“Meaningful cuts” was, after all, the GOP mantra going into the talks — but what they came away with was a handful of sand. The Congressional Budget Office reported yesterday that the deal ac tually trims just $352 million from this year’s outlays instead of the advertised $38.5 billion.
Boehner, the perpetually tanned, rested and ready speaker, punted on the conservative base’s hot-button issues, including defunding of Planned Parenthood and NPR, settling instead for an on-the-record vote about them down the road.
“We only hold one half of one-third of the federal government,” he likes to say — and while that might be realistic, it’s also defeatist…
The Stupid Party in word, in deed and in person. But wait! There’s more!
The voters who threw out the Democrats in near-record numbers wanted an end to ObamaCare and a hardheaded approach to reducing the size of government. They wanted a return to the principles of self-reliance and personal responsibility, and made it clear to the politicians that they were prepared to sacrifice for it.
They expected Boehner’s Republicans to deliver — not everything, and not all at once; politics still is the art of the possible. But they wanted to see combat, not watch a fixed fight.
If Boehner can’t deliver anything but empty promises, look for a leadership revolution in his caucus before too long.
If you’re anywhere between Boston and New York this morning between nine and noon, please tune in to WTIC AM 1080, or stream the broadcast here, where I’ll be joining regular host Jim Vicevich to discuss all this and more. Around 9:30, our own Andy McCarthy will be joining Jim, me and Pat Caddell, and if Andy wants to take a victory lap, that’s fine with us.
And stick around through the 10 o’clock hour, when we’ll be joined by the great Instapundit himself, Glenn Reynolds, talking about his bright new tax idea. Fun for the whole family!