Fresh off their devastating collapse on the government shutdown and Debt Ceiling debacles, Republicans seem to signaling – already – they’ll whiff again when those burning issues are up to bat in January.
Senate Minority “Leader” Mitch McConnell just made a very public promise that he will not allow the government to be shuttered again over budget issues. Now we know why he’s the minority “leader”. Minority Yes; leader NO.
McConnell’s early capitulation must be pure rap music to Obama’s ears. It must be making Democrat hearts all aflutter. The media must be swooning at the prospect of Obama winning another round of increased spending and higher debt. And this time it’s happening without a struggle or whimper or resistance. Now Obama and Democrats don’t even have to consider spending reforms of any kind because Republican “leaders” promised no shutdown. Why would Obama have to negotiate or curb his big spending when his unprincipled opposition has already promised to not fight back? He doesn’t and he won’t.
McConnell’s early surrender is like a poker player showing his hole cards to opponents. It’s like a quarterback signaling his play to opposing linebackers before the snap. It’s like Tiger Woods quitting a golf tournament just because he bogied the first hole. Imagine Eisenhower sending his D Day plans to Hitler. “Dear Mr. Hitler sir, I’ll be sending all my troops to those pretty Normandy beaches on June 6. The weather is grand this time of year. Have a nice day.”
Some advice for Boehner and McConnell: If you submit a Budget in January and the President or Prince Harry say they won’t negotiate again, just say “OK, no problem. Call us when you’re ready.” Then go play golf and get a tan. But please stop pleading and weeping and begging for a “conversation”. The House has the “Power of the Purse” so act like you’ve got a pair. When the government wheels start grinding to a halt again, they’ll call.
McConnell has squandered what little leverage Conservatives (or Republicans) ever had to stem this nation’s fiscal decline. What methods are now available to Conservatives to curb any spending? How will Conservatives like Ted Cruz and Mike Lee staunch the foul tide of ObamaCare from sloshing over America’s economy now? Sadly, they can do precious little thanks to “leaders” like McConnell and McCain.
The Conservative Party will remain steadfast in its principles of fiscal responsibility and mission to delete ObamaCare from the body politic. If a short-term government slim down happens as a result..then so be it.