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At a time when the "saner" (can I really use that word when describing them?) Republicans are calling on Boehner, Cantor, and Company to back off "at least until there's solid evidence", and at a time when fully a THIRD of the Republican Congress is busy "investigating" the President, along comes our old reliable friends at the Heritage Foundation.

This time, they have actually printed something that's TRUE in a letter to Speaker Boehner and Majority Leader Cantor.

They have given the Republicans their marching orders:
Screw legislating and governing, it's time for batshit theater!

Heritage's reason is that by staying focused on investigations and scandal-mongering, that takes the attention of the media away from the fact that the semi-sane caucus wants to govern and the batshit caucus wants to blow up the government.  And that will come to a head several times this year with the Farm Bill, Immigration, the Internet Sales Tax, and the like.

Not to mention the debt ceiling.

As the letter states:

“it is incumbent upon the House of Representatives to conduct oversight hearings on those actions, but it would be imprudent to do anything that shifts the focus from the Obama administration to the ideological differences within the House Republican Conference.”

“To that end, we urge you to avoid bringing any legislation to the House Floor that could expose or highlight major schisms within the conference.  Legislation such as the Internet sales tax or the FARRM Act which contains nearly $800 billion in food stamp spending, would give the press a reason to shift their attention away from the failures of the Obama administration to write another ‘circular firing squad’ article.”

Here is the full text of the letter:
May 16, 2013

The Honorable John Boehner
Speaker of the House
H-232, The Capitol
Washington, DC 20515

The Honorable Eric Cantor
House Majority Leader
H-329, The Capitol
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Speaker Boehner and Leader Cantor:

For the first time, the activities of the Obama administration are receiving a sustained public vetting.  Americans’ outrage over Benghazi is amplified by the Internal Revenue Service’s intimidation of conservative grassroots organizations and a cascade of negative headlines.  There is the real sense the Obama administration has been less than forthright with the American people, the press and lawmakers.

Recent events have rightly focused the nation’s attention squarely on the actions of the Obama administration. It is incumbent upon the House of Representatives to conduct oversight hearings on those actions, but it would be imprudent to do anything that shifts the focus from the Obama administration to the ideological differences within the House Republican Conference.

To that end, we urge you to avoid bringing any legislation to the House Floor that could expose or highlight major schisms within the conference.  Legislation such as the Internet sales tax or the FARRM Act which contains nearly $800 billion in food stamp spending, would give the press a reason to shift their attention away from the failures of the Obama administration to write another “circular firing squad” article.

Make no mistake, principled conservatives will still oppose bad policy if it comes to the floor.  Rather than scheduling such legislation for consideration, we urge you to keep the attention focused squarely on the Obama administration.  As the public’s trust in their government continues to erode, it is incumbent upon those of us who support a smaller, less intrusive government to lead.

Sincerely,

Michael A. Needham
Chief Executive Officer
Heritage Action for America

Now that's some SERIOUS scorched-earth thinking right there.  To go 100% scandal-mongering and no governing at all.  Of course, in order to do this, they need one important aspect:  A willing and compliant press who will go along with it.

And they have it.

For now.

But as we all know, the Villagers are like small children--very short attention spans.  If there's nothing "new" in the scandal world, they may do some real journalism and investigate the investigations.  Case in point--Jake Tapper pwning Jonathan Karl about Benghazi!!!!®

So if Republicans want to keep this going through the 2014 elections, they'll have to either make something up--something they're VERY good at--or start drawing up the Articles of Impeachment about one year from now.

Which makes me sad.  Because Republicans are destroying this country by destroying its ability to govern itself.  As surely as if bombs were raining down, they are destroying us.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Tip Jar (22+ / 0-)

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Sat May 18, 2013 at 08:22:16 AM PDT

  •  Bill Clinton has said that the overblown (16+ / 0-)

    GOP reaction to his scandals resulted in such time-wasting and distraction that he was not able to pursue OBL as much as he wanted to. Would 911 have happened if the GOP had not been focused on nothing but scandal for the eight years of the Clinton administration? We'll never know. But the GOP certainly does not take the responsibilities of the president to do his job very seriously, and that could have eventual repercussions in terms of loss of American lives.

    •  Republicans prefer obstructing Dem Presidents... (10+ / 0-)

      ...over governing, regardless of complex times that call for reasonable achievable solutions. The pattern is history now and the consequences are great for the country - now the world, given US role in global stability. The world needs an agile competent US and what do we get? Nonsense.

      The unpopular and endless hysterics of tiresome GOP obstruction hacks like Graham and Issa simply have to push Americans over their limit at some point.  Americans - outside of Washington DC, at least - are busy! Giving attention to one after another boy-crying-wolf episode from Graham, Issa, McConnel, Boehner and the rest of them is out of control and the media is acting like barkers at a side show.

      Their pay should be garnished. We need triggers that automatically freeze paychecks when Congress goes into the pocket veto type coup mode.

      •  What happens unfortunately is that Republican (5+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        kck, zzyzx, zenbassoon, zett, Subterranean

        petulance results in the general electorate adopting a "Pox on both their houses" rather than a well deserved pogrom on Republicans and their childish destruction of what they can't have.

        "Mit der Dummheit kämpfen Götter selbst vergebens," -Friedrich Schiller "Against Stupidity, the Gods themselves contend in Vain"

        by pengiep on Sat May 18, 2013 at 03:23:07 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

    •  I'm pretty sure that the war against Serbia (2+ / 0-)
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      zenbassoon, Subterranean

      would not have happened had not the Serbian leadership perceived Bill Clinton as a President who would soon be impeached and removed from office and, therefore, not worth worrying about.

  •  I think the AP/DoJ issue has legs (3+ / 0-)
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    zenbassoon, Lujane, Subterranean

    because the MSM is really fried about it and it is providing a wake to pull along both the IRS problems and Benghazi.

    I think the President is doing a good job with the IRS issue. I think you will see at least two more senior managers resign this next week. Lois Lerner, Director of Exempt Organizations, has retained William Taylor III, a high profile criminal defense attorney. The other is Holly Paz, the Director of Rulings and Agreements. Because these are career civil servants they are entitled to due process. However, I believe you will see them make deals to resign in return for immunity from criminal prosecution and retention of the federal benefits they have vested.  

    "let's talk about that"

    by VClib on Sat May 18, 2013 at 08:49:43 AM PDT

  •  This ---> (15+ / 0-)
    Republicans are destroying this country by destroying its ability to govern itself.
    ---> is key. As much fun as it is to watch the whackjob circus shooting itself in the foot again and again, there's a pretty big country out there, a country in trouble, and it needs a functioning government.

    Not a reality TV show.

    Fuck me, it's a leprechaun.

    by MBNYC on Sat May 18, 2013 at 08:57:26 AM PDT

  •  I wonder if the Tea Party is getting punked (1+ / 0-)
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    zenbassoon

    by the establishment GOP - who cannot publicly show any restraint to the Tea Party agenda or face a Tea Party primary.

    How is it that we come across this letter and how is it we learn that the GOP fed BS info about the Benghazi emails.

    This whole "Scandal-gate" is so ham handed.

    Is that giving establishment GOP too much cred?

    Also, this who Scandal-gate gives cover to moderates to vote for immigration reform and other moderate policy because the "scandals" allow them to bash Obama and the Dems - all the while, the moderate GOPers could see that utlimately, the general public will punish the Tea Party at the polls, and do the job of getting the Tea Party out of the GOP establishment's hair.

    Or am I over-thinking this?

  •  Sorry, but I'm with the loonies on the Internet (3+ / 0-)
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    zenbassoon, pengiep, rbird

    Sales Tax.

    Sales taxes are regressive and retard consumption, thus depressing the economy.

    The government needs revenue. It should get it by taxing capital gains as normal income, raising income taxes on the rich, and making inheritance taxes on any amount worth more than say 100 million dollars essentially confiscatory. If you can't make your mark with 100 million, there's no reason to give you more.

    Ceterum censeo Factionem Republicanam esse delendam.

    by journeyman on Sat May 18, 2013 at 11:32:31 AM PDT

  •  Crusades, Inquisition, GOP: Benghazi, AP, IRS, (1+ / 0-)
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    zenbassoon

    a day in the life of the living dead GOP.  Laughable, dumbness at it's most ignorant.

  •  Heritage: destroyed by DeMintiot... Wow, this (1+ / 0-)
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    zenbassoon

    freak of stupid has completely destroyed Heritage as a useful tool of their party. Without a fact/data based resource for their actions, Heritage now is a total joke. I was just amazed at how fast DeMint did that-- within a couple days of dusting off the dust on his new office, the cleaning lady/dude has taken away in the dust the last vestiges of fact/data management they ever had.

    A-mazing epic continual fail.

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