Saxby Wins by 14 points!

by Sal on December 3, 2008

in Election 2008,Politics

Sen. Saxby Chambliss defeated Jim Martin by a landslide 14 point spread in a runoff election held in Georga yesterday.  I remember back in 2002, when Mary Landreau (D-LA) won her run-off election, the pundits were saying that it was a repudiation of the Republican victories in 2002, and proved that there was no mandate.  I do not hear or read similar commentary in the Drive-By Media today.

Chambliss’ victory keeps the Democrats at a maximum of 57 seats (with two independents Caucusing with them for a total of 59) if Al Frankenstein can steal the election in Minnesota.  In all likelihood, assuming Coleman retains his seat, the Democrats will wind up with a 58-seat majority.  This is not great news for the GOP, but it does give them some wiggle-room to block the most offensive legislation.  While the Democrats may be able to peal off Olympia Snowe, Susan Columns, Lindsey Graham, John McCain, and Arlen Specter for some votes, on other really offensive legislation, the Republicans should be able to pick a fight and block the Democrats using the filibuster.  There is also the possibility of pealing away Democrat “moderates” such as Joe Lieberman, Jim Webb, and Bob Casey, as well as red-state Democrats, such as Mary Landreau, Blanche Lincoln, and others.

Jim Geraghty points out that Obama was most likely worth 11 points to Jim Martin.  The Democrat sweep in November was clearly more due to economic circumstances and personality than to any widespread mandate for the liberal agenda.  While the Democrats have earned the right to try to pass what they will, they should proceed cautiously, for America will not be tolerant of a radical shift to the left.

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