If the House voted today on a resolution to attack Syria, President Barack Obama would lose — and lose big. That’s the private assessment of House Republican and Democratic lawmakers and aides who are closely involved in the process. If the Senate passes a use-of-force resolution next week — which is no sure thing — the current dynamics suggest that the House would defeat it. That would represent a dramatic failure for Obama, and once again prove that his sway over Congress is extraordinarily limited. The loss would have serious reverberations throughout the next three months, when Obama faces off against Congress
If I were in Congress, in either party, there is no way that I would provide Obama cover for what he wanted to do against the wishes of my constituents. Unless of course he has the embarrassing negatives.
To me, the big question is . . . how can anybody (congressperson/senator) have any confidences in (the lack of) leadership provided by Obama, Biden, Kerry, Reid, Boehner, Cantor, Pelosi . . . combined with almost no/zero/nada, reliable "allies" - a house of clowns, pathetic!
Regardless of any other facts or justification, the very foundation of any authorization by Congress for use of force is the quality, character, integrity and leadership ability of the CinC. We have a bed wetting, pantywaist, left wing metrosexual. Does that bother anyone?
First check the NSA files on anyone who votes against the ones war and if that doesn´t work try the bribery route. I see no other explanation for the level of corruption in congress. The worst president ever using the military he despises as mercenaries for his Al Queda buddies in Syria. The republican leadership is so gratified that Obama called them that they can´t comply fast enough.
Obama has never built a relationship in Congress with his own Party - let alone the Republicans. Boehner and Cantor made a huge miscalculation when they openly backed a war that 80% of their base is against thinking they will get some non-existent political brownie points with Obama. Obama can forget about Congressional support for an un-defined butt covering mission to nowhere and Boehner needs to resign as Speaker.
I would like to think the Republicans are working hard to defeat this resolution. If they were true representatives of the people´s will, it would go down in flames. I doubt the majority if them even take their constituents opinions in consideration. Political favors rule the day. Watch. This will play out just like Obamacare. Votes will be bought.
It would be extremely ironic and very satisfying to me if the event that brings the downfall of barack obama is something he hasn´t even done yet. Obamacare, stimulus, etc. were bullied through a reluctant citizenry. A meaningless war started by a bruised ego is just one step too far, i.e. a Red Line.
You pegged it #6. This is just a ruse so that He can pass the buck onto congress (i.e., republicans) for not following up on His empty blustering threats. And of course the enemedial will gladly support the story. Before its all done, Boehner and company will be seen by the lofo´s as being evil cowards who wouldn´t defend the innocent, peace loving people of Syria.
Kick the can to Congress, the Empty Chair has spoken.
I´ve concluded that having congress assert it´s authority again against an overreaching executive branch is more important to our long term government health than now trying to save some of what´s left of our international standing.
There is virtually no successful outcome either way this goes for both Syria and for America so no matter how the vote goes down you can anticipate 100 to 1 odds that whichever way it goes we will get another completely embarrassing speech where obama says it´s not his fault. Our founders and all those who gave their lives for this great union are rolling over in their graves. How can one gutless hate filled man shame so many. Not to mention obama looks like he needs Depends every time he even walks by Putin.
The good news for the GOP is that the neocons are in the process of being exorcised from the party. Citizens are openly mocking McCain; Bill Kristol is looking more and more like an isolated joke. Marco Rubio-a former neocon-is doing an about- face, joining Rand Paul. Sure there are neocon hold-outs, arguing: Iraq good; Syria bad. Truth is the Iraq war was idiotic, wasted a cool trillion, and polls show most Americans share my position and WANT NOTHING to do with the middle east anymore. I´m surprised Obama does not get this given he won twice-comfortably! on blaming Bush and the neocons. If Romney had rejected the neocons early on, rather than staffing his foreign politcy team with these idiots (Bolton, Dan Senor), he might have won in a squeeker. Still it is better that the GOP get that neoconservatism is a losing ideology late rather than never (Neoconservatism is in many respects a Wilsonian LIBERAL point of view.) Conservatism does not require a prefix.
Considering the number of Americans who have lost their houses in recent times... Nothing could be more fitting than for O-Bomber the NO-Bomber to lose the House on this vote... and O-Bomber should lose the White House he so fraudulently retained in the 2012 Steal...!
With the posts above slamming certain House members and other politico´s, allow me to reiterate certain views...
Regarding Fraud Kerry...
He should never do Lurch in this town again! His grade... Epic FAIL... !!
Now regarding Congress... We need a Constitutional Amendment... For a citizen-sponsored RECALL Election for all national offices...
Obviously much of the 2012 results were fraudulent. Time for a complete RECALL Election for all House and Senate offices simultaneously! And for the Presiduncy and Vice Presiduncy, of course... a national refer-end-dumb.
The Eastern-based Elitists will never clean up this mess for us. They are too timid to impeach and convict.
We need legal measures now... to dump any and all as we see fit by voting. One of the Liberty Amendments or whatever you want to dub them... Must be a citizen-generated immediate vote of NO Confidence in the Gummint... And a complete RECALL Election to rid ourselves of this pile of worthlessness...
Many Congress-Ho´s are being exposed for the lame frauds they are. We need the means to rid ourselves of this incompetent travesty of Gummint right now. A National Refer-End-Dumb. Buh-Bye, Dumb-O... and Company...
We need new leadership... and we´ll have to push for it ourselves. We should not have to wait until November 2014 or January 2015 to get it done.
I wonder how much money it will cost the taxpayer for all the deals that are going to made just to corral a few votes. You and I know very well that congress critters work that way. NOTHING ever done is congress is cheap. Buying and selling votes is the normal business in both houses.
The people who ask for our votes every few years will bring themselves down by ignoring the people on this vote! It will be a huge boost to the constitutional amendments movement when people on both sides realize that our "representative government" is not the least bit interested in representing the voters and taxpayers. My favorite amendment is number one. A 12 year term limit in congress would send all of the worst offenders back home when their current term ends.
The last time a divided U.S. Congress passed a budget deal, President Ronald Reagan was denying he traded arms for Iranian hostages and the Space Shuttle Challenger explosion was fresh in Americans´ minds. But a House Republican and a Democratic senator hope they´ve found a compromise that federal legislators can live with. Washington state Democrat Patty Murray and Wisconsin Republican Paul Ryan announced a proposal late on Tuesday that Ryan said focuses ´on where the common ground is´ between America´s two political parties, a deal that would balance the federal budget ten years from now and sidestep the threat of government
Junk Science: Researchers have discovered a chain of smoldering active volcanoes under the West Antarctic ice sheet — which happens to be the ice sheet that climate hysterics say is proof of man-caused global warming. The 2004 science fiction movie "The Day After Tomorrow" — and the operative word here is "fiction" — opened with a portion of the West Antarctic ice sheet shearing off as a prelude to planetary doom. But if the researchers depicted in the film had looked deep into the widening crevice, they might have noticed a string of active volcanoes lurking under nearly a mile of Antarctic
Nuclear Option: The first spoil of Harry Reid´s shredding of the Senate´s historic filibuster rules has been confirmed to the D.C. Circuit. Patricia Millett is another radical activist masquerading as judge. As chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee in 1990, now-Vice President Joseph Biden threw a fit after it was clear David Souter was going to be confirmed to the Supreme Court, warning the first Bush administration that no more "stealth" nominees would be getting through. Liberals threw an even bigger fit the next year when Clarence Thomas told Biden´s committee he had no "personal opinion on the outcome in Roe v.
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RUSH: Lakeside, California. Hi, Chris. Great to have you on the program. Hello. CALLER: Good morning. Mega dittos, Rush. RUSH: Thank you. Thanks very much. CALLER: Hey, I´m extremely concerned about what´s going on, and I just think people are still in major denial here about what´s going on. My husband and I recent -- RUSH: With what? CALLER: Well, with Obamacare and what really is the purpose of it. We went up to the Reagan library, which I´d never been up before, and I actually got rejuvenated by reading all his wonderful quotes and his positive and his love for his country and all
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RUSH: If I may -- and I can because it´s who I am and it´s my program -- if I may be serious for just a brief moment. For those of you who are relatively young in the audience, you may find it hard to believe this, but there was a day not that long ago -- where I don´t care what party he came from -- no president would join this collection of people, for whatever occasion going on in South Africa. There was a day where the United States and its president would not deign to associate with
RUSH: Mount Airy, North Carolina. George, you´re first. Great to have you. CALLER: Rush, it´s an honor to talk to you on the radio today. RUSH: Thank you, sir. CALLER: I´m calling about, obviously, Nelson Mandela. I´ve been doing a lot of history of South Africa. I travel with people from United States to Robben Island on a yearly basis, and we do a lot of history of, you know, Nelson Mandela and so forth. RUSH: You travel to Robben Island on a yearly basis, you said? CALLER: Yes. RUSH: With people from America? CALLER: From America, yes. I´m a former South African living in the United
On Friday we analyzed a fatuous article in which the Washington Post´s Ryan Cooper tried to reassure his left-liberal readers that they needn´t worry about the next phase of the ObamaCare disaster--that is, the third phase, known as "adverse selection." Adverse selection will occur when young, healthy adults fail to purchase insurance at inflated prices, which ObamaCare needs them to do to sustain the artificially low premiums of the middle-aged and those with pre-existing conditions. Well, you´ll never guess who´s terrified of adverse selection. "Only 29% of uninsured young people now say they plan to sign up for Obamacare," warns an
RUSH: I tell you, folks, it´s a sick world out there. It is just an absolutely depraved and sick world out there. It´s so depraved and sick I don´t know if I can tell you about this. Well, here. No, I´ll save it. I´ll save it. I´m not gonna start the show with this. It would be better to start the show with the soap opera. Can you believe it? This is a great illustration of how the soap opera script works. Great illustration of how the behavior of the Drive-Bys, who are the script writers for the daily soap
House-Senate negotiators are close to a modest budget accord to avoid another government shutdown, but suddenly the White House is introducing a last-minute demand. Five years into an economic recovery that President Obama often hails as miraculous, he wants to extend unemployment benefits one more time. Maybe it´s time to consider whether the big expansion of unemployment insurance has increased joblessness. In 2009 the Obama Administration and Congress extended jobless benefits for up to 99 weeks. The point was to help people through the recession, but now the jobless rate is 7%, down from 10%, and the White House still wants
Media: Russian ruler Vladimir Putin dissolved his state news agency on Monday, apparently for being insufficiently fawning. President Obama doesn´t have to worry about that with the dominant media here. The ex-KGB officer ruling an eighth of the planet´s inhabited land for nearly a decade and a half now, with no end in sight thanks to rigged elections, has abolished RIA Novosti and replaced it with a kind of reborn Radio Moscow. "Radio Putin," as it should be called, will propagandize to the rest of the world. RIA actually described the purge it is victim of as heralding "a tightening of state
When I was a kid, I knew two different Santa Clauses. The first had a fat belly, rosy cheeks, a long white beard, and skin as pink as bubble gum. He was omnipresent, visiting my pre-school and the local mall, visible in all of my favorite Christmas specials. Then there was the Santa in my family’s household, in the form of ornaments, cards, and holiday figurines. A near-carbon copy of the first one—big belly, rosy cheeks, long white beard: check, check, check. But his skin was as dark as mine. Seeing two different Santas was bewildering. Eventually I asked my father what
US President Barack Obama may have moved the masses attending Nelson Mandela’s memorial service with his stirring eulogy, but it was his grinning "selfie" with the Danish and British premiers that set social networks abuzz. In a candid moment captured by a photographer, Denmark’s Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt can be seen holding up her smartphone, with Obama lending a helping hand, as they pose for a picture with David Cameron, all three of them smiling broadly in their seats at Soweto’s World Cup stadium.(Snip)Mashable, the news and technology website, ran the photograph under the headline: ‘‘Dear Obama: Funerals are no place
On his way to the podium at the memorial ceremony for former South African president Nelson Mandela, President Obama walked down the line of dignitaries, greeting other leaders there to pay their respects. Among the hands shaken: that of Cuban leader Raul Castro. Obama neither made a special effort to shake Castro’s hand nor to avoid him. A snub might have been awkward: In his speech, Obama praised Mandela’s “greatest gift” as “his recognition that we are all bound together in ways that can be invisible to the eye; that there is a oneness to humanity; that we achieve ourselves by
The Obama State Department has finally released a second round of photos revealing the harrowing devastation wrought by a terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012. The new photographs depict rampant damage to the consulate. They show charred walls, smoldering fires, Arabic graffiti defacing exterior walls, and scattered debris throughout. The extent of the damage would lead any reasonably serious person to conclude that this was a cold, calculated attack, carefully coordinated to mark the 11th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001. Unfortunately for the American people, the Obama-Clinton-Rice cabal that led to the Benghazi cover-up was
Johannesburg - A man who provided sign language interpretation on stage for Nelson Mandela´s memorial service, attended by scores of heads of state, was a "fake," the national director of the Deaf Federation of South Africa said on Tuesday. Asked about the claim by The Associated Press, South Africa´s government said it was preparing a statement. Three sign language experts said the man was not signing in South African or American sign languages. South African sign language covers all of the country´s 11 official languages, according to the federation. It wasn´t immediately clear if the unidentified man was using a
A black fashion student says he was brutally attacked by a gang of Hasidic men who shouted anti-gay slurs at him while he was walking through Williamsburg after a night of partying, the Daily News has learned. Taj Patterson, 22, was headed home to Fort Greene around 4:30 a.m. on Dec. 1 when he says more than a dozen ultra-Orthodox Jewish men began assaulting him on Flushing Ave. and yelling, “Stay down, f----t!”
A “presidential selfie” featuring President Barack Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron, and Denmark’s Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service began making the rounds this morning, but it’s the person not included in the frame who caught everyone’s attention: As anyone with two eyes and a Twitter account has noticed, Michelle Obama does not appear amused. Of course, though a picture says a thousand words, not all of those words are necessarily true. FLOTUS might not have even known the photo was taking place. Or she could disapprove of funeral selfies. Either way.
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) snapped at conservative groups that have come out in opposition to the budget deal reached Wednesday between Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.). "They´re using the American people for their own purposes. This is ridiculous," Boehner said at a press conference with other members of House Republican leadership on Wednesday. Over the past few days, a number of conservative groups have blasted the deal because it sets discretionary spending levels in the budget higher than previous levels under sequestration. In the past three days, the influential Heritage Action, Club for Growth, Americans
Barack Obama has arrived in South Africa to lead the American delegation at a memorial service for former South African President Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg. But his party is reportedly stuck in traffic and he is said to have arrived late at the stadium for the ceremony. [Snip] But Mr Clinton, Mr Carter and his wife Rosalynn have all traveled separately to the event. According to reports, Mr Obama and his delegation are stuck in a lines of traffic caused by tens of thousands of people making their way to the event. Mr Obama is among the foreign leaders who
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The sign language interpreter at Nelson Mandela´s memorial yesterday "made up his own signs," according to South Africa´s deaf federation. "He´s a complete fraud," Cara Loening, director of Sign Language Education and Development in Cape Town, said according to ITV News. "He wasn´t even doing anything, There was not one sign there. Nothing. He was literally flapping his arms around." Delphin Hlungwane, an official South African sign language interpreter at DeafSA, told Reuters: