Posted: 6:08 pm Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

The Michelle Nunn diet: Grit, but no red meat 

By Jim Galloway

Early Wednesday morning, hours after Republicans had crowned David Perdue as their U.S. Senate nominee, Democrat Michelle Nunn was working the Silver Skillet breakfast crowd on 14th Street in Atlanta.

Journalists were there to feed, too. But Nunn had them on a strict diet. Grit, but no red meat.

She called for more collaboration in Washington. She refused to speak ill of her new GOP foe. “That kind of approach is what people are hungry for, and what I do not think you’re going to hear from David Perdue,” Nunn said.

Snap.

Okay, maybe not. And that’s what has some Democrats softly murmuring as the general election for U.S. Senate begins in earnest. Climate change in Georgia is about turning up the heat, not turning the other cheek, they say.

Certainly, Republicans don’t think so. Even as he grasped his brass ring on Tuesday night, Perdue announced his intention to tie Nunn as close to President Barack Obama as possible.

But Nunn says not to worry. She’s got this – witness her stellar fund-raising. “We’re ready. We’ve been building our team and our organizational structure and capacities, and I don’t underestimate how tough it will be. I really think we’re steeled for the race ahead,” she said.

This was on Tuesday evening, just before the polls closed. The Silver Skillet was a meal and a GOP nail-biter away. We were at Nunn campaign headquarters, and some 35 volunteers were dialing up voters in the basement beneath us.

Nunn agreed that the volunteer, good-works agency she ran wasn’t a training ground for guerrilla warfare. “I come from a world in which people are looking for the best in folks, and this is a different world. But we’ve had a year to acclimate,” she said.

Her 11-year-old son and 9-year-old daughter have been briefed on the millions of dollars in Super PAC messages that are about to drop on their mother’s head.

“We talk about the importance of the issues and how we can make a difference. They understand that, because they’ve seen me work,” she said. “They come out to service projects. They see this as an extension of that. Hopefully, they’ll also learn lessons in resiliency and the importance of fighting for something that you believe in.

“I’m not joking. We won’t be watching a lot of TV,” Nunn said. “The good thing is, I don’t think there’s a huge amount of political advertising on the Disney Channel.”

Nunn also addressed concerns expressed by Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, that neither her campaign nor that of Jason Carter, the Democratic gubernatorial candidate, is doing the outreach to African-American voters that Reed – and others – think necessary for November.

“We’re all aligned about the importance of building a broad-based coalition and getting as many people as possible to participate,” Nunn said. “We need their engagement. I think we’re going to see a huge amount of energy put into that. And we’re already doing it.”

Other demographic niches Nunn will rely on include women voters, and older ones who remember her father, former U.S. senator Sam Nunn. Already, we’re seeing a quiet effort to split those two groups. This question has been making its way through GOP-oriented websites: Why has Michelle Nunn not taken the name of her husband, Ron Martin?

Given the precarious state of their demography in Georgia, Republicans can’t ask the question openly – not without ticking off desperately needed young voters. So I did it for them. Nunn said she was well established professionally when she married 13 years ago. “It really, frankly, didn’t occur to me to change my name,” she said.

As you recognize by now, the bulk of our conversation reinforced an important, perhaps unchangeable, characteristic about the 2014 Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate. Michelle Nunn is not inclined to speak in soundbites.

It is genetic. Her father is likewise given to carefully worded, sometimes intricate dialogue. It is a good habit when discussing nuclear disarmament, but less valuable in a Twitter-driven campaign.

Michelle Nunn will have many people engaging in the less-pleasant side of the coming conversation on her behalf. On Wednesday afternoon, state Democratic party chairman DuBose Porter described her business-oriented opponent as “someone who has spent his career enriching himself while often times tearing companies and communities apart.”

But Tharon Johnson, a strategist working the Democratic effort in Georgia, said Nunn is perfectly capable of taking up the fight for herself, in succinct and sharp fashion. He implied that, ultimately, she’ll be required to.

“There will be a lot of time for attacks in the future,” Johnson said. “But after nine weeks of infighting on the GOP side, it makes sense for now that she would want Georgians to see her take the high road.”

 

207 comments
cyberteach
cyberteach

To return to one of Galloway's original points about the Republicans trying to make something of the fact that Nunn kept her maiden name, I just have one comment (thanks, Marco Rubio): attacking Nunn's use of her maiden name and making personal attacks on her appearance are so twentieth-century.  Just keep on going out there with the sexist, misogynistic labeling, and Nunn will do even better than predicted.

Andy123
Andy123

Would Michelle be the first transgender US Senator? 

BitterEXdemocrackkk
BitterEXdemocrackkk

she looks anorexic and dorky ... why would anyone with a brain ever vote for another democrackkk?

ljax
ljax

This is exactly what we need. Instead of attacking with negative ads all day long we need the candidate to talk the issues and how she can help resolve the problems for the people of Georgia.  We don't need a candidate like Perdue in Washington.  He might be an outsider but he is no different than the current GOP insiders.  He believes in padding his pockets first and then leaving who ever is left in his wake for all the companies he has managed fend for themselves.  It is time to take back Georgia from the GOP who just continue to destroy the low income people of Georgia. Nunn has my vote.

honested
honested

"Grit but no red meat"......

Good, pandering to the red meat crowd got us deep in this doodoo in the first place!

Grit will be necessary to dig us out!!

SouthernDem
SouthernDem

Michelle Nunn and Jason Carter are behaving as if this is the same Georgia that their ancestors wielded influence in all those long years ago. Let's have some perspective here: Any statewide Democratic hopeful running in 2014 and beyond not only needs but REQUIRES massive African American support. Black Georgians may constitute more than half of Dem voters this cycle. What possible candidate expects to win a race when he/she is running away from more than half of the people constituting their base?


Nunn is a lightweight who is trying desperately trying to make Republicans love her although she hasn't even convinced us Dems to like her yet. She'll lose. And not just because she clearly has no backbone and is displaying a breathtaking sense of naivete; but also because her campaign of hiding from the party who nominated her assures defeat in the Fall.


Carter may win. More than anything, he'll benefit from the public's disgust with Deal. Works for me. Can't wait until November.



MichaelHannigan
MichaelHannigan

I know you libtards are gonna cry when I say this, but I'm outta here and on the international markets URLs.  Things are hot on the Asian markets now.  Auf Wiedersehen.

Infraredguy
Infraredguy

Michelle " I don't have Nunn " ( experience that is ) will now have to admit she is a Democrat and reveal what her Grandmother taught her about all the World's current ills, we wait with baited breath. She will also have to figure out how she can avoid the likes of Reid and Obama while still taking their money. Maybe her husband will come out of the kitchen and show he is a real person not just a shadow in a TV commercial

RoyalDawg
RoyalDawg

NOTICE: Mature, rational discourse will not be tolerated on this blog, and will extract insults and name-calling from the self-declared intelligentsia who troll it regularly.

Leave and come back in a month, and the same liberals will still be here saying the same things.

honested
honested

@Andy123 

Another day, vying for the most ahole post of the day.

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

@BitterEXdemocrackkk


"Why would anyone with a brain ever" be obsessing over a political candidate's looks?  And, Michelle Nunn, is an attractive, educated, eomotionally-mature woman.  Only a person with an adolescent mind would think otherwise. Maybe Dolly Parton's looks are more your cup o' tea?

JackClemens
JackClemens

@SouthernDem Who says they are running away from African American support? You and the Atlanta mayor? If Democrats blow an opportunity over infighting, then they are no better than the Republicans.

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

@SouthernDem


"Nunn is a lightweight who is trying desperately trying to make Republicans love her although she hasn't even convinced us Dems to like her yet. She'll lose. And not just because she clearly has no backbone and is displaying a breathtaking sense of naive."

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++


All false statements.  How limiting it must be to live in your head, with your stereotypical perceptions of strength. Michelle Nunn has too much innate pedigree to present herself as a bully. Bullies are cowards.  They have no authentic strength. Michelle Nunn does.  A naive politician does not raise the millions of dollars that Michelle Nunn has raised for her campaign.  The money she has already raised has proven that Democrats already like her.

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

@SouthernDem


Obviously, you have no understanding of Michelle Nunn's grit because of whatever personal experiences you have had in the course of your life.  However, Michelle Nunn has plenty of grit, which you, unfortunately, are unable to see.


The African-American community will hopefully be able to see it, and will also be able to recognize that she will help them in their opportunities to rise into the middle class, by more numbers.  David Perdue will certainly not be their advocate.

honested
honested

@SouthernDem 

I'm sure they know the moron quotient has increased substantially since their ancestors were in office.

One need look no farther than glaring examples like sonny, saxby, johnny, nathan, and the whole hee-haw Congressional gang.

Funny how the wrong wing nuts cannot see their days are numbered!

LookbeforeIleap
LookbeforeIleap

@MichaelHannigan 

I think we are supposed to be impressed that Hannigan watches the the Asian stick markets and knows how to say "goodbye" in German.

But since he qualifies "hot" as less than 1% movement in HSI and SCHCOMP indexes, we may have to consider he is full of sh(i)t.

Kamchak
Kamchak

@MichaelHannigan 

... but I'm outta here and on the international markets URLs. 

I'm on the Côte d'Azur.

Andy123
Andy123

@RoyalDawg 

At least we know where to find the only 50 liberals in the state with internet access.  

Kamchak
Kamchak

@RoyalDawg 

 NOTICE: Mature, rational discourse will not be tolerated on this blog...

Perhaps or perhaps not, but self-righteous condescension will be derisively mocked.

MichaelHannigan
MichaelHannigan

@RoyalDawg 

RD:  You've no doubt notice that the Socialist "Progressives" (GOD! What a putrid euphemism!) outnumber the right-thinking conservatives by at least 10 to 1.  But with Galloway's blog, that's to bee expected.  any other blog would just ignore them as should we.  But, it's fun to get the all lathered up and spewing nightly.

AuntieChrist
AuntieChrist

@MichaelHannigan As usual, hannigan, you lie, (or I'll just be kind and attribute it your illiteracy, lack of reading comprehension, dyslexia, or just plain stupidity)


Washington (CNN) – More than half the public says Obamacare has helped either their families or others across the country, although less than one in five Americans say they have personally benefited from the health care law, according to a new national poll.

A CNN/ORC International survey also indicates that a majority of Americans oppose the Affordable Care Act, but that some of that opposition is from people who don't think the measure goes far enough.


The poll, conducted this past weekend, was released on Wednesday, one day after a federal appeals court upheld Obamacare tax subsidies. That ruling came just a couple of hours after a separate appeals court struck down such subsidies for the millions of Americans enrolled in the federal government's HealthCare.gov exchange.



According to the poll, only 18% of the public say they or their families are better off now that the major provisions of the health care law have been implemented. Another 35% report that, while their lives have not improved, the Affordable Care Act has benefited other people in the U.S. Add those two numbers together, and that means 53% say that Obamacare has helped either their families or others across the country.

Forty-four percent tell us that the health care law has not helped anyone in the country.

July 23rd, 2014

06:00 AM ET

Infraredguy
Infraredguy

@Kamchak, has your SSI and Section 8 checks.arrived yet ? FYI, food stamps are being cut, better head to the food bank.

RoyalDawg
RoyalDawg

So you believe your posts to be mature and rational?

RoyalDawg
RoyalDawg

Unfortunately, these people can vote.

MichaelHannigan
MichaelHannigan

@AuntieChrist 

I just posted what was on the Clinton News Network's on-line news.  glad it got you to whining, however.  Poor "Progressives" (UGH!), living in a world of constant envy and wanting what others have worked for...

Kamchak
Kamchak

@RoyalDawg 

So you believe your posts to be mature and rational?

So, you can provide evidence where I made any such assertion?

MichaelHannigan
MichaelHannigan

@RoyalDawg  Not only can, they do.  They kowtow to the demokrat principle of being true to the demokratic party throughout life and, of course, into eternity (but leave your voting information on yur gravestone, please!)

AuntieChrist
AuntieChrist

@MichaelHannigan "I just posted what was on the Clinton News Network's on-line news"

No what I posted is from the cnn site, from the very link you provided. You read some crap on breitbart or tucker carlson, grabbed the link and posted it here without even reading what it said. Either that or you do not have the mental capacity to understand what the post was telling you. There are useful idiots, and just plain idiots. (hint, you are not of the useful variety).

LookbeforeIleap
LookbeforeIleap

@MichaelHannigan @AuntieChrist 

In other words you just posted something that made you feel all tingly and warm without regard to its accuracy or provenance.


Typical and more than a little pathetic.

MoFaux
MoFaux

@honested @Andy123 Clearly, Andy is more physically attracted to Perdue.  And that's ok.

NorwegianBlue
NorwegianBlue

@AuntieChrist @MichaelHannigan Here, let me reconcile your differences. The CNN report says 53% of the people believe Obamacare has helped them or their families, and yet 59% are opposed to the law. What this means is that at least 6% of the people think the law is bad for the country EVEN THOUGH it has benefited them directly. THAT says everything...

AuntieChrist
AuntieChrist

@NorwegianBlue   Go back and read it again. Of that 59% disapproval, 17% oppose it because it does not go far enough, i.e. it should have been set up as an extension of, or emulation of, Medicare. (single payer). You may interpret that as their saying it is bad for the country, but I don't see it that way, nor do I think that 17% sees it as 'bad for the country.'

NorwegianBlue
NorwegianBlue

@AuntieChrist @NorwegianBlue I stand corrected. And I did not mean to misinterpret the article. Thanks for the clarification. Now, may I ask, how in the world did you choose your username? Why are you so mean-spirited in your comments to others? And is there a direct connection between the two? Or is it just an unfunny pun...

AuntieChrist
AuntieChrist

@NorwegianBlue Just to drive the holy roller, bible thumping, holier-than thou fake Christians a little nuts. Actually I respect the teachings and the man Jesus, tho I question his divinity. 

As for mean spirited, I have never disrespected nor been rude to any poster who did not have it coming, (imo of course) who did not attempt to insult or denigrate me or others on this blog.  I've not seen your moniker before, so maybe you haven't followed the blog for any length of time, and seen the terms like libtard, Obozo, dumbocrat, and the outright racism and classism that  so many resort to. People who think it is cute/humorous to insult the poor and others beaten down by circumstance. I say I respect and admire the teachings of Jesus, but I don't turn the other cheek when faced with an insult.  Not my nature.

LookbeforeIleap
LookbeforeIleap

@NorwegianBlue 

In my experience, A/C is only mean spirited to those who attack her or are intentionally obtuse.

Not sure what her choice of screen name has to do with the price of tea in China but color your world as you see fit.