“Someone needs to convince the Beltway GOP that betraying the base could leave Mr. Obama in office.”
Guest Post By Richard Falknor @ Blue Ridge Forum
03 November 2011
The Dawn Patrol Richard Falknor on 02 Nov 2011 11:15 pm
“This evening Mark Steyn in “The Cuts Begin to Bite!” (NRO) pointed out –
“The prevailing bounds of American politics do not allow for meaningful course correction. Instead:
1) Months are expended in a dramatic media showdown over the debt crisis with network anchors warning of ever more looming deadlines over footage of various eminences shuttling between the White House and the Capitol.
2) At the last minute, a deal is triumphantly announced.
3) The deal allegedly saves $1 billion from FY2012 – or approximately what the Government of the United States borrows every five hours. So in less time than it takes to run the press release for the breakthrough deal off the photocopier, we’ve borrowed back all the money it saves. But hey, it’s a start. And it’s the thought that counts.
4) Months later, the actual bill goes through, and – whaddayaknow? – the cheeseparing austerity package of spending cuts turns out actually to increase spending by $10 billion.
5) Lather, rinse and repeat.”
Mark Levin warned last Thursday that –
“Once again Speaker Boehner is deliberately forgetting that conservatism is what won the House for Republicans and he is now trying to compromise with the Democrats on Obama’s spending bill. Instead of setting hard guidelines and demands, Boehner is selling us out and saying that he is willing to look at a balanced budget amendment. This will only cause massive more spending in this welfare state that continues to grow and has no limit in sight from our current politicians.”
Steyn asks –
“Where were you exactly 12 months ago? November 2nd 2010. America held an election that day. Remember that? The shot heard round the world? But apparently not in Washington. Doesn’t November 2nd 2010 feel a lot further away than 12 months ago?”
But read his entire post here.
These seasoned commentators aren’t making this up. Conservatives around the nation have been watching the flawed performance of the Congressional GOP leadership for some time.
Click here, here, here, and here for just a few of many examples.
Meanwhile the Republican Congressional chieftains continue their business as usual.
Someone needs to convince the Beltway GOP that betraying the base could leave Mr. Obama in office.
But maybe the Beltway GOP calculates their candidate can win without the unwashed conservatives of their own party — that there is some vast assembly of independents who are really “moderate” and just want big government run a lot better and more efficiently.
There was once another presidential candidate and a governor of Massachusetts , we recall, who thought along the same lines.