The word is out, and it seems official. Alaskan Senator Ted Stevens has lost his re-election bid after serving since 1968. This is pretty implosive for the Republican Party. Even if he won, it would have been the closest win for him. One would have to note how surprisingly close it was after he became a convicted felon not long ago.
I will not focus on the federal conviction, the man, or his corruption. I will instead focus on the dawning of a new political era. I don’t say this as a good thing, being a Libertarian stuck in the perpetual election ditch. Let me try to explain what I’m getting at.
In the past few years, We’ve had the same old, crotchety Senators filling in the role of leadership of the party in control. This being the position of President pro tempore. History buff’s, or idiots with a computer (Comrade Theodore), will know that President pro tempore is the highest official position in the Senate, right under the now-legislatively defunct Vice President. This is the order since 1981:
John C. Stennis
Anybody notice a pattern? Now Strom Thurmond and John Stennis are dead, Stevens is facing prison time, and Byrd is 91.
The question isn’t what will happen now, but what will happen in the future. As the old guard passes on, who will the two parties choose as their standard bearer? The GOP lacks seemingly sane or sensible leadership and the Democratic Party (in the Legislative Branch at least) lacks guts or purpose.
These parties lack leadership, and they lack ideas that attract people to them. The next few months and years will shape how these parties will work and operate in the future. They will either thrive or fall. Either way, My Fellow Libertarians, this is the time to be on our toes.
Thanks for Reading,