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The New Congress and Its Fitful Start

Conservatives have hoped that the newly installed Republican majorities in both chambers of Congress will be like the cavalry coming to the rescue in one of those old John Ford westerns, but the session is off to a start more reminiscent of the old “F Troop” series.
The first official act of the new congress was to elect the same old Republican leadership, which conservatives had long found too timid in their confrontations with the president even before they ended the last session with a whimpering acquiescence to a “Cromnibus” budget deal that did little to limit the president’s hated executive order granting amnesty to millions of illegal aliens and was otherwise so pleasing to the president that he actually phoned some of his party’s legislators to lobby on its behalf. Kentucky’s Sen. Mitch McConnell was elevated from minority leader to majority leader in routine fashion, but Ohio’s Speaker of the House John Boehner had to endure a bit of drama in order to retain his post. He only lost 25 Republicans votes to a variety of candidates that were never serious contenders, but that was enough for The Washington Post to describe it as “the biggest revolt against a House speaker in more than 150 years” and feed a popular press narrative about those crazy conservatives and their wacky war within the Republican party. The party leadership enjoys the good guy role in this tale, with The New York Times touting Boehner’s pledge to “restore function and civility to a body that has become a symbol of disorder for most Americans.”
Within hours such narrative-spinners as Politico were gleefully reporting that Boehner’s desire for “function and civility” had compelled him to punish a few of the dissenting voters by stripping them of desirable committee assignments. This is a common and longstanding practice by the leaders of both parties in order maintain a necessary unity, but in this case it is more likely to exacerbate the party’s divisions. The conservative activists who are largely responsible for the Republicans holding a majority in the House of Representatives will understandably be less enthusiastic about toeing the party line, and no more intimated by the results. Among those voting against Boehner was Rep. Tim Huelskamp of Kansas’s First District, who had already been stripped of a coveted seat on the Agriculture Committee for his past confrontations with Boehner but survived a primary challenge and a general election by candidates who tried to make an issue of it and survived to cast another vote against Boehner, and we don’t expect that he or any of the other rebels will be more compliant in the future.
Nor does it help for the party leadership to corroborate the media depiction of the conservative faction as a bunch of crazies. If the Republicans don’t confront the president on illegal immigration and become even more aggressively tight-fisted on budget they will eventually face a full revolt from the party’s most important voters, and when tit comes down to the inevitable confrontation with the the presidentĀ the media won’t be giving them any more good guy roles. Plans to get a veto-proof vote on the XL Keystone Pipeline as the start of a busy schedule of other poll-tested bills that president will hate are a good strategy, and a reminder that McConnell and Boehner and the rest of the leadership didn’t get their establishment credentials without some of the political strategy that their more ideological and less pragmatic challengers too often lack, but the bigger battles won’t be won without the conservative’s support and sound ideas.

— Bud Norman

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One response

  1. I see you are the type to blame the Rearpublicans for everything. Hate to inform you of this Mr. Norman. The Dumbocrats in Congress are just as much to blame as the Rearpublicans. Now with a Rearpublican controlled Congress and the jackwagon we have in the White House we do, we are going to see no improvements over the next two years. The only thing we will see is more executive orders and more executive actions from King Obama. He will veto pretty much everything which comes across his desk because most of it will be Rearpublican. When he vetoes it, the Rearpublicans will be blamed even though King Obama will have vetoed it. The Dumbocrats will yell they can’t work with the Rearpublicans. The Rearpublicans will yell the same back. The American people will be the only ones to pay for all their jackwagon asshat ignorance figuratively and literally.

    We have nothing but professional politicians in office today. We need Statesmen back in office Mr. Norman. Men like Washington, Jefferson, Adams, and Franklin, who really did not want to be in office. They wanted to be on their farms and in their stores, etc.However they represented the people of America to the best of their ability with the best for the American people in mind. The individuals we have elected now worry about one thing and one thing only, including Obama. That is the lining of their pockets with our labor. Mr. Norman, Sir, if you believe anything anyone on either side of the isle says, you are sorrily mistaken. We, the People need to stand up and speak up. As Thomas Jefferson said, “All tyranny needs to gain a boothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent”. We better not remain silent. We are the United States of America. We are the USA. See the word in USA? US!!!!! They work for US and it’s time they get reminded of who pays their paycheck because right now their mouths are writing checks the American peoples ass can’t cash.

    Our politicians, Rearpublican and Dumbocrat, along with our self-appointed leaders, such as the Al Sharptons and the Rush Limbaughs, are pitting American against American over everything they can. Police brutality and racism are the big ones right now and while they have US fighting, King Obama releases six more high level terrorists which the liberal media is told not to let out to the public. Mr. Norman, you may think I am telling you to trust the Rearpublicans and not the Dumbocrats. Wrong. I am telling you not to trust either. I am more conservative. I hunt, fish, love shooting guns and believe in the right to keep and bear arms and no one should tell me how many and what type of gun I can own. However, I also believe in the right of a woman to make a choice about her body. It’s her body. I also feel marriage is not just between a man and woman. Got a problem with a man marrying a man or woman marrying a woman, shut up and keep it to yourself and yell about it in your own home. The government has no right to tell someone who they can love and marry.

    Enough from me for now. Want to hear more, I invite you to read my blog.

    —Common Sense By The Common People—

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