Are House Republicans – now summoned back to Washington by Speaker John Boehner — about to succumb to public pressure and save the nation from the fiscal cliff?
Don’t bet on it.
Even if Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell cooperates by not mounting a filibuster and allows the Senate to pass a bill extending the Bush tax cuts to the first $250,000 of everyone’s income, Boehner may not bring it to the House floor.
On a Thursday conference call with House Republicans he assured conservatives he was “not interested” in allowing such a vote if most House Republicans would reject the bill, according to a source on the call.
Democrats are confident that even if the nation technically goes over the cliff January 1, Boehner will bring such a bill to the floor soon after January 3 — once House Republicans have re-elected him Speaker – and it will get passed.
But this assumes Boehner and the GOP will be any more swayed by public opinion than they are now.
Public opinion is already running strongly in favor of President Obama and the Democrats, and against the GOP. In the latest CNN/ORC poll, 48 percent say they’ll blame Republicans if no deal is reached while 37 percent blame Obama. Confidence in congressional Republicans is hovering at about 30 percent; Obama is enjoying the confidence of 46 percent. And over half of all Americans think the GOP is too extreme.
Yet Republicans haven’t budged. The fact is, they may not care a hoot about the opinions of most Americans.
That’s because the national party is in disarray. Boehner isn’t worried about a challenge to his leadership; no challenger has emerged. The real issue is neither he nor anyone else is in charge of the GOP. Romney’s loss, along with the erosion of their majority in the House and Democratic gains in the Senate, has left a vacuum at the top.
House Republicans don’t run nationally. They run only in their own districts — which, because of gerrymandering, are growing even more purely Republican. Their major concern is being reelected in 2014, and their biggest potential obstacle in their way is a primary challenge from the right.
The combination of a weakened national party and more intense competition in primaries is making the Republican Party relatively impervious to national opinion.
This poses a large strategic problem for the Democrats. It could be an even bigger problem for the nation.
We can thank the conservative base-rube voters whose only concern in the voting booth is trying to control what’s happening in other people’s bedrooms and private lives through their personal Biblical interpretations and religious beliefs. NOTE: the one exception to government control over “private matters” is the hoarding of guns and ammo — that happens to be a sacred “right” to these voters.
Good Work Republicans, way to Govern.
I regret nothing.
President Clinton Explains Mitt Romney’s $5 Trillion Tax Cut
The Colbert Report
I’m just gonna leave this here.
When you vote, you can let Mitt Romney know that it’s 2012, not 1952.
Tom Gaulrapp, Sensata Employee of 33 years, talks about his experience at a Romney campaign stop. Sensata is controlled by Bain Capital, the company Romney helmed for years and still owns interest in. He was there to plead with Romney to intervene, to stop his and his colleagues jobs from being shipped overseas.
Well, you know, this was—this is a business that makes a lot of profits. Sensata Technology has set a record last year for profitability. So it’s not like they’re moving these jobs because it’s either move it or it goes bankrupt. It’s just they don’t make enough. And the Chinese government is providing them with a plant, and they can save on labor. And a dollar seems to be more important to them than any sense of community responsibility towards the areas where they are.
To be clear, Tom isn’t being let go because of necessary cutbacks due to a failing business. He’s being let go to boost his boss’ bottom line in spite of a great fiscal year. Gotta love those job creators.
I’m sure in the coming days we’ll see articles about this being yet another attack on Mitt Romney by “lyin’ liberals” and whatnot. People will say he has no influence in the matter while conveniently ignoring the fact that this particular business model was pioneered by none other than Mittens himself.
I’m sure Mitt Romney has never gained anything from tactics like these. Oh. Wait. Never mind that.
What bothers me most is the treatment of these people by Romney, his campaign, and his supporters. Romney may or may not have influence over Bain today, but what he does have control over right now is his campaign and the people running it. What does his campaign do? Sic the police on people who might be under this crazy notion that a presidential candidate might be interested in actually taking a stand FOR them. I guess this is where we pretend that the man who wants to run the country was completely ignorant (and therefore innocent) in the matter and accept it as a valid excuse. We also pretend that Romney’s privilege as Presidential candidate and former founder of the company firing the people in question simply doesn’t exist.
This is the treatment Romney’s so called 47% can expect in their hour of need. Something to remember when you walk to the polls this November.
Freeport, IL population 25,638, registered voters, 16,000, 81% white, 4 christians schools, 3 public high schools, 75% republican! AND THEY WILL VOTE THAT WAY TOO!
How different were the Univision forum experiences for Mitt Romney and President Obama? First of all Romney agreed to only 35 minutes on stage, while the President gave them a full hour. That the Univision hosts mentioned this fact while introducing Romney caused him to throw a tantrum and demand a re-taped introduction before he’d appear onstage. Finally the two audiences were completely different as well: Obama’s campaign went along with Univision’s “parameters” for ticket distribution, while Romney threatened to reschedule if he wasn’t allowed to deviate. Coincidentally, the university official who coordinated both forums, Rudy Fernandez, is also a member of Romney’s Hispanic steering committee. Read more…