Matt Towery

And here is the kicker: Every demographic -- ranging from men, women, African-Americans, Whites, you name it -- favored Reed's action by a large margin. For example, African-Americans favored his removal of the protesters by 67 percent. Oh, and those "youngest voters" who seemed to dominate the pictures on the news, well, 62 percent of those "young rebels" approved of Reed's handling of the "Occupy Atlanta" group, as well.

Could it be that those who took to the streets weren't voters? Could it be they weren't representative of African-Americans, who have disproportionately been hurt by the decline in both the national and Atlanta economy? Maybe folks didn't like seeing a gentleman among the protesters carrying an assault rifle. Or just maybe Kasim Reed recognized what most mayors in America are coming to grips with -- that these are a collection of all sorts of malcontents who, if not protected from their own bad judgment, will freeze to death once the first of Atlanta's cold autumn and winter nights comes to pass.

The most laughable part of the entire story was one tired, old civil rights "leader" stating that he would start a recall effort against Reed. He claims to speak for the same crowd that, when the protests first started, were literally too ignorant to recognize a true civil rights icon, Rep. John Lewis, whom they booed and refused to allow to speak to them.

Atlanta has been the home to many great black mayors over the years -- Maynard Jackson, Andy Young and Shirley Franklin, just to name a few. Add to that list now the mayor who seems to have managed best in dealing best with the "Occupy" forces in this nation. His name is Kasim Reed, and it doesn't look like he will have any problem with that recall threat ... not by a mile!


Matt Towery

Matt Towery is a pollster, attorney, businessman and former elected official. He served as campaign strategist for Congressional, Senate, and gubernatorial campaigns. His latest book is Newsvesting: Use News and Opinion to Grow Your Personal Wealth. Follow him on Twitter @MattTowery


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