Yes PN, Nunn has the political pedigree and has worked with Republican George Bush, 41, on his Points of Light program. Her father, Sam Nunn, as you noted had a solid reputation regarding working with those across the aisle.
I read the other day, where Kingston, who by the way, has the Most money of any of the Republican Candidates, couldn't provide a yes or no answer as to whether he was considered a Tea Party Candidate. I think he is. He talks the sweet talk as best he can when home for a one time insurance salesman, but when he is in D.C. he is as Tea Party as they come.
Mitch McConnell, Conservative in Kentucky is being challenged by a declared Tea Party member who says McConnell ISN'T CONSERVATIVE ENOUGH!!
If Establishment Republicans get primaried by Tea Partiers, they will be in treacherous waters against their Democrat opponents in November.
"This is all pretty amazing considering that Nunn has never held public office."
Not really. The Nunn name is golden in Georgia. Pretty much the same as the name Zell Miller, who I'll remind Jimmy "retired in 1999 as the most popular governor in Georgia history with 85 percent approval ratings."
The only thing that will keep her from being elected is how closely she is associated with the DEMOCRATS - especially President Obama. It has been reported recently that the last thing just about every Dem Senate candidate who faces a tough election/re-election wants is to be associated with Mr. Obama or his policies - ESPECIALLY OBAMACARE. See:
Michelle Nunn has the advantage of not being one of the Democratic party henchmen/henchwomen who is complicit in the ObamaCare fiasco. In fact, she has publicly called for the "delay" of one of the most unpopular elements of the legislation - the so-called "individual mandate." In so doing, she has - according to this article - been successful in "specifically aligning herself with U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga." See:
Of course we all know that Johnny Isakson is a REPUBLICAN. It appears that the apple hasn't fallen too far from the tree - as far as political savvy goes. We can probably assume that she's taking advice from the old man, which is a good thing. Sam Nunn always knew when to cut his losses and stand for/with policies and policy-makers when it was in the best interests of the people. I always had the feeling that Mr. Nunn put the PEOPLE's interests ahead of his own.
Georgia is still basically a red state. Romney beat Obama by 8 points in 2012. So Ms. Nunn will still have a tough battle, regardless of who her opponent is. The GOP better get their act together, and find the right candidate if they want to keep two in the Senate.
It will be interesting to see - presuming the GOP nominee is male - how often the terms "war on women" and "misogynist" come up in the campaign.
Jimmy: There are 20 Democrat senators facing reelection in 2014:
Of the list, I think there's a definite chance that up to seven of these seats could turn Republican. The most likely ones have been discussed in the recent news, and are basically all red/purple states. The most likely are MT, AK, NC, LA, AR, and VA. But also watch out for IA, WV and even MN (which would please me to no end).
Further, one only has to read THESE recent articles to see that the Democrats are in big trouble:
Finally - according to this article - even NH might be in play:
If these trends continue, the Democrats will take a POUNDING in November.
In the meantime, check out this article titled ""Vulnerable Democrats Distance Themselves From Obama after State of the Union." The highlights:
*President Barack Obama was barely out of the Capitol after delivering his State of the Union address Tuesday before members of his own party began distancing themselves from the president.
*...Alaska Sen. Mark Begich, one of the most vulnerable Democrats up for reelection this year, took aim at Obama’s focus on using executive actions to go around Congress. ”I’ll be anxious to see what these executive orders are,” he said. “But if they go too far you’ll clearly hear push back from me. There’s no question about it.”
Begich also criticized Obama on energy, objecting to his calls to end oil and gas tax incentives and opposition to opening up more of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling. He added that he has no interest in campaigning with Obama, but is open to showing Obama why his policies are wrong.
“When I ran and won was the same year he ran for his first election for the presidency, he lost Alaska by 22 points,” Begich said. “I still won my election. If he wants to come up, I’m not really interested in campaigning. What I’d like him to do is see why his policies are wrong on ANWR for example. He opposes oil and gas development. I’d like to show him why it’s the right move to move that forward to create jobs in oil and gas.”
*Arkansas Sen. Mark Pryor said in a statement that he was disappointed with Obama for not striking a bipartisan tone. “Overall, I’m disappointed with the President’s State of the Union address because he was heavy on rhetoric, but light on specifics about how we can move our country forward,” he said. “…I’ve always said that I’ll work with the President when I think he’s right, but oppose him when I think he’s wrong. That’s why I’ve opposed his policies on gun control, the Keystone Pipeline, military action in Syria, regulatory overreach on our farms—to name a few—and why I’ll continue to oppose his agenda when it’s bad for Arkansas and our country.”
*Even before Obama’s speech, Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu blasted the White House’s opposition to delaying an increase in flood insurance premiums.
*Colorado Sen. Mark Udall....repeatedly refused to say whether he would campaign with the president this year. “We’ll see what the president’s schedule is,” he said. “We’ll see what my schedule is. But Coloradans are going to reelect me based on my record, not on the president’s record.”
*Obama’s post-speech roadshow conspicuously excludes any state where vulnerable Democratic incumbents are up for reelection. And in Wisconsin, where Democrat Mary Burke is trying to unseat Gov. Scott Walker this fall, the candidate is avoiding Obama’s scheduled appearance on Thursday. Earlier this month, North Carolina Sen. Kay Hagan avoided an appearance with Obama in her home state."