How about a government shutdown to make those Tea Partiers fear Obama?

posted at 10:45 am on August 5, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

If you want an example of how out of touch media commentators can be with American politics, look no farther than the Washington Post’s Jonathan Capehart.  Barack Obama’s cave on tax hikes in the debt deal clearly annoyed Capehart, who criticized the President for his lack of “aggressiveness” that resulted in a deal that doesn’t reflect “the will of the people” — at least as Capehart sees it.  Calling the Tea Party-backed Congressmen “carjackers,” Capehart called on Obama to be “Keyser Söze.”  But that’s not the only place where Capehart’s perspective departs from reality:

If you’ve seen the brilliant movie “The Usual Suspects,” you know who this diabolical character is and what he did to gain mythical status. Suffice it to say that Söze so out-crazied the crazies that he became a person not to be messed with — a symbol of fear and grudging respect.

In the coming fights over the next budget, unemployment benefits and payroll tax cuts, I want Obama to show the Republican Party in general and the Tea Party in particular that he isn’t afraid to out-crazy the crazies. If that means vetoing bills, taking the fight to individual districts, shutting down the government, so be it.

We’ve already seen this strategy play out twice.  Here in Minnesota, Gov. Mark Dayton reneged on his pledge not to shut down the government over his demand for tax hikes, refusing to negotiate a “lights on” bill with the Republican-controlled legislature to avoid the shutdown.  How did that work out for Dayton?  He rushed back to the capital to cut a deal without tax hikes when his own allies gave him a blast of disapproval in town-hall meetings around the state, while most Minnesotans barely noticed the difference.  The shutdown only hurt Dayton’s voter base of unions and the poor.  Instead of Keyser Söze, Dayton turned into Eric von Zipper.

Next, Harry Reid tried doing the same thing with the FAA.  Unfortunately for Reid, his ploy was rather obvious; he had failed to move an authorization bill in the Senate and hoped that the prospect of putting thousands of government bureaucrats out of work would embarrass conservatives.  After the media started grilling Reid on why he hadn’t done anything to move a Senate version of the bill, as well as realizing that putting bureaucrats out of work wasn’t exactly causing Tea Party activists to weep into their pillows at night, and especially after it became obvious that the system ran pretty well without them, Reid ended up quickly surrendering.  Instead of Keyser Söze, Reid turned into Jeffrey Goines.

If Capehart doesn’t realize that the Tea Party activists in Congress want to shut down large portions of the federal government, what has he been doing the last two years?  A partial government shutdown would please the Tea Party to no end.  The only people it would hurt will be Obama’s own constituencies, especially since the entitlement checks would still have to go out to recipients, as those are mandated by statute and not budgeted annually by Congress.  The biggest loser in an Obama-triggered shutdown would be Obama himself.

Maybe Capehart should spend some time talking with actual Tea Party activists before coming up with grand strategies like this.

Addendum: To answer Capehart’s question, Söze got the advantage over his competitors by murdering his own family, murdering all of his competitors afterward, and then disappearing.  I’m not sure what relation that has to American governance — or to carjackers, for that matter, since The Usual Suspects didn’t have any of either.  This analogy leaves a lot to be desired, including taste and the “civility” that Democrats spent the last six months demanding not just of Republican politicians but also conservative commentators.

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Please I beg of you – don’t use that picture anymore.

It breaks my Golden Gopher loving heart.

gophergirl on August 5, 2011 at 10:47 AM

Hasn’t he already proved he’s out of touch and Insane?

Chip on August 5, 2011 at 10:48 AM

Capeheart is really disillusioned by the fact that whitey does not cower in fear at the site of a black man. What he is really upset at is that racism is not defining the issues. So Obama needs to be a scary black man or else race just might become more and more irrelivent.

NotCoach on August 5, 2011 at 10:48 AM

Oh, no, not the briar patch!

ROFL!!! Perfect.

emz35 on August 5, 2011 at 10:49 AM

Looks to me like it is Capehart that has out-crazied the crazies.

gullxn on August 5, 2011 at 10:50 AM

Shut down the government to make a point about the Tea Party?

Love to see them try…I really would.

Obama as Keyser Soze? Well, he’s already killed the economy, and jobs, and our pocket books, and a host of other things we once could count on…so, why not an appropriate comparison?

coldwarrior on August 5, 2011 at 10:52 AM

In the coming fights over the next budget, unemployment benefits and payroll tax cuts, I want Obama to show the Republican Party in general and the Tea Party in particular that he isn’t afraid to out-crazy the crazies. If that means vetoing bills, taking the fight to individual districts, shutting down the government, so be it.

That’s straight out of Alinsky (which Obama taught as a “lecturer”)

Specifically, he said that organizers must be entirely unpredictable and unmistakably willing — for the sake of the moral principles in whose name they claim to act — to watch society descend into utter chaos and anarchy. He stated that they must be prepared, if necessary, to “go into a state of complete confusion and draw [their] opponent into the vortex of the same confusion.”

faraway on August 5, 2011 at 10:54 AM

The FAA was unavailable for comment

tmitsss on August 5, 2011 at 10:54 AM

Bring it.

Ward Cleaver on August 5, 2011 at 10:55 AM

Maybe Capehart should spend some time talking with actual Tea Party activists before coming up with grand strategies like this.

He may not want to do that lest he begin seeing the light about Limited, Constitutional government, fiscal restraint and individual freedom.

The oppressive left can’t afford to have those Values poison the well you see.

[Disclaimer: The term 'poison the well' was not meant to be uncivil in any way shape or form.]

Chip on August 5, 2011 at 10:56 AM

I have a bad feeling the shutdown they have in mind would be a lot more severe than some people here are thinking. Not to mention there would be a huge problem getting it back up and running.

These liberal fools are talking about something that could spark nationwide chaos…for what? To spite a bunch of vaguely angry groupies? Maybe they ought to read “Henry’s Awful Mistake.”

Uncle Sams Nephew on August 5, 2011 at 10:56 AM

I must say, I’m heartened that lefties like Capeheart are asking for more shovels.

Happy to oblige Jonathon.

Tim Zank on August 5, 2011 at 10:56 AM

“taking the fight to individual districts…”

I take this to mean more speeches from The World’s Greatest Orator.

Yes, that’s exactly what’s needed, and it’s hoped he’ll ignore Peggy Noonan’s devastating critique of his oratorical abilities behind the WSJ firewall, ending with:

“The debt ceiling crisis revealed Mr. Obama’s speeches as rhetorical kryptonite. It is the substance that repels the listener.”

Ignore all that, Mr. President. For every time they call your bluff, make five or ten speeches every month right up to November 2012.

Drained Brain on August 5, 2011 at 10:57 AM

I had to look up both references, Beach movies and Twelve Monkeys.

[Eric Von Zipper's motorcycle run away and crashes]

J.D.: You did it again, boss.

Eric Von Zipper: You stupid, fix it!

I had already heard of the “Keyser Söze” reference. Stunning, just stunning and no backlash.

*shaking head*

Jeffrey Goines: There’s no right, there’s no wrong, there’s only popular opinion.

Dr. Leland Goines: My God, Jeffrey. You truly are insane.

Jeffrey Goines: No I’m not.

Fallon on August 5, 2011 at 10:57 AM

Start with the EPA, which does too much, and move on to the Depts. of Education and Energy, which do nothing of value. We can discuss more closures when those are done.

mchristian on August 5, 2011 at 10:57 AM

“I believe in God, but the only thing I fear is Keyser Soze”

can’t we all just get along…

tomg51 on August 5, 2011 at 10:57 AM

I am all for eliminating:
The Department of Energy
The Department of Education
The Department of Commerce
The Department of Labor

and probably many other departments of the bloated government.

Shutting down the FAA would shut down the nations airports and ground all airplanes as they cannot fly without air traffic controllers.

Boeing, the nations largest exporter, could not deliver airplanes without somebody in the FAA to “buy off” the airplanes.

When you consider the number of people employed at airports, in airlines (and their suppliers) and at Boeing and Boeing’s suppliers one has to realize that putting this sector out of work would cost the government more in lost income taxes than the FAA costs.

I say it’s time to privatize the air traffic controllers.

Boeing already has Designated Engineer Representatives (DERs) who do most of the work for the FAA. DERs are Boeing engineers who answer to the FAA and perform inspections for the FAA. Only the final buy off is actually performed by the FAA itself, and that is a formality.

The Rock on August 5, 2011 at 10:57 AM

Never try to out-crazy the committed. Takes a lot more guts than the pale words of an effete, latte sipping journalist.

bloviator on August 5, 2011 at 10:58 AM

Never try to out-crazy the committed. Takes a lot more guts than the pale words of an effete, latte sipping journalist.

bloviator on August 5, 2011 at 10:58 AM

Nice

Dr Evil on August 5, 2011 at 11:00 AM

Moonbats is as moonbats does.

Speakup on August 5, 2011 at 11:01 AM

[Disclaimer: The term 'poison the well' was not meant to be uncivil in any way shape or form.]

Chip on August 5, 2011 at 10:56 AM

A civility waiver has been granted on the basis that your remarks were intended to be a factual statement and not an opinion.

KingGold on August 5, 2011 at 11:02 AM

It reeks of desperation.

forest on August 5, 2011 at 11:02 AM

If that means vetoing bills, taking the fight to individual districts, shutting down the government, so be it.

People would start to realize that the sun still came up, the sky didn’t fall and it would get this stifling, rule making dictatorial behemoth off our backs. It’s called freedom. People as always would adjust to the new realities and life would go on. We may even find a way to do something we always wished for. Get rid of all the hacks sucking us dry in D.C.

Herb on August 5, 2011 at 11:03 AM

Ed…

Sssshhhhh! Let them think we’re afraid of a shutdown.

BobMbx on August 5, 2011 at 11:03 AM

You know government is too large, when a government shutdown dramatically reduces rush-hour traffic.

RBMN on August 5, 2011 at 11:03 AM

So the progressives are willing to cut off their noses to spite their own faces….and we get to send other federal agencies on indefinite hiatus like the FAA? Uh huh punish me some more please.

Dr Evil on August 5, 2011 at 11:03 AM

I WISH Obama would be like Keiser Soze.

“And just like that (poof!) he was gone.”

DrAllecon on August 5, 2011 at 11:05 AM

People like Capeheart really just have nothing but utter contempt for the average American, who in his view are nothing but subjects who WILL do what they are told, or will get no dessert.

Red Cloud on August 5, 2011 at 11:06 AM

I’ll just yell you what amazes me.

That a Communist can be employed writing articles of outright idiocy like this, in the United States of America.

Meanwhile those of us with any actual intelligence are relegated to reading / venting about it on a blog.

If that doesn’t illustrate how far things have fallen, I don’t know what would.

KMC1 on August 5, 2011 at 11:06 AM

To conclude Capeheart:

Obama needs to murder everyone he doesnt like, including rival families in order to steal money and power form other people, under the cloak of them being “crazy”

He must stay in the shadows to fool everyone and make up everything as he goes along.

Wait a minute…

Odie1941 on August 5, 2011 at 11:07 AM

FYI Capeheart Unemployment 9.1% but I am positive if you shut down some of the government, you can get that number back up before the next Presidential election. I am sure all those government workers would love to go from their regular government paychecks, to what 300.00 a week ,when they are laid off…..The D.C. area is crawling with Einsteins/

Dr Evil on August 5, 2011 at 11:08 AM

Who do you think would hurt worse from a Government shut down

Peggy Moocher or Taxpaying Tea Partier?

katablog.com on August 5, 2011 at 11:12 AM

O/T: This is just the beginning, folks. Having Obama in the White House is starting a race war.

http://www.todaystmj4.com/news/local/126825018.html

silvernana on August 5, 2011 at 11:12 AM

I’ll just yell you what amazes me.

That a Communist can be employed writing articles of outright idiocy like this, in the United States of America.

KMC1 on August 5, 2011 at 11:06 AM

Speaking of Communists

It may be early in the campaign season, but the Communist Party USA already has seen fit to endorse Barack O’bama for the 2012 election.

While noting he is disappointed with “some aspects” of the O’bama administration’s domestic and foreign policy, Sam Webb, chairman of the Communist Party USA, threw his support behind O’bama’s re-election bid.

Thank you President O’bama.

Del Dolemonte on August 5, 2011 at 11:13 AM

O/T: This is just the beginning, folks. Having Obama in the White House is starting a race war.

http://www.todaystmj4.com/news/local/126825018.html

silvernana on August 5, 2011 at 11:12 AM

Ann Althouse has more on this

http://althouse.blogspot.com/2011/08/point-em-out-knock-em-out.html

Watch the National Democrat Media to totally ignore this story. Doesn’t fit the DNC Narrative.

Del Dolemonte on August 5, 2011 at 11:15 AM

The moment Obama tries to “out-crazy the crazies,” he is cooked.
The stereotype of the “angry black man” is impossible to shake.

J_Crater on August 5, 2011 at 11:15 AM

Capeheart is really disillusioned by the fact that whitey does not cower in fear at the site of a black man. NotCoach on August 5, 2011 at 10:48 AM

After yesterday’s black wilding events at State Fair Park in Milwaukee, that may change.

a capella on August 5, 2011 at 11:17 AM

DrAllecon on August 5, 2011 at 11:05 AM

I thought the name came from the bottom of a coffee cup….there never was a Keiser Soze.

The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing man he didn’t exist. The Usual Suspects.

Capeheart would be considered a lesser demon ;)

SCREWTAPE.
IV. MY DEAR WORMWOOD,. The amateurish suggestions in your last letter warn me that it is high time for me to write to you fully …

Dr Evil on August 5, 2011 at 11:17 AM

Tea Partiers have feared Obama for as long as there has been a Tea Party. He’s WHY there’s a Tea Party.

Duh.

Pablo on August 5, 2011 at 11:17 AM

carjackers, for that matter, since The Usual Suspects didn’t have any of either.

The whole lineup thing was over a truck hijacking though.

“Give me the keys you fckckking cccksucker!!!”

Close enough?

Abby Adams on August 5, 2011 at 11:19 AM

Thank you Dr. Evil for pointing that out.
Even in the movie Keyser Söze was made up. Typical leftist idiot. Can’t even get the thugs to emulate right.

Hard Right on August 5, 2011 at 11:20 AM

Del Dolemonte on August 5, 2011 at 11:15 AM

That’s wish casting by the Mob. The Democrats encourage mob mentality, manipulate it, and use it to distract. Ann Couter “Demonic”

Dr Evil on August 5, 2011 at 11:21 AM

O/T: This is just the beginning, folks. Having Obama in the White House is starting a race war.

http://www.todaystmj4.com/news/local/126825018.html

silvernana on August 5, 2011 at 11:12 AM

Maybe this is Obama’s army. It’s going to get ugly if this doesn’t get under control.

silvernana on August 5, 2011 at 11:21 AM

He wants Obama to threaten to shut down the g’ment? Oh nooooos! Whatever you do Obama, don’t shut down the EPA! No! or the Department of Education!nonononono! Whatever you do, don’t shut down the Department of Energy!!!! we need the DoE everyday in every way!!!! And for the love of pete don’t shut down the FHA!!! who will build our interstate system that Dwight Eisenhower dreamed of!!! Nononono!

NASA?!? NONONONO!!!! we need more weather satellites! And don’t even think about HUD. Please don’t even think about HUD. The demand for Section 8 vouchers outweighs all other things in the budget and we need to spread more blight…for the children’s sake!!!

DanMan on August 5, 2011 at 11:22 AM

My main focus is jobs
-dear leading speaking now

cmsinaz on August 5, 2011 at 11:22 AM

Since the term “Tar Baby” has now been declared racist, I propose a new term… “Taffy Baby”. It means the same thing, a sticky situation that one should avoid, but without the imaginary racial overtones.

Of course, if you just gotta be racist, you could have Chocolate, Strawberry and Banana Taffy Babies! For instance, a land war in Asia would be a Banana Taffy Baby…

Haiku Guy on August 5, 2011 at 11:22 AM

Blaming the gop once again

cmsinaz on August 5, 2011 at 11:23 AM

Even in the movie Keyser Söze was made up. Typical leftist idiot.

Hard Right on August 5, 2011 at 11:20 AM

Going back just a few short years, our Glorious Leader, King Barack, was made up of whole cloth as well, metaphorically speaking. There was no there there and still isn’t.

coldwarrior on August 5, 2011 at 11:24 AM

Right now

cmsinaz on August 5, 2011 at 11:24 AM

What I don’t understand is…..why is he so upset at the “Tea Party”? Obama is the one who caved after offering up no alternative to their demands.

Mord on August 5, 2011 at 11:24 AM

Since the term “Tar Baby” has now been declared racist, I propose a new term… “Taffy Baby”. It means the same thing, a sticky situation that one should avoid, but without the imaginary racial overtones.

Of course, if you just gotta be racist, you could have Chocolate, Strawberry and Banana Taffy Babies! For instance, a land war in Asia would be a Banana Taffy Baby…

Haiku Guy on August 5, 2011 at 11:22 AM

And a war in the Middle East would be a Turkish Taffy Baby, no?

http://www.amazon.com/Bonomo-Turkish-Taffy-VANILLA-Count/dp/B003WJE5R0

Del Dolemonte on August 5, 2011 at 11:26 AM

“Söze got the advantage over his competitors by murdering his own family, murdering all of his competitors afterward, and then disappearing.”

So the clown wants the ObaMessiah to kill the populace of the US and then disapear?

krome on August 5, 2011 at 11:27 AM

OT: Had to post this after I had a good laugh. Serves their right!

ConservativePartyNow on August 5, 2011 at 11:28 AM

krome on August 5, 2011 at 11:27 AM

Well, then, I guess I agree with that last part, too.

coldwarrior on August 5, 2011 at 11:29 AM

The Screwtape Letters.

“The best way to drive out the devil, if he will not yield to texts of Scripture, is to jeer and flout him, for he cannot bear scorn.”—Luther.

“The devill . . the prowde spirite . . cannot endure to be mocked.”—Thomas More.

When I witness the degree of corruption today in the media and government. I think of two books that one is C.S. Lewis’ Screwtape Letters. The second is Gulliver’s Travels. Orwell listed Gulliver’s Travels as 1 of the 10 best books.

Thus, as Swift used fantastic places to explore the themes of political corruption in the eighteenth century, so Orwell does with his own fantastic setting to satirize the twentieth. According to Orwell, rulers such as Napoleon will continue to grow in number — and in power — unless people become more politically aware and more wary of these leader’s “noble” ideals.

I think Hot Air alone can take on the mocking of the Devil ;) We got this one America GRIN.

Dr Evil on August 5, 2011 at 11:31 AM

We need an anti-dog-in-the-manger law: if the government doesn’t fund a law, that law is in abeyance.

Then, for instance, if the FAA isn’t there to sign off on an FAA requirement, Boeing and its buyers are free to come to a private agreement.

PersonFromPorlock on August 5, 2011 at 11:32 AM

From the sound of it, the Dems think forcing shutdown(s) will be to their benefit, a la “Clinton v. Congress.”

IMO, they’re overlooking one part of the dynamic (among many, but I just want to talk about this one right now):

“Clinton v. Congress” pitted a Democrat President against a Congress in which Republicans controlled both the House & Senate – the fight then was “Republican legislation v. Democrat vetoes.”

The scenario’s different now. Because Democrats control the Senate, anything that lands on Obama’s desk does so with a presumption of it being acceptable to Democrats (otherwise, it never would’ve been passed in the Senate).

IMO – apart from voter sympathy for the goal of reducing deficits, debt, etc. – this is part of the reason the Democrats “terrorist, etc.” talk has missed the mark.

“The Democrats vote with them for the bill & then turn around and call them terrorists? What does that make them? Terrorists? Weak? Unprincipled? “

The “Clinton v. Congress” fight today is actually “House v. Senate” – Obama’s on the sidelines – does anyone really believe he’d veto anything which passed in the Senate?

BD57 on August 5, 2011 at 11:33 AM

Captain Kickass wasn’t good enough for him?

vcferlita on August 5, 2011 at 11:34 AM

Captain Kickass wasn’t good enough for him?

vcferlita on August 5, 2011 at 11:34 AM

Apparently not. Guess he wanted to get promoted to Major.

coldwarrior on August 5, 2011 at 11:37 AM

Apparently not. Guess he wanted to get promoted to Major.

coldwarrior on August 5, 2011 at 11:37 AM

When he was sworn in, I personally promoted him to General Incompetence.

Uncle Sams Nephew on August 5, 2011 at 11:37 AM

a capella on August 5, 2011 at 11:17 AM

Uncle Sams Nephew on August 5, 2011 at 11:27 AM

The race hustlers are not looking for an actual violent confrontation. While violence may occur it is something they hope only occurs on the fringe. (Preferably all white against black.) No, what they really want is the continued perceived notion that the whites hold a special contempt in their hearts against blacks. And thus holding this so called contempt many can be manipulated through guilt. If Obama’s utter inability to lead becomes the leading factor here then white guilt is useless. Capeheart and other racers fear this greatly. They want Obama to be a little scary so that they can then fabricate racist intent. They then hope to turn this fabricated racist intent into a guilty conscious.

NotCoach on August 5, 2011 at 11:39 AM

I know Keyser Soze. And Obama is no Keyser Soze.

Keyser-Soze on August 5, 2011 at 11:39 AM

Capeheart perfectly captures the massive denial and moronic militantism of the Left at their fateful moment of reckoning with their own total failure and imminent doom. They will not go gently. I come across many leftists in my travels, and can’t tell you how many say the same thing, and have called Obama “Neville Chamberlain.” If so, I ask, who is Hitler and the Germans in this metaphor? They don’t always explicitly say, but we know.

It is Obama’s own thuggery and chicanery that stirred the tea party movement. This idiot hasn’t even figured that out. Because, of course, he can’t. He’s a leftist.

rrpjr on August 5, 2011 at 11:41 AM

In the end though Keyser Söze’s defining trait was his ability to lie well, to deceive people convincingly and seamlessly on the fly. Mr. Capehart clearly just wants Obama to lie better off the cuff. He lies fantastically well when he has TOTUS, but in spontaneous lying he keeps going back to the same lies, shared sacrifice, fair share, Mediscare, Bush, Bush, Bush.

motionview on August 5, 2011 at 11:43 AM

Amen to the addendum. Imagine if, say, Sarah Palin had told Boehner he needed to go Keyser Soze on ‘em. They’d call out the National Guard.

Jim Treacher on August 5, 2011 at 11:46 AM

Since the term “Tar Baby” has now been declared racist, I propose a new term… “Taffy Baby”. It means the same thing, a sticky situation that one should avoid, but without the imaginary racial overtones.

Of course, if you just gotta be racist, you could have Chocolate, Strawberry and Banana Taffy Babies! For instance, a land war in Asia would be a Banana Taffy Baby…

Haiku Guy on August 5, 2011 at 11:22 AM

Check your email. A memo was put out sometime ago. “Tar baby” has been replaced with “Liquid roofing and pre-asphalt paving treatment baby”.

Make a note, please.

BobMbx on August 5, 2011 at 11:48 AM

The “Clinton v. Congress” fight today is actually “House v. Senate” – Obama’s on the sidelines – does anyone really believe he’d veto anything which passed in the Senate?

BD57 on August 5, 2011 at 11:33 AM

No I don’t believe he would veto anything that passed in the Senate. Obama is in campaign mode, that necessarily requires voting present. The only legislation that get’s through, is if the President is given political cover by the Democrat majority in Congress. Gusty huh/

Dr Evil on August 5, 2011 at 11:50 AM

The race hustlers are not looking for an actual violent confrontation. While violence may occur it is something they hope only occurs on the fringe. (Preferably all white against black.) No, what they really want is the continued perceived notion that the whites hold a special contempt in their hearts against blacks. And thus holding this so called contempt many can be manipulated through guilt. If Obama’s utter inability to lead becomes the leading factor here then white guilt is useless. Capeheart and other racers fear this greatly. They want Obama to be a little scary so that they can then fabricate racist intent. They then hope to turn this fabricated racist intent into a guilty conscious.

NotCoach on August 5, 2011 at 11:39 AM

Google “WI State Fair 2011 riot”

BobMbx on August 5, 2011 at 11:51 AM

NotCoach on August 5, 2011 at 11:39 AM

Interesting analysis. I’m not sure I agree completely; at least SOME of the race hustlers are spoiling for a fight because they know we’re outnumbered and outgunned. But I think you’re right in general.

Uncle Sams Nephew on August 5, 2011 at 11:52 AM

Google “WI State Fair 2011 riot”

BobMbx on August 5, 2011 at 11:51 AM

I already saw the story. But if this turns out to be racially motivated violence perpatrated by blacks it will not help the racer cause.

NotCoach on August 5, 2011 at 11:54 AM

Darn it Ed, I blogged about this yesterday ( http://derek-alexander.blogspot.com/2011/08/fear-community-organizer-in-chief.html ). I came at it from a little bit different angle. My point was, how in the world could he get tough with the Tea Partiers when he gets steamrolled by his own party?

Caro1ina on August 5, 2011 at 11:54 AM

These goofballs are so out of touch…
There is no “Tea Party”, there is no “Tea Party” movement, it’s just descriptive of America, and what the American public want.
The “Tea Party” has democrats, Republicans, liberals, conservatives, gays, minorities…all it wants is for the government to be responsible, quit spending money it doesn’t have, and be open to the people.
The “Tea Party” is everyone, includes everyone, except those with ideology so extreme that they can only be deemed un-American. That is why the “tea party” doofuses who post here and complain about the deal are not taken seriously.
It’s just a name given to the majority of American’s who scare the minority that are losing control.
It could be the “moon god”, Zeus, a witch in Salem, a giant squid, a white whale, or a prophet, they all mean the same thing, the end of an era and the end of rule for a party that is afraid of it’s own shadow.

right2bright on August 5, 2011 at 11:58 AM

My brother is a Fed employee. The last shutdown he went fishing for 10 days. When he got back, he was compensated for ALL of his back pay. Basically, he got a paid vacation.

This last time when they were anticipating a shut down, his office was planning their trips and were disappointed that it WASN’T shut down and didn’t get their extra paid vacation time.

barnone on August 5, 2011 at 11:59 AM

Let me reiterate:

Capehart’s already on a short-bus full of crazies.

franksalterego on August 5, 2011 at 12:02 PM

Maybe Capehart should spend some time talking with actual Tea Party activists

Why? None of the MSM has really bothered to do that yet. THEY already KNOW everything there is to know about the Tea Party. It’s a ‘nothing’, it’s a faux grass roots movement, it’s RACIST!, it will go no where, it’s the KKK, and now IT’S TERRORISTS!

The left has no clue. Same playbook they’ve always had. Give us MORE time. Give us MORE money. We’ll get socialism right this time!

GarandFan on August 5, 2011 at 12:02 PM

I already saw the story. But if this turns out to be racially motivated violence perpatrated by blacks it will not help the racer cause be reported ANYWHERE!.

NotCoach on August 5, 2011 at 11:54 AM

VegasRick on August 5, 2011 at 12:04 PM

right2bright on August 5, 2011 at 11:58 AM

Capeheart is part of the corrupt corporate media system, that has a stake in keeping the power structure intact. They like the way they have the federal government rigged. They don’t want the TEA party – middle class America to change a thing in D.C. including the politicians they have in their collective pockets…but the market dropping in the last couple of days has put a kink in their plans. The smartest guys in the room, that’s a relative calibration isn’t it?

Whoever is programming MSNBC thinks, that Americans are buying the corporate BS. As a rule people don’t get their news from the boob tube anymore. Let alone a low rated cable news outlet, that finishes last in ratings on a regular basis.

Dr Evil on August 5, 2011 at 12:26 PM

Usual Suspects spoiler …

I thought the name came from the bottom of a coffee cup….there never was a Keiser Soze.

Dr Evil on August 5, 2011 at 11:17 AM

No, no. The name “Kobayashi” came from the bottom of the coffee cup. Keiser Soze was first spoken by the turk survivor of the ship explosion and his name was already known to the FBI agent. Now, the details of Keiser Soze’s life and rise to power may or may not have been made up by Verbal. In fact by the end of movie the only thing that know for sure is that several people are dead, a ship is blown up, and you don’t want to mess with Keiser Soze.

PackerBronco on August 5, 2011 at 12:34 PM

fights over the next budget

Whow, we did away with budgets over two years ago!

burt on August 5, 2011 at 12:36 PM

If memory serves, and it does, Kaiser Soze turned out to be an insubstantial figment of another character’s imagination used to frighten children. In that regard, Obama is already Soze.

Hucklebuck on August 5, 2011 at 12:41 PM

O/T: This is just the beginning, folks. Having Obama in the White House is starting a race war.

http://www.todaystmj4.com/news/local/126825018.html

silvernana on August 5, 2011 at 11:12 AM

I’m sure the idiot Holder will step in here and prosecute these as hate crimes committed by “his people”.

slickwillie2001 on August 5, 2011 at 12:44 PM

Maybe Capehart should spend some time talking with actual Tea Party activists before coming up with grand strategies like this.

No! Lets have more left nuts proclaim just how nutty they are.

burt on August 5, 2011 at 12:44 PM

barnone on August 5, 2011 at 11:59 AM

That’s not going to happen if they file for unemployment.

Dr Evil on August 5, 2011 at 12:45 PM

Hucklebuck on August 5, 2011 at 12:41 PM

What do we know about Obama and Soze? They are both Verbal ;)

Dr Evil on August 5, 2011 at 12:47 PM

More grand-violent fantasies from the affirmative-action left weenies and pansies who are unfamiliar with manliness or even tough negotiations…blah, blah, blah. A D.C. fem calling for death to terrorist Tea Partiers.

Yawn…

800+ plus comments at WaPo, many of them mocking this know-nothing twit and making the same point as Ed: the Tea Party types were perfectly happy to force a balanced budget by refusing to increase the debt ceiling, and they knew the liberals were not. Hard to lose that fight.

Jaibones on August 5, 2011 at 12:48 PM

O/T: This is just the beginning, folks. Having Obama in the White House is starting a race war.

http://www.todaystmj4.com/news/local/126825018.html

silvernana on August 5, 2011 at 11:12 AM
Ann Althouse has more on this

http://althouse.blogspot.com/2011/08/point-em-out-knock-em-out.html

Watch the National Democrat Media to totally ignore this story. Doesn’t fit the DNC Narrative.

Del Dolemonte on August 5, 2011 at 11:15 AM

Just like… Iowa Beat Whitey Night

Odie1941 on August 5, 2011 at 12:48 PM

I have a bad feeling the shutdown they have in mind would be a lot more severe than some people here are thinking. Not to mention there would be a huge problem getting it back up and running.

These liberal fools are talking about something that could spark nationwide chaos…for what? To spite a bunch of vaguely angry groupies? Maybe they ought to read “Henry’s Awful Mistake.”

Uncle Sams Nephew on August 5, 2011 at 10:56 AM

The whole point is to keep those non-essential programs shut-down forever.

Pattosensei on August 5, 2011 at 1:07 PM

I’m not sure what relation that has to American governance — or to carjackers, for that matter, since The Usual Suspects didn’t have any of either.

Au contraire, mon frere. Todd Hockneye was the one who had jacked the truck the Suspects were originally brought in for the lineup for.

JohnGalt23 on August 5, 2011 at 1:32 PM

Addendum: To answer Capehart’s question, Söze got the advantage over his competitors by murdering his own family, murdering all of his competitors afterward, and then disappearing.  I’m not sure what relation that has to American governance — or to carjackers, for that matter, since The Usual Suspects didn’t have any of either.  This analogy leaves a lot to be desired, including taste and the “civility” that Democrats spent the last six months demanding not just of Republican politicians but also conservative commentators.

Wasn’t Sose just another one of Keven Space’s character’s lies? Something he made up on the spot to help him get away?

Count to 10 on August 5, 2011 at 2:36 PM

Oh, no, not the briar patch!

In the comments on that story (where i was yesterday AM):

gekkobear – 8/4/2011 10:09:10 AM MDT
Trust me , we already fear him. Those of us who complained when the Republicans had the House, Senate, and Presidency and complained that 400 bil in deficits were too high; we’re pretty scared of the party with a leader who thinks 1,500 billion in deficits is too low.

What’s your solution?

“shutting down the government”

So you’re going to quit spending massive amounts of money on frivolous crap and building up debt we’d otherwise be passing on to our kids?

Oh please Mr. Obama don’t throw me into that Briar Patch. Anything but that…

Emphasis added

I’ve heard great minds think alike… and apparently Ed and I think alike. I’m not sure if either of us should be insulted. ;)

And no, I don’t think Ed read the 800+ comments to steal my funny… lets be fair it was a pretty obvious one given the situation. I can’t think of another example that fits, try as I may.

gekkobear on August 5, 2011 at 2:45 PM

“Obooba should wear a red do rag, and a Reds jacket, and sagging oversized jeans, and lotsa bling, and wave a .40 around, and install giant woofers in the Oval Office sound system, and get some neck ink…”

Akzed on August 5, 2011 at 4:15 PM

gekkobear on August 5, 2011 at 2:45 PM

Ok you’re as smart as Ed.

Akzed on August 5, 2011 at 4:15 PM

“Time for Obama to be feared by the Tea Party”

What type of pogrom did you have in mind? He and his auxiliaries have already gone the verbal attack route by calling them terrorists and hostage takers and Hamas like. What verbally attacks would be next? Spawn of Satan? That’s about all that’s left for a verbal assault escalation. But they already fear him in that he is through incompetence, or more likely intent, pushing America in the direction of a Third World country, so you presumably have more than verbal attacks in mind. Concentration camps? Ovens? Don’t be shy. You know that’s what you would like.

Someone really should call the FBI about this Jonathan Capehart. He sounds like he is about one shake from going postal. I am quite serious. He has given an abundance of warning signs.

Lon Chaney on August 5, 2011 at 6:27 PM

Shut the government down? My opinion is, do it, you pussies. Along with welfare checks, Social Security payments, Medicare payments, Medicaid payments, veteran’s retirement checks, military pay, and all those very many unnecessary but greedy minor piglets that suck at the government teat, such as ACORN et al.

Then sit back and see what happens. I say you’re trapped by your own policies, and if you can’t find a way to work out of this entitlement mess in a “sustainable way” (remember that phrase, progressives?), the results are going to be far worse than ugly.

RebeccaH on August 5, 2011 at 7:42 PM