What to make of last night?
First let’s look at this odd article in the Washington Times, which says that John McCain benefits from last night’s debacle:
“There’s going to be a batch of people who are going to personally owe McCain and there’s going to be another batch of people who are going to have to rethink their view of him,” said Michael McKenna, a Republican strategist and pollster.
“He was a pretty solid party stalwart this go around, in a cycle when it was not easy to be a party stalwart.”
Um… too bad Sen. McCain hasn’t chosen to be a party stalwart before this election cycle. Hugh Hewitt actually believes John McCain is to blame for this mess, and that it doesn’t bode well for Sen. Frist either:
The long and short of this bad but not horrific night was that majorities must act like majorities. The public cares little for the “traditions” of the Senate or the way the appropriations process used to work. It demands results. Handed a large majority, the GOP frittered it away. The chief fritterer was Senator McCain and his Gang of 14 and Kennedy-McCain immigration bill, supplemented by a last minute throw down that prevented the NSA bill from progressing or the key judicial nominations from receiving a vote. His accomplice in that master stroke was Senator Graham. Together they cost their friend Mike DeWine his seat in the Senate, and all their Republican colleagues their chairmanships. Senator McCain should rethink his presidential run. Amid the ruins of the GOP’s majority there is a clear culprit.
A second loser was Bill Frist. To be the Majority Leader of a majority that did not lead is lethal to his presidential ambitions. Like Senator McCain, it would be easier on everyone if he just exited the stage.
He goes on to say that Hillary’s path to the White House is complicated with these Democratic victories as well. The other good news is that “The GOP frontrunners–Rudy Giuliani and Mitt Romney–do not have to serve in the almost certain to be paralyzed Senate.”
On Fox News last night, some of the “talking heads” were confirming that Allen’s implosion could only be interpreted as good for Gov. Romney, who is now the conservative standard bearer.
One thing’s for sure, as Charles just pointed out in an e-mail, it’s a lot more fun to look ahead instead of dwelling on 2006. There’s much to look forward to in 2008!