House GOP looking for a “hail Mary”?

posted at 12:01 pm on October 3, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

“Can’t anyone here play this game?” That’s an old Casey Stengel quote, and it’s the theme of my column today at The Fiscal Times, too.  Republicans have more or less put themselves in a cul-de-sac with the budget showdown over ObamaCare, especially now that it has rolled out, and stepped on the news cycle that could have been the best day ever for opponents of the ACA.  Fortunately for Republicans, that gift will keep on giving, as reports from the state make very clear, and we will no doubt have plenty of opportunities to underscore that message as the weeks roll along.

For Democrats, though, a shutdown should also have been a golden opportunity.  The White House has significant control over which functions get funded and which don’t, while the Senate could have kept pressure on by responding to individual crises and highlighting them for maximum public-relations effect. Instead, Harry Reid boots a question in a press conference that loses him at least one news cycle, while the White House and Barack Obama managed to do even worse over the first two days of shutdown, and even before it:

What did Barack Obama and his allies do? Obama claimed that Republican demands for negotiations on the debt ceiling amounted to “extortion” – despite the fact that Obama voted to oppose such an increase in 2006 as Senator.  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid refused to negotiate at all on continuing resolutions passed by the House, insisting that Republicans were holding “a gun to our head.”

Obama communications adviser Dan Pfeiffer – who should be helping to craft a strategic message to raise his boss’ leadership profile – compared House Republicans to terrorists on CNN’s The Lead, telling Jake Tapper, “What we’re not for is negotiating with people with a bomb strapped to their chest.” This came, it should be noted, on the same day in which Pfeiffer’s boss called Iranian president Hassan Rouhani to negotiate on nuclear weapons.  The State Department considers Iran one of the chief state sponsors of terrorists. …

The first day of the shutdown, though, the National Parks Service tried closing the memorial down to a group of World War II veterans who had traveled to Washington to see it, claiming that the shutdown cut off access to it. Rep. Steven Palazzo (R-MS), who accompanied the veterans, asked the White House to back off, only to get the brush-off himself. Instead, Palazzo took down the barricade himself to give the veterans access to the memorial honoring their own service in a park that is open to everyone anyway.

Did the White House learn a lesson from this PR debacle? Apparently not.   As Elizabeth Scalia points out, the President could have met veterans at the memorial the next day to express his appreciation for their service and toured the memorial with them. That would have given Obama some much-needed positive coverage and an opportunity to pressure Republicans into retreat without having to enter negotiations himself.

Instead, the National Parks Service spent Day 2 of its supposed shutdown by hoisting more barricades with forklifts to surround the memorial before more octogenarian and nonagenarian veterans could arrive. That took seven NPS security personnel, which Washington Examiner reporter Charlie Spiering noted was two more people than the Obama administration committed to security for the consulate in Benghazi a year ago.

Some Republican critics of the shutdown strategy based their opposition on an assumption that Obama would be at least politically competent, and would know enough to follow Bill Clinton’s playbook.  Clinton would never have allowed the opportunity to assist the World War II veterans slip through his fingers, and he would have made sure that White House press corps personnel followed him every step of the way through the memorial — and probably back to the White House to give the Greatest Generation a personal tour there, too, just to remind the media that tours have otherwise been shut down by the sequester.  Could anyone have predicted just how much Obama and the Democrats would have helped the GOP in the first few days of the shutdown?

Unfortunately for those furloughed, that gives Republicans less incentive to give up and vote on a clean CR, at least before the debt-ceiling expiration looms.  Byron York reports that House Republican leadership has run out of plays, but that may not concern them as much as it did a couple of days ago:

Wednesday was the best day in a while for Republicans, but not because of any progress they made toward their goal of defunding, delaying, or limiting Obamacare as part of a resolution to fund the government. Rather, Wednesday was a good day because Democrats handled their end of the crisis so badly. First, the Obama administration inexplicably went out of its way to barricade popular open-air monuments and memorials on the Washington DC mall, in particular closing off the World War II memorial to groups of elderly, Greatest Generation veterans who had come to the capital to pay their respects to a heroic moment in American history. Republicans couldn’t believe what they were seeing. “That looked atrocious,” said one well-connected GOP strategist, who suggested it proved once and for all that the ham-handed Barack Obama is no Bill Clinton when it comes to handling a government shutdown. …

So what now? House Speaker John Boehner and leading Republicans like Paul Ryan and Dave Camp are apparently reviving the old goal of a “grand bargain” — a budget deal that would include entitlement reforms, tax reform, and a new budget agreement, while also restoring government spending and raising the debt ceiling. The idea is that with the debt ceiling deadline coming up on Oct. 17, Republicans and Democrats could fix all, or at least many, of their problems in one fell swoop.

Such “grand bargain” attempts have failed in the past, and there is little reason to believe one will succeed now. And not just because Obama and Democrats are intransigent, which they are. The fact is, this is Oct. 3, meaning there are just two weeks before the nation hits the debt ceiling. Could Republicans get even their end of a “grand bargain” together in time? “Look at tax reform,” said the GOP strategist. “If you took Democrats out of the mix entirely, I don’t think Republicans could come up with a tax reform package by Oct. 17. There is a huge range of opinion on what direction to take.” The first “grand bargain” Republicans would have to reach would be among themselves.

The GOP probably can’t count on Obama being the gift that keeps on giving for another two weeks, but don’t expect anything to budge until Republicans actually lose a news cycle. That may not be soon, if the odd presidential meeting to say nothing new last night is any indication.


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80% of this Government is deemed non-essential by itself. What does that tell us?

oldroy on October 3, 2013 at 12:03 PM

“We’re not going to be disrespected,” conservative Rep. Marlin Stutzman, R-Ind., [told the Washington Examiner]. “We have to get something out of this. And I don’t know what that even is.”

And scene.

libfreeordie on October 3, 2013 at 12:04 PM

At 2.2 Trillion, Conservative were howling about how much the Bush Administration and the Feral Government was spending. And Senator Obama and the Democrats agreed.

At 3.5 Trillion?

oldroy on October 3, 2013 at 12:05 PM

This is the GOP’s waterloo.

libfreeordie on October 2, 2013 at 5:21 PM

keep fcking that chicken, gop!

sesquipedalian on October 3, 2013 at 11:07 AM

My favorite comments since the latest American Spring

Schadenfreude on October 3, 2013 at 12:07 PM

Abolish the IRS…

d1carter on October 3, 2013 at 12:07 PM

The WWII fiasco was the hail Mary.

Schadenfreude on October 3, 2013 at 12:07 PM

Let the gov’t be on slowdown for two weeks, then let the USA get downgraded to junk bond status.

OMugabe rules the land. She looks like it too.

World, you cheered for this – now you got it!

It’s pure schadenfreude.

Day 3 in the American Spring and it’s glorious so far.

Schadenfreude on October 3, 2013 at 12:09 PM

1-800-6(M)7(r)2(A)7(s)7(s)4(H)6(0!)

Resist We Much on October 3, 2013 at 11:30 AM

Heh. “Thank you very much, Mr. Azz Hoe!”

Lanceman on October 3, 2013 at 12:09 PM

Schadenfreude on October 3, 2013 at 12:10 PM

Feels like a “told you so” from Ed.

Anyway, perhaps the Obamacare debut was hurt by the attention given to the shutdown.

I think the shutdown attention also reminds people that the fight over Obamacare is still very much alive.

bluegill on October 3, 2013 at 12:11 PM

The big problem is that when you listen to local radio or tv news, they are completely one sided on the shutdown. While I know that doesn’t surprise anyone, it doesn’t give us any advantage with the low info crowd who only hears that Republicans haven’t agreed to any of the Dems many deals. (Seriously, I heard that last night.)

You and I know better – the LIV, not so much.

Free Indeed on October 3, 2013 at 12:11 PM

What a glorious symbol for the once great land.

Schadenfreude on October 3, 2013 at 12:12 PM

The GOP probably can’t count on Obama being the gift that keeps on giving for another two weeks, but don’t expect anything to budge until Republicans actually lose a news cycle. That may not be soon, if the odd presidential meeting to say nothing new last night is any indication.

It certainly helps that GOP claims about Obamacare not being able to handle the individual mandate have proven to be true.

Happy Nomad on October 3, 2013 at 12:13 PM

Stand up for principle……but give the Marxist Socialist the chance to finish us off……

*******OR********

Just shut up and try to survive the next 3 years?

The gop quandary.

I say let it collapse and go for broke. Sooner or later we’re going to have to fight this crap so let’s just do it.

Get on FB Twitter Tumblr call their local offices. Keep it up.

PappyD61 on October 3, 2013 at 12:13 PM

“Can’t anyone here play this game?”

So, Eeyore up to bat? Swing and a miss, thanks for playing.

socalcon on October 3, 2013 at 12:14 PM

It has become an attractive course mostly because GOP leadership, having rejected the option of passing a clean continuing resolution, simply doesn’t have any other ideas on how to get out of the current mess.

What I want to know is the Democrat’s plan for getting out of this mess. They, after all, control most of the government. Shouldn’t it be their responsibility? Is refusing to negotiate and doing nothing their strategy?

Fenris on October 3, 2013 at 12:16 PM

…it proved once and for all that the ham-handed Barack Obama is no Bill Clinton when it comes to handling a government shutdown…

No. Obama is a thin-skinned, know-it-all, paper credentialed, wanna-be tyrant.

IOW: your typical Leftist.

It’s his Achilles heel, the aspect of himself that he will never be able to control or moderate. As such, it’s amazing to me that the GOP hasn’t been smart enough over the past few years to provide him with monthly opportunities to display that side of himself.

rvastar on October 3, 2013 at 12:17 PM

Harry Reid hurt them in a big way too. That story has legs. It shows exactly what the demturds are. Inhuman monsters who want little children to die of cancer.

dogsoldier on October 3, 2013 at 12:17 PM

The GOP probably can’t count on Obama being the gift that keeps on giving for another two weeks…

This is President Smart Power we’re talking about here. The larger concern are individual Republicans saying or doing stupid things. Obama won’t ever stop doing that himself.

NotCoach on October 3, 2013 at 12:17 PM

Obama exempts his friends in big business from ObamaCare, but he won’t allow children with cancer to get their treatment.

Obama wouldn’t secure the embassy in Benghazi, but look at all the guards he sent to the World War II memorial to keep American Veterans out.

dogsoldier on October 3, 2013 at 12:03 PM

Schadenfreude on October 3, 2013 at 12:18 PM

Barack Obama is no Bill Clinton

Clinton was a smooth con-man. obama is simply black. Fad of the day. Nothing more.

Lanceman on October 3, 2013 at 12:18 PM

Obama’s failed Presidency is caving in on all sides…

albill on October 3, 2013 at 12:18 PM

And scene.

libfreeordie on October 3, 2013 at 12:04 PM

Fade to painfully long blackout lasting almost 1,059 hours…

Here’s a simple question for you. Which of the founding fathers did not subscribe to the communitarian ethos Calhoun deploys to rationalize slavery? *sets sundial*

libfreeordie on August 21, 2013 at 9:30 AM

None. They weren’t nascent Commies like John C. Calhoun, and full blown Commies like you. Don’t you think you need to provide some proof for such a ridiculous smear there Mr. Calhoun? You’re a history perfesser, right?

NotCoach on August 21, 2013 at 9:36 AM

Oh dear God….hold on, give me 10 minutes.

libfreeordie on August 21, 2013 at 9:45 AM

NotCoach on October 3, 2013 at 12:20 PM

Could anyone have predicted just how much Obama and the Democrats would have helped the GOP in the first few days of the shutdown?

Vladimir Putin did.

He figured out that Obama sucks at chess, boxed him into a corner, then moved in for the checkmate.

Maybe the Republicans learned something from Vlad.

MichaelGabriel on October 3, 2013 at 12:21 PM

It seems like a no-brainer for the Republicans – offer up one condition. Remove all waivers and exemptions granted by the administration after the law was passed. Or, grant those same waivers to everyone. Not just unions and democrat backers. If the dems refuse, than everyone will know this is driven by pure arrogance by the dems (which we already know).

iamsaved on October 3, 2013 at 12:21 PM

The WWII fiasco was the hail Mary.

Schadenfreude on October 3, 2013 at 12:07 PM

I think Harry Reid’s hatred of children with cancer is a contender too. As is that 80 minute meeting at the White House to essentially communicate that nothing had changed since Monday.
And, of course, the Obamacare roll-out debacle.

A President with strong popularity numbers might have some leverage in this situation but not the lazy stupid coward currently in the job. Ed Morrissey seems to think the GOP needs a Hail Mary but I don’t see how the Dems game this either as long as they are refusing to even discuss differences with the House.

Happy Nomad on October 3, 2013 at 12:21 PM

What I want to know is the Democrat’s plan for getting out of this mess. They, after all, control most of the government. Shouldn’t it be their responsibility? Is refusing to negotiate and doing nothing their strategy?

Fenris on October 3, 2013 at 12:16 PM

They wanted to hang this on the GOP, but it didn’t work. They wanted to inflict as much pain on citizens as possible so they would blame republicans and that didn’t work.

Once again Obama sent his forces into the field and completely fouled up. He’s losing this big time in a couple very important ways, but he can be a brat with the American people, where he could not when dealing with Putin and Assad.

Boehner saw how Putin handed Zero.

dogsoldier on October 3, 2013 at 12:22 PM

And scene.

libfreeordie on October 3, 2013 at 12:04 PM

“And scene.”?

Youse a perfesser, huh?

Bishop on October 3, 2013 at 12:22 PM

The GOP probably can’t count on Obama being the gift that keeps on giving for another two weeks…

That’s when the cold-blooded killer of children with cancer, Dingy Harry, steps in.

Myron Falwell on October 3, 2013 at 12:23 PM

Hey lib, what happens if I can’t pay the deductible on my DeathCare bronze plan and I have a major medical incident?

Bishop on October 3, 2013 at 12:23 PM

Oh dear God….hold on, give me 10 minutes.

libfreeordie on August 21, 2013 at 9:45 AM

NotCoach on October 3, 2013 at 12:20 PM

He’s a fraud.

oldroy on October 3, 2013 at 12:23 PM

“When are we going to have the book we’ve been waiting for, Killing O’Reilly?” Chris Matthews asked.

Together We Thrive™

Murphy9 on October 3, 2013 at 12:24 PM

The Gop needs to continue to stand where they are.

The Optics of shutting down the Memorial, the NIH remark by Reid, and now the 1-800 obscene registration number for Obamacare, are resonating with Americans.

That’s not milk in Obama and the Dems’ Post Toasties.

kingsjester on October 3, 2013 at 12:25 PM

Isn’t it about time for Dear Leader to crank up AF1 and visit a foreign country..?

d1carter on October 3, 2013 at 12:26 PM

Vladimir Putin did.

He figured out that Obama sucks at chess, boxed him into a corner, then moved in for the checkmate.

Maybe the Republicans learned something from Vlad.

MichaelGabriel on October 3, 2013 at 12:21 PM

Yes. Just like libfree, Obama and Harry Reid are frauds.

oldroy on October 3, 2013 at 12:26 PM

Hey lib, what happens if I can’t pay the deductible on my DeathCare bronze plan and I have a major medical incident?

Bishop on October 3, 2013 at 12:23 PM

I hope your coffins are comfortable.

Dave Rywall on October 3, 2013 at 11:32 AM

Schadenfreude on October 3, 2013 at 12:26 PM

Isn’t it about time for Dear Leader to crank up AF1 and visit a foreign country..?

d1carter on October 3, 2013 at 12:26 PM

“Iran, here I come, bros” — obama

Schadenfreude on October 3, 2013 at 12:27 PM

Every day that goes by and there is no effect on folks outside of Washington’s lives, the GOP’s position gets stronger.

Tater Salad on October 3, 2013 at 12:27 PM

Happy Nomad on October 3, 2013 at 12:21 PM

You know what happened with that meeting? Someone convinced Zero to try to work it out and then after a while he got angry about it, threw a hissy fit like a little girl who says, “I hate you!” locks herself in her bedroom and refuses to talk.

What a little princess.

dogsoldier on October 3, 2013 at 12:27 PM

Local media is begging for stories on how the shutdown has affected locals and how ObamaCare is helping them..? Only Prog operatives responding…

d1carter on October 3, 2013 at 12:27 PM

Nothing wrong with trying this “Grand Bargain” strategy as long as it doesn’t act as a surrender in the process.

Look what’s been going on the past couple of days. We’ve been passing a multitude of smaller CRs, individual funding bills just to have Dingy and Obama refuse all negotiation, citing that they want a major deal. So now we’re going to offer them a major deal… which of course they’ll reject because of their arrogant refusal to negotiate.

It’s just the next step in the current plan. We’re doing everything possible to get this government moving again. It’s the left stopping all such efforts. Make the public see that. They reject small deals, major deals, funding CRs, debt ceiling hikes, bills that would fund medicine for children, bills that would reopen parks, bills that would guarantee benefits for veterans… all refused by Democrats in order to protect legislation that is hated and not working anyway.

Gingotts on October 3, 2013 at 12:27 PM

Isn’t it about time for Dear Leader to crank up AF1 and visit a foreign country..?

d1carter on October 3, 2013 at 12:26 PM

Wouldn’t it be funny to Photoshop the barrycade from the WWI memorial to just a few feet from the steps of the Air Force One stairs?

oldroy on October 3, 2013 at 12:27 PM

Go SCOTT WALKER…

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2013/10/shutdown-hero-gov-walker-removes-federal-barricades-in-wisconsin/

UnderstandingisPower on October 3, 2013 at 12:27 PM

Doing the right thing is an act of valor when under tyranny.

Murphy9 on October 3, 2013 at 12:28 PM

Every day that goes by and there is no effect on folks outside of Washington’s lives, the GOP’s position gets stronger.

Tater Salad on October 3, 2013 at 12:27 PM

It does. People wake up and say, Gee the world keeps on turnin WITHOUT THEM.

That reporter interviewing Reid got a wake up call. I wonder if it stuck.

dogsoldier on October 3, 2013 at 12:28 PM

Barack Obama is no Bill Clinton

Clinton was a smooth con-man. obama is simply black. Fad of the day. Nothing more.

Lanceman on October 3, 2013 at 12:18 PM

People liked Clinton. He was an American, too. :-)

Punchenko on October 3, 2013 at 12:28 PM

AP asked a questions on Monday, Regarding Barry’s non-negotiating stance.

I explained the answer is found in Obama’s view on Bill Clinton.

He thinks Clinton’s a failure, and has said such, because he “wasted an opportunity”.

The slavish press never bothered to ask what that opportunity was.

It was the shutdown.

Zero think the same 1994 paradigm is in play because, simply, he’s pure political arrogance.

But because Obama’s not the analytical mind his sycophants claim, he somehow never accounts for the free radicals.

Rummy’s “Known Knowns” and “Known Unknowns”.

Paul, Cruz, Lee, etc…

That’s the legacy of his presidency. Political blind side. Over and over.

budfox on October 3, 2013 at 12:29 PM

Happy Friday Eve, all you Teaters at home reading the internet sites.

Glad you could get up for lunch.

Enjoy your day off and your Obamaphones and free healfcare.

PappyD61 on October 3, 2013 at 12:29 PM

Ed, can’t emphasize how wrong I feel you are.

The shutdown is now priced in for the GOP – and Walker got to be a hero again in Wisconsin. The reason Obama is going to lose this newscycle again is because he is tone deaf and doesn’t believe his opponents have an idea worth listening to. The GOP made a huge error in asking him to delay Obamacare for a year – and Obama was too prideful and thin skinned to recognize the gift given to him.

In the end Obamacare won’t be delayed – but some exemptions will go, for optics in reality, but real ones.

Harry Reid should be quarentined by his own side – “Why should I care? (about child cancer patients)”.

Obama has managed to make a large segment of the population realize he is against them. Not the GOP, not DC, them. Most house seats are safe – this will not cost the GOP the House in 2014. But there are some real interesting senate problems for the dems for which Obamacare will be front in center – right as the 2015 price increases and network narrowings hit.

Only political junkies care about most of this. It just isn’t that important. Obama has lost the newscycle and if history is any guide will become more desperate as we go forward and therefore hurt his position worse before he finally realizes he just needs to shut up. You have Ryan on the budget stuff keyed in and Paul in a good spot in the Senate to play the peacemaker. It is setting up just about as well as it could.

Zomcon JEM on October 3, 2013 at 12:30 PM

Dear Leader supports firing of striking workers in his speech this morning…

d1carter on October 3, 2013 at 12:30 PM

It’s just the next step in the current plan. We’re doing everything possible to get this government moving again. It’s the left stopping all such efforts. Make the public see that. They reject small deals, major deals, funding CRs, debt ceiling hikes, bills that would fund medicine for children, bills that would reopen parks, bills that would guarantee benefits for veterans… all refused by Democrats in order to protect legislation that is hated and not working anyway.

Gingotts on October 3, 2013 at 12:27 PM

Bingo. I couldn’t have said it better myself.

Stoic Patriot on October 3, 2013 at 12:30 PM

Feds shut down D-Day beaches, cemetery in Normandy…

Barrycades: Try to Close Privately Owned Mount Vernon…

Philly tavern frequented by Founding Fathers shuttered…

Lodge with 12 rooms closes on Cape Cod…

Monuments, memorials stayed open during last shutdown…

Grocery stores on Army bases closed, Obama’s golf course open…

Schadenfreude on October 3, 2013 at 12:30 PM

Schumer is working with the White House on a hashtag…? LOL

d1carter on October 3, 2013 at 12:30 PM

And now President Barrycade shines Harry Reid’s “what do we care about that?” spotlight on those on Social Security…

http://www.businessinsider.com/obama-debt-ceiling-social-security-boehner-deadline-default-government-shutdown-2013-10

Gee, I’d hate to see what this hostage situation looked like with our healthcare on the line!

UnderstandingisPower on October 3, 2013 at 12:31 PM

Go SCOTT WALKER…

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2013/10/shutdown-hero-gov-walker-removes-federal-barricades-in-wisconsin/

UnderstandingisPower on October 3, 2013 at 12:27 PM

And scene. LOL!

Punchenko on October 3, 2013 at 12:32 PM

Now Americans are Barrycading Normandy…how appropriate for Dear Leader.

d1carter on October 3, 2013 at 12:32 PM

It does. People wake up and say, Gee the world keeps on turnin WITHOUT THEM.

That reporter interviewing Reid got a wake up call. I wonder if it stuck.

dogsoldier on October 3, 2013 at 12:28 PM

And when the Feral Government is functioning, any contact or service that they provide is funded by your taxes at double or triple the cost that those service could be provided privately, not by anything they produce.

oldroy on October 3, 2013 at 12:32 PM

Sorry, that s/b Drudge

Feds shut down D-Day beaches, cemetery in Normandy…

Barrycades: Try to Close Privately Owned Mount Vernon…

Philly tavern frequented by Founding Fathers shuttered…

Lodge with 12 rooms closes on Cape Cod…

Monuments, memorials stayed open during last shutdown…

Grocery stores on Army bases closed, Obama’s golf course open…

Schadenfreude on October 3, 2013 at 12:32 PM

House GOP looking for a “hail Mary”?

They already tried it and it was successful : The government shutdown.

Now it’s time for the 2 point conversion to win the game:

Show up at the the memorials in D.C. this weekend, storm the barracades.

Show Obama and Reid that this is our country.

MichaelGabriel on October 3, 2013 at 12:33 PM

Schadenfreude on October 3, 2013 at 12:30 PM

Don’t forget Mount Rushmore’s PUBLIC ROAD and shoulder of the public road being closed:

http://www.keloland.com/newsdetail.cfm/mt-rushmore-closed-due-to-government-shutdown/?id=153981

UnderstandingisPower on October 3, 2013 at 12:34 PM

A Hail Mary is a pass you throw way down field hoping that your receiver can outrun the defender and catch it for a touchdown.

I suggest the House GOP draft a constitutional amendment that requires a balanced budget and limits federal spending to 18% of GDP. Tell Reid and Obama they can have whatever they want on Obamacare and the debt ceiling if they pass this to the states for ratification first.

That would be Boehner tossing a Hail Mary to the states…

Kafir on October 3, 2013 at 12:34 PM

GOP didn’t have to complete the pass. Old coot Dingy fumbled and gave them a first down.

Dems don’t care about kids with cancer.
Or Veterans
Or WWII vets.

GOP, hit the line of scrimmage and keep moving the ball.

marybel on October 3, 2013 at 12:35 PM

Surrender is the GOPs default position. They are itching to roll out the white flags.

That being said, I think there is some wisdom in releasing Obamacare on the stupid American people.

melle1228 on October 3, 2013 at 12:35 PM

Grocery stores on Army bases closed, Obama’s golf course open…

Schadenfreude on October 3, 2013 at 12:32 PM

That’s pretty dirty. Now he wants to starve soldiers? Jeez what a freaking #$%&^%$@!

dogsoldier on October 3, 2013 at 12:36 PM

Ed acts as if the media, if not for the shutdown, would have been wildly excited to report the Obamacare disaster. Hardly They would have reported it with the same coat of BS. The truth is, the shutdown (with Republicans trying to defeat Obamacare) was the perfect one two punch. It was beneficial, not a missed opportunity. Only one party is trying to stop this sudden reality and they will come out on top.

AmeriCuda on October 3, 2013 at 12:37 PM

Schumer is working with the White House on a hashtag…? LOL

d1carter on October 3, 2013 at 12:30 PM

I can help them out. How about

#TheRepublicansDidnt (close Mount Rushmore, close the WWII Memorial, threaten to arrest 90-year-old WWII vets, say “what do we care about that” about children with cancer, put up reinforced barrycades to keep people out of PRIVATELY FUNDED AND MAINTAINED monuments and parks)

#AmericanHeldHostage by President #Barrycade and his minion #HarryCade

#FreeAmerica

UnderstandingisPower on October 3, 2013 at 12:37 PM

A Hail Mary is a pass you throw way down field hoping that your receiver can outrun the defender and catch it for a touchdown.

Kafir on October 3, 2013 at 12:34 PM

No, that’s just a deep pass. A Hail Mary is a free ball tossed into a gaggle of receivers and defenders with a prayer attached that one of your receivers catches it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4LyrkgPVXQE

NotCoach on October 3, 2013 at 12:37 PM

‘Because of the shutdown, only 15 people will care for the White House and the Obama family — down from 90.

— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) October 2, 2013

Mooch should clean her own toilets. She works in the garden. She can fertilize at once.

Schadenfreude on October 3, 2013 at 12:39 PM

Republicans have more or less put themselves in a cul-de-sac with the budget showdown over ObamaCare,
ED MORRISSEY

I believe this may very well be the most transparent administration ever. Because it appears the truth is 180 degrees from what they say about everything, all the time. If you really attempt honest negations with terrorists, where do you wind up putting yourself then? We find ourselves at this same talking point.
We’ve been overlooking demons as democratic for sometime, and expecting a working quid pro quo for our polite nearsightedness. Its a penny/pound gig here. I’ve been called fascist enough, I finally looked up the definition, and I see it in front of me offering me chains as gifts. My congressmen better fight or get out of the way.

onomo on October 3, 2013 at 12:39 PM

That’s pretty dirty. Now he wants to starve soldiers? Jeez what a freaking #$%&^%$@!

dogsoldier on October 3, 2013 at 12:36 PM

AND their families! #AmericaHeldHostage indeed!

UnderstandingisPower on October 3, 2013 at 12:39 PM

Keep passing individual, circumscribed CR’s for each area of pain that Barky tries to inflict. Make the Dems own every one of them.

How hard is that?

bofh on October 3, 2013 at 12:40 PM

Only one party is trying to stop this sudden reality and they will come out on top.

AmeriCuda on October 3, 2013 at 12:37 PM

Democrats are also providing the GOP with plenty — plenty! — of campaign commercial ammo going into 2014 that will turn off indies.

Punchenko on October 3, 2013 at 12:41 PM

Republicans have more or less put themselves in a cul-de-sac with the budget showdown over ObamaCare,

Huh? Getting rid of BarkyCare was the main reason the GOP was given the House (in the biggest sweep in over 70 years) in 2011. This is no cul-de-sac; it’s what the GOP was supposed to do from the beginning – and their not doing anything close to it is why they sucked eggs in 2012.

Dude …

especially now that it has rolled out, and stepped on the news cycle that could have been the best day ever for opponents of the ACA.

ROFLMAO. A news cycle hammering Barky … in your friggin dreams. The Indonesian Imbecile has screwed more things up during his illegitimate tenure in office than all the previous occupants combined … and then some. He never gets a really bad news cycle because the MSM has been propping the 84 IQ America-hater up at every single opportunity. Even Benghazi had no effect … in a friggin Presidential election. And you think that the massive disaster that is BarkyCare is going to change anything? It was a disaster from the start in Congress and all the way through, being forced on America in every underhanded, illegal, un-Constitutional way possible.

Stop, already, with these fantasies about “We would have had a great news cycle … if only the GOP would not do the one thing they were elected to do”. I mean, WTFFF??

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on October 3, 2013 at 12:42 PM

House GOP looking for a “hail Mary”?

I didn’t know Jihadis believed in Hail Marys….

ToddPA on October 3, 2013 at 12:43 PM

‘Because of the shutdown, only 15 people will care for the White House and the Obama family — down from 90.

— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) October 2, 2013

Mooch should clean her own toilets. She works in the garden. She can fertilize at once.

Schadenfreude on October 3, 2013 at 12:39 PM

I’m sure they’ll round up some interns if it… comes to that (perish the thought!)

Punchenko on October 3, 2013 at 12:43 PM

First of all, I don;’t get why people are saying the shutdown stepped all over what would have been a terrible first day of Obamacare?

Do you really think the MAM was going to report on the problems? I’m guessing all the major news dailies had special issues ready to go in celebration of the “historic” day that the government took over health care. MSNBC would have been nonstop gloating and celebrating all day. The networks would have found people to sign up, doctors to hail the Brave New World, etc. etc.

THAT’s what the shutdown stepped all over. And for that we should be thankful.

We’ve just spent the last two weeks waking America up to this disaster that has befallen us. That cannot be a bad thing. Obamacare sucks, and now the people understand that their representatives cannot do anything to stop it because of Harry Reid and Barack Obama.

The GOP has fought a good fight here, that was worth fighting. They can’t win it, though, and now need to find an exit strategy. Those of us on the outside should shut up and let them.

rockmom on October 3, 2013 at 12:44 PM

More handwringing…

d1carter on October 3, 2013 at 12:48 PM

1-800-3(F) 8(U) 2(C) 5(K) 9(Y) 6(O)” — BarkyCare, peons.

And there are still idiots who want to “negotiate” with these classless, America-hating morons? LOL. You can’t negotiate anything with such slime, who have not a shred of decency in them and never operate in anything approaching good faith. Anyone who hasn’t learned this lesson (and hasn’t figured out that Barky and the dems are of this sort – worse than arabs, even) … then I don’t even know what to say.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on October 3, 2013 at 12:51 PM

DO NOT CAVE!
DO NOT CAVE!
DO NOT CAVE!
DO NOT CAVE!

The government shutdown is a good thing. Do not fear it. The more they squeal the more we know its working. Now is the time to stand fast and force Obama to blink. If tin-pot dictators can make him blink, our guys should be able to too…oh wait

Iblis on October 3, 2013 at 12:51 PM

The GOP probably can’t count on Obama being the gift that keeps on giving for another two weeks…

Oh really? You do remember our involvement concerning a country named Syria a while ago, right? This is the kind of competence we’re up against, Ed. All Republicans need to do is not lose their sh#t.

Valkyriepundit on October 3, 2013 at 1:03 PM

As the pressure persists on Obama won’t his narcissistic personality break down as it perceives ongoing disrespect? If that is trhe case the examples of poor actions and poor comments should increase. the R strategy. Increase the disrespect, pile on the pressure to his self-image and accelerate his emotional collapse.

kirkbride on October 3, 2013 at 1:05 PM

A “Hail Mary” like this….

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/10/03/see-the-jaw-dropping-pass-during-a-high-school-game-that-will-have-you-saying-wow/

Senator Cruz, I think we now have video of you on the gridiron.

UnderstandingisPower on October 3, 2013 at 1:05 PM

“1-800-3(F) 8(U) 2(C) 5(K) 9(Y) 6(O)” — BarkyCare, peons.

Sure wish Drudge would have included this pic:

http://www.celebrityclubber.com/uncategorized/barack-obama-flipping-you-off/attachment/obamaflipsyouoff

UnderstandingisPower on October 3, 2013 at 1:07 PM

“Can’t anyone here play this game?” That’s an old Casey Stengel quote, and it’s the theme of my column today at The Fiscal Times, too. Republicans have more or less put themselves in a cul-de-sac with the budget showdown over ObamaCare, especially now that it has rolled out, and stepped on the news cycle that could have been the best day ever for opponents of the ACA. Fortunately for Republicans, that gift will keep on giving, as reports from the state make very clear, and we will no doubt have plenty of opportunities to underscore that message as the weeks roll along.

It would help, Ed, if YOU knew what game is being played.

This ISN’T just about ObamaCare.

This is about doing something WHEN the leverage against the entrenched interests is at it’s maximum.

You want to cave and do a “clean CR” GOPe Congressperson?

Ok, see you next year in the primaries – we’ll have plenty of time to organize and kick you out of office.

The “elites” won’t even consider true fixes for our out of control defecit spending, unfunded future obligations or the “Let’s make the millenials carry the weight of Obamacare even when they CAN’T FIND JOBS” – all of which is underwritten by the Federal Reserve’s QE FOREVER approach to devaluing the currency with which we pay our trading partners?

Well, now we are really playing with fire – we are on a short term path to losing the USD being the world reserve currency.

99% of Americans have NO CLUE regarding the impact losing the USD as the world reserve currency would have on their daily lives for the next two generations, at a minimum.

All the pieces have been put in place by China, Russia, the EU, Australia, India, most Asian countries & ALL of the Middle Eastern which have negotiated and signed direct currency exchange agreements.

Any countries without the direct currency exchange agreements would be on the outside looking in – especially the U.S.A. – but the other 90+ countries would be at the mercy of the market regading the value of the USD.

They do NOT need to negotiate a “basket of currencies which excludes the United States” by the way.

The “basket of currencies” is disinformation.

It was started as a speculative exercise and then transformed into “conventional wisdom” by the presstitutes.

An example from last night’s QOTD:

“For example, oil is generally priced at and paid for with USD. If France, say, wants to buy oil from Saudi Arabia, it has to convert its euros into dollars first. There is a price to be paid there. As of now, when we want to buy oil from Saudi Arabia, we just transfer dollars to them and they send us the goods.”

With negotiated and signed direct currency exchanges (which are in place NOW) France just sends the euros into Saudi Arabia’s account at the negotiated exchange rate with the riyal.

No “basket of currencies” required.

And POOF! the USD becomes literally OVERNIGHT something to be valued based on our goverment’s defecit spending habits and our debt to GDP ratio.

Which makes the U.S.A. a third world economic nation.

Unless we start getting our “economic house” in order RTFN …

… the direct currency exchange agreements can be activated in a matter of weeks.

THAT’S the GAME we are really playing, Ed.

It is past time for Hot Air to wake up and start focusing on the Big Picture>

PolAgnostic on October 3, 2013 at 1:09 PM

UnderstandingisPower on October 3, 2013 at 1:05 PM

At first I was going to say that’s not a Hail Mary, but…it might actually qualify…

NotCoach on October 3, 2013 at 1:10 PM

Byron York asks, what now? Now we wait. If the Senate doesn’t want to pass the funding bills that’s their problem. The house should pass an increase to the debt ceiling that includes the current level of so-called “shutdown” spending, plus the spending authorized by the House that are waiting for Senate action, but nothing else. If the Senate passes those funding bills and wants to request that we fund other parts of the government, not including Obamacare, we should be open to negotiations.

And if the Democrats want to accept this as the new normal and won’t pass the funding bills and won’t negotiate on any of this, either now or with regard to the debt limit, then this will be a lot like the sequester, the new normal. Already I suspect most American’s have tuned out and have lost interest in this subject.

Comprehensive CR’s to fund the government should be taboo. The way to fund the govt comprehensively is via a budget that the Senate hasn’t passed since ’09. If the Senate doesn’t want to pass a comprehensive budget then the GOP is doing the right thing trying to break down the budget through a series of smaller CR’s so that they have some control over spending. By not passing a budget the Senate has attempted to take over the House’s control over the purse strings, which is not how our government is set up. All the Cruz/Lee plan does is take back the House’s legitimate spending authority.

FloatingRock on October 3, 2013 at 1:15 PM

Just keep it shut down past the debt limit expiration. Hell keep it shut down until we can boot Obummer out.

redguy on October 3, 2013 at 1:16 PM

At first I was going to say that’s not a Hail Mary, but…it might actually qualify…

NotCoach on October 3, 2013 at 1:10 PM

Going down on your back at the sideline, defender on top of you, no look pass to the endzone? Only reason I even questioned it was because they were so CLOSE to the endzone. Most of the time, you think of something like halfway down the field or something.

UnderstandingisPower on October 3, 2013 at 1:16 PM

It’s the democratic Senate’s fault for all of this for not passing a budget for over 5 years….

redguy on October 3, 2013 at 1:17 PM

Going down on your back at the sideline, defender on top of you, no look pass to the endzone? Only reason I even questioned it was because they were so CLOSE to the endzone. Most of the time, you think of something like halfway down the field or something.

UnderstandingisPower on October 3, 2013 at 1:16 PM

Yeah, the Republicans need to act like Payton Manning – not Tony Romo.

redguy on October 3, 2013 at 1:18 PM

Everyone I know blames the GOP. That’s not going to change much and they’ll even be blamed more as toms goes on.

mrscullen on October 3, 2013 at 1:18 PM

It is past time for Hot Air to wake up and start focusing on the Big Picture>

PolAgnostic on October 3, 2013 at 1:09 PM

Yeah, what he said!!!

redguy on October 3, 2013 at 1:19 PM

Everyone I know blames the GOP. That’s not going to change much and they’ll even be blamed more as toms goes on.

mrscullen on October 3, 2013 at 1:18 PM

Only because they believe the lame stream media….

You have to start challenging people’s perceptions or they accept lies as gospel truth.

redguy on October 3, 2013 at 1:20 PM

Over to the dark side eh, Ed? No the house just needs to keep passing single issue CRs and let the donks pass or turn them down. No freaking need for a grand bargain. It’s the grand bargains to date that have helped put us in this mess. Optics, schmoptics you’ve bought into the progressive playbook. Meh.

AH_C on October 3, 2013 at 1:25 PM

Here’s a list of Democrat Senators that might be looking to hear from their constituents.

http://democrats.senate.gov/members/

Especially Michael Bennet of Colorado:

Denver, Colorado (303) 455-7600
or Toll Free: (866) 455-9866

Durango, Colorado (970) 259-1710

Colorado Springs (719) 328-1100

Fort Collins (970) 224-2200

Grand Junction (970) 241-6631

Pueblo (719) 542-7550

Laredo (719) 587-0096

http://www.politico.com/story/2013/08/capitol-hill-obamacare-crisis-solved-95100.html

Might be worth asking Senator Bennet about his support for this:

Lawmakers and staff can breathe easy — their health care tab is not going to soar next year.

The Office of Personnel Management, under heavy pressure from Capitol Hill, will issue a ruling that says the government can continue to make a contribution to the health care premiums of members of Congress and their aides, according to several Hill sources.

A White House official confirmed the deal and said the proposed regulations will be issued next week.

PappyD61 on October 3, 2013 at 1:28 PM

Everyone I know blames the GOP. That’s not going to change much and they’ll even be blamed more as toms goes on.
mrscullen on October 3, 2013 at 1:18 PM
Only because they believe the lame stream media….
You have to start challenging people’s perceptions or they accept lies as gospel truth.
redguy on October 3, 2013 at 1:20 PM

I do try to enlighten people but they don’t care. Even conservatives are upset by this as Obamacare is the law of the land since Romney lost, etc. it is what it is and people blame the GOP. At least provide funding for WIC.

mrscullen on October 3, 2013 at 1:29 PM

The House should pass a clean bill to raise the debt ceiling by $1 Trillion. Send that over to the Senate and take the issue off the table.

Over half of that $1 Trillion (approx. $550 Billion) would be instantly consumed by paying back the “Extraordinary Measures” borrowing that has been going on during the last 5 months.

The remaining $450 Billion in debt ceiling is an amount that used to last us nearly 5 years, but now will last us nearly 5 months.

The hill to fight on is not the debt ceiling.

The hill to fight on is the FY 2014 budget.

Raise the debt ceiling and pass FY 2014 funding in small pieces. Force the Senate to either pass or obstruct that funding.

That is the way we stem the historic tide of Debt that the Democrats have created in the last six fiscal years… Dems created more than twice the amount of debt in 6 years (FY 2008-2013) than the Republican majorities created in 12 years (FY 1996-2007).

Republicans created $4 Trillion in new debt over 12 years.
Democrats created $8.3 Trillion in new debt over 6 years.

Raise the debt ceiling and fight the budget battle.

No “Grand Bargain” or “Hail Mary”.

ITguy on October 3, 2013 at 1:29 PM

Is refusing to negotiate and doing nothing their strategy?

Fenris on October 3, 2013 at 12:16 PM

Well, yes. But you left out making themselves look like idiots, and uncaring about kids with cancer, and obstructionists.

Chris of Rights on October 3, 2013 at 1:45 PM

Think about this for a moment.

Republicans are negotiating (can we really call it that when it is only one side negotiating- but I digress) in a situation where the priority is relatively low (as compared to, say, the Debt Ceiling). Democrats, on their part, are not willing to compromise on any aspect of this situation. None. In fact, they are willing to bar WWII veterans from public open air arguments, make despicable statements about kids with cancer and generally run a very caustic, scorched earth campaign against the citizenry. Heck, they didn’t even want to do that to terrorists in Benghazi.

Yet some Republicans want to “negotiate” a “grand bargain”? Are they serious? They can’t even get Democrats to compromise on the simple issue before them now, yet they want to offer negotiate on complex set of issues and fell they can…win?

It is no small wonder why Republicans are in their current situation. None of them has the intelligence to pass negotiating 101. That especially includes :respected” people like Paul Ryan who ought to put down the balloon animals, take off his clown shoes and take a long, hard look in the mirror. You’re Bozo.

Marcus Traianus on October 3, 2013 at 1:46 PM

I’m convinced the House should keep sending over funding CRs that will actually fund things that conservatives can get behind, and include things that can be used as hammers (like the NIH). Follow that up by getting in front of every microphone and TV camera they can find and let the public know that they have done everything necessary to fund the government, and are just waiting on the Democrats.

Oh, and don’t get in front of these cameras in Washington, DC. Adjourn and go home. Get in front of these cameras in Tucson, Des Moines, Bowling Green, Lincoln, Cincinnati. Get on the local news. They may be just as biased as the national news, but they know what they have to do. If the local Congressman comes back to the district and says something on tape, they have to show it. Hammer this for a nice four day weekend, and then return to DC.

By then, the Dems will have shown the country just what despicable human beings they all are.

Chris of Rights on October 3, 2013 at 1:52 PM

ITguy on October 3, 2013 at 1:29 PM

Sound advice. Stopping Obamacare should be the priority, not new spending cuts, although if the Senate doesn’t want to pass the House’s spending bills and refuses to negotiate then spending will necessarily be reduced by the Senate’s inaction.

FloatingRock on October 3, 2013 at 2:05 PM

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