Chris Cillizza’s morning take starts with an upbeat assessment of Mitt Romney’s positioning in the GOP nomination hunt but then switches to the movement away from the House GOP leadership manifest in yesterday’s CR vote in the House.
The structure of the column reflects all of Beltway media’s struggle right now. The Manhattan-Beltway media elite want to start the presidential race, but the real drama, already big and building still, is in the House where John Boehner, Eric Cantor and Kevin McCarthy have a large and growing rebelion on their hands.
More on this later today. Here is a sampling of comments from the Facebook page of the Tea Party Patriots on the subject of the House GOP. Not pretty, and very representative of what the Tea Party volunteers and the GOP activists feel right now.
Gimmicks like the $2 billion a week in “non-cut cuts,” or today’s Rules Committee vote on NPR defunding that won’t defund anything because it won’t go anywhere in the Senate do nothing except further anger the voters who sent the new majority to D.C. to take on spending, not pretend to take on spending. The leadership is stubbornly sticking to their gameplan even though no one outside their circle thinks it makes sense or is working.
What is astonishing about this paralysis is that, as John Hinderaker points out at Powerline, the president’s numbers are falling fast as “Americans have woken up to the fact that Barack Obama is an empty suit, and the Democrats have nothing to offer in terms of policy solutions.” If the GOP makes a stand and demands the cuts as well as the big four limiting amendments –defunding of Planned parenthood and CPB and the blockade of new rules for Obamacare and carbon emissions– it will win.
But the message has to be sharpened and repeated again and again, by leadership using every venue and not the unwatched Meet the Press perch favored by the crackerjack group of ’90s consultants whose fingers are still burning from 1995.