An unconventional election comprised of inconceivable storylines, a surrealistic plot that concludes November 6th, featured a quixotic cast of political nonconformists. A retired neurosurgeon, little Marco, the Bush family’s third option, the zodiac killer, a socialist from Vermont, a recalcitrant former reality television star and an infamous private emailer.
Americans are tuned in. We as a country love theatrics; we feed off the drama. After all other candidates were voted off the island, America was left with two. There’s more to the stark difference between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump than political ideology. Clinton, a former Senator of New York and Secretary of State under the Obama Administration, transparently eclipses Trump in experience and acceptable presidential morality. It’s counterproductive to list Trump’s transgressions, there being so many, but his impact and volume of influence is powerfully changing the course of history.
No democratic nominee since Bill Clinton in 1992 has won the state of Georgia. It’s the south, it’s the Bible Belt, it’s a bearer of the symbolic confederate flag. We love conservatism and those right-wing traditional values.
In Georgia, George W. Bush smashed Al Gore in 2000 and John Kerry in 2004. President Barack Obama, a candidate who at the time ran one of the most ethically upstanding campaigns in political history, still lost in Georgia against both John McCain in 2008 and Mitt Romney in 2012.
Even in that victory for the democrats in the 1992 election, Bill Clinton barely beat George H.W. Bush in Georgia. According to the uselectionatlas.org It was the closest margin of victory in any state that respective election - Clinton winning 43.47 percent to 42.88 percent. In 1996, Bill’s re-election year, the score again was close, but, Clinton lost against Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole.
To put this into perspective, before President Franklin D. Roosevelt changed the political attitude of the Democratic party, Georgia consistently voted democratic and conservative for nearly a century:1868 to 1960. Since 1964, the Peach State has voted blue three times: Bill Clinton in 1992, and in 1976 and 1980 for the prince of Georgia, Jimmy Carter.
To win Georgia as a presidential candidate with leftist views and a non-Georgia birth certificate is preposterous. However, if anyone fits the mold for a candidate who could morph the red state into blue - it’s Hillary Clinton.
In Georgia, a WSB-TV poll showed Trump with 46.5 percent of the vote, and Clinton with 42.9 percent. According to JMC analytics, Clinton leads 44 percent to Trump’s 37 percent. It’s close, and although easy to make the Clinton-Georgia prophetic 1992-2016 analogy, in terms of qualification, Donald Trump doesn’t compare to 1992 republican candidate George H.W. Bush. On the other end, Bill never supervised the entire United States Department of State and the United States Foreign Services before becoming president.
If there’s ever been a time, even just once, for Georgia to throw out their conservative pride and arrogance, it is in the 2016 election. Georgia got it right in 1992, it’s not hard, the answer is conspicuous – the diversity in Georgia needs and should be represented respectfully. We were the last confederate state to be readmitted into the Union in 1870, let’s learn from the effects of our obsession to close-minded conservatism, and break the consistent pattern of bewilderment.