In my two previous PJ Media columns on stopping the lame-duck threat, I dealt with the importance of moderate Republicans and the key special election situations in Delaware, Illinois, and West Virginia. Both of these strategies are bearing fruit, and it’s worth noting that Maine’s Senator Susan Collins was recently asked about the lame-duck session at a public event and said she is “not going to play that game.” That it would be “just wrong” and “blatantly against the will of the people.” It’s also worth noting that the Republican candidates in all of the special election states have taken strong stands against the lame-duck agenda. But it may not be enough.
Harry Reid recently told left-wing activists on a conference call that the Senate will postpone consideration of energy legislation until after the election. Reid reportedly said: “[W]e’re bound to come back in a lame-duck session. … Maybe after the elections we can get some help from Republicans on these key issues.”
Unfortunately, despite our best efforts to persuade moderate Republicans, Reid may be successful. Retiring Republicans like Judd Gregg and George Voinovich — and involuntarily retiring Republicans like Robert Bennett and Lisa Murkowski — may be inclined to support some or all of the lame-duck agenda. (Kit Bond and Jim Bunning are also retiring, but do not seem inclined to play ball with Reid.) These Republicans may not be susceptible to political pressure from back home, with their Senate careers over.