Mac and Cheese Cheney

Rumors from the OEOB in DC are that Vice President Cheney, this early out, has already commited to flying into Warner Robins to assist Mac Collins in his efforts to toss out Congressman Jim Marshall. Now if Collins will just be sure to have a fair number of outside the beltway types on his campaign.


  1. Bull Moose says:

    It would help if Max Burns would have a few “outside the beltway” types on his campaign — with the recent “I was going to get more money for the 12th District” comments — it makes you wonder who they are communicating to…

  2. Erick says:

    We have to keep Cheney’s help in mind. He did nothing for Calder Clay, who did not run a great campaign. Mac can be expected to run a better campaign and, as a result, he’ll get more bang for each buck Cheney helps him raise.

  3. Will Mac’s campign be as awesome as his Senate campaign? In other words, will he have enough money to purchase advertising on anything besides the Georgia Gang, and if so, will the ads be as awful this time as his Senate ad was?

  4. Rebel says:

    Cheney can help with $$$ and media. What he can’t help with is making Marshall look liberal (he trys to come off as a moderate) and making Mac look warm and fuzzy.

  5. albert says:

    I think Mac was outgunned and did not have appropriate advice on his Senatorial campaign. That being said, I do believe it would have been literally impossible for anyone other than Isakson to win. With the money the Realtors spent (somewhere in the neighborhood of $4,000,000) and his own coffers, he could have made everyone in Georgia believe he was George Washington reincarnated.

    Couple that with the fact you had Herman literally all over the state numerous times wowing crowds, it was not the most conventional race.

    Mac should get a real estate license and tap into the goose in DC that Johnny did. However, I don’t think that will be necessary on this one. Mac knows how to run a vigilante campaign and is great at being accessible. Also, the National Party is focusing on this district.

    I don’t believe VP Cheney’s visit will do much to attract new voters but it might help energize the base. Mac’s a good man and people believe in him. I think he’ll do well if he works it.

  6. Marshall is hardly a liberal. Additionally, if you take the Republican portions of his district (North Macon, Houston County) he has certain advantages in those areas (former mayor of Macon, military connections with Warner Robins) that your average Democrat does not have. Collins has no similar offsetting advantages in Democratic areas.

    In other words, none of the Democrats in the district have a reason to vote for Collins, but quite a few of the Republicans in the district will have a reason to vote for Marshall. A Sonny Perdue type Republican from Houston could probably take a good shot at Marshall, but I just don’t see a non-Macon area candidate taking out Marshall.

    Here’s another way of looking at it: The new Marshall district has parts of the old 3rd, parts of the old 8th and parts of the old 1st district. And if you add up all of the votes for Democrats in that old district in 2004 and all of the votes for Republicans, there are more Democratic votes than Republican votes. And that takes into account that Lynn Westmoreland was blowing out his opposition and Jack Kingston ran unopposed.

    So, basically, just the votes that Marshall got in his portion of the district (about 70% of the new district) are enough to put him over the top compared to the votes that Republicans got in 100% of the district. That’s before you add the Democratic votes that he will get in the other 30% of the district.

    Good luck to Collins if he wants to run, but you have to be delusional to think you’ve got a good shot at it. But then again, he did run for the Senate.

  7. GOPGrassroots says:


    Cheney came down and did a fundraiser for Calder in ’04.

    I’m not sure how much it raised.

  8. Tater Tate says:

    The VP is good for about $150,000 on a good night. Calder brought the VP to Macon, but Mac will bring him to Houston County, key to the new district.

    And, by the way, Marshall is as liberal as they come, with the exception of the military. His strong support there has kept him his seat. But he is for the death tax, and is liberal on social issues. It will be an uphill battle, but those of us south of Macon stand ready to work for Mac. He is a good man, if not the modern slick politician.

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