By DICK MORRIS & EILEEN MCGANN
Published on DickMorris.com on
November 15, 2010
Tuesday is the first day of
the rest of our lives because on that day we will see if the Republican Party is serious about reform or
just mouths the words to get back power.
The Senate Republican caucus is set to vote on a ban on
earmarks. Eighteen Senators have committed to support the
proposal. Twenty Senators have committed to back the ban and
seven are opposed. But nineteen are still undecided. We
need twenty-four to pass the proposal.
Please call your Senator to
weigh in! Earmarking is one of the key causes of the massive
federal deficit. It promotes projects that are usually wastes
of time and money. It is a disgrace that the Republicans did
not end this obnoxious practice when they held power in the Senate
before the 2006 election. They must commit to ending it now.
Yes votes already in hand are:
Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky)
(Congratulations Mitch for seeing the light!), Kelly Ayotte (NH), John Barrasso (WY), John Boozeman (Ark), Richard Burr (NC), Dan Coats (Ind), Tom Coburn (Okla), Bob Corker (Tenn),
John Cornyn (TX), Jim DeMint (SC), John Ensign (Nev), Mike Enzi (WY), Orin Hatch (Utah), Mike Johanns (Neb), Ron Johnson (Wisc), Mark Kirk (Ill), Mike Lee (Utah), Rand
Paul (KY), Marco
Rubio (Fla), Jeff Sessions (Ala), and Pat Toomey (PA).
The no votes -- the enemies of
reform -- are Lamar
(Tenn), Thad Cochran (Miss) -- the granddaddy of
earmarks, newly elected Senator John Hoeven (ND), James Inhofe (Okla), Richard Shelby (Ala), and Roger Wicker (Miss).
And here are the twenty we
have to work on!
* Roy Blunt (Missouri) = 202-225-6536
Newly elected, Roy was part of
the House establishment but had pledged to be a reformer in the
Senate. Let's see.
* Scott Brown (Massachusetts)
We all hailed his
election. Now lets see if he really is
* Saxby Chambliss (Georgia)
A southern conservative, let's
see if he really will hold the line on spending!
* Susan Collins (Maine) = 202-224-2523
Lets she how she goes.
* Mike Crapo (Idaho) = 202-224-6142
Normally a dependable
conservative, this should be an easy vote for him.
* Lindsay Graham (South Carolina)
He campaigned for John McCain and praised him for his
opposition to earmarks. Now its time for him to vote!
* Chuck Grassley (Iowa) = 202-224-3744
We all cheered his opposition
to Obamacare. We hope he does the
right thing on earmarks. Chuck was embarrassed when he tried to
get an earmark for an indoor rain forest in Iowa
-- there was one nearby in Omaha.
He got it passed but couldn't generate enough local support for
matching funds. No more indoor rain forests, please. Not on our
* Kay Bailey Hutchison (Texas) = 202-224-5922
Running in the Texas
Governors' Primary, Kay Bailey assured us she was a
conservative. Now let's see if she meant it!
* James Inhofe (Oklahoma) = 202-224-4721
A conservative leader from a
conservative state, he should be with us on this one.
* Johnny Isakson (Georgia) = 202-224-3643
For a southern conservative
like Isakson, this should be a no-brainer.
* John Kyl (Arizona) = 202-224-4521
Kyl has always been a staunch
conservative. What's to think about?
* Richard Lugar (Indiana) = 202-224-4814
Does this member of the GOP old guard need replacing? Lets see how he votes on this one!
* John McCain (Arizona) = 202-224-2235
Just returning from a foreign
trip. We assume he'll vote right. Its
always been his issue.
* Jerry Moran (Kansas) = 913-945-2413
He won the Kansas Senate primary by saying he was a
solid conservative. Now he has to prove it!
* Rob Portman (Ohio) = 614-824-5513
As former head of the Office of
Management and Budget, Portman, of all people, should appreciate what
a disaster earmarks are. Is he going to be a true conservative
or a Washington
sellout? This vote will tell.
* James Risch
For a western conservative,
this is a no-brainer.
* Pat Roberts (Kansas) = 202-224-4774
A conservative, he should be
* Olympia Snowe (Maine) = 202-224-5344
Why do all votes boil down to Olympia?
* John Thune (South Dakota) = 202-224-2321
If he wants to run for
president, this vote is make or break.
* David Vitter (Louisiana) = 202-224-4623
We trusted him and re-elected
him. Now we'll see if he deserved it.
PLEASE CALL YOUR SENATOR RIGHT
NOW. THE VOTE IS TUESDAY!
We will send out an email
telling you how your member voted!