Johnny Isakson and his Friday night lights

The U.S. Senate race in Georgia is finally heating up – first with news that former President Bill Clinton will host an Atlanta fundraiser for Democrat Mike Thurmond on Thursday.

Then Republican incumbent Johnny Isakson this afternoon pushed out an eye-catching 30-second TV spot, shot from the sidelines of a Cobb County high school football game:

Isakson continues to pitch himself as a Washington player not content to sit on the sidelines. In the ad, the GOP incumbent emphasizes his role as a defender of conservatism.

But as with his previous ads, there’s a more subtle message here – underlining Isakson’s preference for involving himself in the mix of give-and-take of the Senate, a message aimed at independents. And as anyone who plays football knows, scrimmages involve an element of risk.

As if to emphasize Isakson’s willingness to take a chance now and then, the Associated Press reported the following about an hour ago:

With weeks to go before the midterm elections, Sen. Johnny Isakson is weighing in on two top issues among Republicans, saying the 14th Amendment and the recent health care legislation could both use some tweaks.

Isakson says the government should reconsider the part of the 14th amendment that guarantees citizenship to people born in the U.S. He says he supports passing a statute that would eliminate automatic citizenship for children born to parents who are in the country illegally.

The one-term U.S. senator, who is seeking re-election in November, also says he does agree with some aspects of the health care plan pushed by President Barack Obama, but expects that a Republican-controlled Congress would seek to roll back some parts of the new law.

The script from the Republican’s TV spot:

Isakson to camera: “The sidelines are a great place to watch a football game. But when it comes to fighting for Georgia, I’d rather be in the thick of it. Whether it’s fighting government-run health care, trillions in new spending, liberal Supreme Court nominees or higher taxes.

“My first job in the Senate is to protect our conservative values. That’s why I went to Washington, and that’s why I come home to Georgia almost every weekend. I’m Johnny Isakson and I approve this message. And I’ll continue to fight for the Georgia we love.”

For you football enthusiasts, the game that served as background for Isakson was the Allatoona at Kennesaw Mountain match of Aug. 27. Three-year-old Allatoona (red helmets, silver britches) won the season opener with a 24-22 upset.

Allatoona’s head football coach, Gary Varner, and his staff had all lost their jobs in May, due to layoffs ordered by the Cobb County school system. They were hired back in July.

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Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

September 7th, 2010
1:30 pm

As one of the People of Georgia Northside Realty-scion Johnny Isakson thinks of as “the unwashed” it’s “great” to see him mustering the effort of holding his hand over his heart during Our National Anthem, even though he couldn’t see fit to muster with the 9.2 million of us during Vietnam, and stood evacuated outside the Capitol as Bush’s and Cheney’s “David Copperfield” “white jumbo jet made a lumbering turn directly overhead” on its Columbia Pike approach path over the Pentagon and all the missing security camera feeds, as the explosion from the cruise missile rolled over them. The curse comes not causeless: could G-d make Johnny’s face any more obvious?

calvinb

September 7th, 2010
6:01 pm

Raise your hand if you suffered economic hardship– cutback, laid off, could not find a job. Well Johnnie stuck his head in the sand and only wants to give the super-duper Rich a tax cut. Johniie got to go.
Check out Michael Thurmond video on YOU TUBE real nice.

Too bad AJC would not cover it.

Michael Thurmond for U.S. Senate for Georgia.

william

September 7th, 2010
6:20 pm

Will: don’t be silly. The towers are still standing. They’re just cloaked by an alien device to make it look like they’re not there. Quick, make sure the tinfoil hat is on before the CIA intercepts your thoughts as you read this.

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

September 7th, 2010
7:41 pm

Thanks for the “correction,” “william.” “Thankfully” the internet has been laundered of all the fax copies of the Secret Service logbooks with homosexual prostitute James Guckert/”Jeff Gannon’s” signature signing in for overnights with closet-queen George W. Bush…as if it never happened.

History will teach us if we listen

September 7th, 2010
8:26 pm

Will Jones proves out this basic truth from Woodstock, “Don’t do the Brown Acid!”
Peace

n

September 7th, 2010
8:56 pm

Conservative values: kill off government or privatize it (ie: have government functions performed by cronies who reap huge profits paid by the taxpayers); transfer wealth from the middle class to the rich; send all our jobs to China, Mexico, Honduras, Haiti where people will work for pennies; fund the military industrial complex through endless wars; destroy the environment and the future of your grandchildren to extract and burn fossil fuels; destroy public education so that the majority of the populace remains ignorant and easily fooled; fund a propaganda machine the likes of which has never been seen in our American democracy: Fox News; fund a pseudo-populist movement to challenge and perhaps overthrow the legitimately elected government of the U.S. Yessiree Johnny, you have hitched your wagon to pure evil.

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

September 7th, 2010
9:21 pm

“n” speaks truth. Michael Thurmond can hardly be worse. We need to end fascism in America.

P.S. “History will teach us if we listen” – Please tell us more of Woodstock and “brown acid.” I was in the Army at the time and missed it all.

Dirty Dawg

September 8th, 2010
2:56 am

Thanks ‘n’, we needed that. As has been written and said before, Johnny Isakson was once an honorable man…but he needs to be buried. He sold his soul when he went to Washington – admittedly they pay a pretty good price up there, but he sold it nonetheless. I’ve known Johnny for years and once thought he was the finest man I knew in politics, but this Johnny Isakson isn’t the Johnny Isakson that was appointed to important positions in State Government by Democratic Governors, including the first seat he occupied – the one the sniveling, twerp, Newt vacated rather than have to take a back seat in the House after his Party got it’s butt whipped.

Once again I ask the question of Johnny, ‘Would Richard Hamilton be proud of the kind of politician/man you’ve become?’

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

September 8th, 2010
5:43 am

Silver Spoon Isakson proved he wasn’t a “man” during Vietnam.

Conservative values

September 8th, 2010
6:16 am

Isakson values corporate and other wealthy campaign donors over the rest of us and frequently at our expense. For example, the Bush tax cuts that are scheduled to expire. They mostly benefit the wealthiest 2% of Americans, he’s claiming that letting the Bush tax cuts expire would do damage to our economy.

The wealthiest Americans have not felt this recession like the rest of us have. They can afford to ride-out a big drop in stock prices (they just load-up their portfolios with cheaply priced stocks).

He doesn't look well

September 8th, 2010
6:53 am

Look, I don’t think Isakson has been good for Georgia. But, in this ad he does not look well. Is he sick?

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

September 8th, 2010
7:28 am

He is accursed.

TJX

September 8th, 2010
10:21 am

Dawg: I think Richard Hamilton has enough to worry about. The Pistons look awful for next year. Especially since the Bulls reloaded.

Will: Agreed. Thank God for the internet. Where the REAL truth comes out.

Dirty Dawg

September 8th, 2010
10:29 am

Thanks TJX, but the Richard Hamilton I’m talking about doesn’t have anything to worry about any more, he’s no longer with us, but he was somebody that Johnny once thought a lot of and vice-versa.

whatnot

September 8th, 2010
2:32 pm

I heard Johnny was in the hospital recently for liquor detox–not the stated illness on the news. He is definitely not the man he once was. More for the corporate fat cats, wealthy and none for the unwashed Georgians. Johnny should not be going anywhere but home in November. I won’t be duped. I am Republican but I can’t vote for him or Deal. Sorry.

calvinb

September 8th, 2010
6:11 pm

Help get peop[le out to vote for Michael Thurmond. He will work hard for the working man. He is one of us!!!

william

September 8th, 2010
8:42 pm

Whatnot: unless you have proof of that, than you’re opening yourself to libel.

Willx

September 9th, 2010
1:29 am

whatnot is going to have to learn the hard way, the internet is not completely anonymous.

Hank

September 9th, 2010
8:36 am

I think Isakson will stand up for what is in the best interest of our retirees in Georgia and tweak Healthcare coverage to make it better for all of us. I am sure he will continue to make himself available to all Georgians regardless of economic status. He will tell you up front if he can support a bill and why or why not. Unlike others on the ballot who lie about supporting something and do everything in their power to keep it from being considered by the legislative branch. Unlike those who promise to come and meet with a group of retirees and just don’t bother to show up. Do not take the time to make a courtesy call and let you know he will not be there although he made a firm guarantee. Now we get to show up for Isakson at the polls.

barbara fletcher

September 9th, 2010
1:09 pm

Will, from someone who knows firsthand, what makes you think Mike Thurmond can hardly be worst? -

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

September 9th, 2010
8:12 pm

Ms. Fletcher, I consider Isakson, born with every advantage yet a Vietnam draft-dodger who thinks of America’s finest, the People of Georgia, as “the unwashed,” as one worthy only of contempt: an abettor of Bush’s and Cheney’s 9/11 treason. He was in Congress, and in a position to know, as did all of Washington, that the plane which flew up Columbia Pike continued over the Pentagon at tree-top level and “made a lumbering turn directly above the U.S. Capitol.” Thousands were evacuated and felt the shock of the missile strike roll up over them on The Hill. Anyone ever hear him admit he was present?

In that sense, Thurmond’s obvious shortcomings, no doubt also apparent to his wife, can be no worse. Isakson must be punished and removed from office.

Being Black, Thurmond, way beyond any reasonable expectation he might have had for his life, just might find inspiration in the new job. If you know he’s a laundry list of wrong and bad, I’m in no position to argue, in which case we need a write-in candidate as for governor…unless the write-in deadline has past.

Isakson is known bad. G-d doesn’t let the righteous stumble and the “unwashed” comment is a recorded fact…his honest sentiment. As a member of America’s false-elite “Fifth Column” fascist plutocracy, treasonous tory faction, he must go. May G-d help us.

barbara

September 9th, 2010
10:01 pm

Will, not pitching my support for either candidate neither one is my cup of tea. Still, you have not told me how you know Thurmond would not be worst – just your fevered comments regarding Isakson, not that I disagree with a lot of what you wrote; and by-the-way I remember clearly how Isakson spewed his venom onto and about Max Cleland. Mike Thurmond has left no recorded fact comments for viewing; put there were many comments behind the backs of the people of the state of Georgia. It’s long past the time for a two-party system. Would love to have a write-in candidate, if it’s not too late.

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

September 10th, 2010
3:25 pm

Barbara, We simply need to restore the ideals and principles of Our Founding: Whig Jeffersonianism. The Founders misdefined “citizen” and that has been corrected, making improvements beyond all preceding human history through America’s inspiration: the “global revolution” as Dr. King called it.

The two parties now are two side of the same counterfeit coin: fascist plutocracy. The litmus test is 9/11. No reasonable person can deny that Bush and Cheney committed 9/11 (Viz. “The New Pearl Harbor’s” sedulous, incontrovertible proof of their treason by an imminent scholar of international stature and unimpeached integrity, Emeritus Professor David Ray Griffin, Ph.D.), or that Bush’s father and Cheney’s mentor, Nixon, used the Roman Catholic, Knight of Malta-led CIA to assassinate John Kennedy to send 58,000 of us to die in Indochina on behalf of the 5% Roman Catholic elite there.

President Obama knows Bush and Cheney committed 9/11 and gulled the millions who read “Audacity of Hope” into believing he would actually do something about it, rather than being the protector of the false-elite “status quo” he obviously is.

Justice for our dead of 9/11, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan, President Kennedy and Dr. King, must be the centerpiece of a new movement to restore righteousness and obedience to the Creed in America. All else is blather and cancer.

As for Thurmond: he strikes me as a bit creepy but hasn’t been an embarrassment as Labor Secretary for Georgia…and Isakson must be “schooled” for his honest belief that his Boss, the People of Georgia, is “the unwashed,” and for his complicity failing to pursue justice in the known treason of his fellow Gay Old Pervert draft-dodgers, 9/11-committing Bush and Cheney.

theamericanfundament.blogspot.com

barbara

September 10th, 2010
4:33 pm

Okay Will, I get your firm stance that it’s time for Isakson to be held accountable; as he should be, but believe me so is Mike Thurmond’s accountablity at hand. I also get, if I’m correct, that you feel Mike Thurmond is the lesser of the two evils; but as for me, I’m tired of having that only option – the lesser of two evils. I’ve being voting longer than I care to remember under that same banner, buying into the lesser of the two. I can’t do that anymore. Although I agree with your stance, my stance is also clear to me. The people of the United States of America should have many real choices for every office because these politicians are extracting our tax dollars ( welfare recipients as they would call others but would not liked to be called themselves) looking to pad their pockets and their family’s future of power and influence with no accountability – that’s would be the fault of the people if we don’t stand up to them for our tax dollars, our power as the people, in other words keep them in check; however, at this juncture, enough is more than enough.

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

September 10th, 2010
6:12 pm

Barbara, Did you check out my blog’s reading list? We need a wholesale restoration of the the People’s sovereignty by sweeping out the Rockefeller/Rome “Fifth Column” so clearly controlling the candidate selection (if not Diebold/Voting booth tally) and agenda. Those failing to bring to justice known treason are complicit in the treason. We need a political/educational movement bringing to full awareness all Americans – starting with Georgia and Atlanta, imo – to turn Our Country around. A common enemy is the best way to do it, and the Roman Anti-Christ Thomas Jefferson identified, and their establish bi-partisan fascist plutocracy about covers it. Much good will come of our pursuit of Justice and abolishment of Evil: the “Beast” won’t be casting itself in the Pit.