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    Krauthammer: “The grown-ups are now in control of the Congress”

    Krauthammer: “The grown-ups are now in control of the Congress”

    Today is Day 1 of the GOP-controlled Congress

    Last night Charles Krauthammer took the outgoing Congressional leadership to task over their legacy of obstructionism.


    Via the Daily Caller (emphasis mine):

    ”It sounds like Schumer is saying that, for the first time in living memory, we’re going to have amendments introduced in the U.S. Senate, which is a remarkable constitutional achievement and it’s because Harry Reid is gone. The grown-ups are now in control of the Congress. This idea that we should be using American oil in America is so idiotic, it’s almost unworthy of talking about. So what we’re going to do is we’re going to use the Canadian oil and if we export it, which we will because we have a surplus, we’re going to substitute gallon by gallon American oil, it makes no sense at all.”

    “Look, I think what’s really important here is that Republicans are going to have a chance to show how retroactively for the last six years everything has stopped in the Senate. Democrats stopped it, Harry Reid stopped it and they effectively acted as a shield to make Obama look as if he wasn’t the one stopping stuff. Well now he’s going to be exposed because he’s going to have to exercise the veto. Schumer and the others could prevent a few of the bills from landing on the president’s desk with these ridiculous amendments on Keystone, for example. But I think it will expose them. But the days of hiding under Harry Reid’s desk are over.

    This is important, and it’s not a point that should be ignored by conservatives. Starting today, we’ll be holding accountable not just a newly-minted leadership, but a President who now finds himself in the minority after six comfortable years of playing pen-and-phone politics.

    This will not be a perfect session for Republicans. Having a majority doesn’t necessarily translate into getting everything you want all the time; we still have a President who will oppose conservative legislation, and a caucus full of Democrats who, after six years in power, know the rules and how to manipulate them. But as Republicans take control of both chambers of Congress, it’s time for conservatives to do as much as we can to take control of the spin cycle and protect the ball.

    I’m not saying we should treat the new Congress with kid gloves, but as the new session begins, we should take time to remember how we felt during the last week of October, when we were running on no sleep while campaigning for new candidates we claimed to believe in. Democrats will be playing defense for the next two years as bill after bill lands on Obama’s desk, and it’s our job to make this as miserable a time for them as possible.

    This is not the moment to waste time eating our own. It’s time to pile on the Obamas and Reids of the world who made progress next to impossible, then turned around and blamed Republicans for the terrible policies that did manage to make it into law.

    We didn’t stumble upon this majority; we earned it. Let’s make the most of it.


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    Is it possible the R’s won’t muck it up again as usual ?

    Estragon | January 6, 2015 at 5:38 pm

    McConnell will force the Democratic Senators who have been shielded from tough votes by Reid to get on the record with a number of common sense issues, beginning with Keystone. Then Obama must veto, then McConnell can hold an override vote and make the Democrats go on the record again – in case some vote for bills they know Obama will veto. This way, they will be nailed down.

    And a return to regular budget order!

    The conservative heroes who voted against that dirtbag Boehner. Hopefully, they will form a conservative voting bloc, and become more powerful than anyone in the GOP could have imagined.

    This is the beginning of the end of the GOP.

    Here’s the full list of heroes, in order:

    Rep. Justin Amash (Mich.) — Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio)
    Rep. Brian Babin (Tex.) — “present”
    Rep. Rod Blum (Iowa) — Rep. Dan Webster (R-Fla.)
    Rep. Dave Brat (Va.) — Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.)
    Rep. Jim Bridenstine (Okla.) — Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Tex.)
    Rep. Curt Clawson (Fla.) — Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.)
    Rep. Scott DesJarlais (Tenn.) — Jordan
    Duncan — Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.)
    Rep. Scott Garrett (N.J.) — Webster
    Rep. Chris Gibson (N.Y.) — House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.)
    Rep. Paul Gosar (Ariz.) — Webster
    Gohmert — Gohmert
    Rep. Tim Huelskamp (Kan.) — Webster
    Rep. Walter Jones (N.C.) — Webster
    Rep. Steve King — Webster
    Rep. Tom Massie (Ky.) — Rep. Ted Yoho (R-Fla.)
    Rep. Mark Meadows (N.C.) — Webster
    Rep. Rich Nugent (Fla.) — Webster
    Rep. Gary Palmer (Ala.) — Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.)
    Rep. Bill Posey (Fla.) — Webster
    Rep. Scott Rigell (Va.) — Webster
    Rep. Marlin Stutzman (Ind.) — Webster
    Rep. Randy Weber (Tex.) — Gohmert
    Webster — Webster
    Yoho — Yoho

      Subotai Bahadur in reply to | January 6, 2015 at 8:46 pm

      Not only a Conservative voting bloc, but perhaps a separate party. With Boehner taking away their committee assignments, what use is it to stay a Republican?

        Sanddog in reply to Subotai Bahadur. | January 6, 2015 at 8:48 pm

        That was an unsurprisingly petty and petulant act. It’s a shame Boehner won’t fight as hard against the administration as he does his fellow republicans.

          Insufficiently Sensitive in reply to Sanddog. | January 6, 2015 at 10:33 pm

          It’s a shame Boehner won’t fight as hard against the administration as he does his fellow republicans.

          He learned his tactics from Obama, who won’t fight as hard against foreign threats as he does the Republicans in the US.

          It was disgusting and revealing of his low character.

          Boehner is America’s #1 useful idiot, and, as it’s turning out, America’s #1 rat.

          Henry Hawkins in reply to Sanddog. | January 7, 2015 at 12:44 pm

          What Boehner has done is serve notice to all GOP House members:

          1. You will NOT vote your conscience. You will vote as we tell you to vote.

          2. You will NOT vote what your constituents demand. You don’t represent them, you represent the GOP. You will vote as we tell you to vote.

          3. You will NOT vote based on the constitutionality of a bill or other measure. You will vote as we tell you to vote.

          The people of the US have only one representative in the House: John Boehner.

    Sanddog | January 6, 2015 at 8:46 pm

    Grown ups? In DC?


    Commence with the mealy mouthed weak knee-ed compromising and selling out the voters who put them there.

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