Saxby Chambliss holds off Democratic super majority

One bright spot for the GOP this year, well perhaps bright is relative, was the incumbent senator Saxby Chambliss’ victory over his Democratic challenger in the special runoff election.

Report from Politico:

Fresh off his runoff victory Tuesday night, Georgia Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss credited Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin with firing up his base.

“I can’t overstate the impact she had down here,” Chambliss said during an interview Wednesday morning on Fox News.

“When she walks in a room, folks just explode,” he added. “And they really did pack the house everywhere we went. She’s a dynamic lady, a great administrator, and I think she’s got a great future in the Republican Party.”

Chambliss said that after watching her campaign on his behalf at several events Monday, he does not see her star status diminishing within the party.

The Republican also thanked John McCain and the other big name Republicans that came to Georgia, but said Palin made the biggest impact.

“We had John McCain and Mike Huckabee and Gov. Romney and Rudy Giuliani, but Sarah Palin came in on the last day, did a fly-around and, man, she was dynamite,” he said. “We packed the houses everywhere we went. And it really did allow us to peak and get our base fired up.”

But as Chambliss heaped praise on Palin and other big-ticket Republicans that came to Georgia on his behalf, he questioned why President-elect Barack Obama would not use his star power to aid his Democratic opponent Jim Martin.

“I have no idea why he didn’t come down,” Chambliss said.

“His people were here. His organization was here,” he added. “They really did a good job in the general election of turning out people. And whatever their game plan was this time, if he had been here, I have no idea whether it would have worked better.”

Report from CBS News:

Now we’re simply awaiting results from Minnesota between Franken and Coleman. Still seems it could go either way.

  • Congradulations!

    I had no doubt that this was going to be the result. So Georgia has their man Babs. Hopefully he gives you all the results that you’ve hoped for. 🙂

  • Bill Hedges

    Saxby win and Nate’s visit to his site are great news. Hope they are both back to stay.

    Saxby may be expected to win in this State normally. However, with Obama winning in Republican States, I see it as an expected win for Obama.

    Saxby gives high praise to Sarah. Was not that long ago some say she hide from the media. Now appears at the top of our party at least today. A shinning star.

    Speaking of Obama,“I have no idea why he didn’t come down,” Chambliss said…Could it be fear of Republican win ? And a win for Sarah and lose for Obama ? Sarah is not that same person she was those few months ago. Hopefully, the Republican party is not either

  • Babs

    One could say Saxby was the favored to win because Ga is a red state, but that wouldn’t be accurate in my opinion. We’re a strange bunch in Georgia, we’ll turn against a politician in our own state if you don’t represent us the way we want to be represented. He’s been in a little trouble here for voting for the bailout, but then so did McCain and obama so that wasn’t an issue in the runoff – although Jim Martin tried to make it the main issue. Which was hilarious, considering his ads touted “Send Jim Martin to Washington so he can “help” barack obama with his “agenda”, then in the same breath slammed Saxby for voting for the bailout. As if obama didn’t, and still wants more.

    If anything, obama hurt Jim Martin’s chance. Ga. sees obama as a far left liberal, Martin would have faired better to move to the middle.

    Sarah did excite voters everywhere she went with spill over crowds. The closest anyone else came to that was McCain. I don’t think that Romney nor Huckabee drew nearly those kinds of crowds. In fact, I heard that one rally Romney did only about 100 people showed up. It sounded like a Joe the Biden rally. *L*

    As to obama not coming down, remember he gave up on Georgia early on in the general when he realized his magic didn’t work on us. I think he didn’t want to associate himself with a losing campaign. Image and all, you know.

    At any rate, the major consensus of voters was that it didn’t matter if you were democrat or republican in this runoff. THE issue was to prevent a filibuster proof congress from taking over the country, and we prevented that soundly.

    Georgia rednecks ain’t so dumb as folks think. You’re welcome, America. 😉

  • JD

    glitch with my browser… next comment

  • JD

    Babs – “prevent a filibuster proof congress from taking over the country, and we prevented that soundly.”

    Damn, Georgia stopped us. lol. Congrats on the win 🙂 I have to agree that a filibuster proof congress is not what we need right now.

    Actually, I have been impressed with how co-operative the GOP and the DNC have been in congress. We’ll see how long that lasts.

  • Babs

    They seemed to work very well at the senate finance committee hearings with the big 3 today. So much so I wasted 6 hours watching the whole thing. Dodd actually gets kudos from me today, and that’s a rarity.

  • Bill Hedges


    I disagree with you. Some have said that’s impossible. But on this point I do…. “Dodd actually gets kudos from me today, and that’s a rarity.” Of course you have right to your opionion.

    I believe Dodd was all show for the public. I give kudos to Dodd when he enters prision for a long well deserved rest

    I do not think Dodd is 100% rotten man. That he only does all bad thing. He is conning in hearing. The old shell game

    What we have with Big Three is political correctness. The term “Golden Parachute” is an example. Does Congress have right to cancel a legal contract ? It is a empty flash grapper to say to public Congress means business. Congress ls doing their job. Congress is indebted to Big 3, UAW, etc. for their donations and block votes.

    Vast amount of people voiced their dislike of the 1st past bail-out.Democrats in Congress could esaliy had passed, but knew cotraversial aspect. Demanding Republican come aboard. I am not familar with that happening before. This is political cover going on in Congress. ” 2 out of 3 in latest poll want no more bail out money for big Three”, according to Karl Rove on O’Reily

    If Big 3 go through bankruptcy they will be more lean and better able to operate as foreign car makers do in America. Howerever wages, benefits, retirement plans, contracts, health plans, UAW, etc., will be adverely affected. Bad for Democrats in Congress.

    Babs we know Dodd is in political hot water. Him showing back bone and fighting hard for our tax dollar, as well as hardball with Big three just does not give him any believability with me.

    If Dodd was fighting for bankruptcy I would agree with you. Since I watched none of the hearing I assume he was not. Believe Dodd was asking hard questions for changes from within before getting our money.

    For my given reasons I give Dodd no kudos

  • Bill Hedges


    I felt ashamed because I did not watch any and you watched 6 hours. I am amazed you watched for 6 hours. Tonight I watched maybe 15 minutes. I watched 2 Democrats and they were something else. It made me sick.

    One asked a questions and only wanted raised hands. Nothing else. No clarification allowed. He asked various questions if having American car makers was national security issue. I would raise my hand to that question and I don’t believe in bail out.

    Second one wanted to put public money loan as first lean. On property that already had a lean. Even I know you can’t do that. And if they were able to do that, it would destroy our system. As the panelist expect said.

    These folks pass bills. At least Reid said they did not have the votes to bail out Big three,,,now.

    I wasted 15 minutes. You wasted 6 hours. You’re more dedicated to learning than I

  • Babs

    *LOL* Don’t feel ashamed, Bill, you have a right to your opinion, and I agree with everything you say about Dodd. I had expected Dodd to act as usual and run the meeting with all the bias he normally shows, but after watching the whole thing, he surprised me. Not that I didn’t know he was biased, just that he held his tongue and actually gave kudos himself to Sen. Kocker (sp?) from Tenn. on his hard line of questioning. There were only 2 democrats that were simply in the tank for the Big 3 and even more so for the union, but the majority – both republican and democrat – imposed McCain’s favorite method – some straight talk. Even Schummer from NY said he didn’t trust them with the money.

    And as an afterthought, I think some of Dodd’s neutrality might have come from his outspoken anger that Paulson didn’t show up at the meeting when he was strongly urged to. Many of them strongly believed that the money for the big 3 should be in the form of loans from these banks that have been given billions and done nothing with it. They have, in fact, exacerbated the problem by not freeing up loans to dealers or consumers for buying. I enjoyed watching the whole thing, because there was a lot of true emotion in it from everywhere.

  • Bill Hedges


    I later watched the Tenn. Congressman. I too liked him. I heard many good Democrats. I must have watched the two worse the first time I saw the hearing. I just hope they follow through and is not just talk.

    I can see why Paulson is a no show. They tried to force him to use some of the $700 billion bail out for Big Three. Taking pressure off Congress. Democrats coming down hard on Big Three can only lose votes and donations. Let Paulson do it. Making him the fall guy. He’s gone Jan. 20.. He doesn’t need it. I think he sees through these guys. Bet Paulson talks when he leaves, I hope. And writes a tell all book. His and Sarah books I would/will read

    I am negative on so many in Congress. Frank and Dodd are doing the Countries protection ? NOW !! I don’t see it. I see a plow to cover the past with good patriotic determination by protection of our money. “Poticially correct”. “Apple pie” Hoping they do not end up in jail. Shell game (Distract our eyes).

    I just saw some of the White House Christmas trees (many, many, many). Done by artist around America. WOW. Had a White House made of white Chocolate. Hum-Hum

    Some of these Congress people are so out-of-touch. Reid was opening a new portion to Congress for entering the building. Way over budget. He told a joke inculding how tourist smelled bad. That rattled in my brain

  • Babs

    The gist of the Paulson situation as I got it was that they thought the $700 Billion they had already authorized should have alliviated a lot of the Big 3’s problems. They also had a representative on the panel for the car dealers, and the big complaint all across the table was that the banks got the bailout, but still wouldn’t lend money to car buyers or dealers for their floor plan. It came out that auto leasing is dead in the water because of these banks, and that accounted for nearly 20% of their normal revenue. The Senate was generally of the opinion that if the bank bailout had worked the way it was supposed to they wouldn’t be talking to the Big 3, and they were all pretty mad about that. I agree with them, the banks that are sitting on hundreds of billions of our taxpayer money should be made to bail them out.

    Harry Reid needs to just sit down.

  • Bill Hedges

    Ill. Governor arrested for trying to sell Obama’s Senate seat and other illegal acts. Wire tapes were placed in Governor’s office and home. The tradition of Chicago’s politics continues. Lincoln has been dead too long. Hopefully the Governor will turn State evidence to lessen his jail time, so Illionis political criminals and whoever else can be thrown in jail as well.

    New plan for Big 3 Three is tough ! With Frank and others saying that, how could I not believe ?? I don’t believe. I want a Judge known for honesty.

  • Bill Hedges

    I wanted to post the link to this Governor scandal but don’t know how to do it. How is it done ?

  • Babs

    From whatever page you’re reading the article, go to the address line on the screen and highlight and copy the address. Paste it into your post. Like this:

  • Bill Hedges

    Caylee Anthony (maybe) body found 1/4 mile from house. Area under water (3 ft.) when search occured. Wrapped in plastic and duct tape around mouth and skull. This woman did not report the child missing for a month. This party girl will party no more if there is a God.

    Big suprise. Although House passed Big 3 bail out, the Senate has a spine and said NO. UAW was unwilling to be serious about wage and benefit cuts. Years ago when a car manufacture was bailed out, major cuts occured..

    No pre-determined bankruptcy by Congress. Just plain old bankruptcy. Let’s not come back and bail out again. Keep Congress out

  • Bill Hedges

    “Madoff arrested in alleged Ponzi scheme
    Ex-Nasdaq chairman, investor charged with securities fraud, FBI says
    By Alistair Barr & Ronald D. Orol, MarketWatch
    Last update: 8:48 p.m. EST Dec. 11, 2008Comments: 473SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — Bernard Madoff, former Nasdaq Stock Market chairman and founder of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC, was arrested and charged with securities fraud Thursday in what federal prosecutors called a Ponzi scheme that could involve losses of more than $50 billion.
    Mminal complaint filed on Thursday and cited by the Journal, Madoff “deceived investors by operating a securities business in which he traded and lost investor money, and then paid certain investors purported returns on investment with the principal received from other, different investors, which resulted in losses of approximately billions of dollars.” ”

    Good work F.B.I.

  • Babs

    Corker did a great job working on the auto bailout. He keeps this up, he may outshine Sarah Palin in the GOP. Good common business sense – kudos to him.

  • Bill Hedges

    By DEB RIECHMANN, Associated Press Writer

    “He called for elimination of a “jobs bank” program — negotiated by the United Auto Workers and the companies — under which laid-off workers can receive about 95 percent of their pay and benefits for years. Early this month, the UAW agreed to suspend the program”
    With car manufacturer closed a month, workers will receive 95 % of pay by this rule.

    Just one of required demands Bush made. A necessary part in getting me to accept this agreement.

    I do not like the bail out, but I do not want all Big 3 to go out of business. I understand the high pay of all workers will be lowered by March. If done,I can accept it.

    Other contractual obligations are to be changed as I understand.

    Look to see Obama under pressure to change this from his loyal voting UAW workers