I am trying to find a way to say this that is both polite and perhaps a little subtle. Unfortunately, people tell me I am neither polite nor subtle, so I’ll be blunt.
“Grow a pair.”
You have had quite a transition. You have gone from being the minority leader, where the Democrats had a filibuster proof majority, to being almost equal. You can also count the numbers and look at 2012. You know that in 2012, the Republicans will gain a majority in the Senate. It is almost a mathematical certainty. And you will be majority leader.
Not so fast.
Remember, you were a part of the problem that led to the Democrats getting sixty seats in the Senate to begin with.
First, you can start by imposing party discipline. The days of reaching across the aisle are over. You have forty-six senators. (At the time of this writing, Washington State is still too close to call, but I do not believe Dino Rossi can get a fraud proof majority). Lisa Murkowski will also caucus with the GOP. They are also looking towards 2012 and they can count numbers just as well as you can. Many of them have been in the majority before and know how much better it is in the majority. Many of them are looking forward to being committee chairs. They need to understand, if they want to be chairs, they are going to follow orders.
There will be no more independent actions to resurrect liberal bills, such as Tennessee’s “Bail out” Bob Corker did, when he went to Christopher Dodd and single handedly brought back to life the horrible Financial Reform bill that had died.
The filibuster is now going to be our friend. The GOP is going to filibuster early and filibuster often. The good news is, with control of the House, we will not have to worry about killing a lot of bad spending bills. However, there are certain things that do fall exclusively to the purview of the Senate.
First, no more radical judges. I do not care if another Federal judge is not approved until 2013. This is not a bad thing. No more bad treaties. The list of bad treaties that Obama wants us to sign is quite long. Just say no.
To paraphrase Gordon Gekko, “Gridlock is good.”
Many years ago, an old Tennessee legislator was running for reelection. A young voter got up in his face and said, “I’m not voting for you. You didn’t get a single bill passed this year.”
The old Legislator looked at the young man for a moment, and then said. “You are right. But I killed twenty bad bills. I think I did my job.”
Your job, kill the bad bills of the Obama regime. If you do, in 2012, we will see a sea of red, all across the country, as we did Tuesday night. You will be the majority leader in the Senate.
On the other hand, if you do not, we in the Tea Party will remember. 2010 was our first election. We did not do everything right, but one thing I will say for our movement, we learn quickly. If you want to be the majority leader after 2012, I suggest you do the same.