I want to share part of the newsletter I received from U.S. Senator Jim DeMint
You may remember the slogan “It’s the economy, stupid” used by Bill Clinton during the 1992 presidential campaign to make the point that George H. W. Bush had not adequately addressed the poor economy.
Clinton’s political strategist, James Carville, posted the phrase inside campaign headquarters as a way to keep the team focused and on message. The phrase later became the de facto slogan for the Clinton election campaign.
The slogan could make a comeback in 2012 as Republicans highlight Barack Obama’s dismal economic record, but if you consider yourself a freedom-loving American, then I have a different slogan for you.
“It’s the Senate, stupid.“
That’s right. It’s the Senate, stupid.
Most Americans are focused on the presidential race right now, especially as the GOP nomination process is about to shift into high gear. But winning the White House — as critical as it is — won’t be enough to save the country we love without a strong, conservative majority in the United States Senate.
- Without a conservative Senate, we won’t repeal Obamacare.
- Without a conservative Senate, we won’t balance the budget.
- Without a conservative Senate, we won’t secure our borders.
- Without a conservative Senate, we won’t stop the bailouts.
- And without a conservative Senate, we won’t enact the pro-growth policies needed to get America back to work.
If you’re reading this letter, chances are, you follow current events more than most and you probably understand the point I’m making — winning the Senate is the key to restoring America’s greatness.
Not only do the Democrats currently control the Senate but the rules of the Senate make it extremely powerful. If conservatives control the Senate, we not only can pass the reforms needed to undo Obama’s mess, but we can also stop even more bad policies from being adopted.
The simple fact of the matter is this: a good president without a conservative Senate is a waste of a good president.
A president can campaign on great policies, but he doesn’t write the bills. As long as liberals are in charge of writing legislation, it will be difficult for a Republican president to sign the right bills into law. Does anyone think Harry Reid will ever send a bill to the President’s desk to repeal ObamaCare? The answer is no and that’s why I am entirely focused on packing the Senate with strong conservatives who will one day make that a reality.
There are 23 Democrat Senate seats up this cycle, and Republicans stand a strong chance of taking the Senate back. But it’s not enough to just have a majority. We must have new senators who deeply believe in the principles of freedom and are willing to fight for them each day.
As we head into the most important election year in our lifetimes, my challenge is to you is to keep your focus on winning a conservative majority in the U.S. Senate. These races and the candidates running in them aren’t getting the same media attention as the presidential candidate, but they’re no less important.
He does have a pretty good common sense point. Here is his website where you can read the latest congressional news: Senate Conservatives Fund