11/20/2017

Jan. 16, 2006: Random Thoughts on (Mostly Political) Random Subjects

If nobody else is going to mention it, then I will: How can Ted Kennedy lecture Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito about issues of morality? Kennedy got his jumbo-sized boxer shorts in a wad over the fact that Alito once belonged to a club at Princeton University that lobbied to keep the school all-male. This from a man who drove Mary Jo Kopechne off the Chappaquiddick Bridge, let her drown while he saved his own worthless skin and then openly lied about it. Has he no conscience? Has he no decency? Does this bother anybody but me? Good grief! …

Have you noticed that the flaggers have been unusually quiet of late? I am hoping some of their leaders will share with me their strategy for the upcoming elections. I know they won’t support Gov. Sonny Perdue for re-election, and I don’t think they like the two Democratic challengers, Lt. Gov. Mark Taylor and Secretary of State Cathy Cox, any better. Plus, the flaggers have few friends among the Republican and Democratic leadership in the Legislature. What are they going to do? If I find out, I’ll let you know. …

Jerry Keene (R-St. Simons), Majority Leader in the Georgia House of Representatives, tells me that I was off base in saying he had anything to do with setting up a meeting between House Speaker Glenn Richardson and Glynn County commissioners to explore granting Richardson a permit to build a home on accreted land on St. Simons Island. (The commissioners told the speaker “no.”) Keene says Richardson asked him who the county attorney was, and he told him. That’s all. He wants you to hear that from him, and now you have. By the way, Richardson’s effort to build on the disputed land could turn into a donnybrook and hurt him politically. If the Speaker is anxious to locate on the ocean, both Keene and I know a number of real estate agents who would be happy to show him currently available properties. …

If you see Ralph Reed, tell him he needs to drop out of the lieutenant governor’s race. How can the former head of the Christian Coalition not know he was involved in gambling matters that run counter to the Coalition’s beliefs? Is he that naïve? Besides, why would Reed want a do-nothing job like lieutenant governor anyway? As “Cactus Jack” Garner once said about his position as vice president of the United States, the job isn’t worth a “a bucket of warm spit.” …

Rep. David Scott (D-Jonesboro) owes us all an apology. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Scott implied that the Bush administration was slow in responding to the victims because most of the residents of New Orleans were black. “If they were white,” he asked, “would this be happening?” Now, statistics from the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals reveals that fewer than half of the victims of Hurricane Katrina were black, and that whites died at a higher rate than all the other races in New Orleans. Scott, like Louis Farrakhan, Dick Gregory and other race baiters, shot off his mouth without any facts to back up his charges. When David Scott was a state senator, he was a fair and reasonable man. I can only assume black special-interest groups have gotten to him. Sad, very sad. …

Finally, the University of Georgia, the oldest state-chartered university in the nation, located in Athens, the Classic City of the South, suffered a big loss and a big win this past month. West Virginia beat the Dawgs in the Sugar Bowl. That was the loss. Grandson Nicholas Wansley, younger brother of Georgia Tech freshman Zack Wansley, has been notified of his acceptance to UGA for next fall, the school attended by both his parents and both his grandfathers. That was the win. Friends have given us a “House Divided” car tag with a logo of both schools on it — and me a past president of the UGA national alumni association. Grandsons sure can complicate one’s life. …