb, once folks realize that the media narrative of a hate filled, racist, Jew hating, homophobic Trump is exactly that - a false narrative.

lvg
lvg

""""An Indiana appeals court will consider next week whether email communications of Indiana Governor and Vice President-elect Mike Pence that were sought in a public records request are subject to court order. A county court previously ruled they are not.


The case amounts to an effort by the Pence administration to affirm its ability to shield its communications, or public records, from even the reach of the judiciary in the state, legal analysts told the IndyStar.

In December 2014, William Groth, an Indianapolis attorney, first sought the contents of Pence communications with the office of Texas Governor Greg Abbott, who sued the Obama administration shortly after President Barack Obama announced reforms to the US immigration system. """


https://www.rt.com/usa/366936-pence-emails-indiana-court/


Russians think there is some hypocrisy here. Funny wiki leaks is not interested in hacking Pence's e-mails.

4williec
4williec

@lvg Pence never compromised national security...

SGTGrit
SGTGrit

The election is over and Trump won and Hillary Clinton lost. Even though Trump, won't be sworn in as our new president until January 20, 2017, the rhetoric continues as though the past national election campaign is still in progress. But, that's okay because the losers must have their chance to vent sour grapes for their loss and the winners must have their chance to revel in the victory. If in the aftermath of this election there was only silence on both sides Bookman, Wingfield and Galloway would be unemployed.

Starik
Starik

@SGTGrit Yup, it's over. Let's argue about other things. Should we reinstate the draft?

Starik
Starik

@SGTGrit @Starik We need to draft the people we need, with the skills we need and save money on the lower enlisted ranks, E-1 through E-3. During the Iraq fiasco we relied too heavily on the National Guard. 

Starik
Starik

@stogiefogey @Starik @SGTGrit Do you think it's fair to send soldiers and Marines for multiple combat tours?  The National Guard?  Do you think there's any obligation at all to serve your country?  Bush, Mr. Clinton and Trump clearly didn't think so.

Please!
Please!

Can Trump supporters stop celebrating with fireworks ?

We're in a drought and I don't want my house to burn down.

Thanks in advance.

stogiefogey
stogiefogey

@Starik @SGTGrit  No, reinstating the draft in the absence of an imminent emergency would be a mistake.

The temptation to misuse a peacetime military for no-win wars of convenience is irresistible for some presidents. See, for example, Bush, George WMD.