McConnell: I’m up for defunding NPR

posted at 7:30 pm on October 24, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Not that anyone should find this surprising, at least to hear Mitch McConnell tell the story.  He has voted consistently to remove federal funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and won’t have any trouble doing it again:

In the wake of the firing of former National Public Radio news analyst Juan Williams over public comments made about Muslims, Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said he would support a bill that ends federal funding for public broadcasting media outlets.

“I’ve voted to cut their funding in the past, and will again,” McConnell said in a statement. “With trillion-dollar deficits for as far as the eye can see, I think the federal government ought to be re-examining all of its expenditures to make sure we are focused on creating an environment where the economy can return to health and can begin creating sustainable private-sector jobs.”

McConnell joins a growing chorus of Republican leaders in both chambers, including House Minority Leader John Boehner and House Minority Whip Eric Cantor, who say they will consider ending federal subsidies for the networks. National Public Radio receives about two percent of its funding from grants from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the National Endowment for the Arts and relies heavily on dues from local member stations, which are largely taxpayer-funded.

McConnell frames this the proper way. The real issue with funding the CPB and NPR with tax dollars has nothing to do with Juan Williams.  It has everything to do with the fact that we don’t have the money to waste on non-essentials, and that government has no business subsidizing broadcasters in a robust market with hundreds of choices for consumers.

Skepticism is understandable in this case, though.  Republicans had plenty of opportunity to cut NPR and CPB loose from 2001 to 2006, while McConnell himself helped run the Senate [see update], and failed to do it.  They failed to cut a lot of spending in those days, and this would have been the easiest to trim.

I agree with Allahpundit and Andy McCarthy that the question of CPB/NPR funding is a canary in the coal mine for whether Republicans have the nerve to defund ObamaCare, but it’s more than that.  The GOP will have to find a way to cut spending by nearly 40% to return to FY2007 levels (which were too high) even apart from ObamaCare.  If they can’t pull the trigger on CPB and NPR, don’t expect them to deliver on much else.

Update: Bill Frist was Senate Majority Leader for most of the time between 2001-6; McConnell was Majority Whip.  Frist therefore “ran the Senate,” but McConnell was certainly part of that leadership.  Thanks to Jefferson P for the correction.


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I think NPR will be licking Juan Williams’ shoes by this time next week.

ddrintn on October 24, 2010 at 7:32 PM

Let’s cut $$$ to the United Nations while we’re at it, mmmmkay?

SouthernGent on October 24, 2010 at 7:32 PM

Litmus test coming up.

Mason on October 24, 2010 at 7:33 PM

But, but…Sesame Street! Big Bird! That’s what the Dems will say.

(Never mind the millions in licensing SS brand products.)

Wethal on October 24, 2010 at 7:34 PM

I agree with SouthernGent. Let’s cut all unnecessary expenditures. Companies are free to solicit support from the people who use their products (ie, “public radio and television”). I f I don’t wish to purchase a product, in this case public broadcasting, why should I be forced to?

Oh, gee. Would that also apply to ObamaCare?

oldleprechaun on October 24, 2010 at 7:38 PM

Test isn’t passed until they actually do it.

clement on October 24, 2010 at 7:38 PM

If they can’t pull the trigger on CPB and NPR, don’t expect them to deliver on much else.

Exactly. And, I’m sorry to say, I don’t McConnell has it in him.

rrpjr on October 24, 2010 at 7:39 PM

If they can’t pull the trigger on CPB and NPR, don’t expect them to deliver on much else.

I don’t. But I hope I’m wrong about that.

Bugler on October 24, 2010 at 7:40 PM

C’mon Mitch take a bolder stance and show some ‘nads. Like saying:

“Since they refuse to grow up it’s way past time those pinko hippie rat bastards at NPR lost their allowance.”

viking01 on October 24, 2010 at 7:41 PM

But, but…Sesame Street! Big Bird! That’s what the Dems will say.

(Never mind the millions in licensing SS brand products.)

Wethal on October 24, 2010 at 7:34 PM

They’ve already got that covered…

http://www.mediaite.com/tv/rachel-maddow-on-npr-as-election-issue-will-gop-go-after-big-bird-next/

oldleprechaun on October 24, 2010 at 7:42 PM

Congress should not fund the Corporation for Public Broadcasting or the National Endowment for the Arts. That would take care of NPR and PBS.

huckleberryfriend on October 24, 2010 at 7:42 PM

This sh!t should be a no brainer. Follow it up with a defund Obamacare, defund the UN, defund welfare, defund dept of education just to get started. Cut spending 75% just to set the bar and then break out the scalpel to fine tune the rest.

Alden Pyle on October 24, 2010 at 7:43 PM

This is going to get interesting, once the new congress is sworn in and the defunding fever gets started in earnest we will get a good idea who the real leaders are. We need defunding and derugulating to be the next penicillin for economic recovery.

fourdeucer on October 24, 2010 at 7:43 PM

the question of CPB/NPR funding is a canary in the coal mine for whether Republicans have the nerve to defund ObamaCare, but it’s more than that.

Completely agree. I’m hoping they pass this test, but its still an incredibly minuscule cut.

How will we really know if they’re up for the task. I think we might want to create some benchmarks come mid November.

El_Terrible on October 24, 2010 at 7:43 PM

We’re done.

A socialist scheme starts, it won’t be stopped.

One payer system, here we come.

BowHuntingTexas on October 24, 2010 at 7:45 PM

McConnell passes the test when he actually delivers the goods, rather than just sound bites.

sharrukin on October 24, 2010 at 7:45 PM

If they can’t pull the trigger on CPB and NPR, don’t expect them to deliver on much else.

MAN UP!

cmsinaz on October 24, 2010 at 7:47 PM

They damn well better, and I’m with SouthernGent on the UN, too. Am really enjoying the “YouCut” project where we get to post a new one whenever it strikes us!!

thebookkeeper on October 24, 2010 at 7:50 PM

Everything outside of the 10th amendment needs to be defunded. Then government will be what it’s supposed to be, controlled by The People……

adamsmith on October 24, 2010 at 7:50 PM

But where are the leaders ???

tarpon on October 24, 2010 at 7:55 PM

Piece by piece, we will destroy the Progressive machinery…
NPR is one of thousands of working machinery in place to destroy the America we all know from within.

Piece by piece…
Gonna get nasty as these creatures see their utopia crumble.

Keemo on October 24, 2010 at 7:59 PM

Ok, how about cutting the budget 30% and enforcing the immigration laws?

Not so much, eh Mitchy boy?

rightwingyahooo on October 24, 2010 at 8:01 PM

Re: defunding NPR. Is not what’s needed.
.
I can’t find the cite on the big business that non-profit radio (and TV) have become as well as the personalities that have lived very high on the hog given their near monopoly status and grants of airwaves / spectrum. Congress exempted them from competition (and fees), which certainly isn’t warranted given the “income inequality” their big-name employees have increased to new highs (for a so-called non-profit).
.
To restore balance, don’t (just) defund NPR, but force it and the other fat-cat non-profits to compete for the airwaves they currently get gratis. And establish a web-licensing mechanism that automatically grants low-power stations a right-to-operate upon application and agreement to a non-interference provision (and use of suitable technology to insure same), as well as on-line posting of interference complaints.
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The amount of diverse media and opinion on the airwaves will increase by factors of 10, and the corrupt legacy “non-profits” will either clean up their act or go out of business or find themselves carried by low-power stations at much lower cost (and much lower aggregate and less abusive-of-non-profit-status “star” salaries).

aritai on October 24, 2010 at 8:10 PM

Stop funding OIC members and Islam in general. (j/k, paying tribute keeps you safe!)

[email protected] on October 24, 2010 at 8:12 PM

It’s time to stop Government Funded Racism.

Both NPR and the NAACP should be defunded. NOW!

Kini on October 24, 2010 at 8:14 PM

Let’s cut $$$ to the United Nations while we’re at it, mmmmkay?

SouthernGent on October 24, 2010 at 7:32 PM

Hell yes this better happen; but will only happen if the American people demand it and refuse to take NO for an answer. Get those American hating people off our land, and investigate every politician who has ties to this organization.

Keemo on October 24, 2010 at 8:15 PM

McConnell and his inner circle need to be removed from leadership. He has had the position before and not delivered on real spending cuts. He has been there too long and I am certain believes he can continue there for much longer, doing the same old two step with the voters. We will have keep after the GOP a lot more closely than we did the Democrats.

bluemarlin on October 24, 2010 at 8:15 PM

They should quit saying NPR , it’s CPB that doles out all the $$$

LurkerDood on October 24, 2010 at 8:20 PM

There is no test. Succeed in stopping the socialist agenda of Obama and keep your job, or get voted out next time around.

Hog Wild on October 24, 2010 at 8:20 PM

Imagine working for a local jazz station & paying taxes to support your competition, the local NPR affiliate’s jazz programs.

Imagine working for Nickelodeon & paying taxes to support your competition, PBS’s cartoons & kids’ shows.

Imagine working for Fox News & paying taxes to support your competition, PBS’s news/commentary programs.

itsnotaboutme on October 24, 2010 at 8:24 PM

Will they have to guts to defund Elmo and Big Bird? I’ll believe it when I see it. I have my doubts that our dear country will be rid of leftist propaganda from CPB.

Philly on October 24, 2010 at 8:30 PM

This better happen. NPR needs to be defunded along with Obamacare. I’m not paying for these crapsandwhiches. Enough is enough.

jawkneemusic on October 24, 2010 at 8:31 PM

bluemarlin on October 24, 2010 at 8:15 PM

Amen to that!

Keemo on October 24, 2010 at 8:32 PM

I agree with Allahpundit and Andy McCarthy that the question of CPB/NPR funding is a canary in the coal mine for whether Republicans have the nerve to defund ObamaCare

Yup. If they can’t take a baby step they ain’t likely to take a Giant Step for mankind.

Luka on October 24, 2010 at 8:32 PM

C’mon Mitch take a bolder stance and show some ‘nads. Like saying:

“Since they refuse to grow up it’s way past time those pinko hippie rat bastards at NPR lost their allowance.”

viking01 on October 24, 2010 at 7:41 PM

I’m rather fond of that approach, verbatim!

Tim Zank on October 24, 2010 at 8:33 PM

I bet Michelle’s kids don’t even watch Sesame Street.

fossten on October 24, 2010 at 8:34 PM

The GOP will have to find a way to cut spending by nearly 40% to return to FY2007 levels (which were too high) even apart from ObamaCare. If they can’t pull the trigger on CPB and NPR, don’t expect them to deliver on much else.

Very true … but lately I’ve been toying with the idea of NOT cutting Social Security and Medicare immediately. Of course – we can’t make real meaningful cuts without hitting these programs and most pundits say Americans won’t accept modifications or cuts to these programs but …

I think that … if you cut EVERYTHING ELSE … like NPR, PBC, NEA, Department of Education – and welfare … cut those FIRST – along with every other nonsensical program we’re funding (including stem cell research) – then Americans might accept cuts or modifications to the Social Security and Medicare Program afterward.

Essentially PROVE YOU’RE SERIOUS about cutting the size of government first – before asking Americans to sacrifice their “meat and potatoes”.

HondaV65 on October 24, 2010 at 8:34 PM

But, but…Sesame Street! Big Bird! That’s what the Dems will say

If PBS ceases to exist, any network could pick up Sesame Street. And, it’s viewership would skyrocket. Big Bird would be more popular than ever.

joejm65 on October 24, 2010 at 8:34 PM

I need to slow down and read the title, I needed a double take. I read it as “I’m up for defending npr” quite a big diffrence.

The odd thing is I would not find that surprising. Up is down, down is up.

tjexcite on October 24, 2010 at 8:35 PM

But, but…Sesame Street! Big Bird! That’s what the Dems will say. (Never mind the millions in licensing SS brand products.)

Let them say it. Our response should be simple: Have you actually seen an episode of Sesame Street in the last few years? It has been radically dumbed down, and spends much more time preaching than teaching. Even worse, the last 20 minutes or so, every single day, is all-Elmo being a moron in a CGI crayon house. It is not at all like the Sesame Street the rest of us grew up with.

In its current format, Sesame has no inherent right to survive. It is a pale shadow of what it once was.

Plus, of course, Nickelodeon would snap it up in five seconds, given the chance.

The Lone Platypus on October 24, 2010 at 8:44 PM

Can we temporarily defund presidential trips – or at least their return tickets?

MeatHeadinCA on October 24, 2010 at 8:45 PM

If PBS ceases to exist, any network could pick up Sesame Street. And, it’s viewership would skyrocket. Big Bird would be more popular than ever.

joejm65 on October 24, 2010 at 8:34 PM

Yeah, but as a new parent, I was pretty grateful for a channel that didn’t have any commercials aimed at children. Most of the time I put on DVDs.

John the Libertarian on October 24, 2010 at 8:49 PM

If we can’t defund NPR, then immediately apply “The Fairness Doctrine” to it…

I nominate Juan Williams for position of “the Decider”…

Khun Joe on October 24, 2010 at 8:50 PM

BREAKING NEWS FOR THE GOP

The phrase “with deficits as far as the eye can see” should become every other sentence coming out of your mouths. It simply covers everything…..and EVERYONE UNDERSTANS IT…..

PappyD61 on October 24, 2010 at 8:52 PM

Yeah, but as a new parent, I was pretty grateful for a channel that didn’t have any commercials aimed at children.

IMO, Sesame is itself one big ad, for Sesame products. The only children’s programs that aren’t playing both sides of the fence are the ones that aren’t popular enough to sell any plush toys or “Best of” DVDs or t-shirts.

The Lone Platypus on October 24, 2010 at 8:53 PM

IMO, Sesame is itself one big ad, for Sesame products. The only children’s programs that aren’t playing both sides of the fence are the ones that aren’t popular enough to sell any plush toys or “Best of” DVDs or t-shirts.

The Lone Platypus on October 24, 2010 at 8:53 PM

Well, if all we’re going to lose is Barney and that acid-trip of a show Teletubbies, I’m all for pulling the plug.

John the Libertarian on October 24, 2010 at 8:54 PM

Everyone Understands it….even if the iPhone keys are so small and you can’t see what you’re typing at the end of your messages. I love/ hate the new i4OS. :-)

PappyD61 on October 24, 2010 at 8:57 PM

Skepticism is understandable in this case, though. Republicans had plenty of opportunity to cut NPR and CPB loose from 2001 to 2006, while McConnell himself helped run the Senate [see update], and failed to do it.

I think you have to think how that would have been perceived and reported. Spending billions on war and nothing for poor little NPR. Also, they didn’t have a filibuster-proof majority. NPR firing a known liberal gives them some cover they didn’t have before.

Kafir on October 24, 2010 at 9:00 PM

Can we temporarily defund presidential trips – or at least their return tickets?

MeatHeadinCA on October 24, 2010 at 8:45 PM

I love it! I am willing to pony up for a lot of one way tickets, not just PBHO`s. They can pick their Utopia and we will send them one way only and then they have to go through the legal immigration system to come back in, see how they like it!

bluemarlin on October 24, 2010 at 9:05 PM

It has everything to do with the fact that we don’t have the money to waste on non-essentials

If “The Government” has the money to fund non-essentials, I want it back.

Mac, you’re late to the party. Some “leader.”

davidk on October 24, 2010 at 9:09 PM

Wethal on October 24, 2010 at 7:34 PM

I can’t think of any current kid’s show that deserves taxpayer dollars, not even ones like SS. It along with about every other cartoon in existence (especially 80’s cartoons) has been remade in the past decade, with the result being an artistic aberration. About the ONLY success story out of the whole lot is Transformers.

Dunno what’s happening to the cartoon field…half of the good ones are gone or going and the other half seems to have taken stupid pills.

Dark-Star on October 24, 2010 at 9:11 PM

I love it! I am willing to pony up for a lot of one way tickets, not just PBHO`s. They can pick their Utopia and we will send them one way only and then they have to go through the legal immigration system to come back in, see how they like it!

bluemarlin on October 24, 2010 at 9:05 PM

I was thinking Gaza, but knowing how the current Obama administration works, it’s probably really easy to immigrate from Gaza… OK, think, think… where could we send them on a 1 way ticket? What about Greenland?

MeatHeadinCA on October 24, 2010 at 9:12 PM

BREAKING NEWS FOR THE GOP

The phrase “with deficits as far as the eye can see”

PappyD61 on October 24, 2010 at 8:52 PM

PappyD61:Needs theme music:)
===================================================

Prism ” See Forever Eyes ”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mrvkcgU15WI

canopfor on October 24, 2010 at 9:15 PM

HondaV65 on October 24, 2010 at 8:34 PM

I think you have the right idea.

Cut the obvious right away.

Social security and mediwhatever will have to be phased out. Going cold turkey would be too radical for people to handle.

Of couse, bambicare can go down the tubes immediately

davidk on October 24, 2010 at 9:15 PM

I agree with Allahpundit and Andy McCarthy that the question of CPB/NPR funding is a canary in the coal mine for whether Republicans have the nerve to defund ObamaCare, but it’s more than that.
==========================

That sounds logical to me!

canopfor on October 24, 2010 at 9:16 PM

McConnell and his inner circle need to be removed from leadership. He has had the position before and not delivered on real spending cuts. He has been there too long and I am certain believes he can continue there for much longer, doing the same old two step with the voters. We will have keep after the GOP a lot more closely than we did the Democrats.

Well, should the Repubs pull it out and control the Senate, Mitch will likely be the Majority Leader. But, he must know by now, that it cannot and will not be business as usual. The primary losses by several Repub Establishment candidates was the equivalent of the Scott Brown election. If he and his buds do not “get that”, they will indeed come to regret it, just as Nancy and Harry will in about 9 days.

humdinger on October 24, 2010 at 9:17 PM

They should quit saying NPR , it’s CPB that doles out all the $$$

LurkerDood on October 24, 2010 at 8:20 PM

Correct.

They are either ignorant of the set-up, in which case: dereliction of duty.

Or they do know and are just trying to sound like they are getting tough for the elections.

davidk on October 24, 2010 at 9:20 PM

Let them keep the money and force them to hire conservative staff and submit to fair and balanced programing.

Speakup on October 24, 2010 at 9:20 PM

Nothing of any value on PBS or NPR is going away even if the entire thing goes bankrupt, which it won’t. First off, they’d have a great begging “hook” for donors during their pledge drives. Just remember when Newt and the gang took control of the House in 1994, PBS ran a breathless 24 hour a day call for a month begging for donations to replace the money that “Congress was going to cut.” Second, there are 250 channels and anything of value will be picked up in a heartbeat. And third, a few commercials in place of the month long pledge drives will probably increase their income and viewship.

But remember, this whole thing is not about providing good shows to the public, it’s about educating the public up to the standards of the east side of Manhattan. So no matter how little money is involved expect them to fight all out to keep every cent.

Fred 2 on October 24, 2010 at 9:21 PM

What about Greenland?

MeatHeadinCA on October 24, 2010 at 9:12 PM

MeatHeadinCA: I’ve seen the movie,”Papillon “,and I say,
the whole bloody lot of them,should be thr
own onto a former British Penal Colony,and
let Hopey practice his HealthCare on the
Lepers!!:)

canopfor on October 24, 2010 at 9:23 PM

the whole bloody lot of them,should be thr
own onto a former British Penal Colony,and
let Hopey practice his HealthCare on the
Lepers!!:)

canopfor on October 24, 2010 at 9:23 PM

Yes, somewhere British… would really get Obamer upset…

MeatHeadinCA on October 24, 2010 at 9:26 PM

I was thinking Gaza, but knowing how the current Obama administration works, it’s probably really easy to immigrate from Gaza… OK, think, think… where could we send them on a 1 way ticket? What about Greenland?

MeatHeadinCA on October 24, 2010 at 9:12 PM

No to Gaza, let me explain why. I had a friend his mother was French and his Father was British both with greencards and had lived here for years. He grew up here through highschool and college and the through his early working years. he paid taxes and all that, his visas ran out and they would not give him a greencard. His lawyer told him that he was basically screwed (being French and Brit} as he did not come from an oppressed country so he was at the end of the line. So if we send them to good western countries we have a chance of not getting them back.

bluemarlin on October 24, 2010 at 9:34 PM

MeatHeadinCA: I’ve seen the movie,”Papillon “,and I say,
the whole bloody lot of them,should be thr
own onto a former British Penal Colony,and
let Hopey practice his HealthCare on the
Lepers!!:)

canopfor on October 24, 2010 at 9:23 PM

Uh oh, you realize Hawaii was a big Leper colony, we don`t want them back in the states.

bluemarlin on October 24, 2010 at 9:36 PM

This voting thing doesn’t end it, they need to know we’re serious.
If you see something you don’t want, or they’re going off the trolley, call them, write them, email them until they hear you!
This is no-longer business as usual.
No matter what your ad says, we will vote the way you vote.
No more pal-politics.

docjohn52 on October 24, 2010 at 10:29 PM

canopfor on October 24, 2010 at 9:23 PM
======================================

Uh oh, you realize Hawaii was a big Leper colony, we don`t want them back in the states.

bluemarlin on October 24, 2010 at 9:36 PM

bluemarlin:*Smack self up the side of ones head*,okay,
I was thinking of Devil’s Island, French
Guiana!!!

canopfor on October 24, 2010 at 10:30 PM

canopfor on October 24, 2010 at 9:23 PM
==========================
Yes, somewhere British… would really get Obamer upset…

MeatHeadinCA on October 24, 2010 at 9:26 PM

MeatHeadinCA:Yup,give him Churchills bust as a going away
present,haha!!:)

canopfor on October 24, 2010 at 10:32 PM

NPR was downplaying the amount they receive from taxpayer dollars during this Williams firing, as they were trying to downplay the whole event. PLEASE remember this when they are (hopefully) defunded and are complaining about what the public will supposedly miss.

MPCpian on October 24, 2010 at 10:46 PM

I’m up for stripping every bit of position and power possible from Mitch McConnell’s hands.

He can stand alongside Benedict Arnold who attempted, but did not bring about the ruination that Mitch has – what with Mitch’s helping Dingy Harry pass obamacare out of the Senate and back to Nancy Pelosi on Christmas Eve.

When McConnell had every opportunity to be heroic; to deploy every parliamentary manuver available to him which would have bottled obamacare in the Senate until Spring of 2010, effectively killing it, Mitch chose instead to bow down to Harry Reid.

If McConnell had held the line; if for example, he had one-thousandth of the manliness, courage and love of country that coursed through the veins of the WWII veterans of the freezing, deadly, never-ending battle in the winter-locked German forest; if McConnell had sent a note to obama with the words NUTS written on it – he might have done something that would have justified his having the opportunity (which he missed, intentionally) to serve his nation with distinction.

And Mitch doing the right thing would still be light years away from the sacrifice of blood, life and limb that hundreds of thousands of fellow Americans have given for our nation, over and over since our Founding.

Because in order to do the right thing, Mitch would not have had to shed one drop of blood, or to give up one minute of personal safety or freedom. And yet…the thought of the sacrifice of personal political capital and name calling from the Left was just a bridge too far….just a bit too much to ask to save the nation from obamacare and it’s devastation of the greatest nation in human history.

IMO, McConnell is as responsible for the passage of obamacare as Reid, Pelosi or obamarx himself.

Popping his little mole head up to jump aboard defunding NPR is so inadequate, there are hardly words for it. He’s like someone who allowed a patient to develop gangrene (obamacare) and then offers a bandaid for the scrape that started it all. (defund NPR)

NUTS to you, Mitch.

tigerlily on October 24, 2010 at 11:00 PM

NPR/CPB is just a good start. Let’s also go through the budget with a can of Raid looking for ACORN and ACORN-fronts. There are likely thousands of little trinkets in there for all kinds of liberal organizations and thuggish unions. In the last ten years organizations run by Nazi stooge George Soros have received around $100M from the US government. That’s an outrage.

slickwillie2001 on October 24, 2010 at 11:06 PM

I agree with Allahpundit and Andy McCarthy that the question of CPB/NPR funding is a canary in the coal mine for whether Republicans have the nerve to defund ObamaCare, but it’s more than that.

Normally, I think Andy McCarthy is genius.

However, I don’t give a flying fig about defunding NPR.

WHAT BATTLE do you want joined IMMEDIATELY and RELENTLESSLY FOUGHT if and when there is a GOP majority?

a. Defund obamacare
b. Defund NPR

Is it even CLOSE???????????? And do RINOs like McConnell think it is a convenient shiny object to distract from the most important matter before them in the history of the nation??????

Why would the GOP waste a SECOND on any other matter?

There is one and only one issue. It is comprised of three simple words. It goes something like this:

DEFUND/REPEAL OBAMACARE DEFUND/REPEAL OBAMACARE DEFUND/REPEAL OBAMACARE DEFUND/REPEAL OBAMACARE DEFUND/REPEAL OBAMACARE DEFUND/REPEAL OBAMACARE DEFUND/REPEAL OBAMACARE DEFUND/REPEAL OBAMACARE DEFUND/REPEAL OBAMACARE DEFUND/REPEAL OBAMACARE DEFUND/REPEAL OBAMACARE DEFUND/REPEAL OBAMACARE

tigerlily on October 24, 2010 at 11:12 PM

Take a good look at Mitch McConnell. Does he look like the kind of guy you want on your team in a street fight (metaphorically speaking)? In fact, is there a republican currently in congress who fits that bill? Because that’s the fight we’re in with the Left. They know it, but we don’t — not yet. This is an epochal moment in the evolution of the conservative consciousness — the moment of hard recognitions and choices. The old way won’t do. The Geneva Convention rules won’t serve us or the nation. In fact, their killing us. The Right needs people who know how to take on the Left both in a macro way, i.e., fully computing the interconnectedness of the Left’s scheme to control the culture, and in a focused, ferocious tactical way over each issue (with an understanding, in turn, of how each issue relates to that larger Leftist project). This means — requires, demands — understanding who the Left is, and no longer pretending we’re in some kind of 1950s college bowl of politics. This is something people like McConnell, I’m afraid, simply will never get. They cannot make that turn of consciousness. They can take on one issue or another halfway effectively, that is, effectively in relation to their assurances of popular backing or their fear of popular backlash if they fail. But they will never grasp the nature of the Left — because that would mean acknowledging the demands of the battle and their own inadequacies. It would alter the very ground, the terms, of their political identity and existence.

No, it’s going to be hard. The conservative movement, at least within its politician ranks, is desperately lacking sophisticated warriors of awareness.

rrpjr on October 24, 2010 at 11:19 PM

bluemarlin:*Smack self up the side of ones head*,okay,
I was thinking of Devil’s Island, French
Guiana!!!

canopfor on October 24, 2010 at 10:30 PM

No worries, I like the Devils Island idea myself.

bluemarlin on October 24, 2010 at 11:28 PM

McConnell is a traitor. Murkowski is a McConnell footsoldier in the Senate, and after Miller beat her, Mitch issued a Cornyn-to-O’Donnell-esque nonendorsement of Miller saying simply “When Joe Miller earned the votes of Republican primary voters in Alaska, he earned my full support for his campaign to represent Alaskans in the U.S. Senate.” After Murkowski announced her write-in bid, Mitch and the old-guard successfully maneuvered to let her retain her Energy Committee seniority, with Orrin Hatch saying it was “a matter of good taste,” and Kay Bailey Hutchison adding “we all consider her a friend. I certainly do.” Her continued seniority and resulting ability to bring home the bacon, along with her unchallenged claim that the Republican Party secretly wants her to win, have been her two campaign themes.
Finally,

Miller views McAdams’ voters as unlikely to align with him and has decided not to attack the Democrat, figuring that it will only benefit Murkowski.

http://bit.ly/czOSN1

In contrast to that strategic decision by the Miller campaign, the NRSC ads for Miller have attacked McAdams without mentioning Murkowski.
Here is an NRSC-Miller ad attacking McAdams:
http://bit.ly/b04cFT

Here’s a Politico article about NRSC-Miller ads not mentioning Murkowski:

http://politi.co/bkpOsF

McConnell and the old guard are working against the candidate chosen by Alaska Republicans in order to elect someone they can more easily control. If Murkowski wins, we need to demand a shakeup in our party’s Senate leadership. If you wanted to prevent Castle from being elected Senator, you should really want to prevent a RINO from being Senate Majority Leader.

Raisedbywolves on October 24, 2010 at 11:32 PM

But they will never grasp the nature of the Left — because that would mean acknowledging the demands of the battle and their own inadequacies. It would alter the very ground, the terms, of their political identity and existence.

No, it’s going to be hard. The conservative movement, at least within its politician ranks, is desperately lacking sophisticated warriors of awareness.

rrpjr on October 24, 2010 at 11:19 PM

Great post. I would venture to observe, however, that they do grasp what the Left is all about. But, they have compromised themselves by “doing business” with their Democratic “colleagues” over the years, and have become wealthy themselves, accomplices to these domestic enemies by enabling them and then sucking up the scraps that the thieving-bold Left leaves in their wake.

They completely lack cojones to be anything but beta, and their symbiotic relationship with the Left is a result of that and serves them well.

On the other hand, I’ve heard tell of a fierce Mama Grizzly and a few of her comadres who are reared up and ready to rip.

tigerlily on October 24, 2010 at 11:45 PM

I’ll be surprised if McConnell can work up the will to purge his colon let alone defund NPR/CPB…

Gohawgs on October 25, 2010 at 12:36 AM

DEFUND/REPEAL OBAMACARE DEFUND/REPEAL OBAMACARE DEFUND/REPEAL OBAMACARE DEFUND/REPEAL OBAMACARE DEFUND/REPEAL OBAMACARE DEFUND/REPEAL OBAMACARE DEFUND/REPEAL OBAMACARE DEFUND/REPEAL OBAMACARE DEFUND/REPEAL OBAMACARE DEFUND/REPEAL OBAMACARE DEFUND/REPEAL OBAMACARE DEFUND/REPEAL OBAMACARE

tigerlily on October 24, 2010 at 11:12 PM

I think every congresscritter that voted for that obamantion should be made to stay after congress, wear a dunce cap, and be forced to write this a thousand times.

Fighton03 on October 25, 2010 at 1:17 AM

National Public Radio receives about two percent of its funding from grants from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the National Endowment for the Arts and relies heavily on dues from local member stations, which are largely taxpayer-funded.

Right, that’s why NPR is being misleading when they claim that only 2% of their funding is public.

petefrt on October 25, 2010 at 1:39 AM

Sesame Street has a $100 million+ business. Surely Elmo can live on that!

Bill Moyer and the guy who did all the great baseball and Civil War documentaries also made millions for themselves off their publicly-subsidized programs, which for some reason they were able to keep ALL rights to.

Adjoran on October 25, 2010 at 2:00 AM

But, but…Sesame Street! Big Bird! That’s what the Dems will say.

(Never mind the millions in licensing SS brand products.)

Wethal on October 24, 2010 at 7:34 PM

That’s exactly what they did say the last time this came up, after the ’94 Congressional election.

My uncle and I had this exact argument when I was visiting their house on vacation in 1995, when I was 18, and it has colored our relationship to this day.

Cylor on October 25, 2010 at 2:44 AM

If the GOP is given a big majority in the House and a majority in the Senate they will have to live up to all their promises because if they don’t, the grassroots that will have made their victory possible will turn on them.

Done That on October 25, 2010 at 5:46 AM

Let’s get out the lil’ knife on this one GOP. It won’t hurt a bit…just that lil’ amount next to NPR and CPB….just zero it out and it’ll be all better. There’ll be a little caterwauling from the left once you do but, just remind them that we will have no part in federal tax dollars going to support organizations that are nearly entirely white going and firing black guys for freedom of speech. They’ll spend a week tripping over what to say against that argument.

ted c on October 25, 2010 at 6:13 AM

If McConnell won’t lead it, Marco will.

cut that funding and then work up to bigga and betta things.

ted c on October 25, 2010 at 6:15 AM

I say this as a person with a music degree: the gov’t has no business funding PBS, NPR, or even the arts. That’s right, I said it. (To quote the great one.)

Liberals love to tell us what’s worthy or important. Funding PBS, NPR and the NEA is just another way for libs to shove their values down our collective throats. Music, storytelling, art and dance will never go away; let Americans decide what we choose to fund. If it’s Brad Paisley, Lady Gaga or *gasp* John Tesh rather than the symphony, so be it.

(By the way, liberal’s pinnacle of musical achievement–opera–was first created for peasants whom the elite thought were too stupid to understand music without costume, props and makeup. Everytime a lib sniffs about how wonderful opera is, I laugh. They’re enjoying the Lady Gaga music of 300 years ago. Idiots.)

Grace_is_sufficient on October 25, 2010 at 7:16 AM

aritai on October 24, 2010 at 8:10 PM

Agree with that!

NPR member stations need to pony up what their licenses are worth in market terms: they expire, must be renewed, and competitors get to fight for that regulated part of the airwaves.

As a general reform of the airwaves, more space needs to be handed out to the local/community level for low power transmission that is separate from the ‘regulated’ airwaves. By having low power, limited transmission distance FM that goes over neighborhoods, it would allow the home user interested in using them to do so via local level agreements. The era of the high cost transmitter is going by the wayside and direct digital transmission is coming into the realm of the home PC user. This has been blocked by Sen. McCain and others for years, and yet has been feasible for nearly 20 years. A local market auction and holding system for limited leases allows local broadcast markets run at low cost to provide neighborhood service. Local officials could determine if those running from the regulated airwaves should have any place in the local system.

As for Sesame Street: haven’t these people ever heard of the word ‘syndication’? When you can still find I Love Lucy being broadcast you know there is a buck to be made in old programs and any commercial channel wanting to put ‘educational’ programs on in the morning could run PBS stuff from syndication rights. It wouldn’t be a huge cash flow, granted, but it would be better than none…

I will believe the defunding of NPR/CPB when I see it.

Actions speak far, far louder than words.

ajacksonian on October 25, 2010 at 7:31 AM

Maybe we can defund trips early and they can stay in India, seems like plenty of job opportunities for Michael and the girls.

Alden Pyle on October 25, 2010 at 7:38 AM

Here’s the deal….
Dufund NPR, then they will see that there is almost no backlash. Just from the typical leftist groups. They will find overall support, not only support, but three or four weeks after the general public won’t even remember the issue.
That gives them the signal that they can start defunding Obambacare and other government programs…one at a time.

right2bright on October 25, 2010 at 7:45 AM

Mitch McConnell will talk a good game for the base… but he’ll play a better (different) one for the big government Republican Establishment. Just wait till Nov. 3… you’ll see.
Old GOP message: “We’re going to fight to the finish line;” New GOP message: “Let’s go home”

dtestard on October 25, 2010 at 7:52 AM

IMO, McConnell is as responsible for the passage of obamacare as Reid, Pelosi or Obamarx himself.

tigerlily on October 24, 2010 at 11:00 PM

I seem to remember this somewhat as well. Quite tragic actually. He should have held the line like our very lives depended on it, but was loathe to break the “comity of the Senate”.

scotash on October 25, 2010 at 8:03 AM

But, but…Sesame Street! Big Bird! That’s what the Dems will say. (Never mind the millions in licensing SS brand products.)
Wethal on October 24, 2010 at 7:34 PM

Call their bluff. Have them testify before congress to the value of their company. Have Cartoon Network, Fox Broadcasting and others testify that they would be willing to buy and or air Sesame Street. It eliminates this point.

barnone on October 25, 2010 at 9:42 AM

What a spiteful f*ck he is, pandering to a bunch of clueless idiots who think NPR is a TV station.

Dave Rywall on October 25, 2010 at 10:27 AM

As a member of the educated East Coast liberal elite, I love NPR. I listen to it in the shower, I listen to it in the car, I think it’s the best radio programming there is. But I get it that it’s not for everyone, I get it that you guys probably don’t enjoy it as much as I do, and I think it’s unfair for it to get any taxpayer support. So, regardless of the Juan Williams firing, I support defunding it. NPR will easily survive the 4-6% funding cut that defunding would mean, and as an added bonus Congressman Blowhard would no longer have any pretext for criticizing NPR.

factoid on October 25, 2010 at 11:24 AM

Don’t worry about Mitch McConnell. When the GOP regains control of the Senate, he will put his top lieutenant, Lisa Chagrinsky, S-AK, in charge of repealing Obamacare.

james23 on October 25, 2010 at 11:33 AM

Memo to Mitch McConnell:
WHY stop with NPR? During bad times, why are congress funding foolishness of any kind, and simply giving monies away to wherever, or whoever? e.g., ACORN, the UN, Planned Murder-hood. WHY, WHY, WHY???

byteshredder on October 25, 2010 at 3:29 PM

NUTS to you, Mitch.

tigerlily on October 24, 2010 at 11:00 PM

x1000
Totally agree! Well said! Its time to for Mitch to go! He couldn’t/wouldn’t hold the 40 republicans together for any of the important votes.

JeffVader on October 25, 2010 at 6:26 PM