Posted: 8:30 am Sunday, August 3rd, 2014

What it looks like when a Democratic tracker gets blocked 

By Greg Bluestein

Sometimes the most interesting part of a political rally is what unfolds on the sidelines.

As Georgia’s top Republican candidates gave their stump speeches on Saturday at an Alpharetta event, a chess match was playing out a few feet from the podium between the Democratic tracker hired to film Gov. Nathan Deal and GOP Senate nominee David Perdue and the crowd members tasked with blocking him.

Republicans and Democrats have long employed trackers in Georgia, and during the primary Perdue was sometimes followed by multiple video-camera armed men hired by Democrats and GOPers hoping to catch a gaffe. Democrat Jason Carter was also tagged with one shortly after he announced his gubernatorial bid.

Often, the trackers are treated like just another TV camera at events, but sometimes they are given the cold shoulder. Here’s a glimpse at the complex yet captivating dance between tracker and blocker that took place on Saturday.

 It started with a two-pronged effort to block the tracker with a pair of signs:

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As the tracker elevated, so too did the blocker, with the help of a nearby folding chair:

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Then came the fancy footwork:

Next, the tracker pulled at a secondary camera on his cell phone to film the action. Another blocker quickly came to obstruct that lens.

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Finally, near the end of the event, the frustrated tracker was hemmed in from all sides. He still was able to get audio, of course, just not any visual to go with his recording.

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222 comments
Charles50
Charles50

I'm more interested in what you say than hearing you say it anyway.  So I guess when these same types of tactics are employed by Dems we shouldn't hear anything from the Repubs.

WWTJD
WWTJD

Looks like the Deal folks employ Chicago political tactics (heavy set dudes in sun glasses harassing the gentleman)...

Jack_Republican
Jack_Republican

Obama has an excellent speaking voice also. But that's all he has. An empty suit from Chicago steeped in Marxism and hate for white America. 

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

Bernie and other readers, 


I have been out and have not, yet, read all of the posts since last we "conversed" about Michelle Nunn, and I must leave, again, immediately after I post this, but I will read all posts on this thread later this evening.


From today's first page of the Metro Section of the AJC, in the article by Daniel Malloy with contributions made by Greg Bluestein, entitled, "Memo sheds light on politics," Democratic strategist Paul Begala - who has advised campaigns for President Bill Clinton and Georgia Gov. Zell Miller - is quoted (at the end of that long article) as saying, "it (Nunn's campaign memo) does not represent Nunn.


Those are the words of "cold analytical political professionals who you need in this world," Begala said. "But having been around Michelle and seen her passion for ideas, that doesn't reflect her thinking."

Wascatlady
Wascatlady

Really, really sad that this man has to be "protected" because of what he might say.  Actually, not sad.  Disgusting.  If the candidate is so weak, he should not be the candidate!

Ralph-43
Ralph-43

Afraid to let us see and hear their candidate and his supporters?  Enough said.

AuntieChrist
AuntieChrist

My guess is that they are not so much afraid of what gaffes they may make, as they are of the insanity of their supporters. Remember when some lunatic at a paul broun rally asked, in all seriousness something to the effect "why not just assassinate Obama?' and broun laughed.  He knew he couldn't chastise the guy, else he would have been tarred and feathered.  That sort of thing occurs at repup rallies all over the nation, with never a word of rebuke from the puppy candidates.  (the only exception was the one time john mccain showed some decency/sanity, and tried to reassure one of his dingbats that Obama wasn't an Arab). 

They can't discourage the crazies, else they get stuck with a RINO label, so they just smile sheepishly, in effect condoning the outrageous accusations and statements of these whackos.

Lastly. I wonder how many folks at the repuppy rallies have their AK-47's slung over their shoulders. I wonder if a group of well-arned Black folks showed up at one of the repuppy rallies, exercising their right to open carry, would be allowed within a mile of the place without a full-fledged riot or wholesale panic by the whites only crowds. 

btn
btn

The very same people that were blocking that guy from taking videos are probably the same people that get all frothy at the mouth about the government "taking away their freedoms".

Charles50
Charles50

@Jack_Republican And yet his mother was white as were her parents, with whom he lived.  And to top it all off he was elected TWICE.  And the Supreme Court didn't have to make the final vote.  Nor did we have to have a loss of lives to get him re-elected.  

hobbit57
hobbit57

@Jack_Republican And exactly what does your comment have to do with the above article?  Let's see that would be ...nothing!  Ergo, (hope I'm not using words that are too big for you!) what we have here is another Republican troll who know how ro cut and paste.

Charles50
Charles50

@MaryElizabethSings The reality is, every serious campaign in America has the same kind of memo.  You have to lay out everything on the table to assist your candidate in getting a "W".  That means looking at the cold hard fact, and perceived notions about the candidate.  The only difference is the world doesn't usually get to see it.

MichaelHannigan
MichaelHannigan

@MaryElizabethSings 

What? You've "been away?"  Didn't notice as you might suspect.  Also suspect those Pro-Choice rallies take up a LOT of time...waving banners, placards, singing, screaming, etc.

Bernie31
Bernie31

@MaryElizabethSings - Thanks. The informed Readers here this much ad about nothing. As for the GOOBER BOBBLEHEADS, once they get past the News title they have their own ideas about what is reported. Just like that!

MichaelHannigan
MichaelHannigan

@Ralph-43 

Ralphie...when are your going to take away your "-43" I.Q. rating and become just another Ralph?

MichaelHannigan
MichaelHannigan

@AuntieChrist 

"Lastly. I wonder how many folks at demokrat rallies have their AK-47's slung over their shoulders. I wonder if a group of well-arned white folks showed up at one of the socialist rallies, exercising their right to open carry, would be allowed within a mile of the place without a full-fledged riot or wholesale panic by the Africans-only only crowds?

NWGAL
NWGAL

@AuntieChrist Good point. Mob mentality tends to bring out the worst in people. Maybe it's just feeling anonymous in a crowd, on the internet that gives permission to behave viciously.

hamiltonAZ
hamiltonAZ

Okay so they win. Then what? It's not a sporting contest.

Will Georgians be better off after a second term Deal governorship? How will Senator Perdue represent the best interests of ALL Georgians?

AuntieChrist
AuntieChrist

@MichaelHannigan  

"I wonder how many folks at demokrat rallies have their AK-47's slung over their shoulders."

zero, but that doesn't count the 3-4 repuppy trackers who will  most likely be armed to the teeth.  Liberals and Democrats gave up pacifiers around age 3, and have no need of one. TP cons, however can't be without their binkies. TP cons just switch from an oral fixation to a phallic one, but they are still frightened little rabbits..


" I wonder if a group of well-arned white folks showed up at one of the socialist rallies, exercising their right to open carry, would be allowed within a mile of the place without a full-fledged riot or wholesale panic by the Africans-only only crowds?

One way to find out. Contact the socialist party and find a scheduled rally. Then you and a few other of the white citizen's council, militia members, and patriotic Amerkans can do what you do best:   get liquored up, grab your guns, and go terrorize innocent people to keep Amerka safe for democracy (meaning, 'White people')

USA!  USA! USA!

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

@NWGAL 


Well said.  That is why I have removed myself from any "group think" all of my life because it does bring out the worst in people.

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

@hamiltonAZ


Will Georgia be better off under a second term Deal governorship?  No.


How will Sen. Perdue represent the best interests of ALL Georgians?  He won't do that.  Mainly, imo, he will be interested in his own self-interests.

NWGAL
NWGAL

@hamiltonAZ The only Georgians who matter 

are the rich ones. Deal and Perdue will walk away with a pocket full of pretty pennies and the schools will go on hold until the next election, the government will continue not to function. I can't believe we still don't have an ambassador to Russia. The Republican obstruction is our worst enemy to governance.

td1234
td1234

@hamiltonAZ


How would Nunn or Carter represent the BEST interest of the taxpayers of Georgia? 

honested
honested

@AuntieChrist 

We can just wait and find out when these wrong wing clods have had their rallies.......

After they accidentally shoot each other!

MichaelHannigan
MichaelHannigan

@AuntieChrist 

"Contact the socialist party and find a scheduled rally."

No way, Jose.  I don't talk to demokrats (aka: Socialists) and you know it.


"oral fixation to a phallic one..." Stop, don't tell me!  You HAVE done that..see?  I can tell by your enthusiastic writing that phallic symbols (and, of course, the real McCoy) must be appealing or you'd never mention it.

Back to the sand box, Anti.

td1234
td1234

@NWGAL @hamiltonAZ I am not Rich but as a solid middle class citizen of this state I would much rather have a Deal than a Carter Administration and really want Perdue to be that 51 st Republican in the Senate to totally stop the destructive Obama agenda. 

hamiltonAZ
hamiltonAZ

How citizens fund government is just one of the factors to take into account when determining whether one is better off electing one candidate or the other.

honested
honested

@MichaelHannigan @AuntieChrist 

You know the difference between a Liberal and a Socialist?

A Socialist tends to be much better armed!

You might want to learn when to hold your little tongue, little man, or your words might catch up with you.

AuntieChrist
AuntieChrist

@MichaelHannigan  What a childish and boring little man you are.  Night night.  Don't forget your "now I lay me down to sleep..."

Charles50
Charles50

@td1234 @NWGAL @hamiltonAZ You're a Republican.  You would vote for an elephant in a red sweater if his name was on the ballot with an R behind it.

honested
honested

@td1234 @NWGAL @hamiltonAZ 

So you prefer a crook and a job destroyer over a potential improvement for the middle class?

What a sad commentary on the 'modern republiklans'.

CherokeeCounty
CherokeeCounty

@td1234 @NWGAL @hamiltonAZ 'destructive Obama agenda'


Yeah I know, right? Lowest unemployment rate since 1997, eight million newly insured Americans, my 401k is flush with cash, my kids have good jobs, and since the insurance companies can't discriminate anymore, I can retire early and build my business, maybe hire a couple more folks.


That dastardly Obama......

td1234
td1234

@hamiltonAZ Taxes are just one way a taxpayer is affected by a government. The size and scope of the government is another way that directly affects the taxpayer. Democrats tend to and Carter actually spoke of expanding the role and scope of government. 

td1234
td1234

@honested Deal has added good paying middle class jobs Carter's policies would end all those company's from moving here. 

td1234
td1234

@CherokeeCounty Are you sure about the unemployment comment? Unemployment is 6.2% (might I add with the highest non-working adults since the Carter administration) now and it was 4.4% for several months during the Bush administration. 

Kamchak
Kamchak

@CherokeeCounty 

Search YouTube for Thanks Obama by JennaMarbles

Warning: Not suitable for work!

honested
honested

@td1234 @hamiltonAZ 

tiny dog,

Your pointless obsessions are showing.

Someday, the candidates of 'your' party have to answer the questions and, horrors, GOVERN if by some accident they are elected again.

honested
honested

@td1234 @honested 

Explain the latest preposterous contention 'Carter's policies would end all those companies from moving here'?

It might also be a good idea to define who all those companies are and where all those jobs you claim are being created.

CherokeeCounty
CherokeeCounty

@td1234 @honested I stand corrected, td. You're correct about the unemployment rate.

But after 8 years of Republican economics, we were losing 800000 jobs per month. And you want to go back to that?


honested
honested

@td1234 @CherokeeCounty 

The unemployment rate was 4.4% during the FIRST FEW MONTHS of the shrub administration.........before his disastrous economic agenda had a chance to 'work'.

Did you live somewhere else then?

td1234
td1234

@CherokeeCounty We lost 800,000 jobs in ONE month. We lost more jobs under the Obama administration than under the Bush administration. 


Presidents have very little if any power in the job market besides hiring government employees. 

honested
honested

@td1234 @CherokeeCounty 

Patently false!

800,000 was just one month in many.

It was a good thing for shrub that he had the Afghan Fiasco and the Iraqi War of Choice to hide his pathetic employment record. 

All of the jobs necessary to 'build the army we went to war with since we weren't properly prepared' (To paraphrase rumsfeld) made a great pretense. Building stuff we didn't need for a task we shouldn't have undertaken.

It's the republican way.

td1234
td1234

@honested Like I said more jobs were lost after Obama took office than when Bush was in office (period). 


It has taken Obama almost 6 years in office and we still do not have as many jobs today in the economy than the day he took office. The labor participation rate is lower today then since the Carter years and that is the only reason unemployment rates are so low.  

honested
honested

@td1234 @honested 

That bogus lush rimjob 'labor participation rate' lie.

Ever hear of the 'baby boom' and their inevitable retirement?