Political Insiders Pat Caddell, Doug Schoen, John LeBoutillier talk politics on Fox News Sunday afternoons. Most Sundays the Insiders bash the “stupid party” aka the GOP for being AWOL on so many pressing issues that Republicans could win if they bothered to fight. This week, the panel seemed to conclude that the out of power Republicans are just as bad as the Democrats and with the media are working against the best interests of the people.
They started off the show with Obama’s weekly address where he cynically cited the “phony scandal” line again as boob bait for his bootlickers. Disgusting, but not surprising.
We have an economy with tepid economic growth, the labor market is low, the scandals are very serious as is the dysfunction in DC, Shoen said. “The only asset the president has is Republican disarray”, he concluded.
After listening to a clip of Jay Carney bloviating about the “failed” phony scandals, Pat Caddell dubbed the Press Secretary as “the most disingenuous person to ever stand at that podium.” I second that emotion. He must check his conscience and his soul at the door when he walks in to work, each morning.
“We face a crisis in this American Democracy in proportions never before seen in terms of these widespread scandals of government abuse,” Caddell lamented. “The real problem is that for the first time in American history, we have the party in power, the party out of power, and the news media all who either are co conspirators, accessories, accomplices or AWOL in all of this…. and therefore no one in this country is telling anybody the danger of what’s happening.” He said that to Washington, the enemy is you – the American people.
LeBoutillier noted that it’s the party out of power that is supposed to check and balance the party that’s in the White House, and the Republicans have dropped the ball. He continued to say that the Republicans ” are really complicit in covering up Benghazi because Boehner refuses to name a select committee even though a majority of Republicans in the House want one.
Caddell suggested later on in the clip that the reason Boehner is supposedly suppressing the investigation is because he knew what we found out, this week – “that there were these CIA teams on the ground which were sending weapons to Syria through Turkey to Syrian rebels without congressional approval….”
Last January, following Hillary Clinton’s testimony on Benghazi before the Senate, the Speaker was a guest on the Laura Ingraham’s radio program. The subject of weapons transfer came up and he didn’t try to hide the fact that he had heard about it. What’s not clear is whether he had heard about it before or after the Benghazi attack.
Ingraham: Mr. Speaker, Rand Paul asked a question about funneling perhaps arms from Turkey through that CIA Annex to be shipped ultimately to Syrian rebels. Hillary Clinton – there was about four or five beats before she answered the question. Do you know anything about this and have you been briefed on any possibilities…?
Boehner: I’m somewhat familiar with the chatter about this and the fact that these arms were moving toward Turkey but most of what I know about this came from a classified source and really can’t elaborate on it.
Caddell suggested that another reason Boehner won’t do it is because he used it as leverage for the ObamaCare fix for Congress and staffers. That’s a theory I’ve heard Mark Levin peddle, as well.
There are other reasons, however that don’t put the Boehner in such a harsh light.
Opponents of the resolution have argued that a select committee could be too costly and would essentially restart the investigation. The current process with several committees investigating the attacks is working, they say.
“The Speaker has faith in the ability of the chairmen and members of the House Committees to get to the bottom of what happened,” Boehner spokesman Michael Steel told TheDC. “He thought the Oversight Committee Members did a great job at the Benghazi hearing last week.”
But those in support of the resolution argue that a select committee is needed because no one committee is focusing exclusively on Benghazi. The current method of investigating the attacks is “scattershot.”
The insiders went on to discuss the “creeping authoritarianism” of the Regime with the unconstitutional ObamaCare delays and waivers and Obama’s promise to “get things done” with or without Congress. “He is basically eviscerating the traditional checks and balances that has been the hallmark of our system,” Schoen said. “The president is basically making law as he goes along. It’s outrageous behavior, and the only thing that is working to his advantage is the Republicans opposition is in such disarray – they’re having a Republican civil war over the budget - they can’t get together, they’re fighting one another over immigration, the budget, foreign policy – the bottom line – that’s the president’s only ally. This is an administration that is increasingly making its own law, ruling on its own basis, and acting against the American people, ” he said.
As far as the latest info that has come out about the IRS scandal – Caddell said he could guarantee, “this stuff goes directly into the White House and members of the White House staff.”
Love that show. (Why yes, I’m a political junkie, thanks for asking.)
WSJ, Daniel Henninger: Obama’s Creeping Authoritarianism:
In a recent Journal op-ed, “Obama Suspends the Law,” former federal judge Michael McConnell noted there are few means to stop a president who decides he is not obligated to execute laws as passed by Congress. So there’s little reason to doubt we’ll see more Obamaesque dismissals of established law, as with ObamaCare’s employer mandate. Mr. Obama is pushing in a direction that has the potential for a political crisis.
A principled opposition would speak out. Barack Obama is right that he isn’t running again. But the Democratic Party is. Their Republican opponents should force the party’s incumbents to defend the president’s creeping authoritarianism.
If Democratic Senate incumbents or candidates from Louisiana, Alaska, Missouri, Arkansas, North Carolina, Montana and Iowa think voters should accede to a new American system in which a president forces laws into place as his prerogative rather than first passing them through Congress, they should be made to say so.
And to be sure, the other purpose of the shafted middle-class tour is to demolish the GOP’s standing with independent voters and take back the House in 2014. If that happens—and absent a more public, aggressive Republican voice it may—an unchecked, unbalanced presidential system will finally arrive.
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