Posted: 10:11 am Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

David Perdue and ‘ugly American eyes’ 

By Daniel Malloy, Greg Bluestein and Jim Galloway

If you’re David Perdue, the first-time GOP candidate and well-traveled business executive running for U.S. Senate, you have to be wondering if politics has its own, very separate language – something wholly apart from English.

In yet another, recent interview with the editorial board of the Macon Telegraph, Perdue is in the middle of a bull session on world economics, when the topic of China comes up. The newspaper has kindly posted the sound.

Your daily jolt on politics from the AJC's Political insider blogThe specific topic is China’s “long view” of its future:

Perdue: “This is a culture that thinks thousands of years [ahead]. Guanxi is a term over there. It’s called relationship, friendship. This isn’t like you and I just met and we go to dinner, we’re friends. They’re talking about families, generations, centuries. I’ve had that rice paddy, you’ve had that rice paddy, my grandfather – that’s guanxi.

“When they talk about friendship, that’s what they mean. The answer is, of course, we’ve been naïve. We see the world through the ugly American eyes – and that is, the world revolves around New York City or Washington D.C.”

Unidentified interviewer: “We’re arrogant teenagers.”
Perdue: “Absolutely. And you know what? The rest of the world gets it. My friends in India, right now – I spent a lot of time in India – my friends in India, my age, are really, really angry. And they’re angry because they feel they’re subsidizing our artificially high standard of living. They can’t borrow a third of what they’re spending. But we get away with it, because we’re the dollar – we’re the $16 trillion-a-year economy….”

And so the campaign of GOP rival Jack Kingston, using former candidate Karen Handel as its bulldog, pounced. From the press release:

“David Perdue just can’t seem to keep his arrogance in check,” said Handel. “First, he belittles Georgians who don’t have a four-year college degree and haven’t lived overseas. Then, he patronizes the grassroots core of the GOP. Now, he’s insulting Americans in general.”

But politics wouldn’t be politics if there wasn’t a comparison to that fellow in the White House. Continues Handel:

“David’s comments remind me of Michelle Obama’s absurd statement made after her husband’s election that it was the first time in her adult life that she felt proud to be an American….”

Like we said – a different language.


The AJC’s James Salzer reports that the lawyer appointed by the Georgia Supreme Court to investigate charges that House Speaker David Ralston did wrong by a private client has made campaign contributions to Ralston:

The court chose Mark F. Dehler of Hiawassee. Dehler is a longtime attorney married to Cathy Cox, a former Democratic secretary of state and gubernatorial candidate who is now president of Young Harris College.

Records show Dehler contributed $500 to Ralston’s re-election campaign in 2010, and Cox contributed $250 in 2013.


If Democrat Jason Carter feels like he’s got a two-ton weight on his chest, we think we’ve found the cause: The Republican Governors Association reports that it has spent $1.5 million in support of incumbent Gov. Nathan Deal. Most of the cash has been spent on the purchase of TV time.

RGA Georgia 2014 PAC reports having only $13,876.93 on hand. Not that this particular bucket has a bottom.


The Georgia Republican Party chastised Democrats for trying to poke holes in the CNBC rankings that put Georgia as the top state to do business, with chairman John Padgett calling Democratic partisans “desperate.”

The GOP also linked to a passionate defense by talk show host Erick Erickson, who compared the tactic to the strategy employed by Democrats a decade ago in challenging President George W. Bush. Said Erickson:

“This is what the Democrats did in 2004 and it didn’t work against George W. Bush. Every glimmer of hope economically, they attacked. Every sign of progress in Iraq, they attacked. Everything they did, they attacked.”

Hmmm. This is an interesting strategy. You have to wonder if Republicans might consider using it against the current president.


The Real Deal vs. The Deal – Real. Gov. Nathan Deal received a notable visitor after throwing out the first pitch at last night’s Braves game.


No word on whether a trademark lawsuit is soon to come. But we hear the governor got an earful.


The Georgia Department of Public Health reminds us of another important law that took effect with the first of July. The sale or distribution of electronic cigarettes to anyone under 18 is now illegal. 

It comes amid a spike of potentially dangerous exposures to e-cigarette emissions, which contain chemicals that include formaldehyde. The department said in 2011, it received five calls involving e-cigs. In the last six months, it received 46.


The Jackson, Miss., Clarion-Ledger reports that U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran is denying reports from a conservative blogger that his campaign bought votes in his runoff against tea-partyer Chris McDaniel:

Blogger Charles C. Johnson of is reporting that Stevie Fielder says the Cochran campaign told him to offer black voters in the Meridian area $15 each to vote for Cochran in the June 24 GOP primary runoff against state Sen. Chris McDaniel.

Cochran campaign spokesman Jordan Russell called the accusations of illegal vote buying “baseless and false.”

“It comes from a blogger who in the last 24 hours has accused a Mississippi public official of being responsible for an individual’s death and had to retract other outlandish accusations regarding another Mississippi elected official,” Russell said. “The author of this article admits he paid his source for the story.”


The surge in Central American child migrants is creating tensions in California. The Los Angeles Times reports:

Amid rising concern over a surge of young immigrants crossing the border illegally, flag-waving protesters blocked three busloads of detainees in Riverside County on Tuesday, preventing them from reaching a Border Patrol processing station in Murrieta.

The buses, carrying about 140 detainees, turned around and headed back to a San Diego-area Border Patrol facility.

Police said about 100 to 150 people met the buses a few blocks away from the Border Patrol station, chanting “Go home” and “We want to be safe.” …

Though the day had been tense and loud, the protests were nonviolent.


 Given Georgia’s new concealed-carry law, we’re going to be talking about guns for the next few days. So this piece by Ezra Klein of Vox on the very real shortage of ammunition is worth your time. It’s not so much a matter of demand, Klein says, as of supply:

Clearly, there’s demand for more bullets. So why haven’t manufacturers expanded to meet that demand? Leaving aside conspiracy theories about massive DHS bullet purchases (which even pro-gun found to be untrue), the answer seems to be that manufacturers know it’s not just new interest in sport-shooting that’s driving the ammo-buying. The gun industry has acknowledged that politics drive gun-buying.

Knowing that, manufacturers are reluctant to invest in lots of expensive new facilities when they’re afraid the political mania could vanish at any moment. But as Guns and Ammo reported last year, America’s ammunition manufacturers have been operating at or near capacity for a decade, and reluctant to boost that capacity. And that capacity is finally starting to creep upward — Remington finally last year broke ground on a new ammunition plant in Arkansas.



Karen Handel is an idiot.


"But we hear the governor got an earful."

On what, fiscal prudence?


He learned alot while in India and China.  He spent ALOT of time there when he outsourced all of our Ugly American jobs to them.  Just Another Perdue. 

And one more thing.  Those "earmarks" that Perdue accuses Kingston of in his attack ad?  That was $66,000,000 in tax money for GEORGIA jobs in 2010 alone (money that would have surely gone elsewhere under an inexperienced congressman).  Bringing home the bacon is what a politian is hired to do.


“First, he belittles Georgians who don’t have a four-year college degree and haven’t lived overseas. Then, he patronizes the grassroots core of the GOP. Now, he’s insulting Americans in general.”

She makes it sound like that's a Bad Thing.


"Hmmm. This is an interesting strategy. You have to wonder if Republicans might consider using it against the current president."

Zing!! Stewart or Colbert could not have come up with a line more brimming in irony/sarcasm than that one!


David Perdue's political naIvete is certainly on display. Maybe in a few more years of repuppy politics, he'll learn that you cannot speak the truth to the puppy base, that maybe US foreign policy can be short-sighted, that maybe, just maybe the US is not always a force for good, that maybe in the past our policies have been terribly short-sighted vis a vis the international community. Nope, can't say that because that makes one unAmerican, an 'apologist,' and someone who hates Amerka.

No, American foreign policy has never been wrong, except, well maybe a couple of times, like:

-propping up dictators like somoza, the duvaliers, the Shah, and a host of others all over the third world, and training their goons in torture techniques to use on their citizens.

-assassinating a legally elected President in Chile

-invading Asian countries and expending lives and treasure with no strategy--or even a clue--as to what constitutes 'winning' the conflict, or what the exit strategy is.

-expending treasure to accrue enough nuclear and biological weapons to kill not only everyone on the planet, but also the known universe.

-choosing to ignore investments in technologies that would free us from Mideast oil, choosing instead to continue to aid and abet the Saudis, et al who are funding ISIS and other terrorist groups.

-concocting false intelligence, then presenting it to the world as absolute, indisputable facts, that a tin horn, petty dictator was a threat to us with his WMD  (yet claiming Obama was a wussy because no one would support US action in Syria, as if we had ant credibility left after the Iraq debacle)

-claiming "the US does not torture," while locking up innocent people in Gitmo and sending others to 'Black op sites in E. Europe, and of course what went on at Abu Gharib wasn't torture.

-claiming we are a 'beacon of freedom and justice' while doing all of the above, and holding Muslims in this country incommunicado and without Habeus Corpus following 9/11.

No, David Perdue, you never claim that neocons, tp's or puppies can do wrong. Stick to the pox news talking points, because puppies don't want the ugly truth, they revel in beautiful lies.


'thinking thousands of years ahead, Guanxi, which explains why my family wants to destroy the Savannah River Estuary now so we and the Chinese can profit off the fools in Georgia for generations'.

Now that estate taxes have been eviscerated, the taxpayers can fund the estate!


KIngston needs Handel around in part  to  try and mitigate what could be  a substantial Gender Gap.    He will use  Handel rather than risking a   "Todd Akin" moment,  I don't think  KIngston is mysognyst  and I will readily admit that  reaction to stupid things  Republkicans say to appeal  to their base  get milked for a'l they are worth.   But  he  has to appeal to base voters and that is mostly  white males over 40 to ofset Nunn's appeal among  white  moderate women,   And He can't go after  Nunn on substance  becasue their is not  a whole lot of substance or record to attack.    To that extent Handel adds  some ability to create a flanking action,


Thanks for posting these news items. Good stuff.

I don't understand Handel's criticism of Perdue's remarks. Is she saying Perdue is wrong? Because I think that most people who've worked in international business would probably agree with this assessment, even if it makes us a bit uncomfortable.

Or is she saying that these things should never be mentioned, because we should live in our make-believe fantasy world, rather than confront reality and sharpen our thinking?

I'm not sure that Handel was the best choice to be Kingston's attack dog. While there probably are valid criticisms that could be made of Perdue in this race, Handel just seems to mangle her thinking every time she steps up to the plate.


@InsiderDem, I think that's what Kingston is attempting, but I'd be surprised if it works.

Georgia women voters might learn that Kingston has voted against fair pay legislation, voted against employee discrimination legislation, voted against the Violence Against Women Act, and voted against the children's health insurance program. His voting record on women's and children's issues is awful.

Then there's his recent statement that he wants to be the next Sam Nunn. I suspect many women will see that as a condescending put-down to Michelle Nunn, as if she couldn't possibly be like Sam Nunn because she's just a woman. It's like he's saying that women have no place in the Senate.

We'll see what happens, but I wouldn't be surprised if Georgia women turn sharply against Kingston as they learn more about him, regardless of whether Karen Handel keeps issuing press releases or not. I think most Georgia women might be too smart to fall for that kind of deception.


@DS Campaigning is all about make-believe fantasy, so I think you have your answer there.


@honested   And after all, that's what really matters, what's a few hundred thousand casualties among our service men and women, and innocent civilians, when the profitability of the MIC is at stake.