Saxby Chambliss (R, Georgia) to retire.

The two-term Senator will not be seeking a third one; and, contra the DSCC (try being THOSE poor buggers this cycle), Chambliss choosing not to get into what was probably going to be a vicious primary actually makes this seat safer for the Republicans.  In fact, I’m only really bringing this up because it should be realized that Senator Chambliss, despite what anybody out there might think of him, did a very valuable thing for us in the 2008 election: to wit, his decisive win of the runoff election between him and Democratic challenger Jim Martin demonstrated that there was a sharp upper limit to Barack Obama’s coattails.  And that Barack Obama lacked the backbone to take risks.

Seriously, having Chambliss, Cao, and Fleming win those elections immediately after the 2008 debacle was a lifesaver.  We were close to the ragged edge of despair; thank God that Obama decided to break contact, instead of finishing the rout.  It may have cost the Democrats the House in 2010.

4 thoughts on “Saxby Chambliss (R, Georgia) to retire.”

  1. Overall, this is good news. I think Saxby was tired and is tired of doing what you have to do keep issues front and center. Unfortunately, we have a lot of well known folks in Ga who would be very weak candidates. Let’s hope we elect someone who is both articulate and vigorous.

  2. Let’s all have nice things to say about Chambliss: he may have saved us from a destructive primary fight.

  3. To summarize–
    Not running: Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, Erick Erickson
    Looking into it: Tom Price
    I hope Tom Price runs and gets the nomination. He was my state representative until I got redistricted out of his district after the 2010 census.

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