Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Some good news

ATLANTA (AP) - 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.

This is good news indeed. Although Sen. Chambliss faltered earlier this year by joining a Lindsey Graham/John McCain "gang of" in order to gut Republican efforts to lift the ban on offshore drilling his record in Washington has been much more good than bad. The fact that Democrats will not now have an automatic veto-proof majority in the Senate is cause to celebrate.

This is especially welcome news because the failed comedian, failed radio talk show host and now failed political candidate Al Frankin is refusing to accept his loss to Norm Coleman in Minnesota. Frankin is seeking to have the Senate step in and declare the will of the Minnesota voters null and void and have himself installed in the seat that Coleman won fair and square.

If Frankin were the magical "60th vote" I have no doubt that Harry Reid, with the full backing of the little messiah, would do whatever it took to decree that he was the new Senator from Minnesota, and the expressed will of the voters be damned. But with Frankin's presence in the Senate not being so critical it is doubtful that they will risk the firestorm that would result in another blatantly stolen election.

It has just become a little eaiser to block the worst of the Democrat's plans to screw the nation into the ground so deeply that it can never crawl its way back into sunlight.

Some days the tiger gets you, but some days you do get the tiger.