Mark Kirk has not even been sworn in, and already it has been reported that he is talking about breaking (unformed) ranks and voting with the Democrats for a campaign finance bill in the lame duck session. As this bill primarily hamstrings Republican fundraising, it would never pass once the new Republican House is in session.
Kirk voted against this as a House member, yet now he’s floating a trial balloon that lets it be known that he can be bought. Leadership, start your bidding. Chicago corruption never ceases.
The Hill says:
Kirk could have more support in a Senate lame-duck from other Republicans fed up with the aggressive, undisclosed outside spending that took place in their own campaigns. After losing the GOP primary to Tea Party-backed Jeff Miller, Murkowski launched a write-in candidacy to retain her seat. But she was pummeled early on by spending from independent outside groups, most notably the Tea Party Express and the Senate Conservatives Fund backed by Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.).
An independent coalition of Alaska Native regional corporations formed their own group, Alaskans Standing Together, and spent heavily on Murkowski’s behalf, but the senator may have been so stung by her primary loss that she is ready to support the Disclose Act.
Ah, yes. Use legislation to solidify your position of power and put down those icky unwashed uprisings.
And whom else does The Hill identify as a potential vote in the RINO coalition? That’s right:
Other centrists who witnessed the stinging primary defeats of likeminded congressional colleagues by Tea Party-backed candidates — candidates who went on to lose in the general election — may also decide to join forces and vote in favor of the Disclose Act. Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) is up for re-election in 2012 and will no doubt attract a primary challenge from a more conservative candidate.
Snowe and her fellow GOP centrist colleague from Maine, Sen. Susan Collins, withheld their support for the Disclose Act in September when it came up for a vote on the Senate floor. Collins said she believed the bill was imbalanced in the way it treated corporations and unions in the disclosure requirements. Snowe complained that the measure was designed to provide Democrats an advantage in the November election.
Just wait. McCain and Graham will join the group shortly. They’re just timing it right so that they can grab the glory of being the final “reasonable” ones to swoop in and make the legislation a reality. And once again, the new Congress will begin with this lousy bunch staging a coup and cutting off the conservative movement at the knees.
History Flashback: The Gang of 14 formed early in the new Congress after Bush’s 2004 reelection. That was the last Congress that Republicans had a majority in—until now. In fact, the Wiki entry notes:
In the 110th Congress, the Democrats possessed a 51-49 majority in the Senate. With the Democrats in control, the purpose of the Gang of 14 disappeared.
Got that? The whole purpose of the Gang of 14 was to assist the Democrats maintain some control until they could do it on their own. Once they regained control, “mission accomplished.”
That’s why these betrayers are known as RINOs: They are merely doing the Democrats bidding from within the GOP for their own gain and media glorification. And that’s why I am ever so thankful that Mike Castle can’t get his shiny mug on camera during the fawning press conference the media will replay all week when this campaign finance disaster occurs.
I Told You So #1
Since it looks like I will be regularly calling up this link over the next six years, let’s just put it out there:
That links to the following tweet made in the wee hours of election night 2010 when it was announced that Mark Kirk (R-IL) had won Barrack Obama’s Senate seat.
I knew I’d be repeating early and often. Who knew it would be this early, though? Looks like we are in for a long six years.
As reported on Hot Air, Illinois plans to continue the Chicago-style thuggery by refusing to certify Mark Kirk’s win until after Thanksgiving. This will provide the Senate with ample opportunity to first hold all the votes where Kirk might actually go against them, and then bring Kirk on board for a lame-RINO session.
I have to wonder if Kirk’s secretly on board with this plan. Lame-duck website or no lame-duck website, I wouldn’t put it past him.