Establishment Republicans have learned the hard way..

Oh For FFS..... that teaming up with President Obama is not a good thing for your party.  Apparently, if the Republican’s agree with Obama, the Dems will also jump ship.  Either way, Obama can’t get anything done now.

Today, the President lost his attempt to get the first part of his Trade Authorization to allow for fast track of negotiated agreements.   When the electorate is asked to support something that comes with reports of “secret” legislation and “I can’t answer whether I have seen this or not” responses to reporters questions, you can imagine why there would be some distrust.

If there is anything that is to be learned, once again, it is that the President assumes too much.  Waiting for the last minute to sell something that, by all intents and purposes, should have been an easy effort, even for your own party which is supposed to be in lock step, its that clear understanding is important.  Too bad, the narrative got lost in all the “double secret” crap.

McConnell and Boehner have managed to piss off enough people that, they themselves, may also be headed for their own, and hopefully, final crisis.  They brought this on themselves.  They only opposed Obama with no backbone which brought scorn from the Conservatives when it came to immigration and budget at the beginning of the year.  Then, thinking that “Free trade” agreements, a staple of Conservative principles, was accepted by Obama, Conservatives were quick to wonder why this alignment was taking place.

So when everyone asked for the legislators to “show your work”, they rebuffed, essentially saying, “We need to pass this so you can see what was in it.”  Rep. Paul Ryan, who had a good deal of respect for using that line against Nancy Pelosi, quickly adopted it here, only to see his own credibility take a major hit.  If Obamacare itself has a majority DISAPPROVAL where Pelosi used that same tag line, what makes you think that will work for a procedures change in Congress where no one can read what the changes were about?

The natives are growing restless, Mr. Speaker, Mr. Majority Leader and you remaining establishment cronies.   Perhaps you should start listening to what the constituents are saying.

The Constitutional Crisis Obamabots want you to believe

liberals-be-all-angryYesterday, I fisked Paul Waldman’s post regarding the 47 Republican Senator’s open letter to Iran that has caused a great deal of anger among the Democrats.  In it, I included an example of how the Democrats have, in the past, tried to undermine US Foreign policy of a Republican President.  Today, on Twitchy, there are even more examples of how Democrat Senators went to see communist leaders to undermine foreign policy objectives of the sitting President, in this case, Ronald Reagan

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Democrats are beginning to act as if the President forgets there is a Constitution

facepalmThis is in response to the Paul Waldman’s extreme whining titled:  Republicans are beginning to act as though Barack Obama isn’t even the president

Let’s examine what he says..

It’s safe to say that no president in modern times has had his legitimacy questioned by the opposition party as much as Barack Obama. But as his term in office enters its final phase, Republicans are embarking on an entirely new enterprise: They have decided that as long as he holds the office of the presidency, it’s no longer necessary to respect the office itself.

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Protecting the Legacy of Obama: The Impact of the Media

sharyl-attkissonSharyl Attkisson posts this and quotes a story from NY Magazine.  Here is the relevant portion (bold mine):

That October, Myers couldn’t get Williams to air a segment about how the White House knew as far back as 2010 that some people would lose their insurance policies under Obama­care. Frustrated, Myers posted the article on NBC’s website, where it immediately went viral. Williams relented and ran it the next night. “He didn’t want to put stories on the air that would be divisive,” a senior NBC journalist told me. According to a source, Myers wrote a series of scathing memos to then–NBC senior vice-president Antoine Sanfuentes documenting how Williams suppressed her stories.

I have been reading Attkisson’s stories for the past several months that document her struggles with CBS to attempt to get investigative reporting on the air.  The major networks all deny that there is some bias, and even today, some journalists will look you square in the eye and deny it when you know they have their fingers crossed behind their backs. Continue reading