WaPo: You know, the official GOP response was, er … good

posted at 8:01 am on January 29, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

I’m not as surprised as the Washington Posts’ Robert Costa, but perhaps that’s due to a lowered set of expectations in the media for opposition responses to the State of the Union speech. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers has been one of the GOP’s hidden gems for too long as it is, and their decision to put her out front this year represents an acknowledgment from the Republican Party that they have to do two things in 2014 in order to compete. First, Republican women have to have a much stronger voice, and the GOP has to improve its communications.

So far, at least, mission accomplished (from CBS News):

It was all there — easygoing populism, an emphasis on jobs and her family, which includes a son with Down syndrome and a Navy veteran husband. It was as if a Republican pollster had somehow created a politician with the exact profile that Republicans are looking to promote as they head toward this year’s midterm elections. Here was a pro-life, never offensive Republican woman from a Western state who grew up picking apples on a farm; a youthful, 44-year-old Republican who is known as one of the most savvy social-media users in the House, uploading countless photos to Instagram and videos to Vine.

Even better, there was no unfortunate reach for a water bottle, as painfully endured by Florida Sen. Marco Rubio last year in his response, or the kind of awkward articulation that caused long-lasting headaches for Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal in 2009, when he delivered the Republican response to an Obama economic speech. Instead, it was a relatively smooth delivery, with the congresswoman whisking through her scripted remarks on a gold couch, a triangularly-folded American flag on a shelf behind her.

No drama, no problems. You could almost hear the collective whew breathed by Republicans as they strolled through Statuary Hall, many of them watching her on their iPhones or nearby televisions. After a tumultuous year, full of shutdowns and drama, McMorris Rodgers’s almost calculated boringness and upbeat, check-the-box appeal was cheered by Republicans.

“Boringness”? This is a misreading of McMorris Rodgers and her appeal. She’s no TV-version Donna Reed or a woman to disappear into the scenery. Three years ago, I sat down with her and Paul Ryan at a briefing on the budget shortly after Republicans took control of the House, and I can attest that she’s hardly “boring.” She is a dynamic presence, and a tough talker on Republican priorities who has worked her way into leadership for a reason.

We can see it in the response, which was good on substance as well as delivery. She has an Everywoman quality, and doesn’t hesitate to deploy it. She started off the speech noting that her first job was at McDonalds, and connects to voters outside the Beltway and the thought leaders. Unlike some politicians even at this level, McMorris Rodgers knows how to express herself dynamically rather than read off of cue cards, and how to channel joy, intellect, principle, and common sense in tandem.

What about the substance of the response? For the most part, it’s a recitation of GOP principles, as one would expect, except when McMorris Rodgers talks about her family — and especially her 6-year-old son, who has Down’s Syndrome. Cole has “only made me more determined to see the potential in every human life,” McMorris Rodgers told the nation passionately. “We are not defined by our limits, but by our potential.”  Shortly after that, McMorris Rodgers said that the issue facing America was not “income inequality … but opportunity inequality,” which she pledged the GOP to fight.  “That gap has become far too wide,” she argued, because of the same policies Obama proposed yet again in the State of the Union speech.

It’s not just the Post or Robert Costa who noticed, either. National Journal’s Matt Vasilogambros also came away impressed, not just with the messenger but the message:

So, it looks like Rodgers is picking up right where he left off. Her tone even sounded similar to that former President George W. Bush, who used the term frequently. The concept of compassionate conservatism posits that the free market can be used to help the poor and improve other social problems, like health care and immigration. But the term has been used to describe Republicans who might be faking empathy, garnering a negative connotation.

Rodgers took a shot of Obama, saying that his promises sound good, but it doesn’t necessarily help the poor.

“The president talks a lot about income inequality,” Rodgers said. “But the real gap we face today is one of opportunity inequality.”

And though the policies might not be any different than what Republicans have promoted in the past, McMorris Rodgers’ speech might set a tone shift to help improve public perception of a party once led by a millionaire presidential candidate who infamously belittled the “47 percent” looking for government handouts.

The question is how many people paid attention to the response. A slew of responses, planned or spontaneous, from Republicans may have distracted from McMorris Rodgers a bit last night. I suspect, though, that this one will resonate longer and farther in part because of the Congresswoman’s clear appeal to voters on the ground. We’ll see.

 


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Bring on the jokes about her son, lefties.

And a Navy husband? Let’s be honest here, that’s a downgrade, swabbies are dolts.

Bishop on January 29, 2014 at 8:06 AM

She was giving us e-harmony commercial realness. A great appeal to white voters over 50 I suppose, but nothing for younger folks.

libfreeordie on January 29, 2014 at 8:06 AM

The left will now set out to Palinize her.

myiq2xu on January 29, 2014 at 8:06 AM

Sorry, the content of the speech was fine but the delivery was, well, awful. Coulter is right: fire all the GOP speech coaches. and let people be who they are. I doubt the woman needed whatever it was the coaches gave her.

princetrumpet on January 29, 2014 at 8:09 AM

She was giving us e-harmony commercial realness. A great appeal to white voters over 50 I suppose, but nothing for younger folks.

libfreeordie on January 29, 2014 at 8:06 AM

44 year old white woman: Old out of touch honky.

52 year old black man: Suave hipster in tune with the 20-somethings.

You beclown yourself.

Bishop on January 29, 2014 at 8:11 AM

As an aside, putting Cathy McMorris Rodgers on a sofa in a fireside chat sort of tableau was exactly right. Far too often the Republican Response has been given like a speech from the Oval Office or East Room.

Happy Nomad on January 29, 2014 at 8:11 AM

Good job Cathy.

rplat on January 29, 2014 at 8:13 AM

7:18 pm
Jan 28, 2014
State of the Union
Excerpts From GOP Response by Cathy McMorris Rodgers
*****************************************************

Here are excerpts from the planned Republican response to President Barack Obama‘s State of the Union address Tuesday night. The GOP response will be delivered by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington.

WASHINGTON, DC – Tonight, House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) will deliver the Republican Address to the Nation following the State of the Union. Following are excerpts from the address:

“The most important moments right now aren’t happening here. They’re not in the Oval Office or in the House Chamber. They’re in your homes. Kissing your kids goodnight. Figuring out how to pay the bills. Getting ready for tomorrow’s doctor’s visit. Waiting to hear from those you love serving in Afghanistan, or searching for that big job interview. After all, ‘We the People’ have been the foundation of America since her earliest days – people from all walks of life, and from all corners of the world – people who come to America because here, no challenge is too great and no dream too big.”

“So tonight I’d like to share a more hopeful, Republican vision – one that empowers you, not the government. It’s one that champions free markets – and trusts people to make their own decisions, not a government that decides for you. It helps working families rise above the limits of poverty and protects our most vulnerable. And it’s one where Washington plays by the same rules that you do. It’s a vision that is fair and offers the promise of a better future for every American.”

“Because our mission – not only as Republicans, but as Americans, is to once again to ensure that we are not bound by where we come from, but empowered by what we can become. That is the gap Republicans are working to close. It’s the gap we all face: between where you are and where you want to be.”

“Last month, more Americans stopped looking for a job than found one. Too many people are falling further and further behind because, right now, the President’s policies are making people’s lives harder. Republicans have plans to close the gap…Plans that focus on jobs first without more spending, government bailouts, and red tape…Every day, we’re working to expand our economy, one manufacturing job, nursing degree and small business at a time. We have plans to improve our education and training systems so you have the choice to determine where your kids go to school…to help you take home more of your paycheck…with lower taxes, cheaper energy costs, and affordable health care.”

“We’ve all talked to too many people who have received cancellation notices they didn’t expect or who can no longer see the doctors they always have. No, we shouldn’t go back to the way things were, but the President’s health care law is not working. Republicans believe health care choices should be yours, not the government’s. And that whether you’re a boy with Down syndrome or a woman with breast cancer, you can find coverage and a doctor who will treat you.”

“As Republicans, we advance these plans every day because we believe in a government that trusts people and doesn’t limit where you finish because of where you started. That is what we stand for – for an America that is every bit as compassionate as it is exceptional…Our plan is one that dreams big for everyone and turns its back on no one.”

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http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2014/01/28/excerpts-from-gop-response-by-cathy-mcmorris-rodgers/

canopfor on January 28, 2014 at 10:35 PM

canopfor on January 29, 2014 at 8:13 AM

Here was a pro-life, never offensive Republican woman

Unlike those “offensive” pro-life Republican women like Gov. Sarah Palin, right?

And what was it exactly that was so “offensive” about her, other than the MSM reports (which were completely false, and provably so, from the start) about how Palin tried to deny government aid to rape victims?

But don’t worry. If Rep. Rodgers start to gain traction with the public, there will soon be false reports about her too, and you’ll be able to smugly dismiss her as another one of those “offensive” pro-life Republican women, just like Palin.

AZCoyote on January 29, 2014 at 8:14 AM

She was giving us e-harmony commercial realness. A great appeal to white voters over 50 I suppose, but nothing for younger folks.

libfreeordie on January 29, 2014 at 8:06 AM

So, in other words, you can’t really attack the substance of what she said so you’re engaging in class warfare based on race and age.

So pathetically predictable. Just as predictable as the way your boy was shucking and jiving last night without ever coming out and admitting the truth. The state of the union sucks thanks to Obama and his lack of ability, ethics, or competence. It’s what happens when you elect a stupid lazy coward based on skin color and not leadership or vision.

Happy Nomad on January 29, 2014 at 8:15 AM

Barry’s economic policy. If any. Washington drives the country bankrupt, colludes with Wall Street, to the extent that there is a distinction between Washington and Wall Street, and brings on the sub-prime crash. The swine tell us that we are the greatest economic powerhouse known to creation, while unemployment is ghastly, college grads have to live with their parents, food stamps spread, and the middle class lives paycheck to paycheck. Oh thank you, thank you.

roflmmfao

donabernathy on January 29, 2014 at 8:15 AM

She was giving us e-harmony commercial realness. A great appeal to white voters over 50 I suppose, but nothing for younger folks.

libfreeordie on January 29, 2014 at 8:06 AM

LOL. Your over-50 hero Barry Obama already gave younger folks Obamacare.

What more could you want?

AZCoyote on January 29, 2014 at 8:16 AM

Anybody with three names is a criminal.

meci on January 29, 2014 at 8:17 AM

She has an Everywoman quality, and doesn’t hesitate to deploy it. She started off the speech noting that her first job was at McDonalds, and connects to voters outside the Beltway and the thought leaders.

I agree on the Everywoman point. But I thought she said her first job was picking apples.

She was giving us e-harmony commercial realness. A great appeal to white voters over 50 I suppose, but nothing for younger folks.

libfreeordie on January 29, 2014 at 8:06 AM

She sounds happily married, so she has no use for e-harmony. I suppose that she doesn’t offer much to big-city elites and inner-city crack hoes, but you can’t be all things to all people. Anyone teeing off on her is barking up the wrong tree–as are you.

BuckeyeSam on January 29, 2014 at 8:18 AM

I suppose it had some value, maybe as theater, but it was a nothing burger. The Republicans in Congress are temperamentally unsuited to defying the President, or even disagreeing with him too seriously.

MTF on January 29, 2014 at 8:18 AM

She was giving us e-harmony commercial realness. A great appeal to white voters over 50 I suppose, but nothing for younger folks.

libfreeordie on January 29, 2014 at 8:06 AM

libfreeordie: Heres a Great Commerical:
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Heres where the TONE was SET:
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Angel Rankinposted toSarah Palin
November 1, 2012 at 3:44pm ·
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“After we win this election, it’s our turn.

Payback time.

Everyone not with us is against us and they better be ready because we don’t forget.

The ones who helped us will be rewarded,

the ones who opposed us will get what they deserve.

There is going to be hell to pay.

Congress won’t be a problem for us this time.

No election to worry about after this is over

and we have two judges ready to go.”

Valerie Jarret http://theulstermanreport.com/2012/11/01/valerie-jarret-after-we-win-this-election-its-our-turn-payback-time-wsi/

Valerie Jarret – “After We Win This Election, It’s Our Turn. Payback Time.” (WSI) – The Ulsterman.
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Openly declared as “Obama’s Brain”, and the figure whose second story West Wing office has been described by political insiders as the true Oval Office of

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canopfor on January 29, 2014 at 5:55 AM

canopfor on January 29, 2014 at 8:18 AM

44 year old white woman: Old out of touch honky.

52 year old black man: Suave hipster in tune with the 20-somethings.

You beclown yourself.

Bishop on January 29, 2014 at 8:11 AM

THANK YOU! Just….THANK YOU! BAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!

Pale Rider on January 29, 2014 at 8:18 AM

But don’t worry. If Rep. Rodgers start to gain traction with the public, there will soon be false reports about her too, and you’ll be able to smugly dismiss her as another one of those “offensive” pro-life Republican women, just like Palin.

AZCoyote on January 29, 2014 at 8:14 AM

No doubt. But can you imagine the coverage had the GOP response been given by a polarizing figure like Sarah Palin? Would the commentary this morning been about the substance of the repsonse or snarky comments about the speaker?

Happy Nomad on January 29, 2014 at 8:19 AM

So this morning I’m watching my local news channel and they bring someone on to comment on the GOP response.

“It didn’t measure up to Obama’s speech” among other things.

Yeah, she was Black and a Liberal. Bias was obvious throughout her segment.

Shame, really, since I would prefer a local news channel over the syndicated news.

Guess I’ll just tune elsewhere now. After I send an email to them telling them why I’m not tuning in anymore.

ProfShadow on January 29, 2014 at 8:20 AM

***

44 year old white woman: Old out of touch honky.

52 year old black man: Suave hipster in tune with the 20-somethings.

***

Bishop on January 29, 2014 at 8:11 AM

And the suave hipster put reliable old Sheriff Joe in charge of job training. That’s worse than turning Obamacare over to Sebelius.

BuckeyeSam on January 29, 2014 at 8:21 AM

She was giving us e-harmony commercial realness. A great appeal to white voters over 50 I suppose, but nothing for younger folks.

libfreeordie on January 29, 2014 at 8:06 AM

Yeah, younger voters get the architect of their health care quagmire telling them how great he still is.

crrr6 on January 29, 2014 at 8:21 AM

Too out of touch! Young voters are only listening to frumpy white hipsters who eat cake sitting on the toilet.

RedRedRice on January 29, 2014 at 8:21 AM

While I generally liked her response, isn’t she part of the House amnesty brigade?

BuckeyeSam on January 29, 2014 at 8:21 AM

libfreeordie on January 29, 2014 at 8:06 AM

44 year old white woman: Old out of touch honky.

52 year old black man: Suave hipster in tune with the 20-somethings.

You beclown yourself.

Bishop on January 29, 2014 at 8:11 AM

That because the 52-year-old hipster was/is a pothead. So of course, the other potheads will think he’s cool.

CurtZHP on January 29, 2014 at 8:22 AM

Too out of touch! Young voters are only listening to frumpy white hipsters who eat cake sitting on the toilet.

RedRedRice on January 29, 2014 at 8:21 AM

Like John McCain…

22044 on January 29, 2014 at 8:25 AM

Via mediaite Alex Wagner asked where was her needlepoint

Msdnc’s war on women continues

cmsinaz on January 29, 2014 at 8:25 AM

Too out of touch! Young voters are only listening to frumpy white hipsters who eat cake sitting on the toilet.

RedRedRice on January 29, 2014 at 8:21 AM

Leave Jay Carney out of this.

Happy Nomad on January 29, 2014 at 8:28 AM

Sorry, didn’t watch it. My bullshit-o-meter went off long ago on this turd.

RandallinHerndon on January 29, 2014 at 8:28 AM

Via mediaite Alex Wagner asked where was her needlepoint

Msdnc’s war on women continues

cmsinaz on January 29, 2014 at 8:25 AM

cmsinaz:You Rang:)
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‘Where’s the Needlepoint?’: MSNBC’s Alex Wagner Mocks McMorris Rodgers’ GOP Response
by Andrew Kirell | 11:20 pm, January 28th, 2014
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http://www.mediaite.com/tv/wheres-the-needlepoint-msnbcs-alex-wagner-mocks-mcmorris-rodgers-gop-response/

canopfor on January 29, 2014 at 8:29 AM

Canopfor thanks for the linky :)

cmsinaz on January 29, 2014 at 8:30 AM

While I generally liked her response, isn’t she part of the House amnesty brigade?

BuckeyeSam on January 29, 2014 at 8:21 AM

Not yet. She’s in the leadership so maybe she will be. But in the past she’s been good on amnesty. We will see.

Her district is in Eastern WA so she does support allowing more visas for agricultural workers.

She’s one of the few conservative women we have in WA so I’ll give her the benefit of the doubt :)

kcewa on January 29, 2014 at 8:31 AM

Via mediaite Alex Wagner asked where was her needlepoint

Msdnc’s war on women continues

cmsinaz on January 29, 2014 at 8:25 AM

What was Alex Wagner thinking? Republican women don’t do needlepoint. They hire illegals at slave wages to do that kind of stuff! ;0

Happy Nomad on January 29, 2014 at 8:32 AM

She was giving us e-harmony commercial realness. A great appeal to white voters over 50 I suppose, but nothing for younger folks.

libfreeordie on January 29, 2014 at 8:06 AM

Thank you, racist elderphobe.

antipc on January 29, 2014 at 8:32 AM

She was giving us e-harmony commercial realness. A great appeal to white voters over 50 I suppose, but nothing for younger folks.

libfreeordie on January 29, 2014 at 8:06 AM

Wow, really? My 22 y/o daughter STILL can’t find a job, almost a year after graduating from a top South Bend institution. She told me that, for the first time, she finally has some hope for 2014/2016 elections, that someone “sane” will be elected.

Yeah, not a THING for the “younger folks”. Cripes, do you truly think a twenty-something wants to be called “folk”?

herm2416 on January 29, 2014 at 8:34 AM

The only legitimate GOP response to Barky is impeachment. Anything short of that is dereliction of duty, and when the GOP jumped into the puppy-munching feast with Barky to give aid and comfort to an invading army of illegals they went past dereliction into straight-out treason.

I didn’t bother listening to Barky’s idiotic speech last night and I don’t give a sh#t what the GOP response to it was. Actions speak louder than words. Barky’s actions are generally illegal and un-Constitutional and there are no words from the GOP that stop that.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on January 29, 2014 at 8:35 AM

Lol HN. But of course

cmsinaz on January 29, 2014 at 8:35 AM

canopfor on January 29, 2014 at 8:29 AM

It’s not misogyny when the left does it.

Bishop on January 29, 2014 at 8:35 AM

Via mediaite Alex Wagner asked where was her needlepoint

Msdnc’s war on women continues

cmsinaz on January 29, 2014 at 8:25 AM

They’re all sexist on the left:

Obama from the SOTU: “We are going to start in-sourcing jobs from a Broad.”

I’m guessing that means taking jobs from Angela Merkel’s Germany? Or maybe Canada – the Queen is head of state there?

It was kind of a sexist comment though.

kcewa on January 29, 2014 at 8:36 AM

She was giving us e-harmony commercial realness. A great appeal to white voters over 50 I suppose, but nothing for younger folks.
libfreeordie on January 29, 2014 at 8:06 AM

Because, youth…that’s where wisdom is at!

anuts on January 29, 2014 at 8:38 AM

canopfor on January 29, 2014 at 8:29 AM

It’s not misogyny when the left does it.

Bishop on January 29, 2014 at 8:35 AM

Bishop:Correct Sir,..

…for DemoSexCrats,

its a badge of Honour
Resume’ EnHancer
and the way women should be treated!!

canopfor on January 29, 2014 at 8:39 AM

Meh. Her delivery sounded more like the Republican version of unicorns and rainbows to me. Not one mention of how the Republicans can replace Obamacare with something that people can support. Not to take away her accomplishments or her trials, but I don’t want to hear it; the other side has the same stories to be sure. Want I want to hear is polite, well-earned criticism of the Democrats and REAL solutions to the nations problems. The criticism should be a piece of cake, but the GOP has no solutions that I can think of.

HiJack on January 29, 2014 at 8:40 AM

Canopfor thanks for the linky :)

cmsinaz on January 29, 2014 at 8:30 AM

cmsinaz: AnyTime:)

canopfor on January 29, 2014 at 8:40 AM

McMorris Rodgers is another one of those troglodytes who kept a Down syndrome child rather than aborting him.

/

To be honest, I’ve seen smoother deliveries and heard greater substance–never from Obama, mind you–but it has been a while since I saw something as uplifting. I’m sure that her references to God had heads exploding in NYC, DC, San Fran, and Hollywood.

BuckeyeSam on January 29, 2014 at 8:44 AM

I didn’t bother listening to Barky’s idiotic speech last night and I don’t give a sh#t what the GOP response to it was. Actions speak louder than words. Barky’s actions are generally illegal and un-Constitutional and there are no words from the GOP that stop that.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on January 29, 2014 at 8:35 AM

And there it is. A conservative who has something that the GOP is lacking: nerve. I love you, man!

HiJack on January 29, 2014 at 8:45 AM

Not a “good job”, but an awesome job.

She was absolutely the best response in decades. She connected with people like no on has connected.

Not showing, just plain, “We can get it done”, incredibly sincere.

Firm on immigration, secure border first, and then we can step by step resolve the problem…if the Republican leadership doesn’t get the effect, doesn’t understand what she did in just a few minutes, than they are truly lost.

The panels of liberals were distraught, reaching for some negative and just could not come up with anything substitive.

One other point, on CNN, Cruz eviscerated the journalist interviewing him, and took apart Obama piece by piece in a most “gentle” way, and awesome display in restraint and intellect.

Highlight was something like “Congress not working with the President, how about Keystone? Overwhelmingly bi-partisan, bringing thousands of jobs to the economy, and he and Reid won’t bring it to a vote, that is not co-operation.”
Journalist defending said “But that is not economic policy”, and Cruz shot back, “No, it’s putting people to work and bringing in millions of dollars into the economy, it’s not policy, it’s action”…awesome display of debating and ruining a liberals journalists evening.
The journalist looked like a whipped puppy dog…than they turned to Barbara Boxer, good grief, how embarrassing, but her botox was holding up.

right2bright on January 29, 2014 at 8:45 AM

While I generally liked her response, isn’t she part of the House amnesty brigade?

BuckeyeSam on January 29, 2014 at 8:21 AM

Apparently. In her response to Obama, she said this:

“And yes, it’s time to honor our history of legal immigration. We’re working on a step-by-step solution to immigration reform by first securing our borders and making sure America will always attract the best, brightest, and hardest working from around the world.”

AZCoyote on January 29, 2014 at 8:48 AM

The concept of compassionate conservatism posits that the free market can be used to help the poor and improve other social problems, like health care and immigration. But the term has been used to describe Republicans who might be faking empathy, garnering a negative connotation.

Um, no, the negative connotation is because “compassionate conservatism” still has to do with the government taking care of people. It only nominally has to do with anything “free market” and little to nothing to do with private charity and truly small government.

GWB on January 29, 2014 at 8:50 AM

She was giving us e-harmony commercial realness. A great appeal to white voters over 50 I suppose, but nothing for younger folks.

libfreeordie on January 29, 2014 at 8:06 AM

At least younger folks who are on welfare and lying around posting on blogs…feel left out do you?

She didn’t cater to you, hold your widdle hand? Awwwww, you poor baby.

You are a liberal because the conservatives do not cater to whiners and parasites. We are the party of people who want to have control of their lives…not let the government control our lives, force us to buy things we don’t need or want.

You want the government to lead you, tell you what to do, we don’t…that is the major difference.

right2bright on January 29, 2014 at 8:51 AM

While I generally liked her response, isn’t she part of the House amnesty brigade?

BuckeyeSam on January 29, 2014 at 8:21 AM

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Representative Cathy McMorris Rogers has had a fairly good record when it comes to border security. There are currently at least 12 million (with estimates reaching as high as 30 million) illegal aliens in this country. The first line of defense is controlling our porous borders. Representative Cathy McMorris Rogers seems very concerned about securing our borders.

After an illegal alien has entered our country the next line of defense is interior enforcement. Currently employers are not required to verify that an applicant or employee is legally allowed to work in this country. In addition, local law enforcement at the state and local level have had their hands tied when dealing with illegal aliens by not even allowing them to inquire about arrestees’ citizenship status. Representative Cathy McMorris Rogers has worked hard to allow state and local law enforcement to help in reducing illegal immigration and to put in place workplace verification systems allowing employers to quickly verify the legal working status of their employees.

If an illegal alien avoids being picked up, or remains here after receiving deportation orders, the next thing they look for are incentives, rewards and benefits. Amnesty is the largest of these rewards and gives illegal aliens a path to citizenship or makes them instantly legal. Representative Cathy McMorris Rogers does not approve of amnesty for illegal aliens and has worked against it.

Representative Cathy McMorris Rogers has voted against giving illegal aliens further rewards and other incentives to come such as in-state tuition, educational benefits, welfare and health care services.

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canopfor on January 29, 2014 at 8:51 AM

She was giving us e-harmony commercial realness. A great appeal to white voters over 50 I suppose, but nothing for younger folks.

libfreeordie on January 29, 2014 at 8:06 AM

You fear her, that’s painfully obvious.

itsspideyman on January 29, 2014 at 8:51 AM

She was giving us e-harmony commercial realness. A great appeal to white voters over 50 I suppose, but nothing for younger folks.

libfreeordie on January 29, 2014 at 8:06 AM

Pretty sure HA has changed the policy where you can be banned for being too phucking stupid. You could be the first.

msupertas on January 29, 2014 at 8:54 AM

Establishment boosterism in full court press in the OP. McMorris Rodgers is, for those who don’t know, the “next in line” in the establishment’s grand master plan for being slightly less prolific Democrats.

Haven’t we had enough policy speeches given through the lens of the hero politician narrative? I don’t like hearing about how Obama is the one we’ve been waiting for, and unless Obamacare caused McMR’s insurance coverage to end, I really don’t need to be introduced to her life story. It’s not relevant to the problems facing the State of the Nation.

I thought it was weak compared to Cruz’s off the cuff response, Rand Paul’s response, and Mike Lee’s Tea Party response. I will grant that the GOP response is usually useless anyway, so at least the party did something intelligent in making it an introduction to the next anointed hero politician, but that doesn’t mean I think it was effective or relevant.

BKennedy on January 29, 2014 at 8:55 AM

Um, no, the negative connotation is because “compassionate conservatism” still has to do with the government taking care of people. It only nominally has to do with anything “free market” and little to nothing to do with private charity and truly small government.

GWB on January 29, 2014 at 8:50 AM

Both wrong, it means that conservatives are as compassionate about other peoples fate as anyone else…nothing more.

It’s to counter the “conservatives are heartless”. We want non-profits to provide shelter, to provide displaced mothers, wives, to give the homeless hope…we support by money and works, much more than out liberal counter parts.

It’s to showcase that faithful conservatives built the schools, the hospitals, the shelters that take care of the “least among us”…with or without government help, compassionate conservatives are at the fore front of challenge that faces people that are not as fortunate as us.

Diluting it with political talk, is a liberal trick, a typical liberal attack on something that helps humanity, that doesn’t need government.

right2bright on January 29, 2014 at 8:56 AM

canopfor on January 29, 2014 at 8:51 AM

Thanks for that link

kcewa on January 29, 2014 at 8:56 AM

44 year old white woman: Old out of touch honky.

52 year old black man: Suave hipster in tune with the 20-somethings.

You beclown yourself.

Bishop on January 29, 2014 at 8:11 AM

Leftists are eternal children, so they’ll always have more in common with the young people. Their emotional ages are similar. We can never compete with leftist “hipness.” What we need to focus on is making sure the chronological children grow up.

CJ on January 29, 2014 at 8:58 AM

I did not care much for this response. Maybe my expectations are simply to high. The response hit some points of merit. There seemed to be a lack of energy in the retort. Mostly just a wee bit to subdued for what we are up against. More fire please. Its cold!

Bmore on January 29, 2014 at 8:58 AM

Ed, will you be posting the other two responses I heard talk of yesterday? Or should I go ahead and hunt them down myself? Thanks.

Bmore on January 29, 2014 at 9:00 AM

AZCoyote on January 29, 2014 at 8:48 AM

I remembering hearing that, but it’s pretty vague as far as I’m concerned.

I’m waiting for GOP leadership, at a minimum, to say that any criminal conviction gets you deported; any identify theft or identity fabrication gets you deported; any visa overstaying gets you deported.

After they’re gone, then let’s assess the problem.

BuckeyeSam on January 29, 2014 at 9:03 AM

canopfor on January 29, 2014 at 8:51 AM

Thanks for that link

kcewa on January 29, 2014 at 8:56 AM

kcewa: Yuppers—————————–:0

canopfor on January 29, 2014 at 9:03 AM

Huh. I thought it was a cringe-inducing suck-fest, but apparently that’s just me.

She seemed like the Trojan Horse via which Boehner is going to ram amnesty, big budgets, and whatever else he feels like down the base’s throat. She just says it nicer.

TexasDan on January 29, 2014 at 9:06 AM

Not yet.

kcewa on January 29, 2014 at 8:31 AM

By the time the liberals press shows you how she is not your “conservative” you will throwing her under the bus.

As you stated “No yet”, which means the liberals press has given you enough ammunition YET.

And this isn’t aimed just at you, but most of the other “conservatives” who have a litmus test no one electable could ever meet.

right2bright on January 29, 2014 at 9:11 AM

Establishment Republican Morrisey praises establishment Republican McMorris Rodgers.

iwasbornwithit on January 29, 2014 at 9:12 AM

She was giving us e-harmony commercial realness. A great appeal to white voters over 50 I suppose, but nothing for younger folks.

libfreeordie on January 29, 2014 at 8:06 AM

Yeah, because as we know, your guy’s “something for younger folks” comes in the form of ridiculously expensive health insurance.

Bitter Clinger on January 29, 2014 at 9:14 AM

Ed, will you be posting the other two responses I heard talk of yesterday? Or should I go ahead and hunt them down myself? Thanks.

Bmore on January 29, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Ed’s only interested in delivering the “official” (re: Establishment) response. Tea Party/libertarian responses “muddy the waters too much”.

Bitter Clinger on January 29, 2014 at 9:16 AM

She was giving us e-harmony commercial realness. A great appeal to white voters over 50 I suppose, but nothing for younger folks.

libfreeordie on January 29, 2014 at 8:06 AM

…except for the promise to give them back their future after this President has stolen it. Many younger people are waking up to the fact that the Democrat Party is stealing their future and giving it to others (especially older people through Obamacare) and they’re not happy about it.

dominigan on January 29, 2014 at 9:17 AM

She was giving us e-harmony commercial realness. A great appeal to white voters over 50 I suppose, but nothing for younger folks.

libfreeordie on January 29, 2014 at 8:06 AM

Since you are one mentally, I suspect you are an expert on how children think.

Old Country Boy on January 29, 2014 at 9:18 AM

libby posted and ran. Flipping coward.

22044 on January 29, 2014 at 9:19 AM

Huh. I thought it was a cringe-inducing suck-fest, but apparently that’s just me.

She seemed like the Trojan Horse via which Boehner is going to ram amnesty, big budgets, and whatever else he feels like down the base’s throat. She just says it nicer.

TexasDan on January 29, 2014 at 9:06 AM

…and so it begins, the cannibalism of someone that is a threat to liberals/dems.

Have you seen the stats on her speech, the dems are going to go after her, and you will be right behind them with a pitchfork…

Nice, the liberal journalists have no problem removing threats, but that’s okay, we will end up with McCain or Mitt, that always works for us…

right2bright on January 29, 2014 at 9:21 AM

It really doesn’t matter how “appealing” Rodgers’ response was – the GOP is beyond repair. The ‘NEW and IMPROVED’ GOP establishment has given up on repealing obamacare, and has chosen INSTANT AMNESTY / OPEN BORDERS, destroying the Tea Party and culling all elected conservatives, as their top priorities. As the GOP becomes more and more liberal, and continues its merging with the democrat party, it becomes less and less appealing to thinking Americans.

Pork-Chop on January 29, 2014 at 9:23 AM

She was giving us e-harmony commercial realness. A great appeal to white voters over 50 I suppose, but nothing for younger folks.

libfreeordie on January 29, 2014 at 8:06 AM

Get lost racist. What if I had written:

Obama was giving us inner-city rap shuck and jive. A great appeal to black voters under 30 I suppose, but nothing for older folks.

PackerBronco on January 29, 2014 at 9:25 AM

Fortunately I don’t think many people paid much attention to either speech.

Forgive me if I’m less than excited about yet another Republican politician who can look in the cameras and make cute, conservative-sounding noises as her party gives amnesty for illegals the old college try.

I think the GOP is beyond help at this point.

SAMinVA on January 29, 2014 at 9:25 AM

libby posted and ran. Flipping coward.

22044 on January 29, 2014 at 9:19 AM

When is Ed M. and the rest going to recognize this guys hit and run posters.

No problem with a debate, but this post a controversial statement and not stick around to defend it…time to ban this guy.

Give him one warning, to stay the course and defend his posts…or get the hammer.

right2bright on January 29, 2014 at 9:25 AM

Not a great speech in my opinion, but then again I don’t like listening to politicians who talk like they’re speaking to a 3rd grader.

PackerBronco on January 29, 2014 at 9:26 AM

And this isn’t aimed just at you, but most of the other “conservatives” who have a litmus test no one electable could ever meet.

right2bright on January 29, 2014 at 9:11 AM

What have I ever said to make you think I have a “litmus test”?

kcewa on January 29, 2014 at 9:27 AM

Mike Lee’s response.

Bmore on January 29, 2014 at 9:36 AM

Rand Paul’s response.

Bmore on January 29, 2014 at 9:37 AM

She was giving us e-harmony commercial realness. A great appeal to white voters over 50 I suppose, but nothing for younger folks.
libfreeordie on January 29, 2014 at 8:06 AM

Aaah. Smoothing over the hate of:

Here was a pro-life, never offensive Republican woman

An anomally in the eyes of the oppressive elite fascist regime.
But what for the younger folks? I mean she’s no Harry Reid or Nancy Pelosi.

No drama, no problems. You could almost hear the collective whew breathed by Republicans

This from the regime propogandists that never really noticed that 99.98 percent of all radical thieves, psychos, and murders are from their tribe. From Kermit Gosnell, to Colorado theater murderer/terrorist, to the Fort Hood murderer/terrorist. All registered in the Obama Party.
“No drama, no problems?” Uhm… thanks?

onomo on January 29, 2014 at 9:38 AM

What have I ever said to make you think I have a “litmus test”?

kcewa on January 29, 2014 at 9:27 AM

Because everyone who is active on political blogging as a “litmus test”…it may be abortion, gay rights, immigration, economic incentives, any number of things that if someone does not support them they are excluded.

Maybe you don’t have one, you just throw darts to choose a candidate, but I doubt that.

Be honest, and not coy…you, like the rest of us, have a litmus test.

The liberal journalist know that, so one by one, they expose something about a leading or threatening candidate, and expose it day after day, until that person becomes unviable to 5 or 10% of the conservatives…then they move on and choose another one, and eventually we are left with the one they did not “expose”.

They propped up McCain (but destroyed Palin, she was the real threat, she is the one that almost got McCain back in the race), and then Mitt…it’s a very effective campaign strategy, because “conservatives” are so adamant about their policies.

right2bright on January 29, 2014 at 9:50 AM

Anybody with three names is a criminal.

meci on January 29, 2014 at 8:17 AM

Yeah, what’s up with the females and three names? I can’t seem to settle my mind about how I feel about that.
It’s appears almost obligatory for female Supreme Court justices.
And yet it feels like a cat raising it’s fur to look bigger than it really is.

I can think of a particular president in my lifetime of whom you rarely ever heard his middle name. (Hint: it was “Wilson.”)

She can’t simply go by Cathy Rodgers?

Galtian on January 29, 2014 at 9:50 AM

She can’t simply go by Cathy Rodgers?

Galtian on January 29, 2014 at 9:50 AM

Good grief…this is what the debate has gotten to…we are doomed.

right2bright on January 29, 2014 at 9:51 AM

Mrs. McMorris Rodgers was indeed impressive. She is more representative of Republicans than anyone we’ve seen for years.

The problem is Republicans have people like Boehner and McConnell as our so-called “leaders”. The only place that guidance is taking us is to the slaughter.

So while Mrs. McMorris Rodgers give us hope and a representative face of the party, the people plotting the course are sending us over a cliff.

Marcus Traianus on January 29, 2014 at 9:54 AM

I like her….but the speech was written by the Republican National Committee and was condescending and empty…

She could do well…but she needs better writers that actually talk about real policy….

georgealbert on January 29, 2014 at 9:54 AM

And this isn’t aimed just at you, but most of the other “conservatives” who have a litmus test no one electable could ever meet.

right2bright on January 29, 2014 at 9:11 AM

She’s already stated the need for “immigration reform” which we all know will be some form of amnesty. And that’s a litmus test for me.

Bitter Clinger on January 29, 2014 at 9:57 AM

Rubbish. Her speech in content and delivery was more children’s programming than rebuttal.

I wanted a real rebuttal. I got Mrs. Rodgers’ Neighborhood:

http://wannabeanglican.blogspot.com/2014/01/mrs-rodgers-neighborhood.html

WannabeAnglican on January 29, 2014 at 9:59 AM

She was giving us e-harmony commercial realness. A great appeal to white voters over 50 I suppose, but nothing for younger folks.

libfreeordie on January 29, 2014 at 8:06 AM

As opposed to a 66-year-old white woman who shrugs her shoulders about four dead Americans in Benghazi? You’re a joke.

Ward Cleaver on January 29, 2014 at 10:00 AM

She was giving us e-harmony commercial realness. A great appeal to white voters over 50 I suppose, but nothing for younger folks.

libfreeordie on January 29, 2014 at 8:06 AM

The cheerleader for the crown prince of bumper-sticker slogans and bald-faced lies about his policies, complains that her “realness” doesn’t resonate “young enough”.

Well, I guess if hip-sounding lies are the key to power in America, you got nothing to worry about.

Besides, the GOP gave time to the likes of Mia Love and Marco Rubio and Allen West, but MSNBC pretended like that part of the 2012 convention never even took place, choosing to bring up these names only when they have something truly crippling to hang on them, say for example, taking a sip of water.

So, in other words, you can’t really attack the substance of what she said so you’re engaging in class warfare based on race and age.

Happy Nomad on January 29, 2014 at 8:15 AM

Nailed it.

The Schaef on January 29, 2014 at 10:18 AM

WaPo: You know, the official GOP response was, er … good

Translation: We picked her speech apart, and got nothin’.

Personally, I didn’t think it was all that great. But it mostly hit the right notes, drew a clear distinction, and didn’t have anything embarrassing in it.

So while I wouldn’t exactly anoint her the next Ronald Reagan, I’d say it was well done, and a win. Certainly, it was better than the laundry list of look-how-well-everything’s-going-but-I’m-going-to-have-to-act-fast-because-of-how-bad-everything-is that Obama gave us in the SOTU.

There Goes the Neighborhood on January 29, 2014 at 10:29 AM

So, in other words, you can’t really attack the substance of what she said so you’re engaging in class warfare based on race and age.Happy Nomad on January 29, 2014 at 8:15 AM

Nailed it. The Schaef on January 29, 2014 at 10:18 AM

Exactly. There’s always that, for the commies. It’s their default position, the rally point.

Akzed on January 29, 2014 at 10:42 AM

McMorris seems like a nice lady. A nice white lady that refused to mention that Barry is a liar and a Marxist and that his policies and ideology are poisonous to our great nation.

OBAMA AND THE MSM NEED TO BE ATTACKED. If you don’t have the ballz to attack President Choomy why offer a response at all.

This is not about offering a reasoned response anymore. This is about fighting for the soul of our country.

DeweyWins on January 29, 2014 at 10:47 AM

She can’t simply go by Cathy Rodgers?

Galtian on January 29, 2014 at 9:50 AM

I’d give her a pass on this. She said she was single when she started in Washington so her maiden name was established.

monalisa on January 29, 2014 at 10:47 AM

Translation: We picked her speech apart, and got nothin’.

Personally, I didn’t think it was all that great. But it mostly hit the right notes, drew a clear distinction, and didn’t have anything embarrassing in it.

So while I wouldn’t exactly anoint her the next Ronald Reagan, I’d say it was well done, and a win. Certainly, it was better than the laundry list of look-how-well-everything’s-going-but-I’m-going-to-have-to-act-fast-because-of-how-bad-everything-is that Obama gave us in the SOTU.

There Goes the Neighborhood on January 29, 2014 at 10:29 AM

Exactly…and anyone that can cause disruption in the dem party, is a friend of ours.

Pick apart her name, her calm attitude, but, she will be a thorn in the dem side because she is so likeable, and it is one more seat the dems don’t and won’t have.

And that is what the dems fear, a likable, fuzzy, cuddly, conservative.

And she fits that narrative, good cop, bad cop…

right2bright on January 29, 2014 at 11:37 AM

Three years ago, I sat down with her and Paul Ryan at a briefing on the budget shortly after Republicans took control of the House, and I can attest that she’s hardly “boring.”

This right here epitomizes Ed’s problem: he’s gone native. He kisses the derrière of the GOP power brokers in order to have access.

besser tot als rot on January 29, 2014 at 11:38 AM

She was giving us e-harmony commercial realness. A great appeal to white voters over 50 I suppose, but nothing for younger folks.

libfreeordie on January 29, 2014 at 8:06 AM

LOL! Let’s look at the female “leaders” in your Democrat Party, the Party of Old White Women:

Dianne Feinstein = 85

Bela Pelosi = 73

Babs Boxer = 73

Hillary Clinton= 66

Rain-in-the Puss Warren = 65

And your Democrat Party’s “youngest” prominent woman, DWS, is pushing 50 already.

Shovel-Ready!

Del Dolemonte on January 29, 2014 at 11:39 AM

She seemed like the Trojan Horse via which Boehner is going to ram amnesty, big budgets, and whatever else he feels like down the base’s throat. She just says it nicer.

TexasDan on January 29, 2014 at 9:06 AM

correct – no tea party ‘darling’ she is a company woman

Breitbart: Immigration Reform Proponent Cathy McMorris Rodgers to Give GOP SOTU Response

In GOP leadership race, McMorris Rodgers has the dough behind her
It’s been reported that McMorris Rodgers has the tacit support of the top three House GOP leaders: Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., and House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif. She’s currently conference vice-chair, a position that puts her on the seventh rung of the Republican leadership ladder. As the only woman on the GOP House leadership team, she provides outreach to a voting bloc where the Republicans are far behind and would like to catch up. She was also Mitt Romney’s chief liaison to House members.

She works Univision like a Boehner

Oct 2013 politico Washington Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, the chairwoman of the House Republican Conference, said during an interview with Univision’s “Al Punto” that top leaders are still discussing when to bring immigration bills to the House floor.

Speaker John Boehner “over the last few weeks has continued to talk about the importance of the House moving forward on immigration reform,” McMorris Rodgers said, according to a transcript provided by Univision. “I believe that we have a window here between now and the end of the year and that this is a priority.”

libfree wasnt all wrong:

She was giving us e-harmony commercial realness. A great appeal to white voters over 50 I suppose, but nothing for younger folks. libfreeordie on January 29, 2014 at 8:06 AM

It was eharmony, as was Obama’s speech. She actually gave the same speech Christie, and almost everyone else gave at the convention. A long bio talking about themselves to try to connect their platforms to the little people. She ‘slid’ in the amnesty trailor.

They are trying to find a non threatening face for the RINO amnesty battles to come. Rubio – out. Next …..

Heh, Obama left them hanging. He did not go whole hog for amnesty, which means if the RINOs move now, they take the blame

I truly despise these syrupy gush festivals which replace what should be a concise report on the state of the nation. Guess no one wants to go there. If they did, they would not support amnesty

entagor on January 29, 2014 at 11:40 AM

She was giving us e-harmony commercial realness. A great appeal to white voters over 50 I suppose, but nothing for younger folks.

libfreeordie on January 29, 2014 at 8:06 AM

Why must you engage in a WAR ON WOMEN??

ToddPA on January 29, 2014 at 11:40 AM

The left will now set out to Palinize her.

myiq2xu on January 29, 2014 at 8:06 AM

This.

But, don’t forget the republican “war on womenz”….

KMC1 on January 29, 2014 at 11:42 AM

Why must you engage in a WAR ON WOMEN??

ToddPA on January 29, 2014 at 11:40 AM

‘Cause he thinks their lady parts are icky.

CurtZHP on January 29, 2014 at 11:44 AM

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