Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss easily won a run-off election in Georgia on Tuesday, denying Democrats the chance for a 60-seat "super majority" in the Senate that would have enabled them to pass legislation virtually at will.A filibuster-proof Senate is never a good idea no matter which party holds the majority. America is a democracy for a reason, not a dictatorship where one ideology should run wild, especially when it's something which really only benefits those who are unable or CHOOSE to be non-self sufficient.
Chambliss, an incumbent who first won his U.S. Senate seat in 2002, defeated Democrat Jim Martin for the seat in a race that gained national significance because Democrats and their independent allies held 58 of the 100 seats in the U.S. Senate after the November 4 election.
One seat in Minnesota, subject to a recount because the vote count was so close, remains undecided.
A 60-seat majority would have enabled Democrats to overcome procedural hurdles set up by Republicans, who are the minority in the Senate. Such a majority would have been particularly potent with a Democratic president, Barack Obama, moving into the White House on January 20.
"You have delivered tonight a strong message to the world that conservative Georgia values matter," Chambliss, 65, told cheering supporters in his victory speech.
Martin, a 63-year-old former state legislator, thanked his supporters and said the defeat was "a sad moment."