Posted on | January 19, 2013 | 10 Comments
Rep. John Barrow (D-Georgia) may well be the most hated man in Congress. Liberals hate him — and he has faced challenges in Democrat primaries — because among other things, he was one of 39 House Democrats who voted against ObamaCare. Republicans may hate him worse because Barrow is one of the last vestiges of the moderate “Blue Dog” Democrats, who prevent the GOP from consolidating its gains in Republican-leaning states like Georgia. In 2010, my buddy Ali Akbar helped run the Tea Party-backed campaign of Barrow’s GOP challenger, Ray McKinney. That challenge fell short, but Republicans were more hopeful in 2012, after re-destricting moved more GOP voters into Barrow’s 12th District, but somehow that damned Blue Dog managed to escape with a 54%-46% win over Republican Lee Anderson.
Can Republicans beat Barrow in 2014? It’s too early to say, but right now Barrow is being targeted by the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence:
Will Barrow risk his amazing record of political survival by voting for Obama’s gun-control proposals? Georgia Republicans are perhaps secretly hoping he’d be that stupid, because he’s already their Number One target for 2014 and a vote like that would likely doom him. And so the profound irony is, your Second Amendment rights are unlikely to be infringed by Congress, because of this crafty Blue Dog’s determination to be the last surviving white Democrat in Georgia.
(Hat-tip: Nathaniel Botwinick at The Corner.)