Quotes of the day

posted at 10:41 pm on September 19, 2013 by Allahpundit

House insiders say a handful of House Republicans cursed Cruz in the cloakroom on Wednesday, and a leadership source says angry e-mails were exchanged among GOP staffers who consider Cruz to be a charlatan. “Cruz keeps raising conservatives’ hopes, and then, when we give him what he wants, he doesn’t have a plan to follow through,” an aide fumes. “He’s an amateur.” Another aide says, “Nancy Pelosi is more well-liked around here.”

Cruz, however, tells me House Republicans are wrong to be infuriated. In an interview, he says his goal was never to whip together votes in the Senate for a defunding bill; it was always to inspire a grassroots uprising that would rattle Congress and President Obama, and hopefully defund Obamacare.

“I’m convinced there is a new paradigm in politics — the rise of the grassroots,” Cruz says. He cites Senator Rand Paul’s filibuster on drone policy, and the debates on Syria and gun control, as recent examples of how an “overwhelming” number of phone calls and e-mails from constituents can force the president to buckle.

“And on Obamacare, I’ve said, from the start, that if typical Washington rules apply, we can’t win this fight,” he explains.

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Rep. Tim Huelskamp, who has been a thorn in Boehner’s side, said that the group of members who opposed Boehner’s original plan to avoid a shutdown were becoming increasingly effective.

“This is what we said we were going to do and this will be the first time in two years and nine months that we are going to vote on defunding on a must-pass legislation,” he said. “[Leadership] didn’t want to vote on this, and that was pretty clear they didn’t want to fight on it. We want to see them stand on some principles and give us assurance they’ll fight. They couldn’t even get the rule approved.”…

“This is just math. We have 233 House Republican members. The majority in the House is currently 217,” said the aide, noting that it is usually 218 votes but there are two vacancies. “That means a small group of members can gum up the works on any vote. There are fewer and fewer tools available to leadership. Earmarks are gone — which is a good thing, but it has consequences. Taking away committee assignments hasn’t made members any likelier to vote ‘yes’ — and, frankly, no one has a plausible suggestion for what would do the trick. The world simply changed. It’s made the House more open, more transparent, and more difficult to manage.”

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A shutdown now would have much worse fallout than the one in 1995. Back then, seven of the government’s 13 appropriations bills had been signed into law, including the two that funded the military. So most of the government was untouched by the shutdown. Many of the unfunded agencies kept operating at a reduced level for the shutdown’s three weeks by using funds from past fiscal years.

But this time, no appropriations bills have been signed into law, so no discretionary spending is in place for any part of the federal government. Washington won’t be able to pay military families or any other federal employee. While conscientious FBI and Border Patrol agents, prison guards, air-traffic controllers and other federal employees may keep showing up for work, they won’t get paychecks, just IOUs…

But won’t voters be swayed by the arguments for defunding? The GPS poll tested the key arguments put forward by advocates of defunding and Mr. Obama’s response. Independents went with Mr. Obama’s counterpunch 57% to 35%. Voters in Senate battleground states sided with him 59% to 33%. In lean-Republican congressional districts and in swing congressional districts, Mr. Obama won by 56% to 39% and 58% to 33%, respectively. On the other hand, independents support by 51% to 42% delaying ObamaCare’s mandate that individuals buy coverage or pay a fine.

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“It’s a great day for America,” Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA), the author and principal sponsor of the legislative vehicle by which Republicans aim to take down Obamacare, added. “It truly is. We’re on the eve of a historic moment here in Washington, D.C., as we take this vote in the House tomorrow. We’re sending a very strong message to the American people that we as Republicans in the House and the Senate are united in a way that I haven’t seen in a long, long time. We’re united in the common goal of protecting the American people from the harmful effects of Obamacare. In turn, the question turns to the Senate and directly to Harry Reid. What will Harry Reid do? Will he continue to protect his friends, the president’s friends, big business and members of Congress, those on K Street, or will he also extend protections to the American people? That’s really what it comes down to: A simple question for Harry Reid and what will Harry do, is the question America will be asking over the next couple of days.”…

“The Democrats want full implementation of Obamacare, and we want full repeal of Obamacare,” Labrador said. “And we’re seeing all we’re asking for is a one-year delay. That is a minimum ground that we’re asking Harry Reid to take. He’s calling us all sorts of names like ‘anarchist,’ or ‘terrorist’ and all these names. And we’re the ones who are actually taking a reasonable position with regards to this law and it’s Harry Reid and the president who are willing to shut down the government if they don’t get everything they want with a law they believe is going to be harmful to the American people.”

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In 2012, Obama won another term and Reid maintained an iron grip on the Senate. That is a reality that cannot be ignored as strategies are developed to prevent Obamacare from taking firm or permanent root…

Now is not the time for conservatives to turn a squabble over tactics into a circular firing squad. Now is the time to unite and fight to inform, persuade and win the argument, convincing the American people that Obamacare must be stopped…

Republicans should build on the support that House Democrats recently showed in calling for the delay of Obamacare. We should try to remove the most damaging parts and make sure that all Americans — including members of Congress and their staffs — are treated equally under the law. We should then make certain that Obamacare is the preeminent issue in the 2014 congressional elections.

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In a radio interview with Andrea Tantaros earlier [Wednesday], for example, Cruz aimed most of his barbs at the GOP, despite House Republicans’ decision only hours earlier to embrace his plan on the CR.

“Right now, I can tell you, the people who are fighting the hardest against our efforts to defund Obamacare are not Democrats, it’s Republicans. It’s Republicans who have been leading the onslaught, trying to stop this. Because they’re afraid of the political risk. They’re afraid of being blamed politically,” he said…

But he also sketched out what can be a politically potent argument to put to Democrats: “We gotta say, ‘no, we don’t want to shut the government down. We have voted to continue the government running. President Obama has granted waivers from Obamacare to big corporations and to members of Congress. Why is President Obama threatening to shut the government down to deny those some waivers to hard-working American familiies?’ Their position is indefensible.”

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“It’s amazing to me you have leaders, none of whom — all of them know [shutdown is] a bad idea, bad for Republicans, they don’t want to risk it,” Todd asserted.

“Nobody seems to want it and yet I don’t know how they avoid it, at least for a couple of days,” he continued. “That’s what I keep envisioning, some sort of 48 hour shutdown or 24 where there’s some small version of this.”

“I’ve had House Republican aides say this to me before in previous fights, sometimes they have to educate some of these members, how it will play out, how they would believe it, they don’t have to see it for themselves,” Todd revealed.

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“I believe the Affordable Care Act is anything but affordable, and will have a negative impact on the economy of my state,” he said, adding that he would have preferred for it to have been blocked by the Supreme Court. “But I don’t extend that to the point that we should shut down the government over it.”

“I support limited government,” [Scott Walker] added. “But I want the government left to work.”

There is a straightforward solution to address the current predicament, Walker suggested: put the question before the voters next year.

“The way to resolve this is through candidates making the case in the 2014 election,” he said. “They can make a case they’re going to come on in and put the power back in the hands of the people, not in the government.”

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What a shame all this melodrama is a mirage, a farce, a game…

For some the answer has to do with pent up fury in need of an outlet, and the effort to defund the ACA is that outlet. It also appeals to those who find it satisfying to turn every debate into an apocalyptic clash. And even if Republicans fail, at least they “fought the good fight.” (Ronald Reagan referred to people of this mindset as those who enjoyed “going off the cliff with all flags flying.”)

But there’s also a tendency among some on the right—not all, certainly, but some—to go in search of heretics. They seek to purify the conservative movement—to eliminate from it the defilement, the debasement, and the corruption they see all around them—and they bring to this task an almost religious zeal. They are the Keepers of the Tablets. And they are in a near constant state of agitation. Living in an imperfect world while demanding perfection (or your version of perfection) from others can be hard.

This is not conservatism either in terms of disposition or governing philosophy. It is, rather, the product of intemperate minds and fairly radical (and thoroughly unconservative) tendencies. Such things have always been with us; and some of the uncontained passions and anger will eventually burn out. The question is how much damage will be done in the process.

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Katrina Pierson is a good example. The Dallas-based tea-party activist, who volunteered for Cruz’s Senate campaign, announced last week that she’s challenging Representative Pete Sessions in his primary, and tells me that Cruz inspired her move.

“You see someone like Ted Cruz gets elected, and we’re all skeptical, right?” she says. “We’re all skeptical about what happens when people to go Washington, D.C. And when we see him standing up for what’s right against the establishment, against the party, and it can be done — it’s like, well, okay then!”

“He’s still holding his campaign promises,” she continues, “and the simple fact that he did it lets the rest of us know that not only can we do it, but we need to give him some backup, bottom line.”

Pierson says Cruz’s campaign functioned as a sort of boot camp for grassroots activists, who built a support network that’s only grown since the campaign ended. And Cruz’s involvement in the effort to defund the Affordable Care Act has spurred more Texans to volunteer, according to Pierson.

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Meanwhile, as Obama lays the groundwork for the coming campaign, Republicans are fighting among themselves over an impossible quest to defund Obamacare. After that is resolved, they will fight among themselves over the circumstances of increasing the nation’s debt limit. And then they’ll fight among themselves over something else.

Every day the GOP is consumed with its internal squabbles is a day Republicans don’t concentrate on the issues most important to voters. So now, amidst the feuding, some in the GOP are asking: What case will we make for ourselves in 2014? In the strategist’s words, “What has a Republican Congress accomplished?”…

The point is not to dump on Obama. The point is to show what Republicans have done with power. “He’s not going to be up for re-election again,” says the strategist. “We better start proving to people that if we’re given responsibility, we can do something with it. This isn’t about him any more. It’s about who we are.”

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Where this goes from here is not clear. The Senate will not accept the House bill, so it will send a “clean” funding bill back to the House stripped of the Obamacare poison. In the most optimistic GOP view, the “hello no” caucus will learn that this was a bootless effort and they will sign on to whatever Boehner cooks up to keep the government doors open. Is this group of conservatives really going to change their mind? What will cause them to do so? The constituents back home who have been cheering their fight to defund Obamacare? The increased condescension that the New York Times editorialists use when describing them? A stock market plunge?

If the loss doesn’t get Boehner the votes he needs, he will then have no other choice but to turn to Democrats for votes to avoid a shutdown. That won’t be pretty, because Democrats will exact a price against the backdrop of the ticking clock. (If you are counting at home, there are only 12 days until the government technically runs out of money).

A government funding mechanism that passes with Democratic votes will excite some sharp comments from the very group that Boehner is having trouble satisfying. And this is just the scrimmage before the big game. Republicans will need to be unified before the debt limit fight in mid-to-late October. If the government shutdown is bad for the economy, the debt ceiling fight is catastrophic.

***

“I think Sen. Cruz is free to do whatever he wants within the rules of the Senate,” McCain said on CNN. “I will again state unequivocally that this is not something that we can succeed.”…

“In the U.S. Senate, we will not defund ObamaCare,” McCain said. “And to think we can is not rational.”

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Well, I’m off to bed. Did we make page 2 yet?

Good to see you Axe and 22044.

Animal Zoo. :)

4Grace on September 20, 2013 at 3:07 AM

I know. It’s like when Crue opened for Eddie Money back is ’75.
Axe on September 20, 2013 at 3:05 AM

Just couldn’t help yourself, huh? lol

4Grace on September 20, 2013 at 3:09 AM

Just couldn’t help yourself, huh? lol

4Grace on September 20, 2013 at 3:09 AM

Night, 4Grace. Really was nice to see you. :)

Axe on September 20, 2013 at 3:10 AM

4Grace on September 20, 2013 at 3:07 AM

Ken and B9 eloped. Tell her I want her back. I also want her front. Mostly her front.

SparkPlug on September 20, 2013 at 3:11 AM

SparkPlug on September 20, 2013 at 3:11 AM

I think it’s one of those Temporary Elopement Arrangements (TEA).

Good to see you, Spark.

Goodnight. For realz.

4Grace on September 20, 2013 at 3:13 AM

Apologies to 22044 for adding the extra zero earlier, thereby ruining the number by making it a completely different number.

Axe on September 20, 2013 at 3:16 AM

Many of you have probably read most of this, but check out this juicy story about the Clintons:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2424555/Bill-Clintons-mistress-Gennifer-Flowers-Wed-today-wasnt-Chelsea.html

bluegill on September 20, 2013 at 3:19 AM

Someone added an extra zero on the internet.

SparkPlug on September 20, 2013 at 3:20 AM

‘Nite Grace, Axe, & all. I probably get no more sleep tonite but I gotta try. :)

22044 on September 20, 2013 at 3:21 AM

Ken and B9 eloped. Tell her I want her back. I also want her front. Mostly her front.

SparkPlug on September 20, 2013 at 3:11 AM

Speaking of which, I suspect Sophie’s got a meat boyfriend now. So, when you are in the meat world, keep an eye out, and if you see him, tell him he better get used to the idea of sharing her electrons with the rest of us, or he’s going to get the Tron treatment. He’s going to get it real good. If he knows what you mean, and you think that he does.

Axe on September 20, 2013 at 3:21 AM

‘Nite Grace, Axe, & all. I probably get no more sleep tonite but I gotta try. :)

22044 on September 20, 2013 at 3:21 AM

Night 22044. :) (Nice to see you too; just haven’t seen what’s-her-grace in months. Just realized how that might have read.)

Axe on September 20, 2013 at 3:23 AM

They are the Keepers of the Tablets.

Conservative: Keep the good, reject the bad – always!

OldEnglish on September 20, 2013 at 3:55 AM

Attention Morning Crew:

I have kidnapped the entire night crew — well, except for the wiry ones — including those that make meaningful comments throughout the day and those that are reasonably pleasant. I will release them from their burlap sacks under the following condition:*

1. Kingsjester must publish some sort of essay, his “take” if you will, on some current topic.

2. One of you must inflict MSNBC on yourself for at least one hour.
Muhahaha!

3. One of you must voice public disagreement, here in this public forum where everyone can see it, with the President of the United States or some aspect of his administrative agenda.
Muhahaha!

*I’ll be returning the one called Twerp and keeping the one called Ro — though I will allow the one called Ro to post from time to time. In the case of the one called Twerp — she keeps gnawing through the sack, and I’m tired of sewing. You can have her.

Axe on September 20, 2013 at 5:11 AM

Morning all. Just checking in before heading off to work. Axe, I’ll take #3.

Dear President Obama, Everyone hates ZeroCare otherwise known as the ACA. You LIE. It’s putting people out of work and they are losing their coverage. 20,000 home depot workers lost their insurance yesterday.

As I have said before it’s an EpicClusterFarkNado ™.

dogsoldier on September 20, 2013 at 5:30 AM

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/09/19/ohio-clinic-touted-by-obama-in-health-care-reform-speech-slashes-budget-due-to/?intcmp=HPBucket#ixzz2fOa7cPMv

FTA:

An Ohio clinic that was touted by Obama while he was speaking on health care reform is now blaming ObamaCare after it was forced to cut $330 million from its budget.

Fox 8 reports the Cleveland Clinic, which is the largest employer in Northeast Ohio with about 39,000 workers in the region, announced the cuts to its 2014 budget at a meeting Wednesday.

A spokeswoman for the clinic tells Fox News the clinic is being forced to cut back to prepare for increased costs and decreased revenue under the health care reform law.

dogsoldier on September 20, 2013 at 5:38 AM

114 comments on QOTD? I crashed out early.

Murphy9 on September 20, 2013 at 5:41 AM

Gosh, when Maverick rebels with his gang of ____(fill in blank) the GOP seems acceptable to it (if not secretly behind it) But, dare anything (the tea party) or anyone (Cruz, Palin) who seek to do what the disillusioned base wants, and the party explodes in anger–exposing clearly, that their real enemy is their own people.
“How dare those little people seek to actually have input into their own government without our approval (and control.)
This is a party that openly funds Karl Rove to raise money to fight–not the leftists who are destroying the nation with the GOP help–but the choices of their own people, many of whom blindly still support them simply because they label themselves “the loyal opposition.”
The GOP is the enemy of the system. They are but cozy co-rulers who deliberately hog the passing lane so that no true opposition can rise to the leftist agenda. It is beyond transparent, when they say they like Pelosi better than Cruz.
Dump them all and let’s begin the long haul back to sanity.

Don L on September 20, 2013 at 5:45 AM

A spokeswoman for the clinic tells Fox News the clinic is being forced to cut back to prepare for increased costs and decreased revenue under the health care reform law.

dogsoldier on September 20, 2013 at 5:38 AM

Meanwhile, back in he White House and the Kremlin, hands are ringing with joy. “The Cloward Piven plan, it is working very well, yes?”

Don L on September 20, 2013 at 5:48 AM

Record low qotd comments, and it’s not like the issue isn’t important, or it’s Saturday or something, and it seems at least a fifth of the comments are from people commenting on how few comments there are.

I get the feeling that people are holding back on this issue, their usual bravado is MIA. For me who has been pro “shut it down!” I nevertheless find myself conflicted. One could say that we have a good hand. Should we throw that hand away and try for the straight flush? On the other hand, maybe we don’t need that straight flush. Perhaps a bluff will be good enough to achieve a victory in getting all the Dems to show their hands, that all the Dems are fully behind Obamacare. Maybe we’d ultimately have to cave, but we would have helped our 2014 case. But I don’t really know.

anotherJoe on September 20, 2013 at 6:11 AM

I’m with Cruz!

bluegill on September 20, 2013 at 6:27 AM

Good article:
HOUSE REPUBLICANS BACK CRUZ AFTER MEDIA, ESTABLISHMENT ATTACKS
http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/09/19/House-Republicans-stick-up-for-Ted-Cruz-in-wake-of-media-establishment-attacks

bluegill on September 20, 2013 at 6:28 AM

boy are the morning joe crew with joe in the lead bashing cruz big time…

scared?

cmsinaz on September 20, 2013 at 6:40 AM

We started out as underdogs in a long, competitive primary. But despite the odds being stacked against us, Governor Palin and SarahPAC showed daring leadership by endorsing my campaign. The Governor’s vision and the support of patriots like you helped transform my long-shot candidacy into victory on election night.”

Sen. Ted Cruz, 1/8/13

kingsjester on September 20, 2013 at 6:47 AM

Good Morning, Patriots. And, Trolls. O/T: Inexcusable. “Callous Democrats Walk Out on Benghazi Victims’ Parents’ Testimonies” My take.

kingsjester on September 20, 2013 at 6:50 AM

Here is my take:

The reason there are more people who oppose Obamacare then there are people who support defunding Obamacare is that many people are quite happy with their insurance, but they would feel bad thinking that other, less fortunate people would lose what ever insurance they have if it were defunded.

THAT is the reason many voters day they are less inclined to support defunding.

What needs to happen: the case needs to be made in a much stronger way for why Obamacare is bad for everyone.

When many people hear “defund Obamacare” what they immediately think is “taking away some poor person’s insurance.” That has to change.

bluegill on September 20, 2013 at 6:56 AM

Then equals than. I am using dictation now on iPhone, so please excuse the errors

bluegill on September 20, 2013 at 6:59 AM

kingsjester on September 20, 2013 at 6:50 AM

morning KJ

EXCELLENT take….read it folks

cmsinaz on September 20, 2013 at 7:03 AM

another sad day in a gun free zone city…

cmsinaz on September 20, 2013 at 7:08 AM

cmsinaz on September 20, 2013 at 7:03 AM

Thank you, ma’am!

kingsjester on September 20, 2013 at 7:08 AM

so i think we know what the sunday shows will be
sweep syria and the middle east under the rug…it’ll be mental health and guns plus more cruz bashing with gov’t shutdown…

cmsinaz on September 20, 2013 at 7:10 AM

boy are the morning joe crew with joe in the lead bashing cruz big time…

scared?

cmsinaz on September 20, 2013 at 6:40 AM

They’re rooting for a second McCain run in 2016. ;0

Seriously he’s out there pushing a conservative agenda. And unlike Rubio, who is a conservative with the “right” idea concerning amnesty, Cruz is just a whacko bird.

But, yes, they are scared which is why they are working early to disqualify him (Canadian by birth) and demonize him as a fringe politician. It won’t work.

Happy Nomad on September 20, 2013 at 7:17 AM

Happy Nomad on September 20, 2013 at 7:17 AM

they certainly need to get out of their bubble…

cmsinaz on September 20, 2013 at 7:18 AM

Inexcusable. “Callous Democrats Walk Out on Benghazi Victims’ Parents’ Testimonies” My take.

kingsjester on September 20, 2013 at 6:50 AM

What difference, at this point, does it make?

It is inexcusable but, frankly, the Dems have already gotten their “phony scandal” meme. Why sit around listening to a bunch of “liars” who are trying to discredit dear leader and Killary?

OT- So a rat, a pig, and a clown walk into a bar……. No joke, just setting the scene when the thin-skinned rat takes Hillary and Biden out for drinks to soften the blow that he’s going to endorse Mooch for a run at the Presidency in 2016.

Happy Nomad on September 20, 2013 at 7:20 AM

McCain is going to endorse Hillary. Just wait. He will be the toast of all the morning shows.

bluegill on September 20, 2013 at 7:23 AM

bluegill on September 20, 2013 at 7:23 AM

you’re probably right on that one….

cmsinaz on September 20, 2013 at 7:27 AM

Fine. You can have your posters back. But, I’m keeping Straits, too. So that’s Ro and Straits. And think I lost 4Grace . . . look, she’ll turn up — this is my first mass kidnapping.

McCain is going to endorse Hillary. Just wait. He will be the toast of all the morning shows.

bluegill on September 20, 2013 at 7:23 AM

I wouldn’t put anything past the feisty maverick, especially faced with something like Cruz.

Axe on September 20, 2013 at 7:31 AM

It’s made the House more open, more transparent, and more difficult to manage.

That is what the House of Representatives is supposed to be.

The Progressives wanted to limit its size to make it more ‘manageable’ by party leadership and they then limited the size of the House in numbers. By changing the proportion at every census, the voice of the people grows weaker because so many people only have a single representative, and yet in States with diverse geography and population this makes little sense at all. Indeed, even in populous cities there are changes in demographics in neighborhoods so that a few square blocks can have a wildly different demographic from any of the neighboring neighborhoods, and yet a representative or two cannot actually represent that extreme diversity within even small geographic regions.

The answer for big government is a House that is vastly more representative and diverse. A handful of representatives can gum up the works of any size House, yet we have had decades where even getting two or three to actually do so has been impossible in the name of a ‘manageable’ House. This is the one place in government that is to be the most representative of the Nation and if the Nation is large then so must the House be. The Constitution envisioned that a maximum House would be at 1:30,000 not at over 1:500,000 and counting. Yes a House 20 times the size of the current one would need new digs, or at least the ability to vote from non-floor areas… which they do already. In this modern age does one need to actually sit in DC to represent and vote on items, or even to have committee hearings? There are plenty of secure comms run by the military which could be used for classified House meetings and even sessions, so that is no bar to a much larger House.

What it would mean is that the ‘leadership’ would effectively lose most of its power because you can’t get agreement on items and ‘agendas’, which means that the passage of bills is more a herding of cats to reach a magic number over 4,000.

If you want to change DC, then the flushing must start at the House where the reservoir to flush with needs to be expanded so that even common people will be able to run and win in their neighborhoods or small towns where they are known… and accountable. The House lacks accountability not to party leadership but to the the People. You have to get so many angry today that you can pass horrific legislation by party leadership and then try to entrench it because the House members fear that if the government would grow smaller they might actually lose the ability to dole out goodies to their cronies. Try to imagine what it would take to get pork filled bills out of committees of hundreds of members, and that NONE would squawk at special goodies rolled in to ‘buy votes’… and how do you please such a large House with such goodies when there will be eternal argument over them, thus stopping up pork laden bills because the ‘leadership’ will not be able to manage the many small caucuses within even their own ranks.

This that we see is but a small… a tiny… taste of what a real House would do. To change it you must change the minds of representatives to enable a large House, or change the Constitution to set representation to where it is accountable even to neighborhoods and small towns. If you believe in the republic and a representative democracy used to help run the place, then the support is for a representative system that is accountable not just to cronies, ‘supporters’ and the wealthy, but to you, the common man, who can walk a few streets over and knock on the door of your representative to ask: ‘what the hell are you thinking?’

Want to frighten a politician?

Make them accountable for the asinine things they do, and don’t put a barrier to entry to the common man to try and change things… because that is what we have now and when you need millions of dollars to run a campaign for the HOUSE then you are failing representative democracy and the republic. And at a few square blocks, a neighborhood, a small town as representative size, a campaign can be run by knocking on doors and asking for support personally which is very, very cheap to do.

An unmanageable House isn’t a bug.

It is a feature.

ajacksonian on September 20, 2013 at 7:40 AM

Good Morning, Patriots. And, Trolls. O/T: Inexcusable. “Callous Democrats Walk Out on Benghazi Victims’ Parents’ Testimonies” My take.

kingsjester on September 20, 2013 at 6:50 AM

…….these people have no souls!

KOOLAID2 on September 20, 2013 at 7:54 AM

McCain is going to endorse Hillary. Just wait. He will be the toast of all the morning shows.

bluegill on September 20, 2013 at 7:23 AM

Well, if it comes down to endorsing Ted Cruz or Hillary, the pig-in-a-pantsuit is going to get the nod. Makes you wonder just how angry McCain was on the inside when he was forced to put Palin on his ticket just to get the least bit of excitement from the GOP base. Post-election Palin has been a class act. McCain, not so much.

Happy Nomad on September 20, 2013 at 7:54 AM

…….these people have no souls!

KOOLAID2 on September 20, 2013 at 7:54 AM

Duh! What part of Democrat don’t you understand? ;0

Happy Nomad on September 20, 2013 at 7:54 AM

another sad day in a gun free zone city…

cmsinaz on September 20, 2013 at 7:08 AM

…and Durbin has the audacity to take to the Senate floor after the Navy Yard shootings…. and address the American people about guns…again!

KOOLAID2 on September 20, 2013 at 7:56 AM

Another aide says, “Nancy Pelosi is more well-liked around here.”

That part I believe. Sellouts.

David Blue on September 20, 2013 at 7:59 AM

…and Durbin has the audacity to take to the Senate floor after the Navy Yard shootings…. and address the American people about guns…again!

KOOLAID2 on September 20, 2013 at 7:56 AM

Hey, Chicago is a perfect example of what happens when society disarms Democrats. How’s that working out for them?

Happy Nomad on September 20, 2013 at 8:02 AM

200 or bust?

KOOLAID2 on September 20, 2013 at 8:07 AM

“Callous Democrats Walk Out on Benghazi Victims’ Parents’ Testimonies”

…WHERE WERE THE PUCKING MEDIA….AND THEIR VEDIO CAMERAS!?

KOOLAID2 on September 20, 2013 at 8:13 AM

Bust

22044 on September 20, 2013 at 8:38 AM

If Cruz’s “real” plan was to rally the grassroots into pressuring Obama into going along with Congress in the defunding of his signature domestic program, as he alleges in the first quoteed item, then Cruz is quite simply a moron.

Obama has reached the summit of what he can accomplish in politics in our system. Anything else he wants to do after he leaves the Whitehouse is immune to grassroots pressure. Imagine he wanted to work a real job after leaving the Whitehouse instead of just cashing in on the memoirs and paid- lecture circuit. You think he’s going to run for office again? No way. Any “job” Obama takes after finishing his term will be along the lines of U.N. Secretary General or College president. There’s not a single thing that “grassroots” pressure is going to deny him after he finishes his last term.

I don’t think Cruz is a moron. I think he’s a cynical, opportunistic hack like the rest of them. He’s carved out a public niche as the libertardian prophet in the wilderness on Obamacare, knowing full well that “defunding” at this stage of the game has a snowball’s chance in Hades of happening. He’s creating his brand and waiting for the fallouot.

Obamacare has to fall under it’s own weight. It’s going to mean at least a generation of death panels, exorbitant costs, and economic tribulations. This experiment has to run it’s course, otherwise the general public won’t ever give up on it. The sooner we get started, the sooner it will be over.

Dukeboy01 on September 20, 2013 at 9:05 AM

Playing catch-up on my way out the door…

The debt clock hasn’t changed for, what, a month or six weeks? Only one reason for that: they ran out of money back then. We’ve been on fumes for a month or more.

bofh on September 20, 2013 at 12:27 AM

The Treasury resumed hitting the legal debt ceiling on May 19 after 3 1/2 months of no debt ceiling at all, and that was preceded by nearly 2 months of being at the previous legal debt ceiling. What they did between mid-December and early February, and since mid-May, was use up the Treasury cash-on-hand and immediately spend the excess from the federal employees’ retirement funds rather than first buy Treasury securities with that excess.

What’s going to happen by mid-October is those measures won’t be enough to pay the bills.

Did Perry sign on to the Medicaid Expansion?!?

blockchords on September 20, 2013 at 1:28 AM

If you read the piece I linked to, Perry said fix PlaceboCare in unspecified ways, don’t repeal it or defund it.

As an aside, there is a reason why I’ve called it PlaceboCare all along – it neatly rolls up both the godfather RomneyCare and the ugly red-headed stepchild ObamaCare into a sugar pill given to diabetics as a replacement for actual medical payment reform.

Steve Eggleston on September 20, 2013 at 9:37 AM

Obamacare, Deconstructed…

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

Axe on September 20, 2013 at 5:11 AM

Conditions of their release have been denied. We don’t negotiate with renegade Gladers. (No one wanted to comply with #2.)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmJKY59NX8o

Sorry. You’ll have to keep them for another day.

Fallon on September 20, 2013 at 9:43 AM

Wow. Where are/was everyone?

OmahaConservative on September 20, 2013 at 9:46 AM

If you read the piece I linked to, Perry said fix PlaceboCare in unspecified ways, don’t repeal it or defund it.

Steve Eggleston on September 20, 2013 at 9:37 AM

Thx, I see your other post w/ the link now.

blockchords on September 20, 2013 at 12:15 PM

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