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Saxby Succeeds in Georgia

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Posted on Dec 2, 2008
Saxby Chambliss
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Saxby “Big Daddy” Chambliss has successfully defended his U.S. Senate seat against rival and fraternity brother Jim Martin. After a close contest in the general election, the two were forced into a runoff Tuesday, which Chambliss won handily.

The Democrats now have no avenue to a 60-seat majority in the Senate, though they weren’t expecting one at this point.

AP via Google:

Georgia Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss handed the GOP a firewall against Democrats eager to flex their newfound political muscle in Washington, winning a bruising runoff battle Tuesday night that had captured the national limelight.

Chambliss’ victory thwarted Democrats’ hopes of winning a 60-seat filibuster-proof majority in the Senate. It came after a bitter monthlong runoff against Democrat Jim Martin that drew political luminaries from both parties to the state and flooded the airwaves with fresh attack ads weeks after campaigns elsewhere had ended.

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By Sabagio Mauraeno, December 4, 2008 at 8:03 am Link to this comment

Saxby re-elected? The real surprise would have been if the run-off had been closer.

First things first. Anybody who believes the Democrats could vote as a block with a 60-seat Senate majority still believes in the tooth-fairy. “Party Discipline” among democrats is an unknown.

Second, Georgia has been the backwater of the nation for years. It is the National Anachronism. In most areas of service and sensitivity to the needs of Georgians it ranks last in comparison to the other 49 states. For years,Mississippi held this position in the minds of most of us. It shouldn’t, and hopefully, national pundits and media hacks will get that message, soon. 

Third, Jim Martin didn’t have a chance.  Tis a shame, really.  He and his family have an exemplary record of public service in Georgia going back several generations.  But Atlanta is their base. And the rest of the state still doesn’t like it. On the other hand,Chambliss is a member of the Georgia Good Old Boy Network that is :  anti-Atlanta, anti-intelligence,(Saxby bragged when his portrait was being hung in the UGA library, that for the whole time he was a student at the University of Georgia, he never set foot in it.), promoter of the mythology of the “Southern Way of Life (for some, not all) and current Senate go-pher for the old line power structure with the wealth,influence and plantation mentality that just doesn’t seem to go away, and those newcomer industries relocated from Korea, Japan , Germany and our Northern States so as to benefit from anti-union legislation and tax rebates and incentives sold out of the Governor’s office to the highest bidders.  This New Georgia Coalition usually wins, regardless of a need for political, social and economic change and leadership.  Tis amazing that men like MLK,jr., Jimmy Carter and Sam Nunn achieve national political status and do some real good. Nunn was a nephew of Richard Russell, a Georgia Political Icon, which explains a lot.  Jimmy?  His South Georgia roots and a navy career, plus super brain power got him out and up, despite the odds against him. Saxby? Maybe some day his picture will be hung in a Georgia-sponsored Hall of Shame, but not in our life time.

Sabagio Mauraneo, still living in Decatur, Georgia, but not too proud of it this week.

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By samosamo, December 3, 2008 at 7:55 pm Link to this comment

I put this comment in the video booth post of saxby’s hand grab. This is not about him but it is as an appropriate place as any to comment this again:

Speaking of the senate, guess who ain’t going away?

He will still try for the white house and most probably get it one day and that coveted senate seat. Why? Because the american citizen is so snake fasinated with the bush crime family that they will keep electing them to some office just as the kennedys are elected as some sort of paradigm of truth, justice and the american way when in actuality they are part of the lowest life forms to inhabit the earth.

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By troublesum, December 3, 2008 at 6:48 pm Link to this comment

Betty Isreal
Going to Georgia to campaign for Martin would have made Obama look as if he had an agenda to get passed.  He doesn’t have one.  It would have raised expectations again, and he’s already been burned on that one.  His agenda is to stay the course, at home and abroad.  He doesn’t need 60 seats in the senate for that.

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By don knutsen, December 3, 2008 at 11:51 am Link to this comment
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Score another one for the brain dead, criminal organization that is the modern republican party. Where partisanship is the answer to and the requirement of every member, no matter how damaging and outright wrong-headed the decision may be. The same party that has given us the Bush dynasty of criminality. Tearing down all the things that america had once stood for, all for self-serving greed and a worship of ignorance. Hiding behind their own hypocritical version of organized religious dogma and using that as a tool for the many who prefer or are incapable of thinking for themselves. Whenever they win an election it is because there is still a majority of their constituants that are still proud members of dumbfuckistan, a place Georgia is apparently firmly a part of still.

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By msgmi, December 3, 2008 at 10:46 am Link to this comment
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Chambliss, the 5-time Vietnam era draft dodger is a pitiful microbe of a politician and his mudslinging of Max Cleland, a Viet-hero, is proof of his flawed yellowbelly persona that loves to hawk-talk. Georgia voters deserve his family values.

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By leftyrite, December 3, 2008 at 8:59 am Link to this comment

It is never too late to apologize for an egregious error. Max Cleland, whom Saxby vilified to gain his seat originally, lost a good portion of his body to war. Saxby Chambliss, who has never seen war personally, talks the usual rightwing talk, and went beyond even the general tenor of that chicken hawkiness to impugn Cleland’s patriotism and judgment.  (Judgment!! Can you believe that?).
Well, Chambliss, you’ve proved yet again that you are from a backward part of our indivisible nation. But, maybe, doing your best Foghorn Leghorn imitation, you could belatedly apologize, as an act even of false largess, to a man who is your moral superior. Maybe he would even forgive you.

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By Leisure Suit Larry, December 3, 2008 at 8:52 am Link to this comment
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No fan of “Big Daddy” BUT I am thankful the D party did not achieve a 60 seat majority

Anyone who thinks D’s can be trusted doesn’t remember the Johnson years.

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By CarolC, December 3, 2008 at 8:45 am Link to this comment
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While visiting in Georgia in October and wearing my Obama pins, I saw both the “old” south and the new. The piercing looks of hatred and comments like “He is the anti-Christ” were there as usual, but so too were those showing obvious, clear support for Obama. With the Saxby win, I think the “old” south was more determined to send a message after the Obama win and more of them showed up for this second election. I still think there is hope for change in Georgia.

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By Can O' Whoopass, December 3, 2008 at 8:08 am Link to this comment
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I guess the crosses will burn tonight.

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By Betty Israel, December 3, 2008 at 7:41 am Link to this comment
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Obviously, Obama did not see the urgency or significance in campaigning for Martin so as to reach the 60 seat majority in the Senate.  I reject the notion that he was too busy to jet to Atlanta for one rally and return to IL that same day. In addition, it would take him not Martin to make the case that Martin is needed in Congress to bring help him implement his agenda as president.  I can’t believe that not Obama or Biden took their skinny a_____ to Georgia.  Anyhody in politics know that Republicans always do better in run off elections.

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By Lester333, December 3, 2008 at 7:23 am Link to this comment
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Saxby Chambliss is a rotten sycophant who will do anything to get elected.  He is shameless.  “Big Daddy”  is a typical moniker for the wearers of the white hooded sheets.  His ads were the most vile and the lowest of the lows.  Jim Martin could never have done some of the things he was accused of.  Max Cleland was also scorched by Mr. Shameless.  Chambliss makes me sick to my stomach to even watch him.  I would like to face him one day and ask him a question in front of the press.  How do you live with your self. you bastard?

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By Inherit The Wind, December 3, 2008 at 3:20 am Link to this comment

Chambliss’s message was simple: “Hep me keep the n*****s and commie lib’rals fum roonin’ th’ United States”

Naturally, in Georgia, it still works.

Not EVERYTHING in this election was good news.  Guess the Dems will have to work harder to convince the ethical Republicans to do what’s RIGHT for America and put the nation before their party.  There still are a few who might…..

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By Chapeau, December 3, 2008 at 1:13 am Link to this comment
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I’m a Georgian .. and I’m here to say that I’m ashamed of the red-knecked bigotry that still exists in our State! 

Chambliss and everything he stands for goes against he American ideal and the American dream.  He is a bigot. 

He is not only a bigot but a racist bigot!

I am ashamed to be a citizen of Georgia—with this a$$hole representing me!

For fu$ks sake—God have mercy on us all!

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By samosamo, December 3, 2008 at 12:59 am Link to this comment

This should not be as bad news as it may seem. I have a feeling that if the dems had gained the 60 seats they wanted that they would have been unable to use it for the benefit of the people much less their own miserable party. Thoroughly saturated with ineptness they would have frittered that 60 seat advantage away, whatever it could have done for them and having them in charge is just about as scary as the republicans in charge because neither party is working for the people, just those goddamn lobbyists who have been and will continue to sell out the american people. And that is where the 60 seats MAY have done some good in building up a very workable set of regulations dealing with the lobbyists, an area of government that if controlled right would set up an easier path to getting real governmental work done for the country and the people. But unfortunately, that is not what government is about any more, is it?

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