In his 2002 campaign to be elected Georgia’s U.S. Senator, then-Rep. Saxby Chambliss, you’ll recall, ran one of the most outrageous campaign ads ever run by any Senate candidate in this country. Chambliss ran an ad with the face of incumbent Sen. Max Cleland alongside of photos of Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein. The ad clearly implied that Cleland, a Vietnam veteran who lost both legs and one arm in service to our country, was somehow aiding and abetting terrorism when he did not vote the way Chambliss did on a bill creating the Department of Homeland Security.
After Chambliss successfully unseated Sen. Cleland, Sen. McCain spoke out on CNN against the ad and Mr. Chambliss, his fellow Republican.
I’d never seen anything like that ad. Putting pictures of Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden next to the picture of a man who left three limbs on the battlefield — it’s worse than disgraceful. It’s reprehensible.
Well “my friends” – that was the old John McCain. We didn’t see much of him in 2008. In fact in an October CNN poll, nearly 6 in 10 said they felt McCain’s attacks against Sen. Barack Obama were “unfairly negative.” Some might say Chambliss-like.
You would think after voter rejected his negative attack politics and elected Sen. Obama president, that McCain would be seeking redemption from voters. For a while it looked like he was on that path. After all, he gave a very gracious and magnanimous concession Election Night speech and then this week, he charmed us all with a very self-deprecating and funny appearance this week on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
Maybe the old Mac is back?
Don’t be fooled, “my friends”! Today Sen. McCain chose to campaign in Georgia for Sen. Chambliss, who is facing a Dec. 2 run off against former Ga. state legislator Jim Martin.
“My friends…it’s reprehensible.”
How any decent human being could campaign for Saxby Chambliss is beyond me!
Fortunately, Jim Martin has waged a tough and principled campaign and stands a good chance to win if his supporters are willing to return to the polls on Dec. 2.
Will you join me in helping Georgians stand up to Saxby Chambliss and his nasty attack politics? I’ve already given a donation to Jim Martin’s campaign. Your contribution will help Jim Martin run ads like the one below leading up to the next vote on Dec. 2. And maybe, just maybe, voters will send another vote for change to Washington.