I know all the election excitement is focused on Nov. 2.
But I just want to make a quick note for Americans to remember two other names of entrenched politicians who long ago should have worn out their welcome for public service in Washington.
They are Republican Sens. Richard Lugar of Indiana and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.
Time and again these two dilettantes in Republican garb have given the Democratic Party the cover of bipartisanship in ways that should make any moral, decent, right-thinking respecter of the American principle of the rule of law shudder in revulsion.
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And they just did it again by being turncoats in supporting the Supreme Court nomination of Elena Kagan, probably the most revolting name ever mentioned in the same breath as the words "Supreme Court."
I don't want to relive Kagan's torturous record, but suffice it to say she is, by the standards of all but a handful of Americans, a radical, an extremist, a zealot – someone who would kick U.S. military recruiters off campus because the Congress of the United States has mandated that all branches of the armed forces not welcome openly and practicing homosexual personnel. Her college writings show her to be a hard-left socialist, longing for a viable collectivist movement in America. And there's no evidence those views have moderated. Then, of course, there are her actions after Sept. 11 when she helped shield Saudi Arabia from lawsuits filed by families of the victims of that terrorist attack. I could go on and on recounting her disgraceful record.
The idea that any member of the opposition party would support her is appalling, but Lugar and Graham both have.
Both of these establishment politicians have disgraced themselves many times in the past – with their destructive inclinations toward amnesty for illegal aliens, with their propensity for globalism over American sovereignty and with their weak-kneed standards for judicial nominees. But support of Kagan ought to disqualify them in the minds of all Republicans for re-election to the Senate – Lugar in 2012 and Graham in 2014.
Republicans like these are worse than Democrats. Don't let anyone tell you any different. They are Arlen Specters. They are corrosive to whatever principles the GOP is supposed to have. And I don't want anyone to forget this latest betrayal – which will cause Kagan to be appointed to the Supreme Court for life where she will impact the future of this country for a generation.
Do not forget this!
Lindsey Graham and Richard Lugar need to go.
We will never get our country back on a constitutional footing as long as compromisers and enablers like this serve in the Senate, occupying seats that should be held by real Republicans.
They are shameful, contemptible and detestable. They are like an enemy within the camp – far more dangerous than the enemy outside.
The risk is always that by 2012 and 2014, we forget about votes like this. Some will tell you the important thing is to keep seats in the Republican column for control. I disagree. These men need primary challenges. They need to be roughed up and ousted before the general election. In the era of the tea party, this is more doable than ever before.
I can't even look at pictures of guys like this without getting sick to my stomach.
Our country is going down the drain, and they are the plumber's helpers.
We expect much more from South Carolina and Indiana. I hope those reading this column in those two states take this cry to heart.