Isakson's first television ad of the season focused not on email servers or influence-seekers in Clinton's orbit but legislation to strengthen to whistle blower protections for Peace Corps volunteers.
And Barksdale, whose fellow Democrats have been having a field day over Trump's stream of off-color remarks, has instead focused his recent media blasts on Isakson's attendance at Capitol Hill committee hearings and the incumbent's stances on raising the minimum wage and Social Security.
“We are focused on making sure that Georgians are aware that the policies that Isakson represents are failed policies," Barksdale said in an interview Monday, ticking off the Iraq war and financial regulation legislation as examples. "That's our core message.”
To be fair, other Georgia Democrats have taken to attacking Isakson's continued endorsement of Trump in recent days, including Rev. Raphael Warnock and, to a lesser extent, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed. And a Barksdale campaign aide did not rule out Barksdale directly addressing Isakson's endorsement of Trump at a later date.
As for Isakson, his longtime political strategist said it's the two-term incumbent's style to stick with policy over partisan swipes.
"Johnny Isakson has always run his own race: substantive, policy-driven, hopeful and unifying a broad coalition of Republican, Independent, Libertarian and Reagan Democrats who believe Georgia values are more important than big-government, DC interests," said Heath Garrett.
How long does it stay like this before Election Day pressure changes the dynamic? We'll be watching.