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

true liberal Wrote: Dec 06, 2012 7:28 AM
Hugh, The GOP has abandoned their principled position even before the negotiations have started. Boehner, our primary negotiator, looks like Don Knotts in the Ghost and Mr Chicken when he faces Obama. Obama knows that he is going to cave, so why give in ... even a little when Obama stands to get everything he wants anyway. You have to read "A Lawyer’s Tips on Negotiating for Dummies and Congressional Republicans" here on Townhall to see what the GOP ought to do. Instead Boehner is jumping to get his master more when Obama rejects the latest cave. In order to limit the voice of those that are principled and will fight he kicks them off the committees. Boehner is an embarrassment and his incompetence will cost the GOP seats in Congress
Gary 265 Wrote: Dec 06, 2012 8:30 AM
What makes the GOP argument so difficult is that those in the media supporting not taxing the rich are rich themselves so it seems like they are merely defending their way of life.

What the Party needs is a ground swell of support from the poor against taxing the rich but since the GOP lost that constituency in the election, it is the rich defending the rich and a continuation of the Romney campaign. Short of a better rationale for protecting the 2%, this is very bad politics.

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...