Earlier today we posited that Congressional Republicans held a losing political hand when it came to a showdown over the $1.2 trillion in automatic spending cuts — aka the sequester — set to automatically kick in on March 1. We got a fair number of responses from Republicans who argued with the premise –insisting that under our logic the GOP should simply capitulate to Obama on all matters due to the fact that the president is the more popular figure with the public at the moment. Tony Fratto, a former Bush Administration spokesman and now a partner at Hamilton Place Strategies
Comments: Wait for it! Wait for it!
Take the tactical loss to win in the future! So says a former Bush administration spokesman who works for Hamilton Place Strategies, a consulting firm.
The president is a liar. The Democrats will wreck the country for all of us. So......best lay the ground work for the "I told you so!". If we have a nation of idiots then we will all have to pay the price for their stupidity. Hopefully we can raise something from the ashes.
What part of you have law proposed by Obama, voted for in both chambers of Congress and signed by Obama. What needs to be negotiated? And if you need to negotiate, why wouldn´t you start with the bill that the House passed?
Don´t you keep thinking that something will occur, something so bad, and the country will turn against Obama. Fast & Furious didn´t do it (one American killed and we don´t know how many Mexicans). Benghazigate didn´t do it (four Americans killed and rescued Americans have had their lips glued shut). Expensive Christmas vacation while the rest of us cut back on gifts and celebrations. Another trip, actually two, and the world is shut out; golfers not allowed on the course; planes in Aspen unable to land. For most Americans lower paychecks this year, and for Medicare patients less preventative tests permitted). And all those people who were out of work? Well most of them are still out of work. I do not believe anything will make him change unless he is impeached.
What do you mean the GOP won´t win, sequester was Obama´s idea...he owns it...when does this person start taking responsibility for his own actions like the rest of humanity has to? It is high time we made our stand against this arrogent school yard bully...Washington Compost is washed up!
I think as well that the Republicans are at a major major turning point. If they buckle because of that doom/disaster photop wth first responders yesterday, then there is no hope for them. Dry, tired-sounding talking points and not a fresh phrase or idea except from Senators Cruz or Paul.
Time to pin "the tale" on the O´donkey. There is video of the one talking up the sequester. GOP should spend some money for a prime time commercial demonstrating that the idea that O proposed then (sequester)is the idea he now opposes. It would be a stark example of hypocrisy--even if most of the public has no concept of what sequester means.
Despite unrelenting apocalyptic warnings, I could not care less what happens to the GOP. They have nothing to lose by doing the right thing, and nothing to gain by once again surrendering. Obviously, in a More Free Stuff society, anyone who advocates prudence will be a pariah. Our political system being what it is, lacking the integrity to cut a tiny 2% slice from projected increases in spending, its clear that economic collapse is inevitable. Plan accordingly.
When is the spineless Republican Party going to stick with doing and supporting what is the best and right thing and quit worrying about what sells or what political advantage they might get? Obama holds all the cards. But LoFo´s are waking up to him. Let him make his mistakes.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is getting more brazen in its fight to control the Republican Party, as the primary in Idaho between Rep. Mike Simpson (R-ID) and Tea Party challenger Bryan Smith shapes up to be a major front in the war. Beginning Friday, the Associated Press reports, the Chamber will run an ad in Idaho supporting Simpson. "Mike Simpson, conservative, Idaho strong," the ad’s announcer says, according to early copies reviewed by the AP. The ad states that “the nation's free enterprise system is under attack” and shows Nancy Pelosi holding a gavel like one used by the Speaker of the House.
A Republican strategist is reminding his party that President Reagan is dead. Ford O´Connell, who worked on Sen. John McCain´s (R-Ariz.) 2008 presidential campaign, says if Republicans want to win the White House in 2016, they need to break free of the "obsessive Reagan disorder." Rule #1 of the political analyst´s newly released book, "Hail Mary: The 10-Step Playbook for Republican Recovery," is: "Ronald Reagan is dead. Accept it." Such a sentiment is sure to be tough to digest for a party insistent on using the 40th president´s legacy as a GOP litmus test to prove conservative credentials. "The Reagan fixation is a drag
For over five years, a consistent media claim has been that former Alaska governor Sarah Palin hurt Republican presidential nominee John McCain in 2008 and that he would have fared better with anyone else on the ticket besides her. A recent study by political science professors at Bradley University debunks this claim concluding instead that Palin was a net plus for McCain including with independents and moderates. The first serious study on this matter was conducted by University of Central Florida political science professor Jonathan Knuckey and was published in Political Research Quarterly in April 2011: Using data from the American National Election
After the Senate Conservative Fund (SCF) endorsed Matt Bevin, the Tea Party challenger to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), McConnell has reportedly gone on a rampage against SCF allies and the conservative candidates it has endorsed. Most recently, McConnell reportedly directed his anger at Nebraska conservative Senate candidate Ben Sasse, whom the SCF has endorsed in the open primary. According to National Review, on November 12, "Sasse walked into Mitch McConnell’s office to clear the air" and let him know he never intended to oppose McConnell´s leadership, but McConnell was having none of it.
All the talk about repealing and replacing Obamacare is now apparently going to be backed up with potentially substantive legislation that will be spearheaded by Texas Senator Ted Cruz (R) During an appearance on Fox News’ with Megyn Kelly, Cruz stated that he was going to release a plan to repeal Obamacare, and give Americans more healthcare coverage options. Cruz, as well Senators Mike Lee and Marco Rubio, have been at the forefront of the ‘Repeal Obamacare’ movement, for which they had been excoriated for doing so, by Senate moderate John McCain, and others.
On Monday, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said it was disappointing that the Republican establishment is joining Democrats to wage war on conservatives. She also made the point that the same types of establishment politicians and their consultants who shy away from fighting for religious liberty are the same types that do not want to embrace conservatives. Appearing on Mark Levin´s radio show to discuss her book, Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas, Palin called out Republicans who would "shy away from any affiliations with the Tea Party," claiming that "says a lot about them." "There certainty is
Virginia´s incumbent Republican Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling helped Democrat Terry McAuliffe narrowly defeat Republican Ken Cuccinelli in several ways. Not only did Bolling refuse to endorse Cuccinelli, he also transferred $446,674 remaining in his gubernatorial campaign committee to his newly formed political action committee, the Virginia Mainstream Project, which spent no money to support Cuccinelli. Bolling´s new political action committee was ostensibly established to support Republican candidates running for the Virginia House of Delegates in 2013 and the Virginia State Senate in 2015. Its relative inactivity, however, suggests it was more likely a place for Bolling to park his 2013 campaign
I just don’t understand it. Everywhere we turn, we conservatives are told we need to moderate, be less extreme, be more bipartisan. The public just wants us all to get along and solve our major problems together. Democratic politicians and the liberal media harp on the alleged extremism of mainstream conservatism, the tea party, Sen. Ted Cruz, conservative talk radio and anyone else who dares to call out President Obama and his Democratic congressional cohorts in plain language for what they’re doing to the country. Nonsense. No one with a modicum of political power is more extreme than Obama’s Democrats are, yet
The latest NBC/WSJ poll finds that more Americans would vote for a third party candidate for Congress than a Republican. 35% of voters prefer a Democrat, which has been steady for three years. Republicans, however, have experienced an 8-point swing against them since they took control of the House. Today, just 28% of voters say they would vote for a Republican for Congress, while 30% would opt for a third party. The GOP Establishment, engaged in open war against the Tea Party and conservatives, is simply committing political suicide. Listening to the consultant and pundit class who inhabit the "Acela line"
On Tuesday, 79-year old Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), now serving his seventh term in the Senate, signaled that he and other members of the Republican establishment are likely to encourage a primary challenge to first term Senator Mike Lee (R-UT). Lee upset former Senator Robert Bennett (R-UT) in the 2010 Utah Republican primary convention in the Tea Party´s first major primary win over a Republican establishment politician. Hatch told the Deseret News and KSL NewsRadio that "[i]t´s time now... for Lee and other tea party Republicans to be ´rehabilitated´ for refusing to pass a budget bill needed to keep the government operating
Peter Schweizer argued that Washington´s political establishment creates threatening bills to scare wealthy interests into making big campaign donations and to hire favored lobbyists, similar to the mafia´s tactic of requiring "protection money" on Friday. Schweizer, President of the Government Accountability Institute and Breitbart News Senior Editor-at-Large, argued that point during a Friday Yahoo! Finance appearance discussing his new book, Extortion: How Politicians Extract Your Money, Buy Votes, and Line Their Own Pockets. Washington, D.C. runs "just like the mob, except it´s legal," said Schweizer. "If problems are being solved, if things are going smoothly and things are being fixed, a lot of
Sarah Palin´s influence is hardly fading, according to a CNN report. "The Republican establishment can´t stand her. The media mocks her," CNN´s Peter Hamby writes. "But Sarah Palin isn´t going anywhere. Far from it." Sal Russo of the Tea Party Express, echoing the sentiments of former South Carolina Senator and Heritage Foundation president Jim DeMint, told CNN that Palin "is the most important endorsement in Republican politics today, by far." "She can move the needle in a primary more than anyone else can," he said. Former Mississippi Governor and legendary GOP moneyman Haley Barbour told Hamby two years ago that Palin could raise
The question all week long was this: Who are you going to believe, an illegal alien or the president of the United States of America? Obviously, if it’s a president who once went by an alias, Barry Soetoro, you go with Uncle Omar, 100 percent, no questions asked. And so it was that the White House finally admitted to another, uh, misstatement — despite previous denials, Barack/Barry did sleep on his beloved Uncle Omar’s couch in Cambridge when he first moved here to attend Harvard Law School (speaking of which, we’re still waiting to see the president’s grades and his LSAT scores). But the
How do you get your arms around the catastrophe known as Obamacare? Is it even possible? At this point, I’m not sure it is. The list of individual disasters which threaten to ruin one-sixth of the U.S. economy and what has been, up until now, the best healthcare system in the world is exhaustive, and exhausting. The examples I will identify here barely scratch the surface. First but by no means foremost, we have the supposedly new and improved HealthCare.gov. Except it’s not, even the visible part. Stories still abound of people still failing to get in or to get through the enrollment
More young men in California rise in pitch at the end of their sentences when talking, new research shows. This process is known as "uptalk" or "valleygirl speak" and has in the past been associated with young females, typically from California or Australia.But now a team says that this way of speaking is becoming more frequent among men.The findings were presented at the Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America in California. "We found use of uptalk in all of our speakers, despite their diverse backgrounds in socioeconomic status, ethnicity, bilingualism and gender," said Amanda Ritchart, a linguist at the University of
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced a new five-year strategic plan to improve safety for elderly drivers and passengers. Although they are statistically among the safest on the road, the number of older drivers is increasing dramatically — and with it, that group´s numbers of injuries and deaths. Since 2003, the population of older adults, defined as age 65 and older, has increased by 20% and the number of licensed older drivers increased by 21% to 35 million in 2012, according to NHTSA. Last year, NHTSA reported that 5,560 people older than 65 died and 214,000 were injured
Barack Obama did not tell the whole story this autumn when he tried to make the case that Bashar al-Assad was responsible for the chemical weapons attack near Damascus on 21 August. In some instances, he omitted important intelligence, and in others he presented assumptions as facts. Most significant, he failed to acknowledge something known to the US intelligence community: that the Syrian army is not the only party in the country’s civil war with access to sarin, the nerve agent that a UN study concluded – without assessing responsibility – had been used in the rocket attack. In the months before the attack,
Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, the hapless, goalpost-shifting so-called "architect" of Obamacare, told Fox News´ Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday that President Barack Obama´s promise "if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor" was absolutely true--with one important caveat: if you like your doctor, "you can pay for it." Wallace grilled Dr. Emanuel, challenging his false claims that California´s enrollment was keeping pace with the percentage of the young population necessary to keep the system afloat, and pointing out that the president´s promise on doctors would collapse once people lost their insurance or their
President Barack Obama’s Facebook page on Saturday posted a message honoring the dead from Pearl Harbor—accompanied by a picture of Obama descending the stairs next to the Pearl Harbor Memorial. The picture barely fits the name of the Arizona Memorial so it can frame Obama in the foreground. The post´s statement reads: Today, with solemn pride and reverence, let us remember those who fought and died at Pearl Harbor, acknowledge everyone who carried their legacy forward, and reaffirm our commitment to upholding the ideals for which they served. President Obama The Obama Administration´s current shipbuilding plan shrinks the size of
The U.S. isn´t called "America the Beautiful" for nothing. Each year, millions of tourists come from home and abroad to see the country´s majestic landscape and iconic sites, from the Grand Canyon to the Statue of Liberty. But there are also cool, quirky attractions, like Vermont´s Ben & Jerry´s Factory and Tennessee´s Graceland, the former home of Rock and Roll King Elvis Presley. From California to New York and everywhere in between, the country is chock-full of incredible attractions that keep luring in visitors. Here are the best tourist attractions in every state.
Although the jobless rate in November fell to its lowest level since he took office, President Obama called on Republican lawmakers Saturday to spend tens of billions on unemployment benefits that are set to expire this month. “It shouldn’t be a partisan issue,” Mr. Obama said in his weekly address. But he said the “economic lifeline” is in jeopardy. “All because Republicans in this Congress — which is on track to be the most unproductive in history — have so far refused to extend it” Mr. Obama said. If Congress doesn’t act before lawmakers leave on their holiday break, about
Many people could die as extreme weather becomes common. There will be more freak winds like the October storm, which killed four people. Heatwaves will be lethal and the sea level will rise, leaving coastal towns at risk of being swamped by storm surges. Sir Brian Heap, president of the European Academies Science Advisory Council, said he felt “obliged” to issue the warning after a new study by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. It comes on the back of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, which has killed more than 5,000 people. Sir Brian said: “Given the tragic events this
Call me Grinch, call me Scrooge. Call me Lord Voldemort of the Yuletide. None could be worse than sending me a holiday card with glossy photographs of your lovely, smiling family. My wife, Emily, and I place your cards like trophies on our shelves, continuing an old-school practice that began about 175 years ago as a way of maintaining relationships as families and friends moved far and wide. Today’s cards may appear more personalized — with photos of spouses, kids and pets, and distribution lists much smaller than a sprawling collection of Facebook friends. But when I flip over the photo
Chris Matthews is crazy. Nevertheless, when left-wingers talk openly with one another, their craziness can be revealing. That is the case, I think, with this remarkable MSNBC clip. Matthews, fresh from his kneepad interview with President Obama, praises what he terms a uniquely brilliant insight by Al Sharpton: South Africa’s white politicians of the apartheid era were more patriotic than today’s Republicans: I haven’t heard anything as smart as what I heard Reverend Sharpton say a moment go in five years. The difference between the way F.W. de Klerk handled the need for change and the election – democratic election