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  •  I think in this case it was a candidate issue . . (2+ / 0-)
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    jbeach, gwriter

    Jim Martin is a very smart, decent, and respectful guy.  He has the kind of intellect and temperament that would make for a fantastic legislator.

    Unfortunately, many of these same characteristics were weaknesses when it came to running in a tough campaign state like Georgia.  

    Chambliss pushed to define Martin as an agent of Obama and the Democrats and Martin lacked the star appeal and magnetism to take the stage back and define himself.

    Chambliss also painted Martin as weak and vacillating and Martin played into this by essentially waiting for the Obama field organizers to run his campaign.  

    For whatever reason, Martin never really broke through and defined himself to Georgians, and honestly that goes for the general as well as the run-off.  To be perfectly honest, this was not a race that would have gone to a run-off without Obama on the ticket, so its not surprising that we lost the run-off when Obama was off the ticket.

    The fact that a run-off occurred is more a testament to Obama's strength in the general than any weakness shown by Martin's loss in the run-off.  

    If you don't stop lying about me, I'm going to have to start telling the truth about you. Barack Obama

    by dbratl on Wed Dec 03, 2008 at 12:03:10 PM PST

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