Chambliss defeats Martin

Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) took the great state of Georgia like Sherman. He resoundingly defeated Democrat Jim Martin in a scorched earth campaign that dashes the Progressive hopes of a guaranteed filibuster proof Senate on the rocks.

From Newsmax
ATLANTA — 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 month long 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.

With 88 percent of precincts reporting, Chambliss had 58 percent of the vote to Martin's 41 percent. The early returns came mostly from rural counties where Republicans traditionally wield significant sway in a still-overwhelmingly red state. None of the urban Democratic strongholds had yet reported results an hour after the polls closed. read more...

Chambliss's victory, while important, is both a major and minor and minor event at the the sametime. On the surface, it somewhat guarantees that Progressives will not have their filibuster proof majority. However, they still have many options.

There is the Republican appeaser factor. Some Republicans will, almost certainly, side with Progressives on certain issues and vote against their caucus. Thereby nullifying the filibuster option and giving the Progressive led Congress their 2/3's majority to invoke cloture. To overcome this, the Republican Minority Whip, Jon Kyl, will have to work overtime.

The Independents. Senator Joe Lieberman of Connecticut, who caucuses with Democrats, will more than likely vote with the members of the Senate Democrats on the more notable legislation. And there is Socialist Bernie Sanders of Vermont, it is not even worth considering who he will side with.

The last is the little known or talked about, Budget Reconciliation Process. In its basics, "the reconciliation process is utilized when Congress issues directives to legislate policy changes in mandatory spending (entitlements) or revenue programs (tax laws) to achieve the goals in spending and revenue contemplated by the budget resolution." "First used in 1980, this process was used at the end of a fiscal year to enact legislation to fine tune revenue and spending levels through legislation that could not be filibustered in the Senate."

The Senate numbers now stand as Democrats 56 plus 2 Independents to the Republicans holding 42 seats. Norm Coleman's seat, in Minnesota, is still being contested by village idiot, talentless comedian, and libtard at large, Al Franken.

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