What do Danny Glover, Sarah Hunt, Daryl Morton and Fred Swann all have in common? They are all ex-chairs of the Bibb County Democratic Party -- all since November 2011. Next up for a beat-down -- Vice Chairman Sandy Powell.
Let me explain. Im not a Democratic consultant, dont have to be, to know that constant turnover is no way to run a railroad much less a political party thats been on the ropes statewide since Sonny Perdue was elected the states 81st governor in 2002 -- the first Republican to serve in that post in 130 years.
The constant turnover in Bibb County is systematic of where the party finds itself statewide. The last state chairman, Mike Berlon, resigned last month and now, according to Jim Galloway at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, former state Sen. Doug Stoner of Smyrna, R.J. Hadley and Mary Squires are candidates for the post along with Middle Georgias own DuBose Porter.
Like the state organization, its hard to organize anything with no money. The state Democratic Party has $15,000 in the bank according to disclosures. I would bet the local party has less than one-tenth of that in the bank.
In both organizations there is something systematically wrong and unless its fixed -- and soon -- the state will be perpetually red until at least 2030. Ill explain that later.
If you find yourself sick, whats the first thing you want to ask the doctor? How sick am I and will I live?
The answer for state Democrats is very sick. As Galloway recently noted, Republicans control two-thirds of the state Senate and are one vote shy of a super-majority in the House.
A super-majority would mean that whatever the Republican agenda is, Democrats would be powerless to stop it.
How did it come to this? Let me give you a sporting analogy. When the West Coast offense was employed by Bill Walshs San Francisco 49ers, the rest of the teams in the league had to catch up, but not before the 49ers won five Super Bowls between 1982 and 1995.
Democrats have to understand the game Republicans are playing -- and they dont. They think the Single-Wing offense from pre-World War II days is a viable offense for 2013. Its not. I dont mean to disparage the Single-Wing offense too much -- its fine for high school and some small college teams -- but not for the pros.
OK Richardson, what do you recommend Democrats do to get back in the game? I dont get paid to give such advice, but I would say the same thing to Republicans if they found themselves in such a fix.
First, its past time for new blood in the Democratic Party. Thank all the old warriors who sat as kings and queens on the hill, but their time has passed. Welcome to the new world filled with Facebook and Twitter feeds. Email? Thats old hat.
Georgia Democrats dont have to reinvent the wheel, just imitate the Georgia GOP -- oops, I know Im not supposed to say it that way, but Im not getting a check so I can say what I want, right?
To put it another, maybe more palatable way, copy what President Barack Obamas team did to Mitt Romney. The Democrats approach was a technological marvel. Republicans were overwhelmed by the sophistication of the campaign just as surely as other NFL teams were stymied by the West Coast offense of the 49ers.
How did they do it? New blood. Smarter blood. They had the sense to know they couldnt run a 2012 campaign using 2000 tools. Hell, they couldnt run a 2012 campaign using 2008 tools. State Democrats are still mired in the 1960s and 70s.
I agree with Galloways Political Insider column from June 26. Georgia Democrats have to make a move before the next redistricting period. Republicans, on the other hand, have five years to boost and protect their majorities -- without federal supervision.
The AJCs Jay Bookman said it best, Hey Georgia Democrats! Stop being the stupid party! Are they listening? Remember what people say when they see somebody thats totally clueless? Bless their hearts.
Charles E. Richardson is The Telegraphs editorial page editor. He can be reached at (478)744-4342 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Tweet@crichard1020.