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NYT Hopes Shootings Upend GOP Agenda

From a shameless New York Times:

For Boehner, Rampage Imposes Its Own Agenda

January 11, 2011

WASHINGTON — Speaker John A. Boehner expected to spend his first celebratory weeks as the new leader of the House showcasing his party’s differences with the Democrats.

But the shooting rampage in Arizona upended those plans. Now Mr. Boehner is being called on to play a far less partisan role, leading Republicans and Democrats alike through a difficult period.

How he performs will not only be crucial in shaping his national image, but also could frame his relations with his own party and with the Democratic minority

Mr. Boehner, other House leaders and their aides are moving cautiously and have not said how soon normal Congressional business will resume, though it is likely that some semblance of routine will be restored next week.

Aware that a crisis can play out politically in unforeseen ways, House officials say decisions are being made day to day, and depend on factors like the medical condition of Representative Gabrielle Giffords and the other shooting victims, and on the national mood.

It is a difficult test in the early going for the new speaker, who remains largely unfamiliar to most Americans

In other words, The Times is issuing a warning to Mr. John A. Boehner. They will do whatever they can to tar his image with this horrendous crime if he doesn’t toe the line and back down.

Mr. Boehner’s allies say he is playing from strength: he has been calling for more civility in the House for some time and has never cast himself as a take-no-prisoners partisan warrior in the style of former Speaker Newt Gingrich.

Subtle message: ‘don’t be partisan or we will Gingrich you.’ Clearly, the Democrats are still amazed at the success of their own rhetoric in connecting the Oklahoma City bombing to conservatives.

And why not? They were able to stop the ‘Gingrich Revolution’ by equating any opposition to the Democrat agenda to mass murder. In fact, that worked so well, they always try to do it again with the latest monstrous crime.

His response has drawn praise from Democrats.

“He has said the right things and set the right tone,” said Representative Chris Van Hollen of Maryland, a member of the Democratic leadership. “I think he has acted swiftly, effectively and responsibly.”

And the most important thing for any Republican leader is to have Democrats and the New York Times commend you.

Other Democrats say they will judge Mr. Boehner more by whether he allows the House to slide back into the confrontational politics that have been typical in recent years, but absent in the days since the shootings.

Again, this is a subtle threat masquerading as a news story.

Before the attack, the highest priority of House Republicans was their drive to repeal the health care overhaul passed last year. The repeal effort had led to some of the divisive discourse that is now under scrutiny

Exactly why is the debate about healthcare under scrutiny? Because of the news media’s outrageous propaganda campaign which tried to tied a healthy political debate to the acts of an obvious lunatic?

Is the the New York Times trying to kill political debate in this country?

Democrats and others are watching to see whether Mr. Boehner issues a call to change the tone in the House

Just in case they were being too subtle, they repeat the threat.

Mr. Boehner comes to the matter as a less polarizing figure than many other well-known Republicans.

“He is no Sarah Palin,” said John Feehery, a lobbyist who was a spokesman for a former Republican speaker, J. Dennis Hastert. “He has a steady hand, and he is providing the right touch.”

Subtext: ‘it’s not too late. You can still escape the fate of Sarah Palin.’ Who by the way, more or less pulled the trigger for Mr. Loughner, at least according to our watchdog news media.

The shootings, while causing Mr. Boehner to reshuffle his overall plans, provide him with the opportunity to unify a chamber rent by partisanship and now reeling from violence

Subtle, aren’t they?

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, January 12th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

8 Responses to “NYT Hopes Shootings Upend GOP Agenda”

  1. bill says:

    Sarah just upended the Democrats with her video — LOL

  2. Moose Breath says:

    Saddle up, boys! Sarah might break a heel!

  3. JohnMG says:

    So correct me if I’m wrong. Basing my conclusions on past performance I am to deduce that…….

    Only white people can be racists. Only conservatives can be polarizing figures. Only TEA-partiers are divisive. And only Republicans can be partisan hacks.

    Phew! For a minute there I thought I’d lost my mind.

  4. JS says:

    TRANSLATION: “Don’t challenge the Democrats and their agenda. Don’t try and repeal anything Obama and Pelosi did in the last 2 years. If you do, you will be polarizing and the next crazy that comes along we will pin on you. Understand, comrade?”

    • Mithrandir says:

      “I HOPE HE FAILS.”

      ~sounds like that is what the democrats are saying about Boehner. Strange for them to be saying that now don’t you think?

  5. xdannyh says:

    Like I said: Boehner has no balls and now he showing a lack of cognitive thinking….First he says that bye gosh darnit these pesky things like attempted murder of a member are not going to stop the faithful state representatives from doing their duty to the republic and the American “peeple”, because as we all know “public service” must go forward. (paraphrasing).
    Then in the next breath he states: (paraphrasing) that the House will not vote on any legislation for the week of 1/10-1/14. Not that that is a bad thing……..as a matter of fact the no legislation mandate should be extended to 2 or 3 months then maybe the repubs can remember why there was a 60 seat turnover. But I digress… the former statement has it both ways (hmmm just like a democRAT) so which is it Boehner, can’t you make up your mind.
    This man is exactly who any conservative does not want running the House!!
    Dislike Pelosi as you will and with good reason, I don’t dare say hate here, but at least she led like a leader ought to something that Boehner ought to “bone up” on. So you say she led the party off the cliff, well that is so, but that is what the dem reps thought they were elected to do. While the repubs were elected to do the opposite, that’s 180 degrees out of phase, so stick to it and if by doing so the repubs are led off the cliff then that will be end of the republic, but at least you/they will have gone down embracing the will of the voters and upholding the constitution, instead of shredding it.

  6. Mithrandir says:

    Republicans talk tough, but in the end, they are mostly bedwetters. They need to ALSO be tone-deaf when it comes to the liberal media machine, but they always cave in, one way or another.


  7. platypus says:

    If they know what’s good for them, they better not raise the debt ceiling.

    If they do, every one that voted for it will get primaried in 2012.

    I predict right now that if they defy the 71% of the American voters who oppose raising the debt limit, the 2012 election will result in a bigger rout than 2010.

    Tea party rules. Powder is dry.

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