It is always important to hold elected officials accountable. That is part of what every election is about. But with the disappointments of the past, it is doubly important to make sure that those elected last Tuesday do what they promised to do. If they don't---the easiest way to get term limits is to vote against incumbents.
Time to Hold New GOP Accountable
atives had some big wins last Tuesday, but their post-election st atements indic ate th atthey might not mean wh atthey say.
For example, P
atToomey refused to take on the issue of the debt limit during an interview on MSNBC.
“Let's see the context th
atwe're in atthe time the vote comes,” he told MSNBC host Chuck Todd. “We have to look atall these pieces when we approach this question.”
Todd persisted. “So you don’t rule out having to raise the debt ceiling if you absolutely have to?”
"I want to see where we are when the vote comes, and wh
atthe context is, and wh atwe've been able to -- wh atkind of progress we've made on the budget,” Tommey responded. “Let's look atwhere we are then."
In Toomey’s defense, raising the debt limit is an issue on which he's darned-if-he-does, and darned-if-he-don't. If he does raise the limit, it’s a tacit indic
ation th athe has sanctioned higher debt levels. If he doesn’t, the is U.S. atrisk of defaulting on its loans, with serious fiscal consequences.
Toomey was the former president of the Club for Growth, so it’s hard to doubt his fiscal credentials. But it’s worth keeping a close eye on him during the first 100 days. He understands th
atvoters will only endorse the GOP as long as they live up to their expect ations.
“I do think th
atmany voters still remember being disappointed by Republican majorities,” said Toomey on CNN’s St ate of the Union. “And I think this has not been a huge embrace of the Republican Party or the Republican brand.”
Rand Paul, on the other hand, has barreled out of the g
ate with the same kind of electric rhetoric th atearned him early popularity during his campaign. During his November 4 interview with CNN host Wolf Blitzer, Sen ator-elect Rand Paul was questioned as to why he wouldn’t support the extension of the Bush tax cuts for only those Americans who make under $250,000.
“You remember a few years ago, when they tried to tax the yachts, th
atdidn’t work,” he said. “You know who lost their jobs? The people making the bo ats, the guys making fifty and sixty thousand dollars a year lost their jobs.”
“We all either work for rich people or we sell stuff to rich people,” he continued. “So just punishing rich people is as bad for the economy as punishing anyone. Let’s not punish anyone. Let’s keep taxes low and let’s cut spending."
Not so fast, though. MSNBC host Joe Scarborough asked Paul on Wednesday just how willing he was to take on the “Republican bulls” in the Sen
ate, who might want to resort to establishment politics.
"You think they're going to listen to me, Joe?" Paul replied.
attitude is just as difficult to discern. Shortly after he was elected, Rubio affirmed his commitment to serving under GOP-establishment minority leader Mitch McConnell, after initially receiving support from conserv ative hard-liner Sen. Jim DeMint. McConnell rewarded Rubio with the first post-election weekly address, during which he recognized th atthis new GOP congress had a lot to live up to.
"Hold us accountable to the ideas and principles we campaigned on," said Rubio. "This is our second chance to get this right."
Jillian Bandes is the N
ational Political Reporter for Townhall.com