Erick Erickson’s plan to topple Saxby Chambliss in 2014

When Republicans gather in Macon on Friday, and perhaps before all of them arrive, the first speaker will be U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss.

Chambliss has had his share of good press lately, what with being the GOP voice on covert affairs and an organizing member of the Gang of Six attempt to tackle the federal deficit.

But Chambliss has never been beloved by the Georgia GOP’s hardcore. For some reason, he is singled out for vitriol more often than U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, though the two have near-identical voting records.

Four years ago, the pair was involved in an attempt at immigration reform with Democrats (and the Bush White House). It was Chambliss – he’d just lost his job as chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee — who was showered with a chorus of boos for uttering the phrase “guest worker program.”

By the time the Macon Centreplex is filled on Saturday for the main event – the election of a state chairman — Chambliss will have already left the scene. But Erick Erickson of RedState.com wants to make sure people will still be talking about him.

Erickson is pitching an effort to sabotage the Republican senator’s 2014 re-election bid:

[I]t will be damn hard to beat Saxby in a primary, given lobbyist dollars. But Georgia has a hardly ever used law on the books that allows state parties to pick their nominees by convention. Just like Utah voters used to get rid of Bob Bennett….

As the Georgia GOP meets this weekend, the delegates should recognize that as long as they play by Saxby’s rules — a primary fueled by lobbyist dollars — he’s going to keep batting his eyelashes at them while stabbing them in the back in Washington both social issues and fiscal issues.

A convention would fire up the grassroots and give the Georgia GOP’s grassroots activists control of the nomination in a way they’ve never had before. It’s time to take back the party in Georgia.

If you’re Gov. Nathan Deal, you’re passing around Erickson’s idea as a lesson in what could happen when major decisions – perhaps even party chairmanships – are left to the grassroots.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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28 comments Add your comment

Jon

May 10th, 2011
2:00 pm

Erick Erickson thinks himself to be much more important than Erick Erickson actually is.

Tom

May 10th, 2011
2:06 pm

Keep anchoring yourself to those “social” issues, Erick. The consistently-rising tide of social moderation within the GOP will drown you along with the rest of the thumpers.

Atlmom

May 10th, 2011
2:21 pm

I don’t understand why that is ’sabotage.’ We all think that term limits are a good thing (okay, except most elected officials). Time after time, the same people are sent back to govt and time after time they do the same things.
We shouldn’t be sending the same people back to congress year after year. Change is good.

MrLiberty

May 10th, 2011
2:22 pm

Any way to get rid of that neocon big-government liberal Saxby is a good plan. We certainly couldn’t do worse. Maybe we will get someone with some real conservative principles for a change that isn’t beholden to every lobbiest with a briefcase full of cash.

Red

May 10th, 2011
2:25 pm

This is coming from the guy who back in 2002 was so far up Saxby’s bumper all you saw was shoe laces. I remember all of the Irvin supporters telling people that Saxby was a RINO and nothing short of a Southern Democrat. Erickson was insistent that Saxby was not and did much to defend Saxby. Did Mr. RedState see the error of his ways?

Wondering

May 10th, 2011
2:27 pm

Atlmom: If we didn’t have term limits we might be discussing third term president Bush’s policies instead of amatuer Obama’s bungling of the economy. I am a republican and I don’t believe in term limits. Most of these guys take a couple of years to learn the ropes and then they are gone.

Most voters don’t spend their time at political conventions. Erickson may think that is the way to eliminate Saxby but it almost assuredly will send the independent voters to the other side.

DannyX

May 10th, 2011
2:35 pm

“Atlmom: If we didn’t have term limits we might be discussing third term president Bush’s policies instead of amatuer Obama’s bungling of the economy.”

Lol. Third Bush term. Lol.

Lol.

Centrist

May 10th, 2011
2:37 pm

Who says Chambliss will run again? He is looking tired and frail – not to mention being slightly addled.

It is time for him to retire – although few folks go out like Greg Maddox and Billy Wagner. Instead they go kicking and screaming like Tom Glavine.

BPJ

May 10th, 2011
2:45 pm

Hmmm……picking the Republican nominee by convention…..what a great idea. Georgia could become a two-party state sooner than I thought.

It had never occurred to me to “wonder” what would have happened in 2008 without the 22nd Amendment (pushed through by a Republican congress in the 1950s still mad about FDR).Bush’s 3rd term? No. Either he would have lost in the primaries, or would have lost to Obama by a bigger margin than McCain did.

Rafe Hollister

May 10th, 2011
2:52 pm

A good small government conservative, who is in touch with the working people of this state, could beat Saxby and his campaign financiers. We need to focus on finding a good candidate and quit trying to change the rules to defeat him. We will become a banana republic if we change the rules everytime we need to throw out a pretender, like Saxby.

Debbie Dooley

May 10th, 2011
3:04 pm

Another one will bite the dust. Just like Iran, Georgia will become a theocracy and that is for the good of everyone!

Aquagirl

May 10th, 2011
3:09 pm

Getting a talk radio show sure does inflate the ego. It makes our deficit bloat look slow in comparison.

I think Chambliss deserves more flack than Isakson. Republicans won’t admit it, but Saxby’s campaign against Max Cleland was nasty even by today’s standards. And let’s not forget his obstruction of the INS when they tried to arrest illegal immigrants picking Vidalia Onions. Those S. Georgia farmers told Saxby to jump and by god, he was right there, making sure his Agribusiness Masters got their cheap illegal labor.

Saxby Chambliss is a weak, contemptible mess. Even people who agree with his political views can smell that.

ProgressivePeach

May 10th, 2011
3:18 pm

Saxby Chambliss and Erick Erickson. Is there a way both of them can lose?

Last Man Standing

May 10th, 2011
3:20 pm

I think we can all forget the terms “small government” and “big government”. We are already in the age of “enormous government”, and none of us should like it.

nobody

May 10th, 2011
3:30 pm

Saxby Chambliss is a big government, big spending, big earmarking , sorry excuse for a fiscal conservative. No wonder his campaign coffers always overfloweth — his earmarks average $500m per year (comparable to Senator Clinton when she was there, and 5 times Johnny Isakson’s in 2010). Now he is going to ‘lead’ the Gang of Six in fixing the federal deficit!? Outrageous hypocrisy, even by Washington’s low standards. Go get ‘im, Erick!

The Snark

May 10th, 2011
4:17 pm

If the ideologues like Erickson prevail, then the Republican Party will achieve two things: complete purity and complete irrelevence.

SpaceyG on Twitter

May 10th, 2011
4:23 pm

This should be titled Erick Erickson Announces Self-Marginalizing Campaign.

jm

May 11th, 2011
12:13 am

Ha! Erickson’s doing this backwards. First find a worthy candidate…then develop the strategy to knock off Chambliss. Don’t stir up the muck unless you figured out a way to not get caught in it.

J. Davis

May 11th, 2011
7:24 am

Gotta go with Erickson on this one!! I won’t and don’t vote for democrats, but I have never voted for Isakson and Chambliss has now worked himself onto my “won’t vote for list.”

Jon Lester

May 11th, 2011
10:30 am

I welcome Erickson’s efforts to help us finally send a real Democrat to the Senate.

Tax Cuts are good for the Economy

May 11th, 2011
10:40 am

Erickson is a dumbass. Not a bad idea, but for someone claiming to be from the grassroots; how many local GOP meetings does he attend? Not very many.

Ga Values

May 11th, 2011
11:03 am

I voted for Saxby once but never again.. Allen Buckley got my vote last time, he is a real fiscal conservative not a BIG SPENDING, PRO AMNESTY, OWNED BY THE LOBBYIST RINO like Saxby. By the way Saxby’s son is a lobbyist for the Ethanol industry.

LawDawg

May 11th, 2011
1:22 pm

“We all think that term limits are a good thing”

Do we, now?

Kenneth E. Spencer

May 11th, 2011
4:50 pm

I hope that the Republicans have a strong candidate in the primary. I un retired from Florida and came back to Atlanta kn hopes of getting rid of Chambliss, but was forced to vote for him. Just couldn’t vote for a democrat. Prior to retiring I was active in the GOP and had a handshake with him, but it was to no avail. I learned that he doesn’t think too highly of us veterans. LET’S GET HIM OUT, althouh. I believe he will not run.

Serious Robuck

May 11th, 2011
5:44 pm

Saxby and Erick deserve each other. Ewwwww. What a stench they make.

ATLER

May 12th, 2011
7:06 am

Obama’s done a good job stopping the down slide of the economy. Remem er Repubs that GWB destroyed of economy like he’s done to his family’s business. But the great repubs citizens of Ga and this nation want to blame Obama for the economic problems of the USA. Your boy Bush and
Cheney screwed every middle class American with their reckless handling of this country. I’m just saying.

Oh yeah,Deal is a failure and y po u elected him as governor? That’s dummer then re-electing Perdue who did nothing for the State of Ga for 8 years, but look out for him and his friends.

ATLER

May 12th, 2011
7:08 am

Ga Conservatives (Repubs) suck!!!!!!!

GaPatriot

May 12th, 2011
8:19 am

I voted for the Libertarian and then voted for the Democrat, and I am a registered Republican who cannot stand Chambliss and Isakson.

They both worked with Kennedy and McCain on amnesty. Unacceptable.