Stone-cold reception

Candidate appears to have wrong solution for the right problem

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John Stone correctly identified the problem this week. But his proposed solution appears not to have been the right one.

While many of us reflexively liked the 12th Congressional District candidate’s suggestion that the GOP get together and decide to back one candidate in an increasingly crowded field, the idea got a stone-cold reception from the other candidates. And for good reason.

Certainly, his point that a protracted primary will leave the Republican nominee weakened and resource-poor in the general election against Democrat incumbent John Barrow is spot-on.

But it may have been unrealistic to expect candidates to agree to draw straws – or have a party caucus do it for them – rather than continue competing for votes.

For one thing, all the candidates think they have something to offer, or they wouldn’t be running.

For another thing, lots of folks have given the candidates their own time and money and labor already. It could be considered quite unfair to those supporters and contributors for their candidate to agree to step aside before even reaching stride.

Stone’s suggestion might have been more realistic earlier in the process. But once the runners are at the starting blocks, it’s probably too late to ask them to withdraw.

We know John Stone, and believe his motivations were the best interests of the party, district and nation – notwithstanding the fact that Stone is a leading candidate, and stood an excellent chance of being the consensus candidate he was proposing.

But through debates and canvassing and polling, a consensus candidate will naturally emerge. Ultimately, it will be up to voters to decide whom to back. And that’s as it should be.

Besides, Republicans and conservatives are always touting the benefits of competition. They’ll just have to put their money and support where their mouths are.

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Butterman
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Butterman 02/26/14 - 02:24 am
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Stone Stumbles
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he will not be able to recover from this. Stone might as well drop out now and endorse one of the others if he wants a consensus candidate cause it won't be him. Stick a fork in him, he's done.

avidreader
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avidreader 02/26/14 - 06:11 am
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Money!

If Stone has enough money, he'll hang in there. Money is the major tool to political success. Sad, but true. The sheep are at the gates, ready to vote. They may not know anything about a candidate except for an endearing TV ad with the "humble" man surrounded by his loving wife and grandchildren. But that's all it takes. Money trumps humility at every turn!

TrukinRanger
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TrukinRanger 02/26/14 - 06:38 am
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Vote John Barrow!!!!!!!!!!
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Vote John Barrow!!!!!!!!!!

Riverman1
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Riverman1 02/26/14 - 06:45 am
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Stone Mountain Laser Show

The race is perplexing. What should have been the leading local candidate, Rick Allen, is entangled in the huge Kay Allen scandal. Unless he comes out and asks her to resign, he’s going to be associated with the disgrace she’s causing Columbia County. Then we have this nuisance Columbia County candidate, Eugene Yu, plastering his signs all over, even if they do say “Senate” and most probably drawing votes because he’s a cutie, unusual outsider. In essence, Columbia County’s huge Republican voting presence in the district will not be reflected in Allen’s vote. The mood of the county is to get rid of the Allen’s.

Stone’s reflections are actually pretty accurate even if he should have kept them to himself. If our conservative county has to endure another term being represented by a Democrat it should begin working behind the scenes to become part of another district that doesn’t contain Democratic voting Richmond County.

deestafford
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deestafford 02/26/14 - 06:50 am
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It's kind of confusing that someone...

It's kind of confusing that someone would propose such an idea unless they thought they would be the one picked and annoited by the others.

I know I'll be taking a hard look at the candidates because Barrow, try as he has to straddle the fence and still please his Democratic overseers, needs to go. He is a political opportunist who wants to be in government for life.

I do know that whomever the Republicans end up running in the general election will be head and shoulders above the candidate we had last time. That was embarrassing.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 02/26/14 - 07:22 am
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The Stupid party at it again.

The Stupid party at it again. They just can't help screw up any advantage.

soitgoes
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soitgoes 02/26/14 - 08:50 am
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Leadership

or lack thereof in the Republican party in this area is the problem. If the county party organizations in Columbia and Richmond had any credible leadership, this would not be an issue. Gone are the days that candidates had to have strong ties to the county party in order to get the nod. Now any swinging Richard can waltz in and run. Unless the county parties get some real leadership, this situation won't change. But so it goes...

dichotomy
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dichotomy 02/26/14 - 08:52 am
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We seem to have perfected the

We seem to have perfected the process of eating our young. I kind of miss the old days when the Party sort of told us who the candidate was going to be and everyone got behind them. Stone may be on to something. The ones we pick all seem to come with a self-destruct button.

harley_52
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harley_52 02/26/14 - 09:15 am
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He's Right, Of Course....

....that having so many Republican candidates will be expensive, messy, and potentially damaging to the overall Republican cause, but the way to handle it ISN'T to make the suggestion that everybody else quit the race and leave the prize for him. That isn't what he said, of course, but it's exactly the way it came across.

I heard him discuss it on the Austin Rhodes show and wanted to grab him and ask "what in the hell are you thinking?"

If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen....

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 02/26/14 - 09:18 am
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Conventions

Yes, Dichotomy is correct. We need to go back to party conventions to select the general election candidates. This party primary thing has gotten out of hand.

The 12th District congressional race is bad, but the Senate race is even worse.

I do salute John Barge, who stepped up to oppose the sitting governor in that primary. So Little Lamb’s proposal would be to use open primaries when there is an incumbent in the race, and use conventions when there is no incumbent running. How would that work?

harley_52
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harley_52 02/26/14 - 10:01 am
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"This party primary thing has gotten out of hand."

We need to set the rules before the race begins.

As I said, I think Stone's idea is a good one and should, perhaps, become part of the Party rules. The problem is that no such Party rule exists, and one of the candidates is proposing it with the race already in progress.

It comes across as being arrogant and presumptions which is a shame, since I think Stone is a very well qualified and articulate Candidate.

I think he shot himself in the foot.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 02/26/14 - 10:51 am
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Yep like with Mitt-you had

Yep like with Mitt-you had competing Rep bashing him and Obama Democrats bashing him. People forget it was Hillary who started the "birther" movement in her competition with Obama as example too. By the time the Rep candidate is pick the Dem competition has little to do and don't have to waste a lot of their money destroying their opponent. The lack of unity in the Rep party is killing it as it did the Dem party till they figured this out.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 02/26/14 - 02:34 pm
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Why Conventions No Longer Choose Candidates

Impossible to have a candidate chosen in a party convention these days. Smoke filled back rooms no longer exist. It just wouldn't be right to chose a candidate in a back room, without smoke, smelling like Febreze.

Junior Dawg
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Junior Dawg 02/26/14 - 06:15 pm
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Rep are actually just a lite version of Dems

There are numerous candidates on the Rep side because most that run with an R beside their name are not Constitutional conservatives that believe in limited government. In fact, most Rep are actually Dems but they just haven't realized it yet. We should kick all the RINO's out and rebrand as Libertarians. I compare Dems and Rep to Bud and Bud Light....they taste about the same and are made up of the same ingredients. We need a change, like a nice Scotch....we need Libertarians that believe in Liberty, Freedom and the Constitution. We don't need the Dems and Rep who pass legislation just to buy votes.

bubbasauce
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bubbasauce 03/03/14 - 02:48 am
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That's right junior dog!

That's right junior dog!

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