Way to go JOHNNY!!!

In the most recent round of rankings by National Journal (the most credible non-partisan publication covering Washington), Senator Johnny Isakson came in as the sixth most conservative member of the entire Senate (just ahead of Mitch McConnell, Jim Inhofe, Saxby Chambliss, George Allen and several other well known conservatives).  This clearly shows that everyone who attacked Isakson in the Senate primary needs to get their facts straight … and line up to apologize.  Following are the actual rankings:

Wayne Allard, R-Colo.     90.8
Tom Coburn, R-Okla.       90.8
Jeff Sessions, R-Ala.     90.8
Jim Bunning, R-Ky.        89.2
Trent Lott, R-Miss.       88.0
Johnny Isakson, R-Ga.     87.0
Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga.    86.7
George Allen, R-Va.       85.8
Robert Bennett, R-Utah    84.8
Orrin Hatch, R-Utah       84.8
Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.    84.8
Thad Cochran, R-Miss.     83.2
James Inhofe, R-Okla.     83.2
John Ensign, R-Nev.       82.3
Elizabeth Dole, R-N.C.    81.8


  1. Erick says:

    I think Johnny is a social moderate, but he has done well to be a fairly reliable conservative vote in the Senate. Unfortunately, there are not enough good conservatives in the Senate. Thank God for Coburn.

  2. George Allen 08 says:

    Well Johnny is a social moderate, but the Senate is very unlikely to vote on an abortion amendment, when Johnny would vote pro-choice. But it is great to see Johnny represent Georgia so well. I , for one, am pleasantly surprised.

  3. larry smith says:

    I’m certain the scores count both fiscal AND social votes. Johnny is a leader on several social issues, most importantly being the most consistent and effective opponent of illegal immigration in the Senate.

  4. larry smith says:

    Johnny is well on his way to being part of the Senate leadership by 2008. He has proven you can get rock-solid conservative results without acting like a nut and scaring away 60% of the electorate.

  5. Rusty Paw says:

    What of all the talk that Johnny will be running for Governor in 2010? I thought you had to stay in the senate to be a part of senate leadership…?

  6. larry smith says:

    Don’t see an Isakson gubernatorial run as even a remote prospect.

    What I am hearing is that Herman Cain is positioning now to run against Chambliss in the upcoming Senate primary. Any thoughts on that?

  7. Tommy_a2b says:

    I use to be a big Saxby fan. Farm stuff is changing my mind. Why do farmers need my tax dollars to grow some crops and not grow others?? How many people out there were aware that farmers are paid to not grow crops?

  8. Bull Moose says:

    Imagine had Johnny beat Millner in the ’96 primary and won against Cleland people would be talking about him and his leadership abilities the same way, if not more so, as Bill Frist.

    Johnny Isakson is a true leader and consensus builder and he is serving Georgia well in the US Senate. He’s an example of someone that serves FOR Georgia.

  9. buzzbrockway says:

    Johnny Isakson for President in 2008!

    How about Isakson for VP ’08? Imagine if the GOP nominates McCain or Mitt Romney or someone from out west. Isakson for VP might be a good idea for a non-southern GOP nominee. Isakons’ a good campaigner, speaks with authority on a wide ranges of issues, and voters like him as a person.

  10. I’m not sure it is a compliment for someone to say “imagine people [talking] about [Isakson’s] leadership abilities the same way, if not more so, as Bill Frist.”

    Seeing as Frist is widely considered by both parties to be one of the least effective Senate leaders of the modern era.

  11. Nate says:

    All I know is that we used to have a Democrat Senator and Republican Senator who both were out spoken supporters of the fair tax. (Heck it was the Dem who introduced it in the Senate, Zell Miller) Now we have two Republican Senators but only one of them has signed onto the Bill. Every republican member of congress has signed onto this Bill, but Johnny will not.

  12. GAWire says:

    You are kidding yourselves with talk of Johnny for Pres or VP or whatever. If he is halfway smart, he will just chill out where he is, and wait to do some stuff when he can get a good chairmanship. He has plenty of time down the road.

    As for Herman Cain – running against Saxby will essentially be the same as running head first into a brick wall. That would just be foolish. He is smarter than that. Cain’s a good guy. He might be a great Gov candidate in 4 yrs, even though I know he isn’t that interested in state executive. Still, that will gave Lt. Gov Cagle some time to develop in that role, and could present a great long term success plan for the Party. If it happens that there is a Lt. Gov Reed, we can go ahead and recruit Cain to lead a recall, which will put him in a great place to take the LG seat, and then run for Gov as a sitting LG in 4.

    How’s that for planning for both sides of good – bad spectrum?

  13. Brian from Ellijay says:

    All this talk about VP and you havent mentioned that Saxby is the one who is on FOX everytime you turn it on. Maybe he is the one running for VP. He does “technically” have more experience and looks the part. 🙂 As for voting for him if he has a primary opponent in 08–Probably not.

  14. atlantaman says:

    I’m not sure if the VP choice will be coming from Georgia. If the National Republicans need to shore Georgia up then they just need to pack it up and go home.

  15. atlantaman says:

    I like Herman Cain but to put forth the idea that he could be Governor while Casey Cagle develops as Lt. Gov. seems a little assbackwards to me. Casey has been a State Senator for at least a decade and has held a leadership position for a number of years whereas Cain has never held elected office before.

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