I don’t think that this can be made more explicit, honestly.
“…as long as I’m Speaker, there will be no earmarks.”
How bad is the Bergdahl matter for the President? Meet Adam Schiff, reliable California liberal Democrat (and member of the Armed Services Committee), refusing to defend (H/T: Hot Air) the President’s decision to cut Congress utterly out of the loop on the Bergdahl/terrorist swap:
One other fact I’ll raise is that most of the leaks that have taken place have come from the administration and not from Congress, so they really should have brought at least the leadership within their confidence, and I think that was a mistake.
And yes, I would like to take this time to remind the American people with regard to Obamacare that we, in point of fact, told you so.
That’s then-House Minority Leader John Boehner pointing out in 2010 that Obamacare was passed in shameful fashion and in grotesque guise. He also noted that this entire “if you like your plan you can keep it” was arrant nonsense – and, oh, yeah: that if the Democrats passed this bill they were going to lose their House majority in record time.
GOP leaders will help coordinate various House investigations into controversies involving the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the State Department.
But the key Republican lawmaker with jurisdiction on all these matters said that a rerun of the Clinton-era probes won’t occur.
“These are all different agencies of government. This administration owns the failures, but not necessarily the direct blame … we’re looking at each individual case so it’s very different than what you view historically as a target where it [was] always about President Clinton. This isn’t about President Obama,” House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) told The Hill.
Surely the National Journal is asking a rhetorical question here, yes?
When Mark Sanford debated a cardboard cutout of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi in his South Carolina race last week, it was a replay of a tried-and-true Republican strategy: Demonize Pelosi and wrap her like a stone around your opponent’s neck.
The tactic can be effective, torn from a well-worn playbook that dates from nearly a decade ago. But it does beg a question: Why isn’t Speaker John Boehner targeted in the same way by Democrats?
The President can’t be bothered to go himself, you see. Or – and this is the actually offensive part – send anybody currently from the administration.
Whitehall sources have revealed that the US delegation at tomorrow’s service in St Paul’s Cathedral will be led by two Reagan era secretaries of state: James Baker and George Shultz.
Though President Obama himself had not been expected to attend, there had been speculation that he would be represented either by Vice President Joe Biden or wife Michelle. However, the Obama administration had said it would not be attending Thatcher’s funeral before the Boston bombings…
The excuse here for the lack of the VP or FLOTUS is this, I kid you not:
[A US Embassy spokesman] said that both the First Lady and the Vice President were ‘the President’s point people on gun control’, adding: ‘This is a week when there is a lot of movement on Capitol Hill on gun control issues.’
The Wall Street Journal, no doubt wondering what it did in a previous lifetime to deserve this, looks at the, um, special way that the Obama administration views the world:
The president’s insistence that Washington doesn’t have a spending problem, Mr. Boehner says, is predicated on the belief that massive federal deficits stem from what Mr. Obama called “a health-care problem.” Mr. Boehner says that after he recovered from his astonishment—”They blame all of the fiscal woes on our health-care system”—he replied: “Clearly we have a health-care problem, which is about to get worse with ObamaCare. But, Mr. President, we have a very serious spending problem.” He repeated this message so often, he says, that toward the end of the negotiations, the president became irritated and said: “I’m getting tired of hearing you say that.”
We will now pause while the usual own-goal derision is made towards Speaker John Boehner, or indeed pretty much any other Republican politician mentioned by name these days. Although how this gets us back in power is left as an exercise for the reader…
Read this article, then pick your jaw up off the floor. online.wsj.com/article/SB1000…
— John Ekdahl, Jr. (@JohnEkdahl) January 7, 2013
Robert Costa of NRO has the details*, and the short version is as follows: Americans Majority Action staffer Ron Meyer Jr. got caught up in an attempt to get rid of House Speaker John Boehner for Boehner’s refusal to play King Canute; this all went along reasonably until Meyer et al fell in with various disgruntled House Republicans with their own axes to grind; and hi-jinks, as they say, ensued. End result: John Boehner 1, Disgruntled House Republicans 1, AMA 0. Moral of the story**? You can like politicians. You can be friends with politicians. You can even have a drink with a politician. But you should never, ever, ever, ever blindly trust one when he or she tells you that of course something is going to happen. If it was certain as he or she claimed, you wouldn’t have needed to be reassured in the first place***.
Here endeth the lesson.
Moe Lane (more…)
Now that it’s official that John Boehner has won the Speakership again – which, by the way, was a foregone conclusion, given that nobody wanted to go on the record as being an opposition candidate – let us note very quickly this little bit of profane drama from last week:
House Speaker John Boehner couldn’t hold back when he spotted Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in the White House lobby last Friday.
It was only a few days before the nation would go over the fiscal cliff, no bipartisan agreement was in sight, and Reid had just publicly accused Boehner of running a “dictatorship” in the House and caring more about holding onto his gavel than striking a deal.
“Go f— yourself,” Boehner sniped as he pointed his finger at Reid, according to multiple sources present.
Reid, a bit startled, replied: “What are you talking about?”
Boehner repeated: “Go f— yourself.”
Ever since John Boehner’s “fiscal cliff” backup plan went down in flames on Thursday, there’s been a flood of speculation as to whether he can still survive as speaker of the House. But there’s a very fundamental question that a lot of people floating this possibility need to address: Why on earth would anybody want the job?
Right now, I wouldn’t take the job on a bet myself. Thanks largely to what turned out to be an absolute disaster of a 2012 Presidential campaign – and, don’t forget: I expected that we were going to win the damned thing, too – we’re not in a good situation right now. Sorry to write that, but it’s true. Personally? I would have passed the damned full extension, permanently linked the AMT to inflation, given Big Medicine the Hawaiian Good-Luck Symbol by killing the doc fix, partially paid for it all by capping the home mortgage deduction at 200K and ending deductions for state/local income taxes, dropped the mike, and gone home. They’re going to hate us anyway, so we might as well. (more…)