Boehner: “There’s Going to Be a Negotiation”

No, I won’t post a video of Obama’s obnoxious lecture, this afternoon. If you missed it, believe me – watching this absurd Community Organizer reiterate a pack of lies, bash republicans and pretend he’s some kind of expert on the economy  - is not worth your time. It’s also not worth your time to hear him answer the White House press corps’ questions because the ones he called on only threw softballsif you can believe that.

But I will post an audio of Rush Limbaugh responding to it.

I think Victor Davis Hanson articulated what Rush was trying to convey in his latest PJ Media Column: 

Amid all the charges and countercharges in Washington over the government shutdown, there is at least one common theme: Barack Obama’s various charges always lead to a dead end. They are chaos, and chaos is hard to understand, much less refute.

By that I mean when the president takes up a line of argument against his opponents, it cannot really be taken seriously — not just because it is usually not factual, but also because it always contradicts positions that Obama himself has taken earlier or things he has previously asserted. Whom to believe — Obama 1.0, Obama 2.0, or Obama 3.0?

When the president derides the idea of shutting down the government over the debt ceiling, we almost automatically assume that he himself tried to do just that when as a senator he voted against the Bush administration request in 2006, when the debt was about $6 trillion less than it is now.

When the president blasts the Republicans for trying to subvert the “settled law” of Obamacare, we trust that Obama himself had earlier done precisely that when he unilaterally subverted his own legislation — by quite illegally discarding the employer mandate provision of Obamacare. At least the Republicans tried to revise elements of Obamacare through existing legislative protocols; the president preferred executive fiat to nullify a settled law.

When the president deplores the lack of bipartisanship and the lockstep Republican effort to defund Obamacare, we remember that the president steamrolled the legislation through the Congress without a single Republican vote.

When the president laments the loss of civility and reminds the public that he uses “calm” rhetoric during the impasse, we know he has accused his opponents of being on an “ideological crusade” and of being hostage takers and blackmailers who have “a gun held to the head of the American people,” while his top media adviser Dan Pfeiffer has said that they had “a bomb strapped to their chest.”

When the president insists that the Republican effort to hold up the budget is unprecedented, we automatically deduce that, in fact, the action has many precedents, and on frequent prior occasions was a favored ploy of Democrats to gain leverage over Republican administrations.

In short, whenever the president prefaces a sweeping statement with one of his many emphatics — “make no mistake about it,” “I’m not making this up,” “in point of fact,” “let me be perfectly clear” — we know that the reverse is always true. For Obama, how something is said matters far more than what is said.

Here, via The Senate GOP Conference, is a video compilation of King Barack I The Petulant and his toadies refusing to negotiate:

Republicans have passed more than a dozen bills to open the government and provide Americans with relief from ObamaCare, but Democrats continue to just say “no.” The American people reject the Democrats’ “my way or the highway” approach. It is time for Democrats to engage congressional Republicans to solve our problems.

Speaker Boehner at his press conference today addressed President Obama’s refusal to negotiate a path forward on funding the government, raising the debt limit, and protecting all Americans from ObamaCare.

Via  his Blog the Speaker struck back at Obama’s charge that what the Republican “hostage takers” are doing is “unprecedented”:

President Obama has offered every excuse in the book to justify his refusal to negotiate with Republicans on the debt limit, but perhaps none is more absurd than his claim that doing so would be “unprecedented.”  Not only have presidents of both parties negotiated over the debt limit for decades, the president himself has done so – twice.  The first was in 2010, when Blue Dog Democrats in the House conditioned their support for a debt limit hike on passage of PAYGO legislation.  As Politico reported at that time:

“Blue Dog Democrats are threatening to derail any legislation that raises the debt ceiling if the bill does not include provisions that would constrain Congress from continuing to add to the nation’s debt. …

“Rep. Baron Hill (D-Ind.), the Blue Dog’s policy chief, issued his most pointed threat Friday morning in a news conference with House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), calling this the ‘bewitching hour’ for controlling the nation’s debt.

“‘The Blue Dogs are ready to make some very tough decisions on some legislation that’s still pending if we don’t get statutory pay-go,’ Hill said. ‘It’s time to deliver now.’”

So, what did the President & Democratic leaders have to say about this “ransom” demand?

  • Then-White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs: “Obviously the President and the White House Are of Course Negotiating in Good Faith.” QUESTION: “Is the White House negotiating in good faith with these White House Democrats?  Are they serious about enacting statutory PAYGO, attaching it to raising the debt limit?” … GIBBS:  “Obviously the President and the White House are of course negotiating in good faith.  We share the concerns of many in the Blue Dog caucus and many in the Democratic caucus and the Republican caucus that are concerned about the fiscal health of our country.” (Press Briefing, 12/22/09)
  • House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD): “Their Proposition Is, I Think, a Fair One.” “And the debt limit is something that, from my perspective, and responsibly, we’re going to have to pass. But we need to pass it with fiscal discipline attached to it. … I’d think it would be very difficult to raise the debt limit without support in either chamber of those people who are very concerned about fiscal discipline. Now, their proposition is, I think, a fair one.” (Press Conference, 12/11/09)

House Democrats weren’t the only ones taking a hardline against a clean debt limit hike.  Over in the Senate, several Democrats leveraged their support on the debt limit to try to force the creation of a deficit commission.   As The Washington Post reported:

“A group of Senate Democrats insists that an increase in the debt ceiling be coupled with the creation of a bipartisan task force that could push deficit-reduction measures through Congress. Separately, conservative House Democrats are demanding rules be put into law that require new spending increases or tax cuts to be offset by spending cuts or a tax hike. … Negotiations between House and Senate leaders and the White House on the conflicting proposals are expected to continue into next week.”

In fact, 10 Democratic Senators – including Sens. Begich (D-AK), Bennet (D-CO), Feinstein (D-CA), Klobuchar (D-MN), McCaskill (D-MO), Nelson (D-FL), Udall (D-CO) and Warner (D-VA) – sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) at the time stating they “strongly believe that as part of the debate to increase the debt limit, Congress needs to put in place a special process that allows  Congress and the Administration to face up to our nation’s long-term fiscal imbalances.”  Sen. Feinstein went so far as to say “I will not vote for raising the debt limit without a vehicle to handle this.” Were these the “hostage-takers” the White House refers to?

“Refusing to negotiate is an untenable position,” Speaker Boehner said today.  That position is made all the more untenable by the president’s arbitrary distinction between the demands his own party was making in 2010, and the demands House Republicans are making today, which are backed by the majority of the American people.  It’s time for the president to stop talking to the cameras, and start a conversation with Republicans on a path forward on the debt limit, government funding, and protecting all Americans from his disaster of a health care law.

How The GOP Is Winning The Shut-Down Argument

Yesterday, Obama made the snort-worthy claim that throughout his presidency,  he’s “bent over backwards to work with the Republican Party and have purposely kept my rhetoric down.”

Obama in a campaign speech today: “You don’t negotiate by putting a gun to the other person’s head. Or worse yet, by putting a gun to the American peoples’ head.”

Those of us who have watched, appalled, at the Divider-in Chief’s  Chicago thug politics over the years can only shake our heads in disgust but not disbelief at his mendacity at this point.

Obama let slip his true feelings in an interview with NPR on Monday, when he said, he shouldn’t have to offer anything to Republicans in exchange for getting what he wants.

Obama stood with his party members in the Senate. Steve asked if that opportunity to avoid a shutdown exists, what was he willing to offer.

“Steve when you say what can I offer? I shouldn’t have to offer anything,” Obama said.

Hugh Hewitt found the Petulant One’s admission there to be no less than astonishing:

 Thus did the American public get a very candid glimpse of the president whose contempt for duly elected Republican opponents is exceeded only by his fecklessness in the face of America’s enemies abroad. To Putin and the Iranians come offers of all sorts. To the Speaker of the House, only ultimatums.

The President’s position is: – Do what I want, and if you don’t you’re to blame for whatever happens.

Including his decision to play the Social Security Trump Card. 

The president’s  no negotiations stance with Republicans is not polling well, but that hasn’t deterred him. He vowed once again today not To negotiate with Republican Hostage Takers…

And Dingy Blocked Funding For Veterans.

Via Washington Examiner:

Senate Democrats blocked four resolutions to fund government programs, including paying the National Guard and opening national parks, as Republicans offered the limited measures in an attempt to win the government shutdown fight by financing popular programs and leaving those they oppose untouched.

“Unbelievably, today Senate Democrats went on record to oppose funding for National Guard and Reserve salaries, veterans’ services, lifesaving medicine and cures, and national parks and museums,” Senate Republican Conference chairman John Thune, R-S.D., said in a release following the procedural battle.

They think America approves of this?

The Shut Down Theater featuring “the Barry-cades” has thus far been a public relations disaster for the Democrats. (The latest outrages, here.) And the divisive trash-talking and fear-mongering antics by Democrats and RINOs aren’t helping their cause, either.. 

With all that in mind, enjoy this “accidental” hot-mic moment from last evening between Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senator Rand Paul:

 “I Think We Can Win This Thing” 

“Yes We Can!”

UPDATE:

Optics Fail: House Republicans Probe Parks and Monument ‘Shutdown Theater’ Closures

 

Mark Levin To Obama Regime: ‘You Lay One Hand On Those 80 – 90 Year Old Men At That WWII Memorial And I’ll Lead an Effort To Get Hundreds Of Thousands Of People There’

Mark Levin, appalled by the Community Activist in Chief’s attempt to turn the Nation’s memorials into bad optics he can blame on Republicans, had this today on his radio show, via Gateway Pundit:

I want to say this loud and clear to the people on Capitol Hill who are listening, to this administration. You lay one damn hand on one of those World War II vets at that memorial and I’ll bring half a million people to that damn memorial! You got that?!

I’m sitting here stewing thinking about this – playing these damn games? You’ll ignite a movement in this country like you’ve never seen before! The biker patriot army – veterans from all over the country, every single war and battle in this country, Republican, Democrat, Independent, whatever!

I’ll be damned if one president, with his feet up on the desk in the oval office, with a smirk on his face, looking at his golf card…I’ll be damned if this president or anybody else is going to shut down that WWII memorial. Period! These men are in their 80s and 90s.

So let me repeat! You lay one hand on one of those men and arrest them for going to their memorial, which they fought for, which was not paid by you dammit, it was paid by the American people – we will come out of every town and city in this nation! We will come out of every county. And both coasts! Both borders! And we will march on Washington against your tyranny!

You’ve been warned!

A world class rant worthy of the times we’re living in:

Reid: Why Would We Want To Pass A Bill To Help Children With Cancer? (Video)

More stunningly bad optics for the Dems. When asked by Dana Bash at CNN why he isn’t willing to help even one child who has cancer, Reid responded “Why would we want to do that?”

BASH: But if you can help one child with cancer, why wouldn’t you do it?

REID: Why would we want to do that? I have 1100 people at Nellis Air Force Base sitting home. They have problems of their own.

Reid then attacked Bash’s intelligence, “For someone of your intelligence to suggest such a thing is irresponsible.”

Video via NRSC Blog:

What?!

We need more of this. We need more Obama, Reid, and Pelosi in front of the cameras showing us who they really are. They are our best weapon right now.

#RetireReid

MORE:

NRSC: Are All Memorials Closed To Veterans?

Via The Daily Caller: 

Appearing before the memorial, hours after World War II veterans passed through the Park Service’s barricade, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus announced that the committee has put aside enough money to hire 5 full-time security personnel for the next 30 days to keep the memorial open.

“Make no mistake, it was the Obama administration’s choice to barricade this memorial and it was their choice to lock out veterans across this country,” Preibus said.

Jim Geraghty, Campaign Spot: How the Park Service Is Enforcing the Shutdown on the Mall Today

Video: “Fighting For US”

Powerful stuff via Passcode Creative:

Hat tip: Brian B.

Cruz Tells Rush: “The Single Biggest Surprise In The US Senate is The Defeatist Attitude Here” (Video)

Unlike Chuckie Schumer, Dingy Harry, John McShame, and Little Dick Durbin after two minutes, Ted Cruz looked and sounded as fresh at the end of his 21+ hour marathon speech/filibuster/whatever you want to call it, as he did at its onset.  The man is a conservative, Harvard educated Energizer Bunny.

And instead of going straight to bed, he went on the Rush Limbaugh show to do even more talking.

He reiterated the point he made during the filibuster – that too many Republicans just want a show vote to show to their constituents that they’re doing something,

“We don’t even talk about how to win a fight, he lamented. “There’s no discussion about it, There’s talk about – let’s get a show vote so we can tell our constituents that we’re doing something I promise you, Rush, if you had to sit through one Senate lunch, you’d be in therapy for a month.”

The bitter, MB-supporting Senator from Arizona took umbrage at the points Cruz has been making. McCain said he was very proud of the Republicans effort to defeat ObamaCare in 2009/10 (when there was no hope of winning.)

He lashed out at Cruz, after Beltway Barnacles Schumer, Dingy Harry, and Little Dick Durbin got their licks in.

See also:

Weasel ZippersUNREAL: McRINO Backs Dems On Senate Floor After Cruz Filibuster, “The People Spoke” And They Want Obamacare – Update: Chuck Schumer Thanks McRINO For His “Outstanding Remarks”…

Video: Political Insiders Blast House Leaders: ‘It’s Pathetic How Little These Guys Know How To Lead’

After a devastating week for the president in which the Syrians and Russians got the upper hand on the Syrian war negotiations, the Fox News Political Insiders agreed that it was one of the most inept episodes in presidential leadership in their lifetimes. It was fumbled so badly, John LeBoutillier quipped, “it ended up being a hand-off to Putin.” He thought that Obama’s comment about Putin being “the kid slouching in the back of class” would cause a backlash from Putin, and now were’ beginning to see it.

Gregg Jarrett presented a poll that showed the American public’s support for war in Syria before and after Obama’s Syria speech, and the group marveled that support for a strike actually went down after the speech.

But on the question of who’s more incompetent and inept – the Speaker or the President? LeBoutillier thought the speaker of the House earned that distinction for coming out with Cantor in favor of bombing Syria without asking members of the Republican conference what they thought, and when they did a head count, the day of the president’s speech, they had a dozen members out of 200. “It’s pathetic how little these guys know how to lead,” he said incredulously.

“That 63% That is 2/3 of the American public telling the government – we’re not doing it, anymore. It’s like the movie, “we’re mad as hell and we’re not going to take it, anymore. and there’s no leader leading that….”

“Normally…historically, when a president gives a speech”, Caddell agreed, ” or the administration says ‘we have to take action’, the country will rally around ….these are the worst numbers…it’s across the board. He went on to say that it’s the elite political class in Washington who want it, but  the mainstream in the country of all parties and all ideologies are saying, ‘no, no, no’ –  “this is  historic, he said, “and if it goes into domestic politics it could be really big.”

After the break, they discussed budget negotiations where they had all kinds of advice for the hapless “Stupid Party.”

Doug Shoen called ObamaCare a “death star” and the only way it helps Obama is if the Republicans decide to shut the government down to defund it. That, they all agree would be a disaster for Republicans.

Video via Johnny Dollar

Here’s a rebuttal on defunding ObamaCare from a doctor via the Heritage Foundation:

See ALSO

Roger Kimball: Obama Then and Now: the Rashomon Effect (first in a series)

I believe that we are witnessing the gradual, or possibly not so gradual, decomposition of the emotional consensus that put Obama into the White House in 2008 and, not without a struggle, returned him in 2012. On every front, domestic as well as foreign, statements that seemed apposite a year or two or three ago suddenly, ominously, have acquired new and less pleasing valences.  A few days ago, I expatiated briefly on candidate Obama’s 2008 declaration that he and his followers were only “five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.” At the time, Obama’s promise (or should I say, “his threat”?) was greeted with wild cheers.

Now that the transformation is well underway, there are fewer if any cheers.  The economy is moribund.  Obamacare is more unpopular than ever. Racial tensions are far worse now than when Obama came to office. Everywhere one looks, Obama’s domestic agenda is in shambles. And when it comes to international affairs — well, let’s just say that Obama must be rueing the day he drew that red line about Syria or heard the name Vladimir Putin. Has there ever been a more cringe-making presidential  speech than the incoherent bilge that oozed out of Obama’s mouth last Tuesday? Jimmy Carter’s infamous “malaise speech” is the only thing that even comes close, and at least Carter’s speech had the intelligence of Christopher Lasch’s book The Culture of Narcissism as a source.

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