It seems that the popular line of “conservatives”* around here is that Saxby needs to be replaced with Jim Martin, so that in 6 years we can get a “real conservative”*
The basis of this seems to center around votes for big government expansion, unfunded, that has devalued the dollar and will cause inflation.
So there is an understanding that you don’t want the value of your investment to diminish over time. Agreed? Good. Let’s keep going.
Let’s assume that the world is a different place 6 years from now, and Georgians are ready and willing to vote for this mythical perfect conservative* in 2014. Our conservative Senator will take his place among the 102 Senators in D.C., right alongside Eleanor Holmes Norton and Marion Barry.
Among the issues that democrats are sure to push during their term without check or balance is sure to be D.C. Statehood. They know that there will never be a better opportunity to permanently add two Democrats to the U.S. Senate, as well as an extra permanent Congressman. It wouldn’t be too surprising to see a greater effort to get Puerto Rico to accept statehood, as well.
Thus, when we elect this unblemished conservative* in six years, he or she will be one of 102 or more U.S. senators. The value of this vote would be diminished, as well as it is more likely that this perfect specimen would be in the permanent minority. The extra Democrat Senators, the change in union organization rules (and changes in mandatory dues being used for political purposes), random sampling “adjusting” U.S. Census numbers, and continued efforts to block citizenship checks of registered voters will give the Dems huge advantages in the next few elections. We’re going to have to work harder than ever to get an official “50% +1”.
Jim Martin is no Sam Nunn. He’s an unapologetic progressive. He’ll be part of the Dem team in D.C., and will help to entrench the progressive agenda for a long time to come.
I’m not happy with many of Saxby’s votes, but I have found him open, and willing to listen. More importantly, he’s done what we asked him over the last 6 years. We’ve just changed our minds after the fact of what is was we wanted him to do.
When he’s crossed the base, (Gang of 10, immigration reform), he’s listened to his constituents and changed his position accordingly.
I intend to vote for Saxby. I also plan, should he be reelected, to let him hear from me more often about how we expect him to represent us in D.C.
Jim Martin would not just be a placeholder for 6 years. Elections have consequences.
* I’m still not sure what this term means anymore