Saxby Chambliss picks a fight with C-SPAN

On MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss today picked a fight with – of all the milquetoast entities to choose from – the low-profile C-SPAN, which televises nonstop the sessions of Congress.

Chambliss was actually making a valid point, of how the presence of TV cameras in the U.S. Capitol has changed the way that Congress does business. Newt Gingrich clawed his way to the House speakership in the 1990s in part by using the new technology – in five-minute speeches he and his GOP allies would deliver to the folks at home.

Here’s the clip:

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Said Chambliss on the topic of Washington rancor:

”One thing that has made it that way is C-SPAN, very honestly. You’ve got folks on TV, and now – instead of doing political commercials – they rant and rave during dinner time on the East Coast, and then at 9 o’clock you see the West Coast guys up there. Being able to portray back home – ‘I’m fighting!’ – is the mantra that many people have.”

C-SPAN was not amused. The cable network mounted a quick defense this morning. From Politico.com:

C-SPAN founder and CEO Brian Lamb charged that the senator’s criticisms were misguided and accused politicians of trying to shift blame off themselves onto others.

“It’s like blaming the Bureau of Printing and Engraving for our $15 trillion debt,” Lamb [said]. “Since the beginning of time, television has been criticized for everything possible. I mean, if you can’t get your job done, you look around and try to blame it on somebody else. Television has nothing to do with the inability of this town to deal with the problems that are in front of them.”

C-SPAN also tweeted out the following:

Want to see Sen. Saxby Chambliss’ (R-GA) 599 C-SPAN appearances? Go to his @cspanvl bio page: http://cs.pn/Hprwf3

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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33 comments Add your comment

Aaron Burr V Mexico

March 30th, 2012
12:38 pm

Chambliss attacks transparency in congress literally at the same time the Georgia State Legislature is giving themselves Ministry of Truth powers?

Coincidence? I think not.

Welcome to Georgia, worlds exporter of corruption this side of Russia or China. #3 in the world isn’t that bad….

Or at least they wanna be.

Shar

March 30th, 2012
12:43 pm

If more people watched CSPAN they’d realize that Saxby Chambliss prefers playing golf with lobbyists to attending Senate sessions. Calling attention to the network would just call attention to the fact that he’s not there – if it weren’t so incredibly boring to watch. As it is, he’s safe.

Aaron Burr V Mexico

March 30th, 2012
12:49 pm

He also, along with half the democrats supported SOPA. As did Isakson.

So you get the WORST of Republican nonsense plus crossing the aisle to do the most corrupt things the democrats are doing to.

Now THAT’S bipartisanship.

Centrist

March 30th, 2012
1:05 pm

What he said is true, but it has worked for both parties. Politicians of both parties think about how to get elected, stay elected, and how best to cash in. Constituents are merely possible campaign contributors/voters (in that order).

George Kaplan

March 30th, 2012
1:25 pm

This is the same man who ‘morphed’ Max Cleland into Osama bin Laden in his first senatorial campaign.

But, CSPAN is to blame for excessive partisanship in the Senate. It’s not like Chambliss brought any of that in with him, or anything, right?

Hamilton

March 30th, 2012
1:29 pm

“I believe it’s more important to solve a problem than to preserve that problem to use on a campaign. I am willing to work or share or give all the credit to someone if the idea is good. I don’t believe we have to treat people we disagree with as an enemy. I’ve fought in a war. I have seen the enemy. We don’t have enemies in our political environment here.” Nathan Fletcher, Rep. CA who recently resigned from the GOP to become an independent.

Aaron Burr V Mexico

March 30th, 2012
1:34 pm

And, by the way, with SOPA, PIPA and ACTA, the kochroaches kept it secret as long as possible and we see how wonderful these bills were.

So yes, Zaxby Chicken, let’s have LESS transparency.

You can take my internet when you pry it from my cold dead hands you d*mn dirty ape.

Intown

March 30th, 2012
1:51 pm

Still can’t forget the slime Saxby sunk into in order to defeat Max Cleland and obtain his seat to begin with.

Aaron Burr V Mexico

March 30th, 2012
1:54 pm

IOKIYAR.

Honor only matters in the south if its the guy you LIKE.

Bernie

March 30th, 2012
2:02 pm

Saxby, seems to be worried about that INVASIVE ULTRASOUND that is scheduled for him and the rest of the Republican and Tea Party Members in November. Senator, You have been “ASKING FOR IT” for many years now. Just “CLOSE YOUR EYES” and put an “ASPIRIN BETWEEN YOUR KNEES” and all will be just fine.

yellowdog.

March 30th, 2012
2:36 pm

you all got it right this time……..its called democracy isnt it? uninterrupted by commercials, we are left to see these fools for what they are. rock on CSPAN

Wallis T. Coper

March 30th, 2012
2:38 pm

bart

March 30th, 2012
2:58 pm

Is this guy for real? He is our employee, and we have a right to know what he and our other employees are doing. Unfortunately, we can see they are doing very little that is productive. I guess he wants to return to the days of decisions being made behind closed doors in smoke filled rooms. Saxby, this is a democracy whether you like it or not. It’s no wonder the approval rating of Congress is at an all time low.

OhYeah

March 30th, 2012
4:47 pm

I usually change the office breakroom tv from whatever crap channel it’s on to CSpan, sometimes CSpan2, the Deuce. Just to watch House of Reps instead of Senate. Beats the hell out of daytime talk shows.

honested

March 30th, 2012
5:03 pm

That nut getrich was able to ‘claw his way into the speakership’ by virtue of having free teevee available when everyone else was gone is reason enough to remove the cameras or at least turn them off when there is not an active session populated by at least 50% of the member and actually debating or voting.

Use of public resources to stroke one’s ego should have long ago been made Capitol Offense!

LMAO

March 30th, 2012
5:05 pm

Thanks td your guys have finally got us a number one ranking. We’re no. 1, We’re no. 1, We’re no. 1!!! LMAO!!!!!!! CORRUPT AS ¿%&*!!!!!! Ha ha

Road Scholar

March 30th, 2012
5:05 pm

td, while you are teaching him spelling, brush up on your complete sentences! And don’t bother with politics, especially your brand of politics!

td

March 30th, 2012
5:15 pm

LMAO and Road Schlor,

I think you guys have been duped. This is my first post on this blog.

honested

March 30th, 2012
5:19 pm

td,

I don’t know, the spelling seems the same.

td

March 30th, 2012
5:32 pm

I never thought I would come on a blog and praise Jimmy Carter for anything. But dang, the man came out and told the Democrats that abortion is wrong.

td

March 30th, 2012
5:34 pm

honested

March 30th, 2012
5:19 pm

What can I say. I have such a huge following on these blogs that they are starting to learn my honest error in grammar and spelling.

Bernie

March 30th, 2012
5:52 pm

Saxby was the first SWIFT BOATER….Max surely would have been a far better Senator than this empty suit.

td

March 30th, 2012
6:04 pm

Bernie

March 30th, 2012
5:52 pm

Max was the worst Senator Georgia had in my entire life time.

eatmotacos

March 30th, 2012
6:43 pm

What’s enigmatic about Sassy is the fact that he still holds office in Georgia, given that his history on illegal immigration is the antithesis of the state’s Republicans. He singlehandedly halted immigration enforcement, not only in Georgia, but countrywide. The state’s illegal aliens should request that the state immortalize him with a statue on the capitol grounds.  

Ben

March 30th, 2012
7:57 pm

Td, I think we all understand the desperate measures you would go to. Leave the obscene comments out please!

Minka

March 30th, 2012
8:18 pm

Scarborough is a closet liberal.

td

March 30th, 2012
9:01 pm

I see we have a nasty imposter out there again tonight trying to be funny.

bronson

March 30th, 2012
9:37 pm

I think that someone slipped the same thing into td’s drink that they put in the Jet Blue pilot’s…

Rabbit

March 30th, 2012
9:39 pm

“I’ve never understood why regulating by making people go buy something is somehow more intrusive than regulating by making them pay taxes and then giving it to them.” Reagan’s former Solicitor General

td

March 30th, 2012
10:00 pm

I think that we have a young thug that has no integrity or honor and because they can not win a debate due to the lack of intellectual confidence. I guess this is what happens when one attempts to make a young person living in their parents basement that can not get a date on a Friday night examine their belief system.

jaypat

March 31st, 2012
12:37 am

I endured the entire clip. So help me, I did. It was the silliest thing I think I’ve even seen.

Here was a career politician blaming a television network for this disruption of his assigned duties. It is absolutely shameful…

Maybe CSPAN should show more conservative stuff than they do now, which doesn’t seem possible without having people raising their arm .

GodHatesTrash

March 31st, 2012
12:15 pm

Saxby knows it is fools that elect him, so he attacks C-Span, since the trash that votes for him think it’s CNN. Like dogs and their vomit, the trash that votes GOP laps it up.

Dumb and Dumber

March 31st, 2012
1:15 pm

Let’s see. Congress allows cameras to broadcast what happens on the floor. C-SPAN broadcasts it, and Saxby Chambliss and faux-intellectual “Centrists” — blame C-SPAN for the behavior of Congressman on camera.

Is that it? No wonder he is called Saxby Shameless.