““And the tea party hobbits could return to Middle Earth having defeated Mordor. This is the kind of crack political thinking that turned Sharon Angle and Christine O’Donnell into GOP Senate nominees. The reality is, the debt limit will be raised one way or another.” John McCain
John McCain is a great man! The Pink Flamingo has said so all along. I am extremely proud to have supported him, and would do so in a minute – again! On Wednesday, he reminded me of why I think he is so great!
He let ’em have it with both barrels. He made Sean Hannity look like an idiot, which is not all that difficult, BTW. Even more important, he “gets” the PR game. Can you imagine what our country would be like had he won?
“...There are Republicans in both the House and Senate who are still pushing for another vote on the balanced budget amendment, even though “cut cap and balance,” which contains such an amendment, has already failed in the Senate. Tea Party GOP Senators such as Jim DeMint and Rand Paul are calling on colleagues to reject John Boehner’s proposal for a two-tiered debt ceiling increase, and are instead demanding another vote on “cut cap and balance.” Meanwhile, House conservatives such as Mike Pence are also urging another vote on a modified version of a balanced budget amendment.
To such conservatives, McCain offered a simple answer: You’re in fantasy-land, and you’re doing your constituents a disservice by perpetuating the falsehood that such a thing can ever happen.
“What is really amazing about this is that some members are believing that we can pass a balanced-budget amendment to the Constitution in this body with its present representation — and that is foolish,” McCain said angrily. “That is worse than foolish. That is deceiving many of our constituents.” McCain went on to rip the idea as “bizarro.”
The Pink Flamingo must also admit, I am a bit surprised about Lindsey’s stand on this thing. For regular readers who think I never disagree with him, well, I do on this one. I am very upset with Lindsey for backing the DeMint plan and not Boehner’s.
I don’t understand why Lindsey is taking this stand.
“...ONE IN FIVE — Sens. Jim DeMint and Lindsey Graham pressured South Carolina’s five fellow Republican House members Tuesday to repudiate Speaker John Boehner and vote against his plan for resolving the debt-ceiling crisis. Congressional Democrats and Republicans appear headed for a clash today over the dueling plans to cut spending and raise the federal debt ceiling. As of Tuesday, only one of the five S.C. House Republicans – Rep. Jeff Duncan – had clearly stated a willingness to vote against his party leader’s plan to raise the debt ceiling twice, now and next year, tied to two phases of spending cuts potentially totaling $3 trillion….”
As soon as McCain went after the tea parties, the libertarian publication “reason” went after him. I think this should tell us who is in charge of the tea parties, and that their agenda is NOT for the good of the country but for the good of the losertarian movement.
“...McCain is obviously no stranger to do-something histrionics, which he sporadically tries to walk back post-facto on those rare occasions when he feels like he needs to be responsive to, rather than dismissive of, grassroots right-of-center sentiment. What I think is more interesting here is his dismissal of the “crack political thinking” of the Tea Party in 2010, a year that returned a Republican majority to the House of Representatives, anchored by a new caucus of Tea Party-approved freshmen. Why, it’s almost as if McCain (like his intellectual patron Bill Kristol) is irritated by the fact that Republicans on Capitol Hill are having to take limited-government concerns seriously for the first time in a generation!
Nick Gillespie and I wrote about that latter phenomenon (including the role of Christine O’Donnell) in yesterday’s L.A. Times. I wrote a book four years ago entitled McCain: The Myth of a Maverick. FWIW, I completely agree with the senator that anyone who thinks that a highly improbable debt default would be blamed primarily on Obama is probably goofy-headed; I’m just not sure that describes many people.
Oh, and I left out the best part–as is utterly predictable yet totally hilarious, the New York Times announced McCain’s Tea Party slam with the eternal announcement: “[O]n Wednesday morning, it looked like the maverick had returned.”….”