With apologies to John Donne, ask not establishment Republican leaders for whom the election results are for — they are for thee.
Establishment-backed Republican losses in primaries are becoming a trend.
The conservative base of the Republican Party understands that it is no longer enough for Republicans to take back Congress in 2010. It must be principled, constitutional conservatives who take back Congress, and to do that, beating establishment candidates in the primaries is our No. 1 goal. Otherwise, we have wasted an opportunity of a lifetime.
Conservatives are no longer satisfied with big-government Republicans. They gave us nothing more than socialism lite, and did nothing to change the corrupt ways of Washington.
People now understand that establishment congressional Republicans not only failed to stop George W. Bush’s excessive spending and expansion of the federal government, they were actively part of the problem.
Some Republicans apparently did not learn from their 2006 and 2008 losses. But with recent primary results, their hearing seems to have improved.
One thing has become very clear: A polite but ineffective defense against the left’s legislative agenda is no longer acceptable, as Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is showing. We need boat rockers.
The morning after Rand Paul defeated McConnell’s hand-picked candidate in Kentucky, Mr. McConnell was on the floor of the Senate giving his strongest opposition yet to the big government financial reform bill.
Recent election defeats of establishment Republicans mean congressional GOP leadership will develop backbone, especially in the Senate, and aggressively challenge the entirety of the Democratic agenda.
Establishment Republicans now fear becoming irrelevant.
Expect Republicans to now much more aggressively fight Elena Kagan’s nomination to the Supreme Court.
Expect Republican senators to put serious roadblocks up for most all of Obama’s nominees, especially to the courts.
Expect to hear congressional Republicans stand strongly against almost every Democratic proposal. Few, if any, Republicans will risk being seen working with Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Barack Obama, and other Democrats.
Expect to hear more Republicans attacking President Obama not only as a big-government liberal, but as actually a socialist.
Expect to hear Republicans saying they want to not just slow down the growth of government, but shrink it. We may even begin hearing genuine proposals from Republicans to clean up the corrupt way our government operates and return to a truly constitutional way of governing.
Recent primary results will push congressional Republicans to the right. The days of merely protesting are over. The time for action is now.
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