Update: The Obama publicity stunt is over and Obama will not negotiate with American leaders duly elected by Americans. Far from demonstrating strength this latest Obama publicity stunt shows that Obama is worried about the appearance of not negotiating. The hope is the public will not notice Obama’s total failure of leadership. Tomorrow we will see if the latest Obama ploy to nudge Wall Street into a panic will work. We doubt it will.
It is time for Speaker Boehner to take up our suggestion to adjourn the House and reconvene in red states with Obama Dimocrat senators – Arkansas, North Carolina, Louisiana, Alaska. This will be a productive and powerful publicity stunt which puts pressure on the weakest links in the solid wall of Obama Senate stonewalling.
The wrong analysis will get you on the wrong road, in a ditch, bloody, and bruised. Fortunately we are here to help the lost get back on the path to salvation. First, Hillary Clinton, not Republicans or conservatives, achieved a major victory by shutting down the Big Media movies about her. Second, the government shutdown will not hurt the GOP next year but rather help. Third, ObamaCare was, is, and will be a mess and must be shutdown by forcing everyone to get on that death train. Fourth, Barack Obama’s shutdown strategy has already shut down and only the GOP can rescue him at this point by another demonstration of GOP weakness.
Back in August there was lots of noise from Republicans/conservatives about certain Hillary Clinton biopic movies greenlighted by CNN and NBC. There was so much stupidity we were forced to slap down the silliness in our article Stop The Big Media Hillary Clinton Biographies – Or, How Stupid Is The GOP? This is what we wrote then and it is pertinent to much of what is happening this week and next:
“So why the charade? Preibus and the RNC know that waving the anti-Hillary flag makes Republicans lose their senses sufficiently that a ring can be drilled through their noses and a rope to “lead” them attached. Preibus and the RNC figure if they talk tough against Hillary the rank and file Republicans won’t notice their many attempts to sell them out on immigration reform and every other issue the rank and file cares about. Wave the Hillary flag and the E takes over the I – stupidity reigns. Preibus knows this, he’s not completely stupid when it comes to bamboozling his own party members.“
In that article we further declared that “Any Hillary Clinton 2016 supporter who thinks Hillary Clinton is going to get a fair shake from NBC or CNN is mentally deranged.” In this instance, although not others, as we have described in The Hillary Clinton 2016 Muddled Message Mess, our side won the argument inside the Hillary Clinton 2016 campaign to be.
As we wrote, Hillary and Bill Clinton know Big Media means to destroy them. With this understanding Hillary and Bill Clinton moved with speed to shut down the planned attack movies. Yes, we were right and every Republican/conservative commentator along with a lot of Hillary Clinton 2016 cheer-leading fools were wrong, as every report on the situation details it was Hillary and Bill Clinton that wisely shut down the Hillary movies. The RNC and Republican/conservative commentators led their readers/followers down the wrong path with claims that the planned Hillary Clinton movies by CNN and NBC had to be stopped because they would help Hillary Clinton 2016.
Our larger point is what Republicans/conservatives should focus on. The reason why the RNC and others “led the fight” and made a lot of noise about the Hillary Clinton movies was to distract away from the betrayals planned on immigration reform and other issues such as the debt ceiling, the budget, and ObamaCare. Any Republican/conservative who doubts us should take a look at the purposeful deceit and outright lies told by House Speaker John Boehner who colluded secretly with Harry Reid to give special benefits on ObamaCare to congressional representatives and their staffs. Read it and weep guys – you’ve been had by your own leadership who lied to you and then lied about not lying and continue to lie about not lying – but they lied and the evidence has been published:
“Why don’t we make sure that every American is treated just like we are?” Boehner asked, seeking to prohibit members of Congress and Capitol Hill aides from getting thousands of dollars in subsidies for their health insurance as they join Obamacare-mandated insurance exchanges.
Yet behind-the-scenes, Boehner and his aides worked for months with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), and others, to save these very same, long-standing subsidies, according to documents and e-mails provided to POLITICO. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) was also aware of these discussions, the documents show. [snip]
But according to several sources in attendance at a mid-July meeting with Reid, Boehner wondered aloud at one point whether he and the Nevada Democrat could quietly slip some language into a bill to end the problem without it receiving any public attention.
“When I was in the state legislature, we used to stick things in [bills] and no one would notice,” Boehner said during a private meeting with Reid in July to discuss this issue, the sources said.
John Boehner is the guy “leading” Republican efforts to get rid of ObamaCare! The very guy that makes deals with Harry Reid to lie to the public and “quietly slip some language into a bill”. Oddly though it might be John Boehner that is the reason why Republicans will win the fight over the government shutdown.
John Boehner is not Newt Gingrich. That is a big plus in the current government shutdown fight. Newt Gingrich was a leader for the Republicans with results. It was because of Newt and his bomb throwing tactics that the Republicans acquired fire in the belly and this eventually led to the end of their 40 year shutout from a House of Representatives majority. But Newt Gingrich’s strengths, were no match for his weaknesses. Indeed, Newt and Bill had reached an historic agreement to reform Social Security and Medicare but the easily distracted Newt decided to chase the Monica story instead of historic reform. Newt lost on both.
Newt had an outsized sense of himself. He considered his small town college credentials as somehow world class intellectualism. While getting blowjobs from Republican chairmen’s wives in parking lots Newt somehow thought he could lead a crusade again Bill Clinton’s sexual appetites. Newt admitted he melted in the presence of Bill Clinton. Indeed Bill and Newt would often get together over a bottle of scotch and a humidor of cigars to discuss the many attractions of women.
“I melt when I’m around him,” Gingrich purred in January 1996. “After I get out, I need two hours to detoxify. My people are nervous about me going in there because of the way I deal with this.” That was the Newt the American public did not see. What the public saw of Newt was an aggressive ideologue willing to shut down the American government just because he was a nasty brutish ugly man.
Many will defend Newt Gingrich and attack our portrait of him. But our ugly characterization of Newt is what the public saw. The Daily News with it’s front page cartoon of “Cry Baby” is what the American public saw. The cartoon (see it for yourself HERE) of a bawling cry baby Newt in diapers carried the headline “Cry Baby – Newt’s Tantrum: He closed down the government because Clinton made him sit at the back of the plane”:
“Here was Newt Gingrich, leader of the Republican Revolution and defender of civilization on this planet, forced to sit for 25 hours in the back of Air Force One, waiting for President Clinton to stop by and negotiate a budget deal. But Clinton never came back. So Gingrich, in his rage, drafted two resolutions that forced Clinton to bring the federal government to a grinding halt.
The extraordinary behind-the-scenes tale Gingrich told yesterday morning at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast is either comedy or tragedy, or junior high school cafeteria intrigue, take your pick. It surely was not what you expect to hear from the stewards of your government.
Gingrich had been invited aboard Air Force One last week to fly to the funeral of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. With a budget crisis pending, he expected Clinton would take time out during the flight to talk about a possible solution.
But Clinton, who seemed to be genuinely grieving over Rabin’s death, stayed up front in a cabin with former Presidents Jimmy Carter and George Bush on both the outward-bound and return trips.
Then, when the plane landed at Andrews Air Force base outside Washington, Gingrich and Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole were asked to deplane by gasp! the rear door.
“This is petty,” Gingrich confessed. “I’m going to say up front it’s petty, but I think it’s human. When you land at Andrews and you’ve been on the plane for 25 hours and nobody has talked to you and they ask you to get off by the back ramp . . . you just wonder, where is their sense of manners, where is their sense of courtesy?”
To Gingrich, the professor of history, this was one of the snubs of the century, ranking, he said, with the time Charles Evans Hughes stiffed Hiram Johnson of the California Progressive Party back in 1916, a slight that cost Hughes the California vote and the presidency. And it was this disrespect, Gingrich continued, that caused him to send the President two temporary financing and spending bills he knew that Clinton would have to veto thus shutting down the federal government.”
We know Republicans/conservatives will be cry babies about all this. “It’s unfair!” they will whine. But it is what the public saw. The public saw a nasty Newt throwing a tantrum then shutting down the government while Bill Clinton hosted a Republican president and a Democratic president he did not particularly care for. This should buck up current day Republicans.
Bill Clinton during the Newt Gingrich government shutdown was viewed as a hard working president who talked with Republicans constantly and did everything he could to negotiate with Republicans. Like it or not that was the public perception.
Compare that to today:
(1) John Boehner is not viewed as a flame thrower. Indeed as we have pointed out Boehner is a sun loving, cigarette smoking, country club Republican whose working class days at a bar are long gone. If not for pressure from principled Republicans and a Republican base tired of Boehner’s weakness Boehner would long ago have given away everything and anything Barack Obama requested via a staff member while Obama was on the golf course.
(2) Barack Obama has repeatedly stated he will not negotiate with Republicans. Obama has drawn a red line in the sand which after his Syrian red line fiasco Obama fully intends to have a temper tantrum about. Obama will negotiate without preconditions with Iran (a throwback to his 2008 attacks against Hillary) but not with Republicans. Barack Obama also was hysterical when he discussed the destructive impact of the dreaded sequester. Remember the sequester? Nothing happened even though Barack Obama claimed the world would end. Nothing happened. Now Obama is trying to scare again.
As in the sequester fight Barack Obama is attacking the American public in order to make a political profit. In our experience that usually backfires. Hubris is dangerous and those that think they are going to win usually lose. Newt Gingrich thought he was sure to win when he was Speaker of the House. Republicans lost that fight. Now it is Obama that is sure he is going to win. We don’t think so.
In his war against Americans, Barack Obama has tried to shut out veterans from their World War II memorial. The vets won the first fight. Then Barack Obama ordered concrete barricades against the Boys of Point Du Hoc and the men and women dubbed the “greatest generation”. The mounted police came next to fight back the veterans. The vets won again and again. Today they won again in what might well be their final battle.
Barack Obama’s battle against the American people includes his government coerced payment for nothing extortion of tax payer dollars to insurance companies. That’s about to shut down as well. As Newsbusters reports:
“According to Congressman Jim Himes (D-Conn.), out of the 28,000 visitors to his state’s exchange Tuesday, only 167 actually signed up:
For those that can do math, that means 0.6 percent of visitors actually applied for insurance.
If that’s what President Obama and his media minions think is a success, one has to wonder what they’d call failure.
The New York Times reported Wednesday that about 2.8 million people visited the federal exchange at Healthcare.gov.
If Connecticut’s percentages hold true nationally, this would mean a whopping 16,800 people actually applied for insurance at the federal exchange Tuesday.”
Obama boosters at Time Magazine are looking at the ObamaCare shutdown too:
“Plenty of Browsers at Obamacare Exchanges, but Not Clear How Many Buyers
Millions of Americans visited the online health-insurance exchanges despite widespread tech glitches
Millions of Americans visited websites for Obamacare health-insurance exchanges when they launched on Tuesday, leading many of the sites to crash from heavy volume. Despite the clear interest, federal officials would not say how many people actually signed up for new coverage.
During a conference call with reporters on Tuesday afternoon, officials from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) refused to disclose the number of people who bought insurance through the online marketplaces that are a centerpiece of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). “We have just decided not to release that yet,” said Marilyn Tavenner, head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
The reticence of officials could be rooted in the serious computer glitches that bedeviled the exchange websites on their first day of operation. The federal website that manages enrollment for 34 states that have opted not to independently run their own exchanges counted visits from 2.8 million people on Tuesday, according to HHS, but greeted many visitors with an error message or long wait. Some state-run exchange websites opened late due to computer snafus or crashed during the day. On Twitter, state exchanges apologized to consumers and asked for patience while glitches were resolved. In the face of these problems, many visitors to the sites may have given up before being able to shop for insurance.”
That’s the good news for ObamaCare. On the laugh meter we score a 100% to discover the Total number of enrollees yesterday in Louisiana’s new health-insurance exchange: Zero? Call it ZeroCare.
Big Media will try to rescue ObamaCare but without success. Obama is trying to stir up a panic over his government shutdown. Obama is so desperate that now Obama nudges Wall Street: Maybe it’s time to panic over this debt-ceiling deadline. It’s a sequester throwback tactic that won’t work.
So what should happen next. What should Republicans do?
Republicans should realize that Barack Obama, as in the sequester fight, thinks he is going to win so he will overplay his hand only to then have to back away in a Syrian style red line retreat. Obama is already blinking. With the knowledge that his “no negotiations” bluster is a set up to failure Obama is now up to a new pretense. Obama has scheduled a meeting in the White House today with Republicans invited. It is a sign of weakness not strength.
Bill Kristol at Weekly Standard suggests Republicans “stand pat” and go home. We don’t entire agree with with that tactic. We have an addition to make. First, Kristol’s advice:
“That’s the Republicans’ situation today. They have a hand they could easily make worse by panicking, and which could be good enough for a win or draw if they keep calm. And their odds could improve if they now take a few days vigorously to make their case to the country: that they have acted to fund the government—while protecting Americans from having to buy insurance they don’t want from exchanges they can’t trust, and while reversing the special deal the Obama administration arranged for Congress so that Congress will have to live by the laws they impose on others. They could also stand ready to pass legislation, as they did before the shutdown with respect to military pay, addressing discrete parts of the government that might require exemption from the shutdown as real problems become apparent.
The best thing Speaker Boehner could probably do now is to say it’s obvious Senate Democrats aren’t going to negotiate, that the House GOP remains ready to talk (and the GOP conferees are in town and ready to confer), but that he’s sending the rest of the Republican congressmen home for the next few days in order to talk with their constituents. The members would be liberated from the Beltway bubble, free to make their case where they can best make it, able to fight back against media attempts to exaggerate the consequences of the shutdown, and would have a chance to remind voters, in the exchanges’ first week of operation, of just how bad in how many ways Obamacare is. [snip]
So the GOP’s agenda for the rest of this week (and maybe until the debt limit deadline of October 17) is pretty simple: Stand pat on the shutdown, don’t panic because of media hype or a few snap polls, make their case on the mandate and the special deal for Congress in particular, and on Obamacare in general—and figure out how to play their hand on the debt limit.“
This is generally sage advice. But we think there is something else Republicans should do to help get their message to the American public and to simultaneously put pressure on Obama Dimocrats. With the knowledge that the president has the bully pulpit and can command immediate attention with every publicity stunt we think that the Republicans should stage a massive unprecedented publicity stunt of their own.
Our idea is for Speaker of the House John Boehner to adjourn the House and reconvene it in a different state every two or three days. This unprecedented action would assure the House Republicans of massive publicity.
What states should John Boehner convene the House in? Here’s a list of states we suggest:
“They’re up for reelection in places where President Barack Obama is deeply unpopular, but red-state Democrats are sticking with their party in the acrimonious fight over Obamacare and shutting down the government.
Sens. Mark Pryor of Arkansas, Kay Hagan of North Carolina, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana and Mark Begich of Alaska have consistently voted with their party to reject repeated GOP attempts to chip away at the health care law — reflecting a remarkable level of Democratic unity on the issue. [snip]
When asked whether she is open to delaying the individual mandate or other measures to a continuing resolution, Landrieu responded: “absolutely not.”
“I’m not for delaying the mandate, I would vote again for the Affordable Care Act,” Landrieu said. “I am for the Affordable Care Act. Period. End.”
Along with passage of funding bills Obama has threatened to veto, the House of Representatives should convene in Arkansas, North Carolina, Louisiana, and Alaska. Let the Obama Dimocrats up for election next year defend ObamaCare and the shutdown of veterans from their memorial and ours. Pressure red state Obama Dimocrat senators to vote against the interests of their voters and for Obama and ObamaCare. It’s the ultimate shutdown.