Personally, I couldn't care less if the entire American automobile industry were to tank in the next couple weeks, causing millions of workers to lose their jobs and untold damage to the nation's already fragile economy.
I don't drive. I take the subway in to work. So, I don't see how something like that could possibly affect me.
That said, Democrat Chris Dodd, chairman of the Senate banking committee, is all going all blah blah blah about how he doesn't think that there would be enough Republican support in a proposed lame-duck session of Congress next week to pass a bailout bill for Big Car…
"Right now, I don't think there are the votes," the chairman, Senator Christopher J. Dodd of Connecticut, said, adding that he personally was in favor of using money from the $700 billion financial rescue program to help General Motors, Ford and Chrysler. But Mr. Dodd said he did not believe such a bill would get through the Senate.
"I don't know of a single Republican who's willing to support," Mr. Dodd said. "So I want to be careful about bringing up a proposition that might fail in light of the fact the authority exists, and under an Obama administration there seems to be a greater willingness to deal with the issue. So there are some political considerations to be made."
If that's the case, that there's not "a single Republican who's willing to support" it in a 51-49 split Senate, then they're still fucked. Unless Al Franken, Mark Begich and Jim Martin all manage to win their Senate races somehow, the Democrats are still going to be short of the 60 votes needed to pass the bill.
I guess all of you will just have to follow my lead and start taking the subway to the jobs that you don't have.
It's not all that bad. Just make sure to bring an iPod and stare straight ahead into oblivion whenever a guy with a guitar gets on the train.
Tags: Al Franken, Auto Industry, Chris Dodd, Jim Martin, Mark Begich, Senate
In light of news that John McCain and Sarah Palin will be campaigning for Georgia Senator Saxby Chambliss, who faces a run-off election agaist Democratic challenger Jim Martin, Political Wire dug up this quote from McCain:
"I'd never seen anything like that ad. Putting pictures of Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden next to the picture of a man who left three limbs on the battlefield — it's worse than disgraceful. It's reprehensible."
– Sen. John McCain, quoted by CNN, on the campaign ads used by Saxby Chambliss (R) against Sen. Max Cleland (D-GA) in the 2002 U.S. Senate race.
I'd never seen anything like that Political Wire post. Putting the name of Max Cleland next to the name of a man who left all his integrity on the campaign trail — it's worse than disgraceful. It's reprehensible.
Tags: Georgia, Jim Martin, John McCain, Saxby Chambliss
Come on, Georgia. How Florida-adjacent do you really want to be?
Although John McCain already conceded the presidency to Barack Obama, reliably Republican Georgia had yet to tally some 100,000 votes from heavily populated counties, complicating the process of awarding the state's 15 electoral votes.
The Associated Press held off calling Georgia for McCain because of outstanding absentee and early votes in the metro Atlanta counties of Fulton, Cobb and Gwinnett.
When those votes come in, it's likely that incumbent Senator Saxby Chambliss will face a runoff against his Democratic challenger, Jim Martin. For those of you who don't remember the only guy you ever heard of named Saxby who wasn't an extra-canonical Star Wars character, he's the guy who defeated disabled Vietnam veteran Max Cleland in 2002 with an ad juxtaposing Cleland's face with Osama Bin Laden's. Patton said it best last night:
"Please baby Jesus, make Saxby Chambliss lose in Georgia. Also, it'd be nice if he could wander onto some train tracks and get T-boned by a commuter express."
Tags: Barack Obama, Election Day, Georgia, Jim Martin, John McCain, Patton Oswalt, Saxby Chambliss
The Democrats' chances for a 60-vote Senate supermajority likely ride on Georgia, where Senator Saxby Chambliss is struggling to find a message that doesn't involve linking a triple-amputee war hero to Osama bin Laden.
His opponent is Democrat Jim Martin who, despite being a friendly, competent guy, has been damaged by the fact that there aren't any public photos of him wrapped in a Confederate flag.
If neither candidate gets a majority of voters (50%), the race goes to a December run-off. If, at that point, the Democrats are sitting on 59 Senate votes, you'll see Martin's stock swoon faster Mark Foley at a Jonas Brothers concert.
See while Georgians might be up for the simple concept of replacing Chambliss, there is no way that they'd be the ones to engender the greatest Democratic power assault since Aaron Burr killed Alexander Hamilton.
And even if Martin won, Joe Lieberman would just jump ship to the GOP.
(Provided that he's allowed to caucus from John McCain's lap.)
Tags: Aaron Burr, Alexander Hamilton, Georgia, Jim Martin, Joe Lieberman, John McCain, Mark Foley, Saxby Chambliss