The brazenness of the GOP never ceases to amaze me:
There are three issues on which I can see a Republican-led filibuster successfully blocking Democratic legislation: card-check, nationalized health care, and taxpayer-funding of abortion. On each of these issues, at least one or more Republican senators will break rank, but there are also a few Democrats who could potentially back a Republican filibuster. These are the kind of votes that could hinge on one mavericky senator from either side.
Republicans and Gregg would be foolish to settle for a Republican replacement who would toe the liberal line on issues like these where the threat of a GOP filibuster actually matters.
Look- in 2004 you called a slim margin of victory a firm mandate to govern, and now, four years latered, you got demolished in the elections, you don’t control the House, you don’t control the Senate, you don’t control the White House, and you don’t control the governorship of New Hampshire. You’ll take whatever you get, there is nothing you can do about it, and the Democrats are total morons if they cave to you.
If anyone could point out any reason to think these guys have any reason to be making demands, I am all ears. For extra yuks, the title of the post at the Weekly Standard is “Are Republicans Going to Get Rolled on Gregg Replacement?”