I went to an event for a local political leader recently. Virginia is riding high on the heels of our 2009 election which put a Republican in the governor’s mansion. He is ably assisted by a Republican Lieutenant Governor, our Obamacare-slaying Attorney General, and a friendly House of Delegates. Our only problem is in the Virginia Senate where a Democrat majority either stopped or watered down any number of worthy efforts this session. Now we have an opportunity to fix that in November 2011 when we go to the polls again.
One Freshman Delegate in recounting his very successful session mentioned that he had learned about the “art of the possible.” What does that mean exactly? The reference was made to a bill requiring the use of “E-verify” by Virginia’s businesses. While it provided an important milestone, some of the teeth of the bill had to be removed in order to ram it through a hostile Democrat Senate. Is Virginia better off? Decidedly yes. Did we get everything we wanted? Decidedly no. That is not dissimilar to the problems that Speaker John Boehner faces on the National stage.
The comment about the “art of the possible” stuck in my memory. It turns out that Prime Minister Otto von Bismarck is generally attributed with saying that “Politics is the art of the possible.” That means more to me today than it ever might have before. With a radical leftist in the White House and a Senate still controlled by the left – it is important to understand what the “art of the possible” is exactly. The House under Speaker Boehner passed the repeal of Obamacare and that was an important gesture even though it had no chance of being passed through the Senate and signed into law. But the repeal of Obamacare is not possible right now.
The brinksmanship that Republicans and Democrats are engaged in right now needs to be put into the context of the “art of the possible.” When the Republicans battle for weeks to save a measly $38 Billion the party and particularly the TEA movement shouldn’t be railing against Boehner and Cantor – they should be redoubling their efforts to get rid of Pelosi and Frank. I would concede that Republicans make mistakes from time-to-time, but Democrats are downright evil and they will never give us the kind of country that we want and need. These intramural fire fights between Conservatives and railing about RINOs are a useless waste of energy. We need to focus all our energy on the prize – retaking the White House and the Senate. With that said – Republicans need to play the game and support efforts like Representative Paul Ryan’s budget. It will be a battle royal and we shouldn’t give an inch without exposing the smarmy Democrats who are fighting every single effort at fiscal sanity. But it is unlikely that Republican’s won’t have to give some ground in order to win concessions. When the inevitable criticism comes from the political neophytes in the TEA movement – we have to focus them on the real enemy – Democrats. Fiscal sanity just isn’t possible with Democrats controlling 2/3rds of the government. That’s what we have to fix – and soon.
We open up a completely new world of possibilities if Obama becomes our worst ex-President and Harry Reid becomes our sourest ex-Majority Leader. Then we can do some real open field running.