In every major prize fight there is something called the undercard, where fighters of lesser skill or name recognition, duke it out before Michael Buffer comes out to a lowered microphone in the center of the ring to entoll, “This is the main event: Let’s Get Ready To Rumble.”
The undercard in the U.S. Senate race to see who will succeed retiring Sen. Saxby Chambliss was a long, ardous slog. On the Democratic side there were four candidates and on the Republican side seven. Michelle Nunn rolled over her three challengers garnering almost 75 percent of the vote. David Perdue and Rep. Jack Kingston came away from the May 20 primary and headed to the runoff after eliminating a field that featured three congressmen (including Kingston), a former Georgia secretary of state and gubernatorial candidate, and two newcomers.
Just like the pugilists who step into the ring, all hell is about to break out as they attack. Whether we want to watch the carnage or not, we will be assualted from all sides. Unlike boxing, there are few rules to govern political debate, no referee to step in when the grappling gets too close.
In the next few months, 105 days, we will see Democrats striking every available nerve. They will examine every business deal Perdue has ever done. They will paint him as an out-of-touch industrialiust with no compassion for the common man. It’s going to be nasty. Real nasty.
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Republicans will do likewise. Michelle Nunn will no longer be able to play it cool and sit behind her famous and respected father’s shadow. She will have to say something -- and she will have to fight off charges that will fall from the sky about anything and everything imaginable, even those that are a total fabrication. In politics there is no such thing as a “low blow.”
Both candidates will have an ample war chest. Millions of dollars will pour in from the outside from unidentifiable groups with weird names.
They will be throwing uppercuts, jabs and hooks from every angle. If you like a good political fight, this will be one to watch. If you don’t, you’ll just get sick.