Barack Obama demanded unconditional surrender from the Republican Party.
He pretty much got it.
The Republican Party has capitulated on the central issue of Obamacare. Mitch McConnell and John Boehner never wanted this fight. In true RINO fashion, they wanted to surrender early and often.
From the Washington Examiner:
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., will shortly unveil a deal that heavily favors the Democrats but gives the GOP just enough to win the bipartisan support leaders need to pass it.
The latest play would fund the partially shuttered federal government until Jan. 15 and raise the debt ceiling through Feb. 7, a Senate aide said.
Aides said the House would act on the measure first, but a spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, told the Washington Examiner no decisions have been made about which chamber will take the lead.
In a nod to fiscally conservative Republicans, the bill permits Congress to vote on whether to "disapprove" raising the debt ceiling.
The compromise plan leaves Obamacare virtually untouched despite weeks of fighting by conservatives to defund or delay the new health care law. The measure would not delay the 2.3-percent medical device tax or strike the Vitter amendment, health care subsidies paid to Congress and its staff, though both were part of earlier proposals.
In short, the GOP got nothing from their fight. But then again, McConnell, Boehner and the GOP establishment never tried.
With the implosion of the Obamacare roll out, they had the perfect opportunity. The GOP should have been parading real Americans in front of the cameras every day to talk about how they have lost health insurance coverage thanks to Obamacare or how they cannot find full time work thanks to Obamacare.
What did the GOP?
It caved totally and completely. And the GOP leadership does not care.
The government shutdown is pushed back until January and the debt ceiling until February.
Does anyone believe either McConnell or Boehner will have the intestinal fortitude to go to the mat with Obama again? It does not matter what Obama demands, these two will cave, guaranteeing it will pass.
I have been a Republican since I was 13 years old in 1972, putting out yard signs for Richard Nixon.
Don’t call me a Republican today. It is an insult and it just might be fighting words.
I'm shocked! Shocked I say.
Not. This morning I was thinking they should be renamed the Loser party because that's all they know how to do. They have been given perfect opportunities and facts to win the argument with the American people, but they simply never bother to make the argument. It's not because they are stupid. It's because they really don't believe in the argument in the first place.
Right on the money Dawn. There is no opposition party - just government.
We could have won if the rep, dug their heels in. We can still win in the House if they will vote no, but they won't. I'll never give another dime to the party of surrender
We have no political party in Washington, and they will break the rules to make sure we never take over the workings of the party. Nullification and secession are the only realistic options we have left. Time is running out.
The libs have the federal courts sewed up tight so you can count out nullification. The time is coming where we'll have one of two choices - accept and go along or withdraw.
Of course they capitulated. I mean we hoped for more but did anyone really believe it would turn out any different? The government shutdown is over, the debt ceiling will be raised and next out of the box, courtesy of congressional republicans, comprehensive immigration reform.
The problem was that Boehner kept changing his strategy every other day. I think the guy has some kind of attention deficit disorder or is using meth.
I have heard that from the Democrats, I think the truth is, he kept taking smaller and smaller swipes at Obamacare. That was just Liberal Hype that he kept changing his mind, more liberal Spin. I am not a fan of Boehner or ObmaCare...
Noboby wants to see a shutdown or a default, but what other Ammo does the right have? We can't sell flatter tax structure, or Smaller Government, or No Amnesty, and get anywhere. That was our only chance to slow Socialism.
He didn't pick one plan and stick to it. Boehner kept having meetings, he'd come out and say one thing to the news. Then two says later it was a new proposal. You can't get people behind you if you keep changing the goal.
Not exactly. A lot of folks on this site were cheering about the shutdown when it first happened.
I believe the shutdown did allot of good. It consolidated the conservatives and totally scared the Democrats to death. Why else would Obama use his political stature to intervene and shut down every outhouse in every National Park in the US. He spent allot of political capital holding back to ire of the Veterans, Military, and even the truck drivers. Only a person that is afraid of being taken alive, draws a line in the sand like he did. The key word is "afraid". At every point he would point at the Tea Party, not at the Republican leadership. At every turn the Democrats and Republican leadership ganged up on Cruz, Lee and conservative representatives in the House. Fear is the recipricol of "Faith". The House and Senate Republican leadership ran up the surrender flag.............the others are still holding the line. Boehner will not get their vote so he will use Democrats to pass it. Those that stand with him are toast and so is he in 2014. Let him try lobbying those he ran over with a truck when he is voted out.
Richard, I'm not sure where you've been for the last few weeks. Ted Cruz has been the guiding light in the shutdown. He was the one who devised the strategy and educated the House Republicans on it. As Ronald Reagan said, "the government is the problem" and the shutdown has been an effective way to stop Obama's runaway government growth and spending.
So it's not at all true that "Nobody wants to see a shutdown." Quite the opposite. The shutdown is a good thing. The shutdown trims non-essential workers and services -- there was a great forum post about that here last week I think -- so it forces some economy into the bloated government.
We also know that the "default" was a PR hoax and wouldn't have caused the sky to fall as Obama threatened. Judson wrote an excellent article on that also.
Boehner didn't manage the whole thing very well, but Ted Cruz's strategy was and is sound.