This post was supposed to be celebratory. After all, Georgia decided to exercise common sense, not embarrass its citizens, and not sue the federal government. Thurbert Baker declined to join the Attorneys General suit, saying “this litigation is likely to fail and will consume significant amounts of taxpayers’ hard-earned money in the process.”
So, how do Georgia Republicans respond to this sensible act? They are trying to impeach the attorney general. The charge is that the Attorney General was not upholding his oath of office. Baker, who received his JD from Emory, felt that the lawsuit was baseless and without merit. The Governor, who got his JD…wait, he isn’t an attorney. In fact, he is a veterinarian. Not to say anything against veterinarians in their field, but an attorney from Emory may know more about what is Constitutional than a lame duck Governor with a political bone to pick.
On top of that, the Governor is appointing a “special attorney general” to file the suit. So, not only is Georgia part of this mentally challenged exercise, we are expending extra resources to do it. Go team! Teachers are getting furloughed across the state, budgets are being cut past the essential services level, and Sonny Purdue wants to sue the federal government when the State’s top legal mind says its pointless. Does the Governor even have that power? So, this will cause another legal fight, more expenditures, and more stupidity.
By the way, each state has the ability to opt out by means of their legislation. Georgia put resolutions in front of both the State House and Senate. They were voted down by the democratically elected officials. The Governor is setting aside the democratically (and popularly) attorney general’s opinion to get a self-appointed “special attorney general.” Georgia Republicans are thwarting the will of the people for their narrow ideology. and embarrassing us in the process.
I will admit, I am torn. As a Progressive, I enjoy watching Republicans make fools of themselves. They are digging their own political graves. I want to encourage them in their endeavors. On the other hand, as a Georgian, I really hate that we will be, once again, on the wrong side of history. This time, the people tried to do the right thing, but a handful of Republicans on a power trip think they know better than the people. So, I want this to go away, since this is nothing but a stain on the state I love.
As much as I would (and probably will) love to watch these Republicans march off this cliff like lemmings, my love of Georgia persuades me otherwise. Please, Governor, for the love of the State you swore to defend, let this one slide.