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There are 14 years worth of reasons why the GOP grassroots scoff at Washington Republicans
Washington Examiner ^ | FEBRUARY 26, 2014 AT 8:52 AM | MARK TAPSCOTT

Posted on 02/26/2014 12:50:09 PM PST by SoConPubbie

Remember last fall when Sen. Ted Cruz single-handedly forced the biggest, most powerful government in human history to grind to a halt?

That's the conventional wisdom of Washington Republicans, who also claim the GOP suffered a public relations catastrophe because Cruz demanded that their votes match their promises.

No matter that President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid were at least equally intransigent about having their way. The government shutdown was solely and only the fault of the insurgent Texas Republican senator, according to the conventional wisdom.

Wait till the debt ceiling

Now, remember how those same Washington Republicans also said Cruz picked the wrong fight because the real battle would be in February over raising the debt ceiling? Then the GOP would have real leverage and be able to accomplish some genuine conservative reforms, they said.

But then, when February rolled around, suddenly those same Washington Republicans decided the debt ceiling was not the real battle after all, so they gave Obama an open-ended debt-ceiling hike.

Now the Washington Republicans argue that the GOP must do nothing to distract the public's attention from the Obamacare debacle. Don't rock the boat and the Senate GOP will regain the majority come November.

Then in 2015, so goes the Washington Republican line, the new Republican Congress will have some real leverage over Obama and will be able to begin accomplishing those genuine conservative reforms that were previously beyond reach.

Same song, over and over?

With that preface in mind, those who seek to understand why grassroots Republicans don't believe much of anything said these days by Washington Republicans should read today's RedState post by Daniel Horowitz.

Horowitz notes that, even if the Senate goes GOP in 2014, Obama will still be in the White House in 2015. He'll still have his veto, his executive order "pen and phone." Then what?

"Republicans who lack the will or principles to fight on major issues will still use Obama’s obstructionism as the baseline for excuses not to advocate bold initiatives. Whether it’s a debt ceiling or a budget bill, they will fear brinkmanship with Obama as much as they do now," Horowitz predicts.

Think what one will of the Horowitz analysis, but given recent history, isn't the burden of proof on the Washington Republicans who, whether in power or out, haven't achieved a major conservative reform in 14 years?


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 113th; cruz; establishment; gope; rinos; tedcruz
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1 posted on 02/26/2014 12:50:10 PM PST by SoConPubbie
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To: SoConPubbie

"Huh? Wuzzat?"

Raise the flag! Raise it proud!


2 posted on 02/26/2014 12:59:14 PM PST by COBOL2Java (I'm a Christian, pro-life, pro-gun, Reaganite. The GOP hates me. Why should I vote for them?)
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To: SoConPubbie

” - - - “Republicans who lack the will or principles to fight on major issues will still use Obama’s obstructionism as the baseline for excuses not to advocate bold initiatives. Whether it’s a debt ceiling or a budget bill, they will fear brinkmanship with Obama as much as they do now,” Horowitz predicts. - - - “

A Do Nothing RINO is thus basically a Coward, afraid to do his or her job.

If you don’t like your House or Senate Do Nothing RINO, then insist that they resign, PERIOD.


3 posted on 02/26/2014 1:01:21 PM PST by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: SoConPubbie

My ancestors formed the Republican party in Michigan, it was during an attempt to stop Buchanan (very liberal) for the 15th Presidency, we lost. After they met with Lincoln for their eventual comeback for the 16th President and election Honest Abe.

The republican party has walked away from my family and history -


4 posted on 02/26/2014 1:03:05 PM PST by edcoil ( "All men's miseries derive from not being able to sit in a quiet room alone." - Blaise Pascal)
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To: edcoil
The first George Bush tossed the Reagan Revolution under the bus…it has been downhill ever since…the GOP is hopeless….the Tea Party has to take over..By 2016 Obama will have destroyed this country...
5 posted on 02/26/2014 1:07:42 PM PST by Hojczyk
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To: SoConPubbie

bump


6 posted on 02/26/2014 1:09:16 PM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: edcoil

It is an election year and I am still waiting for the Stupid Party to start trying to sound conservative


7 posted on 02/26/2014 1:20:39 PM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: SoConPubbie

“Horowitz notes that, even if the Senate goes GOP in 2014, Obama will still be in the White House in 2015. He’ll still have his veto, his executive order “pen and phone.” Then what?”

His pen and phone won’t seat a single liberal judge.

Let him veto everything and shut down the government, it would be 100% on him in that case.

It wouldn’t take long for the public to support impeaching the commie bastard!


8 posted on 02/26/2014 1:20:54 PM PST by Beagle8U (Unions are an Affirmative Action program for Slackers! .)
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To: SoConPubbie
Remember last fall when Sen. Ted Cruz single-handedly forced the biggest, most powerful government in human history to grind to a halt?

No. But I remember when Harry Reid did it.

9 posted on 02/26/2014 1:21:42 PM PST by Colonel_Flagg (Some people meet their heroes. I raised mine. Go Army.)
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To: GeronL

I am still waiting for an explanation on the budget. They told us years ago if elected they would introduce bills that followed sane budget principals, not over spend and adjust budgets to revenue so for a couple years they have had that opportunity.

If they did any of what they told us, why then do we need an increase in the debt limit?


10 posted on 02/26/2014 1:29:09 PM PST by edcoil ( "All men's miseries derive from not being able to sit in a quiet room alone." - Blaise Pascal)
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To: GeronL
It is an election year and I am still waiting for the Stupid Party to start trying to sound conservative

McCain's the master at that little scam. He's full of sound and fury for 8 months every 6 years. He's taught the technique to his little mini-me Lyndsey.

11 posted on 02/26/2014 1:33:30 PM PST by COBOL2Java (I'm a Christian, pro-life, pro-gun, Reaganite. The GOP hates me. Why should I vote for them?)
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To: SoConPubbie

The establishment GOP are totally incapable of understanding how people think.

By avoiding standing for something, they have lost all respect from the people who would vote for them.

They just cannot see that their lack of courage and principle is why they take abuse from the grassroots.

People want fighters who will stand against the communists and all we get are weak sisters, too afraid to act like real men.


12 posted on 02/26/2014 1:34:01 PM PST by dforest
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13 posted on 02/26/2014 1:34:06 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: COBOL2Java

Maybe this year they wont even try?


14 posted on 02/26/2014 1:38:11 PM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: SoConPubbie

Ha. I read the headline earlier as ‘Washington Redskins’ and skipped the article. I couldn’t make any sense of the title. I just came back to FR and read it again...correctly this time.


15 posted on 02/26/2014 1:44:43 PM PST by ilgipper
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To: Graewoulf

Or better yet, primary as many of them as we can out of office.


16 posted on 02/26/2014 1:53:54 PM PST by tennmountainman (Just Say No To Obamacare)
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To: COBOL2Java

I couldn't figure it out until I looked at the name of the image. That is witty.

17 posted on 02/26/2014 1:54:50 PM PST by KarlInOhio (Republican amnesty supporters don't care whether their own homes are called mansions or haciendas.)
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To: tennmountainman

Whatever works, my FRiend, whatever works.


18 posted on 02/26/2014 1:57:06 PM PST by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: SoConPubbie
But how can you expect us to do anything? We doubled our success, but still have only two halves of one branch of government.

These people (Republican congressional “leaders”) are contemptible.

19 posted on 02/26/2014 2:15:32 PM PST by SharpRightTurn (White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: Graewoulf

The do nothing RINOs are doing their job. They are running interference for their openly leftist comrades.


20 posted on 02/26/2014 2:21:11 PM PST by freedomfiter2 (Brutal acts of commission and yawning acts of omission both strengthen the hand of the devil.)
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To: Hojczyk

In reality he has and it has BEEN destroyed for a while. We have to forget saving it. Because that boat sailed and sunk. We have to adopt the mindset of restoring it. It’s not just semantics. It’s two very different mindsets. One puts us on defense, the other on offense.

And restoring it without libs near power.


21 posted on 02/26/2014 2:25:07 PM PST by Norm Lenhart
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To: SoConPubbie

Not one dimes worth of difference. Throw the bums out.


22 posted on 02/26/2014 3:04:16 PM PST by VRWC For Truth (Roberts has perverted the Constitution)
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To: SoConPubbie

If the gopE takes over the senate next year, a democrat will win the white house in 2016. It will onl take the republicans 2 years to get most of the people regret voting for them.


23 posted on 02/26/2014 3:27:04 PM PST by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: SoConPubbie
Even with a Republican POTUS and Senate majority, the GOPe will be urging caution so as to be able to win the next election. The GOPe is about winning elections, not about governing and not about principled leadership.
24 posted on 02/26/2014 5:28:37 PM PST by sefarkas (Why vote Democrat Lite?)
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To: SoConPubbie

I refuse to vote for democrats cause my dad was a bad example for me and after being republican for twenty years or better, I now refuse to vote for RINOS. I vote for the ones who will stand for the constitution, not for power, wealth and prestigous clout like the idiots we now have in Washington.


25 posted on 02/26/2014 7:07:47 PM PST by TEARUNNER14 (Politicians are helping to destroy Americans as long as dummies vote them in.)
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To: SoConPubbie

You can bet if Democrats controlled only the House and the GOP everything else, they would be as militant as ever fighting for what they want.

With the current GOPe, it’s never the right time to fight for anything. They are politically tone deaf, lack a strategy or message, have contempt for their constituents, and are bought and paid for by the Chamber of Amnesty.

The middle-class is getting hammered from all sides.


26 posted on 02/27/2014 7:39:33 AM PST by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: Hojczyk
The first George Bush tossed the Reagan Revolution under the bus…

That's because Reagan never understood that the GOP and America have never been about the American People -- they're all about The Six Families or whoever the hell runs the GOP. Boehner and McConnell have exclusive contracts from those people to do certain things and not do certain other things.

Like screw up the opportunity that Obamacare was created to afford Fortune 500 companies to dump all their employee healthcare plans and throw their people to the wolves.

That's the big one right now. As long as guys like Cruz keep holding up Obamacare, the GOP will never go for the cheese in a national election. They will resolutely play second fiddle to the 'Rats, to avoid blame for what the corporations are doing to dump medical care.

27 posted on 02/27/2014 5:46:59 PM PST by lentulusgracchus
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