I must confess that as smart as I am, there are a few things in this world I do not understand, such as the unsolved problem in fundamental physics as to whether gravity and the quantum can be made to coexist within the same theory. Egyptian hieroglyphics are a bit challenging for me as are the rules for the Tajikistan sport of buzkashi, which is similar to polo but involves hitting a goat carcass instead of a ball.

And then there is the Georgia Republican Party. I am not sure all the physicists, Egyptologists and buzkashi players in the world can figure out this bunch. I know I can’t.

After watching them boo Gov. Brian Kemp as he addressed the GOP state convention at Jekyll Island, I came away with the feeling that they are having their usual problem of identifying the enemy. Hint: It is the other side. The Democrats have to be laughing their heads off at what they are seeing from the Republicans.

It seems some Republicans are having difficulty accepting the fact that the presidential race is over and is not coming back. Obviously from the jeers, they hold the governor responsible. Well, guess what? He showed up for Kangaroo-Court-by-the-Sea and faced the Trump grumps head on. If you will recall, Gov. Nathan Deal decided he would ignore the boo birds after vetoing a “religious liberty” bill in 2016.

I assume they don’t care that Kemp has signed a voting rights bill they all wanted, successfully guided the state through the COVID-19 pandemic while ensuring that Georgia maintained a substantial reserve ($2.8 billion), instituted income tax cuts, raised teacher pay and opposes “critical race theory” being taught in our public schools. Sounds pretty Republican to me.

As if the nitwits could not get nitwittier, Vernon Jones, who has announced that he is running against Gov. Kemp in next year’s Republican primary got an enthusiastic reception from the crowd. Vernon Jones? You’ve got to be kidding. This guy has more baggage than an airport carousel. Check his record. He is the quintessential RINO.

I know a lot of Republican strategists and good ones they are. I have not talked to them about what is going on with the GOP these days but I have a good idea. They have to be scared to death that the Donald Trump zealots are going to lead the party right off the cliff like a bunch of lemmings and hand the governor’s office to Stacey Abrams. Remember, Abrams lost to Kemp in 2018 by less than 55,000 votes out of more than 4 million cast. And that was when Republicans were a lot more unified than they are today.

If my mail is any indication, a lot of long-time conservative voters liked many of the things Donald Trump did but were turned off by his hyperbole, his insults and his arrogance. Yet, those very factors appealed to a lot of frustrated people tired of seeing irrelevant millionaire ballplayers disrespecting our country, goons turning over cars and looting small businesses while demanding the defunding of police and media coverage overtly slanted to the left. The problem is that while they may feel better that someone stood up for what they believe, this will not grow the party.

I find it interesting that despite Donald Trump’s endorsement, both of Georgia’s GOP incumbents lost their United States senate seats to Democrats, thereby giving Democrats control of both houses of Congress. Were those election results fraudulent? Just asking.

I was impressed by the observations of Alan Futch, the 21-year-old chairman of the Ben Hill County Republican Party, who said in an opinion piece in the Atlanta Newspapers that the GOP can’t win going forward by continuing to look backwards.

Futch says the party is “eating itself from the inside out” over the election controversy and worries that, “If we don’t stand together, we will fall apart.” The youngest party chair in the state suggests it is time for Republicans to get over the presidential election and move on. I suspect he speaks for a number of his generation. They are the future of the party and had best be listened to.

Instead of continuing to turn on each other as it seems to be their inclination, the Georgia Republican Party needs to get its act together and quickly. If you boo-birds don’t like Brian Kemp, I hope you will enjoy the administration of Gov. Stacey Abrams. You will have gotten what you deserve.

You can reach Dick Yarbrough at dick@dickyarbrough.com.

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John Thomas

This is a revealing attempt to school Georgia Republicans. From the opinion piece:

>>>"Trump's hyperbole, his insults and his arrogance... appealed to a lot of frustrated people tired of seeing irrelevant millionaire ballplayers disrespecting our country,"

This is a good example of the two-dimensional thinking of corporate politicians. Protests don't disrespect a country. They prod the country to be better. That's the highest form of respect.

The attack on the ballplayers' right to protest by calling them "irrelevant" is obviously not true, or the large controversy around them would not exist. And you think only poor people have the right to protest? That's a switch, since most corporate politicians work hard at reserving as many rights and privileges for the wealthy as possible.

>>>"goons turning over cars"

What do you mean by "goons?" It's funny, I never see this word when people refer to white people - like, 'the goons who smashed our U.S. Capitol and our election process on January 6.' - Nope. Never heard them called that.

And how many cars have been turned over in the protests? Two? Three? Five? Even if it were ten, in a country of over 300 million people, this would amount to an extremely rare form of vandalism. How do people "tire" of rare occurrences? They could be excited, fearful, angry, interested, even uncaring, but "tired" is not one of the options.

The excitement and fear are, of course, grossly magnified on purpose by a manipulative media. The magic studios can turn an ant into horrifying monster that could devour a city.

>>>"and looting small businesses"

This is misdirection and painting with a fantastically broad brush. Researchers report that 93 percent of BLM protestors were peaceful. The other seven percent were obviously vandals, thieves and right wing operatives taking advantage of the distraction.

>>>while demanding the defunding of police."

See how you did that? - You falsely painted millions of peaceful American protestors as criminals and "goons" so you could cast their demands in an illegitimate light - massively misdirecting from the real cause of the protests - the cruel, senseless killing of helpless Black people by police.

>>>"and media coverage overtly slanted to the left."

Another loaded statement. Labels don't advance discussion. They close it off. The "left" is just the working class, i.e., the majority of Americans. Neither the Republicans nor the Democrats do a very good job of representing us these days. It is only true Progressives like Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez who are honest and actually represent the people. This is proved by the polls which continue to show most Americans support Senator Sanders' policies.

And no, the media is clearly in the grip of the corporations and the "right." One of the scandals of the last two presidential campaigns is how the media purposely shut out and smeared the people's candidate - Bernie Sanders. It was clear during the last election that the corporate Democrats (which is most Democratic politicians and especially the DNC) would have rather lost to Trump than let Bernie Sanders get into the White House.

The REAL story of fraud in the last election was how the corporate Democrats stole the primary from Bernie Sanders and the people - again! This could not have happened without the complicity of the right wing, corporate media.

The people that were so frustrated by the political system, they grabbed Trump as a wrecking ball, were mostly part of the working class who have been constantly under attack for decades by the corporations and the wealthy. They have seen their hopes and dreams crushed by an economy with the deck stacked increasingly against them.

Trump pandered to their deepest fears and darkest prejudices. He promised them all the misplaced revenge they wanted and all the great jobs they could dream of! One of the strangest aspects of the last campaign was how Trump supporters had no problem with Trump being a pathological liar, but that somehow believed he was telling them the truth.

Once the whole working class wakes up, they will see real solutions don't come from outside but from within themselves. Their strong labor unions and progressive vision are what will lift them, and the country, up. -- You conclude with a shamefully coded scare message.

>>>"If you boo-birds don’t like Brian Kemp, I hope you will enjoy the administration of Gov. Stacey Abrams. You will have gotten what you deserve."

Hmm. What is it about Stacey Abrams that is so scary? As you pointed out, she came very close to winning the last governor race, despite the massive Republican dumping of voter registrations. So, clearly, she's a very capable person. It's no mystery what you want to scare them with.

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