Off to Demver for a book signing (details here) and then a speech at the Lincoln-Reagan Day Dinner of the Arapahoe County Republican Party.
Had the GOP Senate not blocked the son of McCain-Kennedy, it would have been a dreary affair.
But because the majority of the GOP refused to be rolled by Harry Reid and Dick Durbin, Ted Kennedy and Patrick Leahy, Barbara Boxer and John Kerry or rushed by John McCain, there is a hope –still faint– that when the Senate returns it will return ready to engage the obstructionist Democrats on a daily basis for the next six months.
As I write in the book, McClellan’s Disease runs deep in some parts of the GOP, and the refusal to stand up the obsturctionist Democratic minority in the Senate is the primary example of this faint-heartedness in GOP circles.
The GOP has two models for dealing with this obstruction: To throw up the collective hands, complain, and then take what the minority will allow.
Which is political suicide.
Or to stay in session, day after day after day, focusing the country on the fact that 45 Dems won’t let the country’s urgent business be attended to.
Social Securty, ANWR, judges, and now border security –all have faltered because Harry Reid and his colleagues and their radical activist wing don’t want anything to happen.
The answer to this impasse is of course to re-elect the members of the Senate who stand for the idea that the Senate ought to get its work done –specifically Santorum of Pennsylvania and DeWine of Ohio–and to turn out Democrat incumbants in places like New Jersey (Menendez), West Virginia (Byrd), Nebraska (Ben Nelson), Michigan (the hapless Stabenow), Washington state (the clueless Cantwell), and North Dakota (Kent Conrad), while retaining (Tennessee) or winning )Minnesota Maryland) open seats.
The answer to the impasse is to deliver the Democrats an off-year rebuke that cannot be misunderstood, even though that party misunderstood the votes of 2002 and 2004.
When the Senate returns, we have to hope that its members have heard that the only way to win battles is to join them.