The RINO in the room

With a Democrat taking over the White House and substantial Democratic majorities in both houses of Congress, the full responsibility of decision making rests squarely on the shoulders of the Democratic Party. Republicans have been relegated to their long-time role of the opposition party. Republicans basically have only one tool their legislative arsenal – prevent cloture in the Senate. Otherwise, Democrats are free to craft, pass, and sign into law their legislative desires at their pleasure.

On one hand, they are surely delighted with this new power to enact laws that tax the most productive workers back to the stone age require additional investment in the government, dole out pork economic stimulus, ration energy usage battle climate change, reward their union donors impose a collectivization friendly environment on businesses, and seize control over one-sixth of the US economy modernize health care. On the other hand, the voters will hold them accountable if their grand schemes s#!t the bed. After 12 years of blaming everything on Republicans in general and Bush in particular the foot’s on the other hand now.

To that end, Democratic leaders want the cover of substantial Republican support when the most odious legislation comes up for a vote. We saw this from Speaker Pelosi with the “Bank Bailout Package” and Majority Leader Reid with the “Automaker Bailout Package”. The “failures” of the initial measures to pass weren’t the fault of Democrats who bucked the party line, but the Republicans who declined to support the bills.

Fully reinforcing the notion that Election ’08 was a hold-your-nose, lesser-of-two-evils excercise for conservatives, we see speculation that John McCain will be Obama’s secret weapon when Republicans choose to make a stand in the Senate:

Obama also faces the reality of needing at least one Republican senator to join him to break filibusters. Many speculate that three moderate Republicans will provide the necessary Senate votes and the imprimatur of bipartisanship.

But I believe Obama has an ace in the hole among Senate Republicans. This unlikely ace can deliver not only the GOP moderates needed to break a filibuster, but also the stamp of bipartisanship: the 2008 GOP standard bearer, John McCain.

McCain was once the mainstream media darling, back when he joined Democrats on a host of issues. He prized his maverick moniker and used it to propel himself onto the national scene in the 2000 Republican presidential primary. Early in the Bush years, he shored up his status as the media’s favorite Republican by opposing Bush on taxes and the environment.

In McCain’s mind, however, losing the presidency will not be the final chapter of his life story. He knows the path to “Big Media” redemption. Working with the man who vanquished him in November will show them all the real McCain again.

But McCain won’t stop there in his effort to rehabilitate himself in the media’s – or maybe his own – eyes. He will forge common ground on a long list of initiatives that go far beyond where he has gone before, including the stimulus package.That sound you hear is conservatives collectively channeling Pvt. Hudson.

Because nothing will hasten McCain’s return to his status as the media’s favorite Republican faster than abandoning conservatives to massively expand the federal government. McCain supports “Comprehensive Immigration Reform”. He supports legislation to tackle global warming. McCain led the charge in Washington to toss sacks full of loot at the financial sector. Other than pork barrel spending it’s hard to come up with one domestic issue on which McCain stands firmly in the conservative camp.

And he’s seeking redemption. Lord help us. With McCain comity will win out over conservatism every time.

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