Skip to comments.Commentariat Is Not Constituency (Wow, what a piece! Read in its entirety!!)
Posted on 08/04/2014 3:17:10 AM PDT by cotton1706
On Thursday, House Republicans failed to pass a piece of legislation related to the border crisis. The commentariat in Washington roundly criticized the House Republican leadership. On Friday, instead of trying to ram through a piece of legislation, the House GOP found consensus among its members and passed the legislation.
The commentariat roundly criticized the GOP for passing something that could not make it out of the Senate. Never mind that the Senate had already fled Washington. The Wall Street Journal editorial page assailed conservatives, Ted Cruz, Jeff Sessions, and the House GOP for bringing to the publics attention to the rift within the GOP. Ironically, for a bunch of hand wringing about exposing rifts, the Wall Street Journal does a very good job of exposes it.
The media-centered commentariat has been wholly dismissive of the House GOP, Ted Cruz and Jeff Sessions, and the conservatives. The media wants a deal. The commentariat wants a deal. The institutionalist factions of Washington, D.C. are desperate for a deal. They have created their own echo chamber and feedback loop in favor of a deal and because they did not get what they wanted, the House GOP must have broken down in some way.
They blame Rush Limbaugh for the break. They blame RedState. They blame Heritage Action, FreedomWorks, the Senate Conservatives Fund, Madison Project, For America, Tea Party Patriots, and a long list of others. They say the House GOP is too interested in the opinions of these groups and catering to the whims of these groups. Really what they mean is that the House GOP is not catering to the commentariat, the Gang of 500, the DC institutionalists, and other like mind groups.
(Excerpt) Read more at redstate.com ...
Whether one likes what happened in the House of Representatives or not, it is operating within the system the Founders created and they are listening to the constituency they are constitutionally chartered to listen to voters in congressional districts...
2014 August Recess Town Hall Map lists 139 Republicans holding town hall meetings and 47 Democrats.
Recent polls show Americans lean Repub b/c of their strong-anti-immigrants stance---FAR ABOVE all other issues.
Mmmmmmm......I can't wait to hear Dummycrats explain
to voters why they oppose the Republican border plan.
READY SET GO, PATRIOTS every townhall forum,
every blog, Facebook page, twitter, needs to focus on this.
ROFL!! Gotta say, the rhetoric is highly entertaining in this one and the facts are spot-on. All the things lieberals hate.
Efficiency breeds tyranny.
Ummmmm, that reminds me....the hot buzz in DC:
Obama came out of the shower and walked into Michele's bedroom.
The First Lady was not pleased. "Get the hell outta here, " she screamed.
"But Michele," Obama pleaded, "I'm naked and afraid and I need Executive Action."
"You got a pen and a phone, so you'll have to go at it alone. My southern border is closed, " she said.
YES! Excellent article! MUST READ.
We need term limits. We needed term limits 20 years ago.
——The circle of jerks in Washington is so focused on their own needs and interests and so used to getting their way, they forget there is a more important constituency and it is actually made of up voting constituents.——
The piece reminds me of the Court of King Louis the XVI. They were the circle jerks, The pamphleteers, the commentariat of the Paris Salons.
Then over a period of say three years, they all lost their heads, literally. The revolution just eliminated them from the scene.
Such a revolution is needed today to end the stranglehold of the courtiers and return the power to the people.
Do you know where I can find out about town halls without going to every congress persons website (where they don’t always advertise them)? I have found about meetings that were held after the fact because my Dem congress critter and Senators only want their friends attending.
Yes, the House is operating about as the Framers intended. They anticipated demagogues.
What they didn’t expect nor include in their plan of 1787 was a second popularly derived institution in Congress. The equivalent of three term congressmen in the senate is the source of our woes, and no restoration of liberty is possible until the senate returns to the states.
And they always hold their town halls During business hours when most constituents are at work, a foreign concept to the voters they want.
Thanks!! Yes, I have been hampered by that too. Further, they tend to hold them in the far part of my district or at least an hours drive away (and during business hours).
Something the DC class keeps forgetting is that every single member of the House won their elections, too. They’re not beholden to follow some inside-the-Beltway consensus, they’re each there first and foremost to represent the will of their district.
(Yes, even the total idiots like Sheila Jackson Lee — that is, for reasons beyond me, the will of that district.)
Sorry, not buying it. Obama doesn’t do a good enough job passing for straight to make it believable.
Ping for later.
Dictators and thugs are always more efficient... Thank God our Founders weren’t the idiot totalitarians modern democrats have become...
and we still hear arguments in FReeperland against term limits.
Great list Liz... thanks for sharing.
They decline to blame Harry Reid, who has had multiple bills passed in the house brought to his desk, but refused to take them to the Senate floor.
Paid for by cuts to foreign aid...Somebody finally listened! I’ve said that for YEARS!
40-50 years ago, but hey, who's counting?