On the main site, Jim has an important article about the increasingly grim prospects for the GOP in Senate races. With each pasing day, it’s looking more and more feasible that Democrats could either gain a literal filibuster-proof majority of 60, or at least get close enough to it that it would be effectively filibuster-proof, with the only bulwark against liberal legislation nominally Republican Senators such as Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe of Maine.
But one thing that may offer a glimmer of hope is that even though Democrats are poised for another huge victory next month, by in large, they aren’t running as liberals, at least not at the presidential level, which I’ve obviously been following more closely. Barack Obama has spent his entire general election campaign actually running away from his liberal record, trying to convince Americans that he’s for lower taxes, gun rights, aggressive pursuit of terrorists (outside of Iraq), a “net spending cut,” and health care that isn’t government run.
No doubt that Obama, aided by an even more Democratic Congress, would try to push liberal legislation, but when the euphoria over campaign season “change” rhetoric has passed, and Americans actually see some details, will public outcry help to stymie any progressive agenda as it did during the Clinton years? Sure, a lot of bad stuff would get through, but how left can they go without seriously endangering their prospects in 2010? Remember, Democratic politicians may be liberal, but they’ll always be politicians first.
UPDATE: A Susan Collins defender has written in to argue that she gets a bum rap from conservatives, citing Collins’s opposition to the Farm Bill, strong opposition to card check legislation, and votes to confirm Roberts and Alito.
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.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
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?
H/T to National Review Online