Johnny Isakson’s second thoughts on Tim Geithner

Last night, President Barack Obama noted the sudden turnaround in Washington opinion when it came to Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner.

“You know, it was just a few days ago or weeks ago where people were certain that Secretary Geithner couldn’t deliver a plan. Today the headlines all look like, well, all right, there’s a plan,” the president said.

Obama might have been talking about one Georgia senator in particular.

This from CNN/Fortune magazine:

“This could be the beginning of a very constructive improvement in capital flows,” Georgia Senator Johnny Isakson told Fortune.

Just last week, Isakson, a member of the Senate Commerce Committee, became the first Republican senator to call for Geithner’s resignation.

Isakson was shocked that the former New York Federal Reserve president – who essentially “wrote the check” to AIG last September – was completely unaware of the bonuses that caused a national uproar six months later.

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10 comments Add your comment

Dimwit Junction

March 25th, 2009
7:22 pm

When Obama said he waited a day or two to comment on the AIG story because “I wanted to know what I was talking about,” Mr. Isackson should take note.


March 25th, 2009
7:49 pm

Knowing what he’s talking about isn’t necessary for Isaakson… he just needs to know what audience he’s talking to, and what they want to hear.

Georgia 1st

March 26th, 2009
8:30 am

Copyleft..Either way, he thinks before he speaks. Isakson should still take note.


March 26th, 2009
10:31 am

Isaakson is just a partisan hack who has accomplished absolutely nothing for Georgia as a Senator. Its impossible for him to think before or after he speaks. He’s just not that bright.

But at least he’s not as slimy as Chambliss.


March 26th, 2009
3:56 pm

Far too many of you MARXISTs–SOCIALISTs put your mouths in motion….before putting your brains in gear…..The last I heard, Isaakson was a duly elected senator from Ga. Shut up & hear him out…morons.

LTC Willie Collins

March 26th, 2009
4:44 pm

I am a active duty army officer orginally from the what I consider the great state of Georgia. I think is time for all of the partisan back stabbing has run its course. It is time America came together and pulled for each other. Mr. Geithner is more than qualified to serve in his current post and should be given an opportunity to execute without his every move being disected as if CSI was attempting solve a Cold Case. The current economic sitiution that the country is not one that will be resolve with a simple press conference by the President or anyone else it is going to take time. Unfortunately, just like military warfare it economics is not an exact sicence there is a element are art included.

With said Mr. Isakson consider giving Mr Giethner a chance or if have real constructive advise arrange meeting away from the microphone and provide it to him.

LTC Willie P Collins Student currently in enrolled the US ARMY Command General Staff College.


March 27th, 2009
3:27 am

Yeah sure, a tax cheat who is the ONLY guy who can do the job including being in chrge of the IRS. He lies in his testimony and the Dems dont even call for hearings on possible perjury and lying to Congress. I guess lying is an expected liberal trait so its no big deal.

Bitter EX democrat

March 27th, 2009
7:37 am

When will Isakson CALL for the AUDIT of the Federal Reserve back to 1913? The Federal Reserve needs to be shut down as ILLEGAL. Georgians allowed this travesty to be born at Jekyll Island.

Churchill's MOM

March 27th, 2009
9:07 am

Johnny the SOCIALIST sure did the right thing in voting for the TARP.. We need a CONSERVATIVE to run against this fool.


March 28th, 2009
2:43 pm

One of the things that a lot of Republicans like to forget is that the bonus agreements they disparage so enthusiastically to find some kind of commonality with the voters is that these agreements were already in place when the Bush administration decided to bail out AIG. I do not remember a terrible uproar from the Republicans on this issue.

Of course to hold the Obama administration responsible for these agreements when the fat’s already in the fire is more than a bit hypocritical but then that’s not necessarily a concern for the Republicans.

The great issue for the Republican party is to acknowledge that the Democrats are not always wrong and that there is productive commonality to be had though the road back to credibility for the GOP will be a long one. Of course, this will mean cutting ties to much of the Hard Right but we need a two-party system and the Hard Right is just too far out for words. When Johnny Isaakson is accused of being a socialist, that’s got to tell you something.

For the Hard Right, the only real possibility is a third party headed by Rush Limbaugh which will regularly get the support of all the God-fearing patriots of this country while all us “socialists” will vote for moderation and carefully considered policy.