2008 It’s Not All Good News for the GOP
posted by September 10 at 9:53 AMon
Sen. John Ensign says he has no interest in serving another term as chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee…. In a year in which Republicans are widely expected to lose between three and seven seats in the Senate, Ensign has made himself a target by poor-mouthing the party’s prospects and bad-mouthing some other GOP senators for not doing more to help.
Ensign insists he’s just trying to be a “realist” about the problems facing his party. But Republican insiders say that Ensign’s pessimistic statements—he once said it would be a “good night” for Republicans if they lose just four Senate seats on Nov. 4—have made matters worse.
There are still three branches of government. Even if—and may God rip the fingers off my hands for typing this—John McCain should win this election, he will likely have to deal with larger, stronger, and, after the way he’s conducted this campaign, angrier Democratic majorities in the House and Senate. (So will you, Joe Lieberman.) John “Maverick” McCain has promised the religious right—the same folks that he condemned as “agents of intolerance” back in 2000—that, if elected, he will nominate more Alitos, Scalias, and Roberts to the Supreme Court. A stronger Democratic majority in the Senate, which has to approve nominees to the Supreme Court, is no guarantee that a President McCain (MGRTFOMHFTT) won’t be able to get his picks on the court, of course. But it is our second and only line of defense.
So in addition to throwing some of your money Obama’s way, pick a Democratic challenger running against Republican incumbent for a US Senate seat and send some money his or her way too. I gave some dough today to Al Franken (donate here), who is challenging GOP incumbent Norm Coleman for a Senate seat from Minnesota.
Who are you going to give to?