- ZOMG teh ebil Democrats will take your guns!!eleventy!
- Vote Republican!
What could congressional Republicans do to stop the auto bailouts? Nothing. The Libya War? Nothing. The Federal Reserve’s quantitative easing? Nothing. They objected to the administration’s dithering on the Keystone pipeline, so they included a requirement that President Obama make a decision in an unrelated piece of must-pass legislation. He escaped this clever trap — by rejecting the pipeline.What's the common theme here? That Republicans are helpless. But it's worse than that - the theme is that Republicans refuse to use the Congressional power they have.
Auto bailouts? Don't fund them, Libya war? Don't fund it. Pipeline? Run against every Democrat in sight on this issue, by forcing them to vote for or against a pipeline authorization every week until the election.
Of course the Senate won't touch it, and the bill will die. It will put every Democrat in the House on the hot seat, having to choose between supporting their President or voting for a very popular program. Guess which way they'll go, and guess who's look like a chump.
Fast and Furious? Defund it. Find out anything else the ATF is doing along these lines, and defund it. Refuse to include it in the budget or in continuing resolutions.
The Republicans entirely control the Power of the Purse, and they refuse to use it to rein in Obama.
And yet we're supposed to believe that somehow putting a sad sack Republican in 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue will make things different? Please.
And so, I'm back to my argument that re-electing Obama, and letting him boil the frog fast (because he will be in a hurry in the last of his terms) is the best approach. It will galvanize the country, or more properly will continue to galvanize the country. Gun Control is dead, because the People have come to oppose it by a super majority. That's why Eric Holder has resorted to subterfuge, but that just feeds the opposition. The Catholic Bishops have discovered to their horror that the Crocodile won't eat them last. While Rush Limbaugh blew his response, this issue won't go away, and will gather strength as moderates increasingly get a queasy feeling in their stomachs about the Administration.
We're seeing push back, but it's not coming from the Republicans. It's coming from the People. Another Obama term will increase the push back from the People, and the ham-fisted Administration has quite a good chance of discrediting Progressivism for a generation by a continual and increasingly perceived as illegitimate push for unpopular central control.
Now, I may be wrong, and the Republican Party is actually a mighty champion locked in hand-to-hand combat to save the Republic. If so, please clue me in, because I must have missed it.