Skip to comments.The White House Is Not Enough
Posted on 06/18/2012 6:20:08 AM PDT by SharpRightTurn
Consider this Wall Street Journal editorial your must read of the day. It highlights why adding conservatives to the United States Senate is so important.
This past week, Republican in the Senate, including Mitch McConnells leadership picks, sat idly by saying nothing while the Senate Democrats pushed forward the nomination of Andrew Hurwitz, who helped formulate the reasoning behind Roe v. Wade while a law clerk. Hurwitz is quite fond of that bit of his legacy.
Andrew Hurwitzs nomination could have been blocked from consideration had just one more Republican voted no. John McCain, Jon Kyl, and Lamar Alexander all voted for cloture. Most troubling, Harry Reid slid Hurwitzs nomination to the floor with the unexpected request of a voice vote and the Republicans present did not object. Its a technical issue, but I will put it to you this way: both Senators and outside groups who were trying to stop Hurwitz understand that Hurwitzs confirmation was part of a deal struck by Republican and Democrat leaders in the Senate. The GOP Senators were too scared of the war on women angle to pick a fight over Hurwitz. Im sure well see the GOPs payoff in the farm bill.
Only after Hurwitz had secured the confirmation hurtle did Mitch McConnell boldly and bravely declare the GOP would shut down further judicial confirmations for the year. Leadership staff would have you believe the Hurwitz mess was just a run of the mill loss and there was no back room whispering involved and timing of the shutdown of confirmations occurring after Hurwitz was just coincidental.
Likewise, Marco Rubio helped round up votes to get Mari Carmen Aponte confirmed as ambassador to El Salvador. Ms. Aponte dated a Cuban spy for 20 years, was a director of La Raza, and she has incensed Catholics in El Salvador with her political activism in support of gay rights.
Now sixteen Senate Republican have managed to keep sugar prices high to help corporate interests, though in a time of economic recession doing so hurts American consumers and keeps prices artificially high not to mention keeps us from having coca-cola made with real sugar unless we get the kosher or Mexican varieties.
This is why we must continue supporting Ted Cruz. Between David Dewhurst and Ted Cruz, there is no doubt Cruz will side with Jim DeMint and Dewhurst with Mitch McConnell. Its not enough to get a Republican in the White House if we dont have conservatives in the Senate to both help and guide a conservative agenda for America
With friends like this, who needs enemies?
The term “Republican” no longer means what it used to. GOP Republicans in the House and Senate are just as corrupt, just as useless, and just as anti-American as many of their socialist counterparts in the democrat party.
We need conservatives, not just greasy, backroom deal-making republicans.
I am no longer a republican... I am no longer a republican... I am no longer a republican... I am no longer a republican... I am no longer a republican... rinse and repeat as needed.
Giving power back to the states is part of the solution.
GOP Senate elect are sent to Bethesda where their spines and balls are removed before they’re allowed to take their seats.
The Pubes in Congress (you know like Juan McPain and the Weeper of the House--Bone-er) will "KEEP THE FASCIST, NEO-COMMIE IN CHECK!"
And I am going to win the Powerball this coming Wed, even though I have not purchased a ticket!!!
This is the core of the problem. As Obama has clearly indicated, he is playing by a (as yet to be) defined set of rules.
He has clearly stated his disdain for the most fundamental set of rules...Our Constitution.
In the meantime hapless Repubs go out of their way not to “offend” anybody.
It has been said to ‘our team” a thousand X's...so this makes 10001. Start playing to win...not be liked.
Thank you for posting Erik’s column.
He is the best and often only source exposing the Establishment handholding with the Left. One more Marxist is put through.
I’m one left praying for Cruz for Texas also.
But, with socialist Romney, the self-proclaimed Progressive, we are but one wing of the Democrat Progressive Party now.
“We need conservatives, not just greasy, backroom deal-making republicans.”
Exactly. Jim DeMint made this same case in an e-mail from the Senate Conservatives Fund this morning:
You may remember the slogan “It’s the economy, stupid” used by Bill Clinton during the 1992 presidential campaign to make the point that George H. W. Bush had not adequately addressed the economy.
Clinton’s political strategist, James Carville, posted the phrase inside campaign headquarters as a way to keep the team focused and on message. The phrase later became the de facto slogan for the Clinton election campaign.
The slogan could make a comeback in 2012 as Republicans highlight Barack Obama’s dismal economic record, but if you consider yourself a freedom-loving American, then I have a different slogan for you.
“It’s the Senate, stupid.”
Conservatives are rightly focused on the presidential race this year, but winning the White House as critical as it is won’t be enough to save the country we love without a strong, conservative majority in the United States Senate.
Without a conservative Senate, we won’t repeal Obamacare.
Without a conservative Senate, we won’t balance the budget.
Without a conservative Senate, we won’t secure our borders.
Without a conservative Senate, we won’t stop the bailouts.
And without a conservative Senate, we won’t enact the pro-growth policies needed to get America back to work.
As a member of the Senate Conservatives Fund, you understand that winning the Senate is the key to restoring America’s greatness.
The fact is a Republican president without a conservative Senate is a waste of a Republican president.
A president can campaign on good policies, but he doesn’t write the bills. As long as liberals are in charge of writing legislation, it will be difficult for a Republican president to sign the right bills into law.
Does anyone think Harry Reid will ever send bills to the President’s desk to balance the budget and undo President Obama’s mess? The answer is “no” and that’s why I am entirely focused on packing the Senate with strong conservatives who will make that a reality.
Republicans are in position to take the Senate back this year, but a Republican majority is not enough. We must elect new, conservative leaders who believe in the principles of freedom that made this country great and are willing to fight for them each day.
As we head into the heart of the most important election year in our lifetimes, my challenge to you is to keep your focus on winning a conservative majority in the U.S. Senate. These Senate races won’t get the same media attention as the presidential race, but they’re no less important.
That is why I founded the Senate Conservatives Fund as an independent, grassroots organization to raise money for principled leaders running for the U.S. Senate.
SCF has endorsed these five standout leaders this year:
Josh Mandel (Ohio)
Ted Cruz (Texas)
Mark Neumann (Wisconsin)
Jeff Flake (Arizona)
Richard Mourdock (Indiana)
These candidates believe in the principles that make America great and understand the critical role the U.S. Constitution plays in preserving our freedoms.
These leaders also have records that prove they’re the real deal. And each of them has shown the courage to stand up to their own party when it was necessary.
So if you agree that winning a conservative majority in the U.S. Senate is vital to our nation’s future and if you’re willing to engage in these races even when the media ignores them, then please do two things today.
1. Forward this email and encourage other conservatives to join our effort to elect principled leaders to the U.S. Senate.
2. Make a contribution to our endorsed candidates. Without financial support, these candidates won’t be able to win.
We have now raised $7.8 million this cycle and we’re making great progress toward our goal of raising $10 million to support conservative candidates.
Thank you for your commitment to the principles of freedom. We live the greatest country in the world and if we work together, I’m confident we can preserve it for generations to come.
United States Senator
I am a States Rights Constitutionalist,
I am a States Rights Constitutionalist,
I am a States Rights Constitutionalist,
I am a States Rights Constitutionalist.....
“I am no longer a republican... I am no longer a republican... I am no longer a republican... I am no longer a republican... I am no longer a republican... rinse and repeat as needed.”
I’m with you. I am a registered Republican only to be able to vote in the primaries, and hope to advance a conservative in the process.
However, I am not a Republican; I am a conservative.
Big, big difference.
“The Pubes in Congress (you know like Juan McPain and the Weeper of the House—Bone-er) will “KEEP THE FASCIST, NEO-COMMIE IN CHECK!”
Right, after all just look at how how forceful they have been so far in turning the commie tide.
“exposing the Establishment handholding with the Left”
You’re right. Conservative commentators who cover up for Republicans do us no good. It’s rarely seen in print that I see, but Lamar Alexander, mentioned in Erickson’s column, rarely will vote to block a leftist, activist judicial nominee. His response is, “if qualified to be a judge, they should be confirmed because the president (Dim or Elephant) should be allowed to have who they pick.”
I have no doubt that Alexander wants leftist judges. Otherwise, he would not be able to hold that position about confirmation. I hope he can be thrown onto the sidewalk in 2014, though I’m sure he’s salting away a lot of campaign money already. Probably hopes to stay in the Senate longer than Hatch.
“With friends like this, who needs enemies?”
No kidding. Having an ‘R’ next to one’s name does not mean they are on the correct side.
I am a Conservative indepedent but I vote almost exclusively for republicans (I have NEVER voted for a dim and never will) and I have been a republican activist for decades... but today’s party does not represent me so that is why I took the stand that I did. I do agree with what you say about the States... because it is the truth!
So am I, so am I, so am I!
You nailed it... BIG DIFFERENCE between the repoublican party itself and Conservatives... HUGE!