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Why Is John Boehner Letting House Republicans Be Mitch McConnell’s Toy?
Redstate.com ^ | 7/17/2011 | Erick Erickson

Posted on 07/17/2011 2:43:04 PM PDT by Signalman

Here is what is going to happen unless House Republicans stage an immediate revolt against their own House leadership.

Mitch McConnell, Harry Reid, and Nancy Pelosi are going to win. They have managed to cut the legs out from under John Boehner and the House Republicans. In fact, the House Republicans have taken on all the appearances of Mitch McConnell’s basement gimp.

I’m not sure why we need them any more if the McConnell-Reid-Pelosi Pontius Pilate Act passes.

See, John Boehner ceded authority to Mitch McConnell. Instead of embracing the conservative “Cut, Cap, and Balance” plan or even pushing forward with Paul Ryan’s plan as an alternative, Boehner let McConnell move forward and cut Boehner’s legs out from under him. It was a willing sacrifice on Boehner’s part because he’d rather be legless than fight.

Now here is what Boehner and McConnell have agreed to do.

At the start of next week, House Republicans will vote on their cut, cap, and balance plan.

Because of leadership undermining it behind the scenes, it will be lucky to get 218 votes. And if it gets 218 votes, it will get to the Senate and Mitch McConnell will declare his support for it while letting Harry Reid deny it a vote. Of, better yet, they’ll vote for it. It won’t get 51 votes.

And then Mitch McConnell and John Boehner will say as they are already starting to say in the press, “Well, we just couldn’t get it through. Time to go with the Pontius Pilate Act.” There will be no fight. There will be no holding the line. The votes will come fast to avoid getting any last minute momentum. It will all be so Congressional Republican Leaders will say, “Well, they failed. Let’s move on.” Never mind that moving on instead of holding the line is what got us into this mess to begin with.

We’ll get another deficit commission in the deal. And then we’ll cede congressional power to the President to raise the debt ceiling so Republicans don’t get blamed.

It is now a foregone conclusion.

House Republicans have refused to hold the freaking line. They have refused to fight. In fact, they have bought the myth that they are powerless and let Mitch McConnell negotiate for them. He, being a Senator, pretended they don’t matter, and is now prepared to hand their power over to Barack Obama.

This is, as it was, all about Mitch McConnell. It was never about saving the country or raising the debt ceiling.

McConnell is convinced the GOP will lose the PR battle and if they lose the PR battle, he won’t become Senate Majority Leader. That’s all McConnell wants. And now, because House Republicans are fine acting like McConnell’s basement gimp, McConnell might just get that and the country will get $2 trillion in new debt over the next year without significant spending cuts.

But hey! We’ll get another deficit commission. Just the like the one we had last year. But even more super awesome.

The only thing that could possibly change the outcome is a full on rebellion by House Republicans against their leadership. But given their caving on the continuing resolution and their failure to fight over Obamacare, I won’t hold my breath.

As David Gregory said this morning on Meet the Press, “Debt is winning.” Thanks Republicans!


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: boehner; debtdeal; debtdealcavein; mitchmcconnell; redstate

1 posted on 07/17/2011 2:43:09 PM PDT by Signalman
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To: Signalman

Until we walk on Washington with pitchforks, we are tools, uh, toys.

They know this.

We won’t walk on anything, we surely wont make waves. That is how it is.


2 posted on 07/17/2011 2:46:37 PM PDT by KittenClaws (A closed mouth gathers no foot.)
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To: KittenClaws

“Primary” Him....Mitch McConnell.


3 posted on 07/17/2011 2:55:09 PM PDT by LtKerst (Lt Kerst)
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To: KittenClaws
"Until we walk on Washington with pitchforks, we are tools, uh, toys. Tools..toys..sheep.

Bah bah black sheep..have you any wool. Yes sir, yes sir, three bags full.

.....Well then put it in the IMF world extortion fund and STHU you dumb animals.

4 posted on 07/17/2011 3:00:28 PM PDT by Earthdweller (Harvard won the election again...so what's the problem.......? Embrace a ruler today.)
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To: KittenClaws

Among GOP “leaders” is this prevailing mindset that surrendering to Obama will somehow spare Republicans the blame. My question is .. blame for WHAT? With that new level of power, 0bama will call the shots as to what`ll get the brunt of the cuts. He`ll direct the cuts at DOD. And as for who profits politically, it`ll be 0bama hands down. He`ll be seen as the savior who rescued America from default.

If the Gaggle Of Puffballs acquiesces, as it probably will, it`s game-set-match for 0bama. It must be nice to have as your opponent someone whose natural responses are submission and surrender.

And I believe 0bama has known the outcome of this from the start.


5 posted on 07/17/2011 3:05:42 PM PDT by ScottinVA (As a party that gives Obama what he wants, what again is the GOP`s 2012 selling point?)
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To: Signalman

Having McConnell as majority leader differs from Reid..how? Oh yeah... Reid actually FIGHTS.


6 posted on 07/17/2011 3:08:41 PM PDT by ScottinVA (As a party that gives Obama what he wants, what again is the GOP`s 2012 selling point?)
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To: KittenClaws

Why not?

Lately I feel like we are all sitting on the edges of our chairs, waiting for the insult that breaks the camel’s back (to multi-metaphor). Which one will it be?


7 posted on 07/17/2011 3:11:09 PM PDT by SuzyQue
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To: ScottinVA
If the Gaggle Of Puffballs acquiesces, as it probably will, it`s game-set-match for 0bama. It must be nice to have as your opponent someone whose natural responses are submission and surrender.

Our Forefathers didn't play the blame game - they owned up to it - with their lives.

But what about us? As our representatives sell us down the river, what do we do? Comply and complain?

What is the consequence for the GOP'ers who sell us out? Re-election? I know my congressman got re-elected after the bailout, because the person who was running against him was way worse.

They don't care and we won't rise against them. Because, well, we are just too civilized.

8 posted on 07/17/2011 3:23:20 PM PDT by KittenClaws (A closed mouth gathers no foot.)
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To: SuzyQue
Lately I feel like we are all sitting on the edges of our chairs, waiting for the insult that breaks the camel’s back (to multi-metaphor). Which one will it be?

I don't think there is a straw (insult) that will break the camels back.

If there is, we certainly wont verbalize it, we could get in twubble for that.

9 posted on 07/17/2011 3:28:13 PM PDT by KittenClaws (A closed mouth gathers no foot.)
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To: Signalman
Mitch McConnell is the Trent Lott of the 21st Century.

G-d damn him to hell.

10 posted on 07/17/2011 3:31:02 PM PDT by OKSooner (You can buy a plate of tacos but you can't buy a friend.)
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To: Earthdweller

I’m not sure what you mean, but that’s OK, because I have the same tendancy to make a point without clarifying.

I’m pretty sure the dumb animals comment was meant for liberals..


11 posted on 07/17/2011 3:31:46 PM PDT by KittenClaws (A closed mouth gathers no foot.)
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To: Signalman

I will never forgive the powers that Be for the sobbing wimp foisted on US,in our Speakers Chair,Where is OUR FIGHTER??? What the HELL? OUR Country is going down the drain and he is trying to play NICE and Golf with our mortal enemy! I could care less about seniority,If anything it is a HUGE liability,they get Democratized,Like the Bonehead saying how much he admired TED KENNEDY!!!!!!!!!!! TED The Drunken woman Murderer???? No wonder the Rats were smiling, when ole Weepy was installed as WEEPER!!


12 posted on 07/17/2011 3:43:33 PM PDT by Cheetahcat ( November 4 2008 ,A date that will live in Infamy.)
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To: Signalman

13 posted on 07/17/2011 3:47:09 PM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: Signalman

It’s going to be a very short time in the House for Repubs in red districts who go along with this scheme...


14 posted on 07/17/2011 3:48:17 PM PDT by Qbert ("The best defense against usurpatory government is an assertive citizenry" - William F. Buckley, Jr.)
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To: ScottinVA

15 posted on 07/17/2011 3:54:21 PM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: OKSooner

Itch and bonehead are K St lobbyists not gopers. These two are owned by GE , bankers, etccccc . Why do you think Obama care is still around !


16 posted on 07/17/2011 4:22:02 PM PDT by ncalburt (NO MORE WIMPS need to apply to fight the Soros Funded Puppet !)
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To: OKSooner

Itch and bonehead are K St lobbyists not gopers. These two are owned by GE , bankers, etccccc . Why do you think Obama care is still around !


17 posted on 07/17/2011 4:22:23 PM PDT by ncalburt (NO MORE WIMPS need to apply to fight the Soros Funded Puppet !)
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To: OKSooner

Itch and bonehead are K St lobbyists not gopers. These two are owned by GE , bankers, etccccc . Why do you think Obama care is still around !


18 posted on 07/17/2011 4:22:23 PM PDT by ncalburt (NO MORE WIMPS need to apply to fight the Soros Funded Puppet !)
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To: OKSooner

Itch and bonehead are K St lobbyists not gopers. These two are owned by GE , bankers, etccccc . Why do you think Obama care is still around !


19 posted on 07/17/2011 4:22:38 PM PDT by ncalburt (NO MORE WIMPS need to apply to fight the Soros Funded Puppet !)
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To: OKSooner

Itch and bonehead are K St lobbyists not gopers. These two are owned by GE , bankers, etccccc . Why do you think Obama care is still around !


20 posted on 07/17/2011 4:22:51 PM PDT by ncalburt (NO MORE WIMPS need to apply to fight the Soros Funded Puppet !)
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To: KittenClaws

I think Eric, the author of the piece, has it down cold. Based on everything I have heard, seen and read this is the exact scenario they are going to follow and I also believe Boehner is a willing accomplice to Reid, McConnell and Pelosi.


21 posted on 07/17/2011 4:57:21 PM PDT by mighty atlas
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To: SuzyQue
Lately I feel like we are all sitting on the edges of our chairs, waiting for the insult that breaks the camel’s back (to multi-metaphor). Which one will it be?

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I AGREE WITH THAT

They will figure out how to hoodwink Americans, like they did on the 'continuing resolution.' Promise one thing, deliver a another.

We shall see....

To most normal Americans cutting gov't spending by roughly 25% is the only 'real' thing to do.

BSLarge8
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says ''the best advise I can give you John is to ignore any symptoms and also ignore the concerns from taxpayers that will arise after taking your blue pill medication. Your friendly, progressive DNC is the medication expert and is there to help you... steer for the cliff!'' /sarc


22 posted on 07/17/2011 5:06:35 PM PDT by BobP (The piss-stream media - Never to be watched again in my house)
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To: Signalman
One more time.

The Democrats are the Criminal Party.

The Republicans are the Stupid Party.

And- some Republicans are Democrats.

23 posted on 07/17/2011 5:06:55 PM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's "Economics In One Lesson.")
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To: mighty atlas
Ithink Eric, the author of the piece, has it down cold. Based on everything I have heard, seen and read this is the exact scenario they are going to follow and I also believe Boehner is a willing accomplice to Reid, McConnell and Pelosi

They all are. And we are letting them. Because we are helpless. Impotent.

The death of our country is on the horizon, and we are going to accept it.

The five stages of accepting death are:

Denial (this isn't happening to me!)

Anger (why is this happening to me?)

Bargaining (I promise I'll be a better person if...)

Depression (I don't care anymore)

Acceptance (I'm ready for whatever comes)

We are now in the acceptance phase.

24 posted on 07/17/2011 5:14:18 PM PDT by KittenClaws (A closed mouth gathers no foot.)
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To: BobP

Oh, honey, I want 50%+ cuts. Like Canada did.


25 posted on 07/17/2011 5:22:06 PM PDT by SuzyQue
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To: Signalman

This is probably right on target. When they cave Tammy Faye will come out sniffing in his hanky and say “Thats all we could get”. Sad but true.


26 posted on 07/17/2011 9:28:53 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: KittenClaws

“Until we walk on Washington with pitchforks, we are tools, uh, toys.”

Well, why don’t we do it?

I have been calling every day. I’ve called Boehner, Cantor, the WH, my dim dem rep, my dim dem senator (Menendez, I don’t usually call Lautenberg because I think he is actually dead).

I’ll go to DC, on the weekend, no problem.


27 posted on 07/18/2011 3:35:30 AM PDT by jocon307
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To: arthurus
The Democrats are the Criminal Party. The Republicans are the Stupid Party. And- some Republicans are Democrats.

The Republicans are not stupid. They know exactly what they are doing. They aren't caving. They aren't surrendering. The Republicans are just as criminal as the Democrats. They all have the same elitist worldview and they all work together toward the exact same Globalist Agenda. But for some reason the average conservative chump chalks up craven, calculated Republican back stabbing to stupidity. Insane.

28 posted on 07/18/2011 10:33:51 AM PDT by Roninf5-1
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