The Power of 60

Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) has laid out the stakes for Republicans in 2010.

Given what we've seen already from the Obama administration and Democratic Congress — including the $410 billion omnibus appropriations bill Republicans blocked, a $3.6 trillion budget, a Dow that keeps going down — and what's around the corner — higher taxes and increasing unemployment and inflation — the stakes are indeed too high to turn Washington into a one-party town.

At a time when Republicans are still "finding their sea legs" in determining what the GOP is and how to move forward, it's important to have someone willing to do the hard-nosed tactical work of holding off the Democrats' advancement seat by seat. Stopping the Democrats from getting 60 Senate seats and essentially removing any kind of checks or balances won't be decided in Washington. It will be determined in places like Florida, Missouri and North Carolina.

"In 2010, we must all fight together to preserve our numbers in the Senate, or we risk mortgaging the future of the country we all love so dearly," writes Cornyn, signaling that he gets it and that the National Republican Senatorial Committee is up to the task.