The latest in my ongoing observations about the national GOP's continuing descent into irrelevance:
--In the final floor vote, two GOP Senators voted against Hillary Clinton's confirmation: Dave Vitter, whose motivations I discussed previously; and Jim DeMint, who I ranked 6th most likely to get the 2012 GOP Presidential nomination.
--One name that just missed making my '12 list -- but whom I placed at #9 on my Scariest Conservatives list --slipped out of John McCain's mouth yesterday as a Presidential contender: Sen. Jon Kyl.
--Vitter, DeMint, Kyl, and 33 other Republicans voted against the enormously popular Ledbetter Fair Pay Act yesterday, helping to solidify the vast and growing divide between the GOP and the female half of the US electorate. Only five Republican Senators voted yea. One was Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, who will probably face tough challenges from the left and the right in 2010, so he doesn't know which way to turn. The other four? That would be the four GOP women in the senate: Collins, Hutchison, Murkowski, and Snowe.
--"It’s not even the end of inauguration week, and Obama is already proving to be the most dangerous man ever to occupy the Oval Office." --former W. speechwriter Marc Thiessen.
--Mitt Romney still hates abortion. As of Wednesday, anyway.