Will presidential arrogance deliver the Senate to the GOP?

posted at 10:01 am on January 29, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

President Obama promised a “year of action” with or without cooperation from Congress in last night’s State of the Union speech, attempting to rekindle confidence in his leadership through the threat of unilateral executive action. His opening salvo, the raising of the minimum wage for federal contractor workers, actually shows the limits of that power, and moreover hardly serves as a rally point for voter enthusiasm. At the Washington Post, Sean Sullivan and Peyton Craighill call it a “political nothing burger“:

The use of executive fiat — Obama announced a new order hiking the minimum wage for some government contract workers as part of a “year of action” — simply doesn’t excite or enrage the American public as a whole. Roughly half of Americans (52 percent) say they approve of presidents using the tool, according to the newestWashington Post-ABC News poll. Forty-six percent say they oppose such maneuvers.

Herein lies an important point about Washington. Executive orders are about process. It’s a means of making public policy. And the public is largely unmoved by insider-y process stories despite the attention they get in D.C. (This blog is not excepted, of course.)

As the largely-symbolic EO on federal contracts proves, Obama’s ability to create actual policy is seriously restricted. The New York Times points out the small amount of impact that EOs can have in reality:

But with some notable exceptions, only so much can be delivered through the president’s pen if he is not using it to sign legislation. He cannot raise the minimum wage for most workers, overhaul the Social Security system, grant legal status to millions of undocumented immigrants, reorder spending and taxes, or even make necessary fixes to the health care law.

Illustrating how challenging it is to use executive orders in an expansive way, the White House refused to say how many workers might gain under the new wage policy, and Republicans, while criticizing the move, played down its impact. At the same time, anyone who succeeds him can use the stroke of a pen to undo Mr. Obama’s actions just as Mr. Obama did to some Bush-era policies one day after his inauguration in 2009. …

The approach will also feed the conservative narrative that Mr. Obama is engaged in a power grab and is ignoring constitutional limits. They point for validation to the so-far-successful legal challenge to his use of recess appointments in a case now before the Supreme Court.

This approach does, however, fire up the Republican base, who already see Obama as high-handed and imperial. That’s where this goes from a political nothingburger to a potential Double Whopper of misery to Senate Democrats. They’re already under fire for the disastrous rollout of ObamaCare, and Obama’s arrogance provides yet another problem for them in the midterms, National Journal’s James Oliphant writes:

Polls show the president is facing a credibility deficit at the very moment he is asking the nation to have faith in his ability to act without Congress. “He’s going to have trouble asking for that level of trust,” said Republican pollster Bill McInturff. “He’s on shaky ground.” McInturff helped conduct the most recent Wall Street Journal/NBC poll, released Tuesday, which showed that almost 70 percent of Americans now believe the country is stagnant or worse off than when Obama took office.

The White House knows this, but seems unable to accept it. Prior to his address, Obama’s aides were quick to note that despite their push to rebrand 2014 as a year of executive action, the big-ticket items such as immigration reform and hiking the minimum wage will still have to go through Congress. It’s resulted in some mixed messaging: The president can do a lot—but only just so much.

The risk is that the public Tuesday night heard one message but not the other—and walked away with an inflated sense of what a president cando. Obama’s bold talk may then be followed by orders that can impact the economy only at the margins, further damaging his credibility if the results are tepid—and dragging Democrats down with him. (And the one job-creator that Republicans want him to approve via executive fiat—the Keystone pipeline—is locked in limbo.)

At the same time, he’s handed the GOP talking points that line up with its never-ending attempt to paint him as a big-government tyrant—talking points that they are already deploying in key Senate battleground races.

Specifically, they’re deploying those arguments to explain ObamaCare, which Senate Democrats will have to defend as a bottom-up benefit at the same time Obama promises to issue a blizzard of EOs to ignore the people’s branch of government. It’s a low-reward, high-risk strategy that mostly provides those rewards to Obama at the expense of the more vulnerable members of his own party. That’s also a pretty eerie parallel to ObamaCare, as Democrats discovered in the last midterm elections.

The arrogance on this approach exists on more than one level. Once again, it plays directly into the Republican narrative, and Democrats who hitch their wagon to Obama may find that provoking the GOP base is a bad idea when Obama doesn’t have anything personally at stake in an election … again.


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Will the GOPe screw this up?

Bmore on January 29, 2014 at 10:02 AM

Will presidential arrogance deliver the Senate to the GOP?

No.

Will the GOPe screw this up?

Bmore on January 29, 2014 at 10:02 AM

Yes. I’m so certain of this I’d bet on it if I were a gambling man.

gryphon202 on January 29, 2014 at 10:04 AM

We are so screwed…

OmahaConservative on January 29, 2014 at 10:04 AM

And Hillary wants to follow him after all of this crapola?
I wonder if she’ll opt out?

cmsinaz on January 29, 2014 at 10:06 AM

No, and this won’t neither:

With Senate at Stake, Two Ex-GOP Senators Endorse Democrats

Akzed on January 29, 2014 at 10:06 AM

Don’t worry, the economy will save the Dems.

NotCoach on January 29, 2014 at 10:07 AM

The GOP will deliver amnesty on a platter to Dog Eater and then it’s over.

My only hope is to find libfree knocking on my door looking for work after he loses his job to a Mexican “professor” willing to work for half the pay.

Bishop on January 29, 2014 at 10:08 AM

The Vichy Republicans will blow it.

kingsjester on January 29, 2014 at 10:08 AM

Gop does like to snatch defeat

cmsinaz on January 29, 2014 at 10:08 AM

+1 bishop :)

cmsinaz on January 29, 2014 at 10:09 AM

Let’s say the GOP does gain the Senate.

What exactly will they do with this majority? I’m not holding my breath that they will do anything conservative.

Bitter Clinger on January 29, 2014 at 10:11 AM

Will presidential arrogance deliver the Senate to the GOP?

Well, bumbling incompetence and outright lies and thievery didn’t get the job done…so????

Why not.

BigWyo on January 29, 2014 at 10:12 AM

No, and this won’t neither:

With Senate at Stake, Two Ex-GOP Senators Endorse Democrats

Akzed on January 29, 2014 at 10:06 AM

With Republicans like this, who needs Democrats?

Bitter Clinger on January 29, 2014 at 10:12 AM

If they pass amnesty, they can forget about the Senate(or the White House ever again).

Doughboy on January 29, 2014 at 10:12 AM

It worked for the dem’s

kcewa on January 29, 2014 at 10:14 AM

The only that will stop him is impeachment, but the GOP doesn’t have the guts to stand firm on even “small principle stuff” like the debt ceiling, so impeachment isn’t gonna happen.

SouthernGent on January 29, 2014 at 10:15 AM

If anything, Obama’s unchecked EO plan will show how powerful he is or how impotent.

roy_batty on January 29, 2014 at 10:17 AM

DING DING, I predicted this:
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AP Politics ‏@AP_Politics 1m

Tension in Democratic Party: Liberals more skeptical than hopeful after Obama speech, reports @sppeoples. http://apne.ws/1k7gPSM
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Tension in Democratic Party after Obama speech
By STEVE PEOPLES
— Jan. 29, 2014 3:22 AM EST
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BOSTON (AP) — Tensions within the Democratic Party were on display in the living rooms of Massachusetts, where liberal activists watched President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address with skepticism.

Like many in the party’s far-left wing, those who enjoyed pizza and beer at a Boston-area watch party Tuesday night have been disappointed by the president’s performance while facing a divided Congress. Some offered positive marks for his speech, but said that it did little to resurrect their once-passionate enthusiasm for the nation’s top Democrat.

“I think he offered some good things,” said party host Josh Tauber, a software engineer and Democratic activist who volunteered for both of Obama’s campaigns. “I would get more excited if I believed those things would happen.”

Liberal leaders across the nation shared Tauber’s mixed response, expressing optimism about Obama’s focus on economic inequality, but also frustration with a president some think hasn’t fought hard enough for liberal policies on health care, taxes and Wall Street reform. Their sentiments underscore a lingering tension between moderate and liberal Democrats pressing to shape the party’s priorities during Obama’s final term.(More…………………………..)
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http://bigstory.ap.org/article/tension-democratic-party-after-obama-speech

canopfor on January 29, 2014 at 10:17 AM

Of course it won’t.

Amnesty will do that.

All those new voters, don’tcha know.

irongrampa on January 29, 2014 at 10:18 AM

Yes, yes he will.

jake49 on January 29, 2014 at 10:19 AM

RE:

DING DING, I predicted this:
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Prediction:

This will go down as a thud:

Pelosi will be clapping endlessly!

GOP will be rooted tonight in REALITY!

Democrats have everything to lose, especially when the GOP are
not in a mood for Utopia Speechy Grand Product Economic Policy
fantasy WishListing!

canopfor on January 28, 2014 at 8:50 PM

canopfor on January 29, 2014 at 10:23 AM

President Obama jokes he came to Costco ahead of speech in Maryland to pick up a snow shovel and a 50-pound bag of dog food for Bo and Sunny – @markknoller

canopfor on January 29, 2014 at 10:24 AM

Will presidential arrogance deliver the Senate to the GOP?

No.

The GOP will again fumble an opportunity served up to them on a silver platter; they will continue to war with their true enemies – Conservatives – and will help pass amnesty for illegals.

The result will be a reduced voter turn-out for the GOP, the likes of which they have never seen.

And I’ve got $100 that says afterwards they *still* won’t get it, and will be standing around scratching their heads wondering what the hell went wrong.

Midas on January 29, 2014 at 10:25 AM

Many Repubics are just as arrogant as President Revenge.

22044 on January 29, 2014 at 10:26 AM

President Obama jokes he came to Costco ahead of speech in Maryland to pick up a snow shovel and a 50-pound bag of dog food for Bo and Sunny – @markknoller

canopfor on January 29, 2014 at 10:24 AM

Gotta fatten ‘em up for that special Easter dinner.

Bitter Clinger on January 29, 2014 at 10:27 AM

Republicans will simply change the excuse and state they only own one-half of two-thirds of the government.

Nobody, and I mean nobody has confidence the Republicans have the temerity and courage to save our nation from certain ruin.

Record numbers of party members leaving the party is not an endorsement. It is a sign you are failing.

Marcus Traianus on January 29, 2014 at 10:27 AM

Sure. When you have Warner and Lugar endorsing the ‘rat Warner and Nunn.

And when you got Kirk buddying up with Duckworth.

Tell me again, you moderate dipsh!ts how we should have run with Castle instead of O’Donnell?

Lanceman on January 29, 2014 at 10:29 AM

canopfor on January 29, 2014 at 10:24 AM

Gotta fatten ‘em up for that special Easter dinner.

Bitter Clinger on January 29, 2014 at 10:27 AM

Bitter Clinger:Lol, haha:)

canopfor on January 29, 2014 at 10:29 AM

No matter how bad Ogabe gets the GOP is worse. Barry has already gone full Marxist retard and the GOP still refuses to attack him and fight the growing American superstate. Even if the RINO’s win the senate nothing will change. Their is no opposition party now. One party rule from now on, comrades.

DeweyWins on January 29, 2014 at 10:29 AM

Obama’s arrogance reminds me of a local scandal that is brewing here in DC. A man in his 70s was having a heart attack. Across the street from a fire station.

The initial call to 911 misdirected the problem to northeast DC instead of northwest. Bystanders tried to get assistance from the fireman watching what was going on from in front of the station and were told that they needed to call 911. The man died.

This IMO is exactly what we see with the Obama administration. No matter the issue, we are told that the only solution is to call on the government for assistance. No room for common sense or any humanity. The GOP needs to go into the 2014 elections with one theme- MORE GOVERNMENT IS NOT THE SOLUTION! Be it Obamacare or anything else, we need to wrest control of our lives away from DC and the mentality that a fire department can’t assist without being dispatched from the 911 operator.

Happy Nomad on January 29, 2014 at 10:30 AM

** Double-Downing **:

President Obama post-State of the Union road trip 2014
5m
President Obama reiterates in speech at a Maryland Costco that if Congress does not act on his agenda proposals, he will act ‘with or without Congress’ – @markknoller

canopfor on January 29, 2014 at 10:31 AM

Sure. When you have Warner and Lugar endorsing the ‘rat Warner and Nunn.

And when you got Kirk buddying up with Duckworth.

Tell me again, you moderate dipsh!ts how we should have run with Castle instead of O’Donnell?

Lanceman on January 29, 2014 at 10:29 AM

Jenfidel?

22044 on January 29, 2014 at 10:34 AM

Will presidential arrogance deliver the Senate to the GOP?

if it does, then a poster who is Lost will claim
their “Districts” were Gerrymandered…

ToddPA on January 29, 2014 at 10:35 AM

President Obama reiterates in speech at a Maryland Costco that if Congress does not act on his agenda proposals, he will act ‘with or without Congress’ – @markknoller

canopfor on January 29, 2014 at 10:31 AM

The rat-eared wonder spoke for over an hour. The speech and PR tour is being billed as an opportunity to provide details about what he said last night. Really? Does anybody have questions about what he said last night???

Happy Nomad on January 29, 2014 at 10:37 AM

How Will the GOP screw this up?

Bmore on January 29, 2014 at 10:02 AM

the real question…

affenhauer on January 29, 2014 at 10:40 AM

if it does, then a poster who is Lost will claim
their “Districts” were Gerrymandered…

ToddPA on January 29, 2014 at 10:35 AM

Hey! Gerrymandered Senate districts is a huge scandal in American politics! ;0

Happy Nomad on January 29, 2014 at 10:41 AM

Okay folks, we’re talking about the Party of Stupid here. They will find a way to screw it up.

WordsMatter on January 29, 2014 at 10:43 AM

The rat-eared wonder spoke for over an hour. The speech and PR tour is being billed as an opportunity to provide details about what he said last night. Really? Does anybody have questions about what he said last night???

Happy Nomad on January 29, 2014 at 10:37 AM

I don’t. I didn’t even listen to it and I know he lied for an hour. Because that’s what Obama does.

Bitter Clinger on January 29, 2014 at 10:44 AM

Congress, specifically the House under the Republican leadership of John Boehner, has given up more of its constitutional power than any other Congress before them. They have failed to repel, in any substantive or consistent way, the despotic advance of this executive branch. Why?

With that in mind, will it now be the objective of the Senate under the Republican leadership of Mitch McConnell to retreat and show the same lack of courage and temerity.

Ultimately, the power vested in Congress is owned by the people of this nation. And so one can surmise, correctly, that Mr. Boehner has consistently shown extraordinary weakness, and we are lesser for it.

This is no longer a government of the people. It is a government of weak, self-absorbed career oligarchs.

Marcus Traianus on January 29, 2014 at 10:44 AM

Okay folks, we’re talking about the Party of Stupid here. They will find a way to screw it up.

WordsMatter on January 29, 2014 at 10:43 AM

You mean like pushing candidates who are witches?

Happy Nomad on January 29, 2014 at 10:44 AM

Obama was elected TWICE.

I have zero confidence that John and Jane Q Public will educate themselves further than the bright and shiny mainstream media soundbite.

rightConcept on January 29, 2014 at 10:45 AM

the real question…

affenhauer on January 29, 2014 at 10:40 AM

Thanks! Nice correction. ; )

Bmore on January 29, 2014 at 10:46 AM

I didn’t even listen to it and I know he lied for an hour. Because that’s what Obama does.

Bitter Clinger on January 29, 2014 at 10:44 AM

74 references to himself but, remarkably, no mention of Benghazi. Using a soldier as a prop even as he’s looting military pensions to pay for entitlement programs. Having ILLEGAL ALIENS in the House gallery as he pushes amnesty……

Just another SOTU by this filthy piece of dog crap.

Happy Nomad on January 29, 2014 at 10:48 AM

Gee, look at the comments here, ” NO, the GOP won’t win, they can’t ever win, I’ve given up on Amerika, we’re dead, we’re screwed, and we deserve it!” Bet y’all are a blast at parties. You don’t even know hope when you see it. November 2012 never ended for some of you. HINT: Gosnell became a perfect answer to the War on Wimmenses, no matter what Snowden’s motivations, the NSA revelations have woken the youth of America up, 0bamacare is an unraveling Sharknado of fail, waking a lot of the middle class casual liberals up to the fact that 0bama wants to redistribute *their* wealth. And in general, the spit-and-baling-wire packet of lies that re-elected 0bama and kept the lefty faith alive is failing. Hell, even the weather isn’t cooperating. We can win, and win big. Plan for victory.

Sekhmet on January 29, 2014 at 10:48 AM

Sekhmet on January 29, 2014 at 10:48 AM

Put down the crack pipe.

ElectricPhase on January 29, 2014 at 10:58 AM

Even Obama was quick to rebuke Obama’s executive order power grabs;

One of the most important jobs of (I believe) the Supreme Court is to guard against the encroachment of the Executive Branch on the power of the other Branches.

Terp Mole on January 29, 2014 at 11:03 AM

Gee, look at the comments here, ” NO, the GOP won’t win, they can’t ever win, I’ve given up on Amerika, we’re dead, we’re screwed, and we deserve it!” Bet y’all are a blast at parties. You don’t even know hope when you see it.

The problems is that it seems 52+% of America AND the GOP is either brain-dead stupid, asleep-at-the-switch or simply don’t care.

What do we do about that?

Tsar of Earth on January 29, 2014 at 11:03 AM

“I will make myself President for Life via an Executive Order if Congress fails to do that”

BobMbx on January 29, 2014 at 11:06 AM

We can win, and win big. Plan for victory.

Sekhmet on January 29, 2014 at 10:48 AM

I don’t think there would be half as much doubt about it with an educated electorate and a savvy Republican party, but it can be a bit difficult at times to put alot of stock in either one.

I’m with you though…the fat lady hasn’t shown up yet.

lynncgb on January 29, 2014 at 11:09 AM

“cooperation from Congress” is Obama speak for “my way or I bypass you”

sadatoni on January 29, 2014 at 11:15 AM

The problems is that it seems 52+% of America AND the GOP is either brain-dead stupid, asleep-at-the-switch or simply don’t care.

What do we do about that?

Tsar of Earth on January 29, 2014 at 11:03 AM

First off, by not calling them stupid. People tune out negativity fast and insults even faster.

thebrokenrattle on January 29, 2014 at 11:16 AM

First off, by not calling them stupid. People tune out negativity fast and insults even faster.

thebrokenrattle on January 29, 2014 at 11:16 AM

Hey, just speaking truth to power.

Bitter Clinger on January 29, 2014 at 11:18 AM

First off, by not calling them stupid. People tune out negativity fast and insults even faster.

thebrokenrattle on January 29, 2014 at 11:16 AM

You can call them Stephen Hawking and Albert Einstein’s love children if you like. It won’t improve their voting decisions.

ElectricPhase on January 29, 2014 at 11:21 AM

Am I the only one who is sick of all this strategy talk? You know, at some point, the truth does matter, and I would say, based on all these polls that are being quoted, the majority of the American people know the truth. Last night’s SOU was the first one I haven’t watched since Reagan was President, and it doesn’t look like I missed anything. I did watch the Republican and TEA Party responses this morning because I am more interested in whether or not Republicans are going to do anything to stop this President and his advisors in the next two years. I won’t hold my breath.

lea on January 29, 2014 at 11:23 AM

Illustrating how challenging it is to use executive orders in an expansive way, the White House refused to say how many workers might gain under the new wage policy

Of course they did. Because until someone declares otherwise, anyone with two brain cells to rub together knows the real number of federal workers under contract that make minimum wage are ZERO.

Furthermore, beyond trying to deflect from the fact that this executive order does absolutely nothing, the real truth is that they probably have no way whatsoever to even know what any contracted employee makes, nor any statutory way to find out.

deadrody on January 29, 2014 at 11:25 AM

I heard that only 4 Supreme Court Justices showed up for the SOU last night. If that is true, isn’t that unusual?

lea on January 29, 2014 at 11:26 AM

I could but the Rs are waaaaay stupid.

Amnesty and the ins. company bailout passes and Pelosi will be Speaker, again, in Jan. 2015, and the left will be president in 2017.

The wrath of the constitutionalists is waaaaay bigger than you think. If the two pass, it’s over. They’ll help the left to destroy it in full, with a smidgeon of hope to rebuild the ruins, after, or they go honey-badgered all the way.

Schadenfreude on January 29, 2014 at 11:29 AM

If that is true, isn’t that unusual?

lea on January 29, 2014 at 11:26 AM

No

Schadenfreude on January 29, 2014 at 11:32 AM

Will presidential arrogance deliver the Senate to the GOP?

Does it really matter anymore? This country is headed to the scrapyard of old republics.

zoyclem on January 29, 2014 at 11:43 AM

The question is, whether the GOP would be smart enough to use it to their advantage?!

Sterling Holobyte on January 29, 2014 at 11:49 AM

First off, by not calling them stupid. People tune out negativity fast and insults even faster.

thebrokenrattle on January 29, 2014 at 11:16 AM

Huh? Confusing cause and effect, possibly?

Tsar of Earth on January 29, 2014 at 11:52 AM

Does it really matter anymore? This country is headed to the scrapyard of old republics.

zoyclem on January 29, 2014 at 11:43 AM

Yes.

We still have to live here. The damage (to us, not the country) can be limited. From now on, idealism and high minded rhetoric will be lost on me.

Keep more money in my pocket, and I’ll vote for you. That’s all that’s left.

ElectricPhase on January 29, 2014 at 11:53 AM

If Republican representatives provide enough votes to enable job-killing amnesty, any Repub who voted for it will NEVER get my vote again. If a majority of the Republican party votes to enable job-killing amnesty, then NO Repub candidate will EVER get my vote again…and I don’t care what they’re names are or their records. I will spend my energies preparing as best as I can for the coming collapse, while keeping my out for a viable third party that truly understands and fights for the concept of liberty.

rvastar on January 29, 2014 at 12:00 PM

Correction

I It could but the Rs are waaaaay stupid.

Schadenfreude on January 29, 2014 at 12:17 PM

I’m with you though…the fat lady hasn’t shown up yet.

lynncgb on January 29, 2014 at 11:09 AM

The Fat Lady screamed back in the 70s and hasn’t been seen since.

Assume the GOP does take the Senate. The people taking over the leadership will be the GOPe hand picked “leadership.” What real difference will it make? None that I can see.

Quartermaster on January 29, 2014 at 12:36 PM

Assume the GOP does take the Senate. The people taking over the leadership will be the GOPe hand picked “leadership.” What real difference will it make? None that I can see.

Quartermaster on January 29, 2014 at 12:36 PM

What are you saying, Mitch McConnell will be an awesome majority leader! /

Doomberg on January 29, 2014 at 1:08 PM

Theres a total lack of confidence in Republican leadership and thats a function of how they’ve behaved. I was very hopeful and confident but seeing Ryan work with Patty Murray on an awful budget and watching Boehner, and Mc Conells attitude and failure to lead. Listening to establishment Republican attacking of the Tea Party and Tea Party ideas is down right depressing. If we can get rid of some of these lifetime establishment Rebublicans send a message and find new leadership then maybe just maybe we can start to feel better but if not I will continue to feel like we’re going down the tubes.

ldbgcoleman on January 29, 2014 at 1:12 PM

Obama can give the election to the Republicans, but he can’t force them to take it.

David Blue on January 29, 2014 at 1:18 PM

Isn’t “raising of the minimum wage for federal contractor workers” really a new tax or raising the debt ceiling on the American people?
By the way does anybody know what the overall actual cost of this new raise will be to the American people, since the contracting firms will not absorb the cost and Obama is not taking money from anyplace else in the budget for this.

Release on January 29, 2014 at 1:21 PM

Assume the GOP does take the Senate. The people taking over the leadership will be the GOPe hand picked “leadership.” What real difference will it make? None that I can see.

Quartermaster on January 29, 2014 at 12:36 PM

But what if the Republican establishment had both houses handsomely, plus the Presidency and a Republican majority of the appointees on the Supreme Court, like during the do-nothing Congress terminated by the great thumping of 2006?

David Blue on January 29, 2014 at 1:25 PM

Will the GOPe screw this up?

Bmore on January 29, 2014 at 10:02 AM

That’s the horse race to watch out for. Can the president screw up the election for the Democrats faster than the GOPe can ruin the election for Republicans?

This one may come down to the wire.

There Goes the Neighborhood on January 29, 2014 at 1:54 PM

The Fat Lady screamed back in the 70s and hasn’t been seen since.

Quartermaster on January 29, 2014 at 12:36 PM

Lol…well, maybe it’s a good thing some of us were too young to have seen that performance.

“Where there is no vision, the people perish” (Proverbs 29:18)

lynncgb on January 29, 2014 at 2:08 PM

Bmore says

Will the GOPe screw this up?

Yes, they already are, snatching defeat from the jaws of victory with this Boehner push for amnesty/immigration reform. They are going to screw the pooch with this utterly imbecilic move. The GOP will definitely JUMP THE SHARK and go the way of the Whigs.

soghornetgunner on January 29, 2014 at 2:17 PM

Will the GOPe screw this up?

Bmore on January 29, 2014 at 10:02 AM

That’s the horse race to watch out for. Can the president screw up the election for the Democrats faster than the GOPe can ruin the election for Republicans?

This one may come down to the wire.

There Goes the Neighborhood on January 29, 2014 at 1:54 PM

Or not.

Apparently the GOPe, frightened by the possibility of winning, has come up with a sure-fire plan to make sure they lose again.

From a story linked in the headlines:

Reince Priebus: There’s a general consensus in our party that something big needs to happen on immigration

There Goes the Neighborhood on January 29, 2014 at 3:58 PM