Thu Jan 10, 2013, 05:35 PM
Segami (10,640 posts)
John Boehner is Counting on Liberals to STAB Obama in the Back
John Boehner has revealed his strategy for winning the next round of fiscal negotiations, and it involves liberals caving and forcing Obama into a bad deal on spending cuts.
This little nugget of insight was buried in the middle of the recent Wall Street Journal story on Boehner, “Mr. Boehner says he has significant Republican support, including GOP defense hawks, on his side for letting the sequester do its work. “I got that in my back pocket,” the speaker says. He is counting on the president’s liberal base putting pressure on him when cherished domestic programs face the sequester’s sharp knife. Republican willingness to support the sequester, Mr. Boehner says, is “as much leverage as we’re going to get.” Boehner is gambling that conservatives are tougher than liberals. The whole House strategy is to convince liberals that Republicans are going to stick to their guns, and happily eat the defense cuts, in order to slash Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.
The Speaker’s comments were a tacit admission that the Republican strategy of threatening Democrats, the president, and the left is not working anymore. The president has learned to wait out any threat that House Republicans make, because in the end, he knows they will cave. Speaker Boehner needs a new weapon to use against the White House, and he believes that weapon is the left’s inability to stand together.
Since splitting the left is the stated Republican strategy, stories about the president’s desire to cut earned entitlements attributed to anonymous sources should start popping up in the mainstream media over the next month or so. House Republicans tried this exact tactic during the fiscal cliff negotiations, and like clockwork the professional outrage machine on the left jumped in and started doing the GOP’s dirty work for them. (In the case of the fiscal cliff, Obama had floated a thought on Social Security as part of a deal that he knew Republicans would reject. Thus, the president used the left’s outrage machine as political cover in order to appear moderate.)
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Response to forestpath (Reply #1)
Thu Jan 10, 2013, 05:48 PM
Segami (10,640 posts)
4. 'Divide & Conquer'...Stale and outdated tactics....like Boner's party!
For centuries, those who aspired to power or held power have employed the political, military and economic strategy of “divide and conquer.” This consists of breaking up larger concentrations of power into pieces that alone have less power than the individual using the strategy, while preventing smaller groups of power from aligning.
Nobody can accuse Republicans of reinventing the wheel. This method of gaining and maintaining power is not new, but its effectiveness is proven. Today, it is being used to take hardworking men and women, whose interests lie in one another’s success, and turn them against each other. This is illustrated most strikingly in the war being waged across the country against teachers. As a result, we have blue-collar workers, as well as parents who don’t have the resources to send their children to parochial schools, cheering the ongoing attacks on our institutions of public education and the teachers who are expected to impart knowledge and wisdom to our sons and daughters.
Response to Segami (Reply #4)
Thu Jan 10, 2013, 06:26 PM
forestpath (3,102 posts)
10. You either have core beliefs or you don't. And calling out liberals for wanting to
protect - really protect SS - and daring to speak up about it is nothing but a sleazy attack by people who obviously have zero core beliefs.