Earlier today the Bitch posted another comment on John Boehner’s dependence on the Ultra conservative wing of his party, and at various other times wondered why, in the name of God, the Grand Old Party kept doubling down on economic nuttiness. Now of course, by definition progressives think Republicans are nutty, so nothing new there. However, some stories circulating today imply that cracks are appearing in the GOP unity. (YAY!)
First up, we have the Ryan Plan, which is possibly the defining issue of the NY-26 special election. As Nate Silver points out, it’s hard (and dumb) to pin too much on a special election with a 3rd party candidate variable, but the Bitch argues that all Silver’s evidence just points toward Medicare as a deal-breaker. Specifically, the D messaging of the GOP vision for Medicare.
“The tea party itch has definitely not been scratched, so the voices who were saying, ‘Let’s do this in a way that’s politically survivable,’ got drowned out by a kind of panic,” a top GOP consultant involved in the debate said, on condition of anonymity.
“The feeling among leadership was, we have to be true to the people who put us here. We don’t know what to do, but it has to be bold.”
Another GOP insider involved to the process was more morbid: “Jumping off a bridge is bold, too.”
We’ll know how this turns out tomorrow, won’t we? (Hint: one goes “splat” when one jumps off a bridge…)
Next, we have this radio interview with Alvin Brown, the first African-American mayor of Jacksonville, FL; and the first Democratic mayor in 20 years. Michele Martin talks with Mayor-Elect Brown, who said he’d take a pay cut, among other things to move Jax to “the next level.” Check out minute 2:45, when Martin asks the Mayor-Elect to discuss his tri-partisan coalition. Clearly he had local, “Main Street” GOP support, given his focus on jobs and putting Jax back to work. Key takeaway: “You can’t cut your way out of the situation.” So true; but more to the point, Republicans chose to support him. The Bitch asks why, and suspects it’s because of his “jobs” focus, which includes accepting (The Evil) federal support. Proving that some “Main Street” Republicans are smarter about stupid purity tests than the national party….
Then we have the GOP Human Bellwether himself, the Junior Senator from Massachusetts, The Honorable Scott Brown. First, he beat out Martha Coakley for the late Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat, presaging the 2010 GOP sweep. Then in a first-blush-o’-love, Senator Brown embraced the Ryan Plan… until he encountered pushback from the Good Folks at Home (the Bitch must assume) and changed his mind. Ooopsies!
In point of fact, the GOP had been warned that the Ryan Budget (which depends upon Ryan’s proposed cuts to Medicare) was a non-starter, but they went along because, as quoted above, they “didn’t know what to do, but it [had] to be bold.
And now they’re stuck. [Cue canned applause.]
While one should never discount the Dem ability to turn a lead into a loss, the Bitch must ask, what ABOUT that GOP House majority?