Democratic Senate Supermajority Stays Out of Reach
By Ben Pershing
Today's front pages look less like a series of news dispatches and more like Craigslist, filled with news of people winning, losing and seeking new jobs, whether in the Senate, the Cabinet or Detroit.
In Georgia, Saxby Chambliss won the nod from voters to keep his post as the state's senior senator after a runoff election said to be fraught with symbolism. Barack Obama had given Jim Martin a recommendation for the job but declined to do so in person, a decision that probably wouldn't have affected the outcome anyway. (Chambliss won by roughly 16 points after outpolling Martin by just 3 points a month ago.)
In the process, Republicans denied Harry Reid's bid to head a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate. That makes the never-ending battle between Norm Coleman and Al Franken in Minnesota somewhat less important, which may be a good thing given how confusing the recount has been. For the record, Coleman is now up by 303 votes. Or it could be much less. Let's just move on.
Posted at 8:43 AM ET on Dec 3, 2008
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