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: Naming names, former Sens. Perdue and Loeffler conspired against democracy

By: - December 20, 2021

Anyone in public life who supported, advocated, justified, participated in, financed or helped to organize the scheme to void the 2020 Electoral College vote, take away the voice of the people, and MacGyver state legislatures into keeping Donald Trump in the White House is guilty of conspiring to end American democracy. History will record that […]


Bookman: Perdue’s candidacy ‘a continuation of the coup attempt and insurrection that Trump launched’

By: - December 9, 2021

Let’s say it straight:  Every Georgia Republican who votes for former Sen. David Perdue in next year’s gubernatorial primary is voting to strangle American democracy and replace it with an arrangement in which elections can be overturned on a whim, just because somebody says so. There is no other rationale for Perdue’s candidacy, no other […]


Bookman: Guilty verdicts in Arbery killing give no pleasure, only relief

By: - November 24, 2021

There’s no pleasure to be taken from the guilty verdicts returned Wednesday by a Glynn County jury in the murder of Ahmaud Arbery; there is only relief and thanksgiving that in the end justice could be done, at least in a case in which the evidence was so well-documented and seemingly obvious. Given that they […]


Bookman: How far will GOP state lawmakers go to use threatened power to extend power?

By: - November 23, 2021

Change occurs very slowly, and then all at once. Certainly, that’s been the experience of Republicans in Gwinnett County. The suburban Atlanta county that had long been dominated by the GOP has almost overnight become Democratic. In the space of four years, for example — just one presidential election cycle — the county commission has […]


Bookman: GOP’s Trump-lite Virginia win hard for Georgia Republicans to duplicate

By: - November 4, 2021

The future of American democracy might have gotten just a wee bit brighter thanks to political news out of Virginia this week. Yes, Democrats got whipped soundly, losing a critical governor’s race in a state that Joe Biden carried by 10 percentage points just a year ago. That’s particularly ominous for Democrats in states such […]


Bookman: Stolen 2020 election myth imposes loyalty test on Republicans

By: - October 21, 2021

The narrative about a stolen election is completely fabricated. None of it is true. None of it happened. None of it, not in Arizona, not in Georgia, not anywhere, none of it. All “evidence” offered to support that narrative is likewise a mirage; it vanishes completely upon closer inspection. It’s just a fiction, a fiction […]


Bookman: Trump’s moment of truth for Georgia GOP at Perry rally was a warning shot

By: - October 7, 2021

In a strange way, Donald Trump is the most honest politician I have ever witnessed. He’s also the most dishonest, of course.  He’ll lie about almost anything, shamelessly, without regard to truth or even plausibility. But it’s funny: He does not lie, almost cannot lie, about his emotions, about his deepest wants and needs. Even […]


Bookman: Eastman memo shows how close Georgia GOP chair came to enabling Trump coup

By: - September 23, 2021

Eleven months after the election, and nine months after the Jan. 6 insurrection attempt, we are only now beginning to understand how organized, intentional and dangerous the Trump coup attempt had been, and how dangerous it remains. Take, for example, the events of Dec. 14 at the Georgia State Capitol. On that date, Democratic electors […]


Bookman: GOP leaders should tell faithful to get vaccinated and quit their damn whining

By: - September 16, 2021

Under current Georgia law, “No child shall be admitted to or attend any school or facility in this state unless the child shall first have submitted a certificate of immunization to the responsible official of the school or facility.” That, my friends, is a government vaccine mandate, and it has been on the books for […]


Bookman: Threats against nurses, school boards rage on as mainstream GOP stands by

By: - September 2, 2021

In a press conference at the state Capitol this week, Georgia’s public health commissioner condemned a campaign of bullying, intimidation and threats directed at health care workers attempting to improve the state’s abysmal vaccination record against COVID- 19. “Many of our line workers are receiving threats, are receiving hostile emails, harassing emails,” Dr. Kathleen Toomey […]


Bookman: Top Trump DOJ official’s letter staked out Georgia as path to a coup

By: - August 4, 2021

On Dec. 28, a top official in the Trump Department of Justice circulated an extraordinary, potentially history-altering letter to his colleagues, writing that “I see no valid downsides” to issuing the letter and proposing that they “get it out as soon as possible.” In that letter, reported this week by ABC News, Jeffrey Clark falsely […]


Bookman: Ralston’s Fulton elections letter a cynical way to stir mistrust

By: - July 22, 2021

It takes a special kind of cynicism to piously bemoan declining faith in American elections while you actively feed and nurture that very same, destructive mistrust. It’s particularly special when you create that mistrust out of fantasies and lies, with absolutely no basis in fact. We got yet another example of that hypocrisy last week, […]