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Monday, July 11, 2011

Something's Going Right, Obama 'Testy' in Debt Ceiling Meeting

Look, if Obama is upset with Boehner, it means two things. One, Boehner is doing his job and two, Obama's not getting his way and that's good for America. Virtually everything out of Obama's mouth is a provable lie. For example, Obama defended his position by saying that 'America is not a banana Republic.' Ironic, since he's the one who has been trying to turn us into one. Up is down, back is front, and left is right with this guy. Apparently, the Sunday night meeting with Republican leaders over what to do about the debt ceiling was 'testy' and Obama is going to be holding a news conference today; expect some of the 'testiness' to carry over.

President Barack Obama called congressional leaders back to the White House for another round of budget talks Monday, telling them during a testy meeting Sunday that they will gather daily until a deal is reached, Democratic and Republican officials said.

In a bid to take his case to voters, the president also will hold a press conference Monday morning, the White House announced at the conclusion of the meeting.

During a 75-minute session Sunday at the White House, Obama told the congressional leaders that America is not a “banana republic,” so he won’t agree to several months-long debt increases that raise fears of a default, according to two Democratic officials familiar with the meeting.

The president argued several times that negotiators should work toward a $4 trillion package for reducing the deficit rather than the smaller one favored by Republicans, calling on them to stand up to their base to get it done. He said both parties would suffer politically, but they need to do something substantial, said a third Democratic official familiar with the meeting.
I commend Boehner for holding tough to this point but this ain't over by a long shot. He is going to be subjected to increased pressure, Alinsky-style until he caves. Holding tough in last night's meeting is not enough. He must hold tough until August 2nd. If he doesn't, both he and his party will suffer huge political repercussions from an increasingly angry Tea Party.

Whether Boehner knows it or not, he actually holds all the cards. He doesn't need to make a deal - nor should he. If no deal is reached, he gets practically everything the Tea Party is demanding from him. Conservatives don't want a raised debt ceiling. No deal = no raised debt ceiling. Obama knows this and will do everything he can to massage the numbers to get Boehner to cave.

Speaker Boehner has continued to disappoint in his leadership role. Here is an opportunity for him to come through. Historical data tells us he's going to cave but pressure from the right is increasing. He's like the guy who perpetually strikes out in the clutch, now at bat in the bottom of the ninth, two outs, full count, bases loaded, and down by three runs.

He will do the equivalent of two things: cry or win.

It's that simple.

Quick! Someone send Boehner a copy of Braveheart and demand he watch it.

h/t Freedom's Lighthouse

Video: Liberal Juan Williams Spins for Eric Holder over Project Gunrunner

This is an absolutely shameful performance by Juan Williams on Fox News Sunday, along with some disappointing assumptions made by Brit Hume and Stephen Hayes. Mara Liasson didn't wade too deep into any cogent analysis but implied, if ever so slightly, that the reason for the scandal could have been the fact that ATF has been operating with an 'acting Director' and not a confirmed one. That one is straight from the liberal talking points and NPR doesn't like Mara going too far off the reservation during her Fox appearances.

First up, Brit Hume. Very early in this segment, Hume asserts that Gunrunner is a real scandal and that the Justice Department reminds him of Nixon's DOJ. Then, Hume disappoints slightly at the end when Bret Baier asks him about the operation having anything to do with the Obama administration's gun control agenda. Instead of saying, 'I hope not' or 'I can see where someone might get that idea' or 'we'll have to wait and see,' Hume demurs and pooh poohs the notion. While doing so, however, he noticeably lowers his voice, which could express doubt. Then again, that's a question for Tanya Reiman.

Stephen Hayes makes some good points but extends Holder too much grace when he says that the Attorney General's motives were noble and that he implemented Fast and Furious to get bigger drug cartel fish after the Bush administration had very limited success. The problem with that assessment is that the evidence is increasingly pointing to that merely being the stated objective, not the actual one. Perhaps Hayes should review all the reportage on this story; it started back in late December with Sipsey Street and David Codrea. In particular, he should look at the comment from Agent John Dodson who said he was told 'if you want to make an omelette, you have to scramble some eggs' by one of his supervisors. That can mean many things, including: 'If you want gun control, innocent people have to die.' Both Hayes and Hume punted a bit.

Now for Juan Williams. This guy would be a good spinmeister if he picked his battles better. Defending Eric Holder by saying that people have been after him for a long time and that this is all political, is unmatched hackery. He then lists several reasons why people don't like Holder. Unwittingly, Williams made the case that maybe Holder is just a bad guy by listing those things but he was too busy defending Holder to notice.

h/t Sipsey Street

Video: The Obama Legacy

One of the better political videos out there. If for no other reason, watch it for the music. If there is a downside, the song is too short to encompass all of Obama's failings since taking office but these guys do a good job of catching a lot of them. I attempted to keep a list myself shortly after he got inaugurated and simply couldn't keep up after just a few months. This video is replete with charts, images, and facts you'll likely remember. Again, great song!

2012 Anthem anyone?

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