Our warmest congratulations to Republican Pat Toomey of Zionsville, who eked out a victory over Democrat Joe Sestak on Tuesday night to win the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Arlen Specter.
Mr. Toomey, the former congressman who had the audacity to say he’d serve only three House terms, then actually kept his promise, will be a sorely needed scholarly voice for fiscal sanity in the upper chamber. If the tea partyers are the heart and soul of the next American Revolution, Pat Toomey will be one of its key brains.
But Sen.-elect Toomey can and must be so much more than the Senate’s leading fiscal conscience. He must become a leading voice for commonsense foreign policy. That means speaking eloquently but forcefully against such things as the bogus New START arms treaty and LOST, the misguided Law of the Sea Treaty.
Each is a sad reminder of President Barack Obama’s national security- and sovereignty-threatening foreign policy of deferentialism. Each is a golden opportunity for Toomey, whose mild-mannered demeanor is especially well-suited for the world’s greatest deliberative body, to debunk the “merits” of being asleep at the switch.
We expect great things of Pat Toomey over the next six years. Voters have spoken. And it’s time to deliver.