Isakson clings to a GOP that no longer exists

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If Hillary Clinton is elected president in November, U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson predicts that he and his fellow Republicans in Congress won’t go into lockdown mode, refusing to compromise and legislate as they did in response to the election of Barack Obama.In fact, in an interview with the AJC’s Jim Galloway and Bill Nigut of Georgia Public Broadcasting, Isakson predicts that “the next two years are going to be exciting regardless of who gets elected president, because we have problems that we can’t put off solving any more.”

“I don’t think it will be like the post-Obama election at all,” Isakson said. “The one thing you have to remember is that for five years (Clinton) was secretary of state while we were in the Senate. We had to work together an awful lot as members of the Foreign Relations Committee and also as members of the Senate Armed Services Committee. So I don’t think it will be the same.

“Barack Obama was somewhat of an unknown – he was a senator, but only for a year-and-a-half before he was elected president. She is a known commodity, and I think there’ll be more camaraderie in terms of attitudes toward working together than there might have been in the early days of Obama.”

I don’t doubt that reflects Isakson’s personal inclination and hope. I’ve covered him since his days in the Georgia General Assembly, where the respect that he enjoyed across partisan lines made him an effective agent of compromise. It’s a role that he would clearly like to play again, this time on a national scale. That’s probably the primary reason that he has chosen to run again, even though he’s fighting Parkinson’s and will be 72 years old when he starts his next six-year term.

Unfortunately, I think Isakson badly misreads his own party and his fellow Republicans in Washington, particularly in the House. They have spent the last quarter century demonizing Clinton, turning a centrist politician into an evil harpy who leaves corruption and dead people in her wake. The GOP base believes that to its core, and on Republican talk radio and elsewhere, they are being told that the republic cannot survive a Clinton presidency, that if she manages to win the election the response must not be compromise but obstruction, investigation and impeachment.

Whatever personal camaraderie Clinton might enjoy with Isakson and a few other GOP senators won’t outweigh that legacy of hate that the GOP has invested so much in creating, and it’s a real shame. We’ve gotten to the point where Americans younger than 40 have no adult memory of a time when Congress functioned in a somewhat responsible manner, when it was still capable of acting as the compromise-forcing machine that the Founders designed. Their only frame of reference is the dysfunctional institution that they see in Washington today, where Republicans have turned compromise into a synonym for treason.

And while Isakson knows what we’ve lost and knows the damage it has done to the country, he hasn’t shown the leadership to stand up to the worst elements of his party. Publicly, Isakson has not fought for a Republican Party that is capable of governing; he has fallen silent at a time when his voice and those of others could have been useful. And if he doesn’t dare to speak out, who will?

The answer has been no one, and we reap the harvest.

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rimsky
rimsky

 This week, the Supreme Court returns to work. The Justices will hear important cases on issues ranging from the separation of church and state to intellectual property to Congressional redistricting to the death penalty. Many of the cases address questions that are fundamental to our democracy: the right to vote, for instance, or what constitutes U.S. citizenship. Yet – regardless of the stakes – Republicans in Congress have forced the Court to weigh these pivotal issues one Justice short of the Court’s full panel of nine. 

This Senate is worthless POS.  Guess who is in charge:  REPUBLICANS

rimsky
rimsky

Hurricane Matthew is coming our way.

We badly need some rain in NGA

rimsky
rimsky

Mr Pinko you do a wonderful imitation of Dr. Strangelove.  lol

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

Alan Smithee@ActualFlatticus


All posts are satirical and/or in the nature of parody. Nothing posted should ever be believed by anyone, ever, at any time, for any reason.


Dude. You just used The Onion as a source.

rimsky
rimsky

 Trump backers realize they’ve been played as WikiLeaks fails to deliver October surprise

October surprise.   Hehehehehe

rimsky
rimsky

 slow on your recent Congressional events history? You got to read the paper and listen to the news more, put down the bong

Hey Micro wave,  You said "Not passing the Zica bill shut down the government".  And I asked what shut down.

Those neuron are totally out of sync.  You better get your head examined by a professional and not one those docs who vote Republican.

Those Republican docs are kind of stupid.  Go see a doc who votes D.  Hehehehehe

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

I wonder what the squirrel will be tomorrow? 

Alex Jones has promised a game-changing leak of information on Hillary Clinton’s campaign tomorrow

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

@Donnie_Pinko Yes Yes


And the Russians had nothing to do with the downed Airliner. They never stepped one foot into Ukraine. Just a big conspiracy. Oh and the people of Crimea voted to rejoin Russia. And Assad was democratically elected. As was Gaddafi .


Yawn.

Donnie_Pinko
Donnie_Pinko

How are the US's Al Qaeda-linked allies in Syria faring today?

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

I fear jay has lost most of his intelligent progressives here. 

What's left? Left-wing sound biters and hair pullers.

schnirt 

KUTGF
KUTGF

@FIGMO2 I know..... all of the semi-intelligent RWers left long about and left only schnuts and Schnirtadoodles!

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

@KUTGF @FIGMO2

You would prefer an echo chamber where all things left are easily sold and consumed?

Alrighty din!

gotalife
gotalife

The gop do not even support the troops.


Disband failures.

honested
honested

@Lee30519 @honested @gotalife 

Apparently, you do not pay much attention to the budget.

Tell me, how much has the total US military budget been cut in the last 8 years?

What areas suffered the greatest cuts?

Lee30519
Lee30519

@honested @Lee30519 @gotalife The navy is the smallest it has been since 1917 with 272 active ships.  


We have reduced our army from 570,000 troops to 450,000


In 2010 the military budget was 20.1% of the federal budget.


In 2015 that number fell to 15.9%.



honested
honested

@Lee30519 @gotalife 

When did President Obama 'defund the miitary'?

The last time I looked we still wasted more money on military BS than the next 25 countries combined.

Lee30519
Lee30519

@BuckeyeGa Obama ordered a 1.7% raise to our soldiers in 2017.  1.7%????  Really?

honested
honested

@Lee30519 @honested @gotalife 

The most effective and necessary part of the Navy needed for DEFENSE are submarines, where we lead the world. Many classes of Navy ship are functionally obsolete.

Our standing army had a brief surge during the Iraqi War of Choice and Afghan Fiasco. Nobody expected that sort of unnecessary troop strength to be permanent.

See above.

What were the budgets in real numbers?

 

BuckeyeGa
BuckeyeGa

also Congress is a part of the problem as well.

BuckeyeGa
BuckeyeGa

How much were the raises under Clinton and Bush?

BuckeyeGa
BuckeyeGa

Giving the raise rates under Clinton and Bush would give perspective to what Obama did.

BuckeyeGa
BuckeyeGa

President Obama didnt defund the military.More of the money now should go in the troops wallets instead of other big defense contractord

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@Nick_Danger @Lee30519 @gotalife  He also seems to be completely unaware of a little thing called "sequestration".  That bill, calling for automatic cuts to military spending and others, was passed by the Republican controlled House against the wishes of the Obama administration.