The Other McCain

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Obama’s Down. Can GOP Put Him Out?

Posted on | September 14, 2011 | 20 Comments

“There is only so much disaster-control you can do. When you’re in a disaster, you can spin it as ‘not that bad’ or ‘not my fault’ . . . but you cannot actually spin or speechify a horrific state of affairs into a positive one.”
Ace of Spades, “Obama on the Ropes? Two GOP Polls Say He’s At His Lowest Point (So Far…)”

Nevertheless, Obama must try the impossible:

Having spent two decades in the pews of Reverend Wright’s church listening to the Hate America Gospel, President Zero is perhaps not familiar with the actual Bible. He therefore may not catch the near-sacrilegious resemblance between his sermon in Raleigh and Christ’s charge to His disciples: “If ye love me, keep my commandments.”

Everyone raised as a Christian will, however, recognize the hint of blasphemy in this spontaneous expression of Obama’s fundmental narcissism, and the cultic implications in the shouted adoration from his liberal flock. It’s a wonder they didn’t cover his path to Raleigh with palm fronds, or bring the blind and deaf to the rally, hoping to be healed by touching his garments. And I don’t doubt many talk-radio hosts will make the most of all that, as well they should.

Nevertheless, talk is just talk and what we need now is action to maximize the strategic momentum gained by Tuesday’s triumph. Congressional Republicans should seize the initiative on two fronts:

  1. Relentlessly expose the Solyndra scandalThe shocking revelations of this dirty deal should be front-and-center in every argument about the administration’s economic policy. Congressional investigators now have under scrutiny a textbook example of the kind of corrupt insider favoritism that the Democrats’ stimulus spending spree made possible. GOP presidential candidates can help maximize the impact of exposure by making Solyndra the focus of their attacks on the incumbent’s policy agenda. We ought to hear the phrase “Solyndra scandal” in every stump speech, every press release and every Republican debate. And I’d love to see some 30-second TV ads on this subject, if not from the indvidual presidential GOP campaigns, then from Reince Priebus’s RNC. (C’mon, Reince: You could raise millions on this issue.)
  2. Beat Obama with his own trick — Obama says “pass this bill” knowing full well that House Republicans won’t even let it out of committee. It’s dead on arrival, and Obama’s pushing it as the first move in a chess game that he intends to end by campaigning next year against a “do-nothing” Republican Congress. (The Harry Truman playbook from 1948.) Ergo, do something: Let the House GOP ram through a blanket six-month payroll tax holiday — reductions in payroll taxes being a key component of Obama’s own plan — without any amendments or attachments. “A clean bill,” as they say, presenting Harry Reid’s Senate Democrats with an up-or-down choice on providing an economic boost through tax relief for tens of millions of American workers. Let Republican senators then demand that the House bill be brought to a vote, and if Reid refuses to act, then accuse Democrats of being liars: They say they want to boost the economy, help the middle class and create jobs, but when they have a chance to do something, the Democrats really want to play politics.

If this political hardball forces Reid to bring the Payroll Tax Holiday to a vote, it would pass by an overwhelming margin, because there are 20 Democrat senators up for re-election next year and they’d be fools to vote against such a bill. And would Obama dare to veto it? Hell, no.

Let Boehner’s GOP majority ram that bill through the House, then, and they’ll destroy Obama’s pass-this-bill chess strategy in one move. Once everybody gets their payroll tax break, Republicans will be able to say they have indeed “done something” to boost the economy, and will relieve any political pressure to pass anything remotely like Obama’s silly American Jobs Act.

And making it a six-month payroll tax holiday? That’s the real genius of it. Should Boehner and Mitch McConnell manage to get this proposal enacted this fall, they would set up another vote next spring on whether to extend the payroll tax holiday. The political battlefield would be shifted. Instead of Democrats on the offense with demands for more spending, they’d be playing defense, trying to explain why they’re against cutting taxes.

Fresh off their historic victory of September 13th, Republicans need to move aggressively and rapidly against the liberal agenda, heeding the wisest maxims of strategy:

“Always mystify, mislead, and surprise the enemy, if possible; and when you strike and overcome him, never let up in the pursuit so long as your men have strength to follow; for an army routed, if hotly pursued, becomes panic-stricken, and can then be destroyed by half their number. The other rule is, never fight against heavy odds, if by any possible maneuvering you can hurl your own force on only a part, and that the weakest part, of your enemy and crush it. Such tactics will win every time, and a small army may thus destroy a large one in detail, and repeated victory will make it invincible.”

Or, to quote Da Tech Guy‘s favorite Yankee general: “Ride right through them — they’re demoralized as hell!”

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What You Can Do
If you agree with the logic of the foregoing argument, why don’t you copy it in an e-mail and send it to your Republican representative, senator, governor or state GOP chairman? You can also e-mail it to your favorite local or national talk radio host, or Republican presidential candidates. Also, by using the “share” button at the bottom of the post, you can share it via Twitter or post it to Facebook. Thanks in advance for your help in spreading the word. — RSM


20 Responses to “Obama’s Down. Can GOP Put Him Out?”

  1. Steve in TN
    September 14th, 2011 @ 10:29 pm
  2. Joe
    September 14th, 2011 @ 10:48 pm

    Well in answer to your headline rhetorical question:  Never underestimate the ability of the GOP to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. 

  3. Anonymous
    September 14th, 2011 @ 10:48 pm

    No love for SCOAMF!

  4. Rose
    September 14th, 2011 @ 11:00 pm

    Linked, here: and here: and Sharing.

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  6. newrouter
    September 14th, 2011 @ 11:34 pm

    yo rsm

    “Texas Representative Louie Gohmert is a genius. He’s absconded with the
    name of Obama’s jobs bill — the American Jobs Act of 2011 –and used it
    for his own tax-cutting bill.”

  7. Joe
    September 14th, 2011 @ 11:36 pm

    As for Stacy’s Plan:  I love it when Stacy starts channelling Lee and Jackson. 

  8. Anonymous
    September 14th, 2011 @ 11:39 pm

    Duh, Stupid Party ™.

  9. DaveO
    September 14th, 2011 @ 11:58 pm

    Two ideas:

    Along with Solyndra, push Fast&Furious – with plenty of pics of Terry and his family.

    Obama has one ploy he can use to de-link the GOP: start talking about how bad the economy truly is and why the GOP just can’t give up pork and patronage. Most folks, especially Dems, can remember what they were doing this morning, so that tack will work well.

  10. Anonymous
    September 15th, 2011 @ 12:00 am

    The blind and deaf are riding in Obie’s Press Bus.

  11. Anonymous
    September 15th, 2011 @ 12:01 am

    The GOP won’t move in for the kill, though.  Wouldn’t be collegial.  Terribly frowned upon on the Georgetown circuit…

  12. Joe
    September 15th, 2011 @ 12:04 am

    I agree Fast & Furious and Solyndra needs to be discussed all the time and coherently explained. 

  13. jwallin
    September 15th, 2011 @ 12:06 am

    Matthew 21:5
    “Behold, your
    king is coming to you, humble, and mounted on an ass..”

    So, who in O’s entourage is the ASS?

    (an abundance of choices here)

  14. Brian D Paasch
    September 15th, 2011 @ 12:07 am

    “GOP put him out”???? The go-along-to-get-along crowd? The, “gee, we’re just happy to be here to keep the chair warm until the dems retake the seat” crowd? The, “I’m here to reach across the isle” gang?
    Why on earth would anyone think the GOP would do harm to their dear colleagues across the isle?

  15. Anonymous
    September 15th, 2011 @ 1:37 am

    Rand Paul is submitting a bill if he hasn’t already, did a good job at a presser saying “pass this bill now” “c’mon Harry Reid help us out here”. Given enough attention I don’t see how Harry can say no lets wait for zero’s bill.

    As for Raleigh there may areas that might greet Obama with palm fronds and Wake the Capitol County has 8.2% up .2% from July 2010 the state average went up to 10.3% as of July 2011. Note that all his last few jobs speeches are given on campuses and everyone in that venue went after tickets to be there.
    As for obie’s delusions of deification, what’s new. North Carolina has alot more reason to vote Obama out than we had to reelect Burr last year. If you go to the link below you’ll see why. I’m in Johnston due SE of Wake. If you put your cursor over each county you’ll see the current rate, and that most counties have gone up.

  16. Anonymous
    September 15th, 2011 @ 1:49 am

    According to Warner Todd Huston Obama didn’t get any Dem Rep to submit the Bill he was waving around yesterday, what a nitwit!
    Representive Gohmert is indeed a genuis.

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  18. Anonymous
    September 15th, 2011 @ 9:54 am

    Not as many of those guys left in the GOP as there used to be.

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