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The Hostage Taker Playbook Shouldn't Work With Sequester

Feb 21, 2013 9:57 AM PT

Yesterday Ace posted a bit of this Red Altert Politics post at his site. The gist of it is that Obama only seems to have one playbook. He claims the current crisis was "manufactured" by Republicans and then blames them for not averting it by conceding everything he demands. The pithy, political metaphor that attaches itself to this well-worn move is "hostage takers." Obama didn't use this language himself but his surrogates did, leaving him free to step into the role of hostage crisis negotiator. That has been his play for nearly 2 years now.

Personally, I really dislike this language. It's irresponsible not to mention extremely hypocritical coming from a party that demands Republicans tone down their rhetoric lest crazy people get the wrong idea. But I guess the strategy made sense politically in 2011 when the argument that Republicans had "manufactured the crisis" was at least plausible (if you avert your eyes from the mounting debt).

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Get Up! Get Out! And Get Big Boi!

Feb 21, 2013 9:23 AM PT

In response to Hearing From Romney Will Be Good, But Big Boi Would Be Better:

The main difference between Big Boi and Mitt Romney is Big Boi isn't ashamed or scared to admit that he is rich.  This adminstration, the Liberal media, or political pundits can't make an argument against Big Boi that would make him quiet about his hard knock upbringing and the conservative principals that brought him success. 

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Writing the first draft of history

Feb 21, 2013 7:36 AM PT

In response to Hearing From Romney Will Be Good, But Big Boi Would Be Better:

Big Boi sounds like an excellent idea for a guest speaker.  Along the lines of pop-culture outreach, I've often wondered why we don't hear from Adam Baldwin at such an event.  Maybe he's been invited and declined, I'm not sure.  But he's a recognizable face with both mainstream and cult appeal.  Or how about an author like Brad Thor?  This would actually have been a good time to invite Orson Scott Card, who's not really a conservative, but certainly has an interesting story to tell about the Left's pop-culture totalitarianism.

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The flip side of Obama's sequestration theatrics

Feb 21, 2013 7:18 AM PT

There's an amazing new Pew Research poll that says 70 percent of the American people, across the political spectrum, think deficit reduction is the top national priority... and 73 percent of them want it done mostly or entirely through spending cuts.  Only 19 percent take the Obama position that the deficit should be reduced mostly or entirely through tax increases.  (Then you'd have to factor in the people who agree with Obama's other, default position, which is that the deficit doesn't really matter.)

Granted that some of this support for deficit reduction through spending cuts may not be entirely sincere, but there's still an opening here for Republicans.  They should start listing the crazy government spending they would cut, instead of letting Obama pretend the first dollar has to come from the hides of firefighters.  Make him defend the "Obamaphones," food stamp cards used to purchase luxury foods, robot squirrels, etc.  And yes, don't be shy about criticizing Food Stamp Nation.  The American people are absolutely disgusted with welfare fraud and ludicrous giveaway programs.  They'll get sick to their stomachs if Obama tries dismissing or defending it.

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On the Other Hand Rick Scott is a Typical Politician

Feb 20, 2013 8:34 PM PT

It's true. Local groups have been pining for today, when Governor Rick Scott allows Florida to experiment with ObamaCare's Medicaid expansion. But it's also true that Rick Scott is up for reelection next year. Despite today's disappointing news, Rick Scott is a smart man. And more pointedly, he's a savvy politician.

Rick Scott wants to win reelection next year. And he is aware of his biggest obstacle: Former Florida Governor Charlie Crist. Crist, according to a PPP poll is already poised to make Scott's road to reelection a tough one. Scott is even piling up political money in anticipation of a knock-down, drag-out fight with the former Republican turned Democrat, Charlie Crist. 

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Florida's Gov. Scott throws in the towel on ObamaCare

Feb 20, 2013 3:04 PM PT

Bad news for the grassroots resistance to ObamaCare: Florida's Republican governor, Rick Scott, just abandoned his resistance to ObamaCare's Medicaid expansion.  His price was a waiver to continue a privatization program that... hasn't actually been working all that well.

Scott used to worry that the Administration was underselling the cost of the Medicaid expansion, underestimating the number of new beneficiaries that would surge into the system, and making promises of future funding (i.e. carrying 90% of the cost of the expansion in perpetuity) that it wouldn't be able to keep.  But it looks like he's going to bury those concerns under pressure from local groups salivating over all that free federal money.  It's tough to say "no" to Uncle Sam when the blank checks start flying.

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