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July 29, 2011

Right-wing pundits freaked out by right-wing House

I wasn't surprised early this month when the NYT's David Brooks expressed horror and amazement at the direction Republicans were heading. ("...the Republican party may no longer be a normal party.") He's often thoughtful and reasonable, although like many influential pundits he was terribly wrong on invading Iraq. This week's events seem to have summoned more conservatives to Brooks' side on the subject of the debt ceiling. Here's Jennifer Rubin, a conservative blogger for the Washington Post, last night:

A House aide just e-mailed me: “Buckets of crazy.” That’s as good an explanation as any as to why Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) won’t be able to hold a vote tonight on his debt-ceiling bill. The burn-the-building-down set is weakening, but the speaker is still short on votes.

Outside of Congress, some of the most aggressive conservatives were urging Congress to make a deal. Even extreme rightwing bloggers will have a hard time casting conservative lightning rod Ann Coulter as a “squish.”(She told Fox News host Sean Hannity that it was time to get this done.)

Posted by Jay Hancock at 11:23 AM | | Comments (3)
Categories: The Great Recession


Jay & all readers,

Not to be an apologist for the GOP but for a moment put yourself in Boehner's shoes. What bill is he supposed to pass to "get this done"?

OK, we know the Democrats are not going to accept "Cut, Cap & Balance". Fair enough. But what will they accept?

Obama and Reid have said lots about what kind of bill they will not accept and little about what kind of bill they will accept. Seems to me they are yanking the GOP chain and doing it pretty well. Evey bill Boehner advertises the GOP is working on gets shot down by the Democrats before it leaves the House!

How about Obama & Reid specify precisely the debit-limit legislation they want, show that the American people support it and tell Boehner and the GOP to pass it and send it for final approval?

At least when they call it the "Bush Tax Cut" it is because President Bush was a driving force behind the tax legislation. What, if any, legislation is Obama going to be attached to? Apparently none since he has not been a driving force behind any legislation. Even "ObamaCare" is misnamed as this bill was authored by Reid, Pelosi and the Health Insurance Lobbyists with little if any input from Obama.

As I was just saying. The Boehner bill was promptly killed by the Democrat majority Senate.

So for all of you who love blaming the Tea Partiers in the House who are you going to blame when Harry Reid has to stab his progressive friends in the back to get a debt-ceiling bill passed?

I can hardly wait to hear from our Maryland Senators on what they are going to do to prevent our nation's financial collapse.

This ought to be a very interesting week.

Even your poll shows people are waking up to you libs.

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About Jay Hancock
Jay Hancock has been a financial columnist for The Baltimore Sun since 2001. He has also been The Baltimore Sun's diplomatic correspondent in Washington and its chief economics writer. Before moving to Baltimore in 1994 he worked for The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk and The Daily Press of Newport News.

His columns appear Tuesdays and Sundays.

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