Vassar’s latest post about the 2016 GOP candidates for President got me thinking about a “Common Purpose” among the GOP Senators that can save the character of the U.S. Senate. This common purpose concept can’t be determined just by voting records. It has more to do with the team that you side with. You can side with the establishment and never have a good thing to say about tea party conservatives. You can side with tea party conservatives for the most part. Nobody is perfect.
Perhaps the NBA playoffs is also influencing my thought processes. Basketball is a team sport, and you can’t think in terms of individual stats like a team of allstars. It’s always been this way to decide that your team is either the Lakers or the Celtics for example. It can’t be both. However there are some Senators trying to straddle between the factions. Maybe they can be considered the D league players.
The common purpose of the establishment team is to cling to the power they have in office and to maintain the status quo. The common purpose of the tea party conservative team is to be agents of change in the Senate. They want to take back the power to make law that previously the U.S. Senate had given away to bureaucrats in the executive branch. They want to return to state and local governments the areas not enumerated in the U.S. Constitution for the the U.S. Senate to legislate. Instead of individual stats of voting records it is the mindset that reveals which is your team. If your loyalty is primarily to the Senate leaders in the Republican Party, and you are a reliable vote for what the leaders want, then your team is the establishment. If your loyalty is to conservative principles instead of party leaders, and you are not a reliable vote for what the leaders want, then your team is the tea party conservatives.
Listed below is how I see the divisions in the U.S. Senate. There are definitely more conservatives now than there were 20 years ago. To save the character of the U.S. Senate we need more please.
26 US Senators on the establishment team
19 US Senators on the tea party conservatives team
9 US Senators who are D League