Do It For Max
by Josh Orton, Tue Oct 28, 2008 at 10:57:18 AM EDT
Six years ago, Saxby Chambliss defeated incumbent Senator Max Cleland with some of the dirtiest campaign tactics imaginable. A triple-amputee veteran of the Vietnam war, Cleland was accused of coddling terrorists. His patriotism was questioned.
If you need a refresher:
At HuffPo today, Max reminds us to support Jim Martin, the progressive Democrat running to unseat Chambliss in Georgia six years after he defeated Cleland:
Sadly, as my good friend John Kerry would learn two years later, the power of well-funded lies can be hard to overcome with the truth, and six years ago next Tuesday, Saxby Chambliss won.
It was a devastating loss to me personally, but rest assured my friends, I am doing well. I am hopeful for a resounding Democratic victory across the country next Tuesday and I am encouraged to see that Jim Martin is running a great race against Saxby Chambliss here in Georgia. Jim is gaining ground and if you can help him in any way, please do so.
Pollster.com's map has Martin within 2 points of Chambliss.
This is one of the seats I want most. The tactics used by Chambliss six years ago were perfectly emblematic of the crass, sensational use of fear that the GOP adopted after 9/11. We've come a long way since, and accusations that Democrats are unpatriotic, pro-surrender wimps don't stick anymore. Electing Obama will help write the obituary for those ugly Republican politics. Booting Saxby Chambliss would be the exclamation point.
Update [2008-10-28 15:7:16 by Josh Orton]: VoteVets.org just went up against Chambliss with their successful body armor ad. Check it out.
Update [2008-10-28 15:38:6 by Todd Beeton]:Cynthia Tucker, editorial page editor of The Atlanta Journal Constitution, eviscerates Chambliss:
Many white Georgia voters remain reflexively Republican, so the state may stay out of Obamas reach. And Chambliss may well hold off the challenge from Democrat Jim Martin. But the Republican senator deserves to go down in flaming defeat.
Generally, Chambliss has been a reliable lap dog to George W. Bush. Chambliss has voted to keep troops in Iraq. He has voted against expanding a low-cost health insurance program for children. He has opposed broader federal support for stem cell research. He broke with Bush only when he shouldnt have, supporting farm subsidies, the wasteful welfare program for well-off agricultural interests.