Washington just hosted the annual CPAC conference. It was a rally cry for conservatives to regroup and be prepared for the next election in 2014. While the 2012 results were disappointing, it did not give us an excuse to roll over. Our country still faces a leadership vacuum. We careen from crisis to crisis because the President and Senate Democrats refuse to actually work. They would rather introduce more taxes, more government; then whine when the People’s House says no. This is not leadership.
Senate Democrats are the crux of Washington’s failure. Harry Reid’s leadership is one that stalls action, dodges tough decisions and drops political bombs. It is a well-known fact that House Republicans have been active. Most of the bills they passed in the last Congress were sent to the Senate where they promptly died on Reid’s desk. They were not considered, debated or given a vote. They just died. The President was then absolved of all duty. This created the “Do-Nothing Congress” narrative. In reality, it is Harry Reid’s Senate that does nothing.
2014 must be the year Harry Reid’s leadership ends. He is failing our nation and the Senators who blindly follow him should be held accountable. They always talk of balanced solutions, but everything they support is an unbalanced failure. Just look at the passage of ObamaCare. First, it was passed out of the Finance committee by Sen. Baucus. Then behind closed doors, Reid purchased votes
from vulnerable Democrats in Nebraska and Louisiana. Of the three Senators mentioned (Nelson, Landrieu, Baucus) one has already been replaced. Voters in Nebraska utterly rejected Sen. Nelson’s support of the bill. His vast unpopularity led him to retire. He was subsequently replaced by the principled Sen. Deb Fischer. Let’s use this as our inspiration. Senators who have forgotten who they serve must be held accountable. They do not serve Harry Reid – they serve the people of their state.
Red State Democrats are going to have a hard time explaining their allegiance to Reid rather than the priority of the people. How will they explain stalling the Keystone pipeline? The House has voted for action six times, but it dies in the Senate. How will they explain their votes for the vastly unpopular ObamaCare? The House has sought to
defund and repeal, but Democrats from states where healthcare reform is vastly unpopular have not stood up against Reid. How will they explain countless votes for higher taxes? Take the fiscal cliff and the most recent Senate Budget. In the end, these Senators will have voted for plans that would raise trillions in new taxes while never actually balancing the budget! These decisions do not reflect the values of the people they represent. They represent the values of Leader Reid. It is time we make a change. Below is a list the most
vulnerable Senators in 2014 along with the percentage they follow party leadership.
Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) – 91%
Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) – 92%
Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK) – 92%
Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC) – 92%
Sen. Tim Johnson (D-SD) – 96%
Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AR) – 89%
These Senators represent Red and Purple states. Gov. Romney won every state listed above. Do you really think the same people who voted for Romney leadership are going to want Senators who follow Leader Reid 90 percent of the time? Each of these members call themselves moderates. Do these numbers look moderate? Every member voted for higher taxes, every member supported ObamaCare and not one of them has fought their leadership on Keystone! It’s intolerable.
Conservatives need to take a cue from Governor Palin’s speech at CPAC. “It’s time for America to get more outraged about this. Never before have our challenges been so big and our leaders so small.” 2014 must be about removing the “small” leaders in Washington and replacing them with leaders who are actually up to the task of serving.
Micah Chambers, Special Operations for America