Scrooge:Speak comfort to me , Jacob
Marley’s Ghost:I have none to give

Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

With all that is going on in the race for the GOP nomination conservatives need something to reassure them that things will be ok.

“REPORT: Obama to announce Supreme Court nominee at 11 a.m. If Mitch McConnell keeps his promise, it won’t matter.”

Well that’s certainly a load off of my mind.

 

 

As everyone knows I’ve not been very shy about calling out the Establishment GOP, John Boehner or Mitch McConnell over their actions to confound conservatives.

So when they do something right it’s only fair that I give them kudos:

The Senate passed a Republican-authored budget plan early on Friday that seeks $5.1 trillion in domestic spending cuts over 10 years while boosting military funding.

This is a double whammy not only do we get cuts rather than an increase but we get a huge contrast with the Harry Reid Era:

The House passed its budget resolution on Wednesday after a similar process of debate and amendment. Some journalists might be unfamiliar with this process after six years of Democratic Party grandstanding under the cataclysmic leadership of Harry Reid, but this is called “regular order” budgeting. Reid’s decision to abandon that process was what led to several years of budgeting by brinksmanship, “fiscal cliffs,” debt-ceiling standoffs, and the like.

Reid just announced his retirement, I wonder if he didn’t want to deal with the ads that would practically write themselves?

To be sure we likely need a lot more budget responsibility that this package produced and that’s why some people like Rand Paul voted “No” but if you are my age and lived through decades of unfettered Democrat power in congress that people under 40 might not remember the concept congress of cutting the budget,  even slightly is a huge deal.

Now granted we need a lot more cuts and we will need strong conservative to keep them honest but in the end this budget resolution means the GOP is capable of , at least slowly moving our financial house in the direction it should be in.

That’s a good sign and the leadership deserves credit for getting it done.

You remember how the National Republican Party told you that they would stand up to the Democrats & Barack Obama?

The House voted Tuesday to fund the Department of Homeland Security, ending a months long impasse over President Obama’s immigration policies and averting a weekend shutdown at the agency.

Good thing we got that majority eh?

It cleared the House on a 257-167 vote only because of the unanimous support of the House’s Democrats.

This wasn’t standing up to the Democrats, it’s standing with them.

The GOP reminds me  of an abusive husband, actually that’s unfair to abusive husbands.  While both beg you to take them back at least an abusive husband doesn’t beg you for money as well.

Any conservative who gives the national GOP money is a sucker.

Update:  the words you’re looking for are “Lying Bastards”

Because we’d rather not take someone else’s word for it, we inquired independently. This weekend, Speaker Boehner’s office assured us House Republicans had no plans to capitulate to the demands of Senate Democrats. As to the speculation that there was some kind of a deal with Pelosi? “There is no such ‘deal’ or promise,” says Boehner Spokesman Michael Steel.

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise echoed the sentiments saying, “There is no such deal and there’s no such bill,” Scalise said on “Fox News Sunday.” “On Friday, there was a bill on the House floor to pass a clean funding bill. We rejected that because we said we’re fighting the president on what he’s doing illegally on immigration,” according to The Hill.

“We are not giving in to Senate Democrats’ blackmail,” Boehner said, “Will keep fighting Obama’s unilateral action on immigration to protect Constitution.”

I’m done with these people.

Update 2:  Allahpundit:

John Boehner, Democratic Speaker of the House.

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You know the GOP has done all it can to upset the base in this upcoming election to the point where a big red wave is looking more like simply a good year for the GOP.

The lamentable part of this situation, from the GOP perspective, is that McConnell and the National Republican Senatorial Committee have spent the past 18 months crushing the enthusiasm of grassroots conservatives, waging a campaign to exterminate the Tea Party. The arguably criminal — certainly dishonest and unethical — conduct of the Mississippi primary campaign to re-elect Thad Cochran was witnessed by every Tea Party activist in the country, Kentucky included. Every deceitful smear against Chris McDaniel in Mississippi was a deliberate “f–k you” to grassroots conservatives, courtesy of the D.C.-based Republican political establishment of which Mitch McConnell is the official leader. If it weren’t for this factor — the transparent selfishness and corruption of McConnell and his GOP Senate cronies — the Senate race in Kentucky would not even be close. The major obstacle to McConnell’s re-election is not the usual problem of wooing undecided “swing” voters; his problem is that many thousands of Kentucky conservatives have little motive to vote for him in November.

Luckily for Mitch the other side keep doing their best to remind GOP votes why we dislike them so:

with the Big Bang Theory’s Cast holding out perhaps Ms. Groob is looking to try out for the role of Sheldon.

But alas now that her account when from open, to protected to deleted I guess the producers won’t be able to see if she can manage any other Asian humor.

BTW it’s not as if Mitch’s wife is unknown either Elaine Cho was labor secretary during the Bush years and has a great back story too.

The daughter of Taiwanese parents who arrived in the country at 8 years old speaking no English and has since served as Cabinet secretary, director of the Peace Corps, president and CEO of United Way and numerous other posts in finance and the federal government. In short, she’s exactly the kind of woman Dems despise: accomplished, successful and conservative.

A Democrat activist and “progressive” like Groob boils all that down into one word — Asian — she hopes will appeal to the basest instincts in American politics.

But what is that next to a senate seat and remember midterms are base elections so she figured this would turn out the Democrat base that Grimes needs?

Mitch McConnell and the GOP are very lucky that the Democrats have become what they are.

El Cid: Sire, all those you see here, though none dare say so, harbor the suspicion that you may have counseled your own brother’s death. Unless you can prove your innocence you will have no loyal subjects. Your kingdom will be torn by doubt. Thus I can not give you fidelity nor own you as my liege

King Alphonso: What will satisfy you of my innocence?

El Cid: Your oath upon the holy book.

King Alphonso:  You would ask a me to swear?

El Cid:  Sire I DO ask it!

El Cid 1961

On day one of CPAC I declared that the most important Day one speech of CPAC was going to be the speech by Mitch McConnell saying:

the divisions between the Tea Party and the Establishment GOP is the one thing that can turn what should be the 2nd Red wave into the biggest upset since the Yankees took the field in the bottom of the ninth in game 4 of the 2004 ACLS.

I don’t know if Mitch and company have figured out how critical this speech is, nobody is talking about it but watch that speech and reaction. It will be the most important clue concerning election 2014.

Mitch’s speech had been scheduled earlier than it took place which is how I ended up covering the George Will / Sen Tom Coburn event.  So I was ready when Senator McConnell came on stage…holding a rifle.

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It was almost a Dukakis moment but quickly presented it to Senator Coburn generating some applause.  He instantly when to his speech spending first few minutes talking about Senator Coburn’s virtues.

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Judged solely on content it was a pretty good. He pointed out the weaknesses of the administrations policies, their attacks on the Constitution, what the GOP senate would do as opposed to Harry Reid and had an excellent line to answer the administration’s “income inequality” attacks

Never before has it been so hard, so hard for the rich to become poorer or the poor to become rich that’s what is un-american

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In any other year that would have generated huge applause and been the headline. It perfectly summarizes both the lie of the administration and the reality that their policies have created, but it like most of the applause lines from this speech was greeted with at best polite applause and at worst silence and indifference from the crowd

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If Mike Lee gave that speech the crowd would have been on its feet but because Senator McConnell no longer has the trust of the crowd it didn’t matter. They liked the words but didn’t trust the messenger. This shook and depressed me as I recorded my commentary on the subject shortly afterwards

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McConnell needed to address the elephant/Rino in the room, he did not.

Looking it a week later it hit me what he really needed was his version of the big scene from El Cid where Charlton Heston extracts the public promise of the king.

What he should have done and still needs to do is, in front of that Tea Party Conservative vow that he would fight for conservative principles. Ann Coulter not withstanding he needs to answer these points by Erick Erickson:

I’m talking about the candidates McConnell has supported instead of the conservatives.

Would Ann have preferred Trey Grayson over Rand Paul? Grayson is now working with an anti-gun Democratic super PAC to elect Democrats. Mitch McConnell supported Trey Grayson.

Would Ann have preferred Charlie Crist over Rubio? She and I certainly did not like Rubio’s immigration plan — the one McConnell voted to get out of committee to the floor of the Senate. But would she have preferred Charlie Crist, who was and remains to the left of Rubio on the issue? Mitch McConnell supported Charlie Crist.

Would Ann have preferred Arlen Specter to Pat Toomey like Mitch McConnell did?

What about David Dewhurst over Ted Cruz?

What about Bob Bennett? Does Ann think conservatives, led by the Senate Conservatives Fund, should have left in the Senate the Republican who helped author the federal individual mandate that went into Obamacare? His replacement was Mike Lee. Would Ann really join Mitch McConnell wanting to keep Bob Bennett in the Senate over Mike Lee.

If I was Mitch McConnell I’d arrange a meeting the Erickson, or Matt Kibbe or even myself and on video make a public promise that he will support strong conservatives and if returned to the Senate as Majority Leader fight for conservative values and principles.  It’s not a question of pride, it needs to be done for the sake of the party.

Until he does he what should be the 2nd coming of the big red wave will be an election will remain in doubt.

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There is a lot of excitement around here as CPAC 2014 day one begins.

It’s a veritable 2014 candidate-a-palloza

Ted Crus starts things off and the room will be mobbed with peopl4 dying to see him.  Paul Ryan follows him.  Later in the Day Chris Christie and Bobby Jindel and Marco Rubio will be on stage and at the end of the Day Donald Trump and his impressive hair will finish off the day.

The electricity to power the pixels these speeches will generate would be enough to power a small village for a month but for my money the speech that is not to be missed today is Senator Mitch McConnell.

By every normal measurement this should be a watershed year for conservatives.  Obamacare is crashing and burning requiring delay after delay to prevent mass defections, Assad has won in Syria, the economy is still in a rut, even with the fillibuster removed the president can’t advance radical nominees,  and this Administration’s diplomacy is making Vladimir Putin look like Peter the Great.

However the divisions between the Tea Party and the Establishment GOP is the one thing that can turn what should be the 2nd Red wave into the biggest upset since the Yankees took the field in the bottom of the ninth in game 4 of the 2004 ACLS.

I don’t know if Mitch and company have figured out how critical this speech is, nobody is talking about it but watch that speech and reaction. It will be the most important clue concerning election 2014.

For the sake of the country I hope he nails it.

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One of my most memorable moments at CPAC over the last 4 years was when Andrew Breitbart jumped onto a table and laid down on it to be interviewed.

it was quite a spectacle but Andrew understood that when the media doesn’t want to notice you, it’s necessary to act in a way to be noticed

Andrew Breitbart "sits" for an interview at CPAC 2011
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That dynamic has just been played in the Texas GOP primary yesterday.

One of the problems when you are a candidate with a lot of passion, a message that grass roots seems to like but not a lot of money is to get noticed.

Dwayne Stovall has been campaigning for the Senate seat held by John Cornyn in Texas for a while and that has been a problem.

You can get Tea Party Endorsements:

Tea Party-endorsed candidate in Texas for U. S. Senate, Dwayne Stovall, just received a notification from JoAnn Fleming, executive director of Grassroots America – We the People – one of the largest constitutional conservative grassroots groups in Texas, that Dwayne Stovall has earned the enthusiastic and unanimous support from its board of directors. The organization will release a full statement of support later today.

Stovall also wins the support and endorsement of Southern Conservative, a group that formerly supported Rep. Steve Stockman. Southern Conservative uses all means necessary to promote conservatism and remind the country of our roots.

So far he has 23 such endorsements…and you can win straw poll…:

the Houston Young Republicans, announced the results of their straw poll, and they overwhelmingly chose Dwayne Stovall as the winner. Stovall won with three-quarters of the votes cast, and Stockman and Cornyn split most of the small remainder. This is the seventh straw poll win, and that out of seven straw polls. Stovall has won every straw poll to date across a variety of conservative groups.

…after strawpoll

Stovall won the straw poll of the Republican Liberty Caucus in Congressional District 36, which is Rep. Steve Stockman’s district. Stockman placed 4th after Stovall, Cornyn, and Undecided, and has yet to win any straw polls.

and the media won’t care.

You can even produce a pretty good ad on your opponent’s record

and not much will happen if the MSM doesn’t want to notice you.

But, if 24 hours after being mentioned by a national blogger who has had you on his radio with a big Texas readership…

If I was Dwayne Stovall with little money but lots of Tea Party support I’d be comparing Cornyn flip to Wendy Davis’ flops every time I opened my mouth from now till election day

Update: That didn’t take long

“Cornyn’s vote with the Democrats to end debate on the bill helped to clear the way for its passage. That required 60 votes, and John Cornyn joined with Mitch McConnell to hand that liberal victory to Harry Reid. Once cleared, the simple majority of Democrats in the Senate was all that was needed to pass it. This allowed Cornyn to vote No on the final bill so that he could say he voted against it. That’s a half-truth and it’s misleading. The bill would never have passed if it were not for Sen. Cornyn’s bait and switch tactics.”

…you release an ad not only highlighting Cornyn flip on the debt ceiling for the sake of McConnell but comparing the minority whip to a cartoon turtle.

Suddenly people like Dave Weigel:

In the primary for Texas’ U.S. Senate seat, Dwayne Stovall hasn’t gotten as much coverage as Rep. Steve Stockman. The reason, mostly, is that missing “Rep.” Stockman, for all his issues, has been elected to Congress. Stovall is a more typical Tea Party challenger, the kind who runs and wins a small share of the vote on the way to an incumbent’s re-election.

But he does have this ad.

and The Washington Post:

But, just when you thought you had seen it all comes this ad via Dwayne Stovall, who is also challenging Cornyn in the Texas primary.

notice you.

And then defenders of the establishment like Greta Van Susteran attack you

Fox News host Greta Van Susteren on Friday blasted a bizarre television spot by longshot Texas Senate candidate Dwayne Stovall that likens Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to a Looney Tunes turtle.

“This ad is lousy,” Van Susteren said on her Fox website. “It is gratuitously insulting.

“I have no idea whether Stovall is a great candidate or not — but his ad makes me think he is a jerk,” she added. “You can be clever and funny in ads … or you can be gratuitously insulting.”

giving you the chance to replay thus on twitter:

I’m sure Dwayne loves the attention but there is a point to be made here, consider the comments of The Huffington Post concerning the ad:

U.S. Senate candidate Dwayne Stovall stole some attention Thursday from Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Texas) in the Republican primary against Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas).

Now maybe it’s just me but I’d say beating Rep Steve Stockman and winning a straw poll in his own district (not to mention beating him & Cornyn in 7 others) constitutes stealing a man’s thunder considerablly more than an ad with a picture of a turtle & a talking dog.

However Weigel, the Washington Post, Newsmax, Huffington Post and Greta didn’t think he was newsworthy when he was winning straw polls, nor did they notice the highly substantive ad concerning Cornyn’s voting record.

He only became worthy of note when he compared the appearance of a GOP senator the MSM wants to defeat badly, Mitch McConnell, to a cartoon turtle and he only became worthy of Greta’s attack when the comparison might stick.

It does say something unflattering but not about Dwayne Stovall & his run for Senate but about the MSM who care more about cartoons than substance.

To Dave Weigel’s credit he is heading to Texas and will be doing some ground level reporting, but my advice to Greta & the rest of the media making fun of the ad or hitting Stovall is this:

If you’re going to play gatekeeper on what news is noticed and what isn’t don’t critique a person for using your own biases against you to crash that gate…

…just like Andrew Breitbart did.

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More news keeps coming out concerning the GOP vote on the debt ceiling in the senate and none of it is good:

Roll Call reports

In a major departure from procedure during Wednesday’s climactic vote on suspending the federal debt limit, the Senate kept some senators’ votes secret while the nearly hourlong tally was under way — a move that has drawn sharp criticism from Capitol Hill reporters.

Apparently it’s never really been any of our business:

Martin Paone, who spent more than a decade overseeing Senate floor operations for the Democrats, told CQ Roll Call in an email that the vote announcement practice known as the recap was designed to help senators, not the general public.

“I see the recap … as something that evolved over time for the members convenience so they’d know how their colleagues voted and not for the press though I can see where it can be a useful tool,” said Paone, who is now executive vice president of Prime Policy Group.

Camp of the Saints is going all Roman on them but what I find most annoying is are the assumptions these guys are making.

Consider this from Byron York’s OP Ed today McConnell saw this vote as a Tactical move:

Senate Republicans met in their weekly lunch a few hours after Boehner’s announcement. The short version of events is that McConnell urged colleagues to allow a vote on the House debt limit bill. If the GOP did not object, it could be passed with a simple 51-vote majority, and since there are 55 Democrats in the Senate who would vote for it, every Republican could vote against it and it would still pass.

Of course the flip side is that vulnerable dems in Red states could vote AGAINST it and parade that vote come November but that doesn’t seem to have occurred to anyone

Then Cruz stood up and said there was no way in the world he would stand by and allow a debt ceiling increase to be passed with just 51 votes. Cruz insisted on a 60-vote threshold, which the rules allowed him to do. That meant at least five Republicans would have to join Democrats for the debt limit to be raised.

It would be an understatement to say that many of Cruz’s GOP colleagues were righteously ticked off at him. Nobody wanted to vote to raise the debt limit, but many believed strongly that a losing fight over spending would damage the party. Besides, Cruz didn’t even have a plan for what to do had his Republican colleagues improbably decided to go along with him.

That being the case there is no reason why they could have not gotten up on the Senate Floor and say: “I hate this bill, I think it’s the wrong move, but I also think this is not the hill for us to fight on.”

So after some testy exchanges at the lunch, and a lot of negotiating in the afternoon, McConnell and other leaders decided to vote for the debt limit increase. Then several other Republicans, mostly those in unthreatened seats, agreed to vote along with them to provide cover. The bill passed with 12 Republicans joining all 55 Democrats.

Question: If there were plenty of republicans in unthreatened seats who thought it was needed why didn’t THEY just bite the bullet? themselves?

Bloomberg laments that the GOP can’t do anything a href=”http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-02-14/cruz-senate-stunt-goes-unpunished-as-old-tools-don-t-work.html”>about this

In decades past, leaders could rein in such behavior by threatening to take away coveted committee assignments, withdrawing financial support, or shunning lawmakers. None of those tactics are effective in a political era in which campaign cash flows freely from outside the party machinery and cable outlets offer many ways to grab attention and influence.

Of course if the party was listening to the base they supposedly represent then those voters would be more willing to support the party financially, it’s not like those senators work for the people or anything.

All of these maneuvers seem to come from a single misconception among the GOP leader: They seem to think of the Tea Party base the same way that the Democrats think of their base, full of low information votes.

The low info voter, doesn’t pay attention to bills, doesn’t care about what’s happening today, and can tell you all about the details of Katy Perry in the Strip joint but not only can’t tell you what Harry Reid says in the Well of the Senate Well, but likely thinks the Senate Well is where they keep their water.

That means if Democrats needing only 51 votes wanted to have a few vote the other way to cover themselves it’s no big deal, they as Elizabeth Scalia points out only know what the media bothers to tell them.

The Tea Party voter is different.

They know about the bills, they know about the votes, they often will have actually read bill unlike the representatives who vote on them. If you go to a Tea Party meeting and listen to people talk, they will get into details on bill and will ask direct questions of reps who turn up to make their case.

Moreover they HATE being lied to, if you think this isn’t the hill to die on, they will respect you more for saying it up front than trying to BS them.

But the most important thing to remember is they demand respect, they know how procedural votes work.

Not only is a poll not going to pull the wool over their eyes by voting one way on the procedure that allows a vote to pass and another on a vote that’s a foregone conclusion but they will consider it an insult that you expect them to fall for it.

Bottom line, if you want to get the respect of the Tea Party voter you have to earn it, and having an “R” after your name isn’t enough to do it.

The sooner the GOP figures that out and acts accordingly the better off they and the country will be.

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Yesterday we had a field day with Wendy Davis latest Flip Flop both on this site and on Twitter with the hashtag #wendydaviscorebeliefs

It was a lot of fun but Wendy Davis was not the only Texan who flipped on a position this week.

24 hours after we talked about Nancy Pelosi telling her caucus not to gloat over the Debt bill while John Boehner wondered why his caucus wasn’t cheering a senator from Texas was scurrying to find another Senator to do his dirty work for him.

It started when Ted Cruz said he would insist on the 60 vote threshold for the debt ceiling bill

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz could stage another filibuster – this time in an attempt to raise the debt limit…

The bill on Wednesday moves to the Senate, where lawmakers are expected to pass the legislation later this week.

Cruz plans to object to hold a simple majority vote, thus seeking a 60-vote threshold in the Senate.

But while Cruz got headlines his move had big implications in the upper house. It meant the bill couldn’t pass without at least 6 republican votes but WHICH republicans would flip?

Republican leadership worked the floor as they searched for votes. Finally, several Republican leaders exited the cloakroom and changed their votes, as if to say “let’s all hold hands and jump together.” First, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Whip John Cornyn cast yes votes, with the latter having initially voted no. emphasis mine

Excuse me? Am I to understand that less than 24 hours after Wendy Davis flipped on the debt ceiling Senator Cornyn facing a primary fight from Dwayne Stovall flip flopped on the debt ceiling? Not only is the answer “yes” but it’s worse than it sounds

Senators said four Republicans were willing to join all 55 Democrats, but that left them one vote shy of the 60 needed to break the filibuster.

Ultimately, Mr. McConnell came to the well of the chamber and cast his vote as the crucial 60th supporter.

Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, the second-ranking Republican, then switched to join Mr. McConnell in opposing the filibuster. He and other allies then went to try to persuade other Republicans to join them in a show of solidarity.

Apparently the fix was in.

Now I understand the argument the political argument for this vote:
It’s better to get rid of this issue for the left can’t use it to bombard the GOP in the midterms. With the MSM behind them Democrats, as Glenn Reynolds put it, have air superiority & would use it.

But if you actually believe this was the case, the honorable thing, the thing a leader does, is make that argument openly and out front, both to the voters and on the Senate floor.

As much as I disagree with John Boehner on this he made that honorable argument leading from the front.

John Cornyn can’t say the same. He didn’t even have the propriety to abstain from voting then joining his leader. He was a “No” right up until the moment his boss discovered no other Senator drive off the cliff for them. Then like Louise to McConnell’s Thelma Cornyn jumped in the car grabbed his partner’s hand and switched.

Bart Stupik who provided the cover to pass Obamacare would be proud.

People wonder why ordinary folks don’t trust Washington pols say or why the Tea party is so fired up about challenging the GOP establishment.

I don’t

Final thought: If I was Dwayne Stovall with little money but lots of Tea Party support I’d be comparing Cornyn flip to Wendy Davis’ flops every time I opened my mouth from now till election day

Update: That didn’t take long

“Cornyn’s vote with the Democrats to end debate on the bill helped to clear the way for its passage. That required 60 votes, and John Cornyn joined with Mitch McConnell to hand that liberal victory to Harry Reid. Once cleared, the simple majority of Democrats in the Senate was all that was needed to pass it. This allowed Cornyn to vote No on the final bill so that he could say he voted against it. That’s a half-truth and it’s misleading. The bill would never have passed if it were not for Sen. Cornyn’s bait and switch tactics.”

“Sen. Cornyn betrays the trust of Texas and votes with the Democrats at every opportunity. A vote for John Cornyn is a vote for more debt that enslaves us, our children, and our grandchildren. I’ve said throughout my campaign, and I will say again, I will never vote to increase the federal debt. Now I pledge to filibuster every bill that seeks to do so. We cannot continue on this unsustainable path.”

“I will never do procedural bait-and-switch voting like John Cornyn.

He didn’t spare Steve Stockman hie ire either referencing this story in the Washington post

Among those voting with Boehner were Reps. Steve Stockman (R-Tex.) and Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.), who just three weeks ago refused to support Boehner in the formal vote for House speaker. Later, after the measure easily amassed enough votes to pass, Stockman joined some other conservatives in switching his vote to “no” — a sign that he opposed the measure but was willing to support Boehner if his vote had been needed.

One of the things Ted Cruz decried in this long speech last October was his disgust with people who cast meaningless votes to cover themselves. This is a great example of it.

Update 2: Smitty is not happy and his unhappiness is not restricted to Cornyn:

What’s actually wrong here is that voters have tolerated such an egregious evasion of responsibility for so long. Our representatives, one might have been tempted to think, are elected to do mature, adult work on tough issues like budgets. And here we see a ‘clever’ system whereby the cloture vote is the one that matters, and the simple majority vote on the legislation is an afterthought, so that Senators can do their foul deeds while piously claiming to vote against them.

This pattern is not dissimilar from one a couple thousand years ago involving the Sanhedrin and the Romans.

Why is this November’s election not a sure thing for the GOP? Because it’s entirely unclear that, given majority power again, the GOP would be any less wretched than Reid, Pelosi and crew.

There is a reason why Tea party types don’t trust the GOP, stuff like this is it.

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Lt. Aldo Raine: Y’know… Utivich ‘n myself heard that deal you made with the brass. “End the war tonight”?… I’d make that deal. How ’bout you Utivich, you make that deal?

Pfc. Smithson Utivich:
I’d make that deal
Lt. Aldo Raine: I don’t blame ya! Damn good deal! And that purty little nest you feathered for yourself. Well, if you’re willing to barbecue the whole high command, I ‘spose that’s worth certain considerations. But I do have one question. When you get to your little place on Nantucket Island, I ‘magine you’re gonna take off that handsome-lookin’ S.S. uniform of yours, ain’tcha?… That’s what I thought. Now that I can’t abide. How ’bout you Utivich, can you abide it?

Pfc. Smithson Utivich: Not one damn bit, sir.

Lt. Aldo Raine: I mean, if I had my way… you’d wear that goddamn uniform for the rest of your pecker-suckin’ life. But I’m aware that ain’t practical, I mean at some point you’re gonna hafta take it off. So. I’m ‘onna give you a little somethin’ you can’t take off.

Inglorious Bastards 2009

This weekend on the Radio show during Da Magnificent Panel the question of Rand Paul bringing Bill Clinton into the whole War on Women battle the question of Bill Clinton the question was put to my liberal panelist Maxine Baptiste.

She bluntly and without equivocation described it as old news and pointed to president Clinton’s record on “woman’s issues” as more than trumping Rand Paul who voted the wrong way on such bills. I asked her directly about actions vs votes. That took 2nd place to the voting record. Here’s the clip:

On Reliable Sources Sally Kohn did the same, The Bill Clinton actions (which Sally made a point of disapproving of) did not matter and in fact made him morally superior to Republicans who might have a voting record that she does not approve of.

As I have been watching a lot of Sherlock lately I instantly thought of Sherlock & his speech concerning Billy Kincaid as transcribed at Ariane Devere’s site

John Watson: The best man.
Sherlock Holmes: The best man?
John: What do you think?
Sherlock: Billy Kincaid.
John: Sorry, what?
Sherlock: Billy Kincaid, the Camden Garrotter. Best man I ever knew. Vast contributions to charity, never disclosed. Personally managed to save three hospitals from closure and ran the best and safest children’s homes in north England. Yes, every now and again there’d be some garrottings, but stacking up the lives saved against the garrottings, on balance I’d say …
John: For my wedding! For me. I need a best man.
Sherlock: Oh, right.
John: Maybe not a garrotter.

Here’s the video (until it gets pulled)

The moral implications of women actually standing behind Bill Clinton as a “war on Women” messenger (as Bob Filner did in 1998) is as astounding as the NAACP’s standing behind Carlos Henriquez or it would be if the Democrats in their drift toward Marxism hadn’t decided the ends justify the means that every situation is the end of World War 2 and the deal is always a Damn good deal but I suspect the left are more Sherlock than Aldo. The question is have they reached the point where they can not only abide the removal of that uniform but long as they get the votes and the power from a person will put up with a few more garrottings as well?

If you want to hear the full panel discussion on the Kentucky Primary & General race here it is:

Oh and we didn’t even touch on this guy.

Update: Related  How DARE you say judge people who mutilate women

Feminist Icon Germaine Greer Supports Female Genital Mutilation On Grounds Of Cultural Sensitivity. Female eunuchs are okay, so long as they’re not Europeans, I guess.

 

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Pike Bishop:  What would you do in his place? He gave his word.

Dutch Engstrom:  He gave his word to a railroad.

Pike Bishop:  It’s his word.

Dutch Engstrom:  That ain’t what counts! It’s who you give it *to*!

The Wild Bunch 1969

One last thing about the Shutdown fight.

I posted this Morning in my “Why we fight” piece about Mitch McConnell’s Kentucky reward for his part in securing a victory for the White House and Democrats.

What I didn’t talk about was the left’s reaction to it.

On Morning Joe today in the 2nd segment politico brought up the deal and the kickback for his state, Joe Scarborough snickered at the idea noting the political crassness of it.

One would think that a critique of the GOP leader would be happily joined by the leftists at the table but they were having none of it.

One INSISTED McConnell had not asked for or had anything to do with the change, a second said it was a small price to pay for re-opening the government and the venerable Cokie Roberts defended it as a program that had been in the works for years that benefited people in his state.

It was simply amazing, here was the Republican Leader in the Senate taking the time to get something for himself that might help him perhaps in an election year using taxpayer funds, funds which he couldn’t secure using the normal procedures and what is the left’s reaction?

They defended him to the hilt.

How can this be, well it’s pretty easy.

First of all these people all want massive spending to return, this is exactly the type of stuff they want for their own, so naturally they cheer at any chance of it taking place.

But more importantly, McConnell brought Obama and the left victory over the tea party and any action that aids an Obama victory is laudatory, from gypping taxpayers, to using the IRS as a weapon, to letting seal die and blaming filmmakers in inherently righteous if it either serves TheOne™ or confounds his enemies.

Those ends justify all means.

We fight get beaten rise up and fight again

General Nathanael Greene

Yesterday amid much fanfare and at least one odd moment the House and Senate passed both an increase to the debt limit and re-opened government.

There is no way to paint this as something other than a defeat in the end, but the final bill and votes perfectly illustrated why the fight was not only worth having but VITAL.

One of the things the Tea Party has fought against was earmarks and unnecessary government spending. Even worse to the Tea Party is the idea that last minute sweetheart deals would be made to buy votes. The Cornhusker Kickback being the best example of this.

“Cornhusker Kickback: The Federal Government will now fund Nebraska’s new Medicaid recipients forever . . . yes folks, forever!!” McCain chortled on his Twitter page.

Another Senator who objected to a special deal at the time was Mitch McConnell:

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), however, ridiculed Democratic efforts to placate Nelson as a “kind of smelly proposition,”

It would appear that 5 years later Mitch McConnell’s sensitivity to bad odors has decreased a bit;

A proposal to end the government shutdown and avoid default orchestrated by Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and Democratic Leader Harry Reid includes a nearly $3 billion earmark for a Kentucky project.

Language in a draft of the McConnell-Reid deal (see page 13, section 123) provided to WFPL News shows a provision that increases funding for the massive Olmsted Dam Lock in Paducah, Ky., from $775 million to nearly $2.9 billion.

So Mitch McConnell wasn’t willing to fight or try to make a deal for the various house bills that Harry Reid kept from the Senate floor wasn’t willing to fight with Ted Cruz to hold back Obamacare but when the chips were down he was perfectly willing to take 2+ Billion dollars to make a deal with Harry Reid. A bill he could not pass otherwise.

This is business as usual and this is why the Tea Party exists.

The second example came in the two votes.

During his marathon speech on the floor Ted Cruz lamented phony votes, where votes were made for show to brag about to the voters while the actual votes, the votes that mean something for passage are quietly looking the other way.

There were two votes in the senate last night, the first was cloture, 60 votes were needed to pass. Here are the people who voted against cloture:

Cornyn (R-TX)
Crapo (R-ID)
Cruz (R-TX)
Enzi (R-WY)
Grassley (R-IA)
Heller (R-NV)
Johnson (R-WI)
Lee (R-UT)
Paul (R-KY)
Risch (R-ID)
Roberts (R-KS)
Rubio (R-FL)
Sessions (R-AL)
Shelby (R-AL)
Toomey (R-PA)
Vitter (R-LA)

16 GOP votes. Now lets look at the vote for final passage where 51 votes were needed

Coburn (R-OK)
Cornyn (R-TX)
Crapo (R-ID)
Cruz (R-TX)
Enzi (R-WY)
Grassley (R-IA)
Heller (R-NV)
Johnson (R-WI)
Lee (R-UT)
Paul (R-KY)
Risch (R-ID)
Roberts (R-KS)
Rubio (R-FL)
Scott (R-SC)
Sessions (R-AL)
Shelby (R-AL)
Toomey (R-PA)
Vitter (R-LA)

Two extra votes. Tom Colburn of Oklahoma and Tim Scott of South Carolina, when it meant nothing decided to vote against the final bill. I’m sure during their next campaign they will tout that vote as standing with the Tea Party, in fact one of them isn’t waiting that long:

And it worked. If you look at the answers to that tweet 4 of 5 complemented him on the vote, and one, (a cnbc contributor) objected. This tweet was typical;

It’s bad enough that you have a senator playing games with his vote, it’s even worse when directly after they do so they use social media to boast of their bravery.

Oh and don’t think for one moment Paul Ryan vote last night was not for show.

Some might ask if this is worth fighting against. It’s not only worthwhile and honorable to fight against it necessary if you are going to actually have government that is actually representative.

Update: There’s more

Mitch McConnell the Senate Minority Leader spoke at CPAC next to a copy of Obamacare

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I did not record his entire speech but there were two pieces that caught my eye. First there was this clip about Punching back.

The second moved me more.

Politics is one thing but when you go after a guy’s wife, that crosses a line.

King Edward (Longshanks) I: I shall offer a truce and buy him off.

Braveheart 1995

Hypocrisy is the homage vice pays to virtue.

Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Today the Washington Post is all over a poll showing trouble for Mitch McConnell:

Only 17 percent of registered voters in Kentucky say they will vote for him in 2014, including only 34 percent of Republicans. Thirty-four percent of voters plan to oppose him, 44 percent want to see their other options, and 6 percent are not sure.

Politico jumps on it and notices that Democrats are hoping to do what they did in Missouri, dangling dollars preempting a strong tea party candidate (such as a Sarah Steelman supported by Sarah Palin supported) in favor of a weak tea party candidate (such as Todd Akin) in the primary instead.

Interestingly enough Mitch McConnell is also making moves to preempt the tea party. Rather than taking the Mitt Romney “destroy the Paul People” route he has not only reached out victorious Tea Party candidates who he opposed but their staffs too:

Now, Paul is supporting McConnell’s reelection bid. And much to the chagrin of tea party activists looking for a McConnell primary challenger, Massie has emphatically said he won’t take on McConnell. The conservative congressman is even scheduled to be a featured guest at a McConnell fundraiser in February in Northern Kentucky.

And one of McConnell’s first moves in his campaign was to hire a trusted aide of the Paul family — Jesse Benton — to run his campaign.

“Sen. McConnell is a true friend of the tea party and is working to help carry their voices in Washington,” said Benton, who led both Ron Paul’s 2012 presidential campaign and Rand Paul’s 2010 Senate race. “As I talk to grass-roots activists across Kentucky, I am very pleased at my reception and the great relationship we are building.

and McConnell has suddenly showed up at tea party events:

FRANK HARRIS: As far as I’m concerned, bringing Mitch in just shows that Mitch is afraid. He finally has to acknowledge the power, and the strength, of the Tea Party Movement.

BAILEY: Still, McConnell received a warm reception, and polite applause, from the Tea Party crowd. Louisville resident Jim Coyle MC’d the event. He admits he doesn’t agree with McConnell on much but will back him, anyway.

JIM COYLE: We have put out invitations to Senator McConnell before. And he hasn’t responded – and he hasn’t replied. But he did decide to come work with us on this one, so I’ll take him at his word. And we’ll work on Obamacare, one step at a time.

The various mechanization are to some degree uninteresting, after all this is the way politics is done but I find one question very interesting:

Since the election the media has been telling us the tea party is weak, the tea party is irrelevant, the tea party is finished…

…if this is true, why is the left even considering dealing with them to defeat or weaken or Mitch McConnell and why is McConnell courting them to keep it from happening?

The Cut Cap and Balance vote today has given politico vapors:

“At least we will have demonstrated we can pass legislation to deal with the debt ceiling and put the onus on the Senate to act,” Rep. Robert Goodlatte (R-Va.) told POLITICO. But in a blistering statement, Robert Greenstein, head of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, said the bill “stands out as one of the most ideologically extreme pieces of major budget legislation to come before Congress in years, if not decades.”

Now I’m more in favor of simply passing the limit extension with some cuts attached and letting the Senate pass it or not, but as someone who was on the initial conference call concerning this I see it as a marker. Something to strive for and as something actually being done.

For all their cries for compromise the Politico and their allies on MSNBC seem to forget that they side (and lets not pretend that it is not “their side”) have not passed ANYTHING. Not even a budget for two years. Minority Leader McConnell’s plan to punt on the obligation of the congress is more of the same, elected officials who raise millions begging for the jobs they have unwilling to make the decisions that their job requires them to make and the voters elected them to make.

The normal procedure is for each house to pass something and a compromised worked out in conference between the two bills. Until the left and the Senate actually have something in writing to vote on or pass, then all this posturing by the media and the administration
is just a lot of smoke.

Update: The left keeps telling us debt crisis is critical and the danger to the country full faith and credit is so huge. So can someone tell me why the White House is threatening to veto cut cap and balance is it reaches Obama’s desk:

If the CCB bill gets through the House and the Senate, would Obama really veto it? He’d have to defy a Senate controlled by his own party to cancel a debt-limit increase in a situation that his own administration has relentlessly hyped as a fiscal Armageddon. I’d call that a real long shot.

What is really amazing here is that the White house is making this signal before the vote in the house.  Why do they care if a Republican house passes this bill?  One must assume that the purpose of this signal is to make sure that once passed Democrats in the Senate are dissuaded from casting a gimme vote for this in the interest of appearing to do something.

Think about it: The White House is so nervous that they feel it necessary to put pressure on a democratic senate to reject a bill they were unlikely to support anyway? This tells you how scared they are. What are they going to do if a bill actually gets to their desk?

There is only one thing to say:

Ride Right Through them They’re Demoralized as hell!

If the GOP doesn’t figure this out from this nonsense they never will.

An excellent example of why Republicans are better than democrats. They can Learn, to wit Mitch McConnell:

“Make no mistake,” he added, “I know the good that has come from the projects I have helped support throughout my state. I don’t apologize for them. But there is simply no doubt that the abuse of this practice has caused Americans to view it as a symbol of the waste and the out-of-control spending that every Republican in Washington is determined to fight. And unless people like me show the American people that we’re willing to follow through on small or even symbolic things, we risk losing them on our broader efforts to cut spending and rein in government.”

So Mitch McConnell seeing the mood of the voters decided to respect their wishes. How about the democrats?

The word on the House Democratic caucus vote for minority leader is that Nancy Pelosi has won, 150 to 43.

An earlier measure to delay leadership votes until December garnered 68 votes in the caucus — not enough to carry, but perceived as an indication of uneasiness among some rank-and-filers about reelecting Pelosi. But a comfortable majority of the new minority seemed to have had no such qualms.

Ruby slippers has more:

She led the party out of the wilderness but under her leadership, she led them right back in. Heaven forbid any of these clueless Dems stop to ponder the possibility that passing massive pieces of unpopular legislation was really the problem.

Still, this is incredible news for Republicans. Leaving Pelosi, Reid and Obama in place as the face of a liberal Democrat Party is nearly as shortsighted as passing that health care law and far less damaging – to the country anyway. For Democrats, hoping the independents they lost in droves this last cycle will forget the midnight Christmas eve votes and that comical gavel, Pelosi’s continued presence in leadership is the nightmare they deserve.

Democratic intransigence, the gift that keeps on giving.