Oof: Boehner drops Keystone/ObamaCare debt-ceiling demands because he can’t find 218 votes

posted at 2:31 pm on February 5, 2014 by Allahpundit

He can’t find 218 Republicans to support approving the Keystone pipeline or repealing the “risk corridor,” i.e. bailout, provision in ObamaCare? What?

House Leadership has pulled the plug on proposals that would tie raising the debt ceiling with approval of the Keystone XL pipeline or eliminating the so-called risk corridors in the Affordable Care Act because these plans couldn’t reach 218 votes, according to a House aide with knowledge of the talks.

The debt limit has been suspended through Saturday, and the Treasury Department estimates it has enough extraordinary measures to last through the end of the month.

Tea partiers like Raul Labrador and Justin Amash grumbled yesterday that the leadership should go ahead and drop its “demands” now since we all know they’ll end up doing so before the debt ceiling is raised anyway. This is “theater,” said Amash. Why go through the motions when a clean debt-ceiling hike is a fait accompli? Some of them will vote no on a debt-ceiling hike no matter what sweeteners are attached, but especially if those sweeteners are a sham. More ominous is the possibility that it’s not tea partiers who are holding out but rather other Republicans who’ve had their arms twisted by business interests and the insurance industry muscle on K Street. If the “risk corridor” is repealed and insurers end up collectively over budget on their new ObamaCare exchange plans, they’d be on the hook for all of their losses without help from Uncle Sam. There may be some nucleus of House Republicans who are unwilling to put them in that position. And if there’s a nucleus opposed to that, maybe there’s a nucleus opposed to repealing O-Care if/when the House finally ends up in a position to make that happen.

There’s only one man who can save the “risk corridor” repeal effort now.

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., will make the case today that House Republicans can use the looming borrowing breach as leverage to start to unwind ObamaCare. Rubio, the lead proponent of a move to block insurance industry bailouts built into the law, will testify this morning before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee about his plan. House Speaker John Boehner has said he is open to the idea of making the debt lift contingent on blocking potentially billions of dollars in handouts to insurance firms grappling with the fallout from ObamaCare. But Boehner won’t go ahead unless Republicans are united behind the plan. That’s why Rubio’s sales pitch today is a pretty big deal.

Rubio’s led the charge in Congress on this since November but has yet to see a vote on it. Getting it attached to a debt-ceiling hike in the House would be progress, sort of, in that it would force red-state Democrats to take a position. But it won’t pass, and then it’ll be summarily dumped before the inevitable clean debt-ceiling hike, just as Labrador and Amash predict. If Rubio’s serious about killing any potential bailouts, today’s the day to convince House Republicans that it’s worth going to the mat on it. It’s a test of his clout and his leadership, says Ben Domenech:

If Boehner can’t get to 218 on an essentially meaningless vote to repeal the “risk corridor,” for a bill that everyone knows will be stripped out, what are the odds that he or Rubio can convince 218 on a meaningful one?


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WTF!!

Scrumpy on February 5, 2014 at 2:33 PM

I don’t think they should repeal the risk corridor now anyway. They should use it as a mallet to whack Dems over the head with for midterms. There’s nothing less popular than someone voting for a bailout and it’s a useful bludgeon.

As for the Keystone, Obama will veto it or threaten to. And we’ll end up in Kabuki theater where the House will end up caving. So why not just quit wasting time and get back to shredding Ocare?

dforston on February 5, 2014 at 2:33 PM

Can’t damn well find 218 effing votes?

Scrumpy on February 5, 2014 at 2:34 PM

Looks like more of a vote of “No confidence” against the GOP leadership.

portlandon on February 5, 2014 at 2:34 PM

OK, help me here people. Why should we support regular Republican party pols again? I’m all ears.

philw1776 on February 5, 2014 at 2:35 PM

dforston on February 5, 2014 at 2:33 PM

We have dumb imbiciles running the repub party…

Scrumpy on February 5, 2014 at 2:35 PM

I have to use the Office Space quote and ask Boehner “What would you say ya do here?”

Meric1837 on February 5, 2014 at 2:35 PM

Honest to god.
This guy must be getting blackmailed.

NeoKong on February 5, 2014 at 2:35 PM

If Boehner can’t get to 218 on an essentially meaningless vote to repeal the “risk corridor,” for a bill that everyone knows will be stripped out, what are the odds that he or Rubio can convince 218 on a meaningful one?

Sounds like it is time for a new Speaker of the House.

But Amash is right, why the hell go to any trouble at all when the legislation was being set up to give the rat-eared wonder a clean debt ceiling bill with some meaningless kabuki.

Happy Nomad on February 5, 2014 at 2:35 PM

Lunch time!!

BBL

Scrumpy on February 5, 2014 at 2:35 PM

Pitchfork the buffoon, politically.

Out in Nov., out, out, out. He doesn’t want the votes.

Read the last lines in this article, and get busy.

Schadenfreude on February 5, 2014 at 2:37 PM

The sad truth is that Democratic voters are ably represented by their party’s leaders in Washington. Large corporations hungry for cheap labor are brilliantly represented by Republican leaders. Hell, even the illegal aliens who are not allowed to vote are amply represented in Washington — by both parties.

The only suckers who don’t have a seat at the table are the American people, the taxpayers and workers.

Keep this, front and center, that bolded line. They, the Rs, are bigger devils than the Utopian Ds.

Schadenfreude on February 5, 2014 at 2:38 PM

Wow. That was unexpected!

/sarc

gwelf on February 5, 2014 at 2:40 PM

It is actually sad to see the parties playing hot potato with the country. Almost like the repubs would like to see us crash and burn, as long as they aren’t in charge when it happens. On a different note, at least they aren’t stringing anyone along with the Kabuki theater.

uncommon sense on February 5, 2014 at 2:40 PM

This guy must be getting blackmailed.

NeoKong on February 5, 2014 at 2:35 PM

They threatened to shut down all suntanning salons in DC.

riddick on February 5, 2014 at 2:43 PM

Can’t even get 218 for Keystone?!?!?

Third party is looking better and better by the day hour.

Bitter Clinger on February 5, 2014 at 2:44 PM

He is a sorrier pajama-boy than obama.

Schadenfreude on February 5, 2014 at 2:44 PM

Son of a BEEP,….BEEP,….BEEP,…..ugh!

canopfor on February 5, 2014 at 2:45 PM

Who wants to write the GOP obituary?

redware on February 5, 2014 at 2:45 PM

Its like watching the keystone cops negotiate with Somali pirates. Hilarious if it weren’t so horrifying.

onomo on February 5, 2014 at 2:46 PM

Drudge breaks news, again

REPORT: BILL CLINTON’S SECRET AFFAIR WITH ACTRESS…

White House Sex Romps Behind Hillary’s Back?

Biden’s niece enters rehab for ‘anger issues’…

President meets with top Muslim Bro in WH…

Schadenfreude on February 5, 2014 at 2:48 PM

He can’t find 218 Republicans to support approving the Keystone pipeline or repealing the “risk corridor,” i.e. bailout, provision in ObamaCare? What?

Sure he can. But what Boehner does not want is for the House to pass a debt ceiling hike with strings attached, have Reid reject it in the Senate, and then allow the Democrat/media complex to demagogue the GOP over threatening a default because they refuse to pass a clean hike. He’s basically trying to avoid any semblance of a fight because he’s a big p-ssy.

And ordinarily I’d give him a pass on this if I had any confidence that the Republicans will start to demand real concessions on raising the debt ceiling after retaking the Senate this November, but sadly I expect it to be business as usual even after that(unless by some miracle, McConnell is bounced in his primary).

Doughboy on February 5, 2014 at 2:49 PM

Can’t even get 218 for Keystone?!?!?

Third party is looking better and better by the day hour.

Bitter Clinger on February 5, 2014 at 2:44 PM

There’s got to be something more to this that we’re not hearing right now.

TarheelBen on February 5, 2014 at 2:50 PM

Looks like more of a vote of “No confidence” against the GOP leadership.

portlandon on February 5, 2014 at 2:34 PM

That’s how it looks to me as well.

The establishment GOP are very likely in the pockets of the K Street lobbyists. In addition, we know from their actions that they are extremely hesitant to put that bulls-eye on their backs by actually stepping up and leading…completely forgetting that they already have that bulls-eye affixed just by being Republicans.

Then we have the Tea Partiers who, as described, aren’t interested in symbolic votes knowing that the leadership is going to go along to get along in the end. They know that the lapdog media will castigate them regardless of what they do, so they prefer to stand on their principles and take the heat as opposed to just rolling over and taking the heat.

The Congressional GOP leadership needs to decide which way they need to go, and looking at recent history (2005-present), the way of the establishment GOP hasn’t worked. They are now seeing the effects of this as members of their own caucus, and more importantly, conservative voters, have no confidence in their leadership, vision, or direction.

Athos on February 5, 2014 at 2:50 PM

Looks like more of a vote of “No confidence” against the GOP leadership.

portlandon on February 5, 2014 at 2:34 PM

Yes.

Sounds like it is time for a new Speaker of the House.

Happy Nomad on February 5, 2014 at 2:35 PM

High time. How ineffectual is Boehner that he can’t even put on good kabuki theater?

Doomberg on February 5, 2014 at 2:50 PM

It seems the Boehner plan is to have the FIRST UNCONDITIONAL debt ceiling increase in the HISTORY of the US congress.

Will Boehner put another date on this MASSIVE increase or will he at least put a dollar amount limit on this increase?

Is it possible that the lawsuit against S&P was placed to prevent other rating agencies from unfettered rating of out of control US spending and debt accumulation?

Freddy on February 5, 2014 at 2:52 PM

There’s only one man who can save the “risk corridor” repeal effort now.

Yep, theatre. Informed tea partiers and conservatives are well aware of the GOP dog-and-pony show routine now and don’t/won’t fall for it anymore. Lower info Republicans that only watch a little Fox News without frequenting blogs or read the comments are the only ones still fooled, and probably a fair percentage of them have enough intuition to see the theatre for what it is.

I remember in ’11 after the big debt-ceiling fight, I had a hell of a time convincing people of what now days almost all of the commentators on conservative blogs are aware of.

I think it’s also why the ruling class is going to go to the limit to try to grant amnesty for themselves and their plantation workers, because they need to import millions of grateful new socialist voters to thwart the will of the increasingly discontented American voters on both sides of the isle.

FloatingRock on February 5, 2014 at 2:53 PM

OK ,how many different ways can we call a man a pu$$y.

celtic warrior on February 5, 2014 at 3:01 PM

The risk corridor repeal effort is indeed just theater. By hook or crook, the taxpayers will end up funding insurance losses anyway. Either by a taxpayer fund or by increased individual costs.

Tsar of Earth on February 5, 2014 at 3:03 PM

OK ,how many different ways can we call a man a pu$$y.

celtic warrior on February 5, 2014 at 3:01 PM

Boehner

Rubio

Jeb Bush

Romney

Rove

Priebus

Cantor

Paul Ryan

I think that’s eight. Should I keep going?

gryphon202 on February 5, 2014 at 3:05 PM

…proof…that HE IS NO LEADER!

KOOLAID2 on February 5, 2014 at 3:06 PM

Maybe this is an act of defiance against our spineless speaker. If so, I’m all for it.

Big Orange on February 5, 2014 at 3:07 PM

I think that’s eight. Should I keep going?

gryphon202 on February 5, 2014 at 3:05 PM

McDumbass

Grhamnesty

That’s about it.

nobar on February 5, 2014 at 3:10 PM

Why can’t Obama just approve the damn pipeline? Seems like it would be a no brainier.

nazo311 on February 5, 2014 at 3:18 PM

It is hard to find what you don’t want to find…

d1carter on February 5, 2014 at 3:18 PM

leadership should go ahead and drop its “demands” now since we all know they’ll end up doing so before the debt ceiling is raised anyway. This is “theater,”

I think the above is correct. Boehner & Ryan have already demonstrated by words & actions that any threat of a shutdown will cause them to pass a “clean” debt ceiling increase. Just do it and get it over with.

The Republicans entire focus for the 2014 election should be Obamacare and its negative effects on the economy, jobs, budgets, actual healthcare, and the enormous disruptions of real people’s lives.

So raise the debt ceiling, forget about immigration reform, and hammer Obamacare until it is dead.

pilsener on February 5, 2014 at 3:21 PM

Bum’s rush back to Ohio and take your spray tan with you.

viking01 on February 5, 2014 at 3:22 PM

WTF!!

Scrumpy on February 5, 2014 at 2:33 PM

Pretty much all that needs to be said.

kcewa on February 5, 2014 at 3:22 PM

The GOP is utterly useless.

ElectricPhase on February 5, 2014 at 3:23 PM

Did he even try to get 218?????

ConservativePartyNow on February 5, 2014 at 3:24 PM

The Republicans can only get things done with libertarians and Tea Party members. Since they are actively dissing both, they will lose national elections and never mount serious policy action. Mitt (would have been a great president) listened to the consultants and the money, dissed these groups and they stayed home.

Connecticut on February 5, 2014 at 3:26 PM

Who the hell cares? Do you think Obama would even sign such a deal?

GarandFan on February 5, 2014 at 3:27 PM

Hang it up.

stuartm650 on February 5, 2014 at 3:27 PM

That’s about it.

nobar on February 5, 2014 at 3:10 PM

There’s more.

gryphon202 on February 5, 2014 at 3:30 PM

Wow, this guy put up one Hell of a fight huh?

ToddPA on February 5, 2014 at 3:30 PM

At what point do Republicans stop calling this “leadership”?

If you can’t make the case that taxpayers should not pay for millions, perhaps billions in bailouts for a program rammed through by Democrats that is destroying our health care system, cancelling peoples coverage, driving unemployment/underemployment and underwritten by a pack of lies, uttered by both the president and most of his party members- then you really should not be in Congress.

My dog could make this case to the American people.

Marcus Traianus on February 5, 2014 at 3:32 PM

People: the GOP does not represent you. Stop voting for them.

besser tot als rot on February 5, 2014 at 3:32 PM

He’s a puss… Get rid the bastard!

Kuffar on February 5, 2014 at 3:36 PM

Why not just raise it to $100 Trillion and be done with it…?

… At least it might shock and wake up the American people, although I doubt it.

A new season of American Idol just started…

Seven Percent Solution on February 5, 2014 at 3:37 PM

Kabuki, Act II.

whatcat on February 5, 2014 at 3:39 PM

There’s more.

gryphon202 on February 5, 2014 at 3:30 PM

But none of great notoriety.

nobar on February 5, 2014 at 3:40 PM

Maybe this is an act of defiance against our spineless speaker. If so, I’m all for it.

Big Orange on February 5, 2014 at 3:07 PM

If we knew that to be true then, depending on the circumstances maybe I’d agree with you. Right now, the only defiance I’m interested in seeing is against Boehner’s amnesty push.

FloatingRock on February 5, 2014 at 3:42 PM

We knew from the gitgo that the rinos would cave on taking care of the taxpayers. “Hey, vote for us, ’cause were not quite as bad as the Democrats!!!”

TimothyJ on February 5, 2014 at 3:42 PM

Rubio is a joke. No one on our side is listening to him anymore. He is either a naive fool, a liar, or some combination of both. All options render him worthless.

Every time he opens his mouth now he looks like a desperate clown.

We will soon be rid of Rubio in 2016. Rubio flushed his political future down the toilet when he pushed through amnesty bill in the senate. Hope it was worth it Marco Stupio.

JB-STLMO on February 5, 2014 at 3:46 PM

I NEVER want to see a post here with some Snarky Toss-Off, Minimizing Phrase like “Oof” again…..

A more appropriate start to this thread title would be: “Boehner getting FIRED!!….”

williamg on February 5, 2014 at 3:57 PM

WTF? He can’t get 218 on Keystone?
He can’t get 218 on a bill that will create 42,000 jobs?
This is insane.

talkingpoints on February 5, 2014 at 3:59 PM

What the Founders feared….

All three branches of gummint having been fully corrupted.

From check and balances to cashing bundler checks to see what balances….

viking01 on February 5, 2014 at 4:08 PM

OMG, if only we had a hero to hold their feet to the fire, or something.

Let’s vote to send these guys back to office in November, though – because.

Midas on February 5, 2014 at 4:09 PM

It is hard to find what you don’t want to find…

d1carter on February 5, 2014 at 3:18 PM

He looked, really hard. In his cigarette case, in his top left desk drawer, in his shorts, and in his pocket flask. Just couldn’t find those votes.

Midas on February 5, 2014 at 4:11 PM

They’re not even going the motions of pretending to be against it. Interesting.

One would almost think that they were in on it from the beginning.

Yeah, of course they were.

Dr. ZhivBlago on February 5, 2014 at 4:11 PM

Boner is too busy working on amnesty for the illegals to screw with this debt crap. Has no one learned yet that these R’s do not represent us anymore. My goodness, what is it going to take? HA commenters can’t be this stupid, can they?

johnny reb on February 5, 2014 at 4:13 PM

It is all Kabuki theater. Boehner needs to go, he is the poster child for the Walking Dead. However, I have a nagging concern, what if Rubio’s plan works? What happens if the insurance companies don’t get their bailouts? Do they just go bankrupt, and close the doors? Then what happens to Obamacare? Does it conveniently turn into single payer? Make no mistake, that is and has been the game plan of the liberals from day one.
So, if we are able to stop any bailouts, do the Liberals just pivot to the new fix, that being single payer?

JimmyGee on February 5, 2014 at 4:17 PM

Boner is too busy working on amnesty for the illegals to screw with this debt crap. Has no one learned yet that these R’s do not represent us anymore. My goodness, what is it going to take? HA commenters can’t be this stupid, can they?

johnny reb on February 5, 2014 at 4:13 PM

Do you see anyone posting anything that would warrant that comment?

If you do, call them out specifically, but knock of the generic broadbrush when its immediately obvious from actually reading people’s posts that yes, virtually *everyone* here gets it.

Midas on February 5, 2014 at 4:19 PM

Keystone is a tool both sides use for cover with their bases.The oil is coming in anyway.The oil company’s are buying more rail cars every day.How many of them are invested in rail cars?There is more money in cars than a few miles of pipe.

docflash on February 5, 2014 at 4:21 PM

If Boehner can’t get to 218 on an essentially meaningless vote to repeal the “risk corridor,” for a bill that everyone knows will be stripped out, what are the odds that he or Rubio can convince 218 on a meaningful one?

what Allah can’t comprehend is these congress critters are feeling the heat from their constituents. People learned a whole lot after watching the McCain faction in the senate declare they were voting to end cloture so they could cast a meaningless vote for defunding Obamacare.

John Cornyn still doesn’t admit playing the game to this day. If the debt deal can pass with only dem and liberal repubs, so be it. The debt is the issue, holding up Keystone and bailing out insurance companies are both owned by democrats and the liberal repubs that join them.

DanMan on February 5, 2014 at 4:23 PM

JimmyGee on February 5, 2014 at 4:17 PM

If it causes them to debate Obamacare it will kill the dems. I will bet liberals are no more willing to bail out insurance companies than conservatives are. And they don’t even know that’s coming still. Can you imagine explaining why the debt ceiling has to be raised in order to bail out insurance corporations?

DanMan on February 5, 2014 at 4:29 PM

The “risk corridors” are NOT A BAILOUT.

Bailouts are when government saves companies that screwed up. The insurance companies didn’t screw up. In fact, they warned Obama this would happen and they refused to take part in the exchanges he proposed because of it. So the risk corridors were put in to attract insurers to come into the exchanges, and they did.

All losses are NOT insured. Only losses OVER 3% of premium income are covered. That level of loss isn’t sustainable in itself.

What Rubio the Rube is proposing is changing the rules in the middle of the game, AFTER the insurers have put their stockholders at risk ONLY with the assurance of the risk corridors.

So, you pay your auto insurance premiums but then, after you’re in for six months, the insurance company decides they just won’t pay your claims? That’s fair? That’s honest?

Well, that’s what Bozo Rubio and his Half Wits are proposing. Red meat for their low intelligence followers by screwing honest companies.

Adjoran on February 5, 2014 at 4:35 PM

We have dumb imbiciles running the repub party…

Scrumpy on February 5, 2014 at 2:35 PM

As opposed to smart imbeciles.

The Rogue Tomato on February 5, 2014 at 4:39 PM

Keystone is a tool both sides use for cover with their bases.

docflash on February 5, 2014 at 4:21 PM

You’re adorable. Still believing that there are two sides.

besser tot als rot on February 5, 2014 at 4:40 PM

Bailouts are when government saves companies that screwed up. The insurance companies didn’t screw up.

Adjoran on February 5, 2014 at 4:35 PM

Wrong. They lobbied government to have government force us to buy their product under threat of force from the government. I have no sympathy for them or their shareholders. Make them pay for their fascism.

besser tot als rot on February 5, 2014 at 4:44 PM

Everyone knows that GOP leadership are a bunch of invertebrates so there is no point in pretending to play a game of chicken especially since any government or market turmoil would be blamed on the TEA Party.

Wigglesworth on February 5, 2014 at 4:45 PM

. I will bet liberals are no more willing to bail out insurance companies than conservatives are.

DanMan on February 5, 2014 at 4:29 PM

Wrong. The democrat and republican wings of the crony capitalist, statist governing party both favor bailing out their insurance cronies. They just don’t want the rubes to know about it.

besser tot als rot on February 5, 2014 at 4:46 PM

Red meat for their low intelligence followers by screwing honest companies.

bwahahahaha!!! wasn’t it just 6 companies that crawled into bed with the mongrel?

DanMan on February 5, 2014 at 4:50 PM

besser tot als rot on February 5, 2014 at 4:46 PM

yep, I’m pretty sue everyone here knows it but I doubt many libs do, yet

DanMan on February 5, 2014 at 4:51 PM

I found some good news from Montana today.

http://missoulian.com/news/state-and-regional/montana-supreme-court-oks-voter-registration-referendum/article_cf9e4bc8-8e9b-11e3-8803-001a4bcf887a.html

MontanaMmmm on February 5, 2014 at 3:28 PM

A court is actually going to allow the people to decide an issue? Is that constitutional?

kcewa on February 5, 2014 at 4:52 PM

yo besser, I was referring to the voters, I agree they have similar goals within the chamber, the senate more so than the house though

DanMan on February 5, 2014 at 4:53 PM

The “risk corridors” are NOT A BAILOUT.
Bailouts are when government saves companies that screwed up. The insurance companies didn’t screw up. In fact, they warned Obama this would happen and they refused to take part in the exchanges he proposed because of it. So the risk corridors were put in to attract insurers to come into the exchanges, and they did.
Adjoran on February 5, 2014 at 4:35 PM

So they were against it until they were offered a bribe? The bribe to be paid with the taxpayers dollars?

That’s a fine example of crony capitalism.

kcewa on February 5, 2014 at 4:57 PM

yo besser, I was referring to the voters, I agree they have similar goals within the chamber, the senate more so than the house though

DanMan on February 5, 2014 at 4:53 PM

Yeah. I gotcha. I think, though, that the leftist religion allows the “liberals” great latitude in ignoring inconsistencies in their dogma.

besser tot als rot on February 5, 2014 at 4:59 PM

Had a bad feeling ever since he cried croc tears the night he got the speakership. Could’ve at least saved the tears for the smoke and whiskey flask backstage….but, no…the world knew that night what a big blubbering wuse he was, and has treated him accordingly ever since.

msupertas on February 5, 2014 at 5:06 PM

absolutely besser, absolutely

DanMan on February 5, 2014 at 5:07 PM

Just imagine, people, how much the GOP would be screwing us right now if Romney had won and the GOP had taken the Senate. Amnesty would be upon us. Obamacare would be “fixed” (not repealed) (likely with a big tax hike as proposed by the GOP), etc.

besser tot als rot on February 5, 2014 at 5:09 PM

The “risk corridors” are NOT A BAILOUT.
Bailouts are when government saves companies that screwed up. The insurance companies didn’t screw up. In fact, they warned Obama this would happen and they refused to take part in the exchanges he proposed because of it. So the risk corridors were put in to attract insurers to come into the exchanges, and they did.
Adjoran on February 5, 2014 at 4:35 PM

Except the insurance companies sort of wrote the ACA, predicting that the generous subsidies (from the gvt to the insurance companies) would cover the cost. Unfortunately even with the subsidies, not enough people are signing up, just those with pre-existing conditions, no one that’s healthy, so the insurers need a bailout, just as anyone that spent the time to read the bill and look at income and insurance costs would have predicted.

talkingpoints on February 5, 2014 at 5:10 PM

VDH, in his latest, takes aim at the GOP establishment…

To survive, Republicans must go on the offensive and point out that their accusers never live the lives they advocate for others. Liberal feminists seem to be John Edwards and Bill Clinton. Liberal men of the people are Al Gore, John Kerry, and Jon Corzine. Their populists who deplore outsourcing, offshore accounts, and non-unions are Apple and Facebook grandees who embrace all three. White privilege is not the fate of the West Virginian or West Texan working at Target, but the tiny, inbred old-boy and old-girl world of prep-school to Ivy League to the insider pull of Dad and Mom to land up with a phoned-in job in journalism, politics, finance, entertainment, the arts, and academia on the East and West coasts, followed by pro forma praise of diversity — for others. Open-borders zealots have their children behind the walls of private academies.

Surely there is a populist case to be made — or is the Republican establishment to manage a permanent, sober, and judicious out-party, as it is demagogued to death by the privileged?

The only ones, it appears, who are being realistic and attempting to make the populist counter-case to the progressive one, are the Tea Partiers. From the others, we are seeing little more than theater…and bad theater at that. The establishment seem content to go along to get along even as the rest of us are demagogued to death by the progressive fascists.

Athos on February 5, 2014 at 5:14 PM

Boy was I wrong. I thought they would at least ask for it first before caving.

tommer74 on February 5, 2014 at 5:58 PM

As much as I don’t want to bail out the insurance industry, the companies hands are tied because they have to follow existing law and provide the mandated health plans. Additionally they will be needed when this monstrosity is repealed.

Tater Salad on February 5, 2014 at 6:26 PM

the companies hands are tied because they have to follow existing law

they can ask Obama to change the law, like congress did, like unions did, like the Chamber of Commerce did…

DanMan on February 5, 2014 at 6:33 PM

The only ones, it appears, who are being realistic and attempting to make the populist counter-case to the progressive one, are the Tea Partiers.

Athos on February 5, 2014 at 5:14 PM

Of course. Because the Democrats and Republicans are both invested in the progressive one.

besser tot als rot on February 5, 2014 at 6:45 PM

WET NOODLE!

mmcnamer1 on February 5, 2014 at 7:46 PM

Worst Speaker EVER!

mmcnamer1 on February 5, 2014 at 7:46 PM

And that includes San Fran Nancy Piglosi, at least she got the democRATS to vote for A CRAPPY BILL.
This wet noodle can’t find 218 people in the house who want to create jobs?
WET NOODLE!

mmcnamer1 on February 5, 2014 at 7:49 PM

Bailouts are when government saves companies that screwed up. The insurance companies didn’t screw up.

Adjoran on February 5, 2014 at 4:35 PM

Wrong. They lobbied government to have government force us to buy their product under threat of force from the government. I have no sympathy for them or their shareholders. Make them pay for their fascism.

besser tot als rot on February 5, 2014 at 4:44 PM

Truth.

Conservatives need to get over this idea of the poor insurance companies suffering at the hands of the Marxists. They’re in on it.

Dr. ZhivBlago on February 6, 2014 at 1:57 AM

If I were in the House, I wouldn’t vote for more kabuki theater, either. As Allah says, we all know damn well Boehner will cave, anyway. There will be a clean debt ceiling increase. Going through the motions of tying it to anything is just a recipe for more humiliation, and the inevitable cave will just tick the base off even more.

DRayRaven on February 6, 2014 at 5:07 AM

And that is why I left the republican Party. There is no longer any strong leadership there. Constantly giving in to the Dems in the name of “Bi-partisanship”. The dems never do that. Why is everyone so afraid of obummer? Makes one wonder if he has files on everybody. Probably wouldn’t be hard to do with today’s clas(less) of politicians.

GoGreenFan on February 6, 2014 at 1:03 PM