In Washington, the GOP’s ‘possum act’ has played out

The Republicans had a great mid-term, taking the Senate and increasing their margin in the House. In public opinion polls, more Americans now say they identify as Republican than as Democratic.

And how have they achieved all that?

They did it by doing nothing. Literally, nothing. As far back as February, GOP leadership consciously embraced a strategy of doing nothing, and they worked very hard at doing nothing. They became good at it.

They proposed nothing to replace ObamaCare, they proposed nothing on immigration reform, they proposed nothing on tax reform. They stopped talking about shutdowns, and they blocked efforts to force a vote to authorize action against ISIS. Why? Because to even attempt to accomplish anything would expose the party’s immense internal divisions, agitate the base and bring to the forefront its most radical, least popular elements.

Far better to play possum.

Now, however, they face a conundrum. They have to pass a budget measure by Dec. 11 to keep the government open, and GOP leaders are hoping to keep that possum act going just a little bit longer. They want to pass resolutions that merely extend current spending, without confronting President Obama over his executive action regarding immigration and thus risk a government shutdown.

But the conservatives within the GOP caucus are having none of it, and from their point of view, why should they? The entire GOP argument, from Boehner on down, has been that Obama’s actions are unconstitutional. And with the midterm results, they now have what they take to be public validation for their point of view.

“So you just want me to fund the unconstitutional act for 60 days?” as Rep. Matt Salmon of Arizona told Roll Call. “Isn’t that kind of like being a little bit pregnant? No, that doesn’t work for me.”

Rush Limbaugh is on the radio, telling the Dittoheads that the GOP leadership won’t confront Obama because it is really supporting amnesty. “They can’t come, after all of this, and act like they are as eager for amnesty as Obama, but they are,” he claimed today. “We know it to be true.  We know the Republican establishment, we know the Chamber of Commerce, we know that many of the donors want amnesty.”

Erick Erickson at RedState is sounding the alarm as well, warning that “both House and Senate leadership have no real intention of undoing the president’s unconstitutional executive amnesty. In fact, while they publicly act outraged, they’re secretly relieved, because the president has removed by executive fiat the single biggest obstacle to their long-running efforts to force comprehensive immigration reform through Congress.”

Ted CruzAnd on the steps of the Capitol, Sen. Ted Cruz urged House Republicans to use the funding crunch to force a confrontation with Obama, even at the cost of a shutdown. “The same folks who are saying, ‘Gosh, we cannot do anything now,’ are the same folks who in January are going to say, ‘Gosh, we don’t have 60 votes in the Senate,’ ” Cruz said. “It’s like Charlie Brown and Lucy where consistently the same voices pull the football aside and say, ‘You know what, you can never ever ever do anything to stop a lawless president.’ ”

As he spoke people in the audience waved signs reading “Obama’s a traitor,” “King Obama,” and “Ted Cruz 2016.”

This is how it’s going to go for the next two years. Control of Congress — and responsibility for running the government — has been placed in the hands of people who have no control and who cannot bring themselves to compromise even with their fellow Republicans.

And this time, doing nothing is no longer an option for them. It ought to be fascinating, in the same dreadful sense that a train wreck is fascinating.

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barkingfrog
barkingfrog

Bill Cosby is the first high tech lynching I have witnessed.

straker
straker

AyeAye


Could white students organize a protest and ask that only white people participate?



gotalife
gotalife

I say stand up against oppression and don't tread on me.


Don't scream don't resist and lick their boots like scout.

DohBee
DohBee

Has anyone ever seen Teddy Cruz and TV "Green Acres" Huckster Mr. Haney in the same room at the same time? (Mucho Apologies to late actor Pat Buttram.)

gotalife
gotalife

scout screams don't resist oppression.


Lick their boots.



Crossbreed
Crossbreed

Most white CEO criminals never fear the cops or any prosecution.

Too funny v. the Black CEOs who are shot in their office I suppose-

I see the small minded victim disease is out in good form today.

 

LordHelpUs
LordHelpUs

'The Chinese economy just overtook the United States economy to become the largest in the world.'

Good luck, China...

AyeAyeSir
AyeAyeSir

To every perp or potential perp a cop is out to get them.

AyeAyeSir
AyeAyeSir

"Columbia, MO. — Organizers of a recent Ferguson protest at the University of Missouri requested “only people of color” take part in the event’s “die-in,” one element of a larger demonstration that prompted at least two classes to be shelved so students could participate.

“During the demonstration we will hold a ‘die-in’ in the student center. We are asking that only people of color be the ones to do so,” event organizers stated in an email obtained by The College Fix. “We are asking non-people of color to stand holding hands in solidarity.”


Well .......... there you go.

barkingfrog
barkingfrog

To a cop every one is a perp or potential perp.

AyeAyeSir
AyeAyeSir

I have an idea !


Instead of grand juries let's just do:


1)  "Eeny, meeny, miny, moe"

2)  "One potato, two potato ...... "

3) Or use a baseball bat ! "I call Chicken fingers !"

4)   "Rock, paper, scizzors !"


There ............ problem solved. 

gotalife
gotalife

President Obama could decide to declare martial law and stay on as a dictator and the right would bow down.


Our country never faced oppression but you can see how easy it would be because the right would lick their boots.

LeninTime
LeninTime

@ivg Eric Holder needs to  personally prosecute in the Garner case and sit back and watch the Cons howl. Video is no different than an old time Southern lynching but by cops.

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Isn't it amazing how the great dictatorial socialist in chief neglects to lift a finger to pursue prosecution of the officer in Ferguson when the 20 years ago a Republican president did just that after a similar miscarriage of justice following the Rodney King beating. 



straker
straker

Ivg - "Eric Holder needs to personally prosecute"


Why, I bet he never thought of that.


You just get on the phone right now and call him.


I just KNOW he'll find something all those grand jurors didn't.

stands_for_decibels
stands_for_decibels

 Wonder how that flu strain crossed the border and spread throughout the States?


For. F##k's. Sakes...

gotalife
gotalife

The slippery slope started with the patriot act and the right bowed down.


Never ever forget that fact Americans.


The right want to be oppressed by government. Fact.


There is nothing American about them.

lvg
lvg

Eric Holder needs to  personally prosecute in the Garner case and sit back and watch the Cons howl. Video is no different than an old time Southern lynching but by cops.

MANGLER
MANGLER

Who's side will I favor on the constitutionality of this executive order?

The Canadian emigrant son of a Mexican national who hates immigration?

Or the constitutional lawyer with a Presidential seal under his name?

AyeAyeSir
AyeAyeSir

Officer uniformed presence

Officer commands

Soft hands

Hard hands

Control methods via joint pain

Mace/Pepper Spray

Tasers

Impact Weapons

Deadly Force


Please note the perp determines the escalation of the above sequence.



LeninTime
LeninTime

Peter King is proto-fascist trash.

gotalife
gotalife

Dear scout,


You are for oppression and not American.


Back under bed troll.


AyeAyeSir
AyeAyeSir

@AyeAyeSir at least the truth will be easier to ascertain"


You are correct and I'm all for it .......... but as I said defense attorneys hate video and audio recordings.


It was always fun to see them talk about a plea bargain once those came out during discovery.

KUTGF
KUTGF

@Crossbreed  Hopefully you can get your disease treated and covered by the ACA. 

KUTGF
KUTGF

@AyeAyeSir  Nonsense.  Most white CEO criminals never fear the cops or any prosecution. 

barkingfrog
barkingfrog

@AyeAyeSir How about preliminary hearings with a judge, prosecutor 

and defense attorney since that venue is already available.

Doggone_GA
Doggone_GA

@gotalife He could try...but without the military to back him up he could never do more than sign a piece of paper.

WGA1990
WGA1990

@lvg 

I don't think the Fed IMO should be getting involved in state or local jurisdictions unless there's clear evidence of racial motivation, which there isn't in both Furguson or in the NYC Garner incident. Obama and Holder are only fomenting racial tension with their overreach.

Doggone_GA
Doggone_GA

@gotalife @Doggone_GA How could he do it easily?  One man can't force the rest of the country to obey...unless he has a military presence to back him up.  He wouldn't have that.