Monday, December 1, 2008

Odds and Sods - Just an old sweet song edition...

The horrific Saxby Chambliss TV ads are running every 5 minutes in the Atlanta metro area. Over the holidays, thought I would end up slitting my wrists.

The Georgia Senatorial run-off election is tomorrow, which accounts for the wall-to-wall advertising:

Georgia voters head to the polls Tuesday to determine whether the Democratic dream of a filibuster-resistant Senate is still alive.

They’ll be voting in the closely watched Senate race between Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss and Democrat Jim Martin, which could give Democrats their 59th Senate seat. The Minnesota Senate race, between Republican Sen. Norm Coleman and Democrat Al Franken, has not yet been decided.

Chambliss won 49.8 percent of the vote to Martin’s 46.8 percent on Election Day, but he fell about 8,000 votes short of the majority needed to prevent a runoff.

Chambliss has framed the race as a firewall to prevent unchecked Democratic power, while Martin has closely associated himself with President-elect Barack Obama in hopes of rallying Democrats to the polls in an election that will hinge on which side can turn out its core supporters.

On Monday, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin became the latest high-wattage politician to campaign in Georgia as she traveled the state with Chambliss.

“The eyes of the nation are on you,” Palin told several thousand supporters at a rally in Augusta. “We all have Georgia on our mind.”
The current spate of TV commercials are MEAN, vicious, low-down, old-school dirty politics, wherein the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) claims Martin was "one of three to vote against making it a felony to solicit a child for prostitution," which isn't the truth (see link).

Remember, this is the same unprincipled, unethical politician who won by accusing his opponent, disabled veteran Max Cleland, of lacking patriotism, so I guess I shouldn't be so surprised. But the sheer spectacle is embarrassing and awful, as is the possibility that Chambliss could be re-elected.


National March for Sex Workers Rights! is
Dec. 17, 2008 in Washington DC!

Read more at Ren's (above link) or at Sex Workers Outreach Project.

Also, I'd like to give a shout-out to a sex-worker blog that is new to my blogroll, Star Light Ministries!

Welcome to Deadland, yall!


Let's hope HEROES won't get too maudlin with the disability theme tonight. For those who don't follow the series, Daphne, speedy female version of The Flash, amidst many twists and turns of the narrative, has morphed into someone who walks with crutches. Alas, she is pretty melodramatic about it, and I'm crossing my fingers mightily that this (intriguing) plot twist doesn't turn negative and cliche-ridden, although it threatens to already.

Listening to: Passions - I'm in Love With a German Film Star
via FoxyTunes


John Powers said...

Like everybody I've got buttons and it made me so angry when the Chambliss campaign brought the issue of Martin's daughter being abducted when she was eight into the race. I mean steam comes out my ears just thinking about it. So It's so incredible that sort of campaigning doesn't seem to make more people angry. Martin's record of public service is sterling.

Daisy said...

The NRSC also sponsored a bunch of last-minute Jeremiah Wright ads here in the south, trying to sway the presidential election. The way they get by with this is, the ads aren't "officially approved" by any candidates, the GOP is doing these 'independently'.

I know, the anti-Martin ads made me crazy... and the barrage is everywhere.

ZenDenizen said...

I can't believe they're still milking the Jeremiah Wright ads!

sheila said...

It's really sickening how they can put ads out there that outright lies. It's sick. Especially when they're 'approving them'.

McCain did that throughout his whole campaign. It amazes me how many stupid people believe those things rather than learn the truth. And anyone accepting campaign help from Palin? OMG. Must have a screw loose!

Good luck Georgia! Today, you are on MY mind! May the best Dem win! lol

Daisy said...

Saxby Chambliss wins Georgia runoff


Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss won a resounding victory over Democrat Jim Martin in the Georgia Senate runoff Tuesday, capturing a second term and ending Democratic hopes of gaining a 60-seat filibuster-proof Senate majority.

Chambliss defeated Martin by 16 percentage points, 58 to 42 percent, with 93 percent of precincts reporting. Turnout was moderate across the state– estimated to be around 30-35 percent – a development that unexpectedly played to Chambliss’ advantage.

In the battle to get out the vote, Republicans won decisively. GOP turnout in the party's metropolitan Atlanta suburban strongholds surged for Chambliss, while African-American turnout dropped off significantly from the levels attained in the November election.

The runoff was necessitated after Chambliss came up about 9,000 votes short of the 50 percent threshold necessary to win the seat outright on Election Night.

In his victory speech, Chambliss said his re-election was a triumph of conservative principles.

“This race has been nationalized and people all around the world had their eyes on Georgia. And you delivered tonight a strong message to the world that conservative Georgia values matter,” he said.

Republican National Committee Chairman Mike Duncan, who stood by Chambliss as he gave his victory speech, echoed those remarks.

“As we head into the 2010 cycle, tonight’s result sends a strong and confident message to those committed to electing candidates who stand by the core principles upon which our Party was founded,” he said in a statement.

Scores of Barack Obama’s leading field organizers had been dispatched to Georgia for the runoff, but without Obama’s name on the ballot they were unable to rally enough voters to the polls – particularly for a little-known Democratic politician.

Martin aligned himself closely with Obama, and was hoping that the president-elect would travel to Georgia to campaign for him. But Obama decided not to expend any political capital on a tough race and only taped a one-minute radio ad and a robo-call on Martin’s behalf.

Instead, Martin relied on the help of a variety of politicians and celebrities – ranging from Bill Clinton to the rapper Ludacris – but none were able to drive voter turnout the way an Obama visit would have.

“Barack Obama is not disliked in the state of Georgia. The Obama people understood this campaign was not winnable,” said Georgia based pollster Matt Towery. “He went beyond the call of duty just cutting the robo-calls. That shouldn’t be held against Barack Obama.”

African-Americans account for much of the Democratic base in Georgia, and they showed up in record numbers during the November election. But early voting numbers and turnout patterns in the runoff suggest that black voters did not turn up in nearly the same numbers they did last month.

Meanwhile, Chambliss framed the race as a firewall to prevent unchecked Democratic power, a message that resonated among his core supporters. And in a Republican-leaning state, Chambliss was able to get enough Republicans to return to the polls, aided by a last-minute campaign visit from Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.

The Chambliss campaign’s efforts were bolstered by the RNC, which anticipated the likelihood of a runoff and formulated a detailed game plan one week before the November election to dispatch its resources into Georgia. During the runoff campaign, Chambliss campaign volunteers reached millions of potential Republican voters by phone as part of a voter contact program that met high expectations.

“We combined a strong, conservative candidate in Senator Chambliss with a grassroots effort that leveraged technology to reach millions of Georgians via mail, phone, Internet, and in person,” Duncan said in a statement. “We shared our message of conservative principles and Georgians agreed.”

GOP efforts focused on maximizing turnout in the heavily Republican suburbs of Atlanta, particularly Cobb and Gwinnett counties.

It worked: Chambliss won 64 percent of the vote in Cobb County, compared to his 53 percent performance there in November. In Gwinnett County, Chambliss carried 62 percent of the vote, compared to 53 percent last month.

Chambliss’ victory leaves Democrats with 58 Senate seats, with just the Minnesota Senate race between GOP Sen. Norm Coleman and Democrat Al Franken left undecided.

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