The GOP has the Day! They have the Senate and Congress; the House is theirs!
We have just witnessed a major shift in power in Washington. This was a singular GOP achievement. What was impressive was how they pulled together to pull it off. We even saw Governor Christie (not up for election at this time) go out to stump and raise a record $106 million for his fellow Republican Governors.
Here are the early results:
A fine job this midterm election, but not a done job. Congress still has a low approval rating, and the attendance at the polls was a far cry from the 80% participation our founding fathers enjoyed in the early years.
There has always been much fanfare and big promises made during, or just after an election. Unfortunately what followed as the governing began, was little real or meaningful reform? Is this why we have this disenchantment with today’s politicians? They rarely keep their promises.
Could the reason be that unseasoned officials (on both sides of the aisle) are more intent on being right or raking in a buck, rather than in actually solving problems for us?. On the other hand they may face forces we know not of. Whatever Grandma still thinks this is the correct yardstick by which to measure their success or failure.
Have to look at compromise during the next two years. To get anything done with Obama still at the helm is going to be difficult. Obama has the veto power not to mention his drove off donkey-czars. All legislation sent up to his desk for signing will have to be cut and dried, and to embrace the better interests of ALL the people, the kind of legislation he cannot afford NOT to sign.
The Tea Party activists scream “no compromise” for they fear a socialist agenda, but at the other extreme, so do the corrupt vested interests who also use this “never compromise” refrain to impose an unconstitutional level of party discipline on the house internal vote; and all in order to keep their own unfair privilege. In both cases intransigence is justified (laugh out loud) by calling it constitutional. I want to point out that the gentle art of compromise is very much a part of our political heritage and it has always been there right from the beginning. When a politician compromises it doesn’t necessarily mean he has abandoned his core values. Maybe he just has a supreme ability to find common ground or to make the other guy right (never wrong for that doesn’t work) while still holding to his own course. Maybe he has the ability to see the other person’s needs and point of view. Maybe he knows how to be persuasive by first acknowledging the other. Only when he has gained some agreement will he put forward his own agenda. Compromise is a conversation.
Did you know that the Founding Fathers actually rejected party politics and chose representative government over party caucuses. Grandma shares their view, is why hers is an independent voice.
Our constitution came into being because the founding fathers had mastered the art of persuasion and knew when and how to compromise. In fact the Constitutional Convention was a quarter of a year’s exercise in compromise. Yes they compromised on the smaller details, but they never strayed from the essential principles, those fundamentals that secure our liberty and prosperity. So they must have defined these core principles and understood them well. Grandma admires the sincerity of the Tea Party activists but she does see that some compromise is going to be needed to make the next two years work.
What should be avoided on both sides is polarity. Polarity is making self right and teh other guy wrong. Our Founding Father’s intended to include everybody in the final outcome of this game that we call America, and once elected Grandma thinks our new leaders should have the same goal. The constitution wasn’t a perfect solution by any means, but this carefully crafted compromise has worked for us for a century or two; once again in this last election.
So let’s take a look at our new leaders:
McConnell has been the Minority Leader of the Senate since January 3, 2007. He is the second Kentuckian to lead his party in the Senate. He is also the longest serving U.S. Senator in Kentucky’s history.
Apparently he has always wanted to lead the Senate and this is his dream fulfilled. He understands that the Senate is a place for open debate, intended by the founders to be a deliberative body; something Harry Reid didn’t understand. In the Obama administration, Reid was the fall guy. We go forward now with a newly naked Obama into the next two years.
McConnell seems to know that open debate takes time and it seems he is willing to put the Senate to work and demand long hours. Hello! We might even get a hardworking Senate setting a good example and educating Congress in the value of good old fashioned, hard work.
An interesting fact: I doubt that McConnell could have pulled it off without the loyal support of Rand Paul. Not only was there a major shift in power from Democrat to the GOP in this last election, it would also seem there was a subtle, albeit fragile shift within the party away from the old corrupt order, and towards the new idealists.
What I really like about the Senior Senator from Kentucky is how he is a committed team player. He even answers questions and acknowledges supporters on his Facebook page – now that is something even Rand Paul does not. In my mind as a public person, that makes him special.
The way I see him is he is a seasoned politician with a big heart, I think we may have truly lucked out to have him at the helm.
For now he has my full support but I am watching for I don’t yet know him, and I plead guilty that like many others I was taken in by Obama.
As he has done in his own state of Kentucky, I am thinking however that Mitch McConnell may just make it his first order of the day to break the log-jam and actually get something done!
I think Rand Paul has the potential for greatness; as Times Magazine says, ” He is the most interesting man in politics today.” Paul sees the bigger picture, he is man of vision. He is dedicated to a true Republic.
He is the author of “The Tea Party goes to Washington” but has been pilloried by Tea Party members, especially those who hold to fixed positions.
Since 2011 he has served as the junior Senator in Kentucky and a great measure of his success is in how he has forged a strong relationship with Mitch McConnell, his senior Senator. Earlier he also created good relations with Mitt Romney.
I have seen him show respect, make friends as needed, laugh and enjoy life, yet somehow never to lose sight of his core position, which is all about liberty and integrity and prosperity.
I love how on his holiday he goes out to help the needy with his skill as an eye surgeon.
He and McConnell make a great team and I am predicting that they will do great things together.
He is the darling of the Tea Party – the Senator from Texas. For a time he and Paul were at odds, but were able to resolve their differences.
Cruz fears too much legislating during the lame duck session will get the GOP in trouble.
What I think he is saying is that the GOP establishment have certain pet projects they want to force through e.g. The Internet Sales Tax. This is a favorite cause of the corporate GOP lobbyists who want to jack up taxes on millions of Mom and Pop Internet retailers. Cruz can see that this helps big business at the expense of the little guy, and will cause more unemployment. He opposes this. Grandma likes the way he thinks. She hopes the old guard in the party will be humble enough to heed his warning
Cruz is the Senate loud boy, and there is no denying that he has “candy appeal” and force and charisma, and these alone could propel him up and into the White House.
Although the GOP has now proven they can work together towards a common goal, the party is still divided between the older guard and the new idealists. So let me say it: this will be McConnell’s BIG challenge. Will he be able to make a real, strong unified party not just at election time, but while governing during the lame duck session. If he pulls it off he will go down in history as one of our very great statesmen.
It won’t be easy. He is going to have to fight big money; he will have to get big banking in line; he will also have to fight some international challenges. With Reid gone the “Audit the Fed” is likely to pass, and this first audit is going to open up a can of worms. These will come crawling out and taint not just the next two years while he is in office as the leader but if not handled adeptly, much, much longer. Yet this audit is long overdue, and should not be put off. Handle it right and Mitch McConnell is going to have his place in the sun..
There is a lot of money and energy and influence (and arrogance) in the old corrupt industrial order and some of this money and political influence is even found coming in from monopolies outside our borders. It is going to take strong men to steer a straight course for the next two years, and after that we are going to need a VERY strong President to bring us through. So what is the actual meaning of this midterm election? It simply means that the GOP has at least reached first base.
Transparency International defines corruption as the abuse of entrusted power for private gain. There is still that in the old GOP guard, as there is in the old democratic order.
“The Sunlight Foundation reports three of the five biggest donors in 2014 are liberal billionaires. This does not take into account the unreported campaign cash, which the Center for Responsive Politics estimates is well over $100 million this year. Thanks to the Supreme Court’s ruling in the 2010 Citizens United case, politically oriented nonprofits can raise and spend unlimited amounts of money without disclosing their finances to the Federal Election Commission.”
McConnell can expect that special interests will fight to continue their unfair privilege. The success of the next two years will be measured in how well the GOP organizes and legislates to lift the party and the country out of the corruption of the old industrial order.
Preparing for the next President:
I endorse Rand Paul or president in 2016, because I look at how far he has come since entering the Senate in 2011. We are going to need a president who can grow into the position
I like him because he never loses his fine principles (no mean skill)
He has demonstrated that he is no stranger to courage – remember his filibuster on drones that altered the “Big Brother” conversation.
I like him for the very reason that he thinks big, includes everybody, has compassion, has excellent manners and has mastered the fine art of compromise.
So Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul and all the other fine, young republican Senators and Congressmen who have just had this big win, Grandma wishes you well. You are a fine team, and you have now reached first base, no mean achievement. Now lets see if you can make a home run?
What of Hilary?
Grandma endorses Rand Paul but will she vote for him? Maybe yes and maybe no?
The big question is will our fine lady even run? Would you? If she runs there is every chance that she will win. Yet Grandma does not envy her, her decision.
She is likely to go up against Rand Paul (51) Marc Rubio (43) or Ted Cruz (41) if she runs. She is 67 years old and already 69 when she assumes office. Compared to them, although now a beautiful woman just past her prime, she is likely to look seedy.
On the other hand, were she to run against the jowly Chris Christie she will shine out as the elegant and beautiful and wise woman that she has always been. Then my choice gets simplified. I vote or Hilary and I vote for the establishment I vote for Christie and I vote for the establishment. I won’t vote for the establishment so Grandma won’t vote at all.
A republican Congress, a Republican Senate and a Republican President could get a whole lot done, BUT ONLY if the party were willing to police their own. If not, the lovely lady has a very vital part to play, she will need to perform the valuable function of vetoing corrupt GOP legislation. Remember the bad Cheyney/Rove years? Was that not a bad time for independents and the nation? If the GOP old guard wins in their efforts to command the Republican party, I would vote for Hilary.
So Grandma is carefully watching the new GOP Senate and its bigger little brother, Congress.
What she would really like to see is some legislation to stop commercial banks from investing our hard earned money. That is not their job. They are not investment banks. We give a bank our earnings trusting it to be safe with them. The job of a commercial bank is to take the deposits and invest it in their local community. It is the job of commercial banks to kick off local small business in their area, and in that way unemployment gets solved and the economy is given a boost. None of this Casino banking that is still destroying our nation; not for Grandma who understands how pernicious it is.
I will be watching to see if legislation like this comes forward before I cast my vote for Rand Paul (whom I like) rather than for Hilary.
Contrary to some predictions based on the demographics, I do think that the GOP will keep the House and the Senate after 2016. They have mounted a superb grassroots organization in the midterm elections. The only thing that could undo them is the conflict between the establishment and the liberty movement bursting out one more time; the other thing could undo them is if they fail to police corruption and not root out foreign influence. Fail on either count and once again they will self destruct.
Hard choices: Is Hilary going to run? Toss a coin!
If she does she has a very good chance of winning for she is supported on the left and also by many independents who like her courage and style.
However if she runs and becomes President she is going to have a really rough time before and after the election. It would be easier on a stronger and a younger man.
Grandma sees the outcome of the next election as actually Hilary’s call.
I actually think Hilary has the integrity to make he decision based on the greatest good.
She and Bill are doing great charity work; she is a grandma for heaven sakes. I would like to see her enjoy her golden years, but then this new House will have to prove themselves and do their job and a young man of courage and character will have to step up to the plate.
Quote for the Week
We are here because of grass-roots conservatives all over the place. That’s the way the democratic process is supposed to work. It’s not supposed to be a bunch of guys in a smoky room picking the next Senator.