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“If I had a world of my own,” said Lewis Carroll’s Mad Hatter, “everything would be nonsense.” It would seem House Republicans are taking this thought to heart, and using it as advice for the future of America. We may be on the verge of seeing an evolution of the Tea Party, from tricorn hats to Alice in Wonderland. It may be an intentional change.
Starting today, House Republicans will unveil the CR or “Continuing Resolution,” their threatened spending plans for the remainder of the fiscal year. After the economic debates of the 2012 campaign, one might think the priorities of the winning party would receive some consideration. Yet it doesn’t appear so. As details of Republicans plans leak out, we’re seeing a move even farther toward austerity and punitive spending cuts than anything envisioned in the Ryan budgets of past years.
The impending budget plan is so far afield, so divorced from reality, that it actually includes a ban on federal funding for the anti-poverty group Alliance of Community Organizations for Reform Now or ACORN — even though ACORN was disbanded three years ago, and hasn’t existed since 2010. (You can read the current proposal for the Continuing Resolution here. Check out page 221.)
That’s not the only bit of nonsense in this Republican plan. The bill includes fewer real discretionary dollars than were available to George W. Bush in FY 2008. This is more an ideological manifesto than a serious proposal.
The next round of budgetary posturing and hijinks in is full flower. This act must play out by the first of March, when the sequester cuts — delayed by the last budget deal — are again scheduled to kick in. Here’s where things now stand.
President Obama has made a proposal for handling the upcoming crisis that Congress has once more inflicted upon itself. Many Republicans — though, surprisingly not all — have voiced predictable objections. Republicans are pushing for all cuts, all the time, primarily to Medicare and Social Security, both of which seem to be on increasingly good financial footing.
We’ve got just over there weeks before the cuts kick in, cuts designed to be too horrible to contemplate, so horrible they would force Democrats and Republicans to work together. They have been horrible enough that they’ve forced Congress to delay them once. What will happen next? (more…)
Survey USA has just front-paged an astonishing poll showing Rand Paul’s support plummeting by double digits, and Conway closing the gap to a statistical tie. The internals are especially fascinating… (and admittedly controversial.)
You can see the poll results here: http://www.surveyusa.com/
So what do you think? Is this poll a massive outlier, or a straw in the wind? I think it’s the first indicator of a massive national shift. The momentum is turning, thanks to a long, slow build-up of Tea Party negatives that has suddenly reached critical mass. And I’m fairly certain this poll is not an outlier…it’s a harbinger of things to come.
Dems have begun deploying their massive ad buys in critical markets. Voters are paying attention. The GOP base is grumbling and dispirited by the Pledge to America, which just doesn’t look crazy enough to suit them. And Tea Party candidates all over the country are making the fatal mistake of telling us what they really think. When we do the post-game analysis we’re going to say, “Yup, the last week in September…that was when it all started turning around.”
Something is happening. Hold onto your hats.
Exactly 16 years ago, Newt Gingrich released his “Contract With America.” It made an instant connection with voters, and six weeks later the Republicans swept to a 54-seat pickup in the House and majority status. (more…)