As you all know, I grew up in Georgia and remember Senator Sam Nunn, undoubtedly an old school “Blue Dog” conservative Democrat who probably wouldn’t find himself welcome in today’s Democrat Party run by liberal progressive socialists.
Anyway, back in my home state, his daughter, Michelle Nunn, is the Democrat nominee to follow in her dad’s footsteps as a Senator from the peach state. Ms. Nunn grew up in Bethesda, Maryland and attended Washington’s prestigious National Cathedral School, then the University of Virginia, and finally Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government before returning to Georgia to do nonprofit work and now, to seek higher office.
Hmm, she didn’t even go to an SEC school…I wonder if she’s ever done the “Tomahawk chop?” But seriously, what I do find amazing is Ms. Nunn, typical of the Democrat Party, has achieved the Party’s nomination without having any clear policy stances. (And I doubt she’s familiar with the red clay hills of south Georgia either).
Anyway, National Review columnist Eliana Johnson brings out these issues and her assessment from a leaked campaign plan document. She writes, “Michelle Nunn can come across as a “lightweight,” “too liberal,” not a “real Georgian.” While she served as CEO for the Points of Light Foundation, the organization gave grants to “inmates” and “terrorists.” And her Senate campaign must feature images of her and her family “in rural settings with rural-oriented imagery” because the Atlanta-based candidate will struggle to connect with rural voters. These may sound like attacks from the Senate candidate’s Republican rival, but in fact, those are a few of the concerns expressed in her own campaign plan, which sources say was posted online briefly in December and appears to have been drafted earlier that month. Drawing on the insights of Democratic pollsters, strategists, fundraisers, and consultants, the document contains a series of memos addressed to Nunn and her senior advisers.”
So what shall the Democrats when they realize they have a candidate so far out of touch? Well naturally, they’ll seek out the advantages within certain collective groups.
Johnson writes that “Ms. Nunn’s memos are incredibly unguarded. One is from Diane Feldman, a Democratic pollster and strategist who counts among her clients Minnesota senator Al Franken, South Carolina representative James Clyburn, and former Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. Feldman is frank in her characterization of the demographic groups — Jews, Asians, African Americans, Latinos, and gays — that are essential to a Democratic victory.”
Just look at how this leaked document sees the Jewish community: “The campaign’s finance plan draws attention to the “tremendous financial opportunity” in the Jewish community and identifies Jews as key fundraisers. It notes, however, that “Michelle’s position on Israel will largely determine the level of support here.”
That’s a position she has yet to articulate — her message on the subject is marked “TBD” in the document — and Israel goes unmentioned on her campaign website. TBD? TBD? Has Ms. Nunn not recognized what’s happening between Israel and Hamas? This is certainly not a time for fence straddling.
Nunn’s strategists also say there is a “huge opportunity” to raise money from gays, bisexuals, and transgender individuals, who are described as having “substantial resources.” I can see Ms. Nunn right now, screaming over the phone, “show me the money,” ala Jerry McGuire.
And what about the black community?
“This constituency group is critical,” it says of the African Americans who make up much of Georgia’s Democratic base, adding that Nunn must win “a very high percentage of the African-American vote” and attract “a large number of voters who do not typically turn out in an off-election year.” The plan puts a particular emphasis on black clergy. It also highlights the need to “generate passion and enthusiasm” for Nunn in the black community.”
So let me just bring up an interesting moral dilemma. Ms. Nunn will go to the LGBT community and support same-sex marriage and then she wants to focus on black clergy? And as for generating passion and enthusiasm, will Ms. Nunn address the 72 percent out-of-wedlock birth phenomenon in the black community? How do we restore the black family? Maybe Ms. Nunn will offer her support to school choice and charter schools to give black children access to a quality education — such as she had — and not be trapped in failing schools.
I can just see Ms. Nunn speaking in southern vernacular and singing spiritual hymns — so phony. What is Ms. Nunn’s vision for restoring economic growth, small business ownership and entrepreneurship in the inner city communities in Georgia, especially Atlanta — so we don’t see repeats of Detroit, Chicago, or elsewhere?
What is obvious in reading this leaked document is that Michelle Nunn is not Sam Nunn. Her focus doesn’t seem to be on national security and our veterans, just collective group pandering. Her demographic breakdown didn’t mention farmers, as Georgia is a big agricultural state. I’ve been paying attention to Georgia politics and will be up in my home state soon.
I am sure the Democrat advisors to Nunn will try to accuse her opponent, David Perdue of being “radical” and “extreme.” At least Mr. Perdue can say he is a “Son of Georgia” – as I am. I’m sure we can recount many experiences in our early lives growing up that shaped us, and they reflect simple Georgian values: faith, family, freedom, personal responsibility, education, and service to God and Country. I can sing “Glory Glory,” “Ramblin’ Wreck,” and “Rocky Top” all with sincere fervor, but I would never “balkanize” my beloved Georgia into demographic groups for political gain. That ain’t how Georgians roll.