Georgia voters are last line of defense to Democrats in total control

By Rep. Lynn Westmoreland

We Georgians aren’t accustomed to all this national political attention. Our state’s Dec. 2 U.S. Senate runoff between incumbent Saxby Chambliss and Jim Martin, though, has thrust us into the national spotlight.

Today, Georgians possibly stand in the balance between the left-wing Obama-Pelosi-Reid Democrats and their hopes for unchecked power in Washington. If Georgians elect Jim Martin, Democrats will come dangerously close to a 60-vote majority. Conservatives and even moderates will have little ability to tap the brakes on the most liberal White House and Congress in the history of our nation.

Intoxicated by gaseous fumes of “hope,” the American Left feels its day has arrived. Speaker Nancy Pelosi and President-elect Obama climbed the political ladder on the liberal margins of their party. Though moderates and independents gave Democrats their victory, it is the far left that’s now primed to demand payback.

On the agenda: higher taxes, socialized health care, gun restrictions, protectionism that will close markets to Georgia-made products, the “fairness doctrine” to silence conservative opposition voices on the airwaves, and lifelong appointments to liberal judges.

They’ll pay off union bosses by abolishing secret ballots in union elections, and environmental extremists will demand regulations that hemorrhage good-paying jobs in the name of climate change – even as hundreds of thousands join the unemployment rolls and Americans see the value of their homes and retirement accounts plummet.

I served in the state House of Representatives with Jim Martin for 12 years. He represented one of the most liberal state House districts – and he represented them well, toeing the liberal line on abortion, crime and taxes under the Gold Dome.

Martin voted against banning partial-birth abortion in Georgia and he opposed toughening jail terms for drug dealers.

It’s shocking but true: He was the ONLY member of the Georgia House to vote against making it a felony to distribute illegal drugs within 1,000 feet of a school. He also voted for the largest tax increase in Georgia history, which upped the state’s income and sales tax levies.

Those stances, I guess, are wildly popular in Midtown. But in my congressional district and throughout most of the state, these stances are far to the left of even many Georgia Democrats.

Martin’s voting record and his positions may not reflect Georgia’s conservative voters, but if elected, he would fit in nicely with his new buddies in the Democratic Caucus: Harry Reid, Ted Kennedy, Hillary Clinton and Vermont Socialist Bernie Sanders.

Senate Democrats now hold 58 seats, with two races undecided: Our runoff in Georgia and a recount in Minnesota. Democrats know they’re at the precipice of ultimate power, and they have a lot more money to spend than Republicans do this year.

Washington Democrats will spend whatever it takes to put Jim Martin in the Senate. He is the key that unlocks the gate to their big government dreams.

That’s why all eyes in Washington are focused on Georgia. And that’s why President-elect Obama has made an ad urging support for Martin – Obama is in the market for a new pet for his daughters so he knows a lapdog when he sees one.

Never, never, never before have Georgians’ votes held greater import for the future of the nation. It’s come down to us as to whether there will be ANY checks and balances on the Obama administration and the Democratic Congress.

We have to accept, to some degree, that Democrats have won the election and they have the power to set a liberal agenda. Conservatives in the Senate are our ONLY hope of stopping the most extreme leftist legislation and judicial appointments.

Georgians can do what’s best for the nation while also doing what’s best for our state by returning Saxby Chambliss to the Senate. Chambliss is a proven leader who has made us proud as our senior senator.

[Lynn Westmoreland (R-Grantville) represents Georgia’s 3rd Congressional District.]

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Submitted by BOLO on Wed, 11/26/2008 - 11:44pm.

We weren't afraid when the Republican Party had a fillibuster-proof majority in 2000. We were going to get lower taxes and smaller government. But, SIX LONG YEARS of Republican majority rule virtually drove this country into the ground and grew the government (and the national debt) faster and larger than any time in history. Worse yet, the Republicans (right up to the selection of Palin) put thoroughly incompetent people in very sensitive positions ("you're doin' a heckuva job, Brownie"). Incompetence, croneyism and out-of-control spending reigned supreme. There is no "defense" for that and I'm not getting back in that line any time soon.

If it will take a fillibuster-proof, Democratic majority to undo the damage, YOUR party caused, I'll take that risk. And you can save the "but . . . but . . . they're gonna raise your taxes!" boogeyman. Deny it all you want but, since the Republicans decided to put taxpayers in debt for $700 Billion dollars of big bank, CEO welfare, no matter which party controls, taxes are going up to pay YOUR REPUBLICAN DEBT.

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Submitted by cogitoergofay on Wed, 11/26/2008 - 5:23pm.

The loss of the recent elections was for the most part due to predictable economic models as they influence electoral politics (see elections of 1932 and 1980). When there are highly significant economic stresses on most of America, the party in the White House predictably suffers a huge political backlash, regardless of who, when and where the problems started.

The margin of the victory by the Democrats, however, was further exacerbated by the what NewsMax pointed out as the recent arrogance of the Republican Party. Mr. Westmoreland is a good example. The GOP's derisive politics adopted by recent Republicans while at the same time promimently displaying religion as a credential has been entirely offensive. This negativity stands in contrast to President Reagan and even House Speaker Gingrich. When Mr. Westmoreland has made comments such as "[Obama is] uppity" or "I voted for torture" he employs an immature and cutting diction never displayed by Reagan. Reagan was not only a very successful Republican but possibly one of our ten best presidents. Reagan (and ironically McCain) could both discuss issues with the other side without insults and typically good cheer. In my opinion, Mr. Westmoreland's comments and the entirely invective campaign of Mr. Chambliss are two good examples of the transformation that the GOP should adopt as "Job One".

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Submitted by Mike King on Wed, 11/26/2008 - 12:33pm.

Would you please let your constituency in on what little secrets Mr Chambliss has done for the last six years? Is there nothing positive that can be said relevant to his six years in office?

Accomplishments are what I'm looking to find. Here in Peachtree City we've had all the candidate bashing we'll need for at least two terms, yours add little. I'm trying to remain on the right.

By the way, thanks for saying "No" to the bailout.

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Submitted by JeffC on Wed, 11/26/2008 - 12:11pm.

What you're advocating is that the people of Georgia re-elect a junior Senator in a shrunken minority party who will have virtually no influence as our representative.

Predictably astute reasoning there.

Submitted by Spyglass on Wed, 11/26/2008 - 12:37pm.

is NOT GOOD in my humble opinion. You do know what 60 votes does, correct?

So you would be wrong on the influence Saxby could have. Smiling

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Submitted by JeffC on Wed, 11/26/2008 - 12:45pm.

We'll get the 60 anyway. How about Olympia Snowe? The only thing not having the 60 because of Saxby will do is allow us to label the Republicans as obstructionist preventing the Democrats from implementing reasonable policies to correct the past Republican mistakes which we will then list over and over in excruciating detail. People will buy it too, you watch.

Hey! Check out my Civics Test blog from ISS!

Submitted by Bonkers on Wed, 11/26/2008 - 5:45am.

There is a good reason why the democrats may end up with a 60 person majority in the Senate of the USA!
It is representatives like you!

Bull-headed, selfish, greedy, dumb short=term thinking, debt piler- to hold down taxes on the rich, immense budgets, two stale-mated wars, loss of all prestige in the world, causing millions to lose their homes and the destruction of the building and banking industry, allowing credit at all levels to get entirely out of hand to try for an ever increasing "good" economy, and worst of all---vote "no" on everything good or helpful just for back-home dumb votes!

Maybe they will organize next time and get rid of you for good, I hope so.

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Submitted by Robert W. Morgan on Wed, 11/26/2008 - 7:55am.

The other reason Republicans are staring down the barrel of the Dems gun is their unreasonable pandering to the religious right. Abortion is certainly wrong and immoral, but so are half the things the Dems stand for - I mean gay marriage -are you kidding me! Next time you see James Madison or Thomas Jefferson, ask their opinion on that.

So, my point is to the Republican Party - dump the far right and focus on foreign policy, defense and fiscal responsibility and small government. In other word, reread the Constitution.

That's the way to win elections. Let the Dems abort their kids and have same-sex marriage - they'll die out in 2 or 3 generations.

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Submitted by jpopeye on Tue, 11/25/2008 - 10:20pm.

There was a time when talking about someone else was considered ill mannered. Please Lynn, tell us what the candidate you support will do and what you believe in. It is simply rude to talk poorly about someone else.

Submitted by lion on Tue, 11/25/2008 - 6:00pm.

The long list of GOP losers continue to stream into Georgia in support of Saxby Chambliss--McCain. Romney, Gulliani, Huckabee, Thompson, and now Palin.

The dimmest light bulb in Alaska is hoping her ignorance will help elect the second-dimmest light-bulb in Georgia to the U.S. Senate. (We all know the dimmest bulb in Georgia is our own Lynn Westmoreland.)

Chambliss has served in the Senate for six years and has accomplished nothing. He could not even "bring home the bacon" to Georgia in a Republican Administration--Georgians continues to pay more to the Federal Government than they receives back in Federal programs.

Having no record to run on, Chambliss runs another hate and fear campaign. His ads tell voters to vote for him because Jim Martin does not hate gays enough, is not "pro-life" enough, is weak on crime (a lie but all Democrats favor crime you know), will raise taxes (says Martin wanted to raise property taxes 150%--that is such a gigantic falsehood that only the dimwitted would believe it).

Please vote for Martin. Georgia deserves better than Chambliss.

Submitted by Davids mom on Tue, 11/25/2008 - 6:09pm.

There are more than you think that are going to support Martin. Obama and Bush obviously working together at this point shows that Chambliss hasn't a clue to what is going on to correct this mess.

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Submitted by mudcat on Tue, 11/25/2008 - 7:47pm.

I got a call at 6:01 last night from the Republican Party. It annoyed me so much that I voted all Democrat this morning. First time I ever did that. Republicans should learn some manners --like don't call me during dinner you morons. You should also get an organized platform and then maybe you could win something once in a while.

Submitted by BOLO on Thu, 11/27/2008 - 10:42am.

Since the General Election, I have been getting at least one robo call every day. The kicker was the Sunday before I cast my vote when I got a robo call at 9:00am from the Republicans on Saxby's behalf and another one at 10:30. Heck, even the malls have sense enough to open after 11 on Sundays!!! And neither call addressed what Saxby plans to do. They just went on about how we should fear (yes, they used the word "fear") Jim Martin. I was disgusted.

Monday, I promptly went and voted for Jim Martin. Not the first time I've voted against a Republican but the first time I did it to teach them a lesson in campaign manners. Sounds like I'm not alone in that sentiment.

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Submitted by mapleleaf on Wed, 11/26/2008 - 11:59am.

One of the basic principles of appellate jurisprudence is that a judgment right for any reason will be affirmed.

Judges who serve on courts of appeal use that reasoning when they find that, even though the trial judge used a bad reason for his/her decision, the record presents another reason, which they consider a good one, for the decision. Bad reasoning, but good decision.

The Chambliss supporters are piling on lie after lie about Jim Martin, trying to tear the man apart, while they offer nothing positive for the future. Perhaps Jim Martin won’t turn out to be a great senator, but at least he won’t try to derail everything that President Obama will try to accomplish to help out a country that is in deep trouble.

Outside the senate vote, the only other partisan battle involves Public Service Commission candidates Bubba McDonald, a former Democrat holder of that office, now running as a Republican, and Jim Powell, running as a Democrat, and apparently competent. You could say your choice was between two Democrats, one more honest than the other.

The last choice, for the Georgia Court of Appeals, is between a lawyer (Sheffield) who buckled under to the right-wing extremists by telling them everything they wanted to hear, and an apparently quite competent female lawyer (Doyle) from a large Atlanta law firm.

Submitted by skyspy on Wed, 11/26/2008 - 7:22am.

Oh, holy smoke! They dared to call you at 6pm?? At that time most people are getting home from work and are in the middle of their first martini?? What is the world coming too? How rude.

Do you really think the dems are going to bailout developers? They don't care about you they already took care of wallstreet.

Submitted by Bonkers on Wed, 11/26/2008 - 5:30am.

Some of us don't always sleep from 11:00 PM to 6:00 AM, so I have been awakened several times by the "stupid republicans" as you put it!

I couldn't vote for useless Saxby (old rubber stamp) if they didn't call and paid me!

He is about as "old school," hard-headed, I've got mine--you worry about yours, arrogant, dumb a thinker, racist, elite acting, a person as I have ever known.

So we have top elect an egg-head doofus, who I hope will be better.

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Submitted by Cyclist on Tue, 11/25/2008 - 6:57pm.

I'm curious, what's the message here?

Caution - The Surgeon General has determined that constant blogging is an addiction that can cause a sedentary life style.

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Submitted by ptctaxpayer on Wed, 11/26/2008 - 6:29am.

Leave Poor Lynn alone....Poor fella is a drop out and didn't write this xenophobic diatribe. It was probably written by that shrimp on his staff that threatened to sue the Citizen. Funny how in this long letter, they say nothing positive about Chambliss--- they can't because he is a zero. Re-read the letter. Nothing about what the Republicans have done. It is because of jackasses like Lynn in the Rebublican party and company that I voted for Martin, the first time I have ever voted for a Democrat for the US Senate. I share Mudcat's sentiments. Chambliss is a deceitful unproductive politician and Lynn's big claim to fame is that he rode the bus with Saxby to get him elected. That was a dirty campaign against Cleland and now a dirty campaign against Martin.

Yeah, Lynn sure ain't the sharpest tool in the drawer. I am hoping Sniffles chimes in here. He was the one first who brought out many of Lynn's bonehead errors and statements. Like "the Three Commandments"
or "I voted for Torture." What an absolute disgrace to Congress.

So there's 60 or 70 or 80 Democrats in US Senate? Who cares? With clowns like Chambliss and Westmoreland for the Republicans in Congress they were a complete failure. That's why America voted the way they did.

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