Ian Bridgeforth, in The Examiner:
With 2010 right around the corner (literally), it is expected that all the talking heads and pundits will be zeroing in on the elections next fall. The cable networks will be buzzing about whether Republicans or Democrats will be the dominant party come November 2010. But this time, they might be missing the mark on this one.
Focusing on the 2010 race for Governor here in Georgia, there could very possibly be a party change. No, not from Republican to Democrat, but from Republican to Libertarian.
John Monds, an African-American Libertarian, is arguably the biggest rising star in the Libertarian party right now. In the 2008 race for Public Service Commission, District 1, Monds collected over one million votes, the highest amount of votes for a Libertarian candidate, not just in Georgia, but in the history of the United States.
Ultimately, Monds lost, but there is something to note here. In the race, he was facing not a Democratic candidate, but a candidate from the GOP. If there are over one million people who are so turned off by the current state of the Republican Party, then whoever wins the GOP primary for governor next year should be a little worried.
Because if they run a mediocre, typical, Democrat-Republican back and forth bickering style campaign, Monds could really steal the show.
Conservatives have been saying for a while that there needs to be a new party in control and Monds might be the guy to lead that charge.
What proves even more interesting is that Monds could not only steal votes from the Republican Party, but he could also get Democratic votes by chipping off the heavily Democratic African-American vote. He already has the backing of various NAACP chapters as well as his own black fraternity, Omega Psi Phi.
It might be a long shot, but Monds could prove to be upset that no one has foreseeing. Much of Georgia is tired of both parties, Republican and Democrat, and Monds just might be the answer that they were looking for.