Screwing Their Base Again

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.

19 comments

  1. Chris says:

    All depends on how much oil is in that 10%.

    Too bad the GOP was too busy building bridges to nowhere and sticking its nose in the personal family tragedy of a Florida family to deal with this in the 6 years they controlled the federal government.

  2. Icarus says:

    Both Senators were acting under the premise it would be better to get something than nothing. When the deal was crafted, the generic ballot had Republicans down 15%, and Obama was up 5-10% in the polls. Both felt it better to get some drilling going than leave it to Pelosi/Reid/Obama to draw a bill that taxes the oil companies to fund research into magic unicorns.

    The playing field has shifted a bit on all fronts since then. The generic ballot is competitive, McCain is leading in both polls and is neck and neck on pro-forma electoral maps. Some Dems are starting to push for drilling as well. My guess is that there is either a better deal to be cut, or that both sides will take the deal off the table and use it as an election issue.

  3. Bill Simon says:

    “but I didn’t realize Saxby could be lead around like that.”

    ROFL! That’s because you haven’t been very much awake on Saxby. He can’t “lead” on anything because he cannot think for himself.

    In EVERY initiative he has undertaken, he gets direction from either Isakson or Bush first.

  4. GOPGrassroots says:

    Last I checked, he overrode the President’s veto on the Farm Bill. Say what you like about the bill, but it is good for Georgia and it was the most conservative Farm Bill ever passed – capping farm income limits, capping non-farm income limits, shifting away from corn based ethanol, etc… Saxby led this effort.

    Saxby introduced and passed the Wounded Warrior Bill which does much for our troops serving in harms way.

  5. Chris says:

    Saxby did at one time explain that a large portion of the farm bill was funding for school lunch programs and other agriculture-if-you-drink-a-lot-and-squint-your-eyes kinda way.

    Or you leave in the alternate reality that those morons in Washington do.

  6. drjay says:

    Both felt it better to get some drilling going than leave it to Pelosi/Reid/Obama to draw a bill that taxes the oil companies to fund research into magic unicorns.

    are there any non magic unicorns??

    i was ready to write off the dems until i knew of their support for unicorn research–now i am in a quandry…you neville’s wand had a unicorn hair core…and the blood of a unicorn is very powerful

  7. I didn’t realize Saxby could be lead around like that.

    LED. It’s LED. The past and past participle of “to lead.” “Lead” is a heavy, bluish-gray, soft, ductile metal, the chemical element of atomic number 82.

    Dang, that irks me.

  8. Chris says:

    I thought LED was what the federal government was going to mandate we use to light our homes because incandescent bulbs use to much energy and florescent has toxic chemicals that might cause a .0045% jump in birth defects in the albino pigmy shrew?

  9. Doug Deal says:

    Tafty,

    He used it correctly. Saxby, is a blueish gray haired who is soft and ductile when it comes to making stands against big government and looks like he is nearing 82.

  10. Icarus says:

    “are there any non magic unicorns??”

    Yes, but they don’t blog, because the unicorn code of ethics won’t allow them to use anonymous names.

  11. odinseye2k says:

    “Last I checked, he overrode the President’s veto on the Farm Bill. Say what you like about the bill, but it is good for Georgia…”

    I’ll say that it is a socialist plot to impose price floors and thwart the free market that will bring the kind of prosperity one can expect for our farmers when they must compete with the world on a price basis.

  12. They both signed a pledge to never attempt to raise taxes. Decided the oil crisis trumped that pledge.

    The real question is, who isn’t a Maverick of the party anymore? Chambliss and Johnny are perfect fit in a McCain administration.

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