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Thursday, April 3, 2008

Schumer calls on donors to help build the majority int he Senate

Chris Cillizza at his blog at the WaPo highlights the video sent out to donors as a "thank you" for their contributions early on in 2008. HT to Hugh Hewitt who has posted links to a few candidates who need our help this year to retain their Senate seats.

Readers should remember that the Republicans have a much harder road ahead of them as the Democrats have only 12 members up for reelection in the Senate this year, and we have over 20. Schumer is shooting for a total majority of 57, which would put the idea of a filibuster far outside of our reach. (All he needs are a couple of wobbly Republicans to jump on the bandwagon to break any filibuster we'd try.)

This is the other battleground this year, and it's just as important as the presidential election. We can ill afford to have Schumer's "dream" come to a reality. IF he is able to build the majority in the Senate as he wants to, and either Hillary or Obama gets in the Oval Office, we can kiss the high court goodbye for decades. After two solid appointments to the Supreme Court in Chief Justice John Roberts and Associate Justice Samuel Alito, we are on the cusp of being able to swing the court back where it belongs; on the path of originalism, and adherence to the rule of law, not the fiat-like edicts of activist jurists. (Bear in mind that there are six jurists on the high court, age 68 and older, who could potentially retire in the next four to eight years. Schumer's cadre in the Senate would be all too happy to make sure another Ginsburg or Breyer get on the high court.)

Then there is the problem of their agenda. The House would have to propose any new spending and tax increases. Those propositions have to pass through BOTH Houses of Congress. Without his 57, the Republicans could easily block such inane and destructive legislation. Likewise, the same goes for funding regarding the war. The Senate also deals with treaties, and while neither Hillary or Obama have talked much about climate change, does anyone think for a moment they wouldn't jump on the opportunity to entertain the greenie moonbats by attempting to reintroduce Kyoto?

The Congressional elections should be the next focus for the base in November. In 2006 much of the base sat at home, perturbed at the feckless behavior of the Republican party, and their inability to control their spending. A lot of people are saying they'll stay home this year, too, as their annoyed by our nominee. We doubt that'll happen. Midterm elections don't garner the turnout that the presidential election does, and despite their cacophony of irritation, we doubt the base would refuse to participate in the election. To do so will ensure that the Democrats will retake the White House.

So do what you must to support the good candidates in the Senate. We can't accept a Democrat stranglehold in the upper chamber because it will bring this nation nothing but misery. The Democrats have proven, all too often, that they can't be trusted with national security. The tax hike plans of Hillary and Obama show the Democrats can't be trusted with the economy. And their track record on judicial nominees show the nation that they have no clue with the term "the rule of law" means. These are the issues that should be on every conservatives mind as we come down the stretch to November.

Additionally, the Congress is of utmost importance for those that will probably vote for John McCain, but they're wary about their ability to trust him. The Congress serves as a check against the president. If anyone is worried about how McCain would govern, they should do their damnedest to ensure the numbers stay as close as possible int he Congress. Those in Congress respond to pressure from their constituents whereas the president might not. If he does something nutty, and out of the base's mainstream philosophy, we can apply the right amount of pressure to Congress to block the idea. We did it with the immigration reform last year, and we can do it again.

Schumer's goal is 57. Let's make sure the right guys get reelected on our side, and make an effort to flip a seat or two from blue to red. Let's make sure Schumer's goal goes down in flames.

Publius II


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