After Alaska election officials declared yesterday that Mark Begich had defeated Ted Stevens in their state’s U.S. Senate race, the Democrats’ upper-house tally climbed to 58, and they’re now only two seats away from a filibuster-proof majority.
As it happens, there are two incumbent Republican Senators whose 2008 races have not been decided: Minnesota’s Norm Coleman, whose race is in recount, and Georgia’s Saxby Chambliss, who faces a run-off election on December 2.
Both deserve to lose almost as much as did Sen. Stevens, a convicted felon. Both voted for the $700-Billion Bush-Paulson bail-out for whomever Mr. Paulson decides to give the taxpayers’ money.
This is the pit into which big-government Republicans have dragged the party of Reagan in 20 years: Their only hope for preventing a filibuster-proof Democrat majority in the Senate is the political survival of two traitors to conservative principle.