Posts Tagged ‘Pelosi’

When RINOs Attack

July 29, 2011

THE DUNCEPHANT — Proud symbol of the compassionate conservative, big-tent, self-defeating, Stupid Party

Let me see if I understand the criticism from those on the nominal right who support the Boehner Two-Step:

1) Anyone who opposes Boehner is supporting Reid, Pelosi, Obama, Schumer, et al., because they oppose it, too.

2) Cut, Cap and Balance failed to get a vote in the Senate, so the House has to pass something the Senate will like.

3) Republicans will be blamed for default, for Social Security checks and VA benefit checks not being issued, and for the downgrade of US credit, among other things, if Boehner’s latest mutation doesn’t get out of the House.

There are other criticisms, but these are the big ones.

1) Anyone against Boehner must support Obama, Reid, Pelosi, sexually transmitted diseases and Karl Marx.

Is this supposed to be an argument worthy of mega-brains like Charles Krauthammer and Bill Kristol? Guilt by association?

The small-government right opposes Boehner because it is a capitulation. It grants Obama nearly a trillion dollars of immediate spending authorization, and razor-thin, ephemeral spending cuts.

The big government left opposes Boehner because they have been told to, by their ideological leaders, and because even phantom spending reductions threaten their eternal right to buy votes with taxpayers’ money, and they will fight like rabid raccoons against anyone or anything that threatens that practice.

The pathetic spending cuts, history has shown anyone who cares, won’t happen, because current Congresses can’t obligate future Congresses. And, even if they could, so what? When have laws or obligations stopped big government from doing what it wants? When the people driving the policy think the Constitution is “flawed,” because it is a document of “negative liberties,” what’s to stop them? If Congress won’t allow it, find a judge who will. What will the RINOs do? “Well, it’s settled law,” they will say, and go back to their perpetual election campaigns.

2) The Senate didn’t “like” CC&P, so the House has to pass something Reid & Co. will “friend.”

As the establishment Republican critics often say, CC&B didn’t even get a vote in the Senate. To that I say, so what? The Senate is controlled by Democrats, and collaborating RINOs. Is anyone really surprised that CC&B didn’t get a vote?

Do the establishment Republicans above somehow think Boehner 3.x could get through the Senate as anything but a shell, gutted and carved up like a Halloween pumpkin, and filled with progressive and socialist candy? And that is only if demented clown Reid lets it get that far.

And then, what? The Boehner pumpkin zombie bill goes back to the House. House members with 0.5 brain or more vote it down, and the Media/White House axis brand the House Republicans as obstructionists. Is there ANYTHING about this outcome that is not utterly predictable?

3) Republicans will be blamed for financial ruin, the starvation of the elderly and babies, the deaths of polar bears, and the cake falling, if they don’t get behind Boehner 3.x.

Republicans, as the Elephantine Establishmentarians never tire of lecturing us, only have one-half of one branch of the legislature, which is one-third of the government. Yes, I read that somewhere. And, by the way, that’s wrong. Republicans do NOT have one-half of the House.

They have a clear majority, if they ever decide to vote together, which is considerably more than 1/2 of 1/2 of 1/3. If the leadership had principle in mind, rather than obscure gamesmanship and obsolete reelection strategies,  they would use that majority to pass legislation that is clearly right for the country, and not what “might” pass the Democrat Senate.

They should get the message out that they are doing what the Constitution not only allows, but compels them to do. And they should let the chips fall where they may. Those who are unable, or unwilling to do that, should be encouraged to find jobs in lobby shops and universities, where they will be in more forgiving, less demanding environments.

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“Elections shouldn’t matter,” BUT THEY DO.

April 14, 2011

"A stopped clock is right twice a day." Pelosi managed to do it once.

To my Republican friends: take back your party. So that it doesn’t matter so much who wins the election, because we have shared values about the education of our children, the growth of our economy, how we defend our country, our security and civil liberties, how we respect our seniors. Because there are so many things at risk right now — perhaps in another question I’ll go into them, if you want. But the fact is that elections shouldn’t matter as much as they do…But when it comes to a place where there doesn’t seem to be shared values then that can be problematic for the country, as I think you can see right now.

—  Nancy Pelosi, deposed Speaker of the House, in a speech at Tufts University, week of April 10, 2011

Nancy’s successor to the Speaker’s chair probably agrees with her on that statement.

John Boehner is probably thinking, “Yes, if it hadn’t been for those pesky Tea Party rubes and hicks, we’d be playing musical chairs up here in the Capitol, every few years, looking busy, but not accomplishing much of anything. We’d go on collecting our paychecks and benefits. All the while, we’d be shuffling toward that luxuriant retirement we have legislated for ourselves. In the meantime — on both sides of the aisle, as they say around here – we’d be basking in the glory and perks that come with our offices.

“We’d make the occasional visit back to the district, like those visits the folks dragged us along for when we were kids, to Old Aunt Whatsername’s house out in the boondocks, when we were supposed to act nice and not break anything.

“We go to town meetings and pretend to care about the constituents as they blather on about the ‘Constitution,’ and ‘fiscal responsibility,’ and ‘Get us out of the UN,’ and all that other stuff. All the time, though, we’re daydreaming about a visit to the House gym, or the cafeteria, or the posh dinners with lobbyists, or the photo ops with celebrities and foreign dignitaries, or the ‘fact-finding missions’ to resort towns, and thinking, ‘I can’t believe they’re PAYING me for this crap. What a country! Nancy’s right. This was such a great gig, before the damn Tea Party came along and screwed things up.’”

The only startling things about the quote from Madame Pelosi at the top of this post are (1) that it is true; and (2) that it was made public — if only because somebody in her audience recorded it and published it. Yes, the 2010 election does seem to have mattered, although perhaps not as much as some of us wish.

The “shared values” of the careerists in Washington, both donkeys and elephants, are threatened, but not by the yawning chasm of national insolvency.

No, that’s no big deal.

The real threat, Nancy and the Tan Man agree, is the Tea Party. The DC-rooted hacks in Congress, of both parties, still want to run things according to the old status quo.

They may not stop trying until they are handed pink slips.

Until then, they need to get hammered unmercifully by those rubes and hicks in their districts, or they will continue to do as the Stupid Party is wont to do, over the last forty years — snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

Catch some more RINOs in the primary election filter, and beat some donkeys in their own, fouled nests. Cause a glut of applicants for K-Street lobbyist jobs, university “lecturer-drone” chairs and appointments to third-tier ambassadorships.

Elections shouldn’t matter, BUT THEY DO. RINOs and Donkeys, update your resumes.