Sending veterans of this war –Tom Cotton, Joni Ernst and Dan Sullivan– to the United States Senate, giving national security a new set of voices in that body, men and a woman who can speak with authority on the enemy and the war that the president continues to pretend will end on his command.
Also, the victories of many disciplined but genuinely conservative candidates across the board, including Cory Gardner in Colorado and Doug Ducey in Arizona. The GOP does not have to pretend to be a slightly less profligate version of the Democrats to win, but it’s candidates must be accomplished, upbeat and willing to tackle all issues and comers head on, and with a smile.
Finally, the ascendancy of Mitch McConnell to Majority Leader and the expansion of the House majority behind Speaker John Boehner means that the GOP ought quickly to be able to put on the president’s desk a steady stream of choices, each one of which will define the GOP and the Democrats, and the ones he signs will improve the country. Hope that the GOP charges out of the blocks in January, passes a budget in record time and uses reconciliation to oblige the president to chose common sense or increased isolation and even more desperate approval ratings.
Oh, and one thing more: Not one more confirmation after January, and none in the lame duck if they can be avoided. Harry Reid should get his payback, and that means long term vacancies on many of the federal district and circuit courts and, yes, should one occur, on the Supreme Court. When Harry Reid invoked “the nuclear option” he invited this sort of political retaliation and it is necessary if the GOP is not to be the party of patsies. It will take explaining, but McConnell and GOP Majority Whip John Cornyn are up to that task, and in that principled blockade they will find almost unified support among the rank and file, and more than support, sustained applause.
Off to Louisville, where I will broadcast tonight, with Guy Benson holding down the fort in the Califoria studio. Rarely will a cross country flight have gone so quickly as this one spent sifting the news of a GOP congressional win that ranks with the victories of 1980, 1994, and 2010.
Congratulations, by the way, to RNC Chair Priebus who has again demonstrated genuine mastery of modern American politics. Of course, by guiding the RNC to the selection of Cleveland as the convention site in 2016, we already knew that…