Kansas voters renominated Senator Pat Roberts yesterday thus avoiding handing the MSM a counter-narrative to the building wave against President Obama’s political collapse at home and America’s collapse abroad. Roberts is not the most exciting senator, but he is reliably conservative and resolutely serious about intelligence matters and national security generally. The left had hoped to create a diversion from President Obama’s plummeting job approval numbers. No such luck.
Also renominated: One of the House’s very best, most serious and qualified Members, Kansas’ Mike Pompeo, a member of the House Select Committee on Benghazi. How Hillary would have wished that the smart, careful West Point/Harvard Law-trained Pompeo would have been knocked off by the comeback attempt of an old-time earmarker. Representative Pompeo is coming back and you will hear a lot from him as the Gowdy Committee hearings begin.
I am off to Arizona today to do a campaign event for Doug Ducey this evening. Ducey is Arizona’s Treasurer, and the front-runner for its GOP gubernatorial nomination, having collected endorsements from –in the order of their appearance– Scott Walker, Mike Lee, Mike Pence and Ted Cruz. Hard to imagine two more coveted endorsements from GOP statehouses or from a pair of GOP senators. Ducey’s main opponent is a free spending internet multi-millionaire who really ought to have bought a sports franchise not attempted to buy the Arizona statehouse which, with 2016 looming, needs to be in serious, reliable conservative hands like those of Doug Ducey.
The headline from yesterday’s NBC/Wall Street Journal poll says it all: “America’s Fed Up: Obama Approval Rating Hits All-Time Low.” It will go lower still as portions of the president’s base who are staunch supporters of Israel register their discontent over the president’s senior advisor, Valerie Jarrett, slam at Israel this weekend and as the Obamacare premium hikes and continued dislocations roll out across this land this summer. RealClearPolitics.com averages suggest a pick-up of seven seats in the Senate for the GOP in the midterms, but I think this understates the swelling dismay with a president adrift and disconnected, whose every sound-byte is a caricature of presidential leadership and whose every appearance on a golf course reinforces the image of a privileged, disinterested elitist. If the GOP lays out a blunt, specific program for 2015-2016 their ceiling is a lot higher than seven in the Senate and a handful of gains in the House.
Big “if,” I know, but August is just beginning and the president’s and John Kerry’s repeated fumbles on Israel’s war of self-defense could not have come at a worse time for Democrats trying to rally enthusiasm in their base. The country is badly off the rails around the world, and the blame lies squarely at 1600 Pennsylvania.