At this time, I redirect you gentle readers to an article I posted at Ricochet this week: 12 Times the GOP Establishment Kicked the Conservative Base in the teeth. At 200+ Comments, it’s one of the most commented-upon things I’ve ever posted.
Weepy, ineffectual Speaker of the House went on Face the Nation this morning to trash Conservatives in his own party. (Criticize Democrats? Of course not.)
Boehner ticked off the biggest legislative victories he had in the House ‘all voted against by my most conservative members’ because, as the Speaker put it, the bills weren’t ‘good enough.’
‘Really? This is the part that I really don’t understand,’ he said, shaking his head.
Continuing the tirade against the right flank of his party Boehner said, ‘absolutely they’re unrealistic,’
The problem is not that the Conservative Wing of the party is demanding perfection; the problem is that the conservative wing is getting nothing. There has not been a single piece of Conservative Legislation passed by Congress and signed into law since the 1996 Welfare Reform Act. Even during the period 2003 – 2007, when Republicans held the House, the Senate, and the Presidency, no substantive conservative legislation was passed. Under George W Bush, plenty of Progressive Legislation was passed… No Child Left Behind, the creation of the TSA, McCain-Feingold, the Sarbanes-Oxley Financial Regulations, and the Prescription Drug Entitlement, to name but a few. The only thing remotely conservative passed in the Bush years were some modest, temporary tax cuts; but even these were essentially progressive in that they did not substantially reform the tax code. Meanwhile, the Bush Administration lavished spending on the Federal bureaucracy, with all Departments receiving massive increases in their budgets.
The Republican leadership thought they could appease the Conservative base with symbolic, meaningless votes against Obamacare and endless hearings on the Obama scandals (Fast and Furious, IRS Targeting, NSA Domestic Spying, Benghazi, Hillary’s Emails, and now Planned Parenthood) that were just for show and accomplished absolutely nothing substantive. How long did Boehner and Company think they were going to keep the right satisfied with meaningless show votes and waste-of-time investigations?
Boehner and the Establishment complain about an unwillingness to “compromise,” an unwillingness to “work together.” But the fact of the matter is, compromise in Washington means promoting the progressive Democrat agenda. Boehner has done so, fully funding Obamacare, Fully funding Obamamnesty, and twisting arms to pass Obamatrade.
Granted, Obama and the Democrats are an iron wall, unwilling to compromise on anything in their agenda. Granted, the Senate Democrats filibuster all House legislation that doesn’t support their agenda, and Obama will veto anything that doesn’t give him exactly what he wants. But part of the job of an opposition party is to make the case why the dominant party is wrong. That is where the Republicans are failing the most.
Take Executive Amnesty, for example. The Republican Congress not only fully funds it, but only offers a weak, procedural argument against it that “the president is abusing his authority.” First of all, the Congress should not be funding unconstitutional acts of the president. But second, whining about process just sounds like you’re whining about process. If you want the public on your side against Executive Amnesty, you don’t just whine that the president isn’t playing by the rules. You go to the people and you tell them why the president is wrong. Illegal immigration is hurting people’s communities by taking resources away from schools and infrastructure. Illegal immigration is hurting the middle class by taking jobs and driving down wages. Make a case that people can relate to, don’t just argue like law school professors in a faculty lounge.
If Republicans are just going to go to Washington, and then whine that they can’t do anything but go along with the Democrat agenda, what is the point of the Republican Party?
Indicted former House Speaker Dennis Hastert was paying an individual from his past to conceal sexual misconduct, two federal law enforcement officials said Friday.
One of the officials, who would not speak publicly about the federal charges in Chicago, said “Individual A,” as the person is described in Thursday’s federal indictment, was a man and that the alleged misconduct was unrelated to Hastert’s tenure in Congress. The actions date to Hastert’s time as a Yorkville, Ill., high school wrestling coach and teacher, the official said.
Sidebar: Sometimes, when I would bring up Gerry Studds in the comments and how Democrats re-elected him 9 times after it was revealed he sexually abused a 17 year old congressional page, a leftist would defend him on the basis that, “Well, at least he faced the voters, and they re-elected him.” Which pretty much is everything you need to know about the morals of progressive leftists.
And whatever Denny Hastert did (cough… Jerry Sandusky… cough) it’s still complete boolsheet that the Government can arrest you for taking your own money out of the bank.
Wanna laugh until you cry?
In 2014, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s entire election campaign consisted of attacks on his opponent as a rubber-stamp for the “Obama-Reid” agenda. Every tweet and multiple attack ads warned that his opponent would do nothing but support the Obama agenda.
In 2015, under McConnell’s leadership, the GOP has… pretty much rubber-stamped the Obama agenda.
- Obamacare – Fully funded under the Republican-approved FY2015 Budget
- Obama’s agenda to succeed Eric Holder with an equally partisan hack Attorney General — Approved
- Obama’s Amnesty — Fully Funded by the Republican Majority in the Senate
- Obama’s unilateral trade negotiation authority — McConnell supports fully.
“A lot of folks like to joke about the odd couple that was Ted Kennedy and Orrin Hatch,” McConnell said, referring to the late Massachusetts Democrat and the Republican senator from Utah. “But I think Mitch McConnell and Barack Obama may have them outdone. I had to warn reporters not to faint last week before offering the president some praise on trade. I’m even getting handwritten notes from the president these days. He sent one the other day to thank me for supporting the nomination of Loretta Lynch.”
Tell me again why it matters which party we vote for?
What was the point in electing Republicans? If we wanted Obama’s agenda rubber-stamped, we could have just elected Democrats.
I’m personally done with this party.
In fact, I will vote for Democrats.
An old communist friend of mine voted for Bob Dole.
Why? Because this communist was convinced, inaccurately, as it would later turn out, that he would never see his dream of a communist USA via conventional politics, and therefore his hopes were pinned on outright revolution.
And as far as revolution, there are four words to remember: The worse, the better.
Let it burn.
Read the article. Then, you tell me.
It’s already been shown that the sex organs of polar bears have been shrinking over time, and now it seems that the bones inside their penises are growing weaker as well.
So, somewhere on Earth, someone has ‘Polar Bear Pecker Checker’ on his resume.
It’s a safe bet Mike Rowe is never going to do a show about the hard work of showing up in Washington to cast a vote for Emperor Barack’s Royal Budget; but that didn’t stop Republican senators from whining about their “hardship.”
“I think this is ridiculous,” Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), who had already returned to New Hampshire with plans to “to see The Nutcracker with her daughter this weekend,”
toldwhined to Politico.
Other Republican cry-babies included Bob Corker, who had to cancel a trip to Turkey, and others who were taken away from the Army-Navy football game. And for some reason, instead of criticizing the Emperor, or his Viceroy Harry Reid, they are all attacking Republican Senator Ted Cruz.
Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), a liberal Republican who also voted for the Gang of Eight bill, personally accosted Cruz on the Senate floor, according to Politico. “In the meantime, you are going to make everybody miserable,” Collins “sternly” told Cruz, Politico wrote, before turning to Hatch as she walked away from him to say: “I tried.”
Could these people be any more out of touch?
Press reports say House Speaker John Boehner will ask Rep. Nancy Pelosi to help him overcome “snowballing” GOP opposition to the GOP leadership’s draft 2015 government budget bill.
Boehner’s draft bill funds the entire government for 2015, but makes merely token efforts to stop President Barack Obama’s agencies from implementing his unpopular amnesty, according to rank-and-file GOP legislators.
Boehner’s allies say that plan will avoid the “government shutdown” political defeat expected once Obama blocks the spending plan with the anti-amnesty language. The budget plan has to be drafted and approved by Dec. 12.
Don’t believe for a second that the Republicans are really afraid of a Government shutdown. The last one didn’t hurt them in the elections at all. The reason that John Boehner and the Republicans aren’t going to fight Obama on Amnesty is because … they want Amnesty.
To follow up on V’s post about chemical weapons found in Iraq: Guess Who, in the Bush administration, didn’t want anyone talking about the weapons?
Theories vary, but according to Eli Lake’s article, it would have been Karl Rove:
Starting in 2004, some members of the George W. Bush administration and Republican lawmakers began to find evidence of discarded chemical weapons in Iraq. But when the information was brought up with the White House, senior adviser Karl Rove told them to “let these sleeping dogs lie.”
The issue of Iraq’s WMD remnants was suddenly thrust back into the fore this week, with a blockbuster New York Times report accusing the Bush administration of covering up American troops’ chemically induced wounds…
Dave Wurmser—who served at the time as a senior adviser to Vice President Dick Cheney on national-security issues—remembers…“In 2005-6, Karl Rove and his team blocked public disclosure of these findings and said, ‘Let these sleeping dogs lie; we have lost that fight so better not to remind anyone of it.’”
Rove’s reasons make sense. Except they don’t.
It’s true that a lot of politics is about Controlling The Narrative, and you want people talking about the narratives that work for your side. So you talk up the narratives that do, and you shut up about the ones that don’t. It is sometimes called “message discipline” or “staying on message”.
Except in one important case: WHEN YOU’VE BEEN LIED ABOUT. When someone (the Left) has lied about your integrity or key issue maliciously, you don’t pass up chances to air the exculpatory evidence – also known as The Truth – which will expose your opponents as liars. Especially when those chances to air the truth aren’t going to cost you much.
If Lake’s story is accurate, Rove was so clever about Controlling The Narrative that he lost sight of the most important narrative of all: Spreading the truth. Getting the real story out.
Rove may also have lost sight of the next most important narrative, Obeying the law:
After the U.S. found thousands of the old chemical-weapons shells, Wurmser and others at one point argued that they had an obligation to declare the stocks of chemical weapons under the Chemical Weapons Convention and destroy them. The United States was, after all, the occupier of Iraq and had assumed the country’s sovereign responsibilities as a signatory to the convention.
“It was all for nothing; Rove wanted the issue buried,” Wurmser said.
The law being the Chemical Weapons Convention, in this case.
I should acknowledge here that, if Lake’s story is accurate, then the rise of ISIS isn’t 100% the Obama administration’s fault. Oh yes, it’s largely their fault: the Obama administration was quite negligent in letting the Islamists in Iraq make a comeback. But apparently, the Bush administration may have been negligent in its failure to declare-and-destroy Saddam’s WMD stockpiles.
So, this happened.
House Speaker John Boehner put comedienne Joy Behar in a headlock this weekend while in the Hamptons campaigning for Republican Lee Zeldin, telling the liberal former co-host of The View, “I am Obama’s best friend.”
This was in response to Behar lecturing Cryin’ Johnny to “Stop obstructing President Obama.”
What disappoints me about this is how this could have been a teaching moment. Granted, [note, the following is solely my opinion and does not reflect the views of other members of this site] Joy Behar is an idiot and would have learned nothing. But couldn’t Boehner have said, “We are not a rubber stamp legislature like in some Third World dictatorship. We have genuine policy differences with the president which, in many cases, reflect the will of the majority of Americans who elected us. Many of us believe the president’s policies are bad for many Americans and for the middle class in particular; and so we do our best to advance alternatives; most of which are obstructed by the leader of the senate, Harry Reid, who won’t even bring our legislation up for a vote.”
And the reason I suspect Boehner didn’t isn’t so much because it would have whistled in one of Behar’s ears and right t’other, but because essentially agrees with the criticism that Republicans are obstructing Obama for the sake of obstruction and if it weren’t for those Tea Party hicks, he could have passed Amnesty, passed a carbon tax, passed a whole bunch of other radical Democrat agenda items, and gone home happily convinced that he had “got something done.”
Just in time for the 2014 mid-term elections, Establishment GOP failure Todd Akin is oozing his way back into the news with a new book, and he’s not backing down from his idiotic “legitimate rape” comment.
“My comment about a woman’s body shutting the pregnancy down was directed to the impact of stress on fertilization,” Akin writes in Firing Back: Taking on the Party Bosses and Media Elite to Protect Our Faith and Freedom.
“This is something fertility doctors debate and discuss. Doubt me? Google ‘stress and infertility,’ and you will find a library of research on the subject.”
When it comes to lying in order to advance their cause, the JV Democrats are no different than Harry Reid or Nancy Pelosi.
Item No. 2: The Democrats’ central argument in opposing voter ID boils down to this: “Our voters are too lazy and stupid to go out and get a Government ID.”
It fascinates me that, when push comes to shove, both parties privately embrace and promote the worst stereotypes of the people said to vote for them.
It’s also revealing what political aristocrats really think of the people who cast votes for them.
Smearing a conservative candidate through the old “guilt-by-association” trick, it’s standard in the progressive left repertoire of dirty campaign tactics. The establishment GOP is doing it, too.
Brad Dayspring is the Communications Director and Strategist for NRSC. While his Twitter feed has the obligatory disclaimer that his tweets are his own, he does seem to use his Twitter feed as part of his NRSC mission.
A tweet on April 3 by Dayspring about [anti-Establishment GOP candidate Chris] McDaniel accused McDaniel of “associat[ing] with white nationalists & segregationists” based on a linked story at Talking Points Memo. (H/t The Other McCain)
The TPM story reported that McDaniel backed out of an event after it was revealed — by a local pro-[Republican Incumbent Pork-Trougher Thad] Cochran blog — that one of the vendors displaying at the event was pro-segregation.
That’s it. No allegation that McDaniels himself was pro-segregation, or speaking at a pro-segregation event. Only that there was a vendor at the event.
That’s the sort of guilt by remote association we expect TPM and others to use against Republicans. Robert Stacy McCain, who has an extensive write up on it, correctly states:
The attempt to turn this into a scandal is like saying that if a candidate campaigns at a county fair, he thereby endorses every rip-off carnival game at the fair.
Why do I not care if the GOP wins anymore? This is why.
Republican Congresswoman Renee Ellmers appears to have succumbed to Beltway Incumbent Syndrome. At the behest of well-funded cronies and the GOP Establishment, Congresswoman Ellmers has decided to support the Gang of Eight Amnesty bill… which once again provides guaranteed Amnesty for illegal immigrants in exchange for a promise of enforcing immigration laws somewhere down the road; which Obama has already indicated he has no intention of ever enforcing.
Furthermore, she has become rude and insulting toward ordinary constituents who question her support for Amnesty, and assailed conservative media presence Laura Ingraham as “ignorant” for pointing out the idiocy of importing millions of units of cheap foreign labor at a time when millions more Americans are unemployed.
Ellmers has drawn a primary challenger, but incumbent politicians tend to be pretty dug in; and her Amnesty-loving buddies at the GOP Establishment and the Chamber of Commerce will make sure she is well-funded; so replacing her with a potentially more suitable Republican is a longshot. Any Democrat is going to be worse, and her Democrat challenger, Clay Aiken would mot likely, be nothing more than a loyal foot-soldier to Nancy Pelosi; but it is safe to say Ms. Ellmers has sold out those who elected her to office and no longer deserves their support. It would be worth it to sacrifice her seat, pour encourager les autres. This isn’t an issue of “purity,” as some will allege; it’s an issue of “what’s the point of voting for Republicans who are no different than Democrats on issues of critical importance?” There are places to compromise, but there are also dealbreakers; Amnesty for illegal immigrants at the expense of working Americans is a deal-breaker.
The ironic part of this is. Renee Ellmers got the congressional gig mainly because her Democrat predecesor was caught on video being a jerk to his constituents. Live by the YouTube vid, die by the YouTube vid.
September 13, 2013: GOP Leaders Vow Debt Ceiling Fight.
“We go right to the debt-ceiling fight, and that’s where the real battle is, we feel,” said Representative John Fleming. “It’s kind of like the follow-up plan, assuming that [the CR] fails. . . . The real fight will be on the debt ceiling.”
House budget chairman Paul Ryan also urged colleagues to wage the more serious fight over the debt ceiling. “We have to stay on the right side of public opinion,” he told his colleagues. “Shutting down the government puts us on the wrong side. The fight is on the debt limit.”
In exchange for a debt-ceiling increase, Cantor told colleagues, the GOP will issue a litany of demands, including a one-year delay of Obamacare, construction of the Keystone pipeline, an anti-regulatory bill called the REINS Act, and other spending reforms. The exact combination will be negotiated with President Obama and Reid.
You’ve got to to envy the dumb luck or otherwise cosmic providence of some sort that blessed the president with his political foes sometimes…
In a year when the disastrous roll-out (and soon-to-be-demonstrated even-worse fall-out) of his seminal achievement is taking center-stage, and lording over a presidency so listless that it leaves his State of the Union address so devoid of actual substance and ideas that even his sycophants in the leftist media call it “small ball“, leading a party whose members are either avoiding him at all costs or fleeing the ship altogether at an alarming pace, and to top it all off, the sixth-year itch problem, you’d think the GOP would be strategically and wisely keeping their powder dry and just trying not to screw stuff up.
Oh, but then you don’t know the GOP.
The same week that a poll is released from Quinnipiac that shows that (along with 54% disapproval for the president, and 43% “very dissatisfied” with “the way things are going in the nation today”) Americans think the “top priority” for Congress and the president should be healthcare (18%), with jobs (16%) and the economy (15%) close behind (“Other” is at 10% and everything else is in single-digits), what do they do right out of the gates? Well, they tackle the issue that received 2% support…tied on that poll of importance to their constituents at number nine on that list (far behind “Don’t Know/No Answer”, in fifth place with 9%).
Regardless of where you come down on the immigration debate, or whether you think Beohner is likely to get a deal through the House, is this the winning strategy to take advantage of the position the Republicans have at this point? Shouldn’t the leadership of the party be strictly disciplining its members to avoid at all costs anything like this that might divert attention away from their number-one winning issue? After all, now is the time when you immediately smack-down and censor anybody who flirts with his interns or fiddles with her fundraising to immediately quash anything that isn’t about issues that will help win the elections in November.
I have become very tired of the constant politics and gamesmanship and running for office that our politics has become. It’s maddening, really. But seriously, even in that exhaustion I can tell that this is a stupid move.
I wish in all my endeavors in life to have adversaries as short-sighted and inept as the ones the president has in the GOP of 2014.
-Nick (ColoradoPatriot, from The Ranch)
Apparently, the GOP is hearing from their highly paid consultants that their best political and electoral strategy for 2014 is to alienate the base and cave to Obama. Consider:
- They intend to unveil an “Amnesty Lite” bill this week that will give the Obamacrats most of what they want, knowing that the Democrats will come back later for the rest.
- Republicans’ Big Business donors are pressuring them to rescue Obamacare, which will make the Democrats massive pooch-screwing into a bipartisan pooch-screwing, as well as provide the Democrats with ammunition to attack them with.
- But they promise to make a stand on the Debt ceiling debate, just like they promised to make a stand on Amnesty, on Obamacare, and on the Sequester.
Wouldn’t it be cool if, while John Boehner was sitting behind the SCOAMF on the dais tonight, he held periodically held up placards with the names Brian Terry, and the four people who died in Benghzi behind him? Yeah, that would be cool. But like the rest of the GOP, Boehner’s about as limp and useless as Bob Dole’s genitals.
You can attribute the GOP’s odd behavior to following misguided advice from consultants, a consequence of being in the Beltway Bubble, or simple corruption resulting from pressure from their big donors. I would hazard that the GOP leadership has given up. They don’t see any point in fighting Obama’s policies, and they never really bought into that Tea Party limited Government and Fiscal responsibility stuff, so they just don’t care. They agree with me and Mitt Romney that the country is unsalvageable, and have joined the “Let it burn” club.
- Under George W. Bush, undertook a massive expansion of the regulatory and welfare state in the name of “Compassionate Conservatism.”
- Used Republican Party resources to support Arlen Specter, Lincoln Chaffee, and Charlie Crist against more conservative primary challengers; all three of those gents left the party, two becoming Democrats.
- Advised Republicans to support another unpopular foreign war (Syria).
- Supports an Amnesty plan that will drive down the wages of American workers and flood elections with 10-20 million new Democrat voters.
- Is actively seeking to drive a third to a half of the Republican base (Tea Party conservatives) out of the party.
If Karl Rove and the Republican Establishment have their way, the party will be diminished to what it was in the pre-Reagan Era: a permanent minority of ineffectual moderates content with whatever crumbs the Democrats toss them.
They are perfectly fine with this, as long as the crumbs are big enough.
Earlier today, NorthJersey.com broke a story that several top aides to Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.) conspired to create massive traffic jams in order to punish a town whose mayor failed to endorse Christie’s re-election bid.
According to e-mails obtained by the publication, several of Christie’s top aides — including his deputy chief of staff and a senior executive with the state’s Port Authority — ordered lane closures on the already overburdened George Washington Bridge to get revenge against Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich.
This kind of thing is obviously not a scandal when a Democrat does it. The SCOAMF vindictively closed national parks and monuments to punish voters during the Government shutdown, and the MFM had his hack. It remains to be seen if the MFM will protect their
designated Republican loser favorite Republican the same way.
Update: Taking a cue from the man he helped re-elect in 2012, Christie claims he was completely ignorant of what his administration was doing and only found out about it when he read it in the papers.
So, Mitch McConnell and John Boehner (and Paul Ryan) have declared War on the Tea Party because they say that people concerned about Big Government represent a crazy, ‘whackobird’ fringe and supporting fiscal restraint and limited Government will lead to electoral oblivion because Big Government is, like, uber-popular (the New York Times says so and Rachel Maddow agrees) and what Americans really want is $63Billion in new spending, a replacement for Obamacare that still puts the Government in charge of health care, more NSA surveillance, and Amnesty.
According to Gallup, however, the ‘Whackobird’ fringe is now 72% of the population. i.e. 72% of Americans say Big Government is the biggest threat the USA faces.
That’s a big fringe.
And yet John Boehner, after his victory in blowing up the Sequester, has now turned his sights on Amnesty. Because that’s what Big Business wants. By the way, Big Business, who the Republicans are jumping into bed with, was ranked as the Biggest Threat by 21% of Americans. The GOP establishment is going against 93% of the public.
The Stupid Party, indeed.