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John Boehner at the AT&T National golf tournament, July 2009.
They might as well go golfing. Probably will, in fact.
I love this lede from The Hill:
House Republican leaders, having dispensed with the debt limit and put immigration reform on the back burner, will return to their political comfort zone with a legislative agenda focused on attacking the Obama administration and government excess.
Let me translate: House Republican leaders, having done nothing but the bare minimum to avoid catastrophic economic collapse, will return to their political comfort zone with a legislative agenda focused on doing nothing.

That's the GOP 2014 game plan in a nutshell: doing nothing and bragging about it. Meanwhile, Democrats will be doing things like pushing the GOP to extend emergency unemployment benefits, enact immigration reform, and raise the minimum wage.

There's no question in my mind about which agenda is more popular: It's the Democratic one. The question is whether Democrats will have the resolve to see it through to the finish line—and, if so, whether voters will bother to show up and cast ballots. Tom Perkins certainly hopes not.

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  •  Hey, It's Worked So Far ;-) (10+ / 0-)

    "A famous person once said, 'You can fool some of the people some of the time, but you can't fool all of the people all of the time.' But as I once said, "If you don't teach them to read, you can fool them whenever you like." – Max Headroom

    by midnight lurker on Tue Feb 18, 2014 at 09:49:20 AM PST

  •  unfortunately, GOP reactionary messaging in 2010 (3+ / 0-)
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    Darmok, chrississippi, Mr MadAsHell

    did work for them, so a bigger frame needs to be generated to GOTV

    That's the GOP 2014 game plan in a nutshell: doing nothing and bragging about it. Meanwhile, Democrats will be doing things like pushing the GOP to extend emergency unemployment benefits, enact immigration reform, and raise the minimum wage.

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be" - Barack Obama 04/27/2013 (@eState4Column5).

    by annieli on Tue Feb 18, 2014 at 09:51:06 AM PST

  •  Hey, the Democratic "agenda is more popular." (5+ / 0-)

    That and $3.75 will get me a latte at Starbucks.

    People will flock to that unpopular Republican agenda this year.

    As Marvin Gaye once so eloquently put it, "Make me wanna holler, throw up both my hands."

    "The soil under the grass is dreaming of a young forest, and under the pavement the soil is dreaming of grass."--Wendell Berry

    by Wildthumb on Tue Feb 18, 2014 at 09:53:11 AM PST

    •  No one is ahead of me in bitching about the (4+ / 0-)

      inability of Dem leadership to get some message traction on how shittacular the GOP House has been. But I'm beginning to believe that we can moan about messaging and gerrymandering all we want, but it won't change the fact that American voters increasingly are fools without the necessary capacity to protect their own interests.

      I mean, for f#cks sake, Joe the Not Plumber just took a union job---with CHRYSLER! Bailed out by Obama!---and I won't even occur to him that he needs to reconsider what that means for him to be a Belieber in Republicanism.

      Shorter chrississippi: House GOPers are inept douchebags, but will still be a majority of inept douchebags in January, 2015.

      •  What does this mean? (0+ / 0-)
        The question is whether Democrats will have the resolve to see it through to the finish line
        Presumably this refers to the Democrats' legislative agenda, immigration reform, raising the minimum wage and extending UI benefits, but what do you propose, Jed, that the Democrats should do to "see it through to the finish line"?  If the Democrats don't control the House, and the Republicans refuse to address the issues, what does that mean - that the Democrats should beat their heads against that wall until their scalps are bloody?

        "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

        by SueDe on Tue Feb 18, 2014 at 11:32:48 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

  •  Let's be fair... they do some things like (3+ / 0-)
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    trying to stop:

    Marriage equality
    Employment Non Discrimination
    Equal Pay for Equal Work

    oh and golf... they golf a lot.

     

    "Same-sex marriage is not "gay privilege", it's equal rights. Privilege would be something like gay people not paying taxes. Like churches don't." --Ricky Gervais

    by skip945 on Tue Feb 18, 2014 at 09:53:30 AM PST

    •  Too much golf cart riding (0+ / 0-)

      and not enough brisk marching across the fairway.  Boehner's looking extra broad in the beam, in that photo.

      "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

      by lgmcp on Tue Feb 18, 2014 at 10:42:25 AM PST

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  •  The Founders idea was that the time between (3+ / 0-)

    elections was to do the business of the people. The GOP drove us into the ditch with excessive tax cuts and has kept us there by not raising taxes on the filthy rich. We have government by the rich and for the rich. Guys like Perkins want the rich to have more votes when they already control the air waves with negative ads against progress. They refuse too do anything other than posture for their base, which is the basest possible base in existence. They are not going to change so we have to get rid of as many as we can from Congress. This should be a new era of Populism, especially with the new Pope on our side. i can't think of any Democrat who is really attacking the GOP enough to make the news. We need a revival of guys like the old Grayson with lines like, 'The GOP health care plan is die quickly.

    Never promote men who seek after a state-established religion; it is spiritual tyranny--the worst of despotism. It is turnpiking the way to heaven by human law, in order to establish ministerial gates to collect toll. John Leland

    by J Edward on Tue Feb 18, 2014 at 09:59:32 AM PST

  •  Looks like menus have been on Boehner's agenda! (1+ / 0-)
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  •  If I'm not seeing TV ads every day and hearing (3+ / 0-)
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    radio spots urging the people "Call your republican congressman/senator and DEMAND action on the minimum wage/ fair immigration policy/ bank regulation..." etc., it's just wishful thinking and doing as little as the other side.  IMO, of course.

    Hard to have a government when one-third of your representatives are insane and the other two-thirds have been sold to the highest bidder.

    by Rikon Snow on Tue Feb 18, 2014 at 10:03:42 AM PST

  •  We are 34 out of 35 developed nations in childhood (1+ / 0-)
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    shoeless

    poverty.

    Still enjoying your game John?

    sh

  •  And tiresome is the "objective" media spin. For (2+ / 0-)
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    example, in today's Philadelphia Inquirer the article on this treats as quite serious the GOP "limited agenda." One example, they quote Boehner as saying "there aren't 218 votes" when he means, there aren't 218 Republican votes, to pass things. Without this note it sounds like reasonable Boehner would like to do lots but some amorphous gtoups in the House prevent him from doing so.

    •  He needs grown a spine and chuck the Hastert Rule (0+ / 0-)

      You can't do anything of a bi-partisan nature as long as the Tea Party faction knows that he will follow that rule.  

      “Most people are willing to take the Sermon on the Mount as a flag to sail under, but few will use it as a rudder by which to steer.” ― Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

      by SpamNunn on Tue Feb 18, 2014 at 10:22:21 AM PST

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      •  Denny Hastert was asked a few weeks ago (0+ / 0-)

        about the "Hastert Rule," and he said there was no such thing, and he made decisions based on a majority-of-Republicans only sparingly during his tenure as speaker.

        "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

        by SueDe on Tue Feb 18, 2014 at 12:46:57 PM PST

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  •  At least they restored the cuts they made to (0+ / 0-)

    military pensions in both the House and Senate.  I am glad that they could at least agree on that.  

    Now all that is needed is for the President to sign that piece of legislation.  

    “Most people are willing to take the Sermon on the Mount as a flag to sail under, but few will use it as a rudder by which to steer.” ― Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

    by SpamNunn on Tue Feb 18, 2014 at 10:15:06 AM PST

    •  These cuts should stand. (0+ / 0-)

      They are modest, targeting people who are mostly working other jobs already. I don't like the mentality seen amongst many Republicans that "ONLY the military, and no one else, should be exempt from ALL cuts". Every federal worker either had their pensions cut or was asked to contribute more to their retirement, and I believe everyone should pay their fair share.

      On a side note, I also consider it pathetic that Congress can only agree on repealing part of the already-minimalistic Ryan-Murray budget agreement. This just shows how dysfunctional the government is.

  •  Coming to a PAC advertisement soon: (2+ / 0-)
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    "We're doubling our efforts!"

    Mark my words......

    I am Joe's Steven......

    by Joes Steven on Tue Feb 18, 2014 at 10:17:51 AM PST

  •  What is there... (0+ / 0-)

    What is there for them to do for the rest of the year other than show votes and naming post offices?

  •  Dignity of Work (5+ / 0-)

    Someone should do a video and shove it down their throats - show how many days Congressional Republicans work and then clips of them playing golf, relaxing, tweets about vacationing, jumpcut against them sermonizing the rest of us working stiffs about the "dignity of work"...

    Then close up, face forward, regular Americans listing how many days a year or hours a year they work, and then saying "I believe in the dignity of work, it's why I'm voting Democratic."

    "Out of Many, One Nation." This is the great promise of the United States of America -9.75 -6.87

    by Uncle Moji on Tue Feb 18, 2014 at 10:21:46 AM PST

  •  "Now...watch this drive." n/t (1+ / 0-)
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    Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. --Martin Luther King Jr.

    by Egalitare on Tue Feb 18, 2014 at 10:21:47 AM PST

  •  When you're good at something, you stick with it. (0+ / 0-)

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

    by dinotrac on Tue Feb 18, 2014 at 10:25:00 AM PST

  •  Is this the GOP agenda whenever there is a (0+ / 0-)

    Democratic president in office going forward?  We need to educate Republican low information voters what their party really stands for. We need our Democratic leaders to get out there in the media.

    Do not adjust your mind, there is a flaw in reality.

    by Shrew in Shrewsbury on Tue Feb 18, 2014 at 10:28:49 AM PST

  •  That reminds me of a Bachman Turner song: (2+ / 0-)
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    . . . . we love to work at nothing all day
    and we've been taking care business
    everyday
    taking care of business
    every way
    taking care of business
    it's all mine
    taking care of business
    and we're working overtime.

    "So listen, oh, Don't wait." Vampire Weekend.

    by Publius2008 on Tue Feb 18, 2014 at 10:30:01 AM PST

  •  More time... (0+ / 0-)

    ...for the tanning booth exercise out in the sun.

    I'm not always political, but when I am I vote Democratic. Stay Democratic, my friends. -The Most Interesting Man in the World

    by boran2 on Tue Feb 18, 2014 at 10:32:06 AM PST

  •  Abortion, Obamacare repeals, Benghazeeeee, (0+ / 0-)

    that silly STOP Act, that's all they'll do.

    And they'll call everything a "jobs bill" even though it creates NO jobs.

    And yes, we need to be constantly hammering them on the air especially locally.

    "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 Tue Feb 18, 2014 at 10:37:25 AM PST

  •  You'd think Obama would call them out on it (1+ / 0-)
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    shoeless

    Get in front of a camera and tell the American public that Boehner at al aren't working. But Boehner swept the floor of his dad's bar, so he gets a pass.

  •  This from Darrell Issa's speech in New Hampshire. (0+ / 0-)
    Asked what the federal government should do, Issa offered a simple response: "Very little."

    Enough is enough! I have had it with these motherfu*king snows on this motherfu*king plain!

    by shoeless on Tue Feb 18, 2014 at 10:54:04 AM PST

  •  This is "Nothing" new (0+ / 0-)
    Monday, nothing.
    Tuesday, nothing.
    Wednesdy and Thursday, nothing.
    Friday, for a change, a little more nothing.
    Saturday, once more, nothing.
    Nothing by Tuli Kupferberg

     sung by Ed Sanders at Tuli's memorial service in 2010.

  •  "Now watch this drive". -George W. Bush (0+ / 0-)
  •  Why are we all not in Washington RIGHT NOW (1+ / 0-)
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    Staging a COUP again the GOP and their Democratic also-do-nothings?

    When will we buck the two-system party that does virtually nothing for ANY of us?!

    Strange but not a stranger.

    by jnww on Tue Feb 18, 2014 at 02:28:35 PM PST

    •  That Russian Revolution is looking better (0+ / 0-)

      every day...

      FEMINISM encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians...Pat Robertson, failed lawyer, worth over $100 million.

      by old mark on Tue Feb 18, 2014 at 03:25:58 PM PST

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  •  Might as well...they are SO DAMN GOOD at it! (0+ / 0-)

    FEMINISM encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians...Pat Robertson, failed lawyer, worth over $100 million.

    by old mark on Tue Feb 18, 2014 at 03:24:41 PM PST

  •  Picture worth (0+ / 0-)

    A thousand words, john bonner golfing while the house and Washington DC crumble,  if only the Republican Party would work and stay off the golf course, I love golf and play 2-3 times per year, but I am not an elected official,  amazing. Get to work

  •  This doesn't surprise me. (0+ / 0-)

    What does is that Democrats allowed unemployment insurance to lapse in the first place. I still haven't heard what passes for an believable excuse with me.

  •  It's a Congress about nothing. But it's not funny. (1+ / 0-)
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    Now they have the 2nd (safety net for sloppy) Amendment, and can't be infringed to actually treat their gun like a gun and not a video game controller.

    by 88kathy on Wed Feb 26, 2014 at 10:42:25 AM PST

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