The Donkey in the House Chamber

by Datechguy | February 12th, 2014

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The Donkey in the House Chamber

One of the most solid pieces of con­ven­tional wis­dom in the MSM is that a gov­ern­ment shut­down hurts the GOP.

Back in Octo­ber the MSM went on and on about how hor­ri­ble the shut­down was. Every sin­gle day the GOP in gen­eral & Ted Cruz in par­tic­u­lar were attacked. The House was decried as obstruc­tion­ists, bi-​partisan spend­ing bills which were reg­u­larly passed with 30 votes were ignored by the media and Harry Reid unwill­ing­ness to bring any of them up to a vote was com­pletely ignored by the mass media.

When a deal was finally made that gave the left pretty much what they wanted the media talked about how Ted Cruz & the Tea Party had not only given Pres­i­dent Obama, who had just been humil­i­ated in Syria, a badly needed vic­tory but had pretty much destroyed their power and influ­ence for good.

Then Oba­macare imploded.

While the Oba­macare site crashed and burned and American’s health plans dis­ap­peared tak­ing Democ­rats 2014 for­tunes with it, the media took time from play­ing defense for the law & the White House to attack Ted Cruz & the Tea Party as fools whose shut down fight kept the focus off of Obamacare’s fail­ures for weeks.

Four months later things are no bet­ter for the left.

You have Democ­rats openly stat­ing that the house is lost,

You have Demo­c­rat PACS decid­ing to skip the 2014 elec­tions

You have David Axel­rod beg­ging Donors to give to the party this cycle rather than Hillary’s 2016 cam­paign.

You have guys like Ron Fournier writ­ing sto­ries like: “Why I’m get­ting sick of Defend­ing Oba­macare& MSNBC actu­ally cov­er­ing it.

You have the spec­ta­cle of the White House not only delay­ing parts of Oba­macare once again but try­ing to intim­i­date busi­ness’ into accept­ing the costs of this law against their own interests. 

Things look bleak for Democ­rats. They need a game changer, need one fast and with the debt ceil­ing they had a per­fect chance to let the GOP stew in its own juices:

So what happens?

House passes clean debt-​ceiling hike, 221 – 201

Ah so the GOP decided they didn’t want to have this fight and passed a debt ceil­ing bill to get it off the table solv­ing Speaker Boehner’s prob­lems right?

Well not exactly:

The bill was approved in a 221 – 201 vote, largely on the backs of Democ­rats. Only 28 Repub­li­cans voted for it, while 199 voted against.

Only two Democ­rats voted against the clean debt-​ceiling hike, which was backed by the White House and Demo­c­ra­tic lead­ers in the House and Sen­ate, while 193 voted “yes.” The two defec­tions were Rep. Jim Math­e­son (Utah), who is not run­ning for reelec­tion, and Rep. John Bar­row (Ga.), who faces a tough race.

Excuse me? The Democ­rats bailed the GOP out?

The GOP speaker is of course delighted but con­fused that is cau­cus is not:

Boehner just stood there for a moment after he fin­ished, eyed the room, and walked toward his seat. On his way there, Boehner shook his head, then turned to the nearly mute crowd and won­dered aloud why he wasn’t get­ting applause. “I’m get­ting this mon­key off your back and you’re not going to even clap?”

While he is con­fused by his cau­cus’ reac­tion he can take solace in the fact that the Morn­ing Joe table on MSNBC is prais­ing of him with only the slight­est cri­tique by Joe Scarborough.

As so many seem con­fused by the dis­ap­point­ment of con­ser­v­a­tives lack of cel­e­bra­tion let me explain it in easy to under­stand terms:

Democ­rats given the choice of…

Plan A:

Sit­ting back and watch­ing the GOP fail to pass a debt ceil­ing bill caus­ing another shut­down that would assure them of hun­dreds of hours of video and thou­sands of pages of print cov­er­age exco­ri­at­ing the GOP for doing so.

OR

Plan B:

Vot­ing en masse to pass a debt ceil­ing bill tak­ing the issue off the table for the GOP and mak­ing it a one day story.

Choose plan B!

Think about that a second:

Those Democ­rats who still use last years shut­down as a talk­ing point;

Those Democ­rats who spent the last week argu­ing dis­in­cen­tives to work are a good thing

Those Democ­rats who a few min­utes after the lat­est Oba­macare delay sent out a blast e-​mail INSIST­ING it is working

At the moment Democ­rats are in most need of a boost to their elec­toral for­tunes those Democ­rats Choose Plan B!

Maybe it’s just me but doesn’t any­one in the House lead­er­ship or the MSM find it even a tad odd that the House Democ­rats were will­ing to pro­vide so many votes for some­thing com­pletely oppo­site to what con­ven­tional wis­dom says is their polit­i­cal advan­tage in a tough elec­tion year?

Could it be because it isn’t?

Update: don’t Gloat? Tells Nancy Pelosi to Dems…

Before the House voted to raise the debt ceil­ing with­out any spend­ing reduc­tions or restora­tions of the mil­i­tary pen­sion cuts Tues­day, House Minor­ity Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-​CA) report­edly warned her mem­bers not to act like Seat­tle cor­ner­back Richard Sher­man and taunt the “mediocre” GOP lead­er­ship for caving.

…If the Demo­c­rat leader has to warn her cau­cus not to gloat in pub­lic over this bill per­haps the GOP leader should not be won­der­ing why his cau­cus isn’t cheering.

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One of the most solid pieces of conventional wisdom in the MSM is that a government shutdown hurts the GOP.

Back in October the MSM went on and on about how horrible the shutdown was. Every single day the GOP in general & Ted Cruz in particular were attacked. The House was decried as obstructionists, bi-partisan spending bills which were regularly passed with 30 votes were ignored by the media and Harry Reid unwillingness to bring any of them up to a vote was completely ignored by the mass media.

When a deal was finally made that gave the left pretty much what they wanted the media talked about how Ted Cruz & the Tea Party had not only given President Obama, who had just been humiliated in Syria, a badly needed victory but had pretty much destroyed their power and influence for good.

Then Obamacare imploded.

While the Obamacare site crashed and burned and American’s health plans disappeared taking Democrats 2014 fortunes with it, the media took time from playing defense for the law & the White House to attack Ted Cruz & the Tea Party as fools whose shut down fight  kept the focus off of Obamacare’s failures for weeks.

Four months later things are no better for the left.

You have Democrats openly stating that the house is lost,

You have Democrat PACS deciding to skip the 2014 elections

You have David Axelrod begging Donors to give to the party this cycle rather than Hillary’s 2016 campaign.

You have guys like  Ron Fournier writing stories like: “Why I’m getting sick of Defending Obamacare“& MSNBC actually covering it.

You have the spectacle of the White House not only delaying parts of Obamacare once again but trying to intimidate business’ into accepting the costs of this law against their own interests. 

Things look bleak for Democrats.  They need a game changer, need one fast and with the debt ceiling they had a perfect chance to let the GOP stew in its own juices:

So what happens?

House passes clean debt-ceiling hike, 221-201

Ah so the GOP decided they didn’t want to have this fight and passed a debt ceiling bill to get it off the table solving Speaker Boehner’s problems right?

Well not exactly:

The bill was approved in a 221-201 vote, largely on the backs of Democrats. Only 28 Republicans voted for it, while 199 voted against.

Only two Democrats voted against the clean debt-ceiling hike, which was backed by the White House and Democratic leaders in the House and Senate, while 193 voted “yes.” The two defections were Rep. Jim Matheson (Utah), who is not running for reelection, and Rep. John Barrow (Ga.), who faces a tough race.

Excuse me?  The Democrats bailed the GOP out?

The GOP speaker is of course delighted but confused that is caucus is not:

Boehner just stood there for a moment after he finished, eyed the room, and walked toward his seat. On his way there, Boehner shook his head, then turned to the nearly mute crowd and wondered aloud why he wasn’t getting applause. “I’m getting this monkey off your back and you’re not going to even clap?”

While he is confused by his caucus’  reaction he can take solace in the fact that the Morning Joe table on MSNBC is praising of him with only the slightest critique by Joe Scarborough.

As so many seem confused by the disappointment of conservatives lack of celebration let me explain it in easy to understand terms:

Democrats given the choice of…

Plan A:

Sitting back and watching the GOP fail to pass a debt ceiling bill causing another shutdown that would assure them of hundreds of hours of video and thousands of pages of print coverage excoriating the GOP for doing so.

OR

Plan B:

Voting en masse to pass a debt ceiling bill taking the issue off the table for the GOP  and making it a one day story.

Choose plan B!

Think about that a second:

Those Democrats who still use last years shutdown as a talking point;

Those Democrats who spent the last week arguing disincentives to work are a good thing

Those Democrats who a few minutes after the latest Obamacare delay sent out a blast e-mail INSISTING it is working

At the moment Democrats are in most need of a boost to their electoral fortunes those Democrats Choose Plan B!

Maybe it’s just me but doesn’t anyone in the House leadership or the MSM find it even a tad odd that the House Democrats were willing to provide so many votes for something completely opposite to what conventional wisdom says is their political advantage in a tough election year?

Could it be because it isn’t?

Update: don’t Gloat? Tells Nancy Pelosi to Dems…

Before the House voted to raise the debt ceiling without any spending reductions or restorations of the military pension cuts Tuesday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) reportedly warned her members not to act like Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman and taunt the “mediocre” GOP leadership for caving.

…If the Democrat leader has to warn her caucus not to gloat in public over this bill perhaps the GOP leader should not be wondering why his caucus isn’t cheering.

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