The networks just called the Georgia Senate race for Saxby Chambliss, preventing Democrats from taking the 60 seat majority they needed to block Republican filibusters. That keeps Democrat Senate gains to 7 seats this year, and also preserves Republican checks on Pelosi-Reid-Obama for the next two years.
Despite Republicans winning this seat, it’s actually a victory for moderates today. Pelosi and Reid can’t steamroll anything crazy through Congress now. That’s good for ALL Americans, of both parties, who sit in the middle of the political spectrum.
It’s bad news in the Obama Nation though.
All of Obama’s muscle in Georgia was turned over to Jim Martin to beat Chambliss…his former campaign offices, his paid staff, even his recycled campaign posters and flyers (anything that had Martin and Obama together was used to full effect). Jim Martin wrapped himself head to toe in all things Obama, and even tromped around with Obama’s favorite rappers to turn out black voters. The truth is: Obama’s voters turned out for Obama personally, and not for Democrats generically. Black voters excitedly voted for a black candidate for president, but didn’t turn out in high numbers for a white Democrat running for Senate.
Republicans actually turned out to vote today, unlike on November 4th, and “The Obama Effect” did nothing to cancel that out and win the day for Martin.
But, it was supposed to. Obama’s winning coalition of November 4th was supposed to win this Senate seat too.
So, why didn’t it?
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