First Installment of Winners and Losers…

Saxby Chambliss: having expertise in military affairs, landed a spot on the Armed Services Committee, and spent a great deal of face time on CSPAN-3 last week during the casino/gambling hearings on the Hill. That same expertise serves his constituents well. There’s not alot of anti-Saxby sentiment floating around these days. Unless, of course, you’re having coffee with Big Bird and Bob Irvin.

I have to question John Watson, whom I’ll classify as a loser. Effectiveness of his office aside, I’ll fall back on the old concept of perception being reality. Most of us remember Eric Tannenblatt, who was either hated or loved by the folks in the halls. He even had some name ID outside the perimeter. Former President Reagan was the same way: hated or loved, at least everyone knew who he was. I would say the exact opposite of the current Governor’s Chief of Staff: knowledge of him is very limited. He apparently has taken very few stances or leading roles in controversial issues, successful or otherwise. Lack of leadership = lots of losership. Make way for Patrick Moore.

Next, Senator Zell Miller. Definitely a winner. He’s got the best of both worlds. He has the respect and adoration of most, if not all, conservative Republicans, but still maintains such a status as to keep the Democrats over the proverbial barrel. It appears that he wins, both in strategic terms and terms of principle, as well.

That reminds me of a really funny story. Two weekends ago, during Ralph Reed’s fundraiser which was attended by Senator Miller and also by Sean Hannity, the three dignitaries were on stage, and as Ralph was giving the crowd some remarks, he proceeded to laud Sonny Perdue as the greatest governor that Georgia has ever had. Much to his chagrin, I’m sure, he turned, and Senator Miller was still sitting on his right. Oops.

Bill Simon, editor of the now forgotten Political Vine. Consummate Loser. Several years ago, last major election cycle, in fact, the Vine, albeit infamously, had quite the reputation for spawning and propogating political gossip. Now? Does anyone remember the Vine? Subscribe to it? Few. I only remember him because I recieved an email from my old email account informing me that I was still subscribed. Darn, I was really missing that…