My premise is that voters will judge GOP on outcomes and sadly through a lens of a brand that has been severly damaged. If Plan B had passed it would have accomplished one or more of the following:
- Forced Obama’s hand on his millionaires and billionaires rhetoric. Obama sensed this could potentially turn the tide and started shifting his language in the presser to 900 Thousandaires. Reid also went out of his way to note how they would never consider it not for any other purpose but to scare republicans who were afraid of going on record for anything for a mistaken impression that Plan B raised taxes. When democrats protest this much, you may be on to something.
- Put on its head the idea that the GOP is only interested in being the “Party of the Rich” not the Party of Opportunity , which is where we should play. I accept there are great reasons to argue tax rates holding at all levels and we need to make that case as well as Rubio did recently with specific examples. Sadly we will have to concede on something or else everyone’s taxes go up and the worst outcome would be to cede that the party that cuts taxes to the Democrats after we hit the Cliff.
- Its very possible that the Senate may have passed it by a simple majority. Strategically we should be taking more actions to put daylight between Obama who does not have to run for re-election and the Democratic Senators who do in 2014.
- The GOP has not been able to out “organize” Obama on anything in particular. Plan B was a shot across his bow using his own language. As Alinksky says, make them live their own standards.
- Granted Plan B had its faults and there is much to note about how the negotiations have stumbled along to this point to where something like Plan B looks like the best possible outcome for Republicans. My main reason for supporting it is that it had the potential to end the “revenue” part of conversation that we keep being forced to have instead of the spending conversation we must have if we plan to avert any cliff.
The larger question I’d ask Republican’s to consider whether it is better to have no voice or find one voice to fight with? What will the be the point of fighting for perfect principles if no one hears you and none of it gets done? How long till voters conclude you are incapable of governing? It may be easy to sit back and frame an unwillingness to prioritize as principle even while its countered with the obvious statement that you realize you won’t get everything you want like I hear Levin and Rush do after each tirade. I am frustrated as anyone that we are watching a country slip away further and further from personal responsibility. Sadly, we lost the election and part of the consequences of that is accepting we cannot get everything we want now, some things have to wait.
We need a party to evaluate the upcoming battles we are going to have with Obama and determine where we must stand firm and what we wait to do until we win more elections.
If the GOP House cannot develop the capacity to prioritize effectively, the GOP will be functionally useless as a counterweight to Obama. When the next deal is even worse the understanding that an opportunity was missed may become clear.
To the point of being out “organized”, please consider carefully why someone as shrewd of a political operative as Pelosi decided to stay when retirement clearly had been on her mind. What happened Thursday is exactly the goal Obama, Reid, and Pelosi had been trying to obtain the entire time. A GOP that cannot make a deal with itself and thus from a national perspective, a joke. If they are allowed to continue to sow division, the deals that will be made will be much worse and on more and more of the left’s turf. I can’t imagine any conservative finds that a beneficial outcome for this country.
Obama never wanted a deal, he wanted what just happened. The Mayans were right but not about the world, just the party that had a shot of guiding it out of the abyss.
More thoughts on Plan B, Boehner and other current issues are here today from me and the Gang of 405. Appreciate the listen.
Also Why would anyone want Boehner’s job here