The last time Saxby & Johnny tag teamed an issue, they pissed the base off, along with a lot of other people. They are doing it again.
The last time Georgia Sens. Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson tried to find middle ground in an emotional policy battle before Congress, they quickly abandoned a bipartisan immigration package after getting pilloried from the right.
Now the Republicans are in the thick of a debate about oil drilling, and they’re again fending off criticism from the likes of Rush Limbaugh about a compromise that would raise taxes on oil companies while paving the way for new drilling off the nation’s coasts.
I have to question their judgment. I know Johnny is to the left of Saxby, but I didn’t realize Saxby could be lead around like that.
My understanding of this proposal is that their grand compromise will go from 85% of the outer continental shelf being off limits to exploration down to 75%. Not a heck of a lot, considering the estimates for what’s out there.