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The Beltway Brats

July 13, 2011
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There are very few adults in this story.  The way The Pink Flamingo sees it, the far right is behaving just as badly as the far left.  The Tea Party Freaks are just as nasty as the Obama Freaks.  It really doesn’t matter.  They are only interested in their own agenda.

They are rapidly marginalizing themselves, diminishing themselves, and becoming smaller and smaller by the moment.

Mitch McConnell may have a solution.

Jim DeMint is grandstanding about it.

The Right Scoop

Eric Cantor is feuding with John Boehner.

Erick Erickson hates Mitch McConnell.

Hugh Hewett is taking McConnell’s side.  If Hewett approves, and he is such a stickler….?

John Boehner thinks McConnell has done Good Work on the back up plan.

“...His idea if we can’t get there, none of us believe we ought to default on the full faith and credit of the United States government,” Boehner said. “I think that idea and there are other ideas out there in terms of backup plans. In case we can’t come to an agreement…. Everybody believes there needs to be a backup plan if we are unable to come to an agreement. I think Mitch has done good work.”…”

Obama is doing the usual social security threat.

The pathetic little wannabes are damning Mitch McConnell.

“…ForAmerica Chairman Brent Bozell released a scathing statement, accusing McConnell of writing the president a “blank check” to continue the government’s spending binge.

“If Mitch McConnell thinks caving to President Obama and allowing him to raise the debt ceiling without cuts is the way to become Senate Majority Leader, he is sorely mistaken,” said Bozell. “It’s these sort of shenanigans that got Republicans thrown out of power in 2006.”

Peggy Nance, CEO of Concerned Women for America, also blasted McConnell’s proposal.

“It is nearly unbelievable that the Senate Minority Leader would suggest a deal that would give the President power to raise the debt ceiling without any kind of significant opposition,” said Nance. “What kind of deal is one that further drives our nation into spending oblivion, putting the country at significant risk of a permanent recession?” (Dems: We couldn’t attack Republicans if we agree to Medicare cuts)

And James Valvo, director of government affairs at Americans for Prosperity (AFP), said that AFP is “opposed to any deal that abdicates Congress’s constitutional responsibility to authorize any debt it wants the country to issue. Reversing the incentives in order to shield senators and representatives from politically-tough decisions is a non-starter.”…”

Hot Air

Jennifer Rubin has it right:

“…The concept isn’t that hard to understand. 1. McConnell had enough of the phony White House talks. The White House offered a paltry $2 billion in actual, immediate cuts. 2. McConnell gave a speech to make clear that wasn’t enough and that the debt limit would be raised only with real cuts and without tax hikes. 3. McConnell could sit back and wait for default. 4. But he comes up with a mechanism to force Obama to put up cuts, send them to Congress and face “default” if the president’s cuts don’t get through. 5. In the process he makes 34 Democratic senators vote over and over again on cuts. (The sound you hear in the background is the conga line at the Senate Republican Committee headquarters.)…If there is a criticism of the McConnell plan it is that he vastly overestimated the ability of the political class to understand an out-of-the-box proposal. Maybe he could come up with a chart or a video. For now, expect another speech on the Senate floor tomorrow and some talk-radio appearances..”

Then again, it is possible that, aside from John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, and John McCain, Lindsey may be the only other remaining grown up in DC. Lindsey thinks that neither side is going to give.

“…The outlook for a deal to raise the debt ceiling has grown considerably more pessimistic over the last several hours.

“Right now I’m very worried,” Senator Lindsey Graham, R-SC, said today during a taping of ABC’s “Subway Series.” “If I were a betting man, I’d bet no. The President says he’s not going to do a short term extension. Our guys are saying we aren’t going to generate any new revenue.”

Senator Graham said if the debt ceiling is not raised, it would be “a disaster.”…”

What ABC does not mention here is that Lindsey says it is a disaster no matter which way it goes.

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