Skip to comments.Democrats Trapped in the Bodies of Republicans
Posted on 02/12/2014 7:02:15 AM PST by Kaslin
The House of Representatives voted yesterday to pass a debt limit increase with no strings attached. The agreement passed by a razor thin margin with principally Democrat support. John Boehner led a vote where the majority of his caucus rebelled against the increase in borrowing authority for a nation that is already $17.2 trillion in debt. I wish my bank was as generous with lending authority as the GOP leadership and Democrats in Congress.
Of course, Democrats were quick to praise the John Boehner-approved credit increase. Harry Reid even made it a point to articulate his approval to the Washington Post (which was also pretty thrilled to see GOP leadership succumb to liberal tendencies). As a general rule, if someone like Harry Reid agrees with you, or praises your actions, some very serious questions should race through your mind. What did I do wrong? How did I get to this point? Do I really want to be here? Who am I? Did I just have a stroke? Am I on candid camera?
The vote has already garnered some harsh criticism from conservatives and libertarians who were optimistic that the agreement would be accompanied by some sort of spending restraints, or Democrat concessions. And while much of this anger is rightfully aimed at the big spending track record of Obama Inc., it is not necessarily DC as a whole that deserves scorn from fiscally minded political junkies.
The GOP establishment decided that a controversy free debt limit increase would somehow bolster the Partys chances at dethroning Senator Harry Reid from his dictatorial post in the United States Senate. After all, its hard to make the GOP look like right wing wackos when they act just like Democrats.
Now, I understand the need to avoid a potentially devastating controversy right before midterm elections. But does that really mean we are incapable of using something like the debt ceiling negotiations as a platform to discuss our ideas? Heck, even Tip ONeil was able to squeeze through some agenda priorities while President Regan controlled the power of the pen. As the Republican Party, have we really gotten to the point where we have abandoned all hope of winning the PR push? Uh-oh Its an election year. We better act like Democrats.
The truth is, Political Party does matter. Even with the GOP establishment demonstrating their complete lack of lumbar bones, Democrats are still responsible for passing the bill with the help of only 28 Republicans who have essentially given up on the idea of successful conservative messaging.
Go ahead, blame the GOP establishment. Blame John Boehner. Blame the 28 House Republicans who, for some inexplicable reason, decided that voting with the opposition party was the reason they were sent to Washington. But remember that the overwhelming majority of the GOP stuck by their promise to reign in the national debt. In the end, the only thing that could have helped avoid a clean debt increase would be fewer Democrats. Lets face it: The non-negotiating Democrats in the Senate (and at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue) are more responsible for our ballooning debt (and Republican capitulation) than any of the rank-and-file Republicans who refused to OK trillions more in additional borrowing.
What the vote really boils down to is political tactics. The small number of Republicans who voted yea are deathly afraid of criticism And, unfortunately, they harbor this fear with good reason. After all, they are not simply combating Harry Reid and Barack Obama; but they are combating cable news, social media, John Stewart, the New York Times, and other giants of media. Then there are the rest of the Republicans (also known as the majority of the Party) that feel a reasonable amount of public controversy could be a catalyst for political enlightenment. After all, its not as if our only two options were between the Ted Cruz filibuster and the John Boehner acquiescence.
Regardless of what could have been, the debate is now on hold until after the midterm elections. And while it might be the inclination of those on the right to levy disdain at fellow Republicans, we should keep in mind that government is a game of majorities And the 193 Democrats who voted for the bill are the priority target for Conservative activism in 2014. The words of Bill Buckley are suddenly ringing in my head: Always support the most winnable conservative candidate.
Oh, and praise from Harry Reid really is reason for a re-evaluation of life choices. My guess is that Boehner is in need of some political identity counseling. He may be a Democrat trapped in the body of a Republican.
Boner let this insanity pass with only 28 GOP votes???? What happened to The Hastert Rule???????
Why is he passing things that a moajority of Dems want?
GEEZ THIS GUY HAS GOT TO GO!
He is stupid enough to believe that people get upset when the government shuts down. Anyone I talked to said “keep it shut down for all I care”
I don’t get it..............”may be????????????”
.............Boehner simply MUST be under the control of “others””.
It’s the only explanation.
This man does not deserve his position of “Leader” or “Speaker of the House of Representatives”....people in other less democratic states actually RESIGN over such ineptitude in “leadership” of their party!
Boehner is the leader of the Liberal caucus in the House.
This author is an idiot. We should support the republicans...why? Because they cave in, because they're spineless, because they can mimic a liberal?
Hastert Rule? EXCELLENT POINT!
If Boehner will throw the debt ceiling to the Democrats+15 liberal Republicans, what's to prevent him doing exactly the same with Amnesty?
In other words, he'll be the speaker of Democrats+15 Rinos. And they'll pass whatever they want.
Right on! The man could care less about conservatives because he’s being paid handsomely to sell out.
This is a very great danger. Joe Straus, the supposedly 'Republican' Speaker of the TX House, controls that body with a minority of GOP support allied to the 'Rat caucus. He uses that control to block conservative agenda items over and over.
The Hastert Rule goes by the boards when trying to tamp down the T.E.A. party faction.
This was like using a hammer to tamp blasting caps into a stick of dynamite. What could possibly go wrong?
Not like it will blow up in anybody’s face.
Stuart Varney said getting this out of the way for 2014 election is a good thing ,Demonuts can’t bring debt limit up ,but it still has to get by Reid . Will Obama have unlimited funds to payoff everyone and take the house back in 2014 ?
The constitution does not say a new speaker can't be chosen in the middle of a Congress. Boehner needs to be gone.
In my opinion, Boehner looked at this and probably realized that if they fight it, it takes Obamacare off the front page and reinforces the liberal mindset that Republicans are trying to destroy the government.
The media would tie the ceiling into Obamacare and sell it to the masses that Republicans are responsible for Obamacare.
And the thing is, even with the fight, the debt ceiling would still pass. The GOP needs to keep Obamacare on the front page. The debt ceiling probably won’t make it to page A22 of the Slimes.
The nsa and by default obama... owns all of the republican leadership. We have the most corrupt politicians in DC (in both parties) that this country has ever seen. It is easy to control someone that is dirty and corrupt... and boehner is controlled.
Bullcrap. Boehner had already taken Obamacare off the front page with his push for Amnesty. That's a lame ass excuse for plain old caving.
They are all soulless husks.
Of course he is. It's the only reason he's been cutting across the grain of what his party members and constituents expect of him, and against all logic and reason.
No doubt about it. Boehner is owned by someone.
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