Feb 2, 201601:07 PMBlaska's Bring It!
with David Blaska
After Iowa, the circular firing squad may stand down
(page 1 of 2)
A New York tabloid reports, you decide. H/T Greg Humphrey at Caffeinated Politics.
William F. Buckley declared that he would vote the most conservative candidate with the best chance of winning. Donald Trump is no Bill Buckley.
Iowa ripped a gaping hole into The Donald’s myth of invincibility. The adults have entered the room.
That said, the Republican establishment needs the rude push from the Right that candidates like Ted Cruz provide. Too often, the only competing voices are the voices of moderation and accommodation. (I’ll have the same only a little bit less and a little bit later. Like the New York Times endorsing John Kasich. Now, THAT will persuade Republican voters!)
Yes, sometimes one must make a statement. This is not one of those times. This is the time to get elected. We understand anger. But anger is a meal best served cold. Ted Cruz can shake a fist at the other 99 senators. Paul Ryan gets the gavel.
My Facebook blazes with their denunciations of Paul Ryan as a sell-out because he has not overturned Obamacare or abolished the IRS. One Green Bay Tea Party leader, a certain James M. Murphy, has vowed to “primary” Ryan. Even Ron Johnson has come under fire from the purists.
Your Humble Squire patiently explains that neither house in Congress has the requisite two-thirds to overturn a president’s veto. The Policy Research Werkes has war gamed the specter of electing a conservative as president only to yield the House to Nancy Pelosi. Is trading RoJo for Feingold worth the risk?
Such speculation results in Facebook de-friending, which is better than defenestration, which another organization employed when it assumed control of Czechoslovakia in 1948.
The conspiracy militia is being fueled by websites like Breitbart, which has gone tinfoil hat since the premature passing of its namesake founder. New York Magazine reports:
If you want to know what it’s like to interpret current events after way too many trips to the Christmas party punch bowl, this week's coverage of fiscal issues at Breitbart.com is the place to go.
On Thursday, Paul Ryan was blasted there for selling out the country, no less, in promoting an omnibus spending bill that cleared the House on a tense, dramatic 316–113 vote. Today the Breitbartians are charging that the self-same bill is opening the door to “nearly 300,000 visas for Muslim migrants in one year.”
Why would Ryan do something like that at a time when polls are showing shocking numbers of Republicans wanting to shut down mosques and ban all Muslims from entering the country? The short answer: He didn’t.
It seems that anyone who can find the men’s room in the Capitol is an establishment sell-out.
“The conservative movement in its current form is wary of anyone in power, no matter their conservative bona fides,” the Washington Post observes in “Paul Ryan to conservatives: Put down your arms; I’m one of you.”