The two faces of John Barrow

Congressman peddling different messages to unsuspecting voters

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Georgia Congressman John Barrow has revealed himself to be perhaps the most shameless, duplicitous, self-serving politician of his era.

Those in the know have long realized the 12th District representative has voted as a supposed "Blue Dog" moderate Democrat primarily as a means of survival in a largely conservative district. On major issues in which the Democratic leadership in Washington is pushing the country to the far left, Barrow has waited until the coast is clear -- in other words, until it's clear the Democrats have enough votes without him -- before voting against his party, in order to look good back home.

It's worked for him so far -- but the jig may now be up.

Get this:

The Savannah Morning News -- which actually had endorsed him -- now reports that Barrow sent diametrically opposed mailers to different voters in the district saying, in one mailer, that he works "hand-in-hand" with Barack Obama -- and in the other one that he has "stood up to (House Speaker) Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats in Washington."

The Savannah paper also notes Barrow is running an ad of Obama endorsing him -- but just on radio stations that target black audiences.

Tom Krause, a spokesman for Barrow's Republican opponent Ray McKinney, says Barrow's "I'm standing up to the Democrats" mailer went, not surprisingly, mostly to rural and independent voters.

Says the Savannah paper: "Barrow spokeswoman Jane Brodsky didn't deny that the mailings and the radio commercial targeted specific audiences. But Brodsky defended them, saying they show Barrow is independent and above party politics."

The newspaper also quotes Georgia political science professor Charles Bullock as saying Barrow's strategy -- if double-dealing can legitimately be called a strategy -- is risky, but shows that he thinks he's in good shape to be re-elected.

Not so fast, says The Wall Street Journal's John Fund -- who lists Georgia's 12th District as one of five possible upsets on Tuesday. Dismissing the 2008 Obama tidal wave, Fund notes that Barrow won election in 2004 and 2006 by the slimmest of margins: 52 percent and 50.3 percent, respectively.

That Mr. Barrow is two-faced has been revealed by his own hand. Why voters would reward that kind of disingenuous condescension is beyond us.

Either way, they'll get the kind of representation they deserve on Tuesday.

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dashiel
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dashiel 11/01/10 - 12:02 am
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I am shocked. A two-faced

I am shocked. A two-faced politician?! Do us all a favor and write about one who isn't.

sjgraci
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sjgraci 11/01/10 - 01:05 am
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Barrow sucks but he's a far

Barrow sucks but he's a far better Republican than the radical right wing tea partier McKinney.

carcraft
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carcraft 11/01/10 - 04:19 am
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sjgracie and I can agree that

sjgracie and I can agree that Barrows sucks...

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 11/01/10 - 06:34 am
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Who's is surprised that the

Who's is surprised that the left feels ALL politicians are unsavory and dishonest. That is, after all , the only ones they seem to elect.
Barrow, the fence straddler, represents a district of fence straddlers. All who take a stand vote against him.

fd1962
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fd1962 11/01/10 - 06:39 am
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'Disingenuous condescension'
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'Disingenuous condescension' 'eh? Thank goodness our Holy Chronicle would never indulge... except for Morris Comm.'s hypocritical endorsement of Broun in their Athen's newspaper and Whitehead here in Augusta a while back - NOT a diametrically opposed strategy in Morris-speak definition, of course. Ask Whitehead how THAT jig worked out?!

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faithson 11/01/10 - 08:15 am
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The repubs need to put up

The repubs need to put up some 'reasonable' candidates to garner votes from the middle.

Jon Lester
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Jon Lester 11/01/10 - 08:22 am
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Trust me, there are many

Trust me, there are many people who wish Barrow were truly progressive and less of a 'Blue Dog,' and their hopes were dashed in the primary. That's just the realpolitik of the district, and the voters are again left with a choice between centrist and far right.

As for your supporting evidence, your first mistake is to cite John Fund as if he's some principled journalist. His recent, unfounded allegations of voter fraud demonstrate otherwise. These days, having a job at the WSJ doesn't mean any more than keeping a weekly column at the Washington Post.

Jane18
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Jane18 11/01/10 - 08:46 am
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Reminds me of what I've said

Reminds me of what I've said all along, Barrow talks out of both sides of his mouth, something for this and something for that. Thank you AC, I knew I was correct about 'ole pull the wool over certain peoples eyes'.

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chascush 11/01/10 - 09:41 am
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Jon. 'Trust me, there are

Jon. 'Trust me, there are many people who wish Barrow were truly progressive and less of a 'Blue Dog,' and their hopes were dashed in the primary.’
Barrow is not a “Blue Dog’ he is a ‘lying dog’.

old49er
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old49er 11/01/10 - 10:52 am
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Tomorrow is the day...the

Tomorrow is the day...the people of the 12th district deserve better than this. If they return this person to office, then they will have no one to blame.

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dichotomy 11/01/10 - 12:33 pm
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Barrow has a (D) by his name

Barrow has a (D) by his name and dances to Pelosi's tune. That is all I need to know to cast my vote. Yes, he voted against Obamacare but not until Pelosi released his vote after it already had enough votes to pass. He would have voted for Obamacare if Nancy snapped her finger.

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Barry Paschal 11/01/10 - 01:29 pm
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fd1962: You are incorrect to

fd1962: You are incorrect to claim duplicity regarding those endorsements. Those are made based on the wishes of the individual newspaper's publisher. While they have the same owner, the Athens and Augusta papers have different publishers. Each rendered his own decision in that race.

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ameliaf 11/01/10 - 05:04 pm
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Oh, I see. And Deal is not

Oh, I see.

And Deal is not two-faced? Shoot - calling Deal two-faced is mild. You know, this is the one who used his federal government staff to lobby county and state governments for Deals private business interests. You know, this is the one who issued two, three, four?? financial statements in what three or four weeks? It is called "ethics", folks, and I don't know where Deal's are.

And Isakson is not two-faced? Mr. Pork, who doesn't vote for the spending but then grandstands every piece of pork he brings to Georgia?

fd1962
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fd1962 11/01/10 - 07:24 pm
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That's tiresome, Barry
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That's tiresome, Barry Paschal. A pig is a pig no matter how you dress it. Blaming the TACTICS of the publishers won't whitewash the STRATEGY of the owners, only militates the dis-ingenuity further. Didn't work at Nuremberg either... Sorry fact: Morris Comm. peddled different messages to unsuspecting voters in the SAME congressional district. Now ACES hypocritically bashes Barrow for borrowing a proprietary page from the Morris play-book.

chascush
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chascush 11/01/10 - 09:00 pm
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Tomorrow night the liberals

Tomorrow night the liberals will be crying in their kool-aid.

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