Boehner rips Obama for meddling in Wisconsin

posted at 4:15 pm on February 18, 2011 by Allahpundit

Lest there was any doubt that this showdown has been fully nationalized, this should finish it off.

“The President of the United States has a unique opportunity and responsibility to lead this nation. President Obama has acknowledged the challenges we face, but – thus far – he has done nothing to offer solutions. Now, worse, his political organization is colluding with special-interest allies across the country to demagogue reform-minded governors who are making the tough choices that the President is avoiding.

“This is not the way to begin an ‘adult conversation’ about solutions to the big challenges facing our country. Rather than inciting protests against those who speak honestly about the challenges we face, the President and his advisers should lead.

“When the American people watched the people of Greece take to the streets to protest cuts to unsustainable government programs, they worried it might foreshadow events in our nation’s distant future – but today, we see the same sort of protests on the streets of Madison, fueled by President Obama’s own political machine.

“Rather than trying to ‘win the future,’ the President’s political allies are trying, desperately, to cling to a failed past by fighting reforms our nation needs to liberate our economy from the shackles of debt and create a better future for our children and grandchildren. The President should make it clear to his friends that the people of Wisconsin, and states across America, can handle their own affairs without Washington special-interest money and meddling.

This isn’t limited to Wisconsin. The One’s O-bots at OFA are also helping to put together protests in Ohio and Indiana, a tactic that would have inspired much outrageously outraged liberal pants-wetting about “astroturf” had the party roles in the protests been reversed. At Reason, Matt Welch beholds the spectacle of a C-in-C going all-in against a state governor trying to balance his budget and wonders, “Is this how a president should act?” And the answer, clearly, is yes: If, like Obama, you value your own reelection so dearly that you’re willing to run screaming from entitlement reform despite the mortal risk our debt poses to the country’s fiscal stability, then intervening in Madison on behalf of the unions who’ll fund your campaign is precisely how you should act. That’s what being the union crony-in-chief means. His party has been bought and sold by PEUs, so if the taxpayer tap runs dry for the latter, it runs dry for the Democrats too. So it’s time to lay down some ‘turf. That’s what Lincoln would do, no?

Speaking of a complete collapse in leadership, via Greg Hengler, below you’ll find video of Democratic Wisconsin Senator turned cretinous fugitive Joe Erpenbach explaining that kids are missing school because of Scott Walker, not because of the public-school teachers who are out in the streets protesting a new benefit scheme that most private employees would kill for. Since Obama’s so tangibly interested in these protests, go ahead and lay that at his feet too. And since, as of this writing, top Democrats have yet to interrupt their self-congratulation about civility by saying anything about the “Scott Walker is a new Hitler” rhetoric being kicked around outside the Capitol — which is really the tip of the iceberg in terms of nastiness — let’s also throw that in the mix. Quite a little political stew we have simmering here. Andrew Breitbart and tea partiers are set to hold a counterdemonstration in support of Walker tomorrow, but that too may be just the tip of the iceberg. Erpenbach says he and the other runaway Dems are willing to stay away for weeks, until Walker — and this is a real, actual quote — fulfills “his responsibility to bring the state together.” While union members outside Walker’s office screech about Nazism, a Democrat who fled the state rather than lose a vote is faulting Walker for dividing Wisconsin. And he’s doing it from an undisclosed location. Perfect.

As I write this, Ben Smith at Politico is touting a new poll showing that fully 64 percent think public employees shouldn’t be allowed to unionize. Meanwhile, Joe Klein — yes, Joe Klein — is scolding the Wisconsin Dems for running away from democracy and heralding a new “rebalancing” of union political power. Exit question: Who do you think is going to win this showdown, Walker or Obama?

Update (Ed): Obama had better hope that the answer to the exit question is himself. There is probably no path to the Presidency for a Democrat who loses Wisconsin — and he was in deep danger of doing that before this crisis erupted. If I were Obama, I’d be very leery of getting too deeply involved in this, especially on the losing side.


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Damn straight.

BrideOfRove on February 18, 2011 at 4:17 PM

I think Walker is going to win. I do not think Obama, king of all leftists, and his followers have any idea how enormously pis**d off this is making the people paying the bill, taxpayers.

ORconservative on February 18, 2011 at 4:18 PM

walker…in walk

joepub on February 18, 2011 at 4:18 PM

At Reason, Matt Welch beholds the spectacle of a C-in-C going all-in against a state governor trying to balance his budget and wonders, “Is this how a president should act?”

You mean the same way he did in Arizona? Only difference was borders rather than budgets.

MadisonConservative on February 18, 2011 at 4:19 PM

This kind of article is why I like Allahpundit despite his being a yellow-bellied RINO.

joe_doufu on February 18, 2011 at 4:19 PM

Fugitive from justice speaks with state run media for story…I hope they keep it up for days.

d1carter on February 18, 2011 at 4:19 PM

It is outrageous. This potus is wholly owned by unions, does their bidding, and I am MAD.

perries on February 18, 2011 at 4:19 PM

Bring that fight to Indiana….we’re ready.

search4truth on February 18, 2011 at 4:19 PM

Walker with the win

———-

Go go johnny!!

cmsinaz on February 18, 2011 at 4:19 PM

Looks like they got the message.

derft on February 18, 2011 at 4:20 PM

Line in the sand, choose a side.

Bishop on February 18, 2011 at 4:20 PM

Now everyone knows what a Community Organizer is.

faraway on February 18, 2011 at 4:21 PM

I have never seen any president so actively subvert his employers, the tax payer, before except for FDR wanting to instate that 90% tax. Clinton didn’t “need” to get impeached. This guy does.

Tuari on February 18, 2011 at 4:21 PM

These unions are being offered good deals. And if the employees don’t like it, they can damn well get a different job.

And they KNOW they won’t find jobs as good. They KNOW they are parasites and bullies.

If they think the 2010 election results were bad for dems at the state and local levels JUST WAIT for 2012.

perries on February 18, 2011 at 4:21 PM

Unions are so 1920′s. Let’s move on.

slickwillie2001 on February 18, 2011 at 4:21 PM

Tingles to blame palin and bachmann for this in 5….4….3

cmsinaz on February 18, 2011 at 4:22 PM

See, I told you. Obama is lazy and stupid. He bet on his own awesomeness. Instead of saving his mojo for the coming federal budget showdown, he shot his load in Wisconsin. He inadvertantly did battlespace preparation for republicans, showing how awful the union thugs are. This hurts him if he tries to shut down the feds.

joeindc44 on February 18, 2011 at 4:23 PM

Obama……America Held Hostage-2008/2012!

John (Irk and Bot)

Wisconsin Children Held Hostage-2011

canopfor on February 18, 2011 at 4:23 PM

Now, worse, his political organization is colluding with special-interest allies across the country to demagogue reform-minded governors who are making the tough choices that the President is avoiding.

No one’s against reform. What Americans oppose are political attacks made under the guise of “fiscal responsibility.”

Notice how all of these cuts are targeted with surgical precision at the political adversaries of Republicans (unions, planned parenthood…). How in the world is that “reform?”

crr6 on February 18, 2011 at 4:23 PM

A+++ for Boehner…make the Dems and their PEUs cry!

WashJeff on February 18, 2011 at 4:24 PM

Just a quick question: If a national guard unit in a state flooded the legislative floor of a state house, made legislative demands outside the democratic process already in place, remained entrenched within the capitol building until demands were met, and helped hide away complicit legislative members in neighboring states, wouldn’t we call that a coup? Of course we would. Replace national guard with teachers union, and what we’re seeing is still a coup. This coup is being aided by the President of the United States, wherein his associates are thwarting the representative democracy of a sovereign state. How is this not cause for impeachment?

Weight of Glory on February 18, 2011 at 4:24 PM

Line in the sand, choose a side.

Bishop on February 18, 2011 at 4:20 PM

Exactly. The battle line has been drawn. This is it and both sides know it.

WisRich on February 18, 2011 at 4:24 PM

Exit question: Who do you think is going to win this showdown, Walker or Obama?

Depending on how long the Wisconsin Dems drag this out and how much support even on the left teh One continues to hemmorage over OFA’s involvement…this has the potential to bring down his entire presidency IMO.

Kataklysmic on February 18, 2011 at 4:25 PM

“Boehner rips…”

Call me back when Boehner does, mmmmkay?

Might be time to ask whether Osama Obama’s co-conspirators working against the people of Wisconsin are getting any public funds. Might also want to ask him about his attitude toward obeying court rulings, too….

High crimes and misdemeanors, baby.

John, step away from that camera, walk into the House chamber, and start getting some stuff done, please.

MrScribbler on February 18, 2011 at 4:25 PM

No one’s against reform. What Americans oppose are political attacks made under the guise of “fiscal responsibility.”

Notice how all of these cuts are targeted with surgical precision at the political adversaries of Republicans (unions, planned parenthood…). How in the world is that “reform?”

crr6 on February 18, 2011 at 4:23 PM

Hm. Maybe it has to do with the huge amount of taxpayer dollars each gets. You know that both you listed epitomize “special-interest” groups, right?

MadisonConservative on February 18, 2011 at 4:26 PM

I’m really getting worried about this counter protest thing…. If anyone is hurt God forbid, then Obama is to blame. He is fomenting what might just turn out to be a full on riot.

Key West Reader on February 18, 2011 at 4:26 PM

I don’t see any way for Obama to win this.

I see only his downfall – maybe more rapid than I could have imagined.

faraway on February 18, 2011 at 4:26 PM

This kind of article is why I like Allahpundit despite his being a yellow-bellied RINO.

joe_doufu on February 18, 2011 at 4:19 PM

joe_doufu:

Careful,AllahPundit drives a B-1,on (Blogger AirCombat Patro
l)that carries J-Dam Commentor Ban-Hammer Ordance!(snark).

canopfor on February 18, 2011 at 4:26 PM

Bring that fight to Indiana….we’re ready.

search4truth on February 18, 2011 at 4:19 PM

Pennsylvania reporting for duty…

steebo77 on February 18, 2011 at 4:26 PM

Working parents who don’t have all these benefits that the teachers do are now having to make arrangements for their kids who can’t attend schools. This is not going to make them very sympathetic towards the unions.

Rose on February 18, 2011 at 4:26 PM

Exit question: Who do you think is going to win this showdown, Walker or Obama?

Walker walks away with this one. He may not be as commanding a presence as Chris Christie(in part because he’s shorter and much thinner), but he knows his stuff. Every clip I’ve seen and heard of the guy in the last 24 hours shows a leader with a grasp of the fiscal reality Wisconsin is facing.

Whereas Obama, the Democrat Party, the unions, and most of the drive-bys are still living in their adolescent fantasy world where printed money, higher taxes, and neverending bailouts are the solutions to any budget shortfall.

Most of the electorate understands the gravity of the situation. And the more the left resorts to petty moves like skipping town, nasty rhetoric involving Hitler, and thug tactics like shutting down school districts and protesting on elected representatives’ front lawns, the more power and influence they’ll lose.

Doughboy on February 18, 2011 at 4:27 PM

Notice how all of these cuts are targeted with surgical precision at the political adversaries of Republicans (unions, planned parenthood…). How in the world is that “reform?”
crr6 on February 18, 2011 at 4:23 PM

The police and firefighters aren’t unionized? Why should PP be subsidized by taxpayers?

But yeah, I see what you’re saying about surgical precision, in fact I remember you lamenting the precision of the stimulus funds being directed toward unions.

Bishop on February 18, 2011 at 4:27 PM

Depending on how long the Wisconsin Dems drag this out and how much support even on the left teh One continues to hemmorage over OFA’s involvement…this has the potential to bring down his entire presidency IMO.

Kataklysmic on February 18, 2011 at 4:25 PM

So it is a Cairo moment….

the_nile on February 18, 2011 at 4:27 PM

I hope and pray that Walker wins.
But I fear it could go either way. Some of these union folk are unhinged. I just hope the public stays informed about what’s really going on with the proposals instead of the media hype.

BakerAllie on February 18, 2011 at 4:27 PM

I’m really getting worried about this counter protest thing

Key West Reader on February 18, 2011 at 4:26 PM

The counter-protest is wildly stupid. This is about the Dems, let them hang themselves. (not in a violent sorta way)

faraway on February 18, 2011 at 4:28 PM

Mr. Boehner should ask Obama to call off the goons who attacked the speaker’s house last night, in addition to those who attack other homes of their political opponents.

The problem is that the way we do government in this country has to change — and it will have to change in ways that put the interests of those who don’t have government jobs ahead of those who do. The number of people employed by government is going to have to shrink; much more work will have to be done by many fewer hands — and many tasks historically done in government bureaucracies by life-tenured employees will be done by private sector workers employed by outside contractors. Nor can government workers enjoy pension plans and health benefits better than those widely available in the private sector; the days of defined benefit pensions for government workers are drawing rapidly to a close.

But regardless of what happens to the Democratic Party, the struggle in Madison this week is important. The United States must reform or decline; failure is not an option.

Schadenfreude on February 18, 2011 at 4:28 PM

RE: Who wins?

Magic Eight ball says, ‘ask again later’.

Skandia Recluse on February 18, 2011 at 4:28 PM

By the way I’d like to tally Boehner’s score card: Passed the repeal of Obamacare, passed the defunding of Obamamcare, passed the defunding of the czars, passed the defunding of net neutrality, has been outspoken and direct even in the face of protests at his home. Well done, Boehner. Very well done.

Weight of Glory on February 18, 2011 at 4:28 PM

Now everyone knows what a Community Organizer is.

faraway on February 18, 2011 at 4:21 PM

Exactly. +1

bitsy on February 18, 2011 at 4:28 PM

And Michael Medved still maintains that Obama is not EVIL and no different from the 40 odd Presidents that preceded him in office.

technopeasant on February 18, 2011 at 4:28 PM

No one’s against reform.

How in the world is that “reform?”

You lost

ninjapirate on February 18, 2011 at 4:28 PM

Absolutely. Boehner is alpha male and he makes the beta POTUS wet his Batman panties.

Off Topic: This guy covering for Neil Cavuto, Chris, is awesome. Fox needs to pay off Shep’s contract and get him to take over.

carbon_footprint on February 18, 2011 at 4:28 PM

oh, the police and firefighter unions should be next, I am sick of hearing of $100K+ pensions and rampant abuse of disability.

joeindc44 on February 18, 2011 at 4:28 PM

So it is a Cairo moment….

the_nile on February 18, 2011 at 4:27 PM

the_nile:Exactly nailed!!

canopfor on February 18, 2011 at 4:29 PM

Obama abandons America’s allies but goes all in for the communist unions. For him it is all about the collective.

GardenGnome on February 18, 2011 at 4:29 PM

Msm will continue.to prop up dear leader and blast for boehner for not focusing on jobs…

cmsinaz on February 18, 2011 at 4:29 PM

At Reason, Matt Welch beholds the spectacle of a C-in-C going all-in against a state governor trying to balance his budget and wonders, “Is this how a president should act?”

Oh come off it. No one’s objecting to balancing the budget, that’s a strawman. Indeed, the union leaders themselves have expressed a willingness to take cuts. What his constituents object to is his attempt to limit the collective bargaining rights of American workers. Again, it’s a political hit job, and when he’s called on it, he retreats behind the “fiscal responsibility” BS. Everyone sees through it.

crr6 on February 18, 2011 at 4:29 PM

Walker is going to win this. And if any poll comes out in the next few days still showing Obama in the 40s for approval then this should once and for all prove that the polls lie and manipulate!

CCRWM on February 18, 2011 at 4:30 PM

What’s this? A sign of backbone from the Weeper? Outstanding JB! Keep up the good work.

MJBrutus on February 18, 2011 at 4:30 PM

How in the world is that “reform?”

crr6 on February 18, 2011 at 4:23 PM

Why in the world do public sector workers deserve salaries, benefits, and bargaining rights far better than those available to private sector workers? Why should the private sector be forced to pay for this insanity? How is that “reform?”

steebo77 on February 18, 2011 at 4:30 PM

Obama is inadvertently making a more eloquent case for federalism than any conservative.

thirteen28 on February 18, 2011 at 4:30 PM

So it is a Cairo moment….

the_nile on February 18, 2011 at 4:27 PM

Lol. Perhaps. But definitely not the way the teacher’s union members protesting on the ground in Madison think it will be.

Kataklysmic on February 18, 2011 at 4:30 PM

Gibbs was smarter than I thought.

faraway on February 18, 2011 at 4:30 PM

Now,I DON’T WANT TO HEAR ANY MORE WHINING ABOUT
BOEHNER’S CRYING!!

None!
Period!
Zip!

canopfor on February 18, 2011 at 4:31 PM

No one’s against reform. What Americans oppose are political attacks made under the guise of “fiscal responsibility.”

crr6 on February 18, 2011 at 4:23 PM

Riiiight. Therefore, any attempt to reign in a budget which includes a union is therefore a political attack. All other budget options are still open. gotcha chief.

WitchDoctor on February 18, 2011 at 4:31 PM

Everyone sees through it.

Nah… most people agree with Walker… he will win this.

ninjapirate on February 18, 2011 at 4:31 PM

What his constituents object to is his attempt to limit the collective bargaining rights of American workers.

crr6 on February 18, 2011 at 4:29 PM

So what are your thoughts on Card check?

Kataklysmic on February 18, 2011 at 4:31 PM

“This is not the way to begin an ‘adult conversation’ about solutions to the big challenges facing our country. Rather than inciting protests against those who speak honestly about the challenges we face, the President and his advisers should lead.

In other words, he is a “man-child” president. I like Boehner. I’m not sure that he would me my favorite representative, but I do like the guy a lot. I say we all go donate a couple bucks to his re-election campaign. Show them that tough talk like this is what we want!

jeffn21 on February 18, 2011 at 4:31 PM

The counter-protest is wildly stupid. This is about the Dems, let them hang themselves. (not in a violent sorta way)

faraway on February 18, 2011 at 4:28 PM

Exactly! I don’t see the sense in getting the Tea Party involved…. it’s just asking for trouble IMO.

Key West Reader on February 18, 2011 at 4:31 PM

By the way I’d like to tally Boehner’s score card: Passed the repeal of Obamacare, passed the defunding of Obamamcare, passed the defunding of the czars, passed the defunding of net neutrality, has been outspoken and direct even in the face of protests at his home. Well done, Boehner. Very well done.

Weight of Glory on February 18, 2011 at 4:28 PM

LOL. How much of that is actually law? He’s good at grandstanding by passing pointless bills that lemmings like you will eat it up.

crr6 on February 18, 2011 at 4:32 PM

Beautiful statement.

Boehner, you magnificent weeping ba$tard!

UltimateBob on February 18, 2011 at 4:32 PM

Has the lamestream media even noticed OFA’s involvement in this?

JammieWearingFool on February 18, 2011 at 4:33 PM

Oh come off it. No one’s objecting to balancing the budget, that’s a strawman.

crr6 on February 18, 2011 at 4:29 PM

Why then did Obama’s budget, even ten years out, not even get close?

ANS: He’s a coward, and the certain governors are not.

WashJeff on February 18, 2011 at 4:33 PM

I will say this, my opinion of Democrat politicians is already so low that it takes a tremendous amount of cravenness to even move me (I just attribute their various sins to be Democrats being Democrats, although do not perceive that to mean I absolve them of such sins. Far from it). But the last few days have nauseated even a bitter cynic like me.

This is the REAL culture war, here, people. Better pray Walker does NOT lose. If he does, almost all hope is lost. At that point, we’re all slouching towards Gehenna.

Vyce on February 18, 2011 at 4:33 PM

crr6 on February 18, 2011 at 4:29 PM

That would be the alleged collective bargaining rights of public employees. And no, public employees should not be able to form unions. They are already protected by the force of law from the abuses for which private sector unions were created.

MJBrutus on February 18, 2011 at 4:33 PM

Oh come off it. No one’s objecting to balancing the budget, that’s a strawman. Indeed, the union leaders themselves have expressed a willingness to take cuts. What his constituents object to is his attempt to limit the collective bargaining rights of American workers. Again, it’s a political hit job, and when he’s called on it, he retreats behind the “fiscal responsibility” BS. Everyone sees through it.

crr6 on February 18, 2011 at 4:29 PM

Scott Walker to President Obama:

“I won.”

gryphon202 on February 18, 2011 at 4:33 PM

I’m really getting worried about this counter protest thing…. If anyone is hurt God forbid, then Obama is to blame. He is fomenting what might just turn out to be a full on riot.

Key West Reader on February 18, 2011 at 4:26 PM

Key Wst Reader:No joke,and I think we are witnessing the
beginning,of the November Elections Fallout,
of Liberal Temper Tantrums,and Royal Sh*t
Fits!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:)

canopfor on February 18, 2011 at 4:33 PM

crr6 on February 18, 2011 at 4:29 PM

So let the demorats make their case on the floor of state senate as forcefully and eloquently as they can, and then vote accordingly.

Running away to hide until their demands are met isn’t representative of the state citizens, if so then why have a state government at all, why vote, instead simply appoint a panel of liberals to make all the decisions.

Bishop on February 18, 2011 at 4:33 PM

Now,I DON’T WANT TO HEAR ANY MORE WHINING ABOUT
BOEHNER’S CRYING!!

None!
Period!
Zip!

canopfor on February 18, 2011 at 4:31 PM

I did think the crying was a little funny, but I didn’t think of him as a wimp. Dick Vermeil used to cry alot and so did Bill Cowher. I don’t know anybody who would have ever called Cowher a wuss, especially not to his face.

jeffn21 on February 18, 2011 at 4:34 PM

Oh come off it. No one’s objecting to balancing the budget, that’s a strawman. Indeed, the union leaders themselves have expressed a willingness to take cuts. What his constituents object to is his attempt to limit the collective bargaining rights of American workers. Again, it’s a political hit job, and when he’s called on it, he retreats behind the “fiscal responsibility” BS. Everyone sees through it.

crr6 on February 18, 2011 at 4:29 PM

And which cuts would those be, exactly?

Also, it’s beyond dishonest to say that Gov. Walker’s constituents object to the proposed cuts. In fact, they overwhelmingly support them. The Gov. campaigned on them and was elected by wide margins.

The only ones raising a stink are the unions and the DNC. Dependence on the public coffers for your own largesse will do that, I guess.

steebo77 on February 18, 2011 at 4:34 PM

Let the protests spread Nationwide!

Everyone is going to see how the Unions and those “Unionized Teachers” are going to be nasty and treat everyone like crap. Those people are going to wonder if the teachers treat their kids like that when they are in the school, learning!

I would hope, that anyone who owns a house and pay property taxes asks for a refund on the days the teachers with the unions, have a walk out.

upinak on February 18, 2011 at 4:34 PM

In other words, he is a “man-child” president. I like Boehner. I’m not sure that he would me my favorite representative, but I do like the guy a lot. I say we all go donate a couple bucks to his re-election campaign. Show them that tough talk like this is what we want!

jeffn21 on February 18, 2011 at 4:31 PM

Given that Boehner has only been in for about a month, I am impressed so far. I just hope he can stay like this for the next 2 years and not cave.

BakerAllie on February 18, 2011 at 4:34 PM

No one’s against reform. What Americans oppose are political attacks made under the guise of “fiscal responsibility.”

Notice how all of these cuts are targeted with surgical precision at the political adversaries of Republicans (unions, planned parenthood…). How in the world is that “reform?”

crr6 on February 18, 2011 at 4:23 PM

Well let me take a stab at this(if you’ll excuse the violent metaphor). Planned Parenthood not only uses taxpayer money to fund abortions which is illegal and opposed by a huge majority of Americans, they’re currently mired in a scandal where several of their employees were caught on tape aiding and abetting someone posing as a pimp in covering up statutory rape. Do you honestly wanna sit there and defend their right to hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars? Especially when we’re looking at a trillion-plus dollar deficit?

As for the unions, their pensions and benefits are literally bankrupting the states. No one can say with a straight face that these kinds of programs are sustainable. So they need to either be adjusted so they’re more in line with what private sector employees receive or people will have to start being laid off. Again, if you’re gonna sit there and defend the Wisconsin teachers when their average salary and benefits are 1 1/2 times that of the average private sector worker(particularly in light of their antics over the last few days), it’s hard for me to accept your claim that you’re not against reform.

Doughboy on February 18, 2011 at 4:35 PM

Exit answer: Walker is going to win this by a mile. I live in Milwaukee county and have watched his eight years as county executive. He battled Milwaukee liberals and won time after time. Dem’s pulled this kind of stuff all the time that by know, I’m sure it makes Walker yawn. The guy is smooth and unflinching.

He will not back down. Besides, we all know that Obama is political poison once he picks a side.

WisRich on February 18, 2011 at 4:35 PM

LOL. How much of that is actually law? He’s good at grandstanding by passing pointless bills that lemmings like you will eat it up.

crr6 on February 18, 2011 at 4:32 PM

We’ll see how he does once Obama is out of office. In the meantime, we’re getting pointed in the right direction if we can get there.

Not going to Abilene, baby!

gryphon202 on February 18, 2011 at 4:35 PM

know = now

WisRich on February 18, 2011 at 4:36 PM

LOL the protesting libs at the Madison event are screaming “Fox Lies” while they are doing a live feed. Stupid libs.

carbon_footprint on February 18, 2011 at 4:37 PM

Nice smackdown, Allahpundit. You hit all of the key points with accurate arrow.

Walker will win. ObaMao does not have the support of the American taxpaying people in this fiscal duel

(Yoiks! Lots of mixed metaphors in my comment!)

How stupid are these protestors? Don’t they pay taxes? Do they want to face layoffs themselves? Where is their community responsibility?)

onlineanalyst on February 18, 2011 at 4:37 PM

Riiiight. Therefore, any attempt to reign in a budget which includes a union is therefore a political attack. All other budget options are still open. gotcha chief.
WitchDoctor on February 18, 2011 at 4:31 PM

Heyyyyy, you might be on to something here. We could unionize the military on a very low-level basis and then spend on weapons systems to our hearts delight, the left would of course embrace this wholeheartedly.

Bishop on February 18, 2011 at 4:38 PM

And Michael Medved still maintains that Obama is not EVIL and no different from the 40 odd Presidents that preceded him in office.
technopeasant on February 18, 2011 at 4:28 PM

I used to listen to Larry Elder on my home everyday. He is a black conservative radio host. He was always getting harassed by the blacks in Los Angeles who called him every name in the book for leaving the plantation. Anyway, he got replaced by Mark Levin who’s books I’ll read but who is too abrasive for me to listen to. My other choice is Hugh Hewitt who I just don’t care for. I wish they woukd bring back Elder who was good and made a lot of sense. So now I just listen to music on my way home.

CCRWM on February 18, 2011 at 4:38 PM

crr6 on February 18, 2011 at 4:32 PM

Americans overwhelmingly threw out democrats at all levels of government to do exactly what Boehner’s doing. That’s a victory for our republic. What’s left undone will be finished in 2012. I know your side has no regard for our representative republic, opting for mobs flooding legislative bodies making demands while congressmen flee the state, to achieve your ends but I’d rather be a bit more nuanced than your sides thug behavior. But that’s just one lemming talking.

Weight of Glory on February 18, 2011 at 4:38 PM

LOL the protesting libs at the Madison event are screaming “Fox Lies” while they are doing a live feed. Stupid libs.

carbon_footprint on February 18, 2011 at 4:37 PM

Only the one moron was yelling directly into the microphone. I liked the reporter’s response “apparently this guy only knows two words”. Heh

sicoit on February 18, 2011 at 4:39 PM

LOL the protesting libs at the Madison event are screaming “Fox Lies” while they are doing a live feed. Stupid libs.

carbon_footprint on February 18, 2011 at 4:37 PM

LOL! Yeah I saw that dude. One of the big winners in the game of life. When given a mike and asked for him to support his case he just kept repeating the only 2 words he apparently knew.

MJBrutus on February 18, 2011 at 4:39 PM

Walker will win. We simply do not have the money.

rbj on February 18, 2011 at 4:39 PM

How stupid are these protestors? Don’t they pay taxes? Do they want to face layoffs themselves? Where is their community responsibility?)

onlineanalyst on February 18, 2011 at 4:37 PM

They are paid operatives of Obama’s political arm OFA. The rest are public servants that should be terminated immediately for their outrageous behavior.

This is not going to end well. At all. I am really getting worried that this is going to spiral quickly.

Key West Reader on February 18, 2011 at 4:40 PM

Remember, O blah blah said that the Constitution was just a list of negative rights, meaning that it put too many limits on “his” rights to “rule”. This is just another manifestation of what he feels is his “divine right” to tell everyone what to do and how to act.{His wife is also included in this right}

retiredeagle on February 18, 2011 at 4:40 PM

The counter-protest is wildly stupid. This is about the Dems, let them hang themselves. (not in a violent sorta way)

faraway on February 18, 2011 at 4:28 PM

Exactly! I don’t see the sense in getting the Tea Party involved…. it’s just asking for trouble IMO.

Key West Reader on February 18, 2011 at 4:31 PM

I’m going up to support Walker tomorrow. I figure if 14 Wisconsin weasels can come to Illinois to hide out, a few of us can go to Madison…

Fallon on February 18, 2011 at 4:40 PM

his political organization is colluding with special-interest allies across the country to demagogue reform-minded governors who are making the tough choices that the President is avoiding.

way to go Johnny B!!

Walker wins if this drags on. He can charge the Dems with a Class I felony in WI and fire all them damn teachers.

Do IT!

ted c on February 18, 2011 at 4:40 PM

Obama loses on this big time. If 7% of the population belong to a union, that means 93% don’t. Is Obama so wrapped up in himself that he is clueless to the fact that the majority of Americans are sick and tired of the union thugs? Oh, that was a stupid question.

bopbottle on February 18, 2011 at 4:40 PM

I stand with Walker. And I want whatever they’re feeding the conservative boys in Wisconsin — Ryan, Duffy and Walker. Man!

publiuspen on February 18, 2011 at 4:40 PM

I love how liberals are all for what the people say….unless they are opposed to the liberal agenda. Then they don’t seem to like the results of the elections so much.

search4truth on February 18, 2011 at 4:40 PM

There needs to be a Reagan Firing Part Deux!
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August 1981 strike
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On August 3, 1981 the union declared a strike, seeking better working conditions, better pay and a 32-hour workweek. In doing so, the union violated a law {5 U.S.C. (Supp. III 1956) 118p.} that banned strikes by government unions.

Ronald Reagan declared the PATCO strike a “peril to national safety” and ordered them back to work under the terms of the Taft-Hartley Act of 1947. Only 1,300 of the nearly 13,000 controllers returned to work

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Professional_Air_Traffic_Controllers_Organization_(1968)
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So,I say,that the Teachers and Democrat Legislators are,

“peril to national safety”,crap,I meant to say,

‘Peril to the Learning and an Impairment to Childrens
Future,which inturn,directly affects America`s National
Security’.

canopfor on February 18, 2011 at 4:42 PM

I’m going up to support Walker tomorrow. I figure if 14 Wisconsin weasels can come to Illinois to hide out, a few of us can go to Madison…

Fallon on February 18, 2011 at 4:40 PM

I respect your decision and admire your courage… Please, be careful. And take lots and lots of photos to share!!

Good luck!

Key West Reader on February 18, 2011 at 4:42 PM

There needs to be a Reagan Firing Part Deux!
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canopfor on February 18, 2011 at 4:42 PM

Good stuff, but a goddam shame a canuck knows more about American history than most Americans seem to.

gryphon202 on February 18, 2011 at 4:44 PM

Terrific statement by Boehner. I like the references to demagogue, Greece and the irony of Winning the Future.

BHO’s conduct has reached a new low with helping to foment this.

INC on February 18, 2011 at 4:44 PM

“It’s a matter of everybody having a serious conversation about where we want to go and then ultimately getting in that boat at the same time so it doesn’t tip over.”

Apparently the ‘Sconny demorats missed the boat.

Bishop on February 18, 2011 at 4:44 PM

How stupid are these protestors? Don’t they pay taxes? Do they want to face layoffs themselves? Where is their community responsibility?)

onlineanalyst on February 18, 2011 at 4:37 PM

It’s tough to say. With all the astroturfing going on and people being bussed in from all over the place, there’s no telling who’s in those crowds. Which is really dumb and short-sighted by the left? If they’re not careful and they escalate this to a national issue(which they’ve essentially done thanks to the manufactured protests in other states), this could drag for weeks if not months. The end result will be a lot of people will get laid off, and the Democrats will be looking at 2012 being another 2010.

Doughboy on February 18, 2011 at 4:44 PM

Democrats are little children, if they don’t like whats going on they pick up their ball and go home….or across state line.

How embarrassing.

tommer74 on February 18, 2011 at 4:44 PM

Conservatives have been saying, “This is all about power.”

It is about power and also from another angle that has been forgotten. The lousy tenured union teachers have been preaching their entitlement drivel to U.S. kids for decades.

More power.

shick on February 18, 2011 at 4:45 PM

I’m going up to support Walker tomorrow. I figure if 14 Wisconsin weasels can come to Illinois to hide out, a few of us can go to Madison…

Fallon

Ok, outside agitator.

Grow Fins on February 18, 2011 at 4:45 PM

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