The politics of preparedness

Democrats heap blame on Republican governor, but implicate rising Democratic star in criticism at same time

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal

The Democratic Governor’s Association unveiled Friday a new online advertisement accusing Gov. Nathan Deal of falling “asleep at the wheel” during Tuesday’s snow storm that left the state’s largest metropolitan area paralyzed with thousands of commuters stranded throughout the night on icy roads.

A montage of grainy, darkened news clips on the epic gridlock Atlanta suffered this week, the 90-second spot opens with a body blow: Fox News anchor Bill Hemmer asking the governor, “did you screw this up?” before freezing on a befuddled-looking Deal.

Deal faces reelection this fall and the DGA is bullish about state Sen. Jason Carter’s challenge, with at least one survey showing the Democrat within striking distance of the incumbent.

In a severely-worded statement, a DGA spokesman said that the state’s response to the storm demonstrated Deal’s inadequacy at his “most basic responsibility: keeping your people safe.”

“Deal’s failure to do his job put students, teachers, emergency responders, and working people at risk,” Danny Kenner, DGA communications director, said. “No matter what he says now, Georgian’s won’t soon forget his horrifying display of incompetence.”

Of course, the DGA’s criticism of Reed is arguably applicable to the mayor of the city at the heart of the debacle, Democrat Kasim Reed, who was at an awards ceremony in his honor at the time the first flurries were falling across the region.

WATCH the ad below the fold.

December 2, 2013