The buzz around Georgia politics is that Eric Erickson of CNN and Red State might challenge Sen. Saxby Chambliss. Saxby (he told us to call him that) was nice to me once a long time ago during a congressional ag staffers visit to Taylor County, Georgia, and I will never forget that. He leaves when he is ready to go and if the far Right wants to push him for rebuffing his 20 year old tax pledge, their primary numbers can be replace by crossover moderates.
Perhaps, Erickson of Bibb County could get the House of Representatives seat when Austin Scott exits for the U.S. Senate. The polarization of the electorate that we have experienced in the last few years could be seen coming from a mile away. I have always thought of Austin as a trendsetter who might be a great national leader and we are at a pivotal time when such leaders should emerge.
Actually, the conservative movement would look better in my community if the recent election results moved them to listen to Republicans like Jeb Bush and Jon Huntsman.
The Democrats should start developing future Senate candidates closer to the middle modeled after Rep. Sanford Bishop and the Republicans should do the same with Austin in mind.
Isakson and Chambliss are more statesmen at this point than politicians and that is a good thing. I was thinking about the past, present and future Georgia congressional delegation while watching the legislative maneuvering in the movie Lincoln. Austin Scott has that House seat on lock but he should function like a person who wants to win statewide in the future based on relationships and connections cultivated now. What would old Abe do?