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Saxby Chambliss (R-GA): "I’m not gay. So I’m not going to marry one."


I am not gay

Remember when Larry "Wide Stance" Craig said this back in 2007 after he got  arrested for lewd conduct in an airport men’s room for allegedly soliciting sex:



"I am not gay. I never have been gay."

He felt compelled to follow that with, "I love my wife."

Saxby Chambliss  (R-GA), 2013 (via Politico):

"I’m not gay. So I’m not going to marry one."

Marry one what?


I bet he, too, really really loves his wife.

The disconnect between inside-and-outside-the-Beltway attitudes comes at a thorny time, especially for Republicans. The party is trying to broaden its appeal to younger Americans — who support gay marriage in large numbers — as well as scores of new voting blocs.

How’s that reachy-outy thing workin’ for ya, GOP?

outreach my ass reach out inclusive


Poll-itics: Former Sen. Max Cleland (D-GA) could win in Georgia


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Senator Cleland in Crawford, Texas in 2004. Mr. Cleland was attempting to deliver a letter to George W. Bush asking that attack ads on John Kerry’s Vietnam service be stopped.)

A new report by Public Policy Polling tells us that Georgia Democrats might have a real shot at making the Senate race competitive next year. The potential candidates include 5 Republicans (Paul Broun, Phil Gingrey, Karen Handel, Jack Kingston and Tom Price) and 3 Democrats (John Barrow, Jason Carter, and Max Cleland):

Cleland is the only person in the whole bunch who has more than 50% statewide name recognition, with 48% of voters rating him favorably to 29% with an unfavorable view.

If Cleland could be coaxed into the race he would start out  with a lead over every Republican we tested him against. He's up 1 against Price, 3 against Kingston, 5 against Gingrey, and 7 against Broun and Handel.

Rep. Paul Broun is the guy who said evolution, embryology and Big Bang theory are “lies straight from the pit of hell.”

In 2002, Saxby Chambliss (who is retiring) ran this ad juxtaposing Max Cleland, a triple amputee and Vietnam war veteran, to a picture of Osama Bin Laden. It worked. Chambliss won Cleland's seat and the GOP took control of the Senate:


Upon urging from Karl Rove and the Bush administration who viewed the Democratic party of Georgia as vulnerable, Chambliss ran for the Senate in 2002, facing freshman Democratic incumbent Max Cleland. Chambliss's political career would have likely ended if he hadn't run for the Senate...

A toast to a Cleland Comeback. Cheers!

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Chambliss couldn't stand the gridlock, so he's retiring. Reid's "failibuster" retreat didn't help (VIDEO).


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Republican Senator Johnny Isakson on the "failibuster" deal:

"The rules change doesn't really change a lot."

Hey Harry Reid, thank you for perpetuating the gridlock by blowing off the Merkley-Udall filibuster reform proposal. Way to go! Now the GOP can keep on obstructing, and we can keep on pulling out hair out. What's left of it.

After putting himself on record for years claiming he'd support real filibuster reform because Republicans were "abusing the system," Reid caved.

As Rachel Maddow said in the video above:

"The improvement ... today is that now they're not going to be able to get anything done faster."

And now, as Paddy posted in her Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) Gives Up, Running Back To Georgia story, he has expressed his own frustration with all the congressional brick walls by getting the hell outta Dodge. He will not be seeking re-election in 2014:

(CNN) - "This is about frustration, both at a lack of leadership from the White House and at the dearth of meaningful action from Congress, especially on issues that are the foundation of our nation's economic health," Chambliss wrote in a statement announcing his retirement. He pointed to partisan haggling over raising the debt ceiling in 2011, and more recently to the bickering that transpired over a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff. [...]

"I don't see the legislative gridlock and partisan posturing improving anytime soon," he wrote. "For our nation to be strong, for our country to prosper, we cannot continue to play politics with the American economy."

Had Harry Reid shown some spine and gone beyond what Ed Schultz notes below, maybe some of that gridlock could have been eased:

"Harry Reid knows that 51 votes would be available for the assault weapons ban, but he knows damn well there won't be 60, and he doesn't want to hang this on the Democratic party at all, to all these rural senators. That's who he's protecting in this. But he is not standing up for the people at all."

He sure isn't.


Quickie- Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) Gives Up, Running Back To Georgia



And the Tea Bagger chorus is chomping at the bit to take his place. Via Taegan-

Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) "will announce this morning that he's dropping plans to run for a third term in 2014, a decision certain to set off an avalanche of Republican candidates who will seek to replace him," the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

"At least two GOP House members from Georgia, Paul Broun of Athens and Tom Price of Roswell, have been contemplating primary challenges to Chambliss, who has been criticized for participating in a bipartisan effort to broker a deal to address a $16 trillion federal deficit."


GOP Sen. Saxby Chambliss brushes off Grover Norquist's anti-tax pledge


It's becoming clearer than ever that “an increasing number of prominent Republicans are dismissing Grover Norquist as a pest.” His majority in Congress is all but gone, but he's still out there insisting that any member of Congress who dares to allow the Bush tax cuts to expire or even support “any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates” would face threats to their election prospects. So anything that increases federal revenue is verboten.

But when a Republican as prominent as Saxby Chambliss gives "poopy head" Grovie the talk-to-the-hand treatment, ears perk up:

(CNN) – "I care more about my country than I do about a 20-year-old pledge," Sen. Saxby Chambliss told Georgia television station WMAZ, a CNN affiliate, on Wednesday. "If we do it his way, then we'll continue in debt and I just have a disagreement with him about that." [...]

"Norquist has no plan to pay this debt down," said Chambliss, who is up for re-election in 2014.

Chambliss assumes that Norquist will fight his re-election efforts, but says he cares "more about my country... than I do Grover Norquist" and is "willing to do the right thing and let the political consequences take care of themselves."

If this is a trend, it's a good one, because it means Grover Norquist is finally...


Newsy News- CONFIRMED: Sen. Saxby Chambliss Admits "All Faggots Must Die" Comment Came From His Atlanta Headquarters


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Republican lawmakers are "completely lost"


By GottaLaff

The GOP is the party that claims Democrats are dead wrong about everything, that Dems are destroying our country, shredding the Constitution, killing grandma, and running American into the ground.

This is the party that inappropriately and awkwardly shouts "You lie!" and "Hell no!"

This is also the party that cannot answer a simple question about health care reform.

Jay Bookman:

AJC editors and columnists just finished a pretty wide-ranging 80-minute interview with Sen. Saxby Chambliss and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, and I took the opportunity to ask a question that had been nagging at me for a while. [...]

[H]ow are the Republicans going to cover pre-existing conditions?

“The premiums are going up either way,” he [McConnell] said.

OK, I responded, a little stunned. That doesn’t explain how the Republicans intend to cover pre-existing conditions.

“The premiums are going up either way,” he repeated.

That was that. We moved on, and I still don’t have my answer.

Good response, Mitch McNoLips!

Except for the part where he didn't respond.

At all.

Steve Benen has a thing or two to say about these things or two:

If those with pre-existing conditions will be protected, the mandate is necessary to keep costs from spiraling and to prevent the "free rider" problem. [...]

After over a year of debate about health care policy, two leading Senate Republicans, including the Senate Minority Leader, can't speak intelligently about the basics. Bookman didn't throw a curve ball at them [...]

They want protections for those with pre-existing conditions, and want to eliminate the mandate, but asked how that could work, these experienced senators have no idea how to even begin answering the question. [...]

[I]f anyone dares to scratch the surface, even a little, they're completely lost.

It's all about the talking points, drumming non-answers into the uninformed electorate's heads, ignoring facts, smearing, belittling Democratic victories, lying about Democratic policy, ignoring the truth, and being utterly unable to justify their own arguments.

Jay Bookman cornered them, Steve Benen nailed them, and it's time we expose them for what they are... and aren't.

This story needs to get out, and be repeated and repeated.

H/t: Rachel Maddow via Twitter, who will hopefully cover this tonight on her show.