Skip to comments.Regarding Saxby Chambliss
Posted on 11/28/2012 8:53:45 AM PST by IbJensen
Saxby Chambliss is waffling around like a dog off its leash for the first time.
He says he does not care about a twenty year old pledge he signed. Hes talking about the Americans for Tax Reform pledge that says he pledges not to raise taxes. He has clarified his remarks to mean he wants tax reform that increases revenue through job growth.
Everyone knows that Saxby meant he was happy to raise taxes. Now, under pressure back home, he is waffling. He covets his seat in Washington and is fearful of being primaries. Georgia has primary run-offs, whichs means he can be taken out. He cannot bring himself to say he wants to raise revenue through changing in the tax code that will cause taxes to go up, so he dances around. Behind the scenes, we all know he will work to structure a proposal that increases taxes on Americans, but hell cleverly make sure there are enough votes so he can vote against it. He is active and has been actively complicit with Mark Warner (D, VA) and others on raising taxes.
I started working on Saxby Chamblisss campaign in 1994, the year he beat Craig Mathis. Mathis, who still has a bumper sticker stuck to a light pole next to Vineville Baptist Church in Macon, Georgia, ran as a typical Southern Democrat. Saxby campaigned that Mathis would join Bill Clinton in raising taxes on the American people. A symbol of his commitment to not raise taxes was the Americans for Tax Reform pledge. Saxby won in the 1994 Republican wave with a brilliant campaign manager named Rob Leeburn, who went on to be his Chief of Staff for a number of years.
In the campaigns of 1994, 1996, 1998, and 2000 all of which I actively volunteered on his campaign so much so that I had a key to the office and occasionally slept on the nasty, but incredibly comfortable couch in the back office Chambliss kept an oversized copy of his ATR pledge at the front door of his campaign office. When his signature would begin to fade, hed re-sign the pledge on top of his old signature.
In the seventeen years Saxby Chambliss has been in Congress, expenditures have outpaced revenue in all but four of those years. Those years happened to be during the Clinton years during the height of the dot-com bubble people forget when talking about Clinton tax rates. Since that time, and for the entirety of the time the Republicans controlled Congress, outlays have exceeded receipts. But Saxby and the GOP stuck to their no new tax pledge.
Saxby Chambliss has been one of the culprits in Washingtons spending addition. Forget the War on Terror, etc. While national security matters explain a good bit of the deficits, they do not explain all of them. For example, Saxby Chambliss was a major proponent of agricultural largess. After the Democrats took back Congress in 2006, Saxby Chambliss personally lobbied the entire Georgia delegation to support the Ag bill he favored. All the House Republicans from Georgia, except Phil Gingrey, broke with Chambliss on that.
Chambliss has been a huge spender for agriculture and defense, two key constituencies he has always had. He has, in short, spoken like a champion of limited government, but voted like a free spending liberal for his own constituencies. Now, in the ultimate sign that Chambliss is ready to throw in the towel on any pretense, he signals he wants to raise taxes . . . . errrr . . . . revenue.
Revenue has gone up significantly since Saxby Chambliss first got to Washington. While it dipped between 2007 and 2009, even the drop into 2009 yielded higher revenue than existed in 2004 during George Bushs re-election. Washington has a spending problem, not a revenue problem, but Saxby Chambliss, being part of that problem, cannot see it. Instead, he sees a growing gap between spending and revenue and thinks it must be closed by increasing revenue.
Saxby Chambliss has been part of the problem and remains part of the problem.
A couple of years ago a mutual friend from Macon went up to see Saxby. There was a tea party rally going on. As our mutual friend sat in the office waiting for Saxby, his staff stood around ridiculing the tea party activists going by as simpletons, uneducated, hicks, and nuts. Chambliss himself has been overheard talking disparagingly of tea party activists in the Capitol Hill Club and elsewhere.
He has become entrenched in Washington, DC and thinks that we here in Georgia are the problem, not him. In 2005, he was convinced that we here in Georgia were the problem on immigration. Since then hes been convinced that we here in Georgia are the problem by not sending enough money to Washington, D.C.
In fact, we here in Georgia should convince Saxby that we are a problem his problem in his path to re-election. We can and should make him fight for it and, the Good Lord willing, drive him from office in 2014. Georgia requires that a candidate in a primary secure 50% of the vote to get to the general election. A couple of well funded challengers could pull Saxby below 50% thereby forcing a runoff fight between Saxby and a conservative challenger. Saxby, being from South Georgia, has a weakness in the metro-Atlanta area. That weakness, combined with a libertarian four years ago, forced Saxby into a runoff election.
A conservative from metro-Atlanta could put Saxby Chambliss in peril and we should work to make that happen.
An Ex-Democrat is equal to an ex-con.
Daughter and son in law live in Georgia, and I am in the process of relocating..so we will all be looking toward his replacement..
He best not get too comfortable!!!
Herman Cain should run in the primary against Chambliss!
As I posted on the RedState site, I will not vote for Chambliss under any circumstances—even if Cynthia McKinney is the Democratic nominee.
In 2008, I held my nose and voted for Saxby “but, who will pick our crops” Chambliss the Dems having a filibusterer proof senate majority. It didn’t make a darned bit of difference.
Meanwhile, Chambliss has been part of every “gang of...” and spent his time in the senate undermining conservative goals. Chambliss talks conservative on the campaign trail, but in the senate cuts the legs out from under conservative bills.
GA is about as red as it gets now. The state legislature is now overwhelmingly GOP.
The reason Chambliss was in a runoff last time was conservatives were upset that Chambliss wasn’t conservative enough, so they sat out the general election.
Run a hard-line conservative, and they’ll win handily.
Run Chambliss (or a moderate Republican) and the seat might go the to Democrats.
um, IMHO ... you should do some more extensive reading on norquist. While his tax position is in line with fiscal conservatism, he is completely lacking in social conservatism (GAYpride) and national defense conservatism (Islamic apologist) and stealthily with David Keene he has been an enemy of authentic conservatism from within.
Wow. Didn’t know.
Should help with the hispanic vote.
We are at war... you need to give up all of those old ideas. Either we win and America is saved or all of this will turn to rage in the streets and the end of the republic.
Is there a likely conservative candidate to implement your scenario? I don’t know Georgia, but I’d guess that the strongest challenger would be a conservative Republican now serving in the House — but that such a Representative might be reluctant to give up a fairly safe House seat.
Someone mentioned Eric Erickson. The ideal challenger would be someone better than Erickson in terms of having a record — in elective office, in a high rank in the military, or in running a major business.
What do you think are the prospects?
If he hadn’t been tarnished by the Gloria Allred stuff, I would suggest Herman Cain.
I’m going to write a letter to Lynn Westmoreland to encourage him to challenge Chambliss for his spot in 2014.
I am pretty certain that we are going to find out.
I believe that the best option is to allow the Democrat Party to continue committing suicide and the Republicrat Party to die an unnatural death. It needs to be replaced by a true, Red White and Blue Party that is strongly Constitutional right wing and will suck off the voters from the two disgraceful parties.