In my dream world, the city itself would have the resources to build a world class transit system within the city limits, clean up many parts of the city, and attract business Downtown on its own. That ain't gonna happen, so the best thing to hope for is some sort of regional transit solution and some refocusing on economic development for the region to try and catch up once the recession ends.
All of that is a long way to introduce this article about Karen Handel doing some posturing about the Northern Arc and some GDOT proposals for new highways up that way. It strikes me all as a bunch of B.S. campaign rhetoric, but one piece did catch my eye:
Handel said “we need to look at” some sort of connection between I-75 and I-85. As to another possible major toll project under debate, a north-south tunnel through east Atlanta linking Ga. 400 to the southern Perimeter, Handel said, “It’s absurd.”At least one GOP candidate isn't completely insane. If I were handicapping the 2010 Governor's race, I'd have to give Handel pretty good odds.
- She's politically savvy, and I can't think that she's ever lost a race she's been involved with (Perdue 2002, Fulton County Commission, Secretary of State).
- She somehow navigated the insanity of the Fulton County Commission and came out looking relatively mature - no small feat!
- She's managed to avoid all the mess at the Capitol, and has a much higher profile than someone like Eric Johnson who has been down there in the muck for years.
- She doesn't have the ethical issues that Nathan Deal has.
- Finally, she has an advantage over the Ox simply because she isn't a raving moron.
My thoughts on the race at present, subject to change: right now I think Lisa Borders has the inside position, and Kasim Reed will have the best machine. Mary Norwood could do surprisingly well - she is particularly attentive to the white middle class in-town demographic. If white females go for Norwood instead of Borders, Kasim wins.A lot changed between then and the election, but I think I was in the ball park. So in that vein, my fearless take on the Gubernatorial election:
- Handel is the GOP nominee. Eric Johnson does very well, but not well enough. Deal and Ox falter at the end. Handel beats one of those three in a runoff.
- DuBose tanks. Barnes gets the Dem nomination, but Baker might make a strong run for it.
- Barnes can't beat Handel - there simply isn't enough juice left in the old Democratic brand he represents. Dems are totally depressed about everything right now, turnout will suck. Handel wins 55-45.