Diary

It's the Constitution, Stupid

Original post at the AJ Federation blog.

On Monday I was gladly cheering on statements made by Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell. He put up some fighting words about the Senate Democrats. They are still cutting, in my view. Albeit, the blade has been dulled thanks to Senator McConnell’s wimpy attitude to stop the filibustering and concede to Reid. This is the political equivalent of bending over and grabbing one’s ankles. If it’s going to happen, why fight it? That’s at least the attitude McConnell gave to Senator Reid the other day.

Tack on Senator McCain’s statements on FOX News Sunday and it seems as if the Senate Republicans are fighting for nothing.

WALLACE: Is there anything that Republican senators can do to stop the Senate from passing health care reform by Christmas eve?

MCCAIN: Probably not. But what we can do is continue winning the battle of American public opinion.

As though all of this is just an effort to save their skins in the next election cycles to prove to their constituents that they tried. They are hoping to get that tea party campaign money, after all. So the fight’s over, right? If they’re not really trying, then why bother? It’s important to note that McCain has been failing the party for years. He still believes there is a reach across the aisle policy; though he’s growing tired of being stabbed by both parties for reaching first.

As these two knuckleheads ready the trumpets of defeat, Senators Jim DeMint (R-South Carolina) and John Ensign (R-Nevada) rip it from their purple lips with this very important document… called the Constitution!

Today, U.S. Senators Jim DeMint (R-South Carolina) and John Ensign (R-Nevada), raised a Constitutional Point of Order on the Senate floor against the Democrat health care takeover bill on behalf of the Steering Committee, a caucus of conservative senators. The Senate will vote tomorrow on the bill’s constitutionality.

Thanks to the good folks at the Heritage Foundation, DeMint and Ensign will be armed on the Senate floor with things called the law on their side. It may be easy to snicker and sneer that Congress has trampled on and shredded the US Constitution ever since the New Deal or maybe even well before Lincoln. One can hardly blame anyone for thinking that. But I can’t hold to that sentiment. I can hardly abide it. So long as that defeatist thought is in a person’s head Congress might as well fulfill the idea.

At the Tea Parties I saw and heard hundreds and thousands of people who believed and thought the Constitution meant something. Some folks all too familiar with the political world continue to fill their heads with, “pft, they do this all the time.” Not any more! A rhetorical question for those politico’s: when was the last time a member of Congress raised a Constitutional question that wasn’t about our rights in the Bill of Rights? This isn’t a question about a flag burning, a religious symbol, owning guns, habeas corpus, wire tapping, or affirmative action.

The challenge DeMint and Ensign are issuing against the Senate Democrats is that their bill absolutely contrasts the foundation of this nation. They are standing up for a document that the President would like to declare a mutating, if not outdated document. Where do you think this backbone move came from? It certainly didn’t arrive from the lackluster Republican Party. For once, they are doing something that all people at the Tea Parties have been exclaiming this year. It’s the Constitution!

Harry Reid and his fellow Democrats are going to have a wake up call from this move. Could it kill the bill? I would love to believe that’s the possibility. That would be the best Christmas gift any Republican has ever given to the people in years! I won’t count that possibility out, but I won’t be holding my breath, either. Everyone who opposes these health care plans have been hoping for a fight. They have been hoping for a fight to the end. Where McConnell and McCain failed for the tea parties is where DeMint and Ensign will succeed.