Now is no time to stay wobbly, GOP!
Obama’s support is collapsing among his base, Congress, even the media, and I suspect Obama himself. This job is just no fun when you no longer get your way and your tantrums stop working.
Oh, and the stimulus failed to produce jobs but hurt us grievously with debt, the recovery never got started after all, and the culprit is your ugly baby ObamaCare. Here’s a chart I have pulled from a devastating, straightforward analysis by Heritage:
The analysis even details the data sources, and statistical methods used.
Friday night’s “Talks Collapse” appearance showed us a President angry and disorganized, having called an impromptu press conference to whine that Republicans are mean. He was petulant and sulky, demanding that Congressional leaders present themselves at his office the next morning. He clearly wishes to give the impression that Congress works for him.
By Monday, however, he had time to pull himself together and give a more polished performance, in which he whined that Republicans are mean, and pleaded with Americans to call their representatives in Congress. As Jon Stewart points out, it sounded like the President just quit.
In fact, he had been shut out of the rest of the proceedings by Speaker Boehner, who for all my anger at various cockamamie schemes, is still a good guy. He’s like the drunk quarterback with a million-dollar arm, if we can just keep him upright.
Obama has just been crushed, by Boehner. Whenever this happens, he is handed a lifeline, by Boehner or McConnell.
I have opposed the pledge for Cut, Cap, and Balance (CCB), even while I think the bill itself is a damned good idea, an absolute necessity. Confused? Don’t be. I feared that if House Republicans (and of course the Senate) felt they had some wiggle room because they were on the pledge, they would use that to do exactly what has been done: try to push a series of bait-and-switch bills that raise very real taxes sooner in exchange for non-existent cuts later, while burying the responsibility in funky procedures. But CCB is in fact the right answer. That’s why my little protest was called No More Pledges, not Kill the Bill, or some such.
I am not accepting any promises from the GOP no matter how much I want to believe, or agree that the promised thing is necessary. You want me on board with your program? DELIVER RESULTS.
I am not accepting any promises from the GOP no matter how much I want to believe, or agree that the promised thing is necessary. You want me on board with your program? DELIVER RESULTS. The Tea Party signed up for the 2010 Pledge, and was lied to and insulted by the very Republican party they rescued. Now Speaker Boehner has a real fight on his hands. Those who said that the Tea Party was dead were wrong, and I was right, that we had simply become disgusted with the leadership, and would wait for an opportune moment to “bend the curve” of the GOP in the fiscally responsible direction.
We do not give a damn about the shifting, meaningless, dishonest deadline after which nothing changes. The House has an absolute veto on spending. The Democrats haven’t even submitted a budget since passing ObamaCare (hint, hint, GOP!), much less allowed a vote. Senator Kyl complains that “the Regular Order [the usual working of Congress] hasn’t produced results”, and so he supports the stupid and cowardly Boehner plan. This Rube Goldberg surrender special gives up our advantage in the House in exchange for absolutely nothing, in a 50/50 “bipartisan” commission which will read out a bill that must not be amended in the House, and cannot be filibustered in the Senate. What this means is that this process cannot do any good, and cannot prevent any harm. NO MATTER WHAT, we lose!
This ridiculous scheme is opposed by:
- The Heritage Foundation
- The Club For Growth
- Mark Levin &c
- Rand Paul, Jim DeMint &c
- and yours truly, on an exploding list
So I am not writing off the Speaker. His stock with me is riding higher than it was after the CR debacle, because no matter how dumb and hurtful his current proposal is, there’s no getting around the fact that he has almost single-handedly (even if unwillingly!) kicked the President’s chair out from under him and walked away. Seeing the President sputter and pout in primetime is priceless, and I insist that it stay that way.
I know the RINO leadership thinks that they can pressure Obama with the House bill, but he’ll gladly sign it, explain away his lack of a veto, and then run the resulting REPUBLICAN tax increases right up our transoms in 2012
The House vote on this bill has just been postponed by a day (so far). This means that the Senate’s scheduled vote on Harry Reid’s competing bill, which will be blocked by McConnell, will very likely go down in flames, and will have to do it BEFORE they see what the House does. The opportunity here for the House is not just to get their bill squeezed through the Senate (as the Senate will be fresh out of alternatives, and unwilling to shoulder the “blame” for busting the debt cap), but instead to simply DEFEAT Boehner’s bill right there in the House. I know the RINO leadership thinks that they can pressure Obama with the House bill, but he’ll gladly sign it, explain away his lack of a veto, and then run the resulting REPUBLICAN tax increases right up our transoms in 2012.
The Boehner plan is a plan for defeat. Meanwhile, the PResident is losing support from every angle.
We are winning now, and can only lose by surrendering.
The Tea Party will bend over backward to support Republicans who are not actually involved in RINO schemes at any given moment. They will also not yield an inch when it comes to reversing our perilous fortunes. We are winning now, and can only lose by surrendering.
So Long Live Boehner, the scourge of Obama! But Death to Boehner’s idiotic plan!