The ‘Cuda went down to Georgia

November 25, 2008

To help save a filibuster. Governor Sarah Palin, with barely any time to rest after a lightning campaign and election defeat earlier this month, is heading to Georgia to help incumbent Republican Senator Saxby Chambliss win a tight runoff against a Democratic challenger, Jim Martin:

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is traveling back down to Georgia next Monday to do four last-minute campaign rallies in one day to help incumbent GOP Sen. Saxby Chambliss.

Chambliss is in an apparently close-fought runoff race there with Democrat Jim Martin and the balloting is the next day, Dec. 2. Big-name Democrats have jumped in to help the party reach for its 60-Senate-seat, filibuster-proof majority by knocking off yet another Republican incumbent.

Palin, who’s also been a successful party fundraiser, will do events for Chambliss from Augusta to Savannah to Perry and then Atlanta, probably just before the evening news on TV. What a coincidence in case any station wanted a live shot of the Republican celebrity!

This has significance both for Palin personally and the Republicans’ fortunes at a national level. With Alaska’s Ted Stevens going down to a well-deserved defeat (and likely prison) and Minnesota’s Norm Coleman struggling to survive against Al Franken in a recount, Chambliss represents part of a razor-thin potential two-seat edge keeping the Democrats from a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate. If the Republicans aren’t to be reduced to complete nonentities over the next two years, they have to retain the Georgia seat. Chambliss’s edge is only 3% with 3% undecided, so he needs all the help he can get.

For Sarah Palin, this is her first test to see if she has any real future as Republican standard-bearer and possible 2012 nominee. She was a huge draw for the conservative base, frankly more popular with Republicans than her running-mate, John McCain. If she continues to pull those kinds of crowds and can translate their enthusiasm into votes for Chambliss, she’ll go a long way to fleshing out any claim she might make to be the Republican leader.

I hope she helps Chambliss retain her seat. I like this woman a lot. Cowboy



Why we have a 2nd amendment

November 25, 2008



This is from 2003, and Gratia-Hupp is a former Texas State Representative. Too bad she’s not still in politics; we could use someone like her in Washington.

It’s stories like these that gradually converted me from an advocate of gun-control to a defender of the individual right to bear arms. It’s as SteveTN at Pax Parabellum likes to say, when you have only seconds to spare, help via 911 is minutes away.

Oh, and it’s always a pleasure to see Chuck Schumer squirm. The weasel.

(via reader Lance)


Obama’s latest appointment

November 25, 2008

Iowahawk has the scoop. Obama appoints Clinton to Presidency:

Ending weeks of speculation and rumors, President-Elect Barack Obama today named Bill Clinton to join his incoming administration as President of the United States, where he will head the federal government’s executive branch.

"I am pleased that Bill Clinton has agreed to come out of retirement to head up this crucial post in my administration," said Obama. "He brings a lifetime of previous executive experience as Governor of Arkansas and President of the United States, and has worked closely with most of the members of my Cabinet."

Clinton said he was "excited and honored" by the appointment, and would work "day and night" to defeat all the key policy objectives proposed by Mr. Obama during the campaign.

"I am gratified that the President-Elect has entrusted me with this important responsibility," said Clinton. "I’m looking forward to getting back behind, and under, the Oval Office desk again. As I have told the President-Elect, I pledge to do whatever I can to serve his historic administration by making sure that none of that bullshit he talked about during the campaign will ever see the light of day. Americans can rest assured that he will be safely confined to the East Wing, as far away as possible from any potentially dangerous office equipment or nuclear buttons."

Rolling on the floor