I’d cry, too.
“The House Republican majority is made up mostly of members who are in sharply gerrymandered districts that are very safely Republican and may not feel compelled to pay attention to broad-based public opinion, because what they’re really concerned about is the opinions of their specific Republican constituencies,” the president said in an interview with The New Republic.
True ‘dat. But where do you think this gerrymandering came from? It “fell out of the design” of drawing up favorable gerrymanders for blacks to win Congressional seats. As it turned out, with blacks safely ghettoized in black gerrymanders, life became a whole lot easier for Republicans running for Congress, if the gerrymanders delicately split white liberals and Democrats. This is why in 2012, in states like Florida and Ohio, the Democrats won them in Presidential and Senatorial terms, but Republicans won them in Congressional terms (12/16 in OH, 17/27 in FL), even though generically, Democrats got more votes than Republicans for House candidates in both states. We do know for a fact that Republicans won 233 (+/-) of 435 House seats nationally in spite of the generic House results slightly favoring Democrats.
But it seems like a lot of what black politicians want wind up boomeranging to bite them in their asses. They wanted gun control, (“because of gun violence in black communities”), then bitched when enforcing it (esp. felon-in-possession) sent blacks to prison. They wanted the vast disparity in sentencing between crack cocaine and powder cocaine, (“because of the negative effects that crack is having in black communities”), then they bitched and moaned when they realized it meant black crack dealers getting long bids in Federal prison — It took a piece of legislation that Obama recently signed to roll back the crack-powder disparity somewhat. And now they’re bitching about gerrymandering.
Obama also said he can get 50 percent of public support for many of his upcoming initiatives, but “I can’t get enough votes out of the House of Representatives to actually get something passed. … I think there is still shock on the part of some in the party that I won re-election.”
None of you swore allegiance to public policy polls when you took your oaths of office, you swore allegiance to the Constitution, which was not itself on the ballot in November.
The president said he has a profound respect for the traditions of hunting that date back for generations.
Funny, I don’t find “hunting” in the Constitution at all. And I personally think that it’s bad PR in bringing up killing innocent animals as Second Amendment apologetics. PETA’s ears must be bleeding right now.
He said that moving forward on the topic means understanding that the realities of guns in urban areas are very different from the realities of guns in rural areas.
So are the realities of racial demographics.
Obama also said one of the biggest factors in the gun-control debate will be how it is shaped by the media.
So far, they’ve got his back. Except he’s not talking about “that” media:
“If a Republican member of Congress is not punished on Fox News or by Rush Limbaugh for working with a Democrat on a bill of common interest, then you’ll see more of them doing it,” he said. “I think John Boehner genuinely wanted to get a deal done, but it was hard to do in part because his caucus is more conservative probably than most Republican leaders are, and partly because he is vulnerable to attack for compromising Republican principles and working with Obama.”
If only Rush Limbaugh weren’t in the way, he’d have almost everything he wanted from a man who reminds him of a typical go-along-to-get-along suburban Chicagoland country club checkered-pants RINO.
By Woodward’s account, Boehner fit a type that Obama believed he knew well from his eight years as a state legislator in Illinois. “John Boehner is like a Republican state senator,” the president tells his inner circle, according to Woodward. “He’s a golf-playing, cigarette-smoking, country-club Republican who’s there to make deals. He’s very familiar to me.”
The problem is, Boehner has little control of or respect among House Republicans. He can’t control them in the way Gingrich did Republicans or Pelosi did Democrats. The reason is that nobody believes that John Boehner was anything but the accidental beneficiary of a movement that other people created. Obama missed all that.
You can see where I’ve walked, because there will be fist-sized parallel depression lines in the ground a few feet apart.
I know I’m a knuckledragger, because I opposed TARP.
Beyond that, John Boehner ought to be careful throwing around that demand like he actually has any moral authority to make House Republicans “get their asses in line.” In 1994, the narrative that Newt Gingrich was almost single-handedly responsible for the Red Wave of House elections that year that gave Republicans control of the chamber for the first time in 40 years and him the Speaker’s gavel was a big distortion in reality, but at least the concept was believable, and more importantly, it was believed. House Republicans thought they owed him, and if Speaker Gingrich ever said “get your asses in line,” House Republican asses would have gotten in line. Nobody thinks that John Boehner had anything to do with 2010’s Red Wave, he was just an accidental beneficiary of it. If you’re a typical Freshman Republican in this Congress, and John Boehner is on one line telling you to “get your ass in line,” and on the other line is a conference call of various Tea Party Movement leaders and fundraisers, and they’re telling you to keep your ass out of Boehner’s line, which of your ears is most open to your brain? Right.
While we’re on that matter, not all House Republican Freshmen are giving Boehner the aviary symbol — Allen West strikes again — His black ass is certianly getting in line, playing House Negro to Boehner’s Massa. It’s perfectly obvious now where he thinks his political future lies, and that is in House leadership. As you know from reading this space, I wouldn’t trust him with anything more than the power of an ordinary Congressman, because he’ll use any such power to the benefit of the cause of affirmative action. Proof? Pigford. Now I’m starting to think (or rather, hope) that he should lose his next election, even if it is to an unhinged leftist kook, even if the political class takes the wrong message from his defeat, just to get him out of Congress to keep that from happening, because of the way he’s now sucking up to Boehner on behalf of a budget that cuts almost nothing. Unfortunately, I’m hoping beyond hope when it comes to that, because the Florida legislature, Republican run in both chambers, will very likely give him a favorable gerrymander.
As an aside, Tim Huelskamp, mentioned in that Politico article as the bookend to Allen West, succeeded Jerry Moran in KS-1.
UPDATE 7/29: Allen West continues to open mouth and insert foot. Notice that Laura Ingraham (along with Ann Coulter) have turned into a Boehner suckup — I wonder what their angle is — They’re not House members, so they can’t be won over by the usual political log rolling. Perhaps the consideration is something abstract. I would hope for their sakes that they’re not dumb enough to poodle along for Boehner and the GOP Ruling Class for free on account of they actually trust him and them — I’ll lose even more respect for those two women if that’s the case.
BTW, West is going around claiming that he didn’t know about Pigford, and his vote not to defund was based on understandable ignorance. Breitbart was on Dana Loesch’s show today and blew that excuse out of the water, telling us that he and he personally briefed West on Pigford months BEFORE last year’s elections. Obviously, Pigford is Breitbart’s baby, as exposing Pigford fraud through one of the James O’Keefe stings is partially how the Breitbart media empire got on the map, though in reality, it’s Jared Taylor’s baby and has been for more than ten years. Point is, we have proof that West is lying. Though Breitbart chalks that mendacity up to West getting absorbed into the Beltway culture. Maybe that’s true to a point, but the real reason is that a black is a black is a black is a black is a black is a black. Don’t trust a one of ‘em any further than you can spit. Now you know why I hopes he loses his next election.
Four years ago, the situation was reversed — He was handing her the gavel. The Blue Wave of 2006 swept Denny Hastert out of the Speaker’s chair, but in between election day and the new session of Congress, Hastert declined to pursue any leadership position within the Republican House caucus to become just a plain ole Congressman. (A few months later, Hastert decided that being a backbencher in the minority party was no fun, so he quit his seat.) John Boehner, who won an upset victory early in 2006 to become the new House Majority Leader after the fall of Tom DeLay, beating co-favorites (now Sen.) Roy Blunt (MO) and John Shadegg (AZ), was easily able to slide into House Minority Leader once Hastert called time on his own leadership career. So this is why Boehner was the one who handed Pelosi the gavel then. Since Pelosi is going to remain minority leader, she’s handing him the gavel now as the Democrat leader.
I know the first order of business will be to pass a quixotic ObamaCare repeal bill. The House Republicans know that even if their repeal bill passes the Senate, and Reid has dropped hints that he’ll sit on the bill, meaning it won’t even get to a Senate vote, and even if it passes the Senate, President Obama will veto it, and there’s no prayer of an override. But the purpose of the quixotic pursuit is twofold — One, a symbolic gesture to the Republican base and other ObamaCare opponents, and Two, assuming that there is a Senate vote, to get Senators up in 2012 on record on the matter, and two-and-a-half, if it passes the Senate, getting Obama on record vetoing it before his re-election campaign in 2012.
Once they get done with that, Boehner should have the House repudiate its own passage of cap-and-trade and the DREAM Act in the previous Congress, so that they’re not floating out there for Reid to try and sneak through the Senate some way some how.
You wanna know what the most frightening thing was about Rush Limbaugh’s apparent heart attack scare a few days ago?
I’ve read a lot of blogs and a lot of tweets since then, and I read a lot of “hope you get well” and “please don’t kick off on us Rush” and “If you die on us who’s gonna resist Obama” messages from Rush fans, and a lot of vitriol and hate from the other side, many of their posts are gleeful that Rush’s possible death would have cleared the way for Obama.
The scary part about that is that both sides are right: Rush Limbaugh is the only thing standing in the way of the Obama agenda. Think about it: We supposedly have an opposition party in Congress, but who are their leaders? I dare you, and by “you,” mean a typical American, to name one. There, you see? As for those of you who do know — Mitch McConnell? John Boehner? Two words: Yawn, yawn. Backing out Sarah Palin, who I think isn’t running, none of the 2012 Presidential candidates, at least the ones CW says will run, garner any excitement.
To put it another way, as Michael Savage, who returned to his show early from the vacation, mainly to talk about Hot Pants, said, so many people are worried about Rush Limbaugh’s health because there’s no real leadership from either party in this country. Obama and the Democrats are saying mostly the wrong things, while the Republicans plus Joe Lieberman are virtually silent.