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U.S. President Barack Obama looks over as Speaker of the House John Boehner rises to speak during the unveiling ceremony for the Rosa Parks statue in the U.S. Capitol in Washington February 27, 2013.  REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS
"C'mon now, John. Don't embarrass yourself here."
House Republicans say they have a battle plan for 2014:
House Republican leaders are increasingly confident the economy will be a winning issue for their party in the 2014 midterm elections.

Republicans believe they can exploit the underlying weakness of the job market and argue voters should expect a better economic recovery than they are seeing under President Obama’s watch. [...] “It’s going to be about the issue of jobs, and when you look at it, the American people have a right to continue to be asking, ‘Where are the jobs?’ ” [House Speaker John Boehner] said, returning to his favored refrain for the Obama presidency. “The president has been in office now for almost five years. It’s time for the president to admit that his policies are not working.”

So, in addition to bashing Obamacare, Republicans will bash the Obamaconomy, and the House GOP majority will live happily ever after.

Of course, they will have to explain why they don't think that during their tenure in the majority, their singleminded obsession with repealing Obamacare and cutting spending has not only led to complete gridlock, but also forced a damaging government shutdown and repeated debt limit hostage crises. But surely the power of this new economic message will be enough to carry them to victory, right?

Well, maybe it's worth remembering that this message isn't exactly new—here's what Boehnerland was saying in 2012:

Boehner has repeatedly argued that the November election will be a referendum on Obama’s failed stewardship of the economy — and that message isn’t likely to change any time soon.

“This president has failed miserably on the economy and broken promise after promise to the American people,” a senior GOP aide said. “This election should be about him and his failed economic policies.”

So what's new here isn't that Republicans are planning to attack President Obama over the economy—it's that they're saying that this time it will work. But given that their big solution to weak economic growth is to repeal Obamacare and cut spending, that's not a claim worth believing.

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  •  Spending (11+ / 0-)

    Obama has essentially been going on with their plan for the last 5 years, so I'm not sure how that will work.

  •  GOP: F***ing over the economy, then trying to (15+ / 0-)

    win elections because "Obama's economy" isn't strong enough. #GOPLogic

    Ho'oponopono. To make things right; restore harmony; heal.

    by earicicle on Wed Jan 15, 2014 at 10:43:30 AM PST

    •  New GOP slogan (8+ / 0-)

      "F***ing over the economy since 1981."

      #winning!

    •  Works for their stupid voters who will turn out; (4+ / 0-)

      We need a better message & our voters to turn out.

      nosotros no somos estúpidos

      by a2nite on Wed Jan 15, 2014 at 11:00:12 AM PST

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    •  Folks are not quite thrilled with the economy but (3+ / 0-)
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      earicicle, TofG, METAL TREK

      the GOP misreads that message.
      -The GOP has failed to accept the fact that, folks want government to be involved in making things happen - jobs and stuff...but when your entire message is - cut government, cut spending, cut the FDA, cut the EPA...that rings hollow.
      -In fact folks would choose giant government projects that would generate jobs over cutting any day anytime.
      -In reality, who cares whether their job was created by the government or not. You want a job and a  paycheck....that's what the avg joe cares for...period...
      -They think just because folks might not be happy with Obamanomics, that somehow automatically endorses their policies.
      -Were that the case Mitt'd be prez today.

      "When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross." Sinclair Lewis, 1935 --Talk of foresight--

      by tuma on Wed Jan 15, 2014 at 11:03:55 AM PST

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      •  Here in Ohio, they're going to have to explain (2+ / 0-)
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        why John Kasich, who was elected by slamming Ted Strickland as being 100% responsible for Ohio's slow recovery NO BLAMING BUSH and who promised he would create jobs like no one has ever seen, has in fact presided over one of the most tanking economies in the country. He CAN'T blame Obama because he promised that he and he alone had the power to perform this miracle.

        Ed FitzGerald for governor Of Ohio. Women's lives depend on it. http://www.edfitzgeraldforohio.com/

        by anastasia p on Wed Jan 15, 2014 at 11:55:12 AM PST

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      •  yeah (1+ / 0-)
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        Observerinvancouver

        I never understood the "pro-business at the cost of everything else in life" mindset of the GOP. If you cut all regulation on financial industry and environment and everything else, business will just do whatever gets them the most $$$. They won't protect consumers or environment or stick to good safety practices on their own.

        •  No, but you see, with all the (1+ / 0-)
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          Observerinvancouver

          choice citizens, er, customers, get, if one company isn't being safe, clearly their products will suck so we would buy another company's stuff. Voting with our $ will solve all these kinds of issues. Because that has always worked. Like when AT&T starts giving me bad internet service because of yesterday's ruling, I can switch over to--well, that's a bad example, because I don't have another provider to my address. Let me start over. Let's say I find out my Chevy is lame. I can then easily get my money back to buy a Ford instead, right? Oh, hmm, they don't let you do that, do they? Once bought I have to keep it, and now it's too late for my $ to vote. Well, there must be some way I can affect their bottom line, right? Right? No? Wait, you mean capitalism doesn't work without regulation? You commie!

          "Lone catch of the moon, the roots of the sigh of an idea there will be the outcome may be why?"--from a spam diary entitled "The Vast World."

          by bryduck on Wed Jan 15, 2014 at 12:43:16 PM PST

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    •  That has exactly been the strategy all along. (0+ / 0-)

      They shouldn't be allowed to get away with it anymore.
      This is the reason they cut food stamps and refused to extend UI benefits. (Well, almost the reason. It's the main one though.)

      You can't make this stuff up.

      by David54 on Wed Jan 15, 2014 at 11:44:15 AM PST

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    •  Yebbut look how inept the Dems are in (1+ / 0-)
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      pointing this out.  With all the smart Dems in the country, why can't they find a Frank Luntz of their own?

      We must, indeed, all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately. B. Franklin

      by Observerinvancouver on Wed Jan 15, 2014 at 12:51:09 PM PST

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  •  The Dems and the Administration have to (17+ / 0-)

    get specific about just how the GOP has obstructed every possible bill that could help working people. They need to take a page from Big Dog's playbook (thinking about the speech he gave at the last convention) and not only assert that, but follow it up with examples. Relentlessly.

    Pope Francis: the Thumb of Christ in the eyes of the Pharisees.

    by commonmass on Wed Jan 15, 2014 at 10:46:01 AM PST

  •  C'mon now, Speaker! (38+ / 0-)

    Boehner says, "It’s time for the president to admit that his policies are not working.”

    Honestly, it's time for Boehner to admit that President's policies haven't even been tried.

  •  this is all well and good, however... (10+ / 0-)

    ...there's one minor little detail they seem to be over looking:

    The fact that the economy is in dramatically better shape today than when Republicans last mismanaged it.

    Their problems with the economy are almost universally shared by everyone, but it is in far better shape than the mess left behind by Republican George Walker Bush:

    -when the economy was shrinking (by minus 8.9 percent the quarter before President Obama took office, compared to a plus 4.1 percent during the most recent quarter (considered to be robust by economists)

    -the stock market, which had lost nearly half its value when President Obama took office has not only recovered all of that, but has been trading in record territory lately

    -corporate profits are at an all-time high

    -the automotive, banking and mortgage industries were on the verge of collapse...and now they are...healthier than ever

    -even the unemployment rate, which lags other economic indicators during a recovery...is now better than when George Walker Bush handed President Obama his gigantic mess.

    The economy isn't great, but across the board it is in far better shape than when Republicans last mismanaged it.

  •  Considering the "intelligence" of today's average (3+ / 0-)
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    Teabaghead/Republiklan Party member, I'd say it would work fairly well.  After all, the larger number - some 45%+ at last count - in a current MSN poll concerning whether or not Governor Christie is to be believed as being "truthful" are voting, YES!

  •  Maybe Boner can explain why the GOP BLOCKED (13+ / 0-)

    a bill to give a 20% tax break to companies that insource... bring jobs back to the states.

    I'd love to hear the reason.

    The Seminole Democrat
    Confronting the criminally insane who rule our state; as well as the apathy of the vast majority who let them.

    by SemDem on Wed Jan 15, 2014 at 10:48:55 AM PST

  •  Funny, stock market hit new record today (2+ / 0-)
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    Record corporate profits.

    That's a bad economy how?

  •  So for 6 years GOP deliberately sabotages the (5+ / 0-)

    economy, then claims it's Obama's fault. Next Republicans will advise anyone killing their parents to throw themselves on the mercy of the court, since they're orphans.

    Oh, and Republicans do have other campaign themes: Bengazi, Bengazi, Bengazi, IRS, Bengazi, Bengazi, Bengazi,
    Fast and Furious, Bengazi, Bengazi, Bengazi, The Affordable Care Act, Bengazi, Bengazi, Bengazi...

  •  I honestly believe (7+ / 0-)

    that people in this country are tired of republicans and their out-of-touch-with-reality politics, their natural (original equipment) arrogance, and their pretentious rich man's ideology.

    Conservative policies have soaked all of us for more than we even have, and the same way you cannot get blood from a stone---though conservatives do keep trying--the republican party may not get many votes--either.

    I think eyes are wide open---and most people do not like what they are seeing.

    "The people who were trying to make this world worse are not taking the day off. Why should I?”---Bob Marley

    by lyvwyr101 on Wed Jan 15, 2014 at 10:49:51 AM PST

  •  But I thought all that sequestering (5+ / 0-)
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    was supposed to boost the economy. Did I miss something? Did they not do the right thing?

  •  Will they be implementing (6+ / 0-)

    this plan before or after they finish repealing Obamacare?

    ~War is Peace~Freedom is Slavery~Ignorance is Strength~ George Orwell "1984"

    by Kristina40 on Wed Jan 15, 2014 at 10:52:03 AM PST

  •  Huh this was their entire battle plan in 2010 (4+ / 0-)
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    here4tehbeer, Stude Dude, bear83, bryduck

    wasn't it?

    And it worked. Really well. Conservative voters will believe anything the establishment tells them. "The jobs situation is clearly Obama's fault. All he had to do was negotiate with us." Then they go out and vote in droves while our side stays home.

    Sorry I just get really frustrated about things like this. Conservative voters could not care less about listening to reason or history. They have a team and their side must win no matter what.

  •  Explain something to me, please. (3+ / 0-)
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    TofG, JeffW, Mr MadAsHell

    How do they bash the economy, claiming how bad it is right after denying millions of people unemployment insurance?  This line of argument is like throwing a fast ball down the middle of the plate to a home run slugger.

    Please don't piss all over my shoes and tell me it is raining. I know better. And you're getting my shoes wet.

    by kaminpdx on Wed Jan 15, 2014 at 10:53:15 AM PST

  •  They keep forgetting (3+ / 0-)
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    METAL TREK, JeffW, MufsMom

    the American people are not deaf nor stupid.  Obama has been trying to get a jobs bill passed for years.  Oops! Rethugs blocked it.  Obama plans to bring up a jobs bill again in his State of the Union address (so I understand).  Will the rethugs block it again?  As long as dems keep hammering these points (plus blocking the unemployment bill, the cut to food stamps, etc.,) they should win back the House and keep the Senate.  Be smart, candidates, be smarter than them.

    Human dignity + compassion = Peace (Anonymous)

    by Raggedy Ann on Wed Jan 15, 2014 at 10:53:44 AM PST

    •  I admire your optimism and (0+ / 0-)

      kind thoughts regarding our populace's intelligence.

      "Lone catch of the moon, the roots of the sigh of an idea there will be the outcome may be why?"--from a spam diary entitled "The Vast World."

      by bryduck on Wed Jan 15, 2014 at 12:45:33 PM PST

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  •  John of Orange needs to dry out for a couple (4+ / 0-)
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    days and read up on what PBO said yesterday....he has a pen and a phone and he isn't afraid to use them in Exec fashion to stabilize or better recover the fragile economy that the House Republicants continue to sabotage.

  •  Don't forget God, guns, and gays (5+ / 0-)
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    Stude Dude, a2nite, Aquarius40, JeffW, bear83

    That train is never late with these clowns!

    The Boner needs to explain why they haven't passed President Obama's jobs bill. Turtle Man has to explain why the Senate clown car has blocked the unemployment extension.

    A village can not reorganize village life to suit the village idiot.

    by METAL TREK on Wed Jan 15, 2014 at 10:54:51 AM PST

  •  It could be a winning plan, except that the GOP (3+ / 0-)
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    has done shit.

    It's fair to attack the ACA, even more fair to attack its rollout, but...have Republicans really taken a good hard look at the polls?  People may not be thrilled about the law, but American Health Care is so bad -- really -- that most folks would rather live with a bad law than the old status quo.

    That may change as young healthy people begin to realize what the law really means to them, but, so far, that's the way it is.

    And what have Republicans offered as an alternative?
    Zip.

    Jobs are a great issue.
    Fantastic.

    What have Republicans offered ordinary Americans?
    Zip.
    Worse than zip, actually. While quick to acknowledge a terrible economy that does not provide jobs, Republicans are publicly (gleefully) willing to jab a spearpoint in the side of Americans crucified on its trendlines.

    Even good plans require competent execution.
    Not seeing it.

    LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

    by dinotrac on Wed Jan 15, 2014 at 10:55:00 AM PST

  •  Yeah, that Sequester that they pushed so hard for (2+ / 0-)
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    and are doubling down on created tons of jobs, didn't it? Allmost as many as refusing to pass the President's Jobs Bill. They have hobbled every one of the President's attempts at helping the unemployment situation from the two examples I listed to causing permanent instability by lurching from one man-made financial crisis to another since they came into power in 2010 to completely ignoring our crumbling infastructure to stripping food stamp funding to refusing to expand unemployment benefits. I'm sure if they expand their power in 2014 that privatizing SS, cutting the eligibility and funding for Medicare, lowering taxes on the wealthy and deregulating industries and implementing Sequester 3.0 will do the trick, right? America hasn't forgotten which Party's economic policies created the lowest job creation numbers in recent history and nearly destroyed our and the world's Economies just a few years ago. Good luck with that, Orangeglo.

  •  The full strategy. (3+ / 0-)
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    bear83, tb mare, bryduck

    1. Sabotage and cockblock the economic recovery by blocking unemployment, anything that resembles stimulative spending, making it hard for small businesses to start or stay afloat, etc.

    2. Blame it all on Obama and the Democrats.

    It's admittedly an effective strategy historically, but one that only a gang of psychopaths could implement.

    Time to get the Republicans standing in line so they can all be fitted with Hannibal Lecter masks.

  •  I'd guess if the media ever asks The Boehner Bunch (2+ / 0-)
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    tb mare, METAL TREK

    just how many pro-jobs bills they've brought to the table in the past five years the only things they'll be able to list are corporate tax cuts and deregulation.

    You know.. so we don't hurt these hallowed outsourcing fucksticks Job Creators.

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    by here4tehbeer on Wed Jan 15, 2014 at 11:05:44 AM PST

  •  They're dim, Jed! (1+ / 0-)
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    tb mare

    What are they smokin'?

    Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

    by JeffW on Wed Jan 15, 2014 at 11:06:30 AM PST

  •  I Think They're Counting On a Year's Worth of (1+ / 0-)
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    La Gitane

    Kochtopus Obamacare-bashing ads in many of the vulnerable states to make enough voters accept that 30 repeal votes made sense.

    It's the kind of motivational campaign that gives them consistently good midterm turnout compared to our consistently weak midterm turnout. Not to say that it must work but it's got a great track record.

    They make a lot of ground in these elections.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Wed Jan 15, 2014 at 11:13:30 AM PST

    •  I think they're going to have more (2+ / 0-)
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      trouble running on anti-Obamacare than you think.  So many more people are getting health care for the first time, and for less money, than there are who are "mad" because they couldn't keep their crappy insurance policy.

      Not only that, but I'm sure there are plenty of bright red, tea-baggin Fox viewers that are among the unemployed who were cut off.  The polls show it, and those 'bagger reps are hearing from their constituents.  Sure, they don't care if it's poor brown or black people, but once it's REAL 'murikans feeling the pain, well then, that's different.  If they keep blocking extended UI, they're in trouble.

      Once again, they're basing a strategy on their Fox bubble.  I guess they learned nothing from 2012.

      "Mediocrity cannot know excellence." -- Sherlock Holmes

      by La Gitane on Wed Jan 15, 2014 at 11:42:36 AM PST

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      •  Not as many as would be necessary, (0+ / 0-)

        unfortunately. Even if the ACA was providing millions of people benefits they didn't have before, we would need a huge % of those people to vote to make enough of a difference, and they would all have to be in non-gerrymandered districts that aren't already Democratic. We may see a small bump because of the ACA, but nowhere near enough, I think.

        "Lone catch of the moon, the roots of the sigh of an idea there will be the outcome may be why?"--from a spam diary entitled "The Vast World."

        by bryduck on Wed Jan 15, 2014 at 12:48:23 PM PST

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  •  the economy is roaring if you're the 1% (1+ / 0-)
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    the 99% haven't tasted it yet, but I'm confident they know who to blame for that.

    "It's almost as if we're watching Mitt Romney on Safari in his own country." -- Jonathan Capeheart

    by JackND on Wed Jan 15, 2014 at 11:15:14 AM PST

  •  Boehner pretends he's Lord Licorice in Candy Land. (1+ / 0-)
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    METAL TREK

    Still searching for King Kandy in Gum Drop Mountain, and hopes to reach Candy Castle by dealing from the bottom of the deck.


    I think clowns wear makeup just to get my attention. Actually, I’m more of the big shoe type.

    by glb3 on Wed Jan 15, 2014 at 11:15:33 AM PST

  •  If one has taken any interest at all (2+ / 0-)
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    in the tactics of the Republicans since President Obama's Inaguration Nite, 2009, they would know:

    On that night a group of Republicans got together (15) and hatched a strategy of "obstructionism," for anything and everything that would benefit the people of this country.  They even went so far as to set aside whether or not it would hurt the country as a whole.  The object:  Bring Obama down.

    The Norquist pledge:  Not to raise taxes under any circumstances.  Nevermind the tax base was lowered in time of war (2 wars), even though lowering taxes in the time of war was never done in our history before because it was a foolish and dumb thing to do; it was done.  

    Along with this Medicare Prescription Part D was passed, and not paid for.  The wars were not paid for nor put into the budget, remember?  President Obama inherited these costs which at last were accounted for.

    Then, let's not forget the greatest financial fiasco since the Great Depression of the 1930's.  Except for the fact that we now had Soc. Sec. in place, and FDIC to protect your savings accounts, it would have been just as bad.

    And, last, but not least.  The famous Mitch McConnell quote that "our first priority is to make Obama a one-term president."

    The saboteurs of the very country they serve have made a concerted effort to undermine any progress for jobs and improvement of the economy for the very reason of planning to run on how bad things have been under Obama.

    The American Jobs Act of 2011 is still languishing; Boehner would not put it on the table for an up or down vote. This, even though when receiving the gavel as Speaker he said his first priority was, "jobs, jobs, jobs."

    Anyone can read the Republican's idea of a jobs bill and they will find at center is more tax breaks for corporations, and deregulation.  That is the GOP only idea for job creation.

    It doesn't work; trickle down has never worked.

    Vote the bums out!

  •  News flash for Boehner: (2+ / 0-)
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    La Gitane, METAL TREK

    Go ahead, run against Obama's economy, but good luck, Obama's not running!

    A true craftsman will meticulously construct the apparatus of his own demise.

    by onionjim on Wed Jan 15, 2014 at 11:20:17 AM PST

  •  they don't need to please the majority (0+ / 0-)

    they can win with their base alone. They don't need the approval of anyone else. They're sufficiently gerrymandered that they can easily piss off a good 50% of the country and still win. Especially in a base election when the president is not on the ticket to drive up Democratic turnout.

    It's the Democrats who need to convince apolitical and nonpartisan people to come out and vote for them if they need to win.

    Going negative on the opposition doesn't work if you're the party in power and you haven't delivered very much.

    PR won't convince people that the ACA is a success, not when many of them are finding difficult to benefit from it or even being screwed over. At the very best it will be a non-factor in the election. At worst, it could turn off enough people to hurt Democrats.

    The economy sucks, and it's not getting any better despite the hype. Good jobs are being "replaced" by shitty part-time work with no benefits--this is being spun as a "recovery". And people know this.

    The Dems are realizing that they're in trouble, so they've very grudgingly decided to gingerly mention economic issues and run on the smallest of the small tweaks: raising the minimum wage. (Of course they had two years to actually do it, and didn't say a word about it.)

    Whether that will be enough to get people to come out remains an open question, but I think it won't be very useful.

    Then too, Obama did the GOP a great service by putting the chained CPI into his budget request. You can bet that every Republican will challenge their Democratic opponent to repudiate that budget. That will hurt the Democrat whether he/she answers yes or no.

    "In America, the law is king." --Thomas Paine

    by limpidglass on Wed Jan 15, 2014 at 11:24:01 AM PST

  •  Gen. Custer had a strategy, too. (1+ / 0-)
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    We know how that worked out.  Given that most conservatives regard Custer as a war hero and not as a racist war criminal, their strategy is not surprising.

  •  Well you know what? (1+ / 0-)
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    They're right.  Obama's policies aren't working.

    BECAUSE YOU HAVE BLOCKED EVERY SINGLE ONE, YOU DUMBFUCKS!!

    Kinda hard for a policy to work if it's not actually enacted into law.  And by the way, it's also kinda hard to blame things on a president that hasn't been able to really do anything because your teeny tiny asshole minority keeps blocking everything.

    You really want to run on "Obama's policies don't work?" Then pass some of them, and when they do work, make up a bunch of shit and say the CBO is a bunch of lying leftist bastards like you always do.

    This is a total fail, but please continue Mr. Speaker.

    "Mediocrity cannot know excellence." -- Sherlock Holmes

    by La Gitane on Wed Jan 15, 2014 at 11:34:27 AM PST

  •  GOPERS- "Dems can't fix the economy we destroyed" (2+ / 0-)
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    Ha

  •  They'll win, but not on this (0+ / 0-)

    They'll win because Democratic turnout will blow as it always does in midterms.

  •  haha (0+ / 0-)

    Just like his re-election in 2012 was a supposed referendum on Obamacare.... got it. Yeah you guys sure showed him, by losing in a landslide.

  •  Lock up your dogs (0+ / 0-)

    You can't win a dried up old piece of bird shit by telling someone they coulda been doing better if they woulda voted for you which they didn't but they shoulda.  What they are really planning is to say stuff like "Obama's Food Stamp Economy" and to blow on every other dog whistle they can blow on.  

  •  the hypocrisy of the GOP is just off the scales. I (0+ / 0-)

    mean they have done NOTHING, not one pickin thing to help the economy. NADA, ZIPPO! The Dems., and Obama need to call them on this!!

  •  Still, they'll have to answer these 3 questions: (0+ / 0-)

    Which jobs legislation bills did the Republicans pass that the president blocked  Democrats blocked?

    Why did they block numerous Democratic numerous bills that, like infrastructure investment, that would have created thousands of jobs?

    Exactly what was the ratio of abortion bills to jobs bills that the Republican congress voted on in the last 4 years?

  •  That could actually be a winning strategy... (0+ / 0-)

    If they were actually doing something to help the lives of American workers. The Republicans could initiate a bill restored EUC and enhanced Veteran's benefits, gave huge tax breaks to businesses that hired the long-term unemployed, and delayed the ACA's individual mandate for a year, and they would get a huge upswing in the economy voters see, and claim credit for it. Hell, if they were really smart, they'd be offering a bill right now that includes all the spending we on the left want for social justice through November, in the amounts we really want, and tying fast-tracking KeystoneXL to it. They'd be in the cat-bird seat: the Democrats would either vote for it, and the Republicans can claim credit, or the Democrats would reject it, and the Republicans would then be able to run ads like crazy showing the Democrats throwing us under the bus when the Republicans finally tried to do something. Of course, the Republicans are not smart, so they will stick with business as usual, and hope that the Democrats keep alienating those of us on the left they like to throw under the bus.

    Workers of the world, unite! You have nothing to lose but your shackles. It is by the picket line and direct action that true freedom will be won, not by electing people who promise to screw us less than the other guy.

    by rhonan on Wed Jan 15, 2014 at 12:29:33 PM PST

  •  Dems need to use the exact same economy argument (0+ / 0-)

    for why Dems should have the House back and keep the Senate and WH.  Congressional Repugs block every piece of legislation that would actually help the economy and enact legislation that will hurt the economy.

  •  In the last week, just about every right-winger (0+ / 0-)

    I've seen extols Chris Christie's "leadership" for his bravura performance at his news conference and immediately contrasts that to Pres. Obama's lack of leadership because he hasn't copped to Fast and Furious, the IRS hoo haw, Benghazi and Obamacare.  

    In the first three, despite Darrell Issa's best efforts he hasn't been able to find any there there.  Re Obamacare, I've seen Pres. Obama on several occasions acknowledging problems and apologizing.  

    They also assert that his failure to fire anyone is a sign of weakness.  IIRC, a number of people have been sidelined in relation to the first three.  And in the last week or so, CGI's ACA contract hasn't been renewed.

    http://www.reuters.com/...

    For those seeking red meat, of course, the administration's lack of drama is unsatisfying.  

    We must, indeed, all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately. B. Franklin

    by Observerinvancouver on Wed Jan 15, 2014 at 12:48:35 PM PST

  •  GOP whining and obstruction, both at the same (0+ / 0-)

    time is a total transparent failure.

  •  Simpler: Thugs opposed every single jobs initiativ (0+ / 0-)

    e by the President, even those that were their own ideas, just because.  Just as they agreed they would in their private meetings when he first inaugurated in 2008, in the middle of Depression!  

    Now, all they have is opposition of Obama and lies.

    But they think you voters are fools and will buy their lies.

    So, voters, are you going to?

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