Skip to comments.Mitch McConnell: No, Barack Obama is Not The Comeback Kid
Posted on 12/19/2010 3:07:51 PM PST by RobinMasters
McConnell on CNN State of the Union is asked by Crowley about Charles Krauthammer saying 'If Obama wins reelection, his comeback point will be the Great Tax Cut Deal of 2010' McConnel responds: "I think Charles Krauthammer is very smart but on this he's totally wrong"
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Why are Republicans in Congress so reticent. Mitch had a soft ball to knock over the fence, but he meekly disagrees with Kraut...Geesh
He could at least say Obama should quit accusing us of holding the middle class hostage
Kraut’s just another faux conservative.
I have to agree with Mitch and disagree with Chuck on this one. Clearly, Barry has kinda, sorta decided that maybe he wants more than a one-shot, leftist-kamikaze presidency. I’m sure that Our Bill reassured him in their historic one-on-one meeting that ended with that bizarre, impromptu presser wherein Clinton got to reassume the presidency for a half-hour.
Like Bill before him, Obama can kick his hard-core leftist constituencies in the teeth and gonads to his heart’s content and they will always come crawling back to lick his Bruno Maglis. What the hell are they going to do if they’re pissed off with him anyway, vote Republican? Give their money to SarahPac?
However, giving a few inches on a tax bill does not a realignment make. DADT repeal notwithstanding, the alleviation of our economic distress will require more than one ideological concession on his part. Beggaring us all is integral to his strategy of leftist supremacy, if he abandons that he might as well wash himself with Dr. Doolittle’s magic rinse and make himself white into the bargain. He has apparently convinced himself that he can ostentatiously toss us proles a few crumbs and we will happily accept our misery. It won’t work but maybe the RINOS will fool themselves into thinking they won’t have to exert themselves by taking any more principled stands.
I’m left that much more impatient for the January turnover. We desperately need Republicans holding the reins who have not been conditioned into a continual defensive cringe, ever fearing the NYT’s calling them mean old doody-heads.
The best analogy I can think of is that he is like a quarterback who has no input on play calling, that most calls are coming in from the sidelines as it were.
I often wonder if he would resign if he could save face.
There is no doubt in my mind that he will not seek a second term.
Wow. That was exciting.
Who’s pumped?? Show of hands.
Oh, and the above is sarcasm....
Krauthammer; the former Carter/Mondale speech writer falls off the reality wagon again. After suffering the most humiliating mid-term defeat in 70 years, Obama fails to pass the largest tax increase in history, and then fails to pass another of his disastrous trillion dollar “stimulus” bills. His only win is gays in the military. Comeback kid? HaHa!! Obama is the Brokeback Kid.
I don’t know. He just made the GOP look like fools with the tax bill.
Although I like Charles personally, one should remember from where he started.
Can you say dead cat bounce?
I think Krauthammer is slightly to the right of center. His real problem is that he plays defense all the time. You gotta attack and go for the throat.
“I don’t think Obama is really running the show at this point. I’m getting the feeling that Pelosi, Reid, and Clinton are actually calling the shots at this point.”
Agreed. It might even be some Republicans. Certainly it is not conservatives.
McConnell is right that Obama isn’t the comeback kid now, but given enough time McConnell will reverse that. You only have to look at the “tax cut compromise” to see that the Repubs are hard at work on the process. McConnell will make sure the Repubs snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.
Passing bills w/a super majority is hardly a comeback. Not passing bills is news.
At election time, his only qualification was that he “fit the suit” for liberal voters. More astute politicians calculated (and correctly so IMO) that he would be easily controlled. At best, any attempts to assert himself within the party have been quashed. He is a mere figurehead, a puppet.
76% Republican ideas? 12% Democrat ideas? So, Mitch, if a steak sandwich has 12% sewage, will you still eat it? That’s what your compromise does, forces Americans to eat an excrement sandwich.
Democrat economic policies are aways wrong. You should not have settled and used this opportunity to point that out, and get a clean bill for permanent low tax rates.
Please resign your leadership and support a conservative to take your place, Mitch.
One more thing Mitch, most Democrats knew the economy wasn’t going to recover without those Bush tax cuts for the rich.
You’ve been played for a fool, and the first sign will be when state run media starts to point out how bad screwing with the already stressed Social Security budget is. Then we’ll also find out what else is in there, after it’s too late...
Think of some of the initiatives undetaken.
Repealing don't ask, don't tell.
Having the Census Bureau report to the Oval office.
Really crazy things coming out of the Dept. of Homeland Security.
These are only a few of many. When these policies go bad, they'll simply lie and point the finger, which is their MO.
"Totally wrong" is "reticent"?
Let's hear from another source, shall we?
Cong. Tom McClintock's (R-CA) conservative bona fides are impeccable. And, in the floor debate about extending the Bush tax cuts, McClintock expresses the clearest thinking I've yet seen regarding the subject.
House Chamber, Washington, D.C. December 16, 2010.
M. Speaker: I commend the Senate for passing the tax relief measure yesterday, and I hope that the House passes it today. According to the CBO, this bill comprises $136 billion in additional spending and $721 billion in tax relief. That means fifteen percent of this bill is spending -- the other 85 percent is tax relief. It will mean:
No across the board increase in income tax rates next year.
No AMT biting deeper into middle class families.
A Death Tax that's a third less of what it would otherwise have been -- threatening far fewer family farms and family businesses with extinction.
If this relief fails, when the ball drops at Time Square on New Year's Eve, Americans will have just been walloped by a tax tsunami the likes of which we haven't seen since Smoot-Hawley. Families and small businesses will be spending the New Year struggling to pay thousands of dollars of new taxes.
A family making $50,000 will see at least $3,000 more taken from its paychecks. A small businessperson whose shop makes $300,000 will have to cut another $8,400 -- perhaps the difference between a part time and a full time job for an employee.
From the Left we're told that we should raise taxes on the very rich who make over $200,000 because they don't pay their fair share. According to the IRS, those folks earn 36 percent of all income; they pay 49 percent of all income taxes. A lot of them aren't people at all -- half of the income earned by small businesses will be hit by these tax increases. These are the job generators that we're depending upon to end the nightmare of unemployment for millions of American families.
To confiscate billions of dollars more from them and expect more jobs to come of it is simply insane.
Some of my fellow Conservatives object to the 15 percent of this bill that spends money we don't have. I agree. But that damage can be corrected through offsetting spending reductions next year. The new Republican House majority can do so without the Senate or the President -- simply by refusing to appropriate funds -- and it's committed to doing so.
But it cannot rescind the taxes next year without the Senate and the President, who have made their opposition to just such a clean bill abundantly clear. And even if such a retro-active bill could be passed by Spring, these families and businesses won't get their tax overpayments refunded to them until they file their returns a year later. Massive tax increases under Hoover turned the recession of 1929 into the depression of the 1930's [sic]. Let that not be the epitaph of this Congress. [Emphasis added.]
Hard to argue with. Regardless of the politics, the country won. And the GOP was singularly responsible for that outcome. When we go through with this again two years from now -- guess which side the GOP will be on. Guess which side the President and the Democrat Congress will be on.
Guess who will win. Again.
Exactly. The Compromise was a sell out.
The Senate Republicans are so filled with RINO’s we may as well just give them a pass for this year.
Murcowski, Snowe, Collins, Burr, Bennett, Lugar, Hatch Cornyn,Voinovich,Scott Brown,Ensign.
I wouldnt trust a one of them with a Chicken Salad sandwich.
How long has it been since the GOP pursued a unique, non-socialist Federal reform agenda? I think Newt was the last time the GOP did anything.
Rinos do nothing but accept or reject socialist agenda items. Mitch is a leader of this void.
Mitch McConnell, Conryn, and Boehnner make the guy in the box at the wake look like the winner of “Dancing with the Stars”
These blue blood country club incompetent morons just don’t have the killer instinct.
They have been in DC too long, they don’t HATE the communists in Congress (they see them as colleagues), and are therefore incapable of defeating them.
I’m afraid not. The GOP made concessions that they didn’t have to make so that they could share credit with Obama. Of course the tax rates should not have been raised, but the other garbage should not have been tolerated.
You do realize, don't you, that it still is the lame duck Congress. The one with only 42 Republican Senators and a +76 seat majority Democrat House. Oh, and a Democrat President.
What makes you so sure that, without "the other garbage", the tax bill gets passed.
McClintock, who is as conservative as we are, and knows more about this issue than either of us, explained the situation quite clearly.
1. No UI extension (amounting to only 15% of the total) meant no tax bill. And there was no certainty that a GOP House could get a retroactive tax cut through both the Senate and the President next year. And, in any event, the benefit would come too late to impact the economy in 2011. The country and the economy desperately needed the tax extension so as not to fall off a cliff. It was best for the country that there be an extension now!
2. While the House will need both the Senate and the President to pass legislation next year, the House can -- by itself -- act to control spending. They got the tax bill now...they can start slashing spending next month.
Why take an unnecessary chance with such a delicate economy? Why risk losing even more jobs?
In my opinion, the GOP's actions were prudent and appropriate, under the circumstances -- with the best outcome for the country as a whole. Why play political games with that?
What makes you so sure that, without “the other garbage”, the tax bill gets passed.
It doesn’t need to pass before the next Congress. Once the new Congress is seated, the GOP has a stronger hand. Besides, do you really think the Dems would want to take the blame for the tax increase?
While the House will need both the Senate and the President to pass legislation next year, the House can — by itself — act to control spending. They got the tax bill now...they can start slashing spending next month.
True, but I’ve never seen spending get cut by a single penny.
Well, we ought to find out if they're serious over the next few months.
You’re right and I’ll be watching. I wish the GOP could learn how to play hardball.