Georgia Democrats in U.S. Senate race: "If I'm going down, I'm going down swinging NOT." (I hate people saying that, meaning adding the "not" at end).
Mel, obviously dismayed, inquired by her comment:
"What in the world is going on here? This is really mind boggling."
In a quick attempt to provide comfort to Mel by noting that there were many others who concurred with her statement-question, I dashed off the following comment:
All I can offer up is that perhaps labor wants to be perceived as being irrelevant.
George Eliot's advice that "It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt" comes to mind. Labor, this round and the earlier one, would have fared better to have wanted to endorse, but not come out and done so under the circumstances as they now exist.
The reaction by Jim Galloway of the AJC's Political Insider was even more direct. It noted:
If it isn’t there already, the Democratic race for U.S. Senate is about to be thrown into a cocked hat.
Meaning, for any not familiar with the idiom "thrown into a cocked hat," soundly and swiftly defeated.
Continuing, the Political Insider noted:
Several Democratic candidates, including Atlanta attorney Jim Martin and former TV journalist Dale Cardwell competed for the endorsement. The AFL-CIO provides only a limited amount of campaign funding, but its networking system has served as the skeleton for many statewide races.
The endorsement of Knight is a blow to the Martin campaign, which has now raised the most money in the Democratic race, and good news to DeKalb County CEO Vernon Jones.
Martin, 62, has the longest pedigree of any Democrat in the race — having served as a state lawmaker and commissioner of the state Department of Human Resources under both Govs. Roy Barnes and Sonny Perdue. He ran an unsuccessful campaign for lieutenant governor in 2006.
Martin entered the race only in March, at the urging of Democratic activists here and in Washington — who are worried about the impact the nomination of Jones might have on the rest of the ticket.
Union workers and African-Americans are two of the most important constituencies in a Democratic primary. Strategists were already worried about the Martin campaign’s ability to attract the endorsements of African-American political leaders in the state.
Fallout from the Obama-Clinton fight at the national level has caused many black Democratic leaders to stay on the sideline in the U.S. Senate contest.