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Republicans (finally) get tough on Obamacare opposition

Finally, finally, the Republican Congressional leadership has decided to stand up to the Obama Administration and walk away from a staged "bipartisan summit" concerning the health care bill that the White House and Congressional Democrats have probably already completed in secret, yet cannot pass without either legislative trickery or the defection of a number of Republicans.

On Friday, the House Republican leadership sent a letter to the Democratic Congressional leadership, challenging them to disavow news reports claiming that Democrat strategists had been working on ways to ram through a Congressional vote on the health care bill without the participation of Republicans:

To ensure we can move forward in good faith, we ask that you publicly disavow these reports and assure the American people that Democratic Leadership is not putting together any kind of backroom health care deal or plotting any kind of legislative trickery to pass it. Your response will help clarify whether Democratic Leadership is serious about genuine bipartisan negotiations and whether the proposed summit will be a truly open forum or merely an intramural exercise.

Ohio congressman and House Minority Leader John Boehner released another statement yesterday, essentially declining President Obama's invitation to meet on February 25 and discuss health care reform:

A productive bipartisan discussion should begin with a clean sheet of paper. We now know that instead of starting the 'bipartisan' health care 'summit' on Feb. 25 with a clean sheet of paper, the president and his party intend to arrive with a new bill written behind closed doors exclusively by Democrats -- a backroom deal that will transform one-sixth of our nation's economy and affect every family and small business in America. They will then engage a largely handpicked audience in a televised 'dialogue' according to a script they have largely pre-determined. They will do this as a precursor to embarking on a legislative course that Democratic congressional aides acknowledge has also been pre-determined -- a partisan course that relies on parliamentary tricks to circumvent the will of the American people and engineer a pre-determined outcome. It doesn't sound much like bipartisanship to me.

Boehner also told Fox News' Greta Van Susteren on Wednesday:

You know, we've asked the president all year to scrap this big government-takeover bill and let's start with a clean sheet of paper. Let's find out where we've got common ground and let's try to do the common sense, step-by-step approach to making our current system work better.

Everyone knows that our health care system needs help. But I do think there are half a dozen things we can agree on. So why don't we take this step-by-step approach? But I think starting with a bill that the Democrat majority in the House and Senate can't pass is the wrong place to start the conversation.

Thank you Representatives Boehner, Cantor, and Pence. Naturally Republicans will be portrayed in the press as villains who refuse to dialog with the White House because they are sold out to the evil minions who run drug and health insurance companies. But now is the time for Republicans to keep hammering the basic message - The American people clearly do not want this health care bill, and the Democrats have completely excluded Republicans from the process of drafting it.

This giant, stinking turd of a bill solely belongs to the Democrats, and if they want credit for it so badly then I say give them everything they have coming to them.


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Democrats are planning a ga... (Below threshold)
bobdog:

Democrats are planning a game of full contact Kabuki theater, staged for the TV cameras. Democrats know it, Republicans know it, and the American people know it.

Boehner is right. The only way to win this stupid game is not to show up.

This giant, stinki... (Below threshold)
James H:
This giant, stinking turd of a bill solely belongs to the Democrats, and if they want credit for it so badly then I say give them everything they have coming to them.

So can the filibustering and let it pass, then.

Obama and his minions don't... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

Obama and his minions don't get it. Americans have awakened to their tricks on this issue. IT started with the stimulus laden with pork Obama promised would never happened but did. Then he has lobbyist's working for him, which he promised he wouldn't. Then he promised not to raise taxes on people making less then 250K and now he is. He said he will openly show the healthcare negotiations and did not. Within one year, he has proven he cannot be trusted or depended on. He insulted the american peoples intelligience and we don't like that at all. On top of all of that, we were attacked two times by terrorists but yet he wants to treat them with the same dignity and rights as I possess. HE.IS.TOAST. ww

I'm looking forward to the ... (Below threshold)
Steve Green:

I'm looking forward to the Obama administration going forward with the summit - letting CSpan photograph the empty Republican seats.

Nothing's changed - the PARTY OF NO has never had any interest in coming to the table - and televising the empty seats at the summit with Republican name tags in front of them will underscore that nicely.

Nancy Pelosi doesn't have t... (Below threshold)
klrtz1:

Nancy Pelosi doesn't have the votes to pass the bill in the House. Reconciliation is another empty bluff.

Let the Party of No ROAR!!!

I dunno, Steve. It seems to... (Below threshold)
bobdog:

I dunno, Steve. It seems to me that televising the seats at the summit with Democrat name tags in front of them might be a good idea, too.

These seats will be empty soon enough.

Just say no and flush the d... (Below threshold)
914:

Just say no and flush the dem turd's and reelection hope's down the latrine!

They damn well better show ... (Below threshold)
epador:

They damn well better show those empty seats. And as Bobdog stated, show the ones that are filled with duplicitous turds so the American People know who to vote out of office.

By showing the seats with a... (Below threshold)
ODA315:

By showing the seats with attached names the American people will know whose watching their back, by name.

Great idea Steve, thanks.

s green "I'm looking ... (Below threshold)
Marc:

s green "I'm looking forward to the Obama administration going forward with the summit - letting CSpan photograph the empty Republican seats."

Yeah, you go ahead and keep stroking to the beat of that wet dream green... the end result will be a full bevy of repubs in those seats and you... well you with a unrequited ejaculation.

Don't trust the Republicans... (Below threshold)
CabotAR Author Profile Page:

Don't trust the Republicans.....they are only doing this cause it's election year & they want back into power. Once again, they are just using us (you & me) for their personal grab for power.

These 'career politicians don't care about you or me, they only represent big government & more taxes.

If ur interested, there is a new book just out that I liked cause it's about a small town in America who stands up to federal tyranny (corrupt politicians & big govt.) & ends up starting the 2nd American Revolution.

It's a great read if we think can still save America. I recommend it.
www.booksbyoliver.com

Boehner's official response... (Below threshold)
bryanD:

Boehner's official response to the Democratic leadership reads as if it were written by the proverbial Jewish mother.

Vos vet zein! You and your shiksa go on and get married! Mazel tov! Me and my lumbago will get alone fine! I'll have some schagetz run for chachkes on days I'm not too fahklumpt. Don't worrrry!

So can the filibustering an... (Below threshold)
LiberalNitemare:

So can the filibustering and let it pass, then.

2. Posted by James H | February 14, 2010 10:25 AM

Let it pass? Last time I checked there was a democratic MAJORITY. Who exactly do you think is preventing the bill from passing?.

Nice BryanD. Got a... (Below threshold)
ODA315:

Nice BryanD.

Got a swastika flag hanging in your basement bedroom?

Nice BryanD.Got a sw... (Below threshold)
bryanD:

Nice BryanD.
Got a swastika flag hanging in your basement bedroom?
14. Posted by ODA315

It's a Yiddish parody. The Jews invented comedy as we know it, and the downtown mishpachas is the oeuvre. It's an homage. And as a Twainiac I have an interest in practicing dialect, which he said will stretch a scribbler best. Or warn off.

I'd give myself a B+.




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