Saxby Chambliss got an unusual amount of attention this week. Georgia’s senior senator was front and center explaining the “Gang of Six” fiscal plan that was endorsed by President Obama and hailed by much of the press, even as it drew mixed reviews from Republicans on Capitol Hill and sharp criticism from some conservative commentators.
My own take, as I wrote Thursday, is that the proposal relies too much on future actions by Congress to be considered a concrete plan — for better or for worse. It’s almost the legislative equivalent of the “blank screen” that Obama has called himself: one that allows people to project upon it what they want to see.
But we all know that, as president, the Blank Screen hasn’t stoked bland emotions.
Nor will Chambliss move on from his Gang work quietly, especially among Georgia Republicans.
Does the 'Gang of Six' help or hurt Saxby Chambliss?
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Some of this story remains to be written: The Gang’s plan could wind up forgotten, taken apart and borrowed from piecemeal, or put into action — to good effect or bad effect, given how many of the proposal’s details are still TBD. But, as things stand today, will Chambliss’ role in the Gang of Six, and its work product, boost him or diminish him politically?
That’s this week’s Poll Position question. Vote in the poll and answer in the comments thread. I’m particularly interested in the opinions of those Georgians who already tend to vote for Republicans, rather than those who would most likely vote for a future Democratic opponent of Chambliss anyway. But hey, it’s a free country!
– By Kyle Wingfield