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October 10, 2013 - 8:31 am
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Erick Erickson says yes.

I’m being told by several sources that Speaker Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor are plotting to give up trying to either defund or delay Obamacare.

This comes at the same time the Obama administration admits it will be months before their Obamacare website will be fixed and Kathleen Sebelius is saying if people want out of the mandate they can pay a fine.

Nonetheless, Cantor, Boehner, and with them Mitch McConnell and John Cornyn are expected to cave in and fully fund, unimpeded, Obamacare.

Erickson says that giving in now will pave the way for a third party.

That’s only true if Republican voters don’t pull our heads out of our behinds.

The Republicans still have the opportunity to get Obamacare destroyed and restore freedom to individuals, businesses and states. That’s the goal, right?

The defund strategy has done one thing right and one thing wrong. On the right side, it has focused some attention on Obamacare during its first week. Obamacare didn’t get the chance to soft launch. It had to launch in full public view, thanks to the defund strategy, and its rollout has been a gigantic, expensive mess.

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It is not possible to defeat or delay Leftist tyranny if forced to do so using an institution that has no intention of ever defeating or delaying the Left. It is not possible to to successfully fight the Left through an institution that is more openly at war with its own members who want to fight the Left than it is with the Left, which it enables and is allied with.

There is neither time nor the possibility to take over that institution in the limited time that remains.

Patriots staying with the Republican Party can only result in defeat. There is no possibility of opposing the Left if most of our effort has to be aimed at the Republicans stabbing us in the back.

The only miniscule chance of resisting the Left is if Patriots separate themselves from the collaborationists. The chance is small, and may consist only of a template for resistance after the Left takes over completely. But it is a chance that is not there if the Republicans are the only "opposition" party.

As for your title question:

There are few surer bets in life than Institutional Republican capitulation. Usually in a way that causes the most possible damage to the Conservative cause and boosts the Left.

Subotai Bahadur
1 year ago
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All this to-and-fro, this 'standing firm' before caving, is doing so much damage, I must now assume that this was intended by the GOP as a sop to conservatives, in the full knowledge that they'd give in anyway. Wouldn't be surprised if BHO knew that from the start.
So here we have a Pres who 'doesn't negotiate' but gets all he wants, we have a Dem party who can be triumphant, and we have a GOP who plays kabuki, in order to stay in the boat.
They all get what they want: a discredited TEA party, a free-for-all on Ted Cruz and Mike Lee - and an angry electorate who will, one way or another, be forced to get rid of them all.
This truly will end in tears - and could all be avoided if Boehner and the rest of them would just stand with their constituents and for once in their lives forget about DC and the swamp they live in so comfortably.
1 year ago
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The "distraction" has been from traitorous ESTABLISHMENT republicans stabbing Cruz, Lee, et al in the back....IF Boehner and crew cave on this fight, they are FINISHED as far as being a relevant factor in American politics........I am too pissed off at the possibility of surrender that I cannot adequately express myself without extreme profanity. We could see 3 MILLION protesters in DC this weekend IN SUPPORT of the republican effort. Well, it could be one wild weekend in our nation's capitol. The American public is not going to tolerate much more of this horsesh!t.....stand for America or pay the price.

Remember BENGHAZI!
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While the battle must be fought, it may be a good thing if the Individual Mandate is implemented now. That should give the low information voters a year to understand that obama has lied to us. I am hoping that people will vote their pocketbooks and will only vote for candidates who openly oppose obamacare.
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Bryan, how will your alternative do anything but assure Bipartisancare 1.0 (aka Obamacare 2.0)? At what point will Establish Republicans whose careers get salvaged through compromise have a better opportunity to stop this in its tracks? The GOP doesn't have the guts or brains to repeal this mess 3 years from now. And why presume they sweep the House, Senate and Presidential races to be able to pull that off? Based on what ? Their steadfast principles?
1 year ago
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Just follow the "conservative" pundits on Twitter: 2/3's of them have their panties in a bunch and can't wait to surrender. The high priests of Gallup have read the auguries, and who are we to defy the gods of public opinion?
1 year ago
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"POTUS preemptively rejects preemptive GOP surrender, demands additional surrendering before agreeing to unconditional surrender. GOP huddles"
Hugh Hewitt
1 year ago
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Outstanding analysis.
1 year ago
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This article is simply more cluelessness brought to you by the non-conservative right liberals of PJMedia. To Bryan Preston...

Why do you never learn? Oh-so-subtle machinations that are somehow so psychologically poised that they “appeal to low-information voters” have never worked before, they will not work now, and they will never work in the future. You are so steeped, so marinated in complex tactical fantasies that you continue to peddle this meme as leftists pour oil on the political fire and our culture burns down to the ground.

Discard the fantasies and come back to reality. The only thing now that can save us (if indeed it is possible at this late date) is unwavering commitment to traditionalism and decentralism, i.e. true conservatism in the form of our traditional mainstream American culture. This means confrontation by standing up with a set of principles and fighting for them. ALL issues must be interpreted and acted upon from a cultural standpoint, NOT economic, NOT “democracy”, NOT “equality”. Those latter are simply leftist traps, and the left is far more adept than you are at playing this game because they have had more than 100 years to plot, plan, and practice their cultural Marxist march through the institutions, aided and abetted by cluelessness such as you exhibit.
1 year ago
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Sadly, I'm starting to feel the same way about Pj as I feel about FOX. Bryan still writes good stuff but I can't even read Simon or recovering Commie Radosh. I spend more time readind the mix on Drudge and RCP.
And sadly, "Boner" and "Cantdo" were looking for the road to cavedom while Cruz was still standing in the senate well. What amazes me is they are winning. Obama's numbers suck. His shut down as been Gestapoesque. Obamacare an absolute burn to the foundation disaster. Good gravy what the heck is wrong with these stooopid Republicans?













1 year ago
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Normally, I think Bryan's got his finger on the pulse, but I agree with ericcs to some extent, though I think he's missing the mark.

Bryan, have you not caught the stories of the people being forced to shut down their businesses? About the schools that couldn't go to the beach to build sand castles? Regular low-info voters - unionized teachers, administrators, hippies who like national parks - all these people are having alpha-dog Obama rub his privates in THEIR faces for a change.

These people don't like that he's finally punishing THEM in order to get his way. They were already loyal. They can't understand why he's turned on them. THIS is why his numbers are tanking.

He's built a cult around his personality, and the people who supported him already disliked the "Democrat Party". You weren't going to change any minds there, anyway. No, he's burned his own bridges. His chickens are coming home to roost.

Tea Party Republicans need to continue to stand firm and apply MORE pressure. This traitorous behavior by the GOP establishment must be exposed, and the tide will continue to turn on them.
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I see the so-called government shutdown overreach distract from Obamacare exchange launch failure meme everywhere. “Let Dems Own Obamacare” seems to be the new strategy floating this late in the game, WTF?

Republicans all time low popularity number is only to be expected, after such coordinated Obama admin/lamestream media blame campaign.

Hold steady, and don't lose courage and faith. If GOP still wants to remain relevant.
1 year ago
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The problem, Sir Napsalot, is that the Republicans low popularity isn't exclusively the result of Obama and the media. A lot of their low popularity is with those of us who expect them to represent the "opposite view" of the Democrat Party.

The problem is the Republican Party apparently has an "identical view" to the Democrat Party.

See how those two things are different?
1 year ago
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I know what you mean.

I was responding to Preston's piece, he seemed to blame it all on the low-info voters.
1 year ago
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I say we take off and nuke the entire Republican Party from orbit. It's the only way to be sure.
1 year ago
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You don't have the authority to authorize something like that.
1 year ago
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A majority of Americans polled have disapproved of Obamacare ever since 2010 and have been cheerfully ignored or slandered by the President, Democratic lawmakers and the media the entire time. Only the drama created by the threats of government shutdown and debt limit discussions have made the administration even address the issue. While it is certainly true that only control of both Houses of Congress can make repeal possible, failure to keep pressure on the administration will simply allow the low-info voters to go peacefully back to sleep. For the first time in a very long time, we are seeing mainstream journalists asking Democrats some (few) hard questions like the one that prompted Harry Reid to ask why the Senate would want to help kids with cancer. Articles are appearing in leftist media outlets to the effect that the President's refusal to negotiate is a bad thing. It isn't enough, of course, but absent the House's resistance, it wouldn't be happening at all.
1 year ago
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The GOP in Congress (with only a few exceptions) are a bunch of corrupt cowards. They know as the country is flushed down the toilette by Obama they will not have to worry because their own hides are protected for the rest of their lives. We, on the other hand, are screwed. But the craven cowards don't care - they'll still be invited to cocktail parties, will get to talk on CNN, etc.
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