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The Paul Ryan Express Heads Over A Cliff

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He looks like a funeral director. We thought Paul Ryan was going to bury America but it turns out he’s just cremating the GOP.

It’s beginning to look very possible that the high-water mark of the GOP resurgence was their Tea Party fueled victory in the 2010 Midterms. Because since then its supposedly sure-footed political machine is starting to look decidedly shaky. Unless something very dramatic happens, or Barackslider makes a mistake which he almost certainly won’t, the GOP is going to be handed its lunch in the Presidential contest, and could lose a big chunk of its house majority, and might even fail – in the most favorable of circumstances – to take the Senate back.

Their shopping list of problems is almost never ending. Firstly, the President has almost full control of the center, and after the Bin Laden moment, is appearing decisive and strong.  Secondly, the Tea Party continues to threaten to destroy the GOP from the inside out, it’s wilful libertarian naivite a millstone around GOP necks. Thirdly, the economy – at least on the surface – has stabilized, and fourthly, their potential candidate list for 2012 is topped by professional philanderer Newt Gingrich, professional loser Mitt Romney, professional loons, Ron Paul, Michele Bachman, Rick Santorum, and Don Trump, along with deeply unprofessional Sarah Palin. It’s a safe bet that most potential candidates are going to stay out, the GOP will choose a whipping-boy like Pawlenty to face the inevitable drubbing next November.

But the single most damaging moment for the GOP was their overreach on Medicare ‘Reform’.  They’ve handed the Democrats the ascendancy on domestic policy. Suddenly protecting Medicare will start to bathe the Obamacare in a warm light, undermine the bone-headed push towards obsessive and destructive debt reduction. Paul Ryan’s hare-brained budget strategy has gone down like a lead balloon among the “Keep Your Government Hands Off My Medicare” Crackers.  After the shower of rhetorical rotten tomatoes, chastened GOP footsoldiers are running for the exits. So pathetic and hasty has been their retreat, that Dave Camp, chair of the House Ways and Means committee who’d have spearheaded the reform move basically said that he wouldn’t bother to introduce the Medicare reform because it could never pass. How sensible of him. Sadly, his motives are less than honorable, comng from a party that routinely introduces viciously calculated, time wasting, dead-on-arrival bills and riders of every shape and color to score discount-rate political points.

Unfortunately, all but a few of GOP stormtroopers voted for this hot mess of a budget bill, and will have to face the voters on it. Either they stand by their votes or they’re flip-floppers. Neither is a prospect any can relish.

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Written by coolrebel

May 5, 2011 at 11:59 pm

Posted in GOP, Medicare, Washington

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