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October 16, 2013 - 1:33 pm

The Democrats’ plan doesn’t do a thing about our spending problem. It doesn’t change the trajectory that Obama will be the first president in American history to never have a budget during his entire run as president. It won’t make him a worthy or responsible steward of the nation.

But it is a surrender for the Republicans.

House Speaker John Boehner said Wednesday that the House “absolutely” will take up the new Senate budget plan — even if he has to rely on mostly Democrats to pass it — and that he expects the partial government shutdown to end by Thursday.

Boehner made the comments in an interview with Cincinnati radio station WLW-AM.

“We fought the good fight. We just didn’t win,” he said.

No, they didn’t. The Republicans got nothing. Obamacare goes forward, only now the government actually has to verify the subsidies. The debt ceiling is raised, the government will re-open tomorrow, so no more park rangers locking old people into hotels.

Democrats control 2/3 of Washington and they are as stubborn as their donkey mascot. That party once waged a civil war to preserve some really, really bad law. They closed down the government this time around, knowing that the media would provide air support throughout, and barricaded veterans from memorials. That’s how they play the game. They hate compromise and will hurt as many people as they can get away with to get their way. Harry Reid even said aloud that he wasn’t interested in helping kids with cancer. That was a quick blip. Had a Republican said that?

So how do you beat them? In the Republicans’ case, the divisions within their ranks didn’t help. “Wacko bird” didn’t help. Peter King spending more time assaulting Republicans than Democrats didn’t help. It also didn’t help to rant “you support Obamacare!” if you didn’t happen to agree with the strategy to stop Obamacare. A divided force will just about always lose to a unified force. The Republicans failed to divide the Democrats, while they went into the fight divided themselves.

Sometimes you just have to shake things up. Maybe this fight has done that. If so, it may yet yield fruit. But for now, it’s a loss. There is time to regroup before 2014. And before the next Obama-engineered budget fight, which is just a few weeks away.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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You're a fool if you think Cruz created the "rift" in the Republican Party, that "rift" has been there for years because the conservative Republicans are sick and tired of deferring to the "moderate" Republicans, and losing elections as a consequence.

At least Cruz tried to fight for conservative principles. But he lost because the Republican establishment doesn't want to risk changing the status quo in Washington. The Republican Party deserves to die and be replaced with a party that will get results. If that means tearing down the Federal government and starting over, then by God, that's what will happen. Better sooner than later
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Cruz's first duty is to get elected, Bill. There's not a damn thing he can do to further the conservative cause, unless he get's elected to national office, so damn right he raised $2MM, and more power to him.

But I'll tell you something, I'll never again donate to the RNC, or to any Republican, just because they're a Republican. My money will go to Cruz, and candidates like him, who will kick the Establishment Republicans in the ass now and then.
1 year ago
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I feel as though a 17 trillion pound weight has been lifted from my shoulders. I don't have to vote R anymore. I dont have to hold my nose and pull the lever for RINOs. They don't represent me and I don't care for their statist platform. This is a day to celebrate.





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It's pretty much over, America.

Meanwhile in NJ, they just elected the next 'pretty black man' to the Senate, who will be our next president.

And just like our present 'pretty black man' president, Corey Booker will sail into the presidency, will not be able to be criticized and is a full fledged leftist.

The left has a master plan. The rest of us simply react to it.
Ineffectually.

We're hosed. This country will be run by a series of failed inner city mayors in perpetuity.

But Boehner will still walk into the next 'negotiation/capitulation' wide eyed and stupid.
1 year ago
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Flush Washington. No politician, Republican or Democrat, remains in office over two terms without being corrupted. Not one. That's just the way it works. Or doesn't work, as it were. Short of term limits (which those thieves in Washington will never let happen), there is only one way to slow, if not halt the corruption. Flush Washington. How do we do that? Reach deep inside of whatever well of principle you have and find the courage to vote AGAINST every incumbent. Even "your" guy or gal. If they've been in office two terms or longer, vote against them. If enough citizens take this simple action we can throw a major hole into the web of corruption that pervades in Washington. Flush Washington. Find the courage. Flush Washington. Repeat it often, repeat it everywhere. Flush Washington.
1 year ago
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I think the Reverend Jeremiah Wright was correct about the USA.
1 year ago
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As time passes I grow more detached from any affection whatsoever for the USA. It's no longer my country.
1 year ago
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And the bill includes AN AUTOMATIC DEBT-CEILING RAISE unless Congress votes against it, which can still be vetoed. This brilliance was apparently first proposed by Mitch McConnell two years ago?

Isn't it interesting watching our nation fall apart?
1 year ago
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The stand off began with the compromise position. Obama proposed a budget of over $1 trillion and the original house budget was $966 billion. The Senate compromise, that Boehner had agreed to, was at $988 billion. Obama's budget dropped by ~$70 billion and raised the R proposal by $22 billion. The Republicans had played their relatively weak hand well. Then they added major new concessions from Ds or they would wreck our country's credit rating. Surprisingly the Ds stood firm and refused to pay the demanded extortion or the successively smaller extortion demands.
1 year ago
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Given that Obama had the media, and managed to control so much of the story about the Tea Party owning the shutdown despite the reality that he owned it lock, stock and barrel, the outcome was inevitable. It is with some level of relief that the sequester cuts weren't too badly affected. The defunding Obamacare was a reach at best, but you don't start negotiations at your breaking point, but at a point somewhat higher. What concerns me the most is that there were so many jockeying for position (McCain, King, etal) that coming together in 2014 or even 2016 seems a tall order - and few of them seem to have America's best interests at heart.
Is there really any hope that Obama of the "I will not negotiate" in October is going to be any more ready to sit down at the table in February to talk any kind of budget or fiscal reforms? Or Reid?
1 year ago
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"The defunding Obamacare was a reach at best, but you don't start negotiations at your breaking point, but at a point somewhat higher."

the left has already tried to paint the republicans as the "anarchists, arsonists, extremists, etc." so why not accommodate them?
the house should begin every bill with the 5 year plan phasing out the alphabet soup departments: epa; dept of ed; interior dept; etc...

you wont get it but you will actually be moving the parameters of engagement so when the moderates start jumping into the fray they might actually hit the "middle" rather than the cushymushy realm of european socialism
1 year ago
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Apparently negotiations and sales strategies elude politicians. Every deal should be in your own favor, every choice a choice between two things you want, every concession leads to the deal you hoped to get. Put all kinds of crazy deals on the table, but in each of them have something important you want. Whatever they choose, whatever compromise is reached, you still win. Maybe we should elect used car salesmen to office.
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Nothing has been finalized yet, so let's not form a lynch mob to go after whomever the latest GOP Judas goat is supposed to be.

The enemy is the corporate interests that own the MSM and the politicians that are their useful tools.

Can you explain John McCain' career in any other way than that of being a useful tool?

Shutting down the government also meant shouting down corporate subsidies, both direct and indirect, especially those paid to Wall Street, so any fool could have told you that this strategy had a "sell-by" date.

What we HAVE gained from this is that the DemocRat party has shackled Obamacare around its own neck....this isn't just Obama's bucket of dung anymore....so now let the Low Information Voters have it...good and hard.

And remind those envious and malicious dummies that the DemocRats in the Congress insisted that they be exempted from it, while Teleprompter in Chief gave out exemptions to his Fat Cat buddies.
1 year ago
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I hope it was worth it!!

Cruz and his stalwarts have created an open rift in the Republican Party for all to see and "admire". He couldn't have done better if he purposely tried to destroy the Republican's chances in 2014 and, more importantly, in 2016.

Doesn't the idiot know that, without one house in Congress, if ObamaCare falters, single-payer can easily be installed?

What a doofus.

All in the name of purity of idea.
1 year ago
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Sorry_ YOU are the doofus.
1 year ago
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You don't get it. Purity of Idea my foot! We're committing National Economic Suicide led by Obama. Don't like the medicine to cure the disease now? Too painful? Ignore the fiscal cliff looming ahead. Yeah, wait, addict more people to government handouts, regulate more business out of existence creating even more dependency. We're still spending $1 Trillion more than we take in and printing another $ 1 Trillion to keep the Stock Market from crashing. It's the Wiemar Republic in the 1930's again. Instead of the Jews, it's Evil Republicans, Old White Guys and Trayvon, Racists and Bigots all according to those Dems lled by Obama, Reid, and Pelosi. It's divide and conquer. There is no compromise. The Dems want it all. We're being driven like cattle to the slaughter being led by the promise of free stuff, and by electric prods for those who stray. I'd rather see the Fed shutdown now until the end of Obama's Presidency, even if I lose everything. We can recover from bankruptcy if we're healthy and can work in a free market. But Obama knows this. He's taking over who gets medical care and who doesn't and how much. He's creating a dam of inflation and a forest of regulations to destroy business. He's got to be stopped before he succeeds in transforming America into a modern version of the new nobility who are exempt from laws, and those who are crushed by laws designed to enslave and impoverish them. So Cruz has the gall to warn his fellow politicians about their fiscal responsibility and is treated like Cassandra? Go ahead and mock Cruz. It only reflects your ignorance or self-delusion about what's really going on.
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If conventional Republicans want to rip their party apart they should continue to attack Cruz.
1 year ago
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Cruz did the right thing. RINOs exposed themselves in their true colors. The Republican party will succeed if it rids itself from McCain, King, and the like, and only then it can have future.
1 year ago
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You're a fool if you think Cruz created the "rift" in the Republican Party, that "rift" has been there for years because the conservative Republicans are sick and tired of deferring to the "moderate" Republicans, and losing elections as a consequence.

At least Cruz tried to fight for conservative principles. But he lost because the Republican establishment doesn't want to risk changing the status quo in Washington. The Republican Party deserves to die and be replaced with a party that will get results. If that means tearing down the Federal government and starting over, then by God, that's what will happen. Better sooner than later
1 year ago
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A House divided against itself cannot stand, and the Republicans/Tea Party are far too divided, and have let Obama and the media play to those divisions. One has to wonder how much King, McCain or Graham might actually support the ACA, the way they went after Cruz and cohorts. However, it was far from a united front for using the debt ceiling for budget cuts and against the ACA.
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Well said Gridley. Government is really not functional now. It has a frightening set of tools that could easily to support tyranny. I really think we are past the point where we can reform the system. We will have to let it collapse and rebuild from that point. However, I don't blame the government or the politicians for this mess. The responsability for this mess is due to the electorate. Unfortunately I don't know how to fix the voters . . .
1 year ago
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The majority of the Republicans have an "act conservative window", usually @ 6-8 months prior to campaign time. Other than then, they might as well be mushy-mouth Democrats.
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