I don't think GA-12 Congressman John Barrow is the most electable candidate for Saxby Chambiss's open GA senate seat, despite articles like this one in Salon
The potential for the Democratic Party of Georgia is in changing demographics here, which are trending toward a more progressive electorate. The Democratic Party is in terrible shape because it is not even contesting elections. The right-wing Dixiecrats have left the party permanently. We're not going to win them back, except in rare one-on-one instances.
The future of the party is the same diverse coalition which defines the Democratic Party elsewhere: minorities, young people, environmentalists, labor, progressives, and all the other parts of the coaliton.
We need to be energizing that base in Georgia. I'm not talking about emulating the Tea Party suicide run. The candidate needs to be a pragmatic progressive, not a fire-breather. But it needs to be a clearly progressive person who can generate the enthusiasm which leads to door-knocking, leafletting, and phone banking.
John Barrow is not that candidate. I'll campaign for him if he runs and wins the primary, but I do not think he's even the most electable candidate, much less the best one.
I've written more about thishere on Bluestate Georgia.