Investors Business Daily names Isakson and Chambliss as being two of the “Gang of Stooges.”
Sens. Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson of Georgia, Bob Corker of Tennessee, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and John Thune of South Dakota — remember their names if things go badly for the GOP this November.
Chambliss, on the ballot this year, is getting beaten up from both sides. He just can’t seem to pick a compromise issue. The Democrats will offer him no credit for this compromise (the DSCC is running ads accusing him of being a tool for Big Oil) and the Republicans will blame him for taking away a key part of election year strategy.
Frankly too, the compromise deal sucks. Doing nothing will open the OCS to drilling in 50 days. The Chambliss backed plan would only open Virginia, the Carolinas, and Georgia. And though championing Georgia, a lot of experts say there really is not a significant pool of oil there.
The long term push for alternative energy is okay, but there is no short term anything in the legislation.
Saxby deserves what he gets. It was a dumb move on his part. But, as I’m sure his campaign is calculating, Martin will not run to his right on this issue.
Martin could, however, play this up as a half-hearted face saving maneuver that does nothing.