I mentioned this on the Brian Lehrer show yesterday but really, is there anyone smarter than Pat Toomey? The man is a bona-fide conservative, and has been for his entire career. He gives an interview to The New York Times where they conclude he is ready to compromise with the left. Oh, is he?
For one thing, he supported repealing the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy to allow gay men and lesbians to serve openly in the military. For another, he gave a nod to bipartisanship by writing an op-ed article for USA Today with a Democrat, Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri, that urged both parties to ban earmarks. “Cross-party alliances often make for the most effective partnerships,” the two wrote. Mr. Toomey also abstained, in a recent interview here in his hometown, from taking a position on the recent tax compromise between President Obama and Republican leaders to extend the Bush-era tax cuts — despite the strong opposition of his Senate patron, Jim DeMint of South Carolina, and of the Club for Growth, of which Mr. Toomey is a past president.
Let's start at the top. Ending "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" was not only a no-brainer, it was a no-brainer supported by 80 percent of Americans.
Next, his "nod to bipartisanship" was writing an op-ed opposing earmarks. Earmarks! Pat Toomey has fought against earmarks his entire political life! And now it's some sort of compromise because he shared editorial space with a Democrat to say so?
Finally, while the tax compromise was certainly flawed, it succeeded in extending the Bush tax cuts, something Barack Obama campaigned heartily against. It was a political win if nothing else, but every conservative knows (because Pat Toomey told us so) to take any tax cut the government will give us. On this issue, Pat Toomey didn't take a position and this too is seen as some sort of compromise.
To sum up: Pat Toomey sides with 80 percent of Americans, he's compromising. Pat Toomey takes a position he's always held and let's a Democrat agree with him, compromise. Lastly, Pat Toomey takes no position and still, he compromises.
I look forward to six more years of Pat Toomey and his delightful compromising.
Born in the Soviet Union and raised in Brooklyn, Karol Markowicz is a public relations consultant in NYC and a veteran of Republican campaigns in four states. She blogs about politics at Alarming News and about life in the city with her husband and baby at 212 Baby. She can be followed on Twitter.