Monday, July 02, 2007

GOP Splinters

Are the Senate Republicans stalled, their leadership sails slack as they bob about in the legislative doldrums?

So says Robert D. Novak in his "McConnell's Immigration Failure." (WaPo)

While Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid (D-NV) was up to his elbows in dirty deeds, convoluting the rules of procedure and twisting arms trying to pass The Decider's amnesty for illegal aliens bill, Bush's Senate Republican leader, Mitch McConnell (KY) was not only above the fray.... he ended up voting against it, and "abandoned his post, staying off the floor during final stages of the debate."

As it turns out, the fury of the switchboard-crashing number of calls coming into the Senate, threatening to never again vote for anyone supporting "amnesty," changed the minds of some GOP senators facing reelection, like McConnell.

So it seems McConnell faced the music and voted against the bill.... music conservative columnist Novak sees as a sour note, "It is difficult to exaggerate the pessimism about the immediate political future voiced by Republicans in Congress when not on the record."

Seems like Novak needs to quit talking only to Bushistas, and instead listen to Republican senators like Jim DeMint (SC) who didn't support the legislation and exulted in an email to supporters.... "We did it."

Even Republican former House speaker Newt Gingrich, who may yet throw his hat into the presidential ring, told contributors that the vote was "a soaring victory for the American people" in the defeat of the "Bush-Kennedy-McCain bill."

These are strange times, unexplored waters for many GOP politicians.... the party of political discipline that heeded President Reagan's admonition to speak no ill of another Republican.... an open break with their party leader and president.

It will be interesting to see if GOP supporters of the legislation who didn't change their vote despite the loud and intense pressure of their constituents... Lindsey Graham (SC) who is up for reelection, and presidential candidate John McCain (AZ).... will pay the price in 2008. One can only hope so.

The U.S. voters should find joy, not the reflected dejection of Novak or the gloomy outlook of McConnell who tried to have it both ways by trying to appease Bush while justifying his defection.... "This isn't a day to celebrate.... It wasn't the people's will. And they were heard."

You bet we were heard!

Let freedom ring

4 comments:

Pumps said...

Obama $32 Million in contributions
Clinton $27 Million ?????

That is not a split????

Truth Hunter said...

Pumps, I say it's a contest.... and I'm hoping the presidency doesn't go just to the highest bidder of either party, or Bloomberg.

But, when the GOP minority leader doesn't vote for his president's pet, legacy-making legislation, I say that's a split like the Grand Canyon!

Regardless, keep contributing to the conversation!

elgringocolombiano said...

TH, pls blog about Dubbz pardoning Libby.

Dubbz & his ReThug lackeys' hypocrisy is so outrageous.

Libby gave the name of a CIA agent working on WMD

Libby lied about this under oath.

W accepts this treasonous act & pardons it.

But these same ReThug clowns impeached Clinton over a sex affair?

WTF? Speechless.

TH, we need your insightful commentary here. I'm afraid the MSM & Dem establishment are gonna both have a lame weak response to this.

Pumps said...

Contribute?...Of course....I do
like friendly banter....