Mitch McConnell: Yes, Republicans will attend the ObamaCare summit

posted at 8:15 pm on February 21, 2010 by Allahpundit

So much for Friday night’s boycott theory. The Gingrich plan is, it seems, in effect:

Republicans have accused the president of using Thursday’s summit as political theater, and had raised the prospect of not attending. McConnell dismissed the idea of a GOP boycott, saying that “we’re discussing the — sort of the makeup of the room and that sort of thing, but yeah, I intend to be there and my members will be there and ready to participate.”…

White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer said in response that “the upcoming meeting is an opportunity to get beyond oft repeated and completely false talking points like these. . . . The President is coming to the meeting with an open mind and he hopes the Republicans do as well.”

Right. Via the LA Times, take a nice deep whiff of the White House’s new “bipartisanship”:

As voters lose patience with political gridlock, the Obama administration is embarking on a strategy aimed at putting Republicans on the spot: Either participate in bipartisan exchanges initiated by the president, or be portrayed as the party of obstruction…

“When you’re the president, you have the loudest microphone and clearest TV camera,” said Mark Corallo, a Republican strategist. “You get to stand up and look reasonable, bipartisan and leader-like. And anyone else ends up . . . looking like a petty partisan who is just interested in saying no. There’s no upside for the Republicans in even attending the healthcare summit.”…

An administration official said that in coming months, the White House would be quicker to point out instances of what he described as Republican intransigence. Though the White House has long believed that Republicans were committed to derailing Obama’s agenda, officials will be more aggressive in making the case.

In other words, a day after we watched that communique from Mount Olympus urging both sides not to turn the summit into political theater, here’s the White House all but admitting that the summit’s a key scene in the elaborate political theater they’ll be staging until November. Wonderful.

I was going to give you a clip of McConnell dumping on reconciliation, but this snippet of George Will celebrating the joys of gridlock and slamming the media for whining about “broken government” only when that government is controlled by the left is a better use of your time. He’s having a big weekend, huh?


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If we really want to honor American tradition, we can stay on the lookout for a red ant hill and some honey…..

tigerlily on February 21, 2010 at 9:10 PM

I have fire ants! We can save on the honey.

katy the mean old lady on February 21, 2010 at 9:14 PM

That’s what I call good ole American ingenuity, katy!
With the help of God, we’ll beat ‘em yet!!!

tigerlily on February 21, 2010 at 9:19 PM

My God, these Repugnicans insist on snatching defeat from the jaws of victory, don’t they?

Midas on February 21, 2010 at 9:13 PM

QOTD!

conservative pilgrim on February 21, 2010 at 9:19 PM

I don’t see anything wrong with showing up at the summit saying “I’m not going to talk about that POS.” (Pointing toward the 2500+ page bill sitting on the table.

Any bill bigger than one inch thick is too unruly.

Oink on February 21, 2010 at 9:25 PM

After reading these posts, nearly everyone doubts the ability of the Republicans to handle this health summit. This fact certainly tells me that the Republican leadership has failed to restore any confidence in their judgment.

mobydutch on February 21, 2010 at 9:26 PM

This fact certainly tells me that the Republican leadership has failed to restore any confidence in their judgment.

mobydutch on February 21, 2010 at 9:26 PM

Other than not caving (so far, at least), what has the republican leadership done to bolster confidence from their base?

rmgraha on February 21, 2010 at 9:29 PM

It’s people. Soylent Green is made out of people. They’re making our food out of people. Next thing they’ll be breeding us like cattle for food. You’ve gotta tell them. You’ve gotta tell them!

If they refuse or walk…

The Republicans will be manipulated by the MSM as the bad guys when they refuse to go along and Obama gets to pose as the hurt moderate who did his very bestest to get along. Bad, Rethuglicans, bad.

If they do go along with it…

They get to share the blame when it goes belly up.

Its a trap! The stupid party indeed.

sharrukin on February 21, 2010 at 9:30 PM

Benedict McConnell! A PROGRESSIVE REPUBLICAN.

Every one of these spineless Republican wimps needs to be primaried out of office . Shameful and like Gingrich are sellouts. They are sucking up and propping up a failed POTUS.

I hope the Tea Party leaders have noted these Republican Benedict Arnold’s.

Sandybourne on February 21, 2010 at 9:30 PM

Obama will propose giving the federal government new power to block excessive rate increases by health insurance companies…
artist on February 21, 2010 at 8:59 PM

To which the GOP asks him to point out just where in the Constitution that power was permitted to the Federal government.

ya2daup on February 21, 2010 at 9:30 PM

when all is said and done, I think the summit will have been a big nothing.

rob verdi on February 21, 2010 at 9:30 PM

What do they mean “or be portrayed as the party of obstruction”? Did I miss something? When have they been portrayed as anything else?

LibTired on February 21, 2010 at 9:31 PM

McConnell! A PROGRESSIVE REPUBLICAN.

Progressively more spineless you mean.

ya2daup on February 21, 2010 at 9:33 PM

After reading these posts, nearly everyone doubts the ability of the Republicans to handle this health summit.

It’s not just that, it’s that it’s a no-win situation. The bill has been killed. It should be left as it is. There is absolutely no reason to help any efforts to resuscitate it. It took 10 death blows already adn The Precedent and the dems keep reviving it. Now, they’ve run out of new exccuses, so they are appealing to the GOP to help them breathe more life into something taht America wants dead – which was the vote for Scott Brown to kill it. Not to go to bi-partisan (as if) meetings about bringing the zombie back.

This fact certainly tells me that the Republican leadership has failed to restore any confidence in their judgment.

mobydutch on February 21, 2010 at 9:26 PM

Because they don’t understand when to leave the dead legislation in peace. If the GOP feels they need a response for the dems, all they need to tell the dems is to stop think about un-Constitutional expansions of government and go cut that quick and easy $500 billion in Medicare waste and fraud. REFORM MEDICARE, which the dems have already said is a done deal for a half trillion dollars. Make them do it, now.

(Sorry for repeating that ad nauseum, but I have been distressed that it never gets mentioned, when it is the only thing that the GOP should have to say to the dems about “health care”)

neurosculptor on February 21, 2010 at 9:35 PM

The Republican leadership is channeling their inner Bob Dole.

The New York Times says:

“Instead, Democrats say, they hope the event will create a climate that helps revive their legislation in Congress and prove to the American public that they are willing to hear out Republicans and even adopt their ideas.”

That means the Democrats hope the event will allow the media to create a climate that helps revive their legislation in Congress by goosing a few poll results and prove to the American public that they are willing to pretend to hear out Republicans and even lie that they are willing to adopt their ideas.

Emperor Norton on February 21, 2010 at 9:36 PM

After reading these posts, nearly everyone doubts the ability of the Republicans to handle this health summit.

mobydutch on February 21, 2010 at 9:26 PM

I doubt Tea Ali could beat Latoya Jackson…when Germaine Jackson is the referee.

This is NOT “Congressional Republicans vs Prez Obama”

This is Congressional Republicans vs Congressional Democrats, with Prez Obama as moderator

all he has to do is kick all questions to a liar like Schumer or Frank, cut off Republicans for a longer Democrat rebuttal, and the Republicans come out having “failed to make the case”.

It’s bad enough how these Donks run their committees, where Republicans are presumed to owe attendance.

This is an extra-constitutional floor show, and only a sap would show. I agree with Sandybourne, anybody that stupid needs to go do cable news.

Chris_Balsz on February 21, 2010 at 9:38 PM

Here is the video of what is about to take place…

Seven Percent Solution on February 21, 2010 at 8:47 PM

Thanks! Did you watch the John Cleese one below it?

katy the mean old lady on February 21, 2010 at 8:56 PM

Methinks Cleese’s version is more apt for the tragicomedy we’ll witness with Mitch and friends as they stammer to pronouce “healthcare in our times”

AH_C on February 21, 2010 at 9:44 PM

These GOP leaders need to be put out to pasture. They do not realize that there is a new paradigm in play. The one they used with Clinton is no longer valid. There’s no dialogue with the Obama Democrats. They, more so than during the Clinton era, are hard core Leftists whose aim is to push a socialist-communist agenda down our throats whether we like it or not. There is no negotiating with people like that. All you can do is show them up. Use their own words against them. Refuse to play with them. Make them act and leave them to face the consequences of what they do. They’re deathly scared of those consequences even as they push forward with the agenda.

SilentWatcher on February 21, 2010 at 9:47 PM

Meh. Don’t worry about it.

Obama will get a brownie point for going on C-SPAN. Republicans will get a brownie point for showing up.

And either way, they’ll try to ram as much through by reconciliation as possible.

But it’s still unpopular and the public will still be wanting jobs, not Health Control. Let ‘em self-destruct.

Noel on February 21, 2010 at 9:47 PM

Does anyone really care what they do as long as they don’t pass the bill? Bi-partisan is not all that dirty of a word.

mike_NC9 on February 21, 2010 at 9:49 PM

THIS IS WHY I REFUSE TO EVER LET GOOD NEWS REGARDING THE STUPID REPUBLICAN PARTY EVER EVER LIFT MY SPIRITS.

BECAUSE THEY’RE SO GOD DAMN STUPID.

VinceP1974 on February 21, 2010 at 9:50 PM

The Republican should say:

When it comes to opposing a fiscal folly like the grotesque and bloated Obamacare Plan, we are proud to be the Party that says ‘NO!’

NO! to this invitation to become a Giant Nanny State. NO! to an irresponsible government taking over 1/6 th of the economy. Sometimes NO! is what needs to be said when the question is: ‘Do you want us, Big Government, to do to your healthcare what we’ve done to the DMV? Or to the Post Office?‘ Republicans will continue to say NO! when the Democrats only give us either a bad choice or NO! choice.

Stop propping up a dead Plan!

Just say:

Mr. President, tear up this Bill!

profitsbeard on February 21, 2010 at 9:55 PM

The Republican should say:

Oh please.. Did you watch Mike Pense on some lame Sunday show today? They wont even confront lying Democrat Congressmen telling lies right in front of them… like they’re really going to become rhetorical masters against the President.

VinceP1974 on February 21, 2010 at 9:56 PM

BECAUSE THEY’RE SO GOD DAMN STUPID.

VinceP1974 on February 21, 2010 at 9:50 PM

OK, we know, but let’s let the GD event happen before assuming that worst!

leftnomore on February 21, 2010 at 9:56 PM

Mr. President, tear up this Bill!

profitsbeard on February 21, 2010 at 9:55 PM

Love it!

neurosculptor on February 21, 2010 at 9:57 PM

Why are they even still having the summit? There are 2 bills already passed that the leaders can’t reconcile and now Zero has a plan that supposed to be posted online that probably cherry picked what they think they can pass thru reconciliation. Oh, I forgot, Zero gets to be on tv again.

Kissmygrits on February 21, 2010 at 9:58 PM

ASCII “art”? Good grief. Whatever it’s supposed to be, it’s a mess.

Look, we’ve got to show up at Obama’s media event. Even Dems see it for what it is.

George Will ought to be prepping some of the Republicans, though, if you ask me.

tanarg on February 21, 2010 at 9:58 PM

Only in a world populated by the likes of Mitch McConnell could a shallow four-flusher like Barack Obama be considered formidable.

I’m sure dozens of people on this site could prepare a simple, honest and devastating battle plan to bring to this “conference” that would quickly reduce Obama to a puddle. No harsh words or undue “partisanship” required. But who has the confidence that McConnell and the rest have considered a battle plan at all, or would, in the moment, have the nerve and self-possession to execute it?

Trap? The fact it’s a trap has already been advertised!

I feel ill.

rrpjr on February 21, 2010 at 10:02 PM

You know why the GOP LEADERSHIP are such idiots?

Is it becauseREALLY AND TRULY THEY TOO WANT TO GROW THE POWER OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENTand they are really happy to let the Libs take the heat for doing it.

HAPPILY BOTH PARTIES Grow FEDERAL POWER….AND OF NECESSITY….THEIR OWN POWER.

THEY ALL MUST GO!!!! THROW THEM ALL OUT!!!

PappyD61 on February 21, 2010 at 10:08 PM

Take names and take pictures so we don’t forget. Anyone that walks into that room is more interested in panderering to the press than working for the American people and needs to be voted out of office.

I MEAN EVERYONE IN THE ROOM LEFT, RIGHT, OR CENTER…. GONE!

You don’t negotiate with terrorists or Communist usurpers you defeat them!

Wonder where MCCain will be? Sitting at the right hand of McConnell? Mr. Inarticulate best keep his mouth shut.

JD drop a campaign fundraising bomb on the fool whilst hes’ there I’ll donate BIG TIME!

dhunter on February 21, 2010 at 10:10 PM

The economic chaos that is likely to follow the disruption of private insurance health-care markets draws no attention from its Democratic supporters. Oddly enough, it has also been overlooked by the opponents of the bill who are so appalled by this hydra-headed monster that they don’t have the patience to parse its mind-numbing provision.

Perhaps that indifference will end if the Supreme Court takes a hard look at this new adventure into rate regulation. Traditional public utility regulation applies to such services as gas, electric and water, which were supplied by natural monopolists. Left unregulated, they could charge excessive or discriminatory prices. The constitutional art of rate regulation sought to keep monopolists at competitive rates of return.

To control against the risk of confiscatory rates, the Supreme Court also required the state regulator to allow each firm to obtain a market rate of return on its invested capital, taking into account the inherent riskiness of the venture. The orthodox legal approach was summed up in Justice William Rehnquist’s unanimous 1989 decision in Duquesne Light v. Barasch. Duquesne Light allowed the state regulators a wide choice of methods so long as the “bottom line” secured the appropriate rate of return. There’s no need to discuss the fine points here, because not one syllable in the Reid bill is dedicated to securing that constitutionally guaranteed minimum rate of return.

Duquesne Light carries extra weight here because health-insurance industries are far from natural monopolies, so that regulating their rates calls for an extra dollop of judicial scrutiny. At this point, the Reid bill is on a collision course with the Constitution. I take it for granted that, constitutionally, the federal government could not just require all private health insurers to liquidate tomorrow, without compensation.

What’s done here is a close second. The inexorable squeeze between the constricted revenue sources allowable that insurers get under the Reid bill and the extensive and uncertain new legal obligations it imposes is likely to result in a massive cash-flow crunch that will drive the firms in the individual and small-group health insurance markets into speedy bankruptcy. The Supreme Court should apply the constitutional brakes to this foolhardy scheme if Congress doesn’t come to its senses first.

From a Richard Epstein essay in WSJ. Obama’s proposal (now on Drudge) to limits rate increases might run afoul of this. Duquesne Light was a unanimous decision, too.

Wethal on February 21, 2010 at 10:12 PM

After reading these posts, nearly everyone doubts the ability of the Republicans to handle this health summit. This fact certainly tells me that the Republican leadership has failed to restore any confidence in their judgment.

I think you’re confused. The tea party nuts don’t *want* to have confidence in the Republican party. They have to have somewhere easy to direct their anger, and no matter what the Republican party does, the tea party nuts will continue to criticize them. If they don’t have hate, they don’t have anything.

NoStoppingUs on February 21, 2010 at 10:13 PM

Message to those in the RNC that monitor this site and the activity here…..

…….ARE YOU BOSSES FREAKING IDIOTS?????

We are so sick of your kiss-butt politics we want to throw you out of office too!!!!

HELLLLLLLLO IDIOT GOP LEADERSHIP!!!!!!!!

In 35 years of paying attention to politics I have never seen the complete collapse of the GOP like I have in the last 10 years, really since Bush 41 took over in 1989.

PLLLLLLLEASE Conservatives keep the Bush family (and anyone connected to them) away from leadership in the party.

Dear God help save this country!!!!! We are in the crapper!!

PappyD61 on February 21, 2010 at 10:17 PM

NoStoppingUs on February 21, 2010 at 10:13 PM

You’re going to have some very unpleasnt surprises.

katy the mean old lady on February 21, 2010 at 10:18 PM

For some good news:
http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/obama_administration/daily_presidential_tracking_poll

Bad news?

Repubs seem bent on reversing that!

Vote em all out! Hell I’m tired of em all. Lets just start all over and take our country back any left will be like the plague and infect the new ones.
Begone with every last stinking congress critter and Senate Scumbag!

I’ve been voting against every incumbant judge for years cause you never get rid of one anyway and now I’m gonna do it for all of em!

dhunter on February 21, 2010 at 10:18 PM

Does anyone really care what they do as long as they don’t pass the bill? Bi-partisan is not all that dirty of a word.

mike_NC9 on February 21, 2010 at 9:49 PM

Oh yes it is. When it’s bipartisanship with marxists it’s very dirty.

atheling on February 21, 2010 at 10:21 PM

I think you’re confused. The tea party nuts don’t *want* to have confidence in the Republican party. They have to have somewhere easy to direct their anger, and no matter what the Republican party does, the tea party nuts will continue to criticize them. If they don’t have hate, they don’t have anything.NoStoppingUs on February 21, 2010 at 10:13 PM

Keith’s crazy cousin is here.

Colorado Anne on February 21, 2010 at 10:22 PM

In 35 years of paying attention to politics I have never seen the complete collapse of the GOP like I have in the last 10 years, really since Bush 41 took over in 1989.

PappyD61 on February 21, 2010 at 10:17 PM

Bush Sr. seriously mishandled the disintegration of the USSR. His moronic reaction was to empower the UN (for the first time, really, as the Cold War had generally kept the UN nothing but a communications channel that no one took seriously) which was one of the dumbest moves in all of human history. I truly dislike McShame’s idea of a “league of democracies”, but his point about a specified treaty environment that has serious requirements of civilized behavior for joining is exactly correct, especially if it means leaving the fetid, disgusting, idiotic idea of the UN. Only a true idiot would think that there should even exist an empowered, competitionless, peerless organization.

neurosculptor on February 21, 2010 at 10:24 PM

I think you’re confused. The tea party nuts don’t *want* to have confidence in the Republican party. They have to have somewhere easy to direct their anger, and no matter what the Republican party does, the tea party nuts will continue to criticize them. If they don’t have hate, they don’t have anything.

NoStoppingUs on February 21, 2010 at 10:13 PM

You forgot to drop the racist card, Janeane.

Colorado Anne on February 21, 2010 at 10:25 PM

Interesting, Wethal, maybe Obama will regret ordering the Court to an Audience to be sneered at, sooner than we think

Chris_Balsz on February 21, 2010 at 10:25 PM

neurosculptor on February 21, 2010 at 10:24 PM

I forgot to add: I would have just left the UN and kept in NATO as the most general international body the US would be party to.

neurosculptor on February 21, 2010 at 10:26 PM

I think you’re confused. The tea party nuts don’t *want* to have confidence in the Republican party. They have to have somewhere easy to direct their anger, and no matter what the Republican party does, the tea party nuts will continue to criticize them.

NoStoppingUs on February 21, 2010 at 10:13 PM

For the record I’d LOVE to have some confidence and respect for the masterful communication skills of the Republican Party. I’m here with baited breath with my lamp full of oil, waiting…

Chris_Balsz on February 21, 2010 at 10:28 PM

Look, we’ve got to show up at Obama’s media event. Even Dems see it for what it is.

George Will ought to be prepping some of the Republicans, though, if you ask me.

tanarg on February 21, 2010 at 9:58 PM

I don’t go places knowing I will be insulted. How ’bout yourself?

katy the mean old lady on February 21, 2010 at 10:31 PM

The tea party nuts

What’s a tea party nut?

Bishop on February 21, 2010 at 10:33 PM

Here mousy mousy mousy … That’s not a putty tat you see it’s a mirage.

Maybe the Republicans are busy fabricating a spine.

My guess is they learned nothing during the Bush daily bashing sessions.

tarpon on February 21, 2010 at 10:35 PM

From a Richard Epstein essay in WSJ. Obama’s proposal (now on Drudge) to limits rate increases might run afoul of this. Duquesne Light was a unanimous decision, too.

Wethal on February 21, 2010 at 10:12 PM

The Community Organizer is desperately trying to organize the community against the Insurance Industry in order to take over 1/6th of the economy and decide who gets care and who doesn’t. Are the Republicans and the American people foolish enough to kill the goose that lays the golden egg?

There can be no coverage for pre-existing conditions without extremely high and rising premiums. By capping premiums the destruction of profits and the end of private Insurance Companies is the only possible outcome!

Pinnochio will get his soundbites of the Dumbasses agreeing with him that Insurance costs too much and rates increase too much when in fact sky rocketing medical costs are due to medicare and medicaid rippoffs along with excessive and
frivolous lawsuits!

Private heathcare and Insurance is not broken the Government side of it is and is dragging the rest down. The Dems answer is, as always, more government side, like Fannie and Freddie!
The Repubs are too damn dumb to figure it out or articulate it especially in the thiry second sound bites they will be given!

dhunter on February 21, 2010 at 10:36 PM

The Stupid Party has learned nothing from its repeated failures this decade. Tea Partiers defeat Maobamacare; and the GOP revives it. If these Whig clowns breathe life into national health care, they should disband and the TPers have to form a new opposition party.

james23 on February 21, 2010 at 10:36 PM

What’s a tea party nut?

Bishop on February 21, 2010 at 10:33 PM

Maybe the homeless looking crack head who appeared next to me at the Ft. Lauderdale Tea Party.

” Hey, lady, whatever you guys are for, me too. Can I have a dollar?”

katy the mean old lady on February 21, 2010 at 10:39 PM

In this case, instead of being the party of NO!

It looks like we’re about to be…

The party of D’Oh!

massrighty on February 21, 2010 at 10:40 PM

Going is the right move.

They dont have to compromise and they can be aware of any traps. But going deflates the Dems arguments for reconciliation. They are trying to make the GOP look like obstinate ideologues so Blue Dogs like Webb, Landrieu, Pryor, … can go back to their district with some lame excuse for reconciliation.

swamp_yankee on February 21, 2010 at 10:40 PM

What’s a tea party nut?

Bishop on February 21, 2010 at 10:33 PM

What you have with your tea. Mints & nuts.

Colorado Anne on February 21, 2010 at 10:47 PM

I wonder if Pinnochio will wear a tie to the “Bailout Pinnochio and HealthScare Summitt” or if he’ll show up in his heart festooned boxers and tank top t-shirt with a cigar in one hand and Obidens “shock me if I open my mouth” switch in the other.

This could be quite a party wonder if Catty Cowlick will be there?

I’m sure McCain will be dressed to the nines and bring his full compliment of bipartisan ass kisses in order to impress the onlooking media whores!

Let the bloodbath begin!
FOOLS!

dhunter on February 21, 2010 at 10:49 PM

Either participate in bipartisan exchanges initiated by the president, or be portrayed as the party of obstruction…

War is Peace, Lies are Truth …. that has to be one of the most cognitively dissonant sentences I have ever read.

YehuditTX on February 21, 2010 at 10:52 PM

There’s only one way to respond to this properly, and that is to state publicly and for the record that the GOP is willing to go to this summit, but only if the Democrats agree to scrap what they had before and start over.

That immediately puts the shoe on the other foot. It makes plain that the previous efforts are not worth talking about, and puts the White House and Democrats on the defensive. Either they agree, and admit failure up to this point, or they become the obstructive ones.

But there is some risk, in that the GOP has to be willing to stand on the public and open claim that the previous bills are dead, even if the White House tries to demonize them over the subject. It’s not much downside, but it may still require more courage than the Republicans can muster.

tom on February 21, 2010 at 10:56 PM

THIS IS WHY I REFUSE TO EVER LET GOOD NEWS REGARDING THE STUPID REPUBLICAN PARTY EVER EVER LIFT MY SPIRITS.

BECAUSE THEY’RE SO GOD DAMN STUPID.

VinceP1974 on February 21, 2010 at 9:50 PM

+1

bill30097 on February 21, 2010 at 10:59 PM

I think you’re confused. The tea party nuts don’t *want* to have confidence in the Republican party. They have to have somewhere easy to direct their anger, and no matter what the Republican party does, the tea party nuts will continue to criticize them.

NoStoppingUs on February 21, 2010 at 10:13 PM

I scrape you off the botto of my boots after walking through the cow barn, libturd.

bill30097 on February 21, 2010 at 11:00 PM

“OK, we know, but let’s let the GD event happen before assuming that worst!

leftnomore on February 21, 2010 at 9:56 PM”

Where have you been since 1995? The Republicans ALWAYS lose or screw up these types of things.

ALWAYS

They’re complete and utter morons.

VinceP1974 on February 21, 2010 at 11:02 PM

Will for President!

Schadenfreude on February 21, 2010 at 11:06 PM

NoStoppingUs on February 21, 2010 at 10:13 PM

Ignorance is the United States most expensive commodity. Plumbing your ignorance would be like mining the Pebble.

daesleeper on February 21, 2010 at 11:14 PM

In this case, instead of being the party of NO!It looks like we’re about to be…The party of D’Oh!

massrighty on February 21, 2010 at 10:40 PM

QOTD!

tigerlily on February 21, 2010 at 11:16 PM

Maybe ole Mitch should take steroids, get a little testosterone in his system. Man up!

la.rt.wngr on February 21, 2010 at 11:18 PM

To which the GOP asks him to point out just where in the Constitution that power was permitted to the Federal government.

ya2daup on February 21, 2010 at 9:30 PM

Most people could care less about the question you just raised. People on this blog might care, but the general public doesn’t. They are the target of this theater of the absurd — not us.

unclesmrgol on February 21, 2010 at 11:22 PM

THIS IS WHY I REFUSE TO EVER LET GOOD NEWS REGARDING THE STUPID REPUBLICAN PARTY EVER EVER LIFT MY SPIRITS.

BECAUSE THEY’RE SO GOD DAMN STUPID.

VinceP1974 on February 21, 2010 at 9:50 PM

+2

nyx on February 21, 2010 at 11:22 PM

If Martha Coakley had won Massachusetts Obama will still be practicing his true version of bipartisanship by keeping the door shut on Republicans while he, Reid and Pelosi discuss the best way to ram through Obamacare. Scott Brown’s win initiated this phony call for “bipartisanship”.
If Mitch McConnell doesn’t believe that, and is not prepared to deal with Obama to suit, then he and his colleagues in the house and senate deserve to loose even more seats, and spend the next 40 years in the wilderness.

RMR on February 21, 2010 at 11:26 PM

he’s a useless ponce and looks more and more like Thurston Howell every day

happyfeet on February 21, 2010 at 11:28 PM

ccche’s a useless ponce and looks more and more like Thurston Howell every day

happyfeet on February 21, 2010 at 11:28 PM

P#ss off troll.

katy the mean old lady on February 21, 2010 at 11:32 PM

Why is it so hard to point out Obama is the President of No since he won’t start over with healthcare reform?

aikidoka on February 21, 2010 at 11:51 PM

HOW HARD IS IT TO SAY WE WILL NOT MEET UNTIL OBAMA REID AND PELOSI SAY THEY WILL THROW AWAY THE BILLS.

SO MAD!

PrezHussein on February 21, 2010 at 11:54 PM

Maybe the homeless looking crack head who appeared next to me at the Ft. Lauderdale Tea Party.

” Hey, lady, whatever you guys are for, me too. Can I have a dollar?”

katy the mean old lady on February 21, 2010 at 10:39 PM

I was gonna pay you back, honest I was!

CurpliTium on February 21, 2010 at 11:54 PM

“Cannon to right of them,
Cannon to left of them,
Cannon in front of them
  Volley’d and thunder’d;
Storm’d at with shot and shell,
Boldly they rode and well,
Into the jaws of Death,
Into the mouth of Hell
  Rode the six hundred.”

Caper29 on February 21, 2010 at 11:57 PM

I was gonna pay you back, honest I was!

CurpliTium on February 21, 2010 at 11:54 PM

LIAR! :0)

katy the mean old lady on February 21, 2010 at 11:57 PM

Will can be pretty astute when he isn’t talking about stupid stuff like jeans being bad.

Speedwagon82 on February 21, 2010 at 11:59 PM

“Cannon to right of them,
Cannon to left of them,
Cannon in front of them
  Volley’d and thunder’d;
Storm’d at with shot and shell,
Boldly they rode and well,
Into the jaws of Death,
Into the mouth of Hell
  Rode the six hundred.”

Caper29 on February 21, 2010 at 11:57 PM

Something like Obama’s current ROE

katy the mean old lady on February 22, 2010 at 12:06 AM

The latest rumour is Obama is price fixing insurance.

Obama gets more like Nixon every single day!

petunia on February 22, 2010 at 12:08 AM

I would love to see full on debates between Rush and George and Beck and Wallace.

Two everymen versus two country club elites.

It the GOP goes to the WH they must take their own cameras and operators.

Speakup on February 22, 2010 at 12:24 AM

George Will gets aloof sometimes when he gets off his Forte, but good lord that guy is unflusterable. I saw his Colbert owning clip earlier today. Don’t mess with George Will. He is old, he is grouchy, and he still probably has a better sense of humor than you.

BKennedy on February 22, 2010 at 12:26 AM

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WarEagle01 on February 22, 2010 at 12:57 AM

Why can’t I post?

WarEagle01 on February 22, 2010 at 1:02 AM

The GOP will go there and get pwned again just like at the House retreat in Baltimore. Why can’t these guys actually get aggressive, like the Dems did with W? They should go on the attack and stop being so nice to Barry all the damn time. Call him a liar for God’s sake and then don’t apologize for it. Get mean. Get in their faces. I know. Never happen. I just wish there were some Republicans in DC who had testes. Even one. But no, we’re stuck with ball-less wonders like Mitch McConnell. Just watch. These geniuses will fritter away the lead we now have with their pussyfooting around with Barry and Nov will end up being a wash. I can see it already. Snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. It’s the GOP way.

WarEagle01 on February 22, 2010 at 1:03 AM

The GOP will go there and get pwned again just like at the House retreat in Baltimore. Why can’t these guys actually get aggressive, like the Dems did with W? They should go on the attack and stop being so nice to Barry all the damn time. Call him a liar for God’s sake and then don’t apologize for it. Get mean. Get in their faces. I know. Never happen. I just wish there were some Republicans in DC who had testes.

WarEagle01 on February 22, 2010 at 1:03 AM

The GOP the party of stupid!

And they wonder why people are upset with them. These people are totally out of it. They have no idea what the public thinks. They are as out of touch as Joy Behar at an NRA convention. Like ole Lindsay Graham tells us, “shut up, yall aren’t invited!”

We’ll see who’s invited this November.

Joe Pyne on February 22, 2010 at 2:21 AM

I think the Republicans are right in at least showing up. I hope and pray they don’t give Zero a centimeter, and that they practice making their stony, partisan faces in the mirror.

If they didn’t go…well, the Dems could whine about that ’til November. And they would.

Could we maybe swap McConnell for Boehner? I think that man’s exceedingly light eyes could shoot holes through Zero’s empty suit.

Grace_is_sufficient on February 22, 2010 at 5:27 AM

Behold yet another reason why we seriously need change in the Republican party!

I swear, there are few of them out there with a geniune set of cajones these days!

pilamaye on February 22, 2010 at 5:46 AM

I was going to give you a clip of McConnell dumping on reconciliation, but this snippet of George Will celebrating the joys of gridlock and slamming the media for whining about “broken government” only when that government is controlled by the left is a better use of your time.

I know they want to use the “broken government” to try to sell ObamaCare and other radical Statist power grabs, but the lamestream media might be correct without knowing it, the government is always broken when it’s controlled by the left.

Dollayo on February 22, 2010 at 5:53 AM

Will the fools still go ?

GOP wastes no time in going after Obama proposal for broader government regulation of health insurance

http://dailycaller.com/2010/02/21/gop-wastes-no-time-in-going-after-obama-proposal-for-broader-government-regulation-of-health-insurance/

Sandybourne on February 22, 2010 at 6:05 AM

I’m sure dozens of people on this site could prepare a simple, honest and devastating battle plan to bring to this “conference” that would quickly reduce Obama to a puddle. No harsh words or undue “partisanship” required.

rrpjr on February 21, 2010 at 10:02 PM

P#ss off

katy the mean old lady

Bwahahahahahahaha

Grow Fins on February 22, 2010 at 7:21 AM

It is time to sweep them all out. McConnell, McCain, Reid & Pelosi’s generation has reached its expiration date.

Sporty1946 on February 22, 2010 at 8:11 AM

To Hell with these morons.

VOTE THEM ALL OUT!

Dave R. on February 22, 2010 at 9:22 AM

Republican intransigence

Well if that’s not annoying to put it mildly, I can think of few things more irritating. Our intransigence? Ours? What about theirs? Have they not noticed their personal demons, Nancy and Harry, selling and re-selling their souls in public in order to keep the Dem status quo on the health care bill. Obama and company need to stop looking in the mirrors in the WH and start looking at the ones in the attic!!

jeanie on February 22, 2010 at 9:25 AM

Obama and company need to stop looking in the mirrors in the WH and start looking at the ones in the attic!!

jeanie on February 22, 2010 at 9:25 AM

Jeanie, if you think they care you’re missing the whole point.

rcl on February 22, 2010 at 10:11 AM

Will the fools still go ?

GOP wastes no time in going after Obama proposal for broader government regulation of health insurance

One thing is clear this morning, Bennett’s wrong, Glenn Beck is right.

rcl on February 22, 2010 at 10:12 AM

THE PRESIDENT’S PROPOSAL
February 22, 2010
The President’s Proposal puts American families and small business owners in control of their own health care.
http://msnbcmedia.msn.com/i/MSNBC/Sections/NEWS/A_Politics/___Politics_Today_Stories_Teases/summary-presidents-proposal.pdf

Patriot Vet on February 22, 2010 at 11:09 AM

If Mitch strikes a match and burns the bill, we’ll forgive him!

Steve Z on February 22, 2010 at 11:14 AM

Better yet–don’t send McConnell, but Jim DeMint.

Steve Z on February 22, 2010 at 11:15 AM

Hmmmm.

The -starting point- of this entire idiotic nonsense is the current healthcare bill. Why on earth would anyone in their right mind showup?

Because the GOP is lead by morons.

memomachine on February 22, 2010 at 11:19 AM

What’s a tea party nut?

Bishop on February 21, 2010 at 10:33 PM

Cojones?

Steve Z on February 22, 2010 at 11:19 AM

Hmmmm.

The -starting point- of this entire idiotic nonsense is the current healthcare bill. Why on earth would anyone in their right mind showup?

Because the GOP is lead by morons.

memomachine on February 22, 2010 at 11:19 AM
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LOOKS TO ME LIKE THEY ARE EAGER TO GET CARPET BURNS ON THEIR KNEES. MAYBE MICHAEL STEELE WILL BE THERE PASSING OUT KNEE PADS FOR THESE SPINELESS BACKBONELESS WUSSIES.

bluegrass on February 22, 2010 at 11:27 AM

McConnell is exactly what’s wrong with the GOP and all the RINO’s that populate it now. Don’t go to the summit. Have your own press conference at the same time, carried live by FOX, the only Network anyone’s watching anyway and show exactly what the POTUS is up to, just a photo op to appear as though he is really interested in what the GOP has to say. He has already put together the bill and will tell them that either they are agreeing to everything in it or they are obstructing again. It is a no win situation for the GOP and they will end up looking like fools again. The left already hates them, showing up at that kangaroo court will only get the rest of the country to hate them for continuing to be STUPID!

flytier on February 22, 2010 at 1:30 PM

LOOKS TO ME LIKE THEY ARE EAGER TO GET CARPET BURNS ON THEIR KNEES. MAYBE MICHAEL STEELE WILL BE THERE PASSING OUT KNEE PADS FOR THESE SPINELESS BACKBONELESS WUSSIES.

bluegrass on February 22, 2010 at 11:27 AM

AMEN.

flytier on February 22, 2010 at 1:31 PM

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