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McCain’s IED

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In Iraq, coalition forces defeated the Iraqi military quickly and decisively. Saddam lost control of his nation. This was the “mission accomplished” that the lefties willfully misunderstood. We won the war, but winning the peace did not come so easily.

Barack Obama defeated John McCain. It was perhaps not quick, but in combination with gains in the Senate, it was a decisive victory for Democrats. Now the Dems have to manage the aftermath of their win.

And McCain left a bomb for them. Sarah Palin.

The Democrats are mopping up the last resistance to a fillibuster-proof majority in the Senate. They took control of Alaska. Minnesota is a toss-up awaiting recounts and lawsuits. In Georgia, the Dems didn’t win outright. They only forced the incumbent Republican into a runoff election.

There, the bomb went off:

Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss, fresh off his victory over challenger Jim Martin in the Georgia Senate runoff, told FOX News Wednesday that campaign trail appearances by Sarah Palin helped put him over the top.

But [Chambliss] said Palin, who showed up for rallies in Georgia on Monday, had the most impact. 

"Sarah Palin came in on the last day, did a fly-around and, man, she was dynamite. We packed the houses everywhere we went. And it really did allow us to peak and get our base fired up," Chambliss said. 

"I mean, I can't overstate the impact she had down here," he continued. "When she walks in a room, folks just explode. And they really did pack the house everywhere we went. She's a dynamic lady, a great administrator, and I think she's got a great future in the Republican Party."

John McCain lost the Presidential election. Now Obama has to win the Presidency. He, with Pelosi and Reid, must control vast territory, coordinating fractious caucuses and appeasing charismatic tribal leaders. And Palin, it seems, will be waiting for them.