December 03, 2008

The Obama backlash begins

They like him, but not that much.

President-elect Obama has been thwarted in his attempt to get a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate.

In a run-off Senate election in Georgia, the Republicans won 60% of the vote after their candidate, Saxby Chambliss (what a name!) campaigned on the basis that a Democrat victory there would be like giving Obama a blank cheque.

Georgia agreed with him.

Maybe it shouldn’t be a surprise – McCain won the southern state in the Presidential election by 52 – 47%.

But the bigger margin of victory in this Senate race suggests the country might just be hedging its bets after months of Obamamania.

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  1. Mike Willis

    52 – 47% is roughly the margin by which McCain lost the Presidential election. If you look at the popular vote that is. If you go by how many voters actually voted for him, Obama’s victory was far less impressive than the all important electoral college results of 365 vs 173 suggest.

    03 Dec 2008, 12:43

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