Jim Galloway has a great post entitled "The case against a Georgia visit from Barack Obama."
Today Jim has a great post that confirms my 11-10-08 post entitled "Will Obama come to Georgia to campaign for Jim Martin? No. Count on it. You can take it to the bank."
One part of Jim's post in the AJC's Political Insider notes:
Very quietly, the Obama team has let it be known that the new administration will not immediately reassess the U.S. military’s policy of “don’t ask, don’t tell,” which permits gays to serve in the armed forces — as long as they don’t discuss their sexual orientation. Raising the topic of gays in the military was considered by many to be the second of two out-of-the-box decisions that ended badly for a newly elected President Bill Clinton.
The first was a November 1992 trip to Georgia, as president-elect, to campaign for Democratic incumbent Wyche Fowler in this state’s last U.S. Senate runoff. Fowler was defeated by Republican Paul Coverdell.
The second paragraph from the above post in italics reminds me of a 10-29-06 post I did that provides in part:
What he does not note is that it was not only the country that voted for Clinton. Clinton also carried Georgia. Although I was among those who pulled the lever for Clinton, I also know that his carrying our State was something that truly burned up many who could not imagine this man being elected, much less carrying Georgia.
It was for this reason, something I sensed especially in South Georgia, that I thought it was a mistake for Clinton to come to Georgia for Fowler during the runoff election. For many, it was salt in the wound, and many of these went and voted in the runoff for Coverdell when but for Clinton's trip to Georgia, they either would not have voted or would have voted for Fowler.
I shared my thoughts with the Fowler campaign on Veteran's Day while Fowler was in Douglas, and strongly urged it to reconsider Clinton's planned visit. The campaign did not agree with my way of thinking.
I am not at all implying that my thinking that Clinton's visit to Georgia hurt Fowler means that an Obama trip to Georgia would hurt Martin. On the contrary.
Obama's rationale, as stated by Jim Galloway, is (among other reasons) that a "president-elect aiming for a post-partisan administration isn’t likely to pick a heated, red-blue Senate contest as a backdrop for his first Southern appearance."