Will Tea Party Fall for the Same Old Threats from Obama [and the RINOs?]

Cartoon by Antonio Branco, "ComicallyIncorrect.com"

Update: Erick Erickson at RedState.com: RINOs shouldn’t be calling him a hobbit.

Cross-posted at UNCOVERAGE.net:

We are all against the re-election of Barack Obama and we all want to heal the economic crisis of this country. How best to “get there?” There is a huge philosophical rift once again, which is simply described as the “establishment GOP” vs. the Tea Party. I am listening, reading and waiting for the “plan” to emerge, but my initial take is that old saw:

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.

Not taking what little leverage we have right now, choosing a solution which allows Barack Obama to pad his election coffers for 2012 with more printed money, choosing not to make truly meaningful cuts, choosing to accept false deadlines and a manufactured “crisis,” are those “same things.”

Here are the two perspectives: From establishment RINO Bill Kristol, John McCain and the Wall Street Journal, and then opposing views presented by my tea party blogger on the east coast, Richard Falknor of the Blue Ridge Forum.

Don’t panic, folks. Breathe. But don’t stand along the wall. Engage in this. It’s only the country at stake. No pressure.

The GOP country club went ballistic: on the Tea Party in the morning missile launch:

The Wall Street Journal :

Republicans who oppose Boehner’s debt deal are playing into Obama’s hands.”

McCain wakes up

That inspired Sen. John McCain to temporarily find his spine and spittle :

Mr. McCain mocked Tea Party-allied Republicans in the House for believing – wrongly, he said – that President Obama and Democrats will get the blame for a default if Republicans refuse to increase the nation’s debt ceiling.

By that flawed logic, “Democrats would have no choice but to pass a balanced budget amendment and reform entitlements and the Tea Party Hobbits could return to Middle Earth,” he said, quoting a Wall Street Journal editorial.

“This is the kind of crack political thinking that turned Sharron Angle and Christine O’Donnell into G.O.P. nominees,” he jeered, referring to two losing Tea Party candidates for the Senate in 2010.”

Bill Kristol of the Weekly Standard joined the WSJ’s:  RINO conga-line:

“Can the pro-Obama right explain how defeat for Boehner on the House floor would redound to conservatives’ benefit, to their ability to do more and to go further?

They can’t. Read their statements (here, here, and here). They don’t even pretend to explain how defeating Boehner would produce a better policy or political result for conservatives–in the near or medium or long term. Because they can’t explain how defeat will produce victory. Defeat will produce … defeat. There is no path to a better conservative outcome that follows from Boehner going down on the House floor this week.”

Reality Check: Boehner’s Circle Are Not Our Friends

By Richard Falknor at the Blue Ridge Forum

UPDATE JULY 27! This morning Hugh Hewitt asks “Will Boehner 2.0 Launch?” — – “Proponents of Boehner 2.0 argue that the GOP cannot take the political hit of a financial crisis triggered by downgrades, just like they argued the GOP could not endure the political hit of a government shutdown in the spring, and just as they probably argue the Party cannot take a political hit for a shutdown in the fall, or the winter of 2012, or the spring of 2012, or when the supercommittee deadlocks or brings forth a nightmare ‘compromise.’ The unspoken problem is that the House GOP is rapidly running out of all credibility, which it began to bleed with the chairmanship elections of last year. Every single major turning point except the Budget vote —which had no immediate impact and did not require standing up to the president— has seen the House GOP fold, and not just fold, but fold after chest-thumping.“(Underscoring Forum’s.)

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Reality Check: Boehner’s Circle Are Not Our Friends

“It seems our leaders have learned nothing from the Continuing Resolution disaster that promised big spending cuts but was just smoke & mirrors.” —Senator Jim DeMint

The people in House Speaker John Boehner’s circle are not the friends of conservatives.

They do not share the same goals. They will spend no serious political capital to protect citizens against Big Government. (Consider their silence on Obamacare, and the roadblocks they have thrown up to prevent a confrontation on the defunding of Obamacare.)

They (along with GOP Senate leader Mitch McConnell) try to shuffle off Congressional responsibility for politically difficult or even just contentious decisions.

Consequently we should assess Mr. Boehner’s proposals in that light.

Veteran Senate strategist Michael Hammond warns (RedState) about the Boehner Plan —Phony Cuts, Slimy Procedures, Dangerous Ignorance

“The main problems with the Boehner proposal are:

  • Most of the initial $1.2 trillion of discretionary cuts are (1) from defense, or (2) are phony, out-year, and easily avoided. The compensatory immediate $1 trillion increase in the debt limit is, on the other hand, very real.
  • Even worse, however, the notion of giving a Reid/Pelosi/McConnell/Boehner-appointed commission the power to devise non-filibusterable, unamendable tax increases (or, for that matter, gun control, taxpayer-funded abortion, forced unionism, or federalized same-sex marriage) in the second tranche is devastating.
  • And a guarantee of a losing vote on a balanced budget constitutional amendment doesn’t get you anywhere.”

Conservative Hammond has been tracking inept Republicans and helping principled ones since before John Boehner came to the House as a freshman in 1991.

The Danger of the Twelve-Man Commission

During these perilous times, we urge our readers to study Hammond’s entire indictment of the Boehner proposal. Note Hammond’s further warning on Speaker Boehner’s proposed —

“. . . twelve-man commission -— with all 12 members chosen by these four —- and makes whatever legislation it proposes unfilibusterable and unamendable.

If Boehner’s poor stewardship leads to a GOP loss in the House, the filibuster may be the only tool available to prevent a gigantic unfilibusterable, unamendable tax increase or a second ObamaCare.”

The Club for Growth and Heritage Action oppose the Boehner Plan.

Senator Jim DeMint and RSC chairman Jim Jordan oppose the Boehner Plan.

The bigger-government-when-it-helps-big-business Chamber of Commerce supports it.

These facts should weigh heavily with conservatives.

Readers may wish to talk directly to their Maryland or Virginia House members.

The stakes for all of us are very high.

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