Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Saxby Senate win in Georgia is good for the nation

Tonight's runoff win by incumbent U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss of Georgia is good news for a nation that prefers some check and balance between the political parties in Washington.

Chambliss, a Republican, is not my favorite politician. But I believe the Democrats do not deserve a filibuster-proof Senate with Harry Reid as majority leader. The ongoing push by the Democrats to pass a bailout of the Big 3 automakers cries out for a check by Republicans to block this outrageous waste of taxpayer money.

With comedian Al Franken the apparent loser to incumbent Sen. Norm Coleman in Minnesota, Democrats will have only 58 votes. They need 60 to push legislation over any filibuster. Republican Sen. John McCain will thus gain new power as a compromiser to bring his and other GOP votes over to the Obama agenda. So will Independent Sen. Joe Lieberman.

CNN analyst David Gergen says Chambliss' win means Obama will have to govern more from the center. And I hope that means an end to the bailouts of Wall Street and Detroit fatcats.

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