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Start thinking Senate, 2010.
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Likewise in Louisiana, if Vitter is convinced to step aside, a step backward in time might do the trick. Retiring Rep. Jim McCrery, or long-retired powerhouses Billy Tauzin or Bob Livingston, all remain extremely popular in their home states. And former Gov. Buddy Roemer never really lost the political bug, and Louisianans who tired of him as governor may yet think his crusading persona could do some good in Washington. Or, on the contrary, freshman U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise, a true rising star, might be ready sooner than expected for a statewide bid.
The simple fact is that the Senate is where the real legislative fights will be in 2011 and 2012 — the fights that set the tone for the 2012 presidential campaign. Even with the filibuster available, you can’t win fights if you don’t have the numbers — and you can’t have the numbers in the Senate unless you have the candidates who can win.
Jeff Sessions, and superb colleagues of his like DeMint, Coburn, John Cornyn, and Jon Kyl, can fight for solid principles with all their hearts, but it won’t do any good if there are too few other senators who are at least persuadable for the right. Ideas are powerful. Ideas do matter. But only if good people are there to promulgate them.
The time to start recruiting those people is now.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
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The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?