Saturday, November 1, 2008

Georgia Senator Saxby Chambliss: Open Racism in the Closing Days

I did not think I would be blogging any more about politics before election day. But I just read something that made me fume. That's putting it mildly.

Saxby Chambliss, who "represents" Georgia in the US Senate, told his supporters according to, regarding the tightening race he faces, that in the early voting "the other folks are voting."

The "other folks" are, of course, African Americans. This is disgusting and its scary.

Here's what he told the NYTimes:
"There has always been a rush to the polls by African-Americans early," he said at the square in Covington, a quick stop on a bus tour as the campaign entered its final week. He predicted the crowds of early voters would motivate Republicans to turn out. "It has also got our side energized, they see what is happening," he said.


Tamar Orvell said...

Thank you for all that you do, say, and are. Unlike too many academics and others who are blessed with talents and opportunities to observe wrongdoings and to showcase them, you speak up, mincing no words and wasting no time. On your watch, while you're here, no one can say that you turn your back on the ugly, ignore the obscene, or bite your tongue to avoid predictable back talk and worse.

Saxby Chambliss is one person I am eager to vote out of office next Tuesday. Thanks for adding another detail to his disturbing profile.

Toby said...

After election day, Chambliss is hanging on by his fingernails - there is a runoff election Dec 2nd.

Given the higher turnout of black voters, and the fact that Martin is already using Obama's victory halo in his ads, he may yet turf Chambliss out of office.

Incidentally, Chambliss is already an odious figure in the eyes of many Democrats. He won election in 2000 after running ads that the Democrat incumbent, Max Cleland, was "soft on national security". Par for the course, you might think, except that Cleland was a Vietnam veteran who won a Silver Star and Bronze Star. Not only that, he lost both legs and an arm at Khe Sanh.

I'll quote Wikipedia "Supporters blamed a Chambliss TV ad featuring the likenesses of Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein, while criticizing Cleland's votes against homeland security measures.[8] The ad, which Cleland supporters claimed questioned the senator's patriotism[9], was removed after protests from prominent politicians including Republicans like John McCain and Chuck Hagel.[10] Chambliss supporters claimed the ad didn't question Cleland's patriotism, but rather his judgment.[11]"

If you're wondering, Chambliss was another prominent Republican (like Bush, Cheney, Rumsfield and others) who found a good reason not to go to Vietnam.