I am sick and tired of national folks taking political jabs at my south Georgia congressional delegation. The fellows need to jab back. My rural south agenda focuses on agriculture, education/jobs, military/veterans and transportation. If they take care of those areas, other stuff is secondary because all politics is local.
My Georgia is the area south of a line from Columbus to Macon to Savannah. “JABS” could be Jack, Austin, Bishop and Saxby as in Rep. Jack Kingston, Rep. Austin Scott, Rep. Sanford Bishop and Sen. Saxby Chambliss. Of course, Senator Johnny Isakson is the coolest of the cool and we appreciate his ATL-based service as well. Party politics requires these guys to publicly act combative with each other but we know that JABS circle the wagon when Georgia issues are on the table.
Sen. Chambliss catches heat from the far Right when he negotiates with Democratic senators but kuckleheads should know that negotiating is what leaders do. Jack Kingston can throw policy jabs with the best of them but coastal Democrats will admit that Jack will go anywhere to explain his rationale and many African American conservatives have worked in his D.C. and district offices; the same can’t be said about most GOP congressmen.
The Austin Scott and Sanford Bishop areas of south Georgia are interesting because the recent changes to the congressional map made Bishop’s district more Dem-friendly and Austin’s area more GOP friendly. Does this mean Bishop is going to become more liberal? No. Actually, Bishop, as an appropriator, has become more of a fiscal educator during his Georgia visits. Of course, he isn’t as fiscally conservative as Austin Scott but considering SDB’s district he does more than expected and hears it from real liberals.
The new map will move my hometown from Bishop’s district to Austin’s district but that is fine with me because interests don’t stop on political lines. Kingston has always protected Naval Air Station Jacksonville because many employees from that base live in southeast Georgia and a similar situation exist between the 8th district and the 2nd district. People live in rural towns but work, dine and shop in Albany, Columbus and Macon. So, the conditions in both areas are contingent or mutual.
I am keeping my eyes on JABS and would love to see them use the basketball fundamental technique called the jab step to get the national haters off them. In basketball, this moved is used to create space from the opposition before executing one’s next scoring move. Jack, Austin, Bishop and Saxby deliver or score for south Georgia but I need them to be more vocal about their achievements. And if an occasional misstep occurs, Georgians can weigh the good vs. the nots-so-good and decide. For example, we heard a lot of drama about candidate Nathan Deal but he has been a decent governor who is about to overhaul the expensive criminal justice system in this state. We spend too much money on criminals and change starts with education.
Look, people have agendas and you can detest folks for working their hustle. But, national groups can’t tell me that JABS are wrong; those guys are fellow Georgians and we will make that determination on our own. As a matter of fact, regular Georgians should use the web and public events like our unlikelyalliesproject.com meetups to discuss our elected officials.