Conservatives didn’t have high hopes for Senator George LeMieux of Florida when he came to Washington. He had been appointed, after all, by Gov. Charlie Crist. But he has turned out to be a solidly conservative vote and influence. He succeeded in getting most of the congressional party behind his plan to return discretionary spending to pre-crisis levels. He also improved the financial-regulation bill, sponsoring a successful amendment to disentangle the federal government from the credit-rating agencies.
LeMieux will be succeeded by Marco Rubio, which is good news. LeMieux is considering running for the state’s other Senate seat in 2012, which is also good news.