So Al Franken’s making plans to run against Norm Coleman in Minnesota. What other reason did Franken have in making his trips to Iraq in recent years? It certainly wasn’t to support our troops’ mission there. In the past I would have been ready with my checkbook to help the Republican candidate defeat the Democrat but the recent accounts of Senator Coleman’s willingness to go wobbly on the war leaves me with no reason to support him.

Let Franken run against Coleman. If Norm loses, well, ho hum. Too bad. Not one penny will go to Coleman’s campaign if he signs a non-binding resolution. (unless it is for Victory alone) At this point, Coleman and his fellow Republican cavers have already done enough damage to themselves, our troops, the president and our country.

With McCain, Warner, and many other nominal, (it seems) Republicans rolling over on President Bush’s surge I find myself so disillusioned with the Republicans in the house and senate I’m not at all inclined to give them my support in their next election. Many Americans I suspect, feel as I do.

Jules Crittenden writes at Pajamas Media about the reality that Americans do want a victory in Iraq and suggests that if poll driven politicians would just take a breath we’d have a chance to succeed.

I’m one of those Americans. If the Republicans are not going to stand up for victory and in support of the President I won’t back them. If they haven’t learned any lessons from the past election they are beyond teaching and need to lose the next election.

That I, a staunch Republican from a long line of genealogical Republicans feel so strongly about our need to win in Iraq and Iran if need-be, am willing to drop my support for the round heels in the party who are more interested in their own status and electability than in winning, we are in pretty bad times. They are not listening to us, they are not even listening to Petraeus, Fallon and Gates. They are, however, sending out their spokesmen to try to correct us!

Hugh Hewitt, one of the few remaining stalwart, conceptual thinkers left in the Republican party chronicles the sad state Republicans have created for themselves in Congress….

Slow Joe Biden lept into action and, taking a break from commenting on Barak Obama’s unique status in American history, forced a cut-and-run non-binding resolution through the Senate Foreign Relations Committee with Republican Chuck Hagel the only republican with him.

Eager to demonstrate that the GOP could be easily divided on the question of victory in Iraq, John Warner threw together his own attention-getting demand for round heels in Republicans sizes. No dance of the resolutions is complete without a McCain-Graham edition, so that was forthcoming as well.

Even Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who had been expected to be a stalwart for victory, found himself issuing declarations of “last chances” and “six months,” which certainly do let the enemy know how long they have to plan their victory parade. “Next year in the Green Zone,” is now the rallying cry of the jihadists. The Senate, after all, has all but said so.

So what do we do? Where do we go? Hugh sums up the extent of the surrender of the Reagan wing of the Republican Party.

Where does it leave the Republican Party?

For the first time since Ronald Reagan began the party’s comeback after Watergate, the party’s Congressional leadership is surrendering the party’s principles on national security and national defense. Slowly over the years they gave up on spending restraint and cultural issues. The Gang of 14 undercut their resolve on judges. The size of government long ago got tossed overboard.

As Dean Barnett writes, many Republicans have forgotten what Ronald Reagan actually said and did in times of crisis and their stances and actions recently are more akin to John Kerry than Ronald Reagan.

Virtually every Republican who stands for office is fond of citing Ronald Reagan. Well, here’s a Reagan quote that’s appropriate for our current leaders in Congress: At times of crisis, “Don’t just do something - stand there.” The wisdom in that quip is that the government shouldn’t take an action just for the sake of taking action. If it’s going to do something, it should do something that is well thought out and constructive.

So let Tony Snow or Robert Duvall or any respectable, conservative Virginian oppose Senator John Warner. I would give generously to that campaign.

Olympia Snowe also needs to go and I am wondering who, in the state of Maine will stand up to that ridiculously clueless woman.

John McCain will continue to drop in the polls. His raking of General George Casey over the coals today was not helpful.

Out with Senators Susan Collins, Gordon Smith, Sam Brownback, Chuck Hagel (especially Hagel) and the always wavering blow-hard Lindsey Graham. Out with John Boehner, Roy Blunt and Eric Cantor in the House. I’ve had it up to here with them.

If we are going to live by polls check out this one.