Most of us who attended the second Georgia GOP Senate debate at Kennesaw State on Saturday appreciated the opportunity to hear what the eight candidates for the seat of retiring U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss had to say.
The Bailey Performance Center had a capacity crowd of approximately 600 people. Many wanted to view the debate but were out of luck if they did not reserve one of the limited tickets in advance. Why not hold the debates in a venue capable of a larger capacity? The GOP has expressed the desire to be “more inclusive.” Has Reagan’s “big tent” disappeared?
Rather than challenging questions from the two talented panelists, the questions were softballs. Perhaps that is the reason the three candidates who currently hold seats in the House of Representatives, with over 40 years in office among them, appeared to be digging out quotes from previous stump speeches rather than sharing their experience and insights.
The panel did not ask one question on immigration, a very important topic. GOP insiders in Washington are offering to “legalize” over 12 million “undocumented” workers, the very same solution proposed by their Democratic opponents. Such a move will most certainly distance the majority of the GOP base and increase future Democratic voters, a death knell to the Republican Party.
With more “illegal aliens” in Georgia than there are in Arizona, questions on immigration would have really provided some necessary information to Georgia voters. Perhaps that is why the questions were not asked?