- VICTOR DAVIS HANSON ADDS TO “OUR CURRENT D.C. LEXICON”: “partisan bickering—a period when conservatives are unexpectedly gaining the upper hand. gridlock—a time when liberal legislation polls less than 50 percent among the American people. bipartisanship—triangulating Republican legislators who join liberals on key legislation. filibuster—a sometimes necessary Senate remedy to thwart reactionary excess — in its perverted form, unnaturally turned on progressives. centrist—a Republican who votes for Democratic-sponsored legislation; to be distinguished from an opportunist, who,as a Democrat, votes for Republican-sponsored legislation.”
- ANDREW MCCARTHY: THE “PERMANENT TRANSFORMATION” of America. Former Federal prosecutor McCarthy warned yesterday in NRO – – “I think our side is analyzing this all wrong: Today’s Democrats are controlled by the radical Left, and it is more important to them to execute the permanent transformation of American society than it is to win the upcoming election cycles. They have already factored in losing in November — even losing big. For them, winning big now outweighs that. I think they’re right.” Those of us who have recognized for some time that the president is not an inept liberal academic who fell in with foolish company — but rather a disciplined leftist with a clear and very uncongenial vision for us all — will certainly agree with with McCarthy that – -“In the Democrat leadership, we are not dealing with conventional politicians for whom the goal of being reelected is paramount and will rein in their radicalism. They want socialized medicine and all it entails about government control even more than they want to win elections. After all, if the party of government transforms the relationship between the citizen and the state, its power over our lives will be vast even in those cycles when it is not in the majority. This is about power, and there is more to power than winning elections, especially if you’ve calculated that your opposition does not have the gumption to dismantle your ballooning welfare state.” (Underscoring Forum‘s throughout.) Last August, we drew readers’ attention to American Thinker’s Rick Moran who had revealed “Dems considering the ‘Armageddon option’ on health care” pointing out “the Republicans could slow down business in the senate by requiring all bills to be read in their entirety, or have constant quorum calls, or pile on amendments to bills – the possibilities are endless.” We declared then “To defeat Obamacare there under regular procedures and to prevent its approval through the backdoor of the ‘reconciliation’ process (designed only for budget control) will require the Senate Republican leadership to take aggressive stands, risk almost certain demonization, and keep its members together in constant opposition.“
- INHOFE TOP SENATE CONSERVATIVE. National Review on Line’s (NRO) Bob Costa tells us that “Sen. Jim Inhofe (R., Okla.), Skeptic Man, tops National Journal’s [link added] annual congressional vote ratings as the most conservative member of the Senate. According to NJ, Inhofe was the only senator with a perfect conservative score in 2009.“ Faithful readers will know from a sample of our earlier posts here and here and here why we see the senior senator from Oklahoma as one of the preeminent Senate Republican work horses (as distinguished from, heaven forfend, show horses). Our sense is that senators Jim DeMint (number two spot in overall conservative ranking), Tom Coburn (number four spot), and Jeff Sessions (number 10 spot) are also among these high-performing Republican senators. The NJ 2009 overall conservative rankings give us perspective on the Senate Republican leadership showing Republican leader Mitch McConnell in the number 8 spot, Republican Whip John Kyl in the number 18 spot, and Republican Conference chair Lamar Alexander in the number 32 spot. Since everyone will want to know the senior senator from Arizona’s place in the 2009 overall conservative ranking, John McCain is in the number 21 spot. How about the overall conservative ranking of members of the House leadership? Republican leader John Boehner is in the number 14 spot, Republican Whip Eric Cantor is in the number 37 spot, and House Republican Conference chairman Mike Pence is in the number 8 spot. In Maryland, Roscoe Bartlett (certainly the only conservative in the Old Line State delegation) was the top ranker in the number 108 spot. His Congressional neighbor right across the Potomac in Virginia, Republican Frank Wolf, is in the 131 spot. Other Virginia Republican overall conservative rankings are Bob Goodlatte in the 58 spot, Randy Forbes in the 66 spot, and Rob Wittman in the 108 spot. Here are the key votes used in the NJ’s calculations.
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