Newslinks for Friday July 29, 2011Posted on 07/29/2011
- A real adult in the room: Harvard's Jeff Miron explains why the fiscal gap in America, not the debt ceiling or current deficit, is our biggest problem
- Jon Kyl's message to Tea Partiers: "We don't control the government, conservatives are not in charge"...
- ...meanwhile, Tim Scott on why Boehner bill is inadequate and why he and other Tea Partiers are hoping for Boehner 2.0
- Peggy Noonan explains why she thinks Obama has been a "loser" during the debt talks
Ryan Streeter at The Republican: This has been a good week for Republicans in the polls: The GOP is looking older, younger, and more independent (UPDATED 3:45pm)
Boehner still short of votes as hardline GOPers demand deeper cuts
[HotAir is calling it 'Boehnergeddon']
"Boehner faces the biggest test of his speakership Friday morning as he tries to resuscitate a monumental debt-limit bill that was forced from the floor Thursday night because Republican leaders hadn’t lined up enough votes to pass it." - Politico
Tea Party Freshmen are still demanding more deficit reduction and harder limits on future spending than the speaker's bill offers, threatening any possibility that Boehner can turn the GOP conference into a reliable governing majority - WSJ
- Handy New York Times table comparing the House and Senate plans.
- Cato: Boehner’s New Plan Doesn’t Cut Spending: "The “cuts” in the Boehner plan are only cuts from the CBO baseline, which is an assumed path of constantly rising spending."
> Last night's Republican: What a Boehner!
In an editorial the Wall Street Journal warns "the unrealistic wing of the conservative movement" that it is overplaying its hand - WSJ editorial
In his Washington Post column Charles Krauthammer warns conservatives that they can't achieve all of their goals until a Republican is elected to the White House.
Jennifer Rubin calls the hardline GOPers "buckets of crazy" and the "burn-the-building-down set" - Washington Post
Bachmann, Paul and Palin lead the opposition
Bachmann still opposes higher debt ceiling - Washington Post
Bachmann opposes Boehner plan because it doesn't repeal Obamacare - American Spectator
"Rep. Ron Paul has blasted top House Republicans for a lack of leadership, and called on supporters to pressure top GOP officials not to “cut a backroom deal with President Obama.”" - Daily Caller
"Without explicitly saying that House Republicans should reject the Boehner plan, Sarah Palin pens a menacing Facebook missive telling first-term lawmakers: "Everyone I talk to still believes in contested primaries." - Politico | Fox
Sharron Angle and Joe Walsh attack McCain for likening hardline Tea Partiers to "hobbits"
""This man campaigned for Tea Party support in his last re-election," Angle said Thursday in a statement. "It is regrettable that a man seeking dialogue, action and cooperation for votes on the floor of the United States Senate has only one strategy to achieve that effort: name-calling. Nice." She added that "as in the fable, it is the hobbits who are the heroes and save the land." Angle said McCain "brings no new ideas to the Senate floor."" - Quoted by Roll Call
"Folks like Sen. John McCain have been in this town for too long and they're the ones who have gotten us into this mess year after year after year," the Illinois congressman [Joe Walsh] said Thursday on "CNN Newsroom." "Folks like him … have no clue as to the troubles Americans are going through right now. They don't understand this crisis anymore." - CNN
Joe Klein: Republicans are more dangerous than Osama bin Laden ever was - TIME
And why are no House Democrats helping Boehner?
"Let’s start with the House Democrats, who are content to make a political statement and sit on their hands. That means that the Boehner plan must pass with only Republican votes and Democrats don’t care if financial markets melt down tomorrow morning (they will). Add to this list the White House. Are they whipping Democrats to vote for the Boehner plan, move a legislative vehicle to the House, soothe financial markets, and work to a better (in their eyes) legislative outcome in the Senate? No; that’s called governing. Instead, they are pushing a Reid proposal that will never get 60 votes in the Senate." - Douglas Holtz-Eakin for NRO
- "Unlike the House, which has been enmeshed in intraparty warfare, Democratic leader Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell, the top Senate Republican, have continued to hold back-channel discussions about a possible compromise." - FT ($)
- 10 things that point to a debt ceiling deal by Toby Harnden for The Telegraph
- And: Michael Tomasky asks why President Obama won’t do what he needs to do and raise the debt ceiling unilaterally - Daily Beast
What is the public making of the debt ceiling debate?
"Americans don't like the way President Obama or the top leaders in Congress are handling the negotiations to raise the debt ceiling, a new USA TODAY/Gallup Poll shows. But they're more likely to give positive marks to Obama than to House Speaker John Boehner or Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid."
HOWEVER, at the Washington Examiner Michael Barone says comparisons between a named President and a group always flatter the President.
Also this from Nate Silver: "The fact that so few Republicans who face competitive general elections have defied Mr. Boehner implies that Republicans perceive public opinion among the broader electorate to be on the side of action to raise the debt ceiling."
- GOP presidential hopeful Jon Huntsman lamented what he called the nation’s “heroin-like addiction” to foreign oil imports Thursday, calling for policies that boost alternative-fuel vehicles and energy technology research - The Hill
- Rick Perry under fire for putting state rights before socially conservative values - LA Times
- Republican support for same-sex marriage has jumped 8 percent since 2006 - Commentary
- Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey was hospitalized Thursday morning after he complained of difficulty breathing - Washington Times
Peggy Noonan: Hardly anyone loves Obama
"At the height of Bill Clinton's troubles there were always people who'd say, "Look, I love the guy." They'd often be smiling—a wry smile, a shrugging smile. Nobody smiles when they talk about Mr. Obama. There were people who loved George W. Bush when he was at his most unpopular, and they meant it and would say it. But people aren't that way about Mr. Obama. He has supporters and bundlers and contributors, he has voters, he may win. But his support is grim support." - Peggy Noonan in the WSJ
Pew finds deepening disappointment with Obama: "A majority (54%) disapprove of Obama’s performance for the first time in his presidency. His approval among independents has slipped to 36% from 42% last month and 49% in late May."
Why is the Left so frustrated with Obama?
"The problem for the left is that the very qualities that enabled Obama to win in 2008 have kept him from being the savior they have long dreamed of. The advantage of having a great filibusterer is that you can’t pin him down; the disadvantage is that he does not like to push his own plans. The stimulus bill was not his plan. Neither was cap-and-trade or the health care bill. He blasted the very tax deal he agreed to last December. This year he submitted a budget, then walked it back, and didn’t replace it with anything. And most recently in the debt ceiling fight, there is no Obama plan. Why? Because Obama doesn’t do plans." - Jay Cost for The Weekly Standard
Congressmen are hosting hundreds of fund-raising events in the weeks surrounding the deficit fight, including some tied specifically to the battle over the debt ceiling - WSJ
The media praises far-left politicians while demonizing advocates of limited government - Reason
New York Times compares life in 2009, 2010 and 2011 in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan - New York Times
Has NASA killed the global warming industry? - PowerLine
"U.S. intelligence has apparently concluded that Moscow was behind last September's bombing of the U.S. Embassy in the nation of Georgia. But the Obama administration still thinks Russia is our friend." - IBD
And finally... Is Boehner planning revenge on Tea Party hardliner, Jim Jordan?
"House Speaker John Boehner knows how to play hardball. One day after conservative House Study Committee Chairman Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, was reamed out by party leadership for working to undermine Boehner's deficit reduction bill, the Speaker's allies back home are fighting back by trying to draw him out of his seat. The Columbus Dispatch reports that two Ohio Republicans close to the redistricting process are now seriously considering altering his district so he'd have to run in a much less-friendly seat." - Hotline
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