Senate GOP about to get a little more constitutional

Tim Carney, writing in today's Washington Examiner:

...But Joe Miller, the former judge and Army veteran who appears to have beaten (Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski) in the primary, pending counting of all absentee ballots, is of a different stripe. Miller is not merely conservative, he's unyielding, supremely self-confident, and self-reliant. He will come to Washington seeing the whole town and its customs -- quite possibly including collegiality and tradition of the Senate -- as the enemy.

It's the same story in the Utah Senate seat...

...Bennett's replacement -- former gubernatorial aide Mike Lee -- promises to be something beyond just a "balky Republican senator." Lee's stump speech sounds like a lecture on the Constitution, and how nearly everything Washington does is outside of its legitimate authority. He takes pretty seriously the oath of office to defend the Constitution, and it wouldn't be surprising to see him filibuster a harmless Republican measure that isn't explicitly authorized by Article I, Section 8...

...Put Miller and Lee in the same chamber, and the legislative calendar could back up worse than the Washington Beltway at rush hour. One Republican operative, comparing these future senators with the upper chamber's current gadflies, said Lee and Miller will make Jim DeMint and Tom Coburn look like lapdogs.

If Miller and Lee set the tone of the incoming freshman class, that could ensure that Colorado's Ken Buck, Nevada's Sharron Angle, and Kentucky's Rand Paul -- if they win -- never fully assimilate to the Old Boys (and Girls) Club.

All I have to say is...bwaa ha ha ha ha ha ha ha.

Gallup: GOP generic ballot lead grows to 10 percent

Aug. 30 release from the Gallup organization:

Republicans lead by 51% to 41% among registered voters in Gallup weekly tracking of 2010 congressional voting preferences. The 10-percentage-point lead is the GOP's largest so far this year and is its largest in Gallup's history of tracking the midterm generic ballot for Congress.

And that's among registered voters. When you narrow the sample down to likely voters, the lead almost certainly grows even larger.

The ten-point lead is twice the size of the previous-largest ever margins, five point leads in June 2002 and July 1994.

Republicans gained eight House and two Senate seats in 2002, defying the trend of the president's party losing seats in the midterm elections. They captured 54 House and eight Senate seats in 1994, winning control of both chambers for the first time since 1954.