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Obama: Twisting in the Wind

Bill Whalen is on his way to St. Petersburg and will soon lack access to the internet. I am in Prague at a cheap hotel, and I have a better connection than I ordinarily get on the road in the US – which is why I know something that, I suspect, Bill would very much like to know but doesn’t – to wit, that Harry Reid has agreed to substantial spending cuts without tax increases, that Ezra Klein at The Washington Post is reporting that the Republicans have won, and that Barack Obama is, as is utterly predictable, throwing a gigantic hissie fit.

Folks, it rarely gets better. John Boehner is going to go down in history as one of the canniest Speakers of the House in the history of Congress. By dint of sheer persistence and patience, he has won the argument on expenditures and taxes hands down. The polling data is clear. The Democrats are on the run, and the adolescent in the White House is pouting. How sweet it is!

Now if only we could find a Republican presidential nominee capable of fully taking advantage of the disarray into which Barack Obama has plunged his party. Someone should give Paul Ryan another call. There is, as they say, a tide in the affairs of men, and if that admirable Congressman from Wisconsin does not seize the opportunity, that tide is apt to pass him by. More to the point, however, if we do not seize this opportunity and find someone not a managerial progressive who can eloquently make the argument for downsizing federal responsibilities and has the moxie to follow through, that tide is apt to pass us by as well.

  1. Pseudodionysius

    Speaker Boehner’s victory is a perfect example of why its often wise to bring a knife to a gunfight.

    Nicely played.

  2. Viator

    “While officials from the Obama Administration raised their rhetoric over the weekend about the possibility of a debt default if the debt ceiling isn’t raised, they privately have been telling top executives at major U.S. banks that such an event won’t happen, FOX Business has learned.

    In a series of phone calls, administration officials have told bankers that the administration will not allow a default to happen even if the debt cap isn’t raised by the August 2

    http://www.foxbusiness.com/markets/2011/07/25/obama-to-banks-were-not-defaulting/#ixzz1T9C9ZGfN

    Obama: I’d Like ‘to Bypass Congress and Change the Rules on My Own’

    “He told the National Council of La Raza, “Believe me, the idea of doing things on my own is very tempting. I promise you.”

    http://www.nationaljournal.com/whitehouse/obama-i-d-like-to-bypass-congress-and-change-the-rules-on-my-own–20110725

  3. Richard Stewart

    Whoa. “The idea of doing things on my own is very tempting. I promise you.”

    Really? El Caudillo speaks! Viva El Caudillo!

  4. Cunctator

    Personally, I wonder how Boehner knew that Obama was bluffing.  Heh.

  5. Conservative Episcopalian

     I am listening to the Republicans press conference after their acceptance of the Senate deal that excludes the BBA. The House members rhetoric is just plain awesome. “Its time for the President to place people before politics” is an excellent. “We are talking about policy while the President talks about the election.”

    This is what has been missing for weeks now and it is very timely.

  6. DocJay
    flownover: Professor, You best hoist an Urquell to Urkel, who twists again ,like he did last summer. Only this time he has to make do in Washington’s heat , not Martha’s Vineyard. · Jul 25 at 12:58pm

    Edited on Jul 25 at 12:59 pm

    That’s funny.  

    Crab Bait, any chance at being misconstrued ended with the images of Elmer Fudd and his repeating 12 guage.  

  7. Richard Stewart

    What? No Balanced Budget Amendment? Nuts.

    Still trying to look at the glass as half full, not half empty…

  8. Doc

    Things are looking bad for the Dems, and Boehner has been magnificent lately.  But is it certain the plan put forth by Reid is going to pass the House?  Reid counted drawing down the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as $1T in savings, and another $400B savings on the interest that would have accrued in borrowings for the wars.  There are not many real cuts in there.  Boehner is promoting a plan consisting of a two tiered increase with the second increase to go forward only if some entitlement reform is enacted that will reduce the deficit by 1.8 trillion.  The chess match is not over. 

  9. katievs

    I am still very nervous.  

  10. ctruppi
    Doc: Things are looking bad for the Dems, and Boehner has been magnificent lately.  But is it certain the plan put forth by Reid is going to pass the House?  Reid counted drawing down the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as $1T in savings, and another $400B savings on the interest that would have accrued in borrowings for the wars.  There are not many real cuts in there.  Boehner is promoting a plan consisting of a two tiered increase with the second increase to go forward only if some entitlement reform is enacted that will reduce the deficit by 1.8 trillion.  The chess match is not over.  · Jul 25 at 1:39pm

    If this is all we can get from Reid, then we will have won a skirmish worthy of Lexington & Concord.  We will have left Obama looking foolish and without any ability to lead.  Small steps, small steps.  If Reid is going along with this, it has to make you belive that alot of the ”GOP gets all the blame” polls that we’ve been seeing are a bunch of bunk, and the Dems know this.

  11. flownover
    katievs: I am still very nervous.   · Jul 25 at 1:52pm

    You really have a hard time trusting anything that comes out of Reid’s mouth ,or the press in general ? What newscast will you watch tonight 4 sum trooth ?

  12. Hang On

     I really think the Republicans won this showdown last Friday when Obama gave his truly remarkable petulant press conference. When Boehner showed he had both more class and was actually the grown up, then it was all over. It also shows how vulnerable Obama will be in any debate with any Republican who can get under his skin.

    The argument will be the nature of the cuts, not if cuts are going to occur.  While it will not balance the budget, Republicans would be wise to cut all they can from non-entitlement spending before focusing on entitlements. Only then when it becomes apparent that there is not enough there to cut should they think of cutting entitlements and then by increasing the age at which people receive entitlements. Republicans will have a dog-food rather than messaging problem if they try to privatize social security. It isn’t for nothing that all previous attempts have not gotten far.

  13. katievs
    flownover

    katievs: I am still very nervous.   · Jul 25 at 1:52pm

    You really have a hard time trusting anything that comes out of Reid’s mouth ,or the press in general ? What newscast will you watch tonight 4 sum trooth ? · Jul 25 at 2:52pm

    I haven’t watched the news in years.  All my info I get online.

  14. Crow

    Boehner deserves our recognition. He’s had a very difficult job to do working within his own caucus and holding merely the lower chamber of the Congress. His record of accomplishment since January is notable–overcoming the democrats on the CR deal, putting forward the Ryan budget, fundamentally changing the conversation from the Obama/Reid “there’s nothing to see here” position, and now extracting a debt limit deal without tax increases. He has performed admirably and has shown steely resolve and not a little cunning; all in spite of the constant media drumbeat against him. Well done, John.

  15. iWc

    Perry/Rubio is the obvious ticket, and I love it.

    Ryan needs to stay in the House, where he can do the most good.

    And as for this deal: considering the poor position that Republicans actually hold, this is a good outcome. I, too, am nervous about there being any significant cuts (why not eliminate Education/Commerce/Energy?), but the BRAC commission approach is not a bad one considering the lack of guts in Washington.

  16. Chris Johnson

     The BBA is very much a part of this two-tiered approach (which Obama has already rejected, as if anybody cares).  The first tier allows a 6 month expansion of the debt ceiling by $1 T that is to be followed by a $1.1 T spending cut implementation.  If the cuts don’t happen or they aren’t “real” (e.g., accounting gimmicks, “savings”, etc.) then the second debt ceiling increase in April doesn’t happen.  The second debt ceiling rise, in April, is contingent upon an actual vote, in BOTH houses on the BBA.

    The White House has already rejected this proposed deal and Bambi has asked for time to bore and lie at 9 pm Eastern.  Nobody will care what he has to say and nobody in my home, including Obama voters, will be watching, because nobody cares what he has to say, any longer.  Bambi will only be talking to his core constituency at La Raza, Acorn, and SEIU.  I can’t believe the networks are even giving him air time.

  17. liberal jim

    Reid and Schumer hold a press conference to introduce a bill that contains substantial cuts and you think the cuts are real.  How many bridges have you bought lately?    The House Study Committee has thus far prevented Boehner and Ryan from going wobbly, but this won’t last much longer.  It appears as if Boehner has appealed to West’s patriotism and West is going to back Boehner’s latest plan.  I’m elated that real cuts are being talked about but the House Study Committee deserves most of the credit for the little progress that has been made.   The HSC is criticized for their unwillingness to compromise.  What people fail to realize is that they did compromise when they voted for the Ryan Budget.

  18. Grendel

    I don’t see it.  According to Klein, Boehner’s debt ceiling increase “would be paired with about $1.2 trillion in cuts to government agencies, including the Pentagon, over the next decade.

    Under Obama, the deficit is $1.2T per year.  The Demonocrats (h/t Ann Coulter) are giving up one disastrous year of overspending out of ten.

  19. liberal jim
    Pilli:

    First,  Perry is very much like Bush.  Look at his record. Texas is successful in spite of him.

    Seems as if you know a phony when you see one.  Ryan fits into this category also; His budget is portrayed as reducing government, but continues to add to the debt for the next 10 years.  This comprehensive spending plan ignores the pork filled  ag. budget.  Could he possibly be from a rural district? He helped pass Medicare part D, no child left behind and many other of Bush’s excess.  To top it off he makes it known that he sleeps in his office because he is frugal, and then is seen in a posh DC restaurant buying a $350 bottle of wine.  I could care less how much he pays for his wine, but it might give someone cause to consider that he just might not be who he is pretending to be.  

  20. Terrell David

    Its too early to praise Boehner.  He could have had Obama accept the deal last week with 800 billion in supposed revenues. 

    Boehner is still more about the deal than about the principle.

    I like him but the country is not quite there with him.

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