As they near the end of their last term, Georgia’s governors usually start running out of gas.
By that time, they have finished working on most of their major policy goals – and if they haven’t, there is little chance they’ll get it done during that last 11 or 12 months in office.
It is a time when a governor is thinking less and less about the elegant mansion on Paces Ferry Road, and more and more about what they’ll be doing when they’re no longer the state’s chief executive. There’s a name for it: lame duck governors.
Those tendencies were on display with Nathan Deal last week as he and the General Assembly moved into the final regular session of his tenure as governor.