Do It For Max

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.'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]: 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 Obama’s 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 shouldn’t have, supporting farm subsidies, the wasteful welfare program for well-off agricultural interests.

Tags: Election 08, Road to 60 (all tags)



Not just defeat

FLAMING defeat...

Cynthia T., you go girl!

by WashStateBlue 2008-10-28 11:47AM | 0 recs
Re: Do It For Max--Remembering the LIES!
In the summer of 2002, I remember a buddy who lived in Georgia commenting on Max Cleland's injuries. He had been brainwashed or something because he told me that Cleland was not wounded they way that Cleland had said. Basically the Republican lie machine running under the draft dodger haven (the Bush White House) had concocted the story that Max Cleland lost his arm playing in his barracks with a live hand grenade. The true story as documented by the US Army was that an RPG round hit the skid on the Huey heliocopter at Cleland's feet -- thus blowing off his legs and an arm.
Karl Rove / Saxby Chambliss are  the worlds most vicious liars.
by hddun2008 2008-10-28 01:33PM | 0 recs
Re: Do It For Max--Remembering the LIES!

I happen know Max. he votes in my district. He's a great man. He actually started a very sophisticated voting upgrade for Georgia, when he was Sec. of State.
by Trey Rentz 2008-10-28 01:42PM | 0 recs

Saxby Chambliss attempted to defend himself against the accusation, in the last debate, that he was a rubber stamp to the Bush administration.

The best he could come up with was "I opposed president Bush on Immigration"

Martin handled himself well during the debates, calling out the fact that Saxby economics gets us nowhere.

Saxby really buys into the idea that he can get himself elected by listening to paid political consultants and lobbyists. Very Karl Rove kind of Bush Republican, the worst kind of Bush Republican.

by Trey Rentz 2008-10-28 01:46PM | 0 recs
Re: Do It For Max

Just made a contribution to Martin's campaign

by PepperJ 2008-10-28 06:26PM | 0 recs


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