House Speaker John Boehner must feel like Lord Cardigan after “The Charge of the Light Brigade.” He puts together a coalition of Republicans and brings President Obama’s string of victories to a screeching halt. It was messy, it was ugly, and it was a collision that resulted in a less than optimal result, but it was victory and it tasted sweet to me. If you have any doubt whatsoever just listen to the wailing, weeping, and gnashing of teeth on the left. However after being pelted with insults and attacks from the left his TEA movement “allies” made him feel like General George Armstrong Custer at the Little Big Horn.
President Obama signed the bill in private in the Oval office. Compare that to all of his previous signings. No ceremonial pens, no grinning gang of socialist goons looking over his shoulder. No victory lap. The President walked out to deliver yet another immature and petulant speech about “fairness” and “sacrifice.” He lost and he knew it and there was nothing he could do about it.
Republicans (particularly those with ties to the TEA movement) are being called “terrorists.” The democrats (socialists, progressives, liberals, whatever) have completely flipped out. That is superb news. However the bad news is that we have a faction on the right that has flipped out too. To listen to some of the feedback and angst (primarily from the politically naive TEA movement) you would think that Boehner lost. That is utterly and completely absurd.
If your new Congress critter told you that he or she was going to go to Washington, turn everything upside down, and teach them all a lesson – well they learned something very valuable in the last eight months. James Madison and the gang developed a method of government that is resistant to that kind of thing and they did it on purpose. What you saw from January 2009 to November 2010 is about as fast as the system can move. It required a unique set of circumstances created by democrat majorities (indeed “super” majorities) in the House and Senate with a democrat in the White House. Further, it required a group of people in charge who had no regard for our laws, our traditions, or the will of the American people. That hasn’t occurred since the days of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. In that regard it was an anomaly that is unlikely to occur again in our life time.
Even if Republicans (an I pray they do) recapture the White House, increase their hold on the House of Representatives, and flip the Senate to red – our regard for law and Constitutional principles will likely restrain us from the excesses of the Obama regime in executing the American Rescue Plan. In short – this is going to take time and a lot of effort on the part of everybody to fix. It isn’t going to get fixed overnight no matter what anyone thinks.
Elections are the answer right now. Send Boehner and McConnell reinforcements.