GOP: Is The Game Afoot?

Holy crap!  Did I somehow step through “the Looking Glass”?   Is the GOP trying to re-define itself ahead of the 2016 election?

First we have news that there is a push back on the opposition to immigration reform….then the ladies pull their support for an anti-abortion bill in essence killing the bill (for now)……and then I got word that there was another vote that shocked me…….

I got this piece of news from Ace news group for whom I write op-eds from time to time……..

#AceWorldNews – WASHINGTON:Jan.22: Sometimes snippets of news just have to be published and this snippet is just one of those and is just as The Hill reported.

The Senate on Wednesday voted that “climate change is real and is not a hoax” as Democrats used the Keystone XL pipeline debate to force votes on the politically charged issue ahead of the 2016 elections.

The Senate on Wednesday voted 98-1 in favor of a an amendment stating that “climate change is real and is not a hoax.”

The provision offered by Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) to put Republicans on record about climate change ahead of the 2016 election passed with near unanimous support, with only Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), the chairman of the campaign committee for Senate Republicans, voting no.

First, Wicker is my Senator and I would expect nothing different from this big business crony……

Okay, what the Hell is going on with the GOP?

I thought is that they are playing a game to make them look like a real party and not some group of bumbling morons……all this is to look good to the groups that they have lost in the past….women, environmentalists, immigrants……it is all a game, in my mind, a well thought out game…..but a game none the less.

The GOP is moving at record speed in this redefining operation…..but will it last?

Even the d/bags in the Tea Party seem to be playing along with this dice roll……it is all about 2016……nothing to do with the reality of things….just to win an election and have TOTAL power…..this may not last long…..until the gamers get tired of playing.

So whatcha think?  Is A Game Afoot?

FLASH! We Have A GOP Revolt!

As I was fiddling about last night I heard something on the news that made me stop and take notice.

It seems that some GOP women have had a change of heart and pulled their names from an abortion bill and in essence killing the bill for now……

House Republicans have abruptly dropped plans to debate a bill banning virtually all late-term abortions after objections from GOP women and other lawmakers left them short of votes. The decision was embarrassing for Republican leaders eager to display a united, GOP-led Congress, who had planned to push the legislation through the House today. But after meeting repeatedly with female lawmakers and others who were unhappy with the measure, they decided last night to postpone the debate indefinitely. The vote was timed to coincide with the annual March for Life, when anti-abortion protesters stream to Washington to mark the anniversary of the 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion. Instead, the House will debate legislation banning taxpayer funding for abortion—a prohibition that is already largely in effect.

What The Hell?

Good news for the pro-choice movement…..but…….my question is why now?

Is this sincere or is it more political games from the GOP?

I regret that I am a cynic….it is just too convenient with the anniversary of Rowe v Wade when activists descend on the halls of Congress with petitions and such…….is this an attempt to change the complexion of the GOP a bit?  After all a new election is not that far away.

Any thoughts?

Take That You Soul-less SOBs!

By now you have heard all about the mini revolt in the House GOP……some wanted to overthrow Boehner from his Speaker position….people like Gohmert (bat crap crazy) and Yoho (sounds like an awful drink)……

In case you were otherwise occupied and missed the tension……

In winning a third term as House speaker today, John Boehner had to fend off a defection from within his own party that was the biggest such revolt in more than 150 years, reports the Washington Post. In all, 25 conservative Republicans voted against Boehner, though that wasn’t enough to force the humiliation of a second vote. House rules allow members to vote for any US citizen, which is why Rand Paul and Jeff Sessions—who happen to be senators—each got a vote, reports the Hill. (On the Democratic side, Tennessee’s Jim Cooper voted for Colin Powell, notes CNN.)

A dozen GOP members voted for Rep. Daniel Webster of Florida, but today’s opposition was largely symbolic. It shows the “the clear limits” of Boehner’s clout in the GOP conference, observes Politico, while Chris Cillizza at the Post writes that it doesn’t bode well in terms of avoiding the logjams of the previous Congress. “If more than two dozen House Republicans are willing to stand up and voice their discontent with him in a vote that is almost certain to go his way, what will the prognosis be for Boehner when the legislative outcomes are less certain?” Here’s the full list of those who voted against him.

Okay the idiots on the Right did not succeed……but what will Boehner do?

Glad you asked!

John Boehner struck a magnanimous tone after fighting off the biggest anti-speaker rebellion in 150 years yesterday—”May the fruits of our labors be ladders our children can use to climb to the stars,” he told the House—but payback has been swift for some of the 25 conservatives who voted against him. Florida Reps. Dan Webster and Richard Nugent been kicked off the powerful House Rules Committee, which is appointed directly by the speaker, in apparent retaliation, the Hill reports. Webster ran against Boehner for House speaker yesterday and received 12 votes, including Nugent’s.

The move to kick the rebels off the Rules Committee could be just the beginning of Boehner’s revenge, according to Politico, which notes that some of the speaker’s allies say he has been too much of a pushover and will welcome this kind of action. In a process that GOP sources say could take months, the conservative insurgents may also lose perks including subcommittee chairmanships. With the increased GOP majority in the House, “we don’t need these fringe guys as much as we did anymore,” one Republican leadership aide says.

Revenge is sweet……and quick!

Is Jeb The Second Coming? Or Is It The Third?

It is 2015 and the whole world will soon be going bat crap crazy with all the pundits calling this candidate and that as the new “Messiah” for whichever party they represent…….

Hillary is a given but what about the GOP…..Cruz, Rubio, Huckabee, Santorum or maybe Jeb Bush……good question, right?

Seems Jeb maybe getting ready for a hat toss……..

One more sign that when Jeb Bush says he is “actively exploring” a presidential run in 2016, it means the formal announcement is just a matter of time: He has resigned from all his boards and continues to “shed business interests” ahead of a primary fight, reports the Washington Post. “This is a natural next step that will allow him to focus his time on gauging interest for a potential run,” says his spokeswoman.

The Post singles out one business connection in particular that opponents might have seized upon to sully his image as an education reformer: He had been a paid adviser for Academic Partnerships, a for-profit education firm that sells online courses to public universities. As the Post writes, “some faculty members say it siphons money from the schools while asserting too much control over academic decisions.” Meanwhile, Bush also rejected an invitation from Rep. Steve King to speak at the Iowa Freedom Summit later this month. Bush cited a scheduling conflict, though the AP notes it could have been politically dicey: King is a vocal critic of immigration reform, while Bush is an advocate.

What say you….will it be Jeb?

Does GOP Have A Plan For 2016?

2016 is quickly approaching…….it is never too early to speculate on what the GOP will be doing for that election….Hell the MSM does it daily…..so why not IST?

There has been lots of talk of what will be most important to the GOP…..will it try to reach out to women….or Hispanics or even African-Americans?  My guess is no to all those……what they will focus on will be something trivial that they can use for mileage and slogans……….

Juan Cole has stated what he thinks will be their emphasis……..

1.  With a few noble exceptions like Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), Republican Party spokesmen, Republican politicians, and Republican media like Fox Cable News, defended torture.  This defense was mounted from so many directions by so many Republicans that it now seems indisputable that the party stands for the principle of rectal hydration.  Since torture is illegal in American law, presumably they want to repeal the 5th and 8th amendments to the constitution.

2.  The Republican Party stands for the principle that elections should be stolen by the rich who pay the most for them.  The new bill multiplies permitted donations by a factor of ten.

3.  The GOP wants the US taxpayer to be made to bail out risky, casino-like “derivatives.”  After the 2008 crash, caused by some corrupt Wall Street financiers stealing our money, Congress had removed FDIC protection from the riskier derivatives.  The GOP, plotting in smoke filled rooms far from the light,  just put the taxpayer right back in the sights the next time the bankers need a bailout.  The provision was actually written by CitiBank, which won’t get my business.  They think, much better to gamble with the taxpayers’ money; they would, but why would GOP lawmakers agree to be their ventriloquist’s dummy?

4.  The bill blocks aid to the Palestine authority if it becomes a member of UN agencies without Israeli permission.  Palestine has been recognized as a non-member observer state at the UN, and is gradually joining key committees.  It likely will sign the Rome Statute, join the International Criminal Court, and sue Israel for war crimes.  But in the fantasyland of Congress, none of this may be allowed to happen.  The PA has other sources of money than the US, and all this provision does is further weaken the ability of the US to do effective diplomacy.

5.  This fall, most Republicans ran on putting troops back into Iraq and getting even more deeply involved in the Syrian civil war than the US already is.  This is a plank in their platform that leads to sanguinary wars.

Cole is a pretty sharp individual…..so what do you think the GOP will be thumping their chest over for 2016?

When You Have NO Solutions—Sue The Bastards

Americans are ate up with the “Lawsuit Lotto”.

Then there is the Congress, the most wasteful institution in DC…..not only is it a part-time leadership but it is equally as worthless as a governing body……Obama recently got fed up with the dance that Congress was playing on immigration and took matters into his own hands…..

And of course whatever he does is wrong in the eyes of the GOP….they bitch and moan…..whine and shout……and still cannot come up with a plan…

But now they have their little lap dogs to do their work for them……GOP governors…….

More than a third of the states have joined a lawsuit fighting President Obama’s sweeping executive action on immigration. The suit brought by 17 states against the federal government was filed in Texas and announced by Greg Abbott, the state attorney general and governor-elect, reports the Los Angeles Times. He accuses Obama of “abdicating his responsibility to faithfully enforce laws that were duly enacted by Congress and attempting to rewrite immigration laws, which he has no authority to do.” The filing in federal court says the suit “is not about immigration. It is about the rule of law, presidential power, and the structural limits of the US Constitution.”

The other states suing are Alabama, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. Supporters of Obama’s immigration order called the suit grandstanding, and the administration says the order was legal and has precedent, reports the Wall Street Journal. “The Supreme Court and Congress have made clear that federal officials can set priorities in enforcing our immigration laws, and we are confident that the president’s executive actions are well within his legal authorities,” a White House spokesman says.

Just what the resident of those states need…..a moronic lawsuit instead of jobs and policies that benefit the people…but NOOOOOOOOOOO!  These turkeys want to grand stand and play the Constitutionality card….a term they do not understand.  It all sounds impressive but in reality it is a game and a political theater.