Jay Bookman

Jay Bookman

Jay Bookman covered Georgia and national politics for nearly 30 years for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, earning numerous national, regional and state journalism awards. He has been awarded the National Headliner Award and the Walker Stone Award for outstanding editorial writing, and is the only two-time winner of the Pulliam Fellowship granted by the Society of Professional Journalists. He is also the author of "Caught in the Current," published by St. Martin's Press.


Bookman: Fulton indictments coming in 2020 election probe, just not reeling big fish

By: - February 15, 2023

There will be indictments. They are coming at the federal level – you don’t subpoena a former vice president in a high-profile criminal case unless and until prosecutions are likely — and they are coming at the state level here in Georgia. At least, I think so. That prediction is not based on leaks. To […]


Bookman: Newt Gingrich is father of today’s compromise-is-surrender GOP politics

By: - February 2, 2023

In an NBC News poll last month, just 23% of Americans said they believe the country is headed in the right direction. Among Republicans, just 7% liked the way things are going. (Among Democrats it was 41%.) In any country with such deep discontent within a major faction, this one included, it shouldn’t be a […]


Bookman: If Georgia GOP thinks life starts at conception, why allow ‘murder’ for six weeks?

By: - January 19, 2023

If you honestly, sincerely believe that human life begins at the moment that sperm is introduced to egg, certain conclusions flow logically from that starting point, including that abortion is murder and that banning abortion is a moral obligation on a par with banning slavery.  I strongly disagree with that approach, but I understand it, […]


Bookman: Beyond defeating Abrams, Kemp second-term agenda MIA

By: - January 5, 2023

Brian Kemp has won a second term as governor without telling us what he wants to accomplish in that second term. OK, that’s not quite true. Just by winning, he has already kept his biggest campaign promise, the promise that served as the basis of his entire re-election bid: “Stacey Abrams is not going to […]


Bookman: Georgia’s gift to Trump is a lump of coal in stocking

By: - December 15, 2022

When the history books about Donald Trump are written – and believe me, there will be many – Georgia will have earned a place of pride. It’s only a mild exaggeration to say that Georgia has been to Trump what Waterloo was to Napoleon, what Saratoga was to King George and his redcoats, what Gettysburg […]


Bookman: Marjorie Taylor Greene moves in same circles as Trump’s anti-Semitic dinner guests

By: - December 1, 2022

We should talk a bit about Nick Fuentes, the far-right leader who recently dined with Donald Trump and Kanye West at Mar-a-Lago. News accounts have described Fuentes as an anti-Semite, but that does not fully capture the vileness of the man or the danger that Trump courts by giving him credibility. According to Fuentes, American […]


Bookman: Walker’s backers likely prefer DeSantis over Trump on Senate campaign trail

By: - November 17, 2022

Donald Trump personally hand-selected Herschel Walker to be his candidate for U.S. senator, hoping that Walker would serve as the instrument through which Trump could reassert political dominance over Georgia and erase the embarrassment of his 2020 loss.  So Trump wooed Walker, he flattered Walker, he publicly pressured Walker to pick up and move here […]


Bookman: Brian Kemp’s brand of Republican no longer plays on national stage

By: - November 3, 2022

Time and again on the campaign trail, Gov. Brian Kemp has made it clear that he sees his mission as two-fold, “to make sure Stacey Abrams ain’t gonna be our governor — or the next president.” It’s an effective bit of rhetoric, testament to the Republicans’ strategy of treating Abrams not as another state-level politician […]


Bookman: Top Republicans embrace Marjorie Taylor Greene’s violent rhetoric

By: - October 20, 2022

In a recent campaign video, U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, Republican from Georgia, likened Democrats to destructive feral hogs allowed to range free and destroy the American countryside.  But Marjorie had a solution:  As the camera followed her, she grabbed a rifle and climbed aboard a waiting helicopter, where she tracked down and shot a […]


Bookman: How much is too much for Herschel Walker’s ‘family-values’ voters?

By: - October 5, 2022

You can tell Herschel Walker was raised right. After all, only a gentleman would think to send a “Get well” card – hand-signed, from #34! — to the girlfriend whose abortion he had just financed. That’s classy, or as close to classy as you’re going to find in this mess. It is not classy to […]


Bookman: National politics, career arcs explain why Kemp polls ahead of Abrams

By: - September 22, 2022

I follow polls. I study polls. I look to polls for insight into how people outside my immediate circle might be thinking about things.  But no, I do not trust polls. If you trust something you put faith in it. Trust implies a readiness to make decisions based on what those polls tell you, and […]


Bookman: Fulton DA builds 2020 election conspiracy story from bottom to top

By: - September 8, 2022

I don’t think Georgia is prepared for what’s coming its way. I don’t know how it could be, not with the most important and controversial trial in American history looming in its not-too-distant future. Now, maybe that trial will never happen. After months of investigative work into an alleged criminal conspiracy to interfere with and […]