The short term future of the Republican Party might come down the United States Senate runoff on December 2nd in Georgia. If Democrats knock off Alaska Senator Ted Stevens and Minnesota Senator Norm Coleman in the other two officially undecided races, Georgia’s runoff will be the last hope the Republican Party holding a filibuster minority. Lose all three, and the Democrats can do whatever they desire in Congress with the Republicans unable to stall them.
In South Carolina, Georgia Senator Saxby Chambliss would be re-elected. Chambliss got 49.8 percent of the vote against Democrat Jim Martin and other candidates. However, Georgia requires its elected officials to receive 50 percent plus one vote. Thus, we get a holiday season showdown in the Peach State.
It is a showdown. President-elect Obama has dispatched 100 of his top grassroots workers to Georgia to assist Martin. Mike Huckabee and John McCain are scheduled to make appearances for Chambliss. Sarah Palin might get involved. Huckabee won the Georgia primary. The McCain-Palin ticket scored over 52 percent of the vote on Election Day.
With Norm Coleman in Minnesota up by only 200 votes, and Stevens in Alaska behind by 800 as votes are being counted and recounted, Georgia in on the mind of both parties. For, it could be there that the Democrats get a filibuster proof majority for the first time in decades, or the Republican Party starts their comeback.