Krauthammer: Let’s face it, Boehner should have let Obama speak on the night of the GOP debate

posted at 7:52 pm on August 31, 2011 by Allahpundit

Simple logic: When your opponent’s in the process of making a mistake, get out of his way. Krauthammer’s theory is that letting The One address Congress that night would have made him look petty (or rather, pettier than usual) while setting up the GOP field for a sweet Obama pile-on at the debate immediately afterwards. I’ll add another reason — by sharing the headlines with the Republican primary the next morning, the political reach of the speech would have been minimized. That’s especially true if two of the candidates get in an argument or something else worthy of cable-news rotation happens. O’s taking a bigger risk by trying to compete with the debate than he would be by giving the speech on Tuesday night.

Even so, I disagree for two reasons. One: The debate won’t be any more of an Obama pile-on after the speech than it would be if there was no speech at all. Perry and Romney are going to hammer O on jobs because that is, after all, their core message. And then they and Bachmann are going to hammer each other because they are, after all, competing for the nomination and looking to weaken each other. If the debate follows the speech, maybe you’ll get 30 minutes of Obama-bashing instead of 20 minutes. Not significant. Two: I actually don’t want Obama to have to compete for media attention on this. My expectations for the speech are sub-zero but the risk of a new recession is so grave that if the president wants our full attention on it, he should have it. It’s easily the biggest challenge facing the country right now; if a joint address to Congress is a step towards legislation that’ll start the economy growing again, then let’s do that without any political distractions. Of course, if The One thought the same way, he never would have asked to speak opposite the debate in the first place. So why did he? Read this post if you missed it a few hours ago.

According to Chuck Todd, the White House and Boehner’s office are chatting now about a new date and time. Stay tuned. Click the image to watch.

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The Republicans say will schedule it right after Obama and Holder both testify before congress about their murderous Fast and Furious and what did they know and when did they know it.

Lon Chaney on August 31, 2011 at 11:08 PM

At Obama’s campaign speech, whenever it ends up being, all Republicans should wear T-shirts with the names of the victims (American and Mexican) of Obama’s and Holder’s terrorist Fast and Furious criminal enterprise.

Lon Chaney on August 31, 2011 at 11:11 PM

I think Iagree with Krauthammer on this one. What you say is true, they will attack Obama on jobs, but they’ll do so, not knowing what he’s going to say, for sure. If he spoke first, and they had his words to go after, it would be much more effective. Now, Obama is going to have their words and he can pick them apart the next day. So, in this case, I believe Krauthammer is the much better tactician than Boehner, but that’s a given anyway.

We’ll see how this plays out.

Vote Republican and only be called a racist one more time.

bflat879 on August 31, 2011 at 11:17 PM

Cabbage Pounder is an idiot.

Mirimichi on August 31, 2011 at 11:19 PM

My expectations for the speech are sub-zero but the risk of a new recession is so grave that if the president wants our full attention on it, he should have it. It’s easily the biggest challenge facing the country right now; if a joint address to Congress is a step towards legislation that’ll start the economy growing again, then let’s do that without any political distractions.

You know that feeling you get when you read stuff that libs wrote and you wonder if you’re through the looking glass, or what alternate reality they’re in?

I’m getting that feeling more and more at HA of late…

AP, you do remember that you’re talking about Barack Obama, right?

Midas on August 31, 2011 at 11:22 PM

Sorry Charlie, you’re wrong here. One of the big problems with this administration is the shameless disrespect of the rule of law.

If we can’t curb the President with respect to something this perfunctory, how are we going to force him to abide by the Constitution of the United States in the big issues?

People like you have been leading Republicans around in the desert for 40 years while the cancer of progressivism has been growing the federal gov’t and shrinking our liberty by leaps and bounds.

Enough of the “gentlemanly loser” McCain strategy, and the weak “we’re better than this” disgust with tough stances. The media is going to paint whatever picture they choose, and lie as necessary.

Delicacy will not win the day, my friend. Not now.

disa on August 31, 2011 at 11:27 PM

You know that feeling you get when you read stuff that libs wrote and you wonder if you’re through the looking glass, or what alternate reality they’re in?

I’m getting that feeling more and more at HA of late…

AP, you do remember that you’re talking about Barack Obama, right?

Midas on August 31, 2011 at 11:22 PM

Yep. There’s zero chance that little Bammie will come up with something that will be positive for the economy, industry, or energy. Count on higher taxes, more spending, and more favors for the favored class.

slickwillie2001 on September 1, 2011 at 12:33 AM

Krauthammer usually under-estimates the impact of the MSM and over-estimates the attention span and IQ of the electorate.
Charles, think of Waters. We actually have retarded people in office. Hateful, stupid, corrupt, ignorant. They get elected by landslides. By people who are just the same.

pat on September 1, 2011 at 1:42 AM

Sorry Krauthammer… but… Nah… the Boy King needed to hear “NO”…
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RalphyBoy on September 1, 2011 at 1:51 AM

Obama’s approval ratings will go up in part because he changed the date of his speech.

albill on September 1, 2011 at 5:36 AM

I support CK’s right to speak and my right to not give a fig. I won’t listen to the debate because I expect to hear nothing I don’t already know about those folks. Same for Duh Won’s work of fiction. Burn Notice is far more entertaining and I actually care about the characters involved.

SKYFOX on September 1, 2011 at 6:03 AM

CK is just a DC Cocktail party whore.

Like McCain is with the media. They throw out a little meat for the Conservatives but then to stay in the good graces in Georgetown they have to say something “reasonable” / to piss off the base of the GOP.

As predictable as night and day.

Must be some good licker at them parties.

PappyD61 on September 1, 2011 at 7:04 AM

KingGold on August 31, 2011 at 7:55 PM

What a way to start the comments.

Nice KingGold, Nice!

roy_batty on September 1, 2011 at 7:09 AM

Krauthammer may have a point. It depends on how much the Maxine Waters-type creatures and their orcish hordes in the media will lever this into a racial slight of the president. I think not much because it was so obviously a petty teen-rival move. Could the WH have really only thought it through to the point of: “Well we’ll, like, schedule ours and NBC will, like, have to preempt the Republicans! Yeah, ha ha. And, like, no one will see the fascist debate…wait…fascist?….debate?…something not right there…whatevs… because they’d say a lot of super-bad things about us, those jerks. And if it works this time we’ll do it for every debate. Ha ha…kul.” I wouldn’t put it past them. Not a whole lot of deep thinking going on in this administration.

It could have been negotiated that the president speaks early, and the Republican debate is just shifted to later the same night. As part of the deal NBC runs a scroll on their feed of the president’s speech saying something like: “If the president’s droning on and on about his ineffectual and doomed jobs proposals hasn’t put you to sleep, stay tuned for the Republican debate and get some red meat.”

Time was short though, and NBC would be stuck for a lot of extra lost revenue. But kudos to Boehner for the pushback. In poker this would indicate that he has built up quite a bit of “fold equity”. It shows a shift in chip stacks is happening. Hopefully not too late. The executive branch is in turbo mode these days hacking away big chunks of American freedom.

curved space on September 1, 2011 at 7:19 AM

Sorry Charles but being nice to Obama, when he’s being his usual arrogant self, got McCain nowhere and will just give him another four years.The media won’t let him fail -it is up to the GOP to make the man seen for what he is – a danger to all.

You can’t deal with a messiah complex in a street organizer in a rational manner -he is trained to abuse such an approach and use it against you -Alinsky tactics need to be met with an equal resistence. You can bow down and capitulate or you can resist.

If you think nice manners alone can compete with his free lunches, Red Guard media agents, his czars, his unions, his judges, his stash, and his continuous unchecked, unpresidential bold actions to dismantle America,you’re as naive as Lord Chamberlain, Charles.

The best way to expose this man for the danger that he is, is to resist him every time-he’ll over-react-faux messiahs are like that.

You elites are so busy protecting your personal Washington turf, you’ll give away the entire nation for fear of taking necessary risk.Perhaps you ought to spend more time dissing Sarah Palin -it’s what you elite gatekeepers do best.

Don L on September 1, 2011 at 7:24 AM

Well, I think Reason 2 is invalid, because their is nothing this man will do to help thec economy. We cangive him the benefit of the doubt for passing Stimulus 1, but then trying more of the same is just showing that he is against the country.

I kinda agree with Krauthamer in that he would look petty, but the media would cover the speech and maybe give a quick highlight of anything in the debate that would make the Republicans look bad.

I did kinda want to see the ratings for the debate versus the speech. No one wants to see his speech, but who knows. The debate is on MSNBC (maybe NBC as well) so I would feel dirty turning it to that channel. But I would simply to help the ratings.

jeffn21 on September 1, 2011 at 9:24 AM

Take no prisoners and this guy is on the ropes so don’t throw him a lifeline. Make him look weak by forcing him to beg for dates.

Boehner pwned Barry and so be it.

FireBlogger on September 1, 2011 at 11:14 AM

Shut up Charles!

seanrobins on September 1, 2011 at 9:10 PM

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