Don’t Be Crazy Pete

I suspect the GOP will have the Senate in its possession tonight. I am optimistic for 53 seats, though I would settle for 51. I do not think the night closes with the fate of the Senate being unknown due to runoffs. I think Kansas Republicans will come home to Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS)Heritage ActionScorecardSen. Pat Roberts93%Senate Republican AverageSee Full Scorecard93% too. The party leaders will work overtime running from their own victory claiming the nation has not just rejected Obama, but also conservatives. Nonetheless, the win is good for America in that it will restrain the President, if not the spending.

As votes are not cast yet and I have no fear that things will go badly for the GOP, allow me to say something here echoing my friend Dan Darling. But first, a story about “Crazy Pete.”

My wife and I lived across the street from a couple for ten years. They were very good neighbors. When we’d go out of town, Pete and his wife would watch our house. We’d do the same for them. When their dog got out of the house, I tracked him down and returned him to Pete and his wife. When our daughter was born, they brought her a present.

In 2008, we had a McCain-Palin sign in our yard. They had an Obama-Biden sign in their yard. It was the first time I even knew they were Democrats. It was not a topic we discussed. A drunk driver wrecked in their yard, I went over to see if Pete and his wife were okay, and the police officer joked that Pete looked like Dick Cheney. He laughed, looked at me, and said, “That’d be his guy.”

Sometime after Campaign 2008, I wound up on Keith Olbermann’s “Worst Person in the World” list. About that time, we needed a guardrail replaced in our neighborhood. I was on city council and the Mayor wanted to use stimulus funds for those projects. That naturally made them slower and Council had no control over that decision. Pete came into my yard and asked me about it.

I explained the situation and he became rapidly more hostile. He then asked me about a local newspaper column …read more    

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