We Must Think Beyond the 38 Billion

April 11, 2011 05:07

If there is one theme among tea party activists and conservatives, it’s that our side must realize that this is a desperate fight for the Republic and “our friends across the aisle” are more than simply good folks we disagree with. They are socialists who want to fundamentally transform our country, and nothing they do or say can be trusted.

By C. Edmund Wright at American Thinker


To misunderstand what John Boehner accomplished last week is to confuse the time for a first inning bunt and a ninth inning grand slam.  Yes, I get it — 38 billion is chump change compared to our national debt problems.

Reasonable people can disagree on what our best case scenario was and on the risk-reward equation of going for it.  Boehner might have undersold us a bit, but his calculations are at least defensible.  Besides, he was able to do it while allowing defectors like Bachmann, Pence, and Allen West among others to remain heroes to the tea party.  Don’t think for a minute that any of this was not calculated.  Of course it was — and the defectors were in on the calculus.

However — and this is also key — Boehner has proven himself more clever and more deliciously strategic than I imagined he was capable of.

But if we refuse to understand reality and refuse to recognize a bunt single is a win when only a bunt single is possible, then we lose credibility going forward.  We will never make real progress until conservatives gain control of all three branches.  That’s when Paul Ryan can swing for the fences.


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