With the departure of U.S. Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev., a seat opens up on the powerful Senate Finance Committee – whose jurisdiction covers Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and taxes.
Roll Call opines that most Republicans in Washington expect U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson to get the nod. Which would give Georgia two senators at the center of a mounting debate over the federal deficit.
Saxby Chambliss, of course, is up to his ears with Gang of Six negotiations.
But before we get all excited, let us look at the facts, as presented in that same Roll Call article. Isakson is vice-chairman of the Senate Ethics Committee, and with chairman Barbara Boxer has been – for the last 22 months – at the head of an investigation into Ensign’s affair and its ramifications.
Let’s see: Senator resigns and is replaced by the fellow who, in the way of things, helped force his resignation. The optics are awkward.
Isakson is in Asia and thus out of pocket. But as much as many would like to see him more deeply involved in the nation’s financial debate, I’m betting this isn’t the path he’ll pursue.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider