Skip to comments.I Miss Bob Dole (Paul Begala)
Posted on 07/24/2011 5:00:00 PM PDT by mandaladon
He stood up to the radical right when it shut down the government in 1995. Who will do the same today? The government shutdown of 1995, dramatic though it was for the country and damaging though it was to the GOP, looks like the height of Republican reasonableness compared with todays brinksmanship over default.
So much is different from 1995. The economy is weaker. Experts say the economic consequences of default may far exceed a mere government shutdown. The Republicans are much more, shall we say, ideologically inspiredwith Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Speaker John Boehner, and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in constant, furious competition to prove whos more devoted to the Tea Partys extremist position that the federal government must never, under any circumstances, increase federal revenue by so much as a penny, no matter how catastrophic the consequences. But perhaps the biggest difference is that Bob Dole isnt in the room. After thenHouse Speaker Newt Gingrichs crybaby rant about getting a bad seat on Air Force One (by the way, Mr. Gingrich, there are no bad seats on Air Force One) and the ensuing shutdown, it was Senate Majority Leader Dole who stopped the nonsense.
Enough is enough, he barked. I dont see any sense in what weve been doing. A nation turns its lonely eyes to you, Senator Dole.
Of course, President Obama has been playing this roleeven growling the very words Enough is enough at the end of yet another excruciating session of negotiation with intransigent Republicans on July 13. But what about on the right? From my vantage point Boehner appears to want to be our Dole. But he may be a leader without enough followers.
(Excerpt) Read more at newsweek.com ...
It was apparent to Clinton that if it came to a shutdown he would win. An inveterate consensus builder, Clinton also knew when to draw the line. Gary Cooperstyle leader-ship, he said, was easier than cutting difficult deals. But when Gingrich gave him a chance for a High Noon moment, Clinton stood tall. He pointed to the presidential desk, made from the timbers of the HMS Resolute, and told Gingrich that if he wanted someone to sign those cuts into law, hed have to get someone else to sit behind that desk...............Begala must've been high when he wrote this.
Yes, President Dole was one of the best presidents we ever had.
Oh, wait . . .
Dole = Loser
Take off, great white forehead. We don’t care what you think.
That Paul Begala.
I wish Paul would SHUT UP!...
Any other day, Begala would be trashing Dole. He’s a punk.
... then Obama got Republicans to agree in $800B in taxes and then pulled a fast one and upped the ante by $400B more? Did Bob Dole do that? Democrats lie.
That’s what Begala thinks of Dole too.
there is no possible way I can take this guy seriously...
So how is this good for Bob Dole's side? If the shutdown in '95 had produced real lasting fiscal responsibility instead of chickening out, would the economy be so weak today?
We knew Bob Dole was a RINO — there is no reason to twist the knife.
If Clinton was Gary Cooper then I am John Wayne.
The Left lexicon translated into realspeak needed for this article:
* “Reaching Across the Aisle” = capitulating to radical leftist socialism
* “Statesman” = RINO
* “Consensus Builder” = bully who will not hesitate to use invented situations to blackmail Conservatives
* “brinkmanship” = Conservatives who stand for their principles ( “Statemen” who will not “reach across the aisle”)
I miss Zell Miller.
Wow did that ‘revenue’ bulliten stick. It must’ve come from the highest dems. ‘Don’t say taxes, always revenue’.
It makes it sound like a passive thing. They are so great at changing words to push agendas.
I am beyond sick to death of people who make a living of talking (both sides of the coin, BTW), especially career insiders like Begala. How this scum sleeps at night amazes me.
remember when bob dope (r-kan) did “bipartisanship”
with the socialists and spent the social security surplus?