There’s a very old and very wise saying: Under-promise and over-deliver.
The House GOP over-promised on the Pledge to America and now must use a combination of Jedi mind tricks and erasers to persuade anyone that they have lived up to their promises of last fall.
With another showdown looming, some conservatives –good folks and well-meaning– have been circulating a new pledge, a pledge to “Cut, Cap and Balance.”
To which I said on air yesterday: Bleh. Enough of the promises, just do the job, and then talk to me later about how well it was done. Here’s the ominous sign: Have you heard Speaker Boehner or Leader Cantor on any conservative talk show explaining their position on the debt ceiling? If they were preparing for a tough battle, wouldn’t they want to rally the base that sent them to D.C.? Wouldn’t they be able to articulate exactly what must happen for the party to support any hike in the debt ceiling?
Note that the new “pledge” doesn’t even have the specificity of the 2010 Pledge, even though that $100 billion proved as slippery as any of Dan Rather’s metaphors.
Gimmicks aren’t a sign of strength. Neither is radio silence. I hope I am wrong but it looks like the GOP is getting ready to get hammered and call it constructive progress.