Isakson outlines a path forward for the new GOP majority

On Tuesday, Republicans proved they could win in red states, purple states and blue states. Now, they need to prove they can win in Washington, D.C.

After two cycles of swinging and missing at a Senate majority, the GOP finally connected this time around and controls Congress for the first time in eight years. What now?

Isakson, flanked by two of the Republicans tasked with moving the ball forward in Washington: Rand Paul (L) and David Perdue (R).

Isakson, flanked by two of the Republicans tasked with moving the ball forward in Washington: Rand Paul (L) and David Perdue (R). (Credit: Jessica McGowan/Getty Images)

“I think we have to do what we indicted the Democrats for not doing over the course of the election,” said Georgia’s soon-to-be senior senator, Johnny Isakson. That means passing bills and sending them to President Barack Obama. “You can’t make (Senate Majority Leader) Harry Reid the issue and continue to have gridlock in the Senate.”

Which bills? Isakson, speaking to me by phone about 12 hours after Republican David Perdue won Georgia’s other Senate seat, offered his personal opinions rather than a big GOP strategy.

“The first thing I’d send the president is the Keystone (XL) Pipeline,” Isakson said, referring to the long-delayed project to bring Canadian crude to the U.S.

The next thing he mentioned may come as a surprise. Last year, Reid invoked the “nuclear option” to eliminate the filibuster for many presidential appointments. Rather than expand it, as some have speculated a GOP majority might do, Isakson said he favors reversing it: “I think the 60-vote threshold makes sense.”

Time for transitioning to power is short. Isakson rattled off five major issues with deadlines on or before May 31: the debt ceiling, the reimbursement rate for doctors who treat Medicare patients, the budget, appropriations bills, and the highway trust fund for transportation infrastructure.

These, Isakson said, are “five things the Democrats have looked the other way on” for years under Obama. Add a reform for corporate taxes that have been driving companies overseas through “inversions” and other maneuvers, and there are plenty of opportunities for the GOP to make progress.

What about Obamacare? While a symbolic House vote to repeal the law may have been cathartic for conservatives in 2011, sending Obama a repeal bill, just to watch him veto it, would only aid the inevitable Democratic narrative that Republicans aren’t serious about governing.

Better, Isakson said, to focus on “certain parts of it that are ripe for reform and change immediately, the medical device tax being one. Bailing out insurance companies for any losses they might incur is another,” as is the employer mandate.

“We do it in selected, targeted things that would pass the House and the Senate, probably with Republican and Democratic votes,” he said. “That would be my guess.”

And this: “You can’t eat an elephant with one bite … and that is an elephant of a law that needs to be surgically dealt with.”

If, as is rumored, Obama tries to use an executive order to enact amnesty for illegal immigrants, Isakson said Republicans should use the power of the purse to de-fund such efforts until the next election comes.

“If (Obama) thought there was a big tidal wave” on Tuesday, Isakson said, “if he starts something like that, the tidal wave will continue.”

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TheRealJDW
TheRealJDW

This format is pathetic...color me mostly gone.  Simply not enough time in the day to pick through this way of looking at it.

RantNRave
RantNRave

EDUKTR


EMBRACING IMMIGRATION

REFORM WOULD MAKE

CONS LOSE THEIR

GRASSROOT SUPPORT?


TRANSLATION:


LATINOS YOU HAVE BE


SCREWED !!!


AND YOU CAN'T TAKE YOUR

VOTE BACK.


PULL THAT KNIFE OUT OF

YOUR BACK AND YOU GOT

WHAT YOU DESERVED FOR

VOTING FOR THE CONS.


THAT'S A HARD LESSON

TO LEARN.

IReportYouWhine
IReportYouWhine

 sending Obama a repeal bill, just to watch him veto it, would only aid the inevitable Democratic narrative that Republicans aren’t serious about governing.


I disagree. The AmeRican people have never been in favor of obamacare and it only gets worse the more they find out about it. The talk on the street is everyone just paying the fine and doing without healthcare insurance. How is this supposed to be good for the country?


It's just a matter of getting the message out, in plain language, explaining why this is a problem and how we are going to fix it. And then let the democrats filibuster or veto it. 


The election results from 2014 tell you that the people are not stupid and know where the problem lies. Show that you are working for their best interests and let the cards fall where they may.



Tiberius-Constitutionus
Tiberius-Constitutionus

It's almost as if, with the new format, the AJC's editors are saying to their editorial staff: we will flush you down the toilet without you even realizing it.

EdUktr
EdUktr

With this week’s election 33 states will likely have Republican governors, versus only 16 with Democrat governors. And 29 state legislatures will be wholly dominated by Republicans versus just 11 where Democrats will rule.

The U.S. Senate will be in the hands of the Republicans, as will the House—where their majority will be the largest since 1929.

In Georgia every statewide office was won by a Republican. Both Jason Carter and Michelle Nunn, whom the AJC insisted were in “close” races—lost by eight percentage points.  

Yet liberals want us to believe all that was a “fluke” rather than a revolt against Obama’s and Harry Reid’s broadly unpopular policies?

Embracing amnesty for illegals, by the way, would be a surefire way for Republicans to lose their grassroots support.

ref: http://tinyurl.com/md4q8e3 


Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

Bookman did a pretty good job destroying the whole we did better with minorities line we have been hearing.


Until Classic Coke ( Not this BS ) comes back this is HeadleyLamar signing off.


And thats the way it is...

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

Rather than expand it, as some have speculated a GOP majority might do, Isakson said he favors reversing it: “I think the 60-vote threshold makes sense.”


Doesn't really surprise me much. When (ok, technically, if) the Senate goes Dem in 2017, it'll be up to the next Majority Leader to do another rules change back to a simple majority, putting the ball back in the Dems' court to defend this change.

MarkVV
MarkVV

There has been some denunciation of the new blog format already, but I think it should continue until we get some response. When the issue was technical difficulties with a million-times more complicated government healthcare website, there was no end of the mockery and criticism. Now we do not hear a peep about who is responsible, why this has this been perpetrated, and what is going to be done about it. On September 12 Kyle wrote that this blog belonged {second) to the readers, but it appears that they are the last people who have any word in this..

RantNRave
RantNRave

THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE WAS 

7.8% WHEN OBAMA TOOK OFFICE.


TODAY THE UNEMPLOYMENT

RATE IS 5.8%


7.8%..... vs....... 5.8%


Hmmmmmmmm


OBAMA A BAD PRESIDENT?


SOMEBODY IS LYING........


I WONDER WHO?


heeeheeheeheehee

RantNRave
RantNRave

HEY CONS


ECONOMY ADDS 214,000 JOBS IN OCTOBER


UNEMPLOYMENT RATE DROPS TO

5.8%


OBAMA STILL WINNING DESPITE YOUR HATE !!

RantNRave
RantNRave

STRAKER


I BETCHA YA THE CONS AT THE AJC

DESIGNED THIS NEW WEBSITE.


IT LOOKS LIKE A BUNCH OF AMAUTERS

DID IT.


THE OBAMACARE WEBSITE SAYS.........


heeheeheeheeheeheehee


CONS SHOULD BE CAREFUL OF THE ROCKS THEY THROW AT OBAMA

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@RantNRave


ok, this is as lame as all the righties crying the same thing about "Democrat Obamacare web designers" over at Jay's.


This is about green, not red or blue, folks.

straker
straker

Kyle, did the Republican Party design this new web site?

Brosephus
Brosephus

You should have asked Isakson about that bill that he promised back in 2010 with his "Pads and Helmets" campaign commercial.  He claimed that he had a plan to create private sector jobs then.  It's 2014 now, and he hasn't put forth a single letter of the alphabet towards that "plan", if it ever existed in the first place.


I love how he says they have to do what they indicted the Democrats of not doing when the Republicans have been complicit in every single thing done to date.  The whole "jobs, jobs, jobs" election of 2010 was one big lie by the GOP, and not a single conservative pundit has held their feet to the fire over that BS.

RafeHollister
RafeHollister

An old time country song by Hank Snow comes to mind as far as this blog is concerned.  "I'm Moving On", for the time being, or until the format improves.

concernedoldtimer
concernedoldtimer

Make Obama veto getting rid of health care , then, begin a fix on the worst elements. for me at 64 it is paying maternity care, pediatric dental and eye care,  medical device tax, and employer mandate. Make his take a stand...he never voted as a senator.

JohnBuck2
JohnBuck2

RAntnrave...i'm sorry...but old white men don't make up 50% of the population....YOur message failed...deal with it and move on.

JohnBuck2
JohnBuck2

One thing I'll give the democrats.  They elect lions into office.  Republicans elect milk toast.  


They spend hundreds of millions of dollars convincing much of the population that Obamacare is bad but once they are in a position to do something about it, they balk because Obama may disagree.


Were they lying to us then or now.

JohnBuck2
JohnBuck2

I absolutely disagree with reversing anything.  Through the actions of Reid and the senate the democrats have shown they have no desire for bipartisanship.  This country will be paying the price for their rule changes for many years.  


They set the rules...Use them to undo as much damage as possible and try to set the nation of a course consistent with conservative principles.  That will either work and things will get better or they won't.  One thing we know for sure is that if and when the democrats get control again, they'll stack the deck and do everything they can institute the liberal agenda and avoid bipartisanship.  

DeborahinAthens
DeborahinAthens

HATE, HATE the new format! Has anyone at AJC tried to read the friggin news on this pile of C#%^!

MarkVV
MarkVV

Can we learn who is responsible for this new format atrocity?

Starik
Starik

Perhaps left, right and center can agree to get rid of this new blog format. I pay for access. Do I have a voice?

RantNRave
RantNRave

TIBBY


I HATE IT TO.


IT LOOKS AMATEURISH.


SMALLER PAPERS HAVE A MORE

21ST CENTURY WEBSITE. 

Tiberius-Constitutionus
Tiberius-Constitutionus

This new format is horrible. I will lobby for a government created website to take over where private enterprise has failed.

RantNRave
RantNRave

I DREAM OF A SOCIETY WHERE A CHICKEN CAN CROSS THE ROAD WITHOUT IT MOTIVES QUESTIONED.

RantNRave
RantNRave

GOP COMPROMISE??


WE WILL SEE WHO WANTS TO HELP THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.


MY GUESS IT WON'T BE BOEHNER AND HIS "BOYS".

RantNRave
RantNRave

"Old white voters showed up in droves and suddenly they think they have some sort of mandate. Nope."


HEADLEYLAMAR


They won the battle but NOT THE WAR!!.


That 65 & older crowd won't be around to see the Democrats come back.


RIP

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

Nope!

It's like a ticker tape parade.

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

Will this new format get us out of the time delay (penalty box)? 

RafeHollister
RafeHollister

Bloggers moderated and boxed in a cage.  Is this it, or is there some way we can get back to a full page?


Chatter is such an unflattering word, do they mean that?

Kyle_Wingfield
Kyle_Wingfield moderator

@RafeHollister This is the first I've seen it, too. I will forward your questions to the folks who can answer them. In the meantime, I appreciate y'all's patience.

IReportYouWhine
IReportYouWhine

@Kyle_Wingfield @RafeHollister The big boys got it set up so that there is an arrow pointing to the right and if you click on it, it takes you to a full page with nothing but the comments on it.


It's nice.

northgagop
northgagop

So they keep Obamacare in place to wrap it around the democrats neck in 2016?  

RafeHollister
RafeHollister

@northgagop It is tempting, but it is hurting the economy and really hurting folks, who have no other option and do not get the subsidy, they find it to be un-affordable, so I think they have to at least try and stop the pain.

LogicalDude
LogicalDude

Comments section shrunk into the corner and called "Story Chatter"??? 


(insert outraged movie comments here)

"Oh Come on!  "

"Nobody puts baby in a corner!" 

"I shall not be disregarded!"

straker
straker

Rafe - "it sure is going to be hare to say goodbye"


Many people say it can't be repealed because Obama will simply veto any such vote.

RafeHollister
RafeHollister

Obamacare is the gift that just keeps on giving.  Since Obamacare was passed, the GOP has picked up the House in 2010, more Rep congressmen in 2014, and now it has given the GOP the Senate. There has been a 28 seat swing in the Senate since Obamacare was implemented.


Obama and his namesake are destroying the Democrat party which is enjoyable, even so, Obamacare needs total repeal and replacement, like Ed Gillespie campaigned on in VA, but it sure is going to be hard to say goodbye.


http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/huge-loss-obamacare-and-its-allies_818291.html



Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@RafeHollister


All this happened since OBAMAKKKARE... and since I tried almond milk for the first time.


Cause and effect, baybee!

Jefferson1776
Jefferson1776

The president's power is equal to congress,  nobody mandates.

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

None of these issues will move the needle at all in 2016 


One Mr Isakson doesn't mention will


IMMIGRATION REFORM

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

Geez, I'm not a big fan of Isaakson but have to agree with everything he's proposed.

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

“If (Obama) thought there was a big tidal wave” on Tuesday, Isakson said, “if he starts something like that, the tidal wave will continue.”


I love this...Keep this going


Republicans are overplaying their hand already. That took what 5 minutes.


Old white voters showed up in droves and suddenly they think they have some sort of mandate. Nope.

RafeHollister
RafeHollister

@HeadleyLamar Obama's been governing against the will of the American people for 6 years, which is why we got the election results we did.  So, you think the folks trying to reverse this 6 years of overplay, are overplayers, Haha!


I think the term you should be using is reformers or  re-constructionist.

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

referring to the long-delayed project to bring Canadian crude to the U.S.


But not US Markets..funny you left that part out.


What pipeline advocates -- including big-oil lobbyists and House Republicans who have tried to force an early, favorable decision -- fail to mention is that much of the tar sands oil that would be refined on the Gulf Coast is destined for export. Six companies have already contracted for three-quarters of the oil. Five are foreign, and the business model of the one American company -- Valero -- is geared toward export.

JamVet
JamVet

The Keystone Pipeline???


Really?

It is not even in the top twenty most important issues facing the people of this country.


Just another feel good, do nothing beach ball to toss around...

Jimmyliscious
Jimmyliscious

@JamVet Nope, the conservative war on women is in the top 20. How'd that work out for ya in the mid-terms?