Williamsburg, Va. — Due to the rainy weather, House Republicans aren’t having a grand time at their retreat this week, which is being held at the sprawling Kingsmill Resort. Few members have played golf, or ventured to nearby Colonial Williamsburg. But inside the hotel, which is surrounded by armed guards, Republicans are quietly planning their debt-limit strategy and talking politics in a ballroom overlooking the James River.
So far, prominent pollsters and journalists, such as Charlie Cook and William Kristol, have hosted briefings. During meals, several motivational speakers, including a blind mountain climber, have attempted to inspire the casually dressed lawmakers. There has also been much discussion about marketing. Patrick Doyle, chief executive of Domino’s Pizza, gave a well-received talk about selling a damaged brand to a modern audience.
But for the most part, the theme running through the sessions has been unity. As the next series of legislative battles nears, House GOP leaders are asking Republicans to stick together, especially after the internal clashes during the fiscal-cliff debate. Speaker John Boehner, for his part, has been a low-key presence. “He has been sitting back and listening,” says a Republican member. “He wants us to think more and fight less.”
Here are ten takeaways.
A short-term debt-limit extension is possible. Republicans are mulling the “possible virtue” of a short-term extension of the debt limit, according to Representative Paul Ryan of Wisconsin. Ryan and other House leaders see such a move as the best way to engage President Barack Obama on spending cuts in the coming months. They believe that once the immediate threat of default is off the table, Republicans will be in a better bargaining position; the less drama, the better. “The last thing we should be debating is whether we’re going to put the nation’s full faith and credit at risk,” Representative Greg Walden of Oregon said at a press conference.
Conservatives are divided on the debt limit. Many members are open to the idea of extending the debt limit into the spring, but it’s by no means a done deal. There is already a divide over strategy, and whether the debt limit should be used as leverage. Some members want to tie spending cuts to the debt ceiling, while others see the upcoming defense sequester and continuing resolution to fund the government as safer battlefields. To GOP leaders, the political and economic consequences of the sequester, or of a government shutdown due to a failure to extend the government’s funding, look far more manageable than default. Meanwhile, a growing group of conservative members is pushing for a balanced-budget amendment to be attached to a short-term extension, so nothing is settled.
Paul Ryan is a behind-the-scenes leader. Ryan, who has been relatively quiet since the presidential election, has stepped back into the spotlight. On Thursday, the Budget Committee chairman surprised reporters by holding an impromptu press conference, and he drew notice from his colleagues for his extemporaneous remarks, in which he backed the idea of a short-term debt-limit extension and boosted Boehner. As the embattled speaker looked on, Ryan assured backbenchers that Boehner is listening to him and other conservative members.
Repubs said they would be in a better bargaining position by raising taxes on the so called wealthy, now they will be in a better bargaining position if they support the usurpers continued efforts to destroy this nation by raising the debt ceiling. Right.
Mindy, you are exactly right! I want to know why Bill Kristol says "suck it up" and basically let Obama and his criminal crowd have whatever they want for the next four years. What kind of strategy is that? How did Bill Kristol become a major voice for the Republicans at a time when we are openly being "transformed" into a Marxist'/Socialist/Communist state? How come!
Because Bill Kristol is a RINO like 1/3 of the Republicans. Bill Kristol needs to be removed as the major voice for the Republicans. Makes you wonder if these Republicans know what they are doing. Yes, in fact, they know quite well l what they are doing, while they are collecting $ 170,000 and benefits/insurance per year off the backs of the tax payers as long as they are in there.
I say dump the RNC and Go Tea Party. but who's listening? What's the rush with the Republicans? There being taken care of---no rush. They don't feel they are working for us.
We have no leadership. Some of the talk show hosts would do a better job and if fact some on this site would do a better job.
We are in trouble.... melt the lines.... we are leaving our future in the hands of these
azzholes.... They do not fear the people, we are all just sitting, stewing and blogging,
They still show us that they fear the left more than us... LET'S CHANGE THAT!
That's it gramjude! That's it!
There is no rush, no push for the GOP to make headway. No reason to all get together in one unisense.
If they even felt that their jobs were on the line, they might come together, but remember the RINO thinking Senator works against the Conservative Republicans and nothing can get done.
Time to look in another direction. The LEFT whether they say so or not FEARS the Tea Party. That is why they take such lengths to bash them as a bunch of little hitlers and terrorist.
I would bet that they would get some results that the Republicans just can't provide the people
But, who's listening to that?
Here we go again!
REALLY!! LIke the Republicans are a threat to anyone, but themselves..Hahaha....Good laugh with you!
So is this BUSSINNESS as usual with those people ?
Maybe there is something we are just flat out not aware of. I'm not talking about gun takeaways etc
How about the basic things about the economy--like what if the republicans were in, maybe they would fear the lower mentality American public that voted for Obama again and they being much more reactionary and actually revolting when their stuff is taken away as opposed to the level headed We The People. The fear of a Greece scenario is basically why there are so many goodies being given away. It prevents civil unrest and possible civil war.
Everything is just hopeless and no matter who is in power it would just be the same and everything is going to collapse in a few years with food lines and chaos, civil unrest and a lot of dead people to plant.
How about a melancholia scenario where only a chosen few know whats up the road and it just doesn't matter what anyone does because its all about keeping the peace--keep everyone happy till it happens.
We are all being driven to a one world government by both parties only Obama is getting us there sooner then the Republican game plan and because of this the republicans are allowing him to do his dirty work. It ll results in The one world government needing a leader. So this guy steps on the world scene and makes a [Peace and Safety 7 year agreement] between Israel and The Arab peoples. It so successful that the one world counsel decides to make him the one world president. Sound familiar? That makes more sense then any other idea. WE ARE THERE PEOPLE! I pray that it were not true but this time around there are way too many things in place that are screaming its here its here.
Open your eyes and your ears! Doubt not.
These SLAVES TO SATAN, as proven by what they do, LIE, deceive and STEAL, will continue to STEAL< and will not address the problem, as they are in bed with the globalist, and those who are blessed with the ability to see truth know it.
THE only thing that is RIGHT is refuse to raise the dept limit ONE THIN US dime, and CUT USELESS bureaucrats and agency's until they can pay everything from WHAT THEY HAVE< NOW.
If i was YOUR debtor I owed YOU 100 USD, had a deal to pay YOU 10% interest 10 USD a month, and came to YOU and told you that in order to continue to pay YOU I would have to borrow another 100 USD , would YOU loan it to ME??