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Admittedly Hammered Republicans Look Forward

by Last Night in Little Rock

The embattled Republican Party, suffering through the last month of missteps and outright screw-ups, is looking forward to the weeks ahead. According to an article in tomorrow's NY Times, Embattled Republicans Seek to Regain Control of Agenda, they collectively hope that the immediately forthcoming Supreme Court nomination and fall legislative agenda will bolster their poll numbers and image.

Representative Peter T. King, Republican of New York and chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, agreed: "You get your job done. You can't panic. Even though our poll numbers are going down, there's no great love for the Democrats, no great support."

There have rarely been more troubled times for the Republican governing majority. The DeLay indictment and President Bush's second-term slump in the polls come amid a host of challenges and problems in domestic and foreign policy, including rising gas prices, the furor over the government's response to Hurricane Katrina, and public discontent with the war in Iraq. They also face internal divisions over spending, the deficit and the importance of picking a committed cultural conservative for the next Supreme Court nominee.

Stalemate. The Republican consensus is that a majority likes neither party, so it is business as usual? That makes great sense.

Roberts generated no great love for either side because he was as close to a consensus nominee as we might see from this President. If he nominates a reactionary, there will be another potential Borking, and there should be. How will that help the Republicans? The prospect of an arch conservative on the Court logically "excites" many Republicans because that means they get to do unspeakable things to the Democrats. But, the Borking will be ugly, and the expected bloodletting will not help the Republicans, even if the nominee squeaks by, like Thomas did. And, if it goes that way, the President will likely be harmed, not helped, by his further proof of lack of good judgment. He's already a lame duck with one wing missing.

"Looking for help for re-election in '06?" "Maybe not in my district Mr. President."

For all the Republicans' bullishness, much of their agenda has clearly fallen by the wayside, notably the attempt to overhaul Social Security.

Remember those ads on CNN, MSNBC, and FoxNews the Republicans put out months ago about Democrats supposedly bad-mouthing the President's Social Security plan and rheotically asking "what plan do the Democrats have for Social Security?" I used to yell at the TV when I saw those ads since the Republicans had yet to even come up with a plan for Social Security for the Democrats to criticize. Maybe the Democrats were criticizing the lack of a plan for Social Security?

How stupid do they think the average American is? Apparently pretty stupid. Like the "death tax" that effects less than 1% of all estates. Karl Rove didn't get where he is underestimating the lack of commonsense of the average American voter.

The Republican Spin Machine lies. The closest thing to the truth are the candid admissions in this Times article.

If Bush names Prado to the Supreme Court, I promise to give him a pass, right up until he screws up again.

Pray for Prado, the perfect nominee. That would help Bush and the country. The two concepts working together, however, are foreign to Republican sensibilities.

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  • Re: Admittedly Hammered Republicans Look Forward (none / 0) (#1)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:04:34 PM EST
    But, the Borking will be ugly, and the expected bloodletting will not help the Republicans, even if the nominee squeaks by, like Thomas did.
    I don't care about the "bloodletting"... another 'Thomas' on the Supreme Court would be well worth a pint or two to this libertarian...!

    Re: Admittedly Hammered Republicans Look Forward (none / 0) (#2)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:04:34 PM EST
    Like the "death tax" that effects less than 1% of all estates.
    And that demonstrates the stupidity of today's left... I don't care who or how many people are affected-- an 'estate tax' is just wrong... Bill Gates and Warren Buffett are both free to give the gov't every dollar they've earned in their lives... but that's not their agenda! They want the ability to tell everyone else how to structure their estates- while they spend more annually on 'tax avoidance' than I will make in my entire life! Do you really think either one is paying the "Clinton-era" top tax-rate of 39% on all their income?

    Re: Admittedly Hammered Republicans Look Forward (none / 0) (#3)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:04:34 PM EST
    Just a question, Scott, what is "wrong" about the estate tax? There are all kinds of taxes imposed when money or property changes hands. There are tax stamps imposed for recording property conveyances, there are liquor stamps, gas taxes, income taxes, importation taxes, airport landing taxes, etc. What is special about the estate tax that makes it more "wrong" than any of the other myriad of taxes governments routinely impose?

    Re: Admittedly Hammered Republicans Look Forward (none / 0) (#4)
    by Johnny on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:04:34 PM EST
    I say tax inheritance at 100%. The children do not deserve it... One might say they feel a sense of entitlement to it? Isn't entitlement a dirty word to wrong wigners? Don't they believe people should earn everything? Why then the outrage against this tax?

    Re: Admittedly Hammered Republicans Look Forward (none / 0) (#5)
    by aw on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:04:34 PM EST
    Do you really think either one is paying the "Clinton-era" top tax-rate of 39% on all their income?
    I guess it depends on the meaning of "is" and "Clinton-era".

    Re: Admittedly Hammered Republicans Look Forward (none / 0) (#6)
    by jimakaPPJ on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:04:34 PM EST
    Johnny writes:
    I say tax inheritance at 100%. The children do not deserve it...One might say they feel a sense of entitlement to it?
    Uh... I know you were trying to write satire, but you have managed to hit the nail on the head. It is the parents' money. It most cases they have worked all their lives for it. Shouldn't they be allowed to leave it to those they choose? What right does the government to take 50% just because the taxpayer is dead? graphicus - Taxes in and of themselves are a taking of someone's property. That make's them wrong, in and of themselves. They are necessary for the good of society, but should always be required to be justified, and not wasted. Our current governments do a terrible job of that.

    Re: Admittedly Hammered Republicans Look Forward (none / 0) (#7)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:04:37 PM EST
    Jim: "It is the parents' money." It's not surprising, Jim, that you think society deserves no portion returned of the INVESTMENTS it made in a successful life upon its conclusion. Success is not a process without victims. The Walton family are real successful, but they have thrown the medical care of their workers onto OUR backs. When do we get a refund on those costs that they are passing on to us? I don't shop there -- so why do I pay taxes for their benefit? After all, it's my money they are spending, in order to make their obscene, community-destroying wealth. The Mom-and-Pops that Walmart destroys are part of the cost of that "their money" they acquire. ENRON made plenty of cash destroying people's retirements, and damaging society in the process. An Estate Tax is a reasonable, conservative measure for restoring to society a portion of its costs in allowing the rich to become so.

    Re: Admittedly Hammered Republicans Look Forward (none / 0) (#8)
    by kdog on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:04:37 PM EST
    Admittedly Hammered
    Did Bush admit he's drinking again and I missed it?