Asks the moderate-liberal commentator in D.C., about the U.S. Senate: "Since the deaths of Massachusetts’s Ted Kennedy and Minnesota’s Paul Wellstone, the Senate has not had a signal, outstanding liberal voice. The liberal faction even takes a back seat to conservative Dems who hold the threat of defecting and costing the party its majority on key votes for gun control, taxes and spending. The conservative Democrats stopped the Democratic majority in the Senate from passing a budget for the last four years for fear it might be attacked as 'liberal.'"
Mr. Williams continues his commentary: "Over the last 50 years, the Senate’s liberal lions stood out for the capacity to speak as idealists and attract moderate Republicans to their deeply felt causes. One problem for today’s liberals is that there is only one moderate Republican left — Maine’s Susan Collins. Even Republicans who once dared to team with Democrats on break-through legislation, people such as Arizona’s John McCain and South Carolina’s Lindsey Graham, are now living in fear of primary challenges from the far right. They are dealing with Sens. [Chuck] Schumer and [Dick] Durbin on the current immigration proposal. But that is all a matter of convenience. Republicans need an immigration deal. There is no idealism at play from the right or the left."