So Kyle Wingfield wrote a column about his interview with Sen. Saxby Chambliss, mostly about the possibility of shutting down the government (yes, please!) but tagged this little nugget from our Senator on at the end:
“This is an eight-year decision for me. It’s two years [campaigning] plus six years” in office, he said. “And if I thought the next eight years were going to be filled with contentious debates and the wrong way to govern that we have just gone through in the last two months, it would have a significant impact on my decision. But yeah, right now my plans are to run.”
Which prompted the eagle-eyed Jim Galloway to underline and question the “right now” part of that quotation. Which only serves to fuel the speculation and rumor that Sen. Chambliss, guaranteed a primary challenge from the Tea Party Express, and according to Charlie –without much support from Governor Deal, may not seek another term in 2014.
Chambliss would be 70 years old at the start of a re-election campaign -which doesn’t mean anything by itself, but is the age when many folks start to mutter “I’ve had enough of this nonsense.” So, who would make a good Senator should Chambliss decide he doesn’t want 8 more years that look like the last two months? Rep. Phil Gingrey or Rep. Lynn Westmoreland? Or is there someone else who’s not being mentioned?