Pundits predict a wave of anti-incumbency — fueled by tea parties, voters’ disgust with Washington and other factors — will sweep the nation tomorrow. That could happen in Georgia, but the folks who finance much of the political campaigning here are gambling millions of dollars that it won’t. Business groups, labor unions and other special interests doled out $8.4 million to Georgia candidates this year. Incumbents collected the lion’s share.
When it comes to golf, Sen. Saxby Chambliss has champagne taste. In California, he’s putted with his back to the thundering surf near the 7th hole at Pebble Beach, where a round of golf costs $495. In Florida, he’s driven the ball down the fairways of the Boca Raton Resort, with its signature island green on the 18th hole and its Waldorf Astoria interior. These are among the dozen premiere resorts where Chambliss played golf in 2007 and 2008 at a cost of a quarter-million dollars. Chambliss paid those golf expenses from a political fund, supported almost exclusively by lobbyists, political action committees (PACs) and corporate leaders.