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Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Republicans Strike Back

Republicans scored a major victory last night in the first federal election since Democrats took the White House, putting a filibuster-proof Senate out of the reach of Democrats and giving Republicans a powerful weapon to block extreme legislation from the far left.

In the hotly contested U.S. Senate runoff election in Georgia, Republican Senator Saxby Chambliss trounced his Democrat opponent 60-40. The victory leaves only one Senate race unresolved, the Minnesota contest between Republican incumbent Norm Coleman and his liberal opponent Al Franken. A recount is under way, Coleman was in the lead at last count, and Franken has suffered setsbacks in his attempts to force certain votes to be counted over others.

The Chambliss victory represents a major defeat for Barack Obama and the Democrats who were hoping the vaunted Obama machine could be turned to elect other Democrat candidates. Last night, it could not.

In California, Democrats similarly failed to win the supermajority in the legislature they were eagerly telling the media was so obtainable before Election Day. While Republicans in the United States Senate will be in a position to use their strength to block egregious Democrat initiatives - like taking away secret ballots in unionization elections - Republicans in Sacramento are in a position to block Democrat tax increases and secure important victories for Californians in order to adopt a state budget

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