DATE: 2/25/2005 10:46:00 AM
Vox Blogoli 2.2 - Does the Senate GOP Go McClellan or Grant if Harry Reid "Goes Gingrich?" Hugh Hewitt asks another question for bloggers to consider.
Harry Reid has threatened to shut down all Senate business if the Republicans change the rules on filibustering nominees to the federal judiciary - the 'nuclear option.' There are two possible responses to it. One is the McClellan route - constantly threatening to do something while preparing. This is the route Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist has taken thus far. Then there's the approach of Grant - total warfare. Although I wish the impasse over judges could be resolved without the so-called 'nuclear option,' I think it's time to start using the mandate Republicans were given in the last election.
So it's Grant.
The timidity on the part of the Congressional Republicans is distressing. Not nearly enough of them are in the trenches fighting for the ideals that won them the last election. As a lot, they seem more nervous about what the media might say about them than pushing forward an agenda. During the Civil War, General Grant was subjected to withering criticism for the way he led his troops. He was called a drunkard and a butcher because so many Union troops were dying in his aggressive assaults on the Confederate army. If he had listened to the critics, the war may well have dragged on for many more months, or years. Grant knew, though, that the only way to reunite the union was to win the war and the only way to win the war was to fight. And he fought.
If Republicans take the Grant approach, they are going to be criticized by the MSM. The Democrats are going to raise heck and those cries will be amplified by the media. What Republicans need to remember is that the MSM isn't the only game in town these days. If they fight, they will inspire the base and the bloggers to fight with them. And it's a fight we can win. The defeat of Tom Daschle proves that on the debate over judicial nominees, the Democrats have the losing hand.
The battle for the federal judiciary is the most important political issue of our time. Decisions made by judges can have long-lasting effects on our society. Voters understand this - which is why so many of them showed up on election day. If the Republicans refuse to fight on this issue, it will throw cold water on the enthusiasm of everyone who worked so hard to put them in office. We fought for you, guys. Now please return the favor.
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