I’ve just got to put a “wow” in here – never thought it would come out quite like this.
Here we are at the (fake) 11th hour and the whole thing is turning on just how much conservatism/libertarianism the TEA Party can squeeze in to the Boehner plan before he presents it to the House. Oh, that is not what the MSM narrative is? Also not what RINOs are saying? You mean it isn’t what well paid, insider pundits (right and left) are saying? Of course its not – because all of these simply don’t understand the nature of a revolutionary political epoch. That is what this is, good people…and remember that it is a truism of revolutionary movements that they usually appear a second away from defeat right before their overwhelming triumph.
Some version of the Boehner plan will pass the House – later today or tomorrow. This is because something has to pass…and if Reid and his Democrats then carry out their threat and vote it down, then it puts the ball squarely in their corner. If Reid kills it a couple days before the Democrats’ manufactured deadline, then it will be up to them to come up with an alternative which can pass the House. (UPDATE: I caught of bit of Reid on the Senate floor…”come on, Republicans, come in to my office and tell what parts of my bill you’ll sign on to, then I’ll bring it to a vote”…he is very much afraid of having a vote on a revised Boehner plan) And the House GOP is right now indicating just how conservative/libertarian the final result had better be, or it won’t be the final result.
Some say they are worried – worried that this horrific, inhuman and un-American standing on constitutional principals will weaken the GOP in 2012 and hand victory to Obama. As far as absurd political prognostication goes, I’ve never heard anything worse. For goodness sake, has anyone been paying attention to Obama’s “Strongly Disapprove” number?
43% “strongly disapprove” of how he’s doing his job. This is not a man who is carefully threading his way through political crisis and making his opponents look bad. The TEA Party cannot hand Obama the White House in 2012…every time the TEA Party acts up, Obama’s favorability craters. The only thing which can save Obama now – other than a miraculous turn-around in the economy – is a GOP cave-in on spending. If that happens, the TEA Party goes home or votes Third Party. As long as the GOP doesn’t cave, the TEA Party remains with it. If the Boehner plan is not good enough for the TEA Party, it means Boehner had better make it so – it most emphatically does not mean make it least acceptable.
As I said yesterday, I think we should just pass the Boehner bill – it is good enough for me. Clearly, though, a strong part of the GOP is not pleased with it. So, make ’em pleased. Remember what they are ultimately after – cuts significant enough to stave off national bankruptcy. It isn’t TEA Party firmness which is threatening us with default, but Democrat profligacy and RINO wobbliness…it isn’t less spending which will push us over the edge, but more spending. The TEA Party is 100% right, even if a little unrealistic about what can be accomplished while Obama is in the White House and Reid runs the Senate.
So, let’s have this fight – keep going; shout it out, TEA Partiers. Don’t let the SOBs grind you down. Get more conservatism/libertarianism in that bill…whatever amount it takes to get Boehner to 217 votes. And then just watch our liberals fall apart as they are starkly forced to either pass the TEA Party-supported bill, or fail to avert the “default” they say is coming next Tuesday.
UPDATE: Iowahawk has some Twittable thoughts on what will happen if we don’t raise the debt ceiling:
Beltway policy experts begin living by own wits; after 45 minutes there are no survivors…
…Breadlines teeming with jobless Outreach Coordinators, Diversity Liaisons, and Sustainability Facilitators…
…Without college loan program, America loses an entire generation of Marxist Dance Theorists…