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Chambliss Win Offers Secret for GOP Comeback

Thursday, 04 Dec 2008 12:28 PM

We have written before that the message of the November election results for us is simple: Conservatism and the free enterprise system are too important to leave their protection to the morons who run the Republican Party.

So when even the ability to filibuster seemed on the verge of being taken from the forces of conservative government, we decided to act by helping to raise funds for independent expenditure groups who are willing to run the kind of ads and do the sort of cyber-roots campaigning that was essential to stop the slide in conservative fortunes and guarantee Democrats would not get the elusive but crucial 60th vote in the Senate.

The challenge presented itself on Election Day when Republican incumbent Saxby Chambliss failed to win the 50 percent of the vote necessary to avoid a runoff. In the runoff, won by Chambliss this past Tuesday, Democrats had their final shot at getting the 60 votes they will need in the Senate to cut off debate and jam through any legislation they wish.

Over the past four weeks, we have reached out to you and to the Fox News' audience for donations to independent expenditure groups to finance the fight for the Georgia Senate race.

We didn't ask anyone's permission or coordinate with any of the powers-that-be.

These organizations grasped the essential point that the way to appeal to Georgia voters was to explain the Senate rules and to underscore that Obama might be able to pass his most radical agenda — unchecked — if the Democrats won in the Georgia Senate runoff which pitted Chambliss against Democratic challenger Jim Martin.

The geniuses who run the Republican Party had it all wrong.

The conventional wisdom was that Chambliss should stress his record and Martin's liberalism as if the national balance in the Senate were not on the line. But we insisted that the essential point is that Chambliss was the potential 60th seat that would impel Georgians to flock to the polls.

Independent expenditure groups ran almost a million dollars of ads in Georgia (a huge amount for a medium-sized state) emphasizing the need to stop Obama from getting a supermajority in the Senate.

And it worked. Where most polls had projected a narrow Chambliss victor of 2 points to 4 points, he won with a resounding 14-point margin.

Rather than being trampled by a rush of Democratic voters, the Republican candidate was propelled to a big victory by a huge conservative turnout, no doubt impelled and catalyzed by the efforts of media and Internet campaigning financed by independent expenditure groups!

Now, even if the Democrats cheat Minnesota out of the services of Sen. Norm Coleman and put Al Franken in his place, the filibuster will be safe, a weapon to defend our freedom.

This is the second time that this strategy of using independent expenditure groups to get out the right message has worked.

When McCain refused any form of attacks on Obama's relationship with the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, independent expenditure groups jumped in and aired ads exposing the relationship.

The result was that instead of Obama cruising to the predicted 10 point to 12 point victory forecast in most polls, the undecided vote all broke against him and he won by only six points — not enough to win the supermajority he coveted in the Senate. And this week, his efforts were frustrated again by the Chambliss win in Georgia.

So this sets the pattern for resistance to Obama's socialist agenda over the next four years. When a crucial test is underway, we will appeal for your donations to wage the battle with no holds barred.

Together, we can do a lot to save the country!

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