If we had a parliamentary system of government, Sen. Mitch McConnell would be expected to resign.
Yet in the face of grass-roots anger and frustration at business-as-usual in Washington, it is doubtful that GOP leadership even now understands the message.
Last week’s defeats were a massive repudiation of GOP leadership. Coming on the heels of Sen. Robert Bennett’s defeat in Utah and the Republican Senatorial Committee’s previous support for Charlie Crist in Florida, and Ken Buck’s endorsement during the Colorado GOP Assembly last weekend, it is clear that many Washington, D.C. GOP leaders are enormously out of touch with the base of the Republican Party — our grass-roots conservatives.
Yet GOP leadership still doesn’t appear to get it, despite tricks to convince angry and frustrated voters otherwise.
Take for instance the upcoming nomination battle for the U.S. Supreme Court. Elena Kagan is one of the most radical, liberal justices ever to be offered for consideration. Yet silence seems to be replacing well-deserved outrage from Senate Republican leaders.
One would think the May 7 election results would be message enough. But even now, Senate Republican leadership is dithering over how, and even if, they should oppose President Obama’s nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court.
McConnell has the tools required to block this nomination. Yet instead of exercising that power, Senate Republican leadership seems quite content to protest vigorously while allowing the coronation of Obama’s hand-picked nominee to commence.
Washington desperately needs the energy of boat-rocking conservatives to stand up to, rather than stand aside for, the likes of Barack Obama and Harry Reid.
The new conservatives who are being elected this year are a stark contrast from the establishment types who went along with the big government policies of George W. Bush, Tom DeLay, Bill Frist, and others.
The 2010 elections will be a tsunami of biblical proportions. The voters are angry and frightened at the mess that politicians, as well as the leaders of most of America’s major institutions, have made of our country.
If the recent election defeats of establishment Republicans would cause congressional Republicans to become more outspoken in their opposition to President Obama’s nominees and legislative agenda, we might have a better chance at changing America for the better.
Few Republicans will risk being seen as working with Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and other Democrats. Should Mitch McConnell, Jon Kyl, and John Cornyn continue to be unwilling to do what is necessary, they should step aside and make room for new leadership.
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