Congress comes back, the election takes precedent

The Congress is dribbling back into Washington, more slowly than usual because of the weather. We consider that to be a good thing, as Mark Twain said,

When Congress is in session lives and property are at stake.

Mind the income gapThat’s never been more true than with the Obama administration sort of running things. Sort of.

This is an election year and that means “The People’s Business” will descend into what the leadership of the two parties want for headlines in order to get their members reelected and to add more members to their side. To hell with the people.

The Democrats will be setting the agenda, mostly because the Republican leadership doesn’t have much of an agenda beyond being liked by the Washington Press Corps (Corpse?) and the Democrats. Thanks Mitch, thanks John.

We expect to hear a lot about most of these things:

  • Extension of unemployment insurance;
  • Income inequality;
  • Amnesty;
  • Income inequality;
  • Amnesty;
  • Income inequality;
  • Fairness.

You’ll note that “ObamaCare” is missing. Democrats don’t want to talk about that. We’ll see if Republicans will push it. We think they must push it every minute of every day.

The President will be in full campaign mode and will pushing everything but ObamaCare. He will also be raising money for November. Did we mention he’ll be talking about income inequality and amnesty? And raising money?

We will be on top of the issues as they start to form up. You’ll note that The Curmudgeon has been pretty silent on the November elections and we’ll likely be pretty quiet for the next few months because we really don’t know what the issues will be come this summer.

We’ll be covering the issues with our normally crotchety take.

Right now, look for the President to do what he does best. Perhaps the only thing he does well, campaign. He’s going to stay above the fray and try to set the agenda, mostly because Senators and Representatives who are fighting for their jobs don’t want him anywhere near their campaigns.

As Republicans, there will be two fights going on this year, the first will be primary fights where Conservatives will be taking their best shot at moderate incumbents. This will be interesting because the Republican leadership has drawn a line in the sand and have declared open war against the Tea Party base. They’ve recruited the big players, the Chamber of Commerce is pledging $50 million for moderates in the primaries and pretty much all of the Washington beltway groups are in line with the leadership.

The biggest fight will most likely be over amnesty. We’re at a loss as to why the Republican leadership wants to create about 40 million new Democratic voters, but they do. If we can stop amnesty again, that will give Conservatives huge momentum going into November.

Look for the leadership to hold off on an amnesty fight until after most of the Republican primaries are over so their members won’t have to defend an amnesty vote.

It’s going to be an interesting year and we’ll be right here to help you wade through the Washington bluster.


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  • 914

    Income inequality?? How about spending inequality? Like the millions we involuntarily payed for Moochy’s B-Day.

    • Oh, but she deserves it! Being First Lady is HARD WORK!!
      The staff won’t yell at themselves, you know!

  • jim_m

    There is always income inequality. Even in the USSR there was income inequality. The choice is whether you want that inequality to be determined by your ability or by your political connections. The left with their congenital inability to work doesn’t want to be judged on their ability. They would rather have everyone judged on their skin color or union affiliation.

  • Hank_M

    I’m thinking John Kerry should be the point man for the income inequality argument.

    In the meantime, the Repubs should start showing some backbone and go after the brazen lies of Obama and the democrats. Every single time Obama lies about income inequality, the repubs should publicly ask why anyone should believe him and list the Obamacare lies. Hell, if any repubs had a spine, they ought to bring up Obama blasting the repubs for going on vacation while Obama was on vacation. They should ask repeatedly if Obama is drawing a red line again. They should mock him mercilessly.

    There is so much to work with if you want to fight back against this dishonest narccisist it boggles the mind.

    Which is why I have no doubt the Repubs will go after the conservatives instead.

  • It’s the eternal election – where anything/everything will be promised out in order to gain a few points in the polls.

    Whether it can be delivered is another matter – and what will happen if it gets delivered is something else entirely.

    (Yeah. Keep my f’n doctor. Right.)

    • 914

      He ain’t gaining 1 damn point. Losing more if anything.

      • The trouble is, he’s charismatic as anything. Can’t think his way out of a paper bag without a teleprompter, but that’s as may be – he comes alive when a camera’s pointed at him and he’s a star.

        The LIVs LOVE that about him. He’s everything they ever wanted – someone charismatic that gives them things and tells them all they want to hear.

        And it works so well in a bar, doesn’t it? A few drinks, some sweet talk, and pretty soon you’re back at his place to get it on.

        Morning after’s going to be a bitch and a half, though…

  • yetanotherjohn

    Why should amnesty be any different than civil rights legislation. Remember how well the GOP supporting civil rights worked out for the GOP at the ballot box. The minorities who benefitted from the civil rights legislation passed by the GOP over the opposition of the democrats has resulted in those same minorities faithfully supporting the GOP. Or is that in the bearded Spock universe?

    • jim_m

      Why should amnesty be any different than civil rights legislation.

      For starters because it shouldn’t be illegal to be black but it ought to be illegal to enter the country illegally, obtain employment, housing, education, healthcare, etc under false pretenses.

      And deciding on what legislation to pass based on what the media and chattering classes will approve of is why the GOP is having problems today. They should rediscover conservative principles and stand by them and be less like McCain, who no longer has any moral compass and just seeks whatever media attention he can get which usually means betraying conservatives.

      • yetanotherjohn

        You may want to google “bearded Spock universe”.

        • jim_m

          I’ve seen the episode several times.

          • 914

            Great episode.. The whole Obama administration is worthy of the agonizer treatment.

  • Lawrence Westlake

    There’s a lot of precedent for an election cycle to take precedence over governing. But that’s a cheap shot. In any case, obviously this is a ludicrous blog post. Suffice it to say that Sharron Angle, Christine O’Donnell, Todd Akin and Ken Buck could all be placed together in the same rubber room, given a math problem of how handing out work visas and a path to residency to a few million adult, law-abiding guys who mow the likes of Sean Hannity’s lawn on the weekends but deporting much of the remainder somehow could create “about 40 million new Democrat voters” (really, Sparky? You do realize the entire country has only about 315 million people in it, right?), and they’d not only arrive at the conclusion that they’re not witches, they’d determine that pregnancies from rape simply can’t happen, medically. Or whatever. Man alive, the right side of the chattering classes is retarded. We are actually doomed.