Speaking twice today for my friend Dr. Albert Mohler at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and then off to Arizona tomorrow for my pals at Center for Arizona Policy for a post-election analysis get-together, so no big pieces here on “what’s it all mean?”
Nobody will know for months “what’s it all mean,” but it could mean a huge and necesssary course correction for the country. I have long been an outspoken fan of the new Senate Majority Leader’s deep competence and his deputies Senators Cornyn and Thune are similarly skilled, and thus I have a great deal of hope that the necessary changes, especially with regards to the budget of the Department of Defense and the confirmation of judges will occur in short order. The GOP class of 2014 in the Senate may also be the best of my lifetime when it comes to new and necessary skills sets and backgrounds from Tom Cotton’s time as a Ranger to James Lankford’s long years of ministry. It is a terrific infusion of talent into an important institution that needed just such a recharge.
Tuesday night’s interview with incoming House Ways and Means Chair Paul Ryan also gave me some hope that the House GOP is committed to hitting the ground running and presenting the president with bills that will define the GOP –and the president and his party– quickly. If you haven’t yet done so, read the Ryan transcript, and the transcript of the interview with The New York Times’ Thomas Edsall from Wednesday. Edsall is an honest and thorough-going man of the left, and his take is the unspoken reaction of most Democrats to their collective catastrophe.
And to those urging that the GOP “not spike the ball,” I remind them that elections like Tuesday’s come along three or four times in an entire lifetime. By all means, spike the ball –with appropriate graciousness towards the defeated– and then get to work.