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AP: Bedrock GOP Principle Dropped In Debt Vote

From a crowing Associated Press:

Bedrock GOP principle dropped in debt ceiling vote

By Jim Kuhnhenn | February 11, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — It was once the backbone of the House Republican majority — the hard-line stand that brought President Barack Obama to the negotiating table and yielded more than $2 trillion in deficit reduction.

The news media probably have a word processing macro: ‘Bedrock GOP principle dropped in _____ vote.’ If they don’t, they should.

On Tuesday, it abruptly vanished, the victim of Republican disunity and a president determined not to bargain again.

And here we thought compromising was wonderful.

During the summer budget negotiations in 2011, House Speaker John Boehner had insisted that any increase in the nation’s borrowing limit be matched dollar for dollar with spending cuts. It became the "Boehner Rule," a mantra of fiscal discipline. And while it didn’t always live up to its tit-for-tat formula, it helped drive budget talks and kept deficit reduction at the fore of the Republican agenda.

The only thing that has cut the deficit (at least on paper) has been ‘sequestration.’ (Which was originally Obama’s idea.) And the Republicans have already given that away in the latest Ryan budget. But the AP has to give the Republicans a victory in order to take it away from them.

But there are limits to Republican power, and on Tuesday inevitability finally caught up to the speaker.

"There are limits to Republican power"? Hilarious.

Boehner let Congress vote on a measure to extend the nation’s borrowing authority for 13 months without any spending conditions — a "clean bill" that was an unequivocal victory for Obama. It passed 221-201, with only 28 Republican votes… Boehner’s retreat hardly came as a surprise.

You can say that again.

Conservative lawmakers had failed to back a couple of proposed attachments aimed at Obama and his fellow Democrats… But conservatives were either determined to vote against the debt ceiling increase, no matter what, or found the provisions too small a price for their vote…

For Boehner, however, not all was lost. He placed the burden of extending Treasury’s borrowing authority — not a politically popular vote — on the Democrats, and most members of his party got to vote no.

Our one party news media won’t let the Democrats ever be blamed for anything.

What’s more, the decision helped remove a potentially damaging diversion. Republican allies in the business community have long pleaded with Republicans not to play brinkmanship with the nation’s credit…

Instead, Boehner and his leadership team have decided to keep the political focus on Obama’s health care law, which they have targeted as the Achilles’ heel for Democrats in this election year…

The Republicans are always eager to fight the next fight. But never the current fight.

"Boehner’s thinking here is we have to pick the smarter fight," said Kevin Madden, a Republican strategist and former senior congressional leadership aide. "The smarter fight is Obamacare…"

Okay, so exactly how is Mr. Boehner fighting Obama-Care? He tried to destroy the House Republicans who tried to repeal it or defund it.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, February 12th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “AP: Bedrock GOP Principle Dropped In Debt Vote”

  1. Mithrandir says:

    “We have to take a dive in this fight, so we can spend more time strategizing how to take a dive in the next fight…” –John Boehner

  2. Rusty Shackleford says:

    He’s so busy fighting those “damned tea partiers” and wrecking his own base that he’s forgotten who the real enemy is.

    Maybe he never really knew.


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