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Defending Defense: How the GOP Can Escape the Budget Box Canyon

Marie150 Wrote: Dec 06, 2012 7:23 AM
I know what Conservatives within the party want. But what does the Establishment want? Do they have a vision that they can express to anyone?
Texas Chris Wrote: Dec 06, 2012 8:22 AM
In short, power. They want the gravy train to keep on a-rolling, so they get to keep calling the shots. Ryan or Rubio, sure. Even Rand Paul.

But they will NOT tolerate Ron Paul, or Judge Napolitano. No way. Too dangerous to the power base. They might stop the gravy train...
johnm h Wrote: Dec 06, 2012 8:19 AM
Rubio is a populist and not to be trusted. Ryan still gets it right but already shows some troubling signs.
Marie150 Wrote: Dec 06, 2012 7:23 AM
We cannot assume they will tolerate Ryan or Rubio.

Paul Ryan and Marco Rubio wowed the Beltway conservatives last night, which is a little bit like the British cheering a successful evacuation from Dunkirk. The GOP indeed lives to fight another day, and that day will be here quickly as 2014’s candidates are already declaring –Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito for the United States Senate in West Virginia and former Governor Michael Rounds for the same in South Dakota.

Which weights the negotiations over the fiscal cliff with a great deal of political as well as economic significance. The parties purport to care about the latter, but they are...