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Donald Trump stuck it to his own party yesterday…Was that Good or Bad?…Two views from the Right…

I always repeat that Donald Trump ran AGAINST his own adopted parties guys….Over at Red State , the conservative’s seem to agree….


Pictured: House Speaker Paul Ryan looking for the least rude way to ask President Donald Trump what in the actual hell he’s doing. Probably.

In a surprise move yesterday… actually, you know what? No. It wasn’t a surprise move. Donald Trump struck a deal with Democrats. He said before he would strike deals with Democrats. He was a lifelong Democrat with Democrats ideals and beliefs. His views on spending align with Democrats. His views on immigration align with Democrats.

Nothing about what happened yesterday should come as a shock. Donald Trump sided with the Democrats. Here we are, Trump choosing to deal with Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer over the leaders of his own party in Congress, Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell. It seems like an odd thing to happen, especially given that Trump’s most ardent supporters have been bragging about his ability to fight the liberalism invading the country.

So, when Trump chooses to side with the liberals, you would expect outrage, right? Well, only if you haven’t been paying attention to where this is going.

See, this isn’t Trump  caving in to the Democrats. No no no. This is Trump sticking it to the Establishment, you guys. That’s all. He got Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell real good, you see? The Trump fanatics, Trump cultists, or whatever you want to call them, have moved the goalposts. This is no longer about the Democrats. It’s about The Establishment….


But over at another Conservative Republican blog , Resurgent,…they aren’t so happy….

….By  @ Resurgent….

…..The President did us all a favor.

But there is a problem. By giving the Democrats a three month extension, the President has essentially compressed the legislative calendar. The GOP will now have to do tax reform, immigration, spending, and debt ceiling all at one time. This exponentially increases the odds of a terrible deal.

With the President siding with Pelosi and Schumer so publicly, he has given the GOP every reason to publicly claim the President must want to work with the Democrats. And work with the Democrats they will — to undermine the President.

Using the newly compressed legislative calendar as an excuse, they will undoubtedly cut several bad deals with Democrats and lump them all together in a couple of pieces of legislation. Remember, there are two parties in Washington, the stupid party and the evil party. Occasionally they get together and do something that is both stupid and evil and the press heralds it as a bipartisan accomplishment.

We are on the road to stupid and evil more expeditiously because of what President Trump just did….


A Republican American Government will have a LOT of work to do before April…

If the history of the recent American Congress efforts are any indication of what’s to come?

They are gonna ahve hard time even getting the basic’s done….

The fight will be between Democrats and Republicans….

Republicans and Conservatives….

And YES…..

Donald Trump & Co. and themselves and EVERYBODY else…

Republicans and President-elect Donald Trump will face a slew of tough legislative deadlines next year.

It will be an abrupt change from 2016, when lawmakers faced few make-or-break dates except for avoiding a government shutdown.

One informal deadline for the GOP Congress is April 30, which would be Trump’s 100th full day in office, not including Inauguration Day.
GOP lawmakers are eager to move as many top policy priorities for Trump as possible in his first 100 days, including repealing ObamaCare on his first day as president.
Tax reform and an infrastructure investment bill are two other possible priorities for the new administration.

The Senate will also be kept busy voting to confirm dozens of nominees to Trump’s administration.

Beyond that informal deadline, Congress faces a number of specific deadlines that will require action.

The first big one comes on March 16, when the current debt-limit deal expires.

It’s the first time Congress will have to raise the $20 trillion debt ceiling since the 2015 budget deal brokered by then-Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and President Obama. That agreement suspended the debt limit for more than a year.

The Treasury Department will likely use “extraordinary measures” to push the deadline for raising the ceiling until at least midsummer.

It will be the first time since before the Tea Party movement that Republicans will deal with a debt-ceiling vote while they control both chambers of Congress and the White House.

As a result, the responsibility will fall on their shoulders to raise the ceiling.

Conservative Republicans repeatedly pushed the Obama White House to agree to spending cuts in exchange for raising the debt ceiling.

This time, they’ll have to negotiate with Trump. And Democrats will have little incentive to offer any help.

Congress also faces an April 28 deadline to fund the government after it approved legislation last week to prevent a government shutdown…..


There IS a fight going on between some Business interests and the Tea Party….

We ALL think of Business and the Republicans as in bed together….

But it appears that Business and the Tea Party are having a parting ways  in some places….

The Shutdown did NOT sit well with some business interest’s and the movement of the Tea Party to fighting rather that finding a acomidation with establishment Republicans has started a pushback …

Inside a pine-walled restaurant near Mobile, Ala., the South Baldwin Republican Women’s club is watching the party tear itself in two. Between bites of fried chicken and sips of sweet tea, a few dozen ladies and a handful of men clap and hiss as two GOP candidates for Congress savage each other. Bradley Byrne, a mild-mannered former state legislator, has accused Dean Young, a local Tea Party darling, of misusing campaign contributions from “good Christian people.” In reply, Young labels Byrne a liar, a coward, a lawyer and, perhaps worst of all, a former Democrat.

In the wake of October’s government shutdown, the uneasy peace between the GOP’s hard-right ideologues and business friendly moderates has given way to open warfare. And the first battle is in lower Alabama, where the party establishment has poured cash into an off-season congressional primary for the seat vacated by Representative Jo Bonner, a center-right Republican who retired in August.

Inside the lobbying shops of Washington and executive suites across the country, the GOP’s bundlers and business tycoons have been surveying maps and sketching plans to counter the cohort that sparked the shutdown. Over the next year, they may plow $150 million or more into congressional races in a bid to defend vulnerable allies and unseat truculent Tea Partyers.

More…(This from a Pay walled Time Piece…)

The feuding between business groups and Tea Party Republicans is just beginning.

Trade associations and conservative groups that clashed bitterly over the government shutdown and the debt-ceiling hike will soon be on opposite sides in fights over the U.S. Export-Import Bank, the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA) and the farm bill, to name just a few.

“You are starting to see some daylight growing between K Street’s entrenched interests and their friends in Washington versus us and the rest of the conservative grassroots,” said Josh Withrow, legislative affairs manager for FreedomWorks.

“Now in this time of Internet transparency, these folks can’t get away with these special interest deals that the have gotten away with for years. People are getting the word out, tweeting out these deals in the middle of the night, and it’s getting the grassroots’ attention.”

FreedomWorks could be one of several groups giving heartburn to House Republican leaders as they try to take action on businesses’ priorities ahead of the midterm elections.



This is NOT a GOP vs Business fight….

This IS a Business vs Tea Party fight…..

Republican Moderates ARE afraid……

While they aren’t in synch with the Conservatives in their party….

They aren’t gonna take them on just yet….

The talk about a Democratic Discharge Petition isn’t gonna find them on the Democrats side either….

The GOP’s moderate revolt is sounding more like a moderate whimper.

Rep. Jon Runyan, a New Jersey Republican who has publicly said he would vote for a “clean” continuing resolution, has been part of the moderate meetings that Rep. Peter T. King of New York has been hosting in an effort to end the shutdown as soon as possible.

And Runyan, better known for his 13-year career as an imposing NFL lineman than for his congressional prowess, gave CQ Roll Call a candid look into the mindset of the moderate revolt.

The quick summary: Don’t count on them to sign that Democratic discharge petition.

Runyan said the discharge petition wouldn’t work because it would take too long; it wouldn’t ripen, he said, until after Oct. 17 — the debt ceiling deadline.

“It’s going to get real shitty on the 17th,” Runyan said, adding that Republicans have to find a solution on that issue.

“I’d like to have it solved before that, but we are where we are,” he said.

So what can moderates do in the meantime?

“It’s discussions we’re still having,” he said.

One rallying point for the moderates, particularly for Republican Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania, is a repeal of the medical devices tax. Dent seems to believe Democrats would agree to an otherwise-clean CR if it included a repeal of the 2.3 percent tax on medical devices.

But Runyan doesn’t see that tax being the linchpin.

“My biggest thing here is, I think everybody has dug in so hard, what’s going to break it? I don’t think that does,” Runyan said.

On Friday, another member of the GOP moderate meetings, Rep. Michael G. Grimm of New York, said the solution was a “grand bargain.”

“You can’t force the speaker to bring a clean CR, that’s No. 1,” Grimm said. “You know people are talking about a discharge; do you know how long that would take to happen? So that’s not an option. And a clean CR I don’t think would pass the floor anyway. At this point, I think that ship has sailed, because I don’t think you have enough Democrat votes to cover those you would lose on the Republican side.”


Ted Cruz and his House Republicans…..

Today we have Texas GOP Senator Ted Cruz throwing the ‘shut down the Government ‘ ball at the House…..


We get Cruz saying……

” I’m with my buddies in the House!’


House Republicans, meet Sen. Ted Cruz. Ted Cruz, House Republicans.

Given the surprise expressed by some House members at the Texas senator’s approach to the defunding of Obamacare, perhaps an introduction was in order.

A few dozen House members Wednesday morning successfully coerced a reluctant Speaker John Boehner into tying the Obamacare language to a must-pass government funding bill. This came after weeks of television ads featuring Cruz and fellow Senate Republican Mike Lee advocating exactly that plan, regardless of the consequences.

Yet not long after Boehner’s announcement came a statement from Cruz commending House Republicans, but also warning: “Harry Reid will no doubt try to strip the defund language from the continuing resolution, and right now he likely has the votes to do so. At that point, House Republicans must stand firm, hold their ground, and continue to listen to the American people.”

Got that? House Republicans did. After imploring them to act, Cruz essentially conceded thathe could not realistically accomplish anything in the Senate, and therefore it was all on the House’s shoulders. Great work guys! Keep that finger in the dike, and don’t let us down!


Ayotte and the Conservtive’s continue their fight over Immigration….


Red State has been beating on Sen. Kelly Ayotte f(R-NH) for supporting Immigration reform…

Here’s a piece in her defense…..

Sen. Kelly Ayotte has endured blowback from conservatives disappointed with her decision to back the “Gang of Eight” immigration reform bill.

Earlier this week, my colleague Byron York published a thoughtful column juxtaposing the New Hampshire Republican’s position on this politically charged legislation, now being debated on the Senate floor, with the immigration views she expressed in the heat of a 2010 GOP primary that the senator won by a nose. As York noted, Ayotte’s position on immigration policy then did not necessarily suggest that she would support the “Gang of Eight” bill — at least in its current form.

SClBBut Ayotte’s decision to endorse the legislation is probably good statewide politics in New Hampshire, a swing state that Republicans have failed to capture at the presidential level since 2000. Additionally, Ayotte has her defenders, including a New Hampshire GOP consultant who advised the senator’s 2010 primary opponent — Ovide Lamontagne — and worked to defeat Ayotte in that race.

In a post on Facebook, Granite State Republican operative Jim Merrill delivered a strong defense of Ayotte’s conservative credentials amid some criticism that she has abandoned her principles for political expediency. Merill advised Mitt Romney during the 2012 GOP presidential primary, and Ayotte was one of the former Massachusetts governor’s key backers in that contest.

Here is Merill’s Facebook post in full, which includes this line: “Suddenly people are calling her a ‘RINO’, a sell-out, or a flip-flopper, to which I say – ‘are you nuts?'”


CPAC…Rubio vs Paul = Big vs Little Government…Paul 17% Flat Income Tax…

This piece gives the meet to Rand Paul….

May I remind people that ANY applause meter read is bogus…

As with his dad….

For the next four years Rand Paul people ARE gonna flood events to zealotry support their man…

So check this piece out…

But it’s basic premise of Major smaller government and foreign affairs got tired WITHIN the GOP Real  Quick less than a year ago….

2016 IS in gear folks for the Republicans…..


And Rand Paul is Running Hard Marco Rubio just found out…..

Libertarian Sen. Rand Paul stole the show from under Sen. Marco Rubio’s nose at the opening session of the Conservative Political Action Conference, criticizing a “stale and moss-covered” GOP and calling for a new focus on liberty.

The back-to-back pairing of Rubio and Rand was seen as the most significant matchup of the annual conference, pitting two likely 2016 Republican contenders before the party’s conservative base. The result pointed to the growing schism in the Republican Party between resurgent libertarians and more traditional Republicans.

The two men -Paul age 50, Rubio just 41- laid out divergent visions of an inclusive Republican Party. Rubio called for a focus on economic opportunity and a muscular role overseas. Paul called for a reduction in the size of the U.S. government at home and abroad.


Paul has announced he wants to cut the Federal Income tax in half and impose a 17% flat tax…..

Rubio and Ryan talk about Immigration….

The Young turks in the Republican Party that are looking for a future have decidied that they are gonna walk half away from their rightwingnut brothern….

And try to get some votes from immigrants….

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) is currently working with a group of Republicans and Democrats in the Senate to craft legislation, but until recently avoided calls for a broad immigration bill that would grant a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. Instead, he suggested a series of smaller bills, an idea that Democrats and the White House have long dismissed as a nonstarter. But over the weekend, Rubio told the Wall Street Journal that while he still prefers a series of bills, his broader plan resembles the general framework favored by most Democrats and immigration reformers: a path to citizenship, increased visas for high-tech workers, a system for bringing in temporary agricultural workers, and a crackdown on employers who hire undocumented workers.

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Republicans don’t want Defense cuts even if Boehner wants them as leverage….

The GOP members in Congress have been fighting for entitlement cuts in exchange for KEEPING money in the Defense Budget…

The Republican Speaker of the House has signaled that he would be Ok with letting the sequester Defense cuts kick in if he needs to….

No Joy is coming from Republican’s in Congress on this…..

Not so fast, two defense-minded House Republicans told The Hill.

“I don’t support that,” said Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.), a member of the Armed Services Committee whose district includes one of the nation’s largest military installations. “You get into dangerous territory when you talk about using national security as a bargaining chip with the president.”

In his interview with The Wall Street Journal, Boehner said that during the late stages of the fiscal-cliff negotiations, it was the White House — and not Republican leaders — that demanded a delay in the $109 billion in scheduled 2013 cuts evenly split between defense and domestic discretionary programs. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) and Vice President Biden ultimately agreed to push the sequester back by two months, partially offsetting it with other spending cuts and leaving $85 billion in remaining 2013 cuts in place.

The Speaker suggested the sequester was a stronger leverage point for Republicans than the upcoming deadline to raise the debt ceiling, for which he is insisting on spending cuts and reforms that exceed the amount in new borrowing authority for the Treasury. Therefore, the willingness of Republicans to allow the sequester to take effect is “as much leverage as we’re going to get,” Boehner told the Journal.

Boehner’s comments marked a significant rhetorical shift from 2012,


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