Saxby Chambliss out: Mediaite & Morning Joe hardest hit

by Datechguy | January 26th, 2013

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Saxby Chambliss out: Mediaite & Morning Joe hardest hit

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I remem­ber in the wan­ing days of the first term of the Obama admin­is­tra­tion the left through their pri­mary organ of com­mu­ni­ca­tion MSNBC decided that Grover Norquist was the root of all evil when it came to taxes.

The great­est suc­cess of this cam­paign came when Geor­gia Sen­a­tor Saxby Cham­b­liss decided to renounce it:

Appear­ing on a local Geor­gia tele­vi­sion sta­tion Wednes­day evening, Sen­a­tor Saxby Cham­b­liss (R-​GA) said that fix­ing America’s debt woes may require him break­ing with anti-​tax activist Grover Norquist‘s long-​standing pledge, say­ing that “I care more about my coun­try than I do about a 20-​year-​old pledge.”

It was a great day for the left, and the MSNBC crowd praised Cham­b­liss and pooh poohed Norquist when he answered thus:

Norquist responded on CNN tonight, find­ing it odd that Cham­b­liss would tar­get him specif­i­cally when the Amer­i­cans for Tax Reform pledge is a promise not to him, but to a politician’s constituents.

Norquist said Cham­b­liss’ remarks were “con­fus­ing” because the pledge was not made on his behalf, but on the behalf of Cham­b­liss’ own constitutents.

Norquist not with­stand­ing the left con­tin­ued to cel­e­brate Cham­b­liss’ After all they were in a no lose sit­u­a­tion. If the GOP pri­maried him and he won that would sim­ply strengthen the spine of those in the GOP will­ing to betray the vot­ers con­sider rev­enues, if he was defeated in a pri­mary, well I’ll let a com­men­ta­tor at Medi­ate explain:

This is won­der­ful! I look for­ward to the teabag­ger who pri­maries him and wins the nom­i­na­tion, à la O’Donnell/Mourdock, hand­ing his seat over to the Democ­rats. Repub­li­cans don’t seem to real­ize how screwed they are after court­ing the cra­zies for short term polit­i­cal gains in 2010.

Edwin from NJ would have been less encour­aged if he read Stacy McCain who said at the time:

Mark my word, the hand­writ­ing on the wall will become clear enough pretty soon and, by mid-​2013 at the lat­est, Cham­b­liss will announce that he will retire rather than seek re-​election.

But the thoughts of a mere blog­ger (decades in jour­nal­ism not with­stand­ing) meant noth­ing to the real jounoalists like Mike Bar­ni­cle:

Grover’s taken a big hit since the elec­tion, there’s no doubt about it,” Morn­ing Joe’s Mike Bar­ni­cle said. “I’ve talked to a cou­ple of United States Sen­a­tors who said there’s at least 10 to 12 Repub­li­can sen­a­tors who are will­ing to walk away from Grover Norquist on the tax pledge.”

and John Heilemann

San­ity is contagious,”

And on Morn­ing Joe they dis­cussed Frank Bruni’s piece: Is Grover Over?

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As late as Decem­ber you had posts at Morn­ing Joe say­ing:

Sen. Saxby Cham­b­liss, 69, isn’t afraid of anti-​tax bogey­man Grover Norquist,

Cham­b­liss was at worst going to lose a pri­mary and give Dems a shot at an unreach­able seat, and at best Cham­b­liss wins a pri­mary encour­ag­ing oth­ers in the GOP to spend spend spend! Yup MSNBC & the MSM has spo­ken anti-​tax pledge was fin­ished, the con­ven­tional wis­dom had changed

…right up until the point when it had not:

Geor­gia Sen. Saxby Cham­b­liss said Fri­day he will not seek a third term next year, express­ing deep frus­tra­tion with Wash­ing­ton grid­lock that he doesn’t see chang­ing in a divided government.

…deep frus­tra­tion with Wash­ing­ton Grid­lock? Funny just two months ago the Wash­ing­ton Grid­lock wasn’t frus­trat­ing enough for him to keep him from seek­ing re-​election.

Let this an object les­son to every mem­ber of the GOP cau­cus liv­ing inside the media bub­ble. Reports of both Grover Norquist and the Tea Party’s polit­i­cal demise have been greatly exaggerated…reports of Saxby Cham­b­liss’ polit­i­cal demise have not.

The media will no doubt spin this as an indict­ment of grid­lock and bemoan Sen Cham­b­liss depar­ture in the same way they did Olympia Snowe. As for the hoped for vic­tory in GA I regret to inform Edwin from NJ that GA is not Maine.

John Heile­man was right. Saxby Cham­b­liss IS con­ta­gious and mem­bers of the GOP who catch this dis­ease are likely to suf­fer the same polit­i­cal fate.

Update: The most hilar­i­ous piece on this story comes from the Atlanta Jour­nal Constitution’s “Polit­i­cal Insider” piece that in 777 words on Cham­b­liss’ deci­sion doesn’t men­tion his flip flop on the Norquist at all.

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I remember in the waning days of the first term of the Obama administration the left through their primary organ of communication MSNBC decided that Grover Norquist was the root of all evil when it came to taxes.

The greatest success of this campaign came when Georgia Senator Saxby Chambliss decided to renounce it:

Appearing on a local Georgia television station Wednesday evening, Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) said that fixing America’s debt woes may require him breaking with anti-tax activist Grover Norquist‘s long-standing pledge, saying that “I care more about my country than I do about a 20-year-old pledge.”

It was a great day for the left, and the MSNBC crowd praised Chambliss and pooh poohed Norquist when he answered thus:

Norquist responded on CNN tonight, finding it odd that Chambliss would target him specifically when the Americans for Tax Reform pledge is a promise not to him, but to a politician’s constituents.

Norquist said Chambliss’ remarks were “confusing” because the pledge was not made on his behalf, but on the behalf of Chambliss’ own constitutents.

Norquist not withstanding the left continued to celebrate Chambliss’ After all they were in a no lose situation. If the GOP primaried him and he won that would simply strengthen the spine of those in the GOP willing to betray the voters consider revenues, if he was defeated in a primary, well I’ll let a commentator at Mediate explain:

This is wonderful! I look forward to the teabagger who primaries him and wins the nomination, a la O’Donnell/Mourdock, handing his seat over to the Democrats. Republicans don’t seem to realize how screwed they are after courting the crazies for short term political gains in 2010.

Edwin from NJ would have been less encouraged if he read Stacy McCain who said at the time:

Mark my word, the handwriting on the wall will become clear enough pretty soon and, by mid-2013 at the latest, Chambliss will announce that he will retire rather than seek re-election.

But the thoughts of a mere blogger (decades in journalism not withstanding) meant nothing to the real jounoalists like Mike Barnicle:

“Grover’s taken a big hit since the election, there’s no doubt about it,” Morning Joe’s Mike Barnicle said. “I’ve talked to a couple of United States Senators who said there’s at least 10 to 12 Republican senators who are willing to walk away from Grover Norquist on the tax pledge.”

and John Heilemann

“Sanity is contagious,”

And on Morning Joe they discussed Frank Bruni’s piece: Is Grover Over?

Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

As late as December you had posts at Morning Joe saying:

Sen. Saxby Chambliss, 69, isn’t afraid of anti-tax bogeyman Grover Norquist,

Chambliss was at worst going to lose a primary and give Dems a shot at an unreachable seat, and at best Chambliss wins a primary encouraging others in the GOP to spend spend spend! Yup MSNBC & the MSM has spoken anti-tax pledge was finished, the conventional wisdom had changed

…right up until the point when it had not:

Georgia Sen. Saxby Chambliss said Friday he will not seek a third term next year, expressing deep frustration with Washington gridlock that he doesn’t see changing in a divided government.

…deep frustration with Washington Gridlock? Funny just two months ago the Washington Gridlock wasn’t frustrating enough for him to keep him from seeking re-election.

Let this an object lesson to every member of the GOP caucus living inside the media bubble. Reports of both Grover Norquist and the Tea Party’s political demise have been greatly exaggerated…reports of Saxby Chambliss’ political demise have not.

The media will no doubt spin this as an indictment of gridlock and bemoan Sen Chambliss departure in the same way they did Olympia Snowe. As for the hoped for victory in GA I regret to inform Edwin from NJ that GA is not Maine.

John Heileman was right. Saxby Chambliss IS contagious and members of the GOP who catch this disease are likely to suffer the same political fate.

Update: The most hilarious piece on this story comes from the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s “Political Insider” piece that in 777 words on Chambliss’ decision doesn’t mention his flip flop on the Norquist at all.

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