Wednesday, January 2, 2013

House GOP Fail

Well, that was unsatisfying.  The President gets his tax increase "on the rich", the Bush tax rates--derided for a decade by Democrats--are confirmed for over 98% of the public without so much as a "thank you" to the Republicans who made that happen, and the "fiscal cliff" does nary a thing about runaway spending or entitlement reform.  I was disappointed to see Paul Ryan vote for the measure, but happy to see Marco Rubio vote against it.  I have a feeling this fact will come up again someday.

The GOP is in disarray, there is no doubt about it.  I am mad as hell at the Tea Party faction for their tactical near-sightedness, scuttling Plan B (only to get a much worse deal in the end).  I am however, left with the sense that the Tea Party positions on government spending and taxes are where the Republican Party needs to go.  These positions are the reason Republicans gained the majority in the first place, and in the long run, they are electoral winners.

Don't misunderstand me, friends.  I know Barack Obama won the election.  He did not however, win the election because of a preference for anti-Tea Party ideas.  He won the election because he cobbled together a meticulously planned electoral majority that capitalized on many issues, not the least of which were social issues that do not work to the favor of Republicans.

The Tea Party came to ascendance advocating for smaller government, constitutionalism, and the restraint of spending.  What I admired most about them was the relative silence on abortion and gay rights.  They realized that both of these questions were incidental to the great problem of our age, which is debt.  Republicans went awry in the last election not by adhering to Tea Party ideology, but by deviating from it and swimming out into the cesspool of social issues. 

Republicans must be seen as the Party of making bad government smaller and good government better.  Republicans must be seen as the Party of Growth, the Party of Business (not the Party of Finance), and the Party of Success---putting forward a positive message of real opportunity.

I believe John Boehner is damaged goods, and he needs to go.  Even though he cast an unwise vote on this deal, Paul Ryan should be the new Speaker of the House.  Obama owned Boehner in this negotiation, and Obama played the press better than Boehner.  The House GOP needs new and better leadership. 


"The Hammer" said...

We are screwed, we all knew we would be screwed, we just didn't know how foolish the Republicans would look while being screwed.
Boehner has no business being Speaker. The man is a born backbencher. He doesn't have the skills.

Purdy Lipps said...

Put Boehner's face on Ned Beatty's body in that famous "squeal like a pig" scene from Deliverance" with Obama's face on the guy saying it and you get the perfect picture of "compromise", Democrat style.

And I agree, I just can't fathom what Paul Ryan was thinking unless it was the 2016 general election. He may have forgotten those pesky primaries though. May end up being the most costly vote of his career.

Anonymous said...

And there is "rejoicing" because we have avoided the cliff...

From the Guardian:

“Praising Congress for the fiscal cliff deal is like giving an arsonist an award for putting out his own fire.”

- Botts21 sends

Sally said...

Not disagreeing with anything here, but to suggest that Obama played the press better than Boehner, well...there was simply no way Boehner or ANYONE was going to get the upper hand with the press over Obama.

The Conservative Wahoo said...

Sorry Sally--but have you watched a Boehner "Press Conference"? They are unmitigated disasters, on the occasions when he does deem to take a question. Obama was largely absent from the airwaves--Boehner's replacement could make a much better effort. After all, these people live and die on ACCESS. Give them a little and you'll get treated a little better. But still be careful.

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