Barack Obama has been elected president, but the Senate has not been fully chosen.
Hanging in the balance is, perhaps, the fate of the center-right free market system that has brought America decades of success and prosperity.
The Democrats now have 57 senators, having gained open seats in New Mexico, Colorado, and Virginia and having defeated Republican incumbents in New Hampshire (Sununu), North Carolina (Dole), and Oregon (Smith). But races in Minnesota and Alaska will be decided by recounts.
Republicans are leading in both but, particularly in Minnesota, the margin is too thin for comfort. And, in Georgia, Republican incumbent Saxby Chambliss was forced into a runoff against his Democratic opponent, Jim Martin.
We can’t do much about Minnesota and Alaska, but we sure can do a lot to hold onto the seat in Georgia. And it just might be that seat that marks whether or not we will be able to sustain a filibuster of Obama’s socialist legislation.
If the Democrats prevail in Minnesota and Alaska, they will have 59 seats. Chambliss’ could be the 60th.
If there is one lesson that is plain from the election, it is that conservatism is too important to trust to the Republican Party! A runoff election is a get-out-the-vote contest, and the Republican Party has proven woefully inept at such matters. In the election, the proportion of the vote cast by Republicans dropped from 1.3 percent above the Democrats to 2.6 percent below them.
The Democrats won the election of 2008 because they got their vote out and the Republicans lost it because they did not.
The same thing can happen in Georgia.
Conservatives should go online, right now, and donate to www.GOPtrust.com.
Only a group like this one, The National Republican Trust PAC, which sponsored the Rev. Wright ads that delivered all the undecided vote to McCain in the election, has the flexibility and focus to do what the Republican Party should be doing on its own. And we cannot sit back and let complaisance and over confidence lead us to another election day debacle.
Georgia went for McCain, of course, but it is ominous that even though the Republicans carried the state by 6 points, Chambliss fell short of the vote he needed to avoid a runoff.
To assure that the Democrat — a liberal named Jim Martin —doesn’t win this seat, too, we have to mobilize to get Georgians to see Martin for the liberal he is. Martin is a straight party-line Democrat who can be counted on to do Harry Reid’s bidding. It is time to discard to lame approach Republicans so often take and come out swinging.
That’s what www.GOPtrust.com plans to do if they get enough in voluntary donations.
The Obama victory really started with the organization of MoveOn.org in the bitter climate of Clinton’s impeachment. Since then, the left-wing cyber-roots groups have amassed millions of e-names, piled up hundreds of millions in contributions, and mobilized and expanded their base.
It is through groups like www.GOPtrust.com that we, conservatives, must rely on if we are to take our country back.
But right now, the key battleground is Georgia, and we have to hold the line there.
© Dick Morris & Eileen McGann