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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 05:23 PM
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Grover Norquist's GOP Strategy: Embrace Obama, Appear Bipartisan, Slam Dems
GOP Strategy: Embrace Obama
Stimulus Reveals Republican Party Plans to Appear Bipartisan, While Slamming Dems
By David Weigel 1/23/09 6:00 AM

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House Republicans are in unfamiliar and politically unpromising territory. Unlike their counterparts in the Senate, they have very few methods of slowing down or stopping legislation they dont like. Their influence was reduced two weeks ago by a rule change that effectively prevents members of the minority party from forcing votes on controversial amendments, one of the few cudgels the party had in the House.

In response, Republicans are attempting to link themselves to the popular Obama administration while criticizing the work of the Democratic Congress. The goal is to oppose Democratic policy without being seen as opposing or obstructing the president, a posture that, they hope, will put them in better position to win back voters if the Democrats popularity falters.

What Rep. Boehner and {Minority Whip} Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) are doing is absolutely essential, said Alex Brill, an economic research fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, who worked for the House Ways and Means Committee before the Democratic takeover in 2007. Theyre bringing to light the true effects of the Democrats proposals. Theyre creating a dialogue. Its the best that we can hope for right now.

The strategy is only a little bit older than the Obama presidency. On Nov. 5, the then-president-elect met with House Republicans. In a comment that leaked out of the closed-door meeting, Obama told Republicans that the monopoly on good ideas does not belong to a single party. Immediately, Republican leaders started putting together a Working Group on Economic Solutions that would be, in Cantors words, razor focused on job protection, preservation, and creation.

Republican sources did not label the strategy triangulation, as a report in Roll Call did yesterday. But they did not deny that the portrayal of Obama as a working partner and the congressional Democrats as obstinate partisans was a reflection of the popularity of the two branches. The new president boasts approval ratings north of 70 percent; the Congress is mired in the 30s. His message is bipartisanship, said one Republican, referring to the president. Their message is trust us to spend your money.

Last week House Republicans pushed their cooperative measures on two fronts. On Jan. 14, members of the Republican Study Committee, the conservative caucus in the House, introduced an Economic Recovery and Middle-Class Tax Relief Act which included cutting income tax rates by five percent, partially repealing the capital gains tax, and slashing corporate tax rates from 35 percent to 25 percent. Cantors ad hoc group held one hearing on Jan.15, in which Mitt Romney, former eBay executive (and Romney/McCain economic adviser) Meg Whitman, AEIs Alex Brill, and Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform fielded friendly questions, with answers mirroring the content of the going-nowhere tax bill.

This week, Norquist praised the work of the House Republicans.

We should not treat Obama, Reid, and Pelosi, the way that the Bush administration treated Iran-Youre a bad person and we dont want to talk to you, said Norquist. We engage the Democrats by being cheerful and pleasant and open to conversation. They say they want 10 ideas? OK, here are 10 ideas. The next time they say they want 10 ideas, we say that they asked before, and, just for the record, they rejected our ideas. When you get to May, whos the obstructionist and whos the collaborator?

more...

http://washingtonindependent.com/26964/gop-strategy-emb...
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grannie4peace Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 05:26 PM
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1. they are creepy & yucky!
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Deja Q Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 05:29 PM
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2. I thought that was their standard procedure.
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DonCoquixote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 05:30 PM
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3. This is why
While we can be polite, and take time to hear them out, we must never, ever forget that Norquist and company want nothing less than our destruction, so that our reamins can be shoveled into the furnaces of their corporate friends, be they WASP, Arab or Chinese.
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ClassWarrior Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 05:31 PM
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4. K&R because we should all know the strategy of the Obstructionist Rape-Publicans.
NGU.

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rocktivity Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 05:31 PM
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5. But it all depends upon WHY your ideas are rejected.
There's a difference between rejecting opposition party ideas simply BECAUSE they're opposition party ideas and rejecting opposition party ideas because they're BAD ideas.

:headbang:
rocktivity
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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 05:41 PM
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12. It seems they don't even see that distinction. I sure haven't heard
any good ideas coming from the rethugs.
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Tangerine LaBamba Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 05:32 PM
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6. This is good.........
Norquist has been such a raging success thus far, I think it's wonderful that he now thinks he's smarter than OUR PRESIDENT OBAMA.

Should be fun when he gets his ass handed to him, so to speak.
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klook Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 05:38 PM
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7. He wants to drown us in the bathtub!
Norquist's motto: Paddle your own canoe. But you have to buy it from us.

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jhrobbins Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 05:40 PM
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9. I'm sorry - I posted before I read all the way down - my bad.
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klook Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 08:48 PM
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16. No prob. BTW, that poster was made into a portable billboard
that cruised around DC in Sept. 2005 -- including an appearance outside Norquist's weekly Conference of the Assholes:
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2005/9/21/18620/2000

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AdHocSolver Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 06:25 PM
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15. The Republicans want to do to the US government what they let happen to New Orleans. n/t
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jhrobbins Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 05:39 PM
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8. I've forgotten the exact quote, GN said once that it was his mission to
'drown' the US government
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DailyGrind51 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 05:40 PM
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10. When can we shrink Norquist enough to drown him in the bathtub?
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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 05:40 PM
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11. You lost Grover
Go drown in your fucking bathtub. :puke:
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corpseratemedia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 05:44 PM
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13. keep it up bathtub boy
and there won't be rethug soul in congress or the senate

still not gettin' it that they totally failed
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madrchsod Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 05:45 PM
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14. norquist was ran out of illinois by the republicans
they told him the people of illinois won`t buy his ideas. they have`t.

these people are making the assumption that obama and his crew do not know what they are going to do. that is a really bad mistake they are making....
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