Jon Kyl’s sudden retirement announcement has set off a domino effect on the ambitions of several Senate Republicans.  When Senator Kyl retires in 2012, he will be vacating the position of Senate (Majority, most likely) Whip, in addition to his Arizona Senate seat.  Conference Chairman Lamar Alexander (RINO, TN), the 3rd ranking member in the GOP leadership, has announced that he will seek the Whip position.  Senator John Cornyn, the Chairman of the NRSC, will challenge Alexander for that key leadership role.  Also, if Alexander vacates his current position as Conference chair, there will be a race to succeed him.

For most of the past few months, we have focused on the House and its committee and leadership structure.  As jarring as the flaws of the Republican leadership in the House are, the Senate is much worse.  It is therefore imperative that we begin pressuring Republicans to make the right leadership choices in 2012.  This will be especially cogent as the GOP is likely to gain control over the Senate.

Being that the Whip is charged with rounding up the necessary votes for our side, it is vital that the new Whip vote the right way in the first place.  Ideally, we would want somebody in the mold of Jim DeMint or Jeff Sessions.  However, if it becomes a choice between Lamar Alexander and John Cornyn, as it appears to be, the decision is simple.  Although John Cornyn is far from perfect, Lamar Alexander is a RINO who has no business representing such a conservative state to begin with, much less serve in leadership.  Let’s compare their voting records.

Here is a list of major votes over the past few years in which much of the Republican Conference was split between those voting with the Democrats and those voting with conservatives.  A vote that is highlighted green indicates a vote with conservatives.  A red mark indicates a vote with the Democrats.  As you can see, Lamar Alexander is only one step above Olympia Snowe.  He has an especially egregious record as it relates to corporate cronyism and the bailouts.

We need to begin our battle for the Senate leadership before the 2012 elections.  A good start would be an unambiguous declaration: No Lamar Alexander for Whip!  Then, we ought to focus on unseating him in 2014.

Legislation

John Cornyn

Lamar Alexander

START Treaty

No

Yes

DADT Repeal

No

No

FDA Food Safety Bill

No

Yes

Audit the Fed-Vitter AMDT

Yes

No

Reform of Freddie and Fannie-Ensign AMDT

Yes

No

DOI approps 2009

No

Yes

Cash for Clunkers

No

Yes

2009 Approps for HUD and DOT

No

Yes

Travel Promotion Act of 2009

No

Yes

Confirmation Sonia Sotomayor

No

Yes

Earmark Moratorium-DeMint AMDT (motion to table)

No

Yes

Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act

Yes

No

DeMint AMDT- strike excess funding of IMF

Yes

No

Credit Cardholders’ Bill of Rights Act of 2009

Yes

No

Helping Families Save Their Homes Act

Yes

Yes

End Auto Bailouts-DeMint AMDT

Yes

No

Serve America Act 2009

No

Yes

Prohibit Eminent Domain AMDT- (Motion to table)

No

Yes

David Ogden Confirmation (deputy AG)

No

Yes

Hilda Solis Confirmation

No

Yes

Eric Holder Confirmation

No

Yes

SChip Expansion of 2009

No

Yes

Confirmation of Geithner

Yes

No

Free Choice to Unionize-DeMint AMDT (motion to table)

No

Yes

Republican Resolution Capping TARP

Yes

No

Fair Pay Act of 2009 (cloture motion)

No

Yes

Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009

No

Yes

TARP

Yes

Yes

Mortgage Bailout

No

Yes

Override Bush’s Veto of Farm Bill of 2008

No

Yes

2007 Ban of Incandescent Light bulb

No

Yes

Embryonic Stem Cell Research Funding of 2007

No

Yes

Cross-posted to Red Meat Conservative