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Pushing Obama to the Brink

Oh boy. Now Boehner’s really gone and done it:

House Speaker John Boehner invited Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Friday to address a joint meeting of Congress when he visits Washington next month.

“Americans and Afghans have worked together for years on a shared mission of bringing peace and security to the region,” Boehner’s office said in a statement. “This joint address presents an important opportunity to hear from the newly-elected president on how the United States can continue to work together to promote our shared goals and reaffirms our commitment to the Afghan people.”

The speech is set for March 25. Ghani will be the second Afghan president to address Congress. Former President Hamid Karzai appeared before a joint meeting of Congress on June 15, 2004.

We know how batsh*t crazy Obama gets when Speaker Boehner invites foreign leaders to address his coequal branch of government.

Stand back! Krakatoa’s gonna blow!

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OUTRAGE!!!

What an insult to the president!!!

Pope Francis will address a joint meeting of the House and Senate on Sept. 24, becoming the first pontiff to do so, House Speaker John Boehner said Thursday.

“We’re humbled that the Holy Father has accepted our invitation and certainly look forward to receiving his message on behalf of the American people,” Boehner, R-Ohio, told reporters.

When will the Democrats announce their boycott of this brazen breach of protocol?

Dozens of House Democrats are privately threatening to skip Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s March 3 speech to Congress, in which he will address ongoing negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program.

Boehner extended the invite to Netanyahu without first consulting the White House, something that has rubbed many lawmakers the wrong way.

It would be more accurate to say that it has rubbed the Obama regime the wrong way. But you go ahead and stay away in droves, Dems. It’s going to take a superhuman effort to so alienate American Jews that they would vote Republican, but I have faith that you are just the guys to do it!

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Fox News Calls Nancy Pelosi a Lush! [UPDATED]

Correction: Fox News called John Boehner, not Nancy Pelosi, a lush. We regret the error.

Correction II: Boston.com, not Fox news, called John Boehner, not Nancy Pelosi, a lush. We regret the error.

[We’re just trying to get hired by Boston.com]

A Boston.com story that made light of a threat against House Speaker John Boehner has drawn the ire of the Ohio congressman, prompting an apology from the website.

Posted online Tuesday night, the story suggested that Boehner has a drinking problem and asked whether anyone would have noticed if Boehner had been poisoned. That comment was in reference to news that a former bartender at an Ohio country club where Boehner is a member has been arrested for allegedly threatening to kill the congressman.

“Stories about Boehner’s drinking have circulated for years,” wrote Victor Paul Alvarez, one of a handful of associate editors at Boston.com, in a passage that has since been removed from the website. “Had he been poisoned as planned, perhaps his pickled liver could have filtered out the toxins.”

Michael Steel, a spokesman for Boehner, fired back in an e-mail Wednesday.

“I would have thought it would be obvious to any sentient human being that your item mocking the threats against the speaker and his family was completely insensitive and inappropriate,” Steel wrote. “Should you wish to offer an explanation, or – better – an apology, feel free to respond.”

Mike Sheehan, the chief executive of Boston Globe Media Partners LLC, said he spoke with Boehner’s office and sent a note of apology Wednesday afternoon.

“It’s very difficult to hit the epicenter of tasteless, mean-spirited, and humorless in one fell swoop,” Sheehan said in an interview.

In a statement released Wednesday, Boston.com general manager Corey Gottlieb said the Alvarez piece did not reflect the site’s values.

“The original column made references to Speaker Boehner that were off-color and completely inappropriate,” Gottlieb wrote. “We are sorry, and we will do better.”

Boston.com is owned by Boston Globe Media Partners LLC but operates independently from The Boston Globe and BostonGlobe.com.

“There is a really fine line between tongue in cheek . . . and what’s unfair or hurtful,” Gottlieb said, but Alvarez’s story clearly crossed that line. He declined to say whether Alvarez would be disciplined for the story.

Since threatening the life of a Republican is hardly news (until the culprit is awarded a Nobel Peace Prize), you may not have heard:

Last October, Hoyt allegedly told police he was going to kill Boehner, who he claimed was responsible for the spread of Ebola.

Hoyt allegedly said he planned to shoot Boehner and suggested he could poison one of his drinks.

Freedom of the press trumps all to me, so if the snide comment was in an opinion piece, I would defend it from the outside, even if I would have spiked it from the inside. (I run a blog, not a supposedly respectable news site. As editor the latter, I would never have allowed it, even if I might have written something like that here.)

But then, it has to go both ways. You can’t make fun of Boehner’s liver and Sarah Palin’s special needs son, and not let me have a go at Obama’s nicotine addiction, Pelosi’s Botox addiction, and John Kerry’s John Kerry addiction.

UPDATE
The guy got canned.

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New World Order

So, how did Obama react to the shellacking he took Tuesday?

Did you really have to ask?

President Obama is playing golf today with a few of his usual crew of younger White House aides. It’s the 46th time he’s played this year and the 203rd of his presidency.

Of course he would.

But this is typical of him too:

Republican Speaker John Boehner asked Obama to let Republicans work on reforming and modernizing immigration early in the new session, Barrasso said.

Vice President Joe Biden asked Boehner how long he needed to pass a bill: “February 15? March 15?” said one congressional source familiar with the discussions, who said Obama was visibly irritated and stopped Biden.

But another congressional source disputed that account. “At no time did the President cut off the Vice President,” said the Democratic source, describing Obama as “courteous and firm” during the immigration discussion.

Right. Just as “courteous and firm” as Michael Corleone was to Fredo in G II. From: “Don’t ever take sides with anyone against the Family again.” To: “I know it was you, Fredo. You broke my heart. You broke my heart.” And Biden sure is Fredo.

But shame on Boehner asking permission to craft legislation. What a lickspittle dogsbody.

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You Know Who Gets To Keep Their Doctor? Members Of The Ruling Class

Harry Reid and John Boehner in “delicate negotiations” to exempt members of congress and staff from ObamaCare

I’ve written this as if it has already happened, but they are only in negotiations. So call and write every single congress critter plus the White House to protest. They dragged us into this miserable plan. They should live it.

Congressional leaders in both parties are engaged in high-level, confidential talks about exempting lawmakers and Capitol Hill aides from the insurance exchanges they are mandated to join as part of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, sources in both parties said.
The talks — which involve Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), the Obama administration and other top lawmakers — are extraordinarily sensitive, with both sides acutely aware of the potential for political fallout from giving carve-outs from the hugely controversial law to 535 lawmakers and thousands of their aides. Discussions have stretched out for months, sources said.

A source close to the talks says: “Everyone has to hold hands on this and jump, or nothing is going to get done.”
Yet if Capitol Hill leaders move forward with the plan, they risk being dubbed hypocrites by their political rivals and the American public. By removing themselves from a key Obamacare component, lawmakers and aides would be held to a different standard than the people who put them in office.

This is a problem for the geniuses who voted for this bill, but somehow not for the rest of us:

The problem stems from whether members and aides set to enter the exchanges would have their health insurance premiums subsidized by their employer — in this case, the federal government. If not, aides and lawmakers in both parties fear that staffers — especially low-paid junior aides — could be hit with thousands of dollars in new health care costs, prompting them to seek jobs elsewhere. Older, more senior staffers could also retire or jump to the private sector rather than face a big financial penalty.

By all means, go to the link and read it all. Then get busy. Liberals have tried for decades to make us more like Europe. They have largely succeeded. Soon we will have a special class of government officials who have very fine health care, you know, the kind that you and your family used to have. Below them will be well-heeled individuals who somehow know how to goose the system, are connected to the powerful, etc. And then the peasants. That’s you.

– Aggie

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Boehner Re-elected, Says He’s Done With Private Meetings With Obama

Right. Now he’s done.

Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is signaling that at least one thing will change about his leadership during the 113th Congress: he’s telling Republicans he is done with private, one-on-one negotiations with President Obama.
During both 2011 and 2012, the Speaker spent weeks shuttling between the Capitol and the White House for meetings with the president in hope of striking a grand bargain on the deficit.

Those efforts ended in failure, leaving Boehner feeling burned by Obama and, at times, isolated within his conference.

He has disappointed everybody, even himself.

– Aggie

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The Political Cliff

Less than two months ago, some of us thought Obama-ism was dead and an era of conservative ascendancy was at hand. If that sounds apocalyptic, well, blame the Mayans and the solstice. (And Karl Rove and Dick Morris.)

How the hardly-mighty have fallen! Mitt Romney is more secluded than Howard Hughes, leaving the Republicans with Mitch McConnell and John Boehner as the face of their party.

Oy.

If only Paul Ryan had thrown Boehner off that cliff instead of the invalid granny!

Patience, dear boys and girls, patience!

After the failed effort to get the fiscal cliff “Plan B” passed this week, some powerful conservatives on Capitol Hill are reportedly pushing for Wisconsin Republican Rep. Paul Ryan to replace embattled House Speaker John Boehner.

On Friday night’s “The O’Reilly Factor,” fill-in host Laura Ingraham said her sources indicate a coup may already be underway in Congress.

“I had a well-placed conservative voice today on the Hill email me and said he’s beginning to hear rumblings — I already gave something away, ‘he’ — he’s beginning to hear of a move to replace the speaker of the House,” Ingraham said. “We’re in the middle of this tussle with the Democrats, more than a tussle, and is that the right time to put that out there? And people are floating the name of Paul Ryan to be House speaker. But Ryan did support … Plan B.”

There is policy, and there is politics. The GOP is right on policy—we don’t have a revenue problem, we have a spending problem—but hopelessly outmatched on the politics. Granted, it’s not fair when the media persistently depict your opponent as the Messiah, complete with halo…

… but at least you have to try!

Actually, I think Boehner had the politics right here, too. As counterproductive as it is to raise taxes in an economic slump (or moribund recovery), that’s where the sentiment of the people is. Obama may have used demagoguery to steer it that way, but he was reelected, and, to paraphrase Aggie, reelections have consequences.

Boehner’s Plan B would have let the Bush-era tax rates expire for people with incomes over a million dollars—the very millionaires whose wealth Obama wants to spread. Not quarter-millionaires (those earning $250,000): the real McCoys. Again, I disagree with the policy, but it makes a better argument. We gave you the millionaires you asked for, Mr. President; now what are you going to give the American people? Obama’s threatened veto, and Harry Reid’s refusal to even take it up, would at least have made it clear who were the stonewallers.

What an epic fail when he could not deliver. He may have been torpedoed by the Tea Partiers to his political right (with whom I am in broad agreement), but the failure was still his.

I have felt since the election that the Republicans need to re-brand. Not on policies—or not all policies, anyway—but on image. We are not a party of double-chinned, googly-eyed, cry-babies—or not all of us, anyway—but young men and women, some of color, who are as passionate about the direction of this country as any MoveOn or Code Pink activist.

Maybe this is the time and the opportunity to show that.

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RA-A-A-A-CIST!!!

Oh, a democrat said this? A black Democrat?

Never mind.

House Speaker John Boehner declared Wednesday that his chamber will approve a so-called “Plan B” to avert a crush of tax hikes just 13 days away, despite President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid vowing to oppose it.

The move came as talks between Boehner and Obama suddenly hit a standstill. Boehner’s decision on Tuesday to put forward the “Plan B” — which would raise taxes only on those making over $1 million, and preserve current rates for everyone else — angered the White House. On Wednesday morning, the White House issued a formal veto threat, as the president urged Republicans during a press conference to “peel off the partisan war paint.”

In response to the president’s criticism and resistance, Boehner called a press conference — which lasted less than one minute — to declare the House was moving forward and put the onus on the president to get Democrats on board.

“Tomorrow, the House will pass legislation to make permanent tax relief for nearly every American,” Boehner said. “Then the president will have a decision to make. He can call on the Senate Democrats to pass that bill or he can be responsible for the largest tax increase in American history.”

War paint? Could any comment be more racially insensitive? Of all the acts of “spiritual genocide”!

Imagine how upset must be this poster woman for the Native American experience:


Anne Klein meets Pocahantas

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The Great Prevaricator

Sounds like President Pant-Load-I-Mean-Crease lies even when you can’t see his lips moving:

President Obama placed a phone call to House Speaker John Boehner this afternoon to congratulate him on passing three free trade agreements through the House of Representatives Wednesday, but what started as a courtesy call ended with the two leader’s disagreeing over job creation.

According to a read-out of the phone call provided by the office of the speaker, once the president and speaker finished exchanging niceties over the FTAs, Boehner “respectfully challenged” Obama for saying he had not yet seen a plan from Republicans to create jobs.

“I want to make sure you have all the facts,” the speaker told the president during a phone call that lasted about 10 minutes, according to the read-out.

The speaker then reminded the president that House Republicans put forth a Plan for America’s Job Creators in May, and recalled that he and other members of the GOP leadership team had spoken with Obama and his staff about the plan and they’d referred to it on numerous occasions, including in letters addressed to the president.

“The speaker told the president that when he sent his jobs plan to the Hill, Republicans pledged to give it consideration, and have done so,” the read-out stated. “The president was reminded of a memo written by GOP leaders outlining the specific areas where they believe common ground can be found. The speaker also noted that a number of the president’s ideas have already been acted on in the House, including a veterans hiring bill, trade agreements, and a three percent withholding bill approved by the Ways & Means Committee today that will be considered on the House floor this month.”

I know Boehner is never far from tears, but I think he could snap President One (Iron) over his knee like an errant putter.

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Seven Birdies, Five Bogeys

Guess what that’s about….

House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) and Vice President Biden set the tone at the start. Waiting for Obama to make his way down the center aisle, they stood before the House and had a talk — not about jobs, but about golf.

“Seven birdies, five bogeys,” Boehner reported to Biden.

“You’re kidding me!” the vice president said.

“I missed a four-foot, straight-on birdie on the last hole,” Boehner said of another round.

“Whoa!” the vice president said.

“So, the next day,” Boehner went on, “I shoot an 86! Ha, ha, ha!”

“That’s incredible,” the vice president said.

Boehner went on about other memorable golf moments before an aide let the men know that their microphones were live.

Because no one cared what Obama had to say and no one is listening any more.

– Aggie

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Don’t Get Even, Get Mad

This is my understanding of the order of events:

Obama tees it up for 10 straight days on the links of Martha’s Vineyard, promising his latest, awesomest stimulus program in September—just be patient;

At the approach of a hurricane, he vamooses, heading to the nearest telephone with a photographer close by;

Without consultation, he decides his latest failure-to-be must be delivered in the Roman Colosseum—as the venue is not available, he settles for the US Congress;

When informed (but not consulted) of the command performance, Congress demurs, citing the long-scheduled debate for the same time;

Claiming “coincidence”, Obama backs down like the mongrel, mutt that he is;

Deciding the optics look bad, Obama concocts anger, indignation.

That about right?

The White House was well aware the president’s speech would conflict with a planned Republican debate sponsored by POLITICO and NBC to be held at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif. The debate would be broadcast live by MSNBC, CNBC, Telemundo and live-streamed by POLITICO.

Yet the White House did not see this as an obstacle. “With all due respect, the POLITICO-MSNBC debate was one that was going on a cable station,” the White House source said. “It was not sacrosanct. We knew they would push it back and then there would be a GOP debate totally trashing the president. So it wasn’t all an upside for us.”…

Maybe I have this wrong. Maybe the Obama admin deferentially approached Boehner, who gave them the back of his hand. Maybe the president is the aggrieved party.

Nah.

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A Glorious Hissy Fit

This should put a smile on your Monday Morning Face

Paul Krugman hates the debt deal.

A deal to raise the federal debt ceiling is in the works. If it goes through, many commentators will declare that disaster was avoided. But they will be wrong.

For the deal itself, given the available information, is a disaster, and not just for President Obama and his party. It will damage an already depressed economy; it will probably make America’s long-run deficit problem worse, not better; and most important, by demonstrating that raw extortion works and carries no political cost, it will take America a long way down the road to banana-republic status.

My personal favorite part of the debt deal, btw, is that Nancy Pelosi won’t vote on it until she reads it!!! My second favorite part is that Paul Krugman is having this conniption fit on the pages of the NY Times.

Start with the economics. We currently have a deeply depressed economy. We will almost certainly continue to have a depressed economy all through next year. And we will probably have a depressed economy through 2013 as well, if not beyond.

The worst thing you can do in these circumstances is slash government spending, since that will depress the economy even further. Pay no attention to those who invoke the confidence fairy, claiming that tough action on the budget will reassure businesses and consumers, leading them to spend more. It doesn’t work that way, a fact confirmed by many studies of the historical record.

I guess we’re about to find out. The confidence fairy that told us that spending gobs of money would avert a deep recession was F.O.S. Perhaps this one is wrong too. Or perhaps Krugman is wrong.

So those demanding spending cuts now are like medieval doctors who treated the sick by bleeding them, and thereby made them even sicker.

And then there are the reported terms of the deal, which amount to an abject surrender on the part of the president. First, there will be big spending cuts, with no increase in revenue. Then a panel will make recommendations for further deficit reduction — and if these recommendations aren’t accepted, there will be more spending cuts.

Jeez, he sounds annoyed.

Listen, our liberal friends. If you have the sense that something nasty is being shoved down your throats, please recall the health care bill, which was shoved down the throats of every single American without your leadership even reading it. Now remember it again. And again. And then stop telling the rest of us that you are somehow being treated unfairly.

Back to the calm, :) Aggie. Guess who the Left is blaming?

Did the president have any alternative this time around? Yes.

First of all, he could and should have demanded an increase in the debt ceiling back in December. When asked why he didn’t, he replied that he was sure that Republicans would act responsibly. Great call.

And even now, the Obama administration could have resorted to legal maneuvering to sidestep the debt ceiling, using any of several options. In ordinary circumstances, this might have been an extreme step. But faced with the reality of what is happening, namely raw extortion on the part of a party that, after all, only controls one house of Congress, it would have been totally justifiable.

Make no mistake about it, what we’re witnessing here is a catastrophe on multiple levels.

It is, of course, a political catastrophe for Democrats, who just a few weeks ago seemed to have Republicans on the run over their plan to dismantle Medicare; now Mr. Obama has thrown all that away. And the damage isn’t over: there will be more choke points where Republicans can threaten to create a crisis unless the president surrenders, and they can now act with the confident expectation that he will.

In the long run, however, Democrats won’t be the only losers. What Republicans have just gotten away with calls our whole system of government into question. After all, how can American democracy work if whichever party is most prepared to be ruthless, to threaten the nation’s economic security, gets to dictate policy? And the answer is, maybe it can’t.

That last paragraph shows that Krugman has moved into Aggie’s corner. I felt that way about how the health care bill was handled. And, more broadly, about the rhetoric accompanying all eight years of George W. Bush’s rather successful Presidency (average.. maybe 5% unemployment, right?). There is a deep dislike between factions of the US public. One wonders if we will someday break into several countries. It might not be the most intelligent way to resolve our differences, but hatred rarely leads to intelligent decision making.

– Aggie

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