(The following are excerpts submitted by BloggingWhileBlue.com)
“Divide et imperia” (divide and rule) is as old as the Roman Empire when Julius Caesar, after his victory in Gaul, returned to Rome to divide and oust the Senate to become the sole ruler of Rome. Like Julius Caesar, the Republicans in Georgia have attempted to divide traditional Democratic political associates forcing allies into a primary battle for their respective political survival.
In an attempt to “politically assassinate” white Democratic incumbents, the Republicans drew district maps that pitted white Democratic incumbents against African American Democratic incumbents in majority minority districts. In the case of the House District 57 race, Pat Gardner, a white, gay-friendly legislator ended up in a majority minority district running against Rashid Taylor who is an openly gay, African American Democrat.Interestingly, this race is in many ways reminiscent of the 1997 6th district Atlanta City Council race between... Read the entire article at BloggingWhileBlue.com