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January 5, 2014 - 7:06 am
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Republican campaign consultants are urging GOP members of the House to forgo any messy fights on raising the debt limit in favor of concentrating on trying to take the Senate in 2014.

The Hill reports:

“What Republicans have to realize [is] the political winds are in our direction. We can’t risk changing the winds at this stage,” said GOP strategist Matt Mackowiak. “You can shut down the Obama agenda completely if you have the Senate.”

A GOP decision on the debt ceiling is likely to come out of the annual House retreat scheduled for Jan. 29 in Maryland. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew has told Congress he expects the government could be in danger of missing payments by early March, giving lawmakers a narrow window to find another borrowing boost.

“The only way you lose the House is if Dems intercept a Hail Mary pass on the debt ceiling,” another GOP strategist said. “If you lose the House, you open the door to everything.”

At the same time, GOP tacticians acknowledge that the party cannot look weak in the debt ceiling fight and simply grant the president the “clean” hike he wants. Furthermore, the timing of the fight means members facing conservative primary challenges will face a tough dilemma.

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said in December that the party would not accept “nothing” for the debt ceiling and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said he could not imagine a clean increase.

Tea Party and outside conservative groups said this week they are still formulating their approach. Feisty outside groups have helped pull congressional Republicans to the right in several past battles, but they came under intraparty criticism — most notably from Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) — for pushing the GOP into the ill-fated shutdown fight over ObamaCare.

With the debt limit looming as the next battleground, conservative forces are still looking for a policy win, but are not drawing any lines in the sand.

“Conservatives have the expectation that the debt ceiling is an important tool to reduce the size and scope of the government,” said Dan Holler, spokesman for Heritage Action, the political arm of the Heritage Foundation. “That’s what conservatives are going to be looking for…that’ll be the expectation from conservative voters.”

Even so, Holler acknowledged that no clear overall strategy has crystallized around the debt limit yet.

Might President Obama be more amendable to negotiations on the debt ceiling considering how much trouble he’s in with the voters over Obamacare?

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Don't worry they will not only cave on the debt ceiling but we will probably get a bonus ,amnesty. The GOP is hapless.
36 weeks ago
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Why fight when you can Calculate.
why stand for anything at all, being bland will keep you in power, nothing to win here.

No wonder they hate the Tea Party, they expect Results.
36 weeks ago
36 weeks ago Link To Comment
By all means let's listen closely to the wisdom of Steve Schmidt and Nicolle Wallace.
36 weeks ago
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"Fight," what fight? There is no "fight" in the GOP - only whining and capitulation, clinging to their seats with their cold, dead hands. Every single budget "negotiation" results in more spending and more debt. The GOP continues to campaign for "smaller government" - which is a load of BS. In some ways they are even WORSE than the DEMs because they incessantly LIE to those who elect them.
35 weeks ago
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What if the reason the political winds are blowing in the GOP direction is because the GOP finally took a stand against Obamacare during the shutdown drama?
36 weeks ago
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Yeah, let's surrender on the budget and let the media concentrate on criticizing Obamacare...great strategy fellows. The media has such a rich history of criticizing Democrats.
These guys must have had their strategy meeting in Colorado and sent the interns out for some Thai sticks.
36 weeks ago
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"Give us your votes today, and we'll gladly stand up and fight for your values on Tuesday." How many times have we heard that from gop "leadership"? When is Tuesday going to get here?? Screw 'em. Hang tough Tea Party reps. We're with you. Stop letting these overgrown children pay off the Master Card, with the Visa Card, then with the Discover, then with the AMEX, then.....

And by the way, does anyone at PJM write their own columns? Seems like 80% of this one is copy and paste from another source.
36 weeks ago
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We are in deperate need of a third political party. We also must go back to 1913, end the Fed, shrink Government, and adopt the Jeffersonian federalist perspectives. But only if we want the republic to survive.
36 weeks ago
36 weeks ago Link To Comment
Call them Demonrats or Repukeicans, there is but one party today, and the CFR controls it. Humanist Globalism is their worldview and sociopathy describes their modus vivendi.
36 weeks ago
36 weeks ago Link To Comment
Waiting for the Kountry Klub Republicans to belly-up like puppies in ....3.....2......1........

I am waiting for them to find a principle of some sort.
36 weeks ago
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What is the difference between the Republicans and the Democrats when both parties insist on spending money we don't have?

I was a long time Republican, but I can think of no reason I should vote for anyone in the next election, unless someone stands up, and says, enough is enough; no more irresponsible spending!
36 weeks ago
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Obama is an entrenched idealogue who isn't going to be amenable to anything that will compromise his intent to destroy the economy so even if the Repugnicans were in it to fight, he wouldn't back down regardless of polls... but wait, he's on his second term... so what the hell do the polls matter anyway?

As for the repugnant GOP (repugnicans) there's no real intent to oppose the liberal agenda- but there's certainly some political value in pretending to do so... first and foremost, it plays to their constituency- convincing them that their voice is being heard and we've long proven ourselves unwilling to vet the voting habits of our legislators who are given the chance to cast dissenting votes by their colleagues when their support is unneeded for passage of an item.

For three plus years the GOP played repeal theater with Obamacare when it has become quite obvious that with proper digging and communication to voters they could have outed enough toxicity to hang the albatross around the necks of the progressives in the '12 elections to not only keep the House but also take the Senate and WH- they did nothing to effectively stop the train wreck but instead chose an ineffectual game of charades meant to convince the voters who put them there that they were doing their best to fight the agenda- they didn't fight sh!t... they had no intention of accomplishing one damned thing.

All this debt ceiling strategy bullsh!t is nothing more than theater to placate the masses who place their unrealistic hopes on the shoulders of progressives dressed up to look like Republicans whose job it really is to make it look like a battle and divert attention from the FACT that we're subject to one party rule and will continue to be until the working class collectively gets involved and begins to actually pay attention and not let the media do their thinking for them.
36 weeks ago
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What is so hard about stop spending billions more than you have in receipts. This cannot go on forever. Either the GOP grows some backbone or they should disband and join the Democrats. There is no operational difference.
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