Today in Washington – September 15, 2010
Christine O’Donnell is the buzz in Washington, D.C. today. She joins Ron Johnson and Joe Miller as the most recent additions to the Tea Party push for constitutional conservatism in the Capitol.
The House has 23 votes scheduled on the Suspension Calendar. The Senate will continue debate on H.R.5297, the Small Business Jobs bill. Cloture was invoked on the bill thanks to Senator George Voinovich (R-OH) giving Democrats the necessary vote to shut down debate on the bill.
O’Donnell, Johnson and Miller follow Rand Paul, Sharron Angle, Ken Buck, Mike Lee, and Marco Rubio into leadership positions within the conservative movement. These conservatives are going to join Senator Jim DeMint in the fight against Obama’s ideas for big government and squishy Republicans ideas for big government-light. DeMint and Sarah Palin should be congratulated for showing courage and bravery in aiding these new leaders.
Kevin McCullough on FoxNews.com nailed it today. He argues that 2010 is already a landmark year.
Christine O’Donnell’s win in Delaware on Tuesday night is meaningful, significant, and important. Whether anyone in the mainstream media wishes to believe it to be true is irrelevant. Christine O’Donnell’s win demonstrated that the establishment political party machine, and pundits pontifications were all wrong. It also demonstrates that 2010 is as truly a groundbreaking political year–a watershed even–that will likely leave incumbency in the skid marks of scorched earth once the journey is complete.
McCullough argued that this is a time for conservatives to tell the moderates in the party to suck it up and support the nominee. Usually it is the other way around where the party nominates a squish and the conservative foot soldiers have to work to get a moderate elected to office. Now the shoe is on the other foot and establishment types don’t like it.
For far too many years conservatives within the Republican party have been lectured to time and again by party officials, talk show hosts, syndicated columnists, et al that conservatives had to perform their wifely duties as it related to voting for the choices left for them in general elections. For conservatives these have been bitter pills to swallow for the liberal republicans have far too often been far too similar to the liberal democrats they opposed to generate any real excitement about the distinction of their candidacy.
McCullough wants establishment Republicans to support candidates who actually believe in the platform.
The problem, at least on the GOP side of the equation, is that so many “establishment candidates” did not/do not wish to hold to the platform of their party. There is a platform adopted by the party for specific reasons. It gets re-drafted every presidential election cycle. And in the GOP it has been candidates who did not hold to the ideas of lower taxes, pro-life, pro-marriage, gun ownership rights, and strong national security that have been causing the problems for Republicans nationally. And for the same length of time, conscientious conservatives have been told to grin and bear it. We were told that in the end having a majority with an (R) after their name was the best thing of all. Well I see no reason why that statement can’t hold true when a genuine Republican conservative wins a primary.
Three cheers to Kevin McCullough for hitting the nail on the head. It is nice to have some politicians who actually believe in lowering taxes, traditional family values, shrinking government and Peace through Strength. The Tea Party candidates will improve Washington, D.C. at a time when the city is in dire need of a political make-over.