Saxby’s decline

Insider Advantage has an article on the decline of Saxby Chambliss:

What went wrong with Saxby Chambliss’ campaign that his lead in a race he was expected to win handily now is within the margin of error in polling? Some Republicans already are blaming strategist Tom Perdue for an effort they claim lacked luster, organization and vision. Perdue, who acknowledged Wednesday that a runoff is “a possibility,” said the forces at play in this election were beyond anyone’s control.
“It has nothing to do with (Democrat) Jim Martin,” said Perdue. “Anybody who was on the ballot would be where he is right now.”
When the year began, no one took Chambliss’ re-election task very seriously, and, indeed, Democrats had a hard time coming up with a “name” candidate to put forward against him. One of them had such a tough time gaining traction that he hauled himself up a tower in the dead of winter to attract attention.
But this has been anything but a conventional year in national politics, and the battle for Chambliss’ seat has been exactly the same.

Check out the alarmist rhetoric that Perdue pushes here:

“Nobody knew that within 36 hours banks were going to start failing around the world, and that’s what happened. And for roughly 10 days, not only our country, but most of the countries in the world, were in free fall. And our campaign momentum came to almost a stop. And that’s when the national Democrats capitalized on it, and that’s when they took control of the Martin campaign,” the strategist said.

That is so over the top. That’s why the federal government is bailing out banks that are in no financial trouble at all.
Perdue is catching part of the heat for the poor campaign Chambliss has run. He turned down help from the RSCC and the ads have been ineffective. According to the article, unidentified Republicans sources say it looks like Perdue is running a “running a bad state House race,” calling it “embarrassing campaign.” But check out these two comments:

“Saxby’s reputation is that he’s spent six years in Washington playing golf. He’s gone on lots of trips. He hasn’t done the down-and-dirty constituent work.
“Saxby bragged about it his first four years – how much golf he was getting in. It was a real problem and it irked a lot of people.”

Wow. Must be nice. If I were Martin and Buckley, I would hammer that in Sunday’s debate and begin running ads with it.
IA closes the article with this comment from Perdue:

As for Chambliss’ affinity for the links, he said, “Saxby’s not played golf in this campaign – at least to my knowledge, he hasn’t. He’s worked as hard this race as in 2002. Where he’s catching the criticism from is from some who don’t feel he really should work with the Democrats – remember the “Gang of 10” and then the “Gang of 20” – to lower the price of oil.”

Part of the Gang of 10 proposal (same as the Gang of 20) was a $30 billion tax increase on oil companies. Where do Tom Perdue and Sen. Saxby Chambliss think that increase was going to go? It would have been paid for by consumers with increased prices.

5 Comments on “Saxby’s decline”

  1. Suxby has the same problem as most Republicans. They had complete control and screwed it up. They have thrown money away with both hands and made fiscal conservatives irate.
    Personally I wish every Senator for the past 50 years had spent 100% of his/her time on the golf course. The real problems happen when they get together and dream up ways to piss away my money.

  2. The Gang of 10 and the Gang of 20 were the worst things that any Senator did this term. They agreed that a small group would control the Senate on their own terms, and vote as a unified bloc for items that they may or may not have agreed with.
    I have never really liked the Senate rule for requiring 60 to cut off debate, but the Gang of 20 even subverted that.
    Voting blocs are so like the coalition governments of Europe that it is no wonder that we continue to slide towards socialism. I will never vote for anybody who was a member of either Gang.

  3. I thought I had a patent on use of the term “Suxby.” I agree with Dutch that Republicans had their chance & blew it. I voted for Jim Martin a couple of weeks ago. My mind told me to vote for Buckley, but I think back to Sandy Thomas & decided to hurt Suxby doubly hard.
    My vote for Martin was similar to baseball. If you’re 2GB & play the first place team, you win & you’re 1GB. If you win against someone else, you have to hope someone else beats the team you’re chasing to gain ground.
    If there’s a runoff, I don’t know if I’ll vote. The truth is, I find both to be party puppets. I already think Suxby’s a bad senator, so does it really matter?
    I know, the courts yadda, yadda, yadda. But I’m facetiously serious (oxymoronic, I know) in thinking that a promise to slip in some agriculture pork might make him a swing vote in a hypothetical situation.
    Under no circumstances can I vote for Chambliss again. If we’re going to have a big gov’t senator, let’s let him be a Democrat. Otherwise, we’ll continue to ultimately have one party: The Party of Big Gov’t.

  4. Joe, Dutch & Danny all hit the right buttons! What went wrong was Saxby failing to live up to conservative expectations.
    If you’re gonna get a democrat, you may as well vote for one. Tossing the bums out has its dangers, like a Dem super majority. If we must have a revolution – and I predict one is coming over democratic socialist domination of the government – then let the people see and experience how bad things will get.
    If we simply return the same scoundrels who betrayed us, the people have no more representation than we have now. Gang of 10 or 20, Immigration, Bail-out, ‘Me-Too’ growth of government … refusal to represent the people of your own state, THAT is what happened.

  5. You are correct Mr. Stanley.
    With the likely Democrat domination of the government and the socialistic leanings of those in control our lives are going to get very interesting very quickly. Many people won’t even see it coming. It will be as a thief in the night. Coming to our door with a smile and taking all we have and we let it happen because of a smiling face and a good story. One day people will study our time and shake their heads at our feeble understanding of our surroundings.

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