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2008 Election &Conservatives &Fiscal Policy Richard Falknor on 03 Dec 2008 03:27 pm

Chambliss Reelected–But Will He Help Conservatives?

UPDATE DECEMBER 15! John Fund asks today in his “McCain Returns to his ‘Base'” —

‘Is John McCain trying to re-ingratiate himself with the national news media that was so critical and hostile during his campaign against Barack Obama?

On ABC’s ‘This Week’ program yesterday, Mr. McCain failed to back up officials at the Republican National Committee who have been pounding Mr. Obama for his associations with corrupt Illinois political figures such as Governor Rod Blagojevich. Mr. McCain said the criticism was ill-timed and off-base. ‘Right now, I think we should try to be working constructively together, not only on an issue such as this, but on the economy stimulus package, reforms that are necessary,” he told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos.’I don’t know all the details of the relationship between President-elect Obama’s campaign or his people and the governor of Illinois, but I have some confidence that all the information will come out. It always does, it seems to me.'”

Extract from the WSJ’s Political Diary (subscription only).

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UPDATE! “Chambliss: Palin ‘allowed us to peak'” reports Andy Barr in Politico here“‘I can’t overstate the impact she had down here,’ Chambliss said during an interview Wednesday morning on Fox News.’When she walks in a room, folks just explode,’ he added. ‘And they really did pack the house everywhere we went. She’s a dynamic lady, a great administrator, and I think she’s got a great future in the Republican Party.’ Chambliss said that after watching her campaign on his behalf at several events Monday, he does not see her star status diminishing within the party.” (Hat Tip Rick Moran at the American Thinker.)

Chambliss Reelected–But Will He Help Conservatives?

The good news from yesterday is that Georgia Republican senator Saxby Chambliss won decisively.  The myth of Obama movement invincibility was set back — at least for the present.  Of course, a statewide election in generally conservative Georgia is a low bar for testing how well the Obama movement can be slowed.

The unanswered question now is whether the good Mr. Chambliss will stand with conservatives against more bailouts to nowhere, for expanding our energy supply, and continue to stand firm against amnesty.

BAILOUT

Here is the senator’s vote for the bailout enacted October 3.

GANG OF TEN

We wrote here on November 16 —

“Friday’s Washington Post reports that a “McCain-Obama Meeting [Is] Set in Motion by Graham.”  The article here speaks for itself:

“He [senator Lindsey Graham] said the energy package drafted by a bipartisan group of 10 senators, including himself, could easily serve as a model for cooperation with the Obama administration — and something that McCain could help lead on.” (Underscoring Forum’s.)statew

Stephen Spruiell revealed in  “The Ethanol Gang” on NRO here last August 8 —

“Earlier today, Larry linked to Kim Strassel’s Wall Street Journal article on the Senate’s “Gang of Ten.” I’m linking to it again, because it is vitally important reading for anyone trying to understand the damage the gang is doing. Here’s a key passage:

… it was probably too much to assume every Republican would work out that their side was winning [the energy] issue. And so, last Friday, in stumbled Sens. Lindsey Graham, John Thune, Saxby Chambliss, Bob Corker and Johnny Isakson — alongside five Senate Democrats. This “Gang of 10” announced a “sweeping” and “bipartisan” energy plan to break Washington’s energy “stalemate.” What they did was throw every vulnerable Democrat, and Mr. Obama, a life preserver.

That’s because the plan is a Democratic giveaway. New production on offshore federal lands is left to state legislatures, and then in only four coastal states. The regulatory hurdles are huge. And the bill bars drilling within 50 miles of the coast — putting off limits some of the most productive areas. Alaska’s oil-rich Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is still a no-go.

The highlight is instead $84 billion in tax credits, subsidies and federal handouts for alternative fuels and renewables. The Gang of 10 intends to pay for all this in part by raising taxes on . . . oil companies! The Sierra Club couldn’t have penned it better. And so the Republican Five has potentially given antidrilling Democrats the political cover they need to neutralize energy through November.

There’s one word that explains why these five Republicans are selling out: Biofuels. The gang’s ‘compromise bill’ contains billions in subsidies for research into biofuels, and for the manufacture of ethanol-burning cars.

Thune is from the corn-producing state of South Dakota and has always been a big advocate for corn ethanol. The flagship university in Corker’s home state of Tennessee houses a major biofuels research center, specializing in cellulosic ethanol from switchgrass. Chambliss is the ranking member of the Senate Agriculture Committee. He and Isakson both represent Georgia, where they are trying to figure out how to turn Georgia peanuts into fuel. And Graham — well, Graham just seems to have a mania for joining bipartisan gangs.

The worst part — as Strassel points out — is that the gang would raise the money for these new ethanol ventures by repealing tax provisions that allow oil companies to write off the cost of expanding refinery capacity. Whatever this bill is, it’s not a cheaper-gas bill. In fact, despite its meager drilling provisions, it looks a lot like the opposite.”

AMNESTY?

Michelle Malkin writes here in “A Georgia reader holds his nose and votes; Update: Chambliss wins” – –

“Update: Chambliss wins the runoff. Now, conservatives must hold his feet to the fire.One more thing: Guess the ‘Cuda Effect trumped the Luda Effect.

One other thing: Stacy McCain defends Saxby’s immigration record. Points taken, but the takeaway from his shamnesty dalliance is that the guy went wobbly went it mattered most — and it took massive resistance and vigilance to set him straight.”

Apart from whether (Michelle Malkin’s take vs. that of Stacy McCain) senator Chambliss is fully reliable today on opposing amnesty, his approach on energy and on future bailouts is troubling.  Apparently Georgia and national conservatives will have to work closely together to hold Mr. Chambliss’ “feet to the fire” to dissaude him from joining senators John McCain, Lindsey Graham, and several others in undermining the conservative defense in the U. S. Senate. 

 

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