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So my shear hatred towards U.S. Senator Saxby "Chicken Hawk" Chambliss (R. GA) is no secret here.  In fact thanks to all you wonderful people, you made my hate letter to Chambliss my most recced diary:

Well it looks like Amy Kremer, chairman of the national Tea Party Express and a Georgia resident shares my hatred for Chambliss as well but for different reasons:

“The Tea Party Express, we haven’t decided anything at this point, but I can tell you I live in the state of Georgia and Saxby Chambliss is going to be primaried. Our own senator. It’s unacceptable to have somebody who votes with the Democrats more than they do with the conservatives, and he has proven time and time again he’s all about the spending.

“And we’re a red state, we deserve a conservative senator, a conservative senator that would stand with [Sens.] Marco Rubio [R-Fla.] and Rand Paul [R-Ky.] and Mike Lee [R-Utah] who all voted ‘no’ for this bill.” - Ann Kremer, chairman of the national Tea Party Express, 1/3/13

Kremer is pissed that Chambliss voted for the recent fiscal cliff deal which involves tax increases so that's why she hates him.  I hate him because of what he did to this great man in 2002:
The best part is Chambliss is shitting his pants now more than ever:

Based on what he told reporters in a conference call this morning, I guess Saxby Chambliss is taking talk of a primary challenge seriously:
“My message to you, Mister President, is you’d better strap on your chin strap very tight because this junkyard dog is going to address spending cuts and entitlement reform in the debt-ceiling debate, and that’s going to be a line in the sand for us Republicans and conservatives.”

Junkyard dogs wearing helmets and chin straps while drawing lines in the sand? - Jay Bookman for the Atlanta Journal Constitution, 1/4/13

Yeah, ok Chambliss.  Teabaggers might be crazy and stupid but they know you're all bark and no bite.  Plus lets not forget that the Libertarian vote took away decent chunk of your vote back in 2008 causing you to go up in a runoff with Democrat Jim Martin.

Now I do want to see Chambliss go down in the primary, that's the first part of what I like to think of as the Max Cleland Karma Pay Back but the second part is taking back this seat for the Democrats.  Right now, there hasn't been any names showing any interest.  Yes Blue Dog Democratic Congressman John Barrow and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed have been mentioned but they're not really interested.  I've heard a lot of names mentioned from Former Governor Roy Barnes to Jimmy Carter's son, Jason Carter to even the idea of Cleland himself running for the Senate.  PPP showed us that Cleland is the only one who comes the closest to beating Chambliss.  For some reason the PPP had them tied.  Now against a more conservative, Tea Party Republican like Congressman Tom Price, Democrats have a much better shot.  In looking for our ideal candidate to take on Chambliss, PPP offers this advice:

-Chambliss' cross over appeal to Democrats would make him hard to defeat in a general election. But given the very real possibility of him losing to an extreme conservative candidate in the primary it might benefit Democrats to get a Joe Donnelly caliber candidate who doesn't have a lot to lose into the race, just in case... - PPP, 12/4/12

My advice to Georgia Democrats is this: nominate someone who is open to immigration reform.  Yes, you need a centrist Democrat who can appeal to white voters but even Cleland, who voted for the Bush Tax Cuts, was pro-environment, pro-choice and most importantly, pro-immigration reform.  Voter turnout is key for Democrats to win this seat against a crazy teabagger and Georgia's changing demographics show great potential for a Democratic victory:

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed (D) (Right)

Whoever the Democratic standard-bearer is, and whether 2014 is a year in which a Democrat has a chance, the demographics continue to move in the party’s direction and push Georgia toward tossup territory.

In 2000, non-Hispanic whites made up 62.6 percent of the population. In 2011, non-Hispanic whites made up only 55.5 percent of the Peach State’s population.

In the 2004 presidential election, Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., got 41 percent of the vote. In 2012, Barack Obama pulled 45.4 percent.

“The trend is an undeniable trend,” Reed said in an interview with Roll Call over the summer. “It just depends on what year and what cycle.” - Roll Call, 11/19/12

Originally posted to pdc on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 09:07 PM PST.

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  •  Saxby must be getting desperate... (15+ / 0-)

    ...because that rant you mentioned is more along the lines of something the talk radio shock jocks would spew then a U.S. Senator. (I unfortunately have Mark Levin's impossibly whiny voice stuck in my head saying those lines. It just sounds like something that addled little piece of pond scum would screech about.)

    There is no doubt, however, that he will be primaried. It's now a given. Of course, if the teabaggers consider voting for the fiscal cliff bill a reason for a primary challenge, every single Republican up for reelection in 2014 is going to get it (since none of the five who vote "No" are up that year). They're going to be busy little fanatics, aren't they?

    But I agree, given how Indiana turned out this past cycle, the Dems have to be ready here with a solid candidate in case some nutjob like Tom Price or Paul Broun or Karen Handel the Lady of Komen knocks off Chambliss. Hell, given how Chambliss struggled to win reelection in 2008, even if he survives the primary weakened and bloodied, he can be had, especially with the changing demographics in Georgia.

    One thing's for sure, it will be fascinating to watch. And if a true-blue conservative like Chambliss isn't enough for the purists in the GOP base, then no one to the right of Aqua Buddah is safe.

    •  heard a commentary today on a GA station (4+ / 0-)

      (despite reception problems) regarding the GOP schism which defined it as the rural GOP mostly concerned with social problems vs urban GOP business interests and the problem of reconciling concerns about business and profits with the social agenda of the rural wingers.  Problem is that in the past, differences in the goals of social agenda and business agenda were viewed as irrelevant or trivial at best but the immigration brouhaha, with its concomitant crackdown on undocumented workers, severely impacted businesses.

      It appears the bedfellows cannot agree on how to share the bedclothes now on several issues including immigration and these wedge issues are working against their disparate interests.

      I hope Rove is listening

    •  Did he need photo ID in 2008? (1+ / 0-)
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      Georgia instituted a photo ID requirement in 08, and Shambliss won by a narrow margin. I have to wonder, if the Supreme Court hadn't greenlighted the photo IDs, would he have lost?

      The furor over Friday's [10.5] job report revealed a political movement that is rooting for American failure, so obsessed with taking down Obama that good news drives its members into a blind rage. -Paul Krugman

      by Judge Moonbox on Sat Jan 05, 2013 at 07:11:31 AM PST

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      •  I doubt it. (0+ / 0-)

        As someone who lives in southwest GA we have alot of headwinds to go against.  The photo ID is just one part of how the GOP wins elections in GA.  In GA we don't have elected county election supervisers like FL does.  Supervisers are hired and fired by the county commisions.  They only answer to them and the S.O.S office.  I am not aware of any state wide purges done by the S.O.S. office but I can tell you that I know alot of the rural red counties did local purges after the state primary which are held months after the presidental primary.  I live in a blue county and my mother lives in a red county.  When she went to vote this last November she said serveral people who where there to vote had to do so on provisonal ballets because the county had knocked them off the roles.  GA isn't a lost hope. There is alot more Dem suport than we get credit for but the "machine" that the GOP have put in place since 2002 has made winning back state wide offices alot harder. Currently every state wide elected office is held by the GOP.


        by thegreatkramer on Sat Jan 05, 2013 at 09:15:24 AM PST

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  •  No to Barrow! I lived in Savannah and Barrow is (7+ / 0-)

    out for Barrow and will not help other democratic candidates.  i have seen Barrow not help but actually at an American Legion event tell people that Jack Kingston (R-GA-1) was such a good friend.  And the dem candidate was at the same event at the same time.  Barrow is no class act.

    Cleland will come out and help other democratic candidates.  He did so even when his mother was very sick and close to death.

    Is Carter's grandson interested and old enough?  The one that found the Romney 47% tape.  That is a young man after my heart for his dedicated work.

    I would like Price to jump in against Saxby.  perhaps we can get rid of Price in the process - if they both lose on the GOP side to another GOP candidate.  i just got redistricted from Hank Johnson's district to Tom Price's district.  Ugh.  I agreed with 97% of all of Johnson's votes.  Can't stand Price.

    •  I find Price a useful idiot in the House (3+ / 0-)
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      As long as he keeps trying to knife the Drunk Weepy Oompa-Loompa in the back. Still, it can't be fun having that troll as your Rep. My condolences.

      Speaking of possible Dem candidates, I think former Rep. Jim Marshall would be a strong candidate, but I don't know if he has any intention of getting back into politics after losing in 2010.

  •  I'd just love Max Cleland (14+ / 0-)

    to pour a whole boat load of whoop-ass on Chambliss during his next election.  Better yet, let Chambliss fall to a drooling Tea Bagger in a primary with Max Cleland as his opponent.  

    Tea Baggers say incredibly stupid and damaging things.  It would be great to get another Senate seat due to the public mutterings of the ignorant (Todd Aiken, I'm looking at you).

    Now THAT would be karma.

    There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

    by Puddytat on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 09:45:03 PM PST

  •  Chickenhawk Saxby's so incredibly insulting (6+ / 0-)
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    and shabby treatment of a man who answered the call by our nation that Saxby was too "busy" to take will - hopefully sooner rather than later - produce one of those pure karmic moments that we live for.  One can only hope fruitlessly that there would be a minicam available to capture the look on Saxby's face when the Teabagger who defeats him in the 2014 GA Republican Senatorial primary goes down to defeat to the Democratic candidate on November 4th...  

    "In a nation ruled by swine, all pigs are upward mobile..." - Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

    by Jack K on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 09:51:57 PM PST

  •  i'll give $$$ (4+ / 0-)
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    against Saxby.

  •  I am amused the TP doyen would refer to "voting (4+ / 0-)
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    with Democrats instead of conservatives"; in her mind, the GOP has already been superseded by the TP where ideology is deemed more important than keeping the wheels of government moving.  Simply put, the lady is an anarchist

  •  Sounds Like It's Time For The Ole Junk Yard Dog.. (2+ / 0-)
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    to skitter on home now.  It will be interesting watching Chambliss turn himself inside out trying to appeal to the Baggers.

    All of a sudden Saxby's going to show the President what fer.  Another threat to default, another day.  Nothing has changed in the Republican party, I see.

  •  "Cutting spending" is a euphemism for (1+ / 0-)
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    "states' rights" and "states' rights" is a euphemism for separation, segregation and other forms of exclusive behavior. In practical terms, what the southern states know full well is that Washington is where the money comes from and the purpose of sending people to Washington is to get them some--just like Romney promised. Willard's problem was that nobody believed he actually knew how to bring money to the states. Willard didn't seem to appreciate that one man's cut is supposed to be another man's bacon, either.

    Georgia is a socialist state.If it comes down to money for everyone or money for no-one, then money for everyone wins every time. Socialists are not "cut off your nose to spite your face" people. Southern socialists do like them a hierarchy, but they're not punitive or masochistic.

    There is a notion about that, if Washington is too controlling and if there are too many strings attached to the money, the thing to do is cut off the money. But, when you think about it, that doesn't make any sense, when you're talking about the entity that issues the money -- a fact that may be disguised by setting up the Federal Reserve as an intermediary, but not changed. The significant difference between the nation and the states is that the first issues currency and the second don't. The importance of this was perhaps not as appreciated as it out to be until the European nations went for a common currency and surrendered their autonomy. Perhaps it wasn't obvious that the bankers weren't actually in control until the nation's control was gone.
    It's almost as if the European nations surrendered an authority they didn't know they had.

    We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Sat Jan 05, 2013 at 02:40:33 AM PST

  •  Chambliss is my senator and I can't stand the (2+ / 0-)
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    sight of him.  Lucky for me he's been nearly completely out of sight his entire term....until this past few weeks.  That says a lot.  I hope they primary the hell out of him.

  •  Chambliss is one of the Senate's true lightweights (2+ / 0-)
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    OleHippieChick, JBraden

    this bozo - in his first term - was bragging that the best thing about being in the Senate was all the extra time he had to work on his golf game. In many ways, the people of Georgia have been punishing themselves in electing this clown to the Senate (along with their other lightweight senator.)

    I think if this tea party challenger is successful in projecting herself as a leader then the wacky-right GOP primary voters will turn on Chambliss.

  •  Jason Carter or Kasim Reed (1+ / 0-)
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    both sound like excellent possibilities to would sure be great if we could get a top-caliber candidate in this race, just in case the rabid-dog wing of the Republican Party (Tea Partiers) decide that the extremely conservative, amoral Republican thug Chambliss isn't insane enough for them.

    Is there a possibility of a three-way race (i.e. does Chambliss have plans to run on any other line other than Republicans? If so, it would sure be sweet to have the Republican vote split between a rabid-dog Tea Partier and Chambliss, giving the Democrat an even better chance)?

  •  Diarist can you explain (0+ / 0-)

    why you think immigration is THE crucial issue in Georgia? Does Georgia have an exceptional large population of immigrants or a problem (real or perceived) with them?

    Jon Husted is a dick.

    by anastasia p on Sat Jan 05, 2013 at 08:57:21 AM PST

    •  I think immigration reform like the DREAM Act (0+ / 0-)

      is a winning issue to help win a lot of support from the growing Latino population in Georgia.  Changing demographics and large Latino populations are what helped Obama win states like Colorado, Nevada and New Mexico.  Latino voters want to vote for someone they feel understands their concerns and will fight for a comprehensive plan to fix our flawed immigration system.  Plus in a midterm election, turnout is key.

      Funny Stuff at

      by poopdogcomedy on Sat Jan 05, 2013 at 09:22:05 AM PST

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  •  i think the nov. elections showed (0+ / 0-)

    the tea party wearing out its welcome, sadly. by 2014, more of their demographic (old, angry, white, fundie christian) will have died off, and there aren't enough new "old, angry, white, fundie christians" being created, to replace them on even a 1:1 ratio. with luck, there will be just enough to ensure ms. kremer's success in the republican primary, but not enough to secure her success in the general, where her appeal is much less..................appealing.

  •  Minor point, but isn't Jason Carter (0+ / 0-)

    President Jimmy Carter's grandson, not son.

    Also, Ole Sakby sounds like he's been listening to his neighbor Lindsey talking "smack" to the President. Only Sak didn't say "man up".

    "I'm totally pro-choice in the matter of abortion. But of course I'm also so radically pro-life that I think every person from birth onward must have full and affordable access to healthcare." - Gail Collins

    by gritsngumbo on Sat Jan 05, 2013 at 11:24:10 AM PST

  •  Would LOVE to see a Dem take this seat. (0+ / 0-)

    I'm in Cobb County (Atlanta suburbs).

    There should be an opportunity for a Green-Dem alliance. Who could get nomination of BOTH Green & Dem parties?

    "The true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals." - Barack Obama

    by HeyMikey on Sat Jan 05, 2013 at 07:01:38 PM PST

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