Matt Drudge Predicts Nancy Pelosi Will Become Speaker After 2014 Elections

Matt Drudge, who runs right-leaning Drudge Report, seems to be suggesting that Nancy Pelosi will become the next Speaker of the House after the Democrats win back control of the House of Representatives in the 2014 elections. The photo mocking current House Speaker John Boehner seems to confirm his views:

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Matt Drudge Predicts Nancy Pelosi Will Become Speaker After 2014 Elections

One thing I can say with confidence, Nancy Pelosi would have had more control over the Democratic members of the House than John Boehner has over his caucus. He’s a weakling and a disgrace.

Matt Drudge tweeted this on Wednesday:

Talking Points Memo:  President Barack Obama said Tuesday that Boehner “can’t control his caucus.” Pelosi has said previously that Boehner would be dubbed “the weakest speaker in history” if he were a woman. An influential figure on the right, Drudge has turned a critical eye on Republicans as of late. In a pair of tweets last month, he asked why any voters would support the GOP.

GOP BOWS: Bipartisan Deal Reached to Open Government, Raise Debt Ceiling

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GOP BOWS: Bipartisan Deal Reached to Open Government, Raise Debt Ceiling

***GOP’S TOTAL SURRENDER TO PRESIDENT OBAMA AND DEMOCRATS***

GOP BOWS:  Under terms of the Senate agreement, the government would be funded through January 15 and the debt ceiling would be raised until February 7. Sen. Ted Cruz has said he would not block the Senate vote. Um, wonder what got to him? House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is also being blamed for the prolonged government shutdown. This has been a humiliating disaster for John Boehner and his party.

Mr. McConnell said on the Senate floor that the efforts to limit the health law were justified.

“This law is ravaging our economy, killing jobs, driving up premiums and driving people off the coverage they have, and like, in droves,” he said, saying the “refusal to delay it reflects a kind of stubborn ideological obsession.”

But he added that “for today, for today, the relief we hope for is to reopen the government, avoid default and protect the historic cuts we achieved under the budget control act. This is far less than many of us had hoped for, frankly, but is far better than some had sought.” Source: NY Times

President Obama was very clear, that the Affordable Care Act wasn’t perfect and that he was open to changing some things. Why not take him at his word in a professional manner, rather than trying to bully him into submission as Ted Cruz and his Teahadists have sought to do, much to the detriment of the country.

Watch out, President Obama is going for immigration reform next. That will come just in time for the 2014 elections.

Matt Drudge’s head must be exploding….He went after John Boehner on The Drudge Report:

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John Boehner’s Humiliating Defeat, Obama Victorious

President Obama Does Play Hardball as John Boehner Hits Panic Button

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President Obama Does Play Hardball as John Boehner Hits Panic Button (Photo credit: Donkey Hotey)

The media was always quick to say President Obama doesn’t play hardball. Well, he did this time around by telling Republicans led by Teahadist Ted Cruz that he wasn’t negotiating. He dared them to shutdown the government and default. The shutdown has been disastrous for the US Congress, but particularly the Republican Party. Seems like House Speaker John Boehner has hit a panic after being led like a lamb to the slaughter by Tea Party extremists.

The New York Times says President Obama’s risky strategy in facing down Congress, mainly the Teahadists, is likely to win the day. The liberal-leaning media has finally acknowledged that Obama knows how to play hardball politics. Even if Valerie Jarrett helped him to take that stance. Here’s more from the New York Times:

“I’m not going through this again. It’s bad for democracy. It’s bad for the presidency,” Mr. Obama said, according to the adviser, who declined to be identified describing internal discussions. The president then told the group — his Treasury secretary, chief Congressional lobbyist, chief economic adviser and both his and the vice president’s chiefs of staff — to spread that word, “even in your body language.”

Since then, so has Mr. Obama. To make his message on the debt ceiling stick, he had to deliver it, repeatedly, not only to Republicans convinced that he would “cave,” as many often have said, but also to business groups, the broader public and even to Democrats in Congress. Failure could shake not only the economy, but also Mr. Obama’s presidency, given his reputation, fair or not, for drawing red lines and then watching foes cross them.

The current fight is hardly over, yet the steady retreat of House Republicans since late last week, when they first proposed a short-term increase in the debt limit without policy strings, suggests that Mr. Obama’s big gamble could be paying off. It is a stand that was, and still is, fraught with risks if neither side backs down.

But scorched by the July 2011 fight that hurt the economy and his political standing (though not so badly as the Republicans’), Mr. Obama was determined to undo the precedent he had set by making concessions — in that case, more than $2 trillion in spending cuts over 10 years, including the across-the-board reductions known as sequestration — so that Congress would ensure that the government paid its bills.

The year began with an early test of the president’s approach, and, for a time, it was vindicated. With Mr. Obama having been re-elected and Republicans chastened by November losses, Speaker

The NY Times article comes as the Houston Chronicle slammed Sen. Ted Cruz, the engineer of the government shutdown in an op-ed asking, “does anyone miss Kay Bailey Hutchison?”

We’re not sure how much difference one person could make in the toxic, chaotic, hyperpartisan atmosphere in Washington, but if we could choose just one it would be Hutchison, whose years of service in the Senate were marked by two things sorely lacking in her successor,Ted Cruz.

For one thing, Hutchison had an unswerving commitment to the highest and best interests of Texas at all times. This revealed itself in a thousand different ways. Hereabouts, we miss her advocacy for NASA, the Port of Houston and the energy industry. And we know she worked just as hard for Dallas, San Antonio and a hundred smaller Texas cities and towns.

BOW: House GOP Leadership Mulls Voting 1st on Senate Deal to End Shutdown, Lift Debt Ceiling

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BOW: House GOP  Leadership Mulls Voting 1st on Senate Deal to End Shutdown, Lift Debt Ceiling

GOP BROWN-SHIRTS BOWING TO OBAMA:  House GOP leadership considering voting first on Senate deal to reopen US government and lift debt ceiling. Politico reports that such a move would speed-up the bipartisan deal developed by Sens. Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell. Talk about a complete and unconditional surrender of the Tea Party. They have cost this country millions in the past three weeks and all over defunding a piece of legislation they couldn’t derail.

If the House passes the bill first and sends it to the upper chamber, it would eliminate some burdensome procedural hurdles in the Senate and require just one procedural roll call with a 60-vote threshold needed to advance the bill toward final passage in the Senate.

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The bill will barely scathe Obamacare, however, and putting it on the floor will mark a huge concession by the House after sparking a 16-day government shutdown over insistence that the health care law be defunded or delayed as a condition to keep the government open. Dozens of conservatives in the House will be disappointed by the proposal and House Speaker John Boehner will need Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to deliver a bevy of votes to pass the bill. Meanwhile Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) haven’t divulged whether they might hold up the bill in the Senate. Source: Politico

Um, let’s see if Sen. Ted Cruz and his Teahadists will hold up the bill on the Senate floor and push us into default. They are a disgrace to the political process in this country. They should be ostracized, not embraced. Thanks to them, a ‘Democratic wave’ is a real possibility come 2014. This all comes as the Houston Chronicle yanks its endorsement of Ted Cruz. So much for his presidential ass-pirations!

Poll: 74% of Americans Disapprove of Republicans’ Handling of Budget Negotiations

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Poll: 74% of Americans Disapprove of Republicans’ Handling of Budget Negotiations

A new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds that 74% of Americans disapprove of the way Republicans in Congress are handling negotiations over the budget. That’s up from 63 percent since the start of the shutdown after hitting 70 percent last week.

Disapproval of congressional Democrats has also risen by a smaller amount — 56 to 61 percent — since the shutdown began, owing in large part to greater approval among fellow Democrats.

Political independents are the most frustrated: 58 percent of independents disapprove of Obama, 68 percent are unhappy with congressional Democrats and 76 percent disapprove of congressional Republicans. Source: The Fix

Um, that explains why Sen. Mitch McConnell is now voicing optimism about a deal with Sen. Harry Reid to end the government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling. So much for Caribou Barbie, Sarah Palin, and Ted Cruz grandstanding at the Million Vet March.

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Poll: 74% of Americans Disapprove of Republicans’ Handling of Budget Negotiations

White Flag: John Boehner to Ask House GOP for Short-Term Debt Ceiling Hike

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White Flag: John Boehner to Ask House GOP for Short-Term Debt Ceiling Hike

WHITE FLAG OR BS:  After putting the country on a dangerous path to financial ruin, House Speaker John Boehner is now ready to ask House Republicans for a short-term debt ceiling increase — six weeks, to be exact. This comes as some GOP lawmakers, playing economists, claim that the default wouldn’t be catastrophic. Whatever happened to his brashness at his last press conference where he claimed a clean debt ceiling raise would be total surrender?  – @AP

Actually, they want to pass a clean debt ceiling hike but keep the government shutdown unless President Obama negotiates. The president shouldn’t blink one bit. We need a MARCH ON WASHINGTON, and fast.

@Reuters - House Republican short-term debt limit increase, if accepted, will have no add-ons or conditions, senior Republican aide says.

This comes as RedState founder Erick Erickson is advocating secession. Um, not from the union but from the Republican Party, AKA the Confederacy. He claims that a third party will rise as a result of the House GOP leadership abandoning its goal of defunding Obamacare. Um, who exactly would vote for this third party of extremists? Sarah Palin and Matt Drudge?

Even the Koch brothers, who spent millions to defeat President Obama in 2012, are running like crazy from defunding Obamacare even though they hate the legislation. Why? Because a government default wouldn’t be in their best interests. Money talks. Really loud. Ted Cruz and his posse of misfits will end up holding the bag on this one, as they are reduced to laughingstocks.

We knew the day would come when big business turned on the GOP. Get the popcorn. It’s about to get funny. Here’s more from the New York Times:

As the government shutdown grinds toward a potential debt default, some of the country’s most influential business executives have come to a conclusion all but unthinkable a few years ago: Their voices are carrying little weight with the House majority that their millions of dollars in campaign contributions helped build and sustain.

Their frustration has grown so intense in recent days that several trade association officials warned in interviews on Wednesday that they were considering helping wage primary campaigns against Republican lawmakers who had worked to engineer the political standoff in Washington.

Such an effort would thrust Washington’s traditionally cautious and pragmatic business lobby into open warfare with the Tea Party faction, which has grown in influence since the 2010 election and won a series of skirmishes with the Republican establishment in the last two years.

“We are looking at ways to counter the rise of an ideological brand of conservatism that, for lack of a better word, is more anti-establishment than it has been in the past,” said David French, the top lobbyist at the National Retail Federation. “We have come to the conclusion that sitting on the sidelines is not good enough.”

Some warned that a default could spur a shift in the relationship between the corporate world and the Republican Party. Long intertwined by mutual self-interest on deregulation and lower taxes, the business lobby and Republicans are diverging not only over the fiscal crisis, but on other major issues like immigration reform, which was favored by business groups and party leaders but stymied in the House by many of the same lawmakers now leading the debt fight.

Koch Brothers Letter to Congress

Rep. Paul Ryan Angers Conservatives by Failing to Mention Obamacare in WSJ Op-Ed

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Paul Ryan Angers Conservatives by Failing to Mention Obamacare in Op-Ed (DonkeyHotey)

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), once the poster-child of the Republican Party during the 2012 presidential election, has been strangely quiet during the Tea Party-engineered government shutdown over defunding Obamacare. Well, Rep. Ryan wrote an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal detailing how to break the stalemate and the conservatives pounced. Um, get out the popcorn. This is about to get crazy.

In the Wall Street Journal op-ed, Paul Ryan proposed a deal to solve the government shutdown

If Mr. Obama decides to talk, he’ll find that we actually agree on some things. For example, most of us agree that gradual, structural reforms are better than sudden, arbitrary cuts. For my Democratic colleagues, the discretionary spending levels in the Budget Control Act are a major concern. And the truth is, there’s a better way to cut spending. We could provide relief from the discretionary spending levels in the Budget Control Act in exchange for structural reforms to entitlement programs.

Defunding Obamacare, which was the reason the Tea Party-led government shutdown occurred in the first place, wasn’t mentioned in his column. Ryan’s column, which is calling for a pivot from the mess and straight to entitlements, isn’t fitting in with the narrative being spewed by House Republicans, who now want to tie Obamacare to the debt ceiling.

Here’s the reaction on Twitter:

Poll Finds GOP Disapproval Rating at 70 Percent Over Government Shutdown, Budget Wrangling

A new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds that 70 percent of Americans disapprove of House Republicans, with 51 percent strongly disapproving, over the government shutdown they engineered. President Obama’s approval rating went up due to strength from moderate Democrats and independents (a key group in any general election).

Washington Post: “Some 45 percent approve of Obama’s handling of budget negotiations, up slightly from 41 percent last week. A still larger 51 percent disapproves of Obama, with 39 percent of the public disapproving strongly. Obama’s fellow Democrats have not been as resilient. Fully 61 percent of Americans now disapprove of congressional Democrats (up from 56 percent last week),  with strong disapproval rising nine points (to 45 percent).”

It should be noted that the WaPo-ABC News also found women disapprove of Congressional Republicans 20-75 and non-whites disapprove 16-78, but of course, the Republicans don’t care about rebranding at this point. The party is also losing big among Americans making over $100K.

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Poll Finds GOP Disapproval Rating at 70 Percent Over Government Shutdown, Budget Wrangling

A Pew poll also found that Americans were placing the blame on the doorstep of the Republican Party in large numbers by a 38 to 30% margin to the Obama administration. Sen. Ted Cruz seems to believe this mess isn’t affecting his party. Sounds a lot by Mohammed Saeed al-Sahhaf , AKA Baghdad Bob, who kept saying that Saddam Hussein was still in charge of Iraq when all hell was breaking loose and his ‘esteemed’ leader was hiding in a rat hole.

Some Tea Party Lawmakers Like Rep. Justin Amash Feeling Backlash from Government Shutdown

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Tea Party Lawmakers Like Rep. Justin Amash Feeling Backlash from Government Shutdown

It seems that some Tea Party lawmakers are feeling the backlash from the Sen. Ted Cruz-engineered government shutdown. Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI), who was instrumental in the government shutdown becoming a reality, seems to be feeling the heat from his constituents. Yeah, the same ones he says want a government shutdown over Obamacare.

[I]n the Dutch Reformed country of West Michigan, long a bastion of mainstream, mannerly conservatism, voters in 2010 handed the House seat once held by Gerald R. Ford to Justin Amash, a 33-year-old revolutionary and heir to the libertarian mantle of former congressman Ron Paul (R-Tex.). Amash was part of an attempted coup against House Speaker John A. Boehner (R- Ohio) and is a leader of the House tea party faction that helped force a government shutdown last week.

But within Grand Rapids’ powerful business establishment, patience is running low with Amash’s ideological agenda and tactics. Some business leaders are recruiting a Republican primary challenger who they hope will serve the old-fashioned way — by working the inside game and playing nice to gain influence and solve problems for the district. They are tired of tea party governance, as exemplified by the budget fight that led to the shutdown and threatens a first-ever U.S. credit default.

Similar efforts are underway in at least three other districts — one in the moneyed Detroit suburbs and the others in North Carolina and Tennessee — where business leaders are backing primary campaigns against Republican congressmen who have alienated party leaders. The races mark a notable shift in a party in which most primary challenges in recent years have come from the right. …

Meg Goebel, president of the Paul Goebel Group, an insurance agency, said she is “really, really unhappy” with the leading role Amash has played in tying the health-care law to overall government funding.

“I don’t see him as a collaborator, and I think that’s a huge problem,” Goebel, a former chair of the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce, said. “People used to say, ‘I don’t like the Congress, but I like my congressman.’ I don’t think that’s the case anymore.”

There are similar sentiments 140 miles east in the tony Detroit suburbs of Oakland County, where businessman David Trott is waging a well-funded primary campaign to defeat Rep. Kerry Bentivolio (R), a former high school teacher and reindeer rancher now dubbed by fellow Republicans the “accidental congressman.”

Sen. Ted Cruz on Another Suicide Mission, Wants to Tie Debt Ceiling to Obamacare

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Sen. Ted Cruz on Another Suicide Mission, Wants to Tie Debt Ceiling to Obamacare

Sen. Ted Cruz is on a mission to hold another loaded gun to the heads of Americans. Realizing that the government shutdown he engineered to defund Obamacare is imploding, he now wants to tie it to the debt ceiling, The Hill reports. Um, House Speaker John Boehner also wussed out again, deferring to the wingnuts in his party and threatening to default. He maintains that unless President Obama negotiates we will head straight for a default. Doesn’t this sound like blackmail?

Sen. Ted Cruz hopes to see congressional Republicans tie raising the debt ceiling to demands over President Barack Obama’s health care law.

“We should look for ways to mitigate the harms from Obamacare,” the Texas Republican said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

“The debt ceiling historically has been among the best leverage that Congress has to rein in the executive,” he added, and it should be used that way on the president’s health care law.

The debt ceiling should also be used as leverage “for some significant structural plan to reduce government spending” and to “avoid new taxes,” Cruz said.

”The president’s demand – jack up the country’s credit card with no limits and no constraints – is not a reasonable one,” he  said. Source:  Politico

I want to know why Ted Cruz is being allowed to run all over the Republican Party, unchecked, for all the wrong reasons.