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Letting Obama Force a Constitutional Crisis Is the Best Republican Choice

October 1st, 2013 - 10:57 pm

It’s worth considering the risks and rewards in the budget standoff, which is first and foremost a battle for control of the Republican Party and the shape of the 2014 and 2016 primaries. The Republican Party of John McCain and Mitt Romney lost two presidential elections, the second to a weak candidate in a weak economy. Left to its own devices, it will lose the next presidential election and all the following ones. By picking a fight on Obama’s least popular position, namely health care, the conservative wing of the party galvanized the party base and forced the House leadership into a fight. In a June 27 poll, the Gallup organization found that just 22% of Americans expected Obamacare to improve their family’s health situation, while 47% expected it to make it worse. As my old partner Jude Wanniski used to say, the electorate is like a diamond, waiting to be cut at exactly the right spot. Ted Cruz pointed the chisel correctly.

Opposing a bad program, to be sure, is not the same as building a national majority around a good program. The Republican Party is a long way from that. Just as the conservative wing of the party needed its chance after the Nixon and Ford debacles of the 1970s, the conservative wing of the party needs to take its shot after the abysmal performance of the McCain wing — or there will be no party at all.

It well may be true that shutting down the government hurts the Republicans in the short run. That is immaterial; there is no way to get from here to there except by making a stand against Obamacare. There is no downside, for the Republican Party as presently configured already is a guaranteed loser. A reinvigorated conservative leadership has a chance of leading the party to victory.

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"The optimal Republican strategy now is to force a crisis over the debt ceiling."

That is not a strategy; it is a tactic for achieving an intermediate objective that is undefined. What is the objective to be achieved by forcing a crisis over the debt ceiling? What do we get out of a debt ceiling crisis when Comrade Obama has all the cards? The malicious SOB WILL default, he will hold up SS checks, he will shut down air traffic control, and anything else he can to inflict pain and damage on the Country that is defying him. What Republican is going to stand on that rubble and confront the SOB and tell the Country that he is lying? Let me change that; what Republican whose intelligence, integrity, and veracity hasn't already been trashed by the Obama slime maching is going to stand on the rubble and go toe to toe with him?

I dealt with the union representive version of Alinskyite a**holes like Comrade Obama; I know how to go toe to toe with them. But I'n not the kind of nice guy who get get nominated and elected as a Republican anything; I'm the kind of guy that Republican prefer to keep in some storeroom, take out and turn loose when something needs fixing, and quickly return to the storeroom when it is fixed while denying they had anything to do with that mean person who did the fixing. That's the fundamental Republican Party problem in dealing with a conflict with the Community Organizer in Chief; they simply cannot stand conflict and confrontation, and he likes it, or at least he likes the kinds of mealy-mouthed half-measures that people have always used against the cool black dude because they were afraid of being called a racist.

I advocated here at PJM the other day that Cruz brewed up this sh*tstorm and now he will show what kind of man he is. Cruz or somebody equally articulate needs to go all Joe Wilson on Obama, and I mean right in Obama's grill. Obama needs to be insulted and disrespected. He needs to be called on his lies. He needs to be provoked into a spittle-flecked rage, preferably before the cameras.

In my world of collective bargaining it is a per se unfair labor practice for the employer to denigrate the union as the representative of the employees and to interfere with the employees' choice of their representative. Consequently, the most valuable skill an employer side labor relations hand has is being able to do those things and get away with it. The objective has to be to force the Democrats to change who they've sent to the table.

Comrade Obama is an ideologue and, at best, a mediocre apparatchik who doesn't have to stand for re-election. His only remaining job is to set the table for HRC. I don't think he personally much cares, but the people who pull his strings certainly do. The Republican objective should be Democrat fratricide and forcing Congressional Democrats to look to their re-election and see backing Obama and the plan to install HRC as a liability. That will also provoke a reaction from the Clintons that can be used to further divide the Democrats. Now, there, that's a strategy.
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It is impossible to win a protracted war with the liberals without having a strategy nor a leadership team that can project and articulate the strategy to the troops on the ground. Look at the RNC. Do we actually see them doing anything? They are timid and wonder why they get zero respect with a game plan that looks like "democratic lite". Let 's be more like liberals then we can win! Is this a winning plan? Look at Paul Ryan! Where is he? Plotting an "Amnesty Plan" that is political suicide which once again plays into the democratic ground game of flooding the zone with illegals. Actually the democrats can be totally without a plan, totally incoherent, totally corrupt, but still win because of the republicans continuing circular fire squad strategy. It is time for the American conservatives to flex elect more conservatives and do what we can to purge these rinos from our ranks. Rally around Ted Cruz Mike Lee and a host of the young turks in the house. We need someone to articulate the strategy that we can all support.
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I'm afraid I don't see the logic of "forcing" Obama to act unconstitutionally when it's glaringly obvious he's already done so without being forced.

"Recess" appointments that aren't, modifying legislation at a whim, blatantly not complying with or enforcing laws he doesn't like are just a few examples of how Obama has already acted unconstitutionally.
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"What difference, at this point, does it make?"

With the Yellin nomination we are completing the transition from a nation that creates wealth to one that prints money. There can be no good outcome, and nothing else matters.
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Think that using the shutdown of the government has impacted so many people that the GOP is in real danger of losing quite a few congressional seats. This was a miserable failure on their part and will result in a continual slide by the party. The running joke on the internet is "What will they appose after Obamacare!?". Which only points out the disconnect that the GOP has with the American people. I have not heard one rational proposal that would catch an honest man's heart. We have gone from solid principles to shutting down the government to forcing a constitutional crisis and then add on talk of open rebellion. If you think that is going to win elections in the future it wont. The Republican party has sold it's soul to the lowest bidder and should really take a long look at itself in a mirror. I left the party last year and became an independent when it was obvious that they had no vision or message for the country. It breaks my heart to watch this Grand Old Party disintegrate. If Richard John Neuhaus were still here to write to the soul of this party I think it could find solid principles to stand on. The current cheap trick tactics are disgusting.
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There is no downside, for the Republican Party as presently configured already is a guaranteed loser.

In addition to the Obamacare and debt ceiling issues, throw into the mix the immigration "reform" issue, which is every bit as big an issue, and a policy proposal with much more permanent outcomes, than either the socialist healthcare program or the debt ceiling.

Republicans should stand their ground, and force the president to tear up the Constitution and assume dictatorial powers. Americans don’t like that, and they will dislike it doubly if...

American will believe whatever their news entertainers tell them to believe. There is now a buffer margin where Americans will willingly absorb amounts of pain and suffering based on what they're told on the TV. They're told that the Tea Party is racist and extreme, and if that means paying an extra $500 a month on health insurance, well, so be it.
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This fight on obamacare obscures a larger issue. There are 2 ways a shutdown fight can be resolved, either agreeing that no spending gets cut unless both houses and the president agree, or agreeing that nothing gets spent unless both houses and the president agree. I suspect the founders favored the second interpretation, and it is also the one that is most likely to lead to a sound budget, since it would see that no money is spent on anything without a clear concensus on that particular program. But the dems prefer the first interpretation, and are constantly prepared to shutdown the gov to force the issue. If repubs allow this blackmail to continue, then no spending will ever get cut anywhere, as long as the dems control either the house, senate, or president, which pretty much means nothing will ever get cut. The way out is exactly what the house is doing now, passing small spending bills for the parts og gov where all 3 agree, and daring Reid to kill it. Then whenever a leftie reporter asks "why are you continuing to starve xxx with the shutdown" the instant reply can be "We didn't, we passed a bill to fund xxx, and Reid refused to pass it. Why is Reid holding xxx hostage to force spending on programs that nobody wants. Shouldn't we have a process where no money is spent unless there is a clear concensus on it. Why should one branch have the ability to force another branch to spend money". Then when the dem spinner replies "but that is not the way things are always done", the instant reply should be "Why not, why should we have a budgetary process where any branch can foce another branch to spend money they dont want to spend. Shouldn't spending hard earned taxpayer money be something that is only done with a real concensus. I am certain the founders did not spend like this, with giant bill where nothing can be cut anywhere without concensus. I am sure they did the sensible thing, saying we need money for xxx, and if house, senate, and president agree we got spending on xxx, without also requiring other spending".
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Your reasoning is logical, ergo you do not understand the situation. Don't feel bad I don't either. Obama unfitness for any political office in a democracy is glaring and he gets elected with ease. Oh well democracies more than any other countries deserve what they get. I never thought "IT' would happen here though.
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War is coming.
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The name of the game is to hold Obama and his thugs' feet to the fire. Do not raise the Debt Limit and do not do a CR without defunding Obama Care. Take the one year reprieve back off of the table. That offer was refused so it is gone.
Now the new deal is the Debt Limit is solid there will be no more debt. Cancel what you want to cancel but the Debt Limit will not be raised, PERIOD. And we require the defunding of ObamaCare right now.... Period. This bill was passed by Bribery in the middle of the night by all democrats and zero republicans. The America people do not support it nor do they want it.
If you don't like our position, we are sorry, but we are here to keep the nation solvent as much as we can and we will not accept any other position.
You do not want to keep the government running, no problem, neither do we under the conditions you push on us.....
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A good negotiating option now would be to ask BHO to eliminate all exceptions to the law as a condition to pass the budget. If the GOP asks that even Congressmen and all Federal Employees are subject to the law without exception the ball will be on BHO's court and he will have to show the true colors of this weapon of mass impoverishment he just designed to destroy what is left of American society.
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I thought they sent that up as Plan C in the first day of the shutdown.

At lunch today, we asked the bartender how business was and he told that with the vote that Feds will get their back pay when the shutdown ends (as they have in the 17 prior shutdowns), business is booming. Federal employees who are not deemed essential (and thus not required to show up at the office) are now treating this as the paid vacation it is and enjoying themselves.
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Mr. Goldman is 100% correct in his analysis but as Obama well knows the Republicans in Congress will soon cave. They might have stood firm if they had any substantial support but as Obama knows the media has taken his side - including Fox News. Fox is a tool of the Establishment (RINO) wing of the Republican Party and Fox is leading the surrender charge, and without at least one news network backing them Republicans will fold. The result of Republican cowardice will be as Mr. Goldman (and Obama) predict, the Republican Party will lose what remains of its base and fade away to insignificance leaving a permanent Democrat super majority in congress and permanent Democrat control of the White House.
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What is the consequence of playing against the possibility of losing the support of those already unwilling to support you? Playing to the MSM AND their audience is a fool's game. The entire thrust of this gambit has come at the howling behest of those who are adamantly opposed to Obama, the MSM and whoever supports them. How in the world does worrying about what the MSM thinks fit into the battle plan? It is not supposed to be a popularity contest at this point.
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"Fox is a tool of the Establishment (RINO) wing of the Republican Party..."--sholling

That I do not know but I do see that Fox has a sharp nose for sniffing out what is popular among low-culture consumers. Should a government shutdown and a torchlight march on Washington politicians with pitchforks held aloft turn out to be popular with Fox's audience, you can be sure the Fox News blondes will start saying favorable things about such.
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This is a very arrogant, elitist and troll like comment.
Listeners of Fox are lowbrow, as opposed to what, highbrow listeners of NPR?
Your prejudices are well exposed by your self-righteious pronouncements.

ee gads!
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Agree. If "highbrow" means being a National Palestine Radio, Obama butt-kissing NYT, or Caliphate News Network fan, I'll happily self-identify as lowbrow.
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You know, it is kind of starting to dawn on me that the people who are going to be hurt most by this "shutdown" are the Obama voters.
50 weeks ago
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With this terrible poo-storm of costs and unemployment just starting to break upon us just who among the Liberals out there think it can't affect them. Certainly municipal and state employees are also feeling the sting of being dropped from insurance plans and having their hours cut back.
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They FINALLY feel a slight sting of the recession after five years. boo-hoo.

They make more than the median income, have the best benefits, and are only now noting things are not all warm and cozy. boo-hoo, again.

And only 20% of the employees are affected. boo-hoo once more.

tom
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