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Top Republican challengers support Contract with America

A group of touted Republican House candidates expressed support for a 1994-style "Contract with America" in advance of the coming midterms elections during a sitdown with reporters today in Washington.

"I would very much would like to see a 'Contract with America Two'," said former Ohio Rep. Steve Chabot who is seeking to reclaim his Cincinnati-area 1st district and was a signer of the original "Contract" in 1994. A second "Contract" would lay out "core principles we'll live up to," he added.

Allen West, who is challenging Rep. Ron Klein (D) in Florida's 22nd district, added that Republicans needed to "have a basic roadmap that shows people where we are going."

The ten candidates, who hailed from districts in Alabama, Idaho and everywhere in between -- were in Washington as part of the National Republican Congressional Committee's "Young Guns" program -- a group aimed at rewarding top fundraising performers.

Their support for a new "Contract" comes amid an active, behind-the-scenes debate within Republican ranks about whether releasing a broad set of party principles in advance of the 2010 election is a smart strategy or a strategic blunder.

The argument for a new "Contract" centers on the idea that in a national election, which almost everyone believes this fall's midterm to be, Republicans need to be singing from the same song book -- if you will -- in order to maximize their gains.

"In the months ahead we're going to tell the nation exactly what we'd do differently if we're entrusted with power," promised House Minority Leader John Boehner (Ohio) during a speech last week at CPAC. "But it won't be a document handed down from on high by politicians, because something like that would land with a big thud. It's going to be built by listening."

Boehner has already appointed California Rep. Kevin McCarthy to begin constructing a second "Contract" in advance of the fall election.

Among the tenets outlined by Boehner include: a 72-hour "reading period" (our words, not his) to examine legislation before votes, cameras in the Rules Committee, which, in the House, determines the way in which debate will proceed, and more transparency in the earmarking process -- during his CPAC speech last week.

The biggest argument against such a move is that voters are looking for the minority party to stand against what they believe to be President Obama's wrong-headed agenda rather than offer an entire alternative set of policies and, by unifying behind a "Contract", Republicans will be handing Democrats something to shoot at this fall.

"I wouldn't have a party agenda at this stage of the process," said Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, one of the architects of the original "Contract", said in an interview last week.

Our guess on who wins the debate? Momentum within the Republican party appears to be moving toward some sort of broad statement of principles. The "what" and the "when" of that second "Contract" remain very much up in the air, however.

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 24, 2010; 5:27 PM ET
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"Despite the false claims to the contrary by all the far-left Democrap Socialists on Fix about Newt Gingrich's 'Contract with America' in the 1994 midterm elections, it was a success."

He is quite right. Without actually accomplishing a damn thing but wreck the U. S. tax code, the Contract with America got the Republicans Twelve years to control Congress, do almost no meaningful legislation, abnd come in, sometimes, to be Congresspersons, for no more than a day and a half a week.

It accomplished its prime intent, and the Republicans consigned it to the ashcan of history before their first Majority Congress since Eisenhower ever convened.

Republicans define success as WE WON. All else is Moonshine by Moonlight, good only for Appalachian lovers.

Posted by: ceflynline | February 25, 2010 6:18 PM | Report abuse

Please do raise the Contract ON America again - it worked oh-so-well the first time. Term limits anyone? And ya think the old *r* guys are going be thrilled with getting bumped yet again? Be a good nazi else you don't get the chairmanship/chair on the committee you want.
As pat robertson sez "bring it on"

Posted by: ILDem | February 25, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Please do raise the Contract ON America again - it worked oh-so-well the first time. Term limits anyone? And ya think the old *r* guys are going be thrilled with getting bumped yet again? Be a good nazi else you don't get the chairmanship/chair on the committee you want.
As pat robertson sez "bring it on"

Posted by: ILDem | February 25, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

I have to agree with everyone who thinks a second Contract with America would be a poorly thought out idea.

Not only would it establish solid positions for the Republicans -- which would give Democrats something to attack and voters something on which to judge GOP candidates' worth, neither of which is good for the GOP -- it would also allow Democrats to go back to the original Contract and point out all the things its signers promised to do but didn't. It seems to me that the Republicans are better off doing what the political party out of power always does: never remind voters that they were once in power.

Posted by: GJonahJameson | February 25, 2010 9:55 AM | Report abuse

margaret,

people throw this stuff around all the time but THAT ONE really is SERIOUSLY mentally ill.

Posted by: drindl | February 25, 2010 9:27 AM | Report abuse

37th and zero was hitting the space bar hard again yesterday. He needs to lay off after the first few hits 'cause

that

SPACE BAR

will make you think the inane stuff you are repeating is profound

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Posted by: margaretmeyers | February 25, 2010 8:01 AM | Report abuse

The idea that the current republican leadership could formulate a new contract with America is simply out of the question and simply because they formulated the old contract with America which was authored by George W. BUSH and George Cheney and they are not exactly pillars of the community and economic progress. Throw out the old playbook guys.

Posted by: joe100821 | February 25, 2010 3:59 AM | Report abuse

Cut this "Contract with America" nonsense. It smacks of Ivy League privileged espousing social darwinism and crap. The only "Contract with America" that needs to be upheld is the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

Ron Paul for President in 2012.

Posted by: RealTexan1 | February 25, 2010 2:49 AM | Report abuse

Normal people with functioning brains don't break out in cols
sweats at a mention of tax increases, moron.

Any idea what healthcare costs now? Or are to too stupid to figure out that for most people Obama's plan means we will pay a lot less than now?

I guess so. You're certainly too stupid to write a coherent post or to figure out that posting it once is enough. What a pity you were born ... nobody has any use for you.

Posted by: Noacoler | February 25, 2010 2:46 AM | Report abuse

How many people in this country realize that this is Obama's round ONE of tax increases - his plan is to jam through this health care program - and have some future Congress deal with the actual costs of the program.


You are being lied to.


We are talking about the ENRON OF ALL GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS.


First, we have 10 years of taxes up against 7 years of benefits - once that is together we have $ 2.5 trillion DEFICIT.


Pluse we have $500 Billion being transferred from Medicare.


How is this going to be paid for?


And don't say just because money was spent in Iraq - we have to spend EVEN MORE now.


That is not sound logic, or sound fiscal policy.

You are being lied to 3 trillion times over.


NOW THAT IS A LIAR.

ACCOUNTING TRICKS


ACCOUNTING TRICKS


ACCOUNTING TRICKS


HASN'T ANYONE LEARNED FROM THE PREVIOUS SCANDALS - OBAMA'S ACCOUNTING TRICKS ARE A SCANDAL.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | February 25, 2010 2:17 AM | Report abuse

Nobody denies that the Democrats embaced racism before the CRA. You're battling a strawman, d|ckhead. But that was a half century ago.

The GOP of today is not only every bit as racist as the Democrats once were and are no longer, they're now mental hospital crazy about conspiracies, batsh*t economic ideas like market forces, hate-crazed, and infantile. And they would bring back segregation in a heartbeat if they could.

Democrat past. Republican present. Just read the loathsome GOP cretins who post here, the most despicable subhuman as sholes on the face of the earth.

Posted by: Noacoler | February 25, 2010 1:55 AM | Report abuse

Despite the false claims to the contrary by all the far-left Democrap Socialists on Fix about Newt Gingrich's 'Contract with America' in the 1994 midterm elections, it was a success.

==

bwahahahahah! Too young to remember? Is thereno lie too extravagant for you dorks? Hey, top this! 'member the contract wit' Amerika?

Go pork your sister again, Cletus.

Posted by: Noacoler | February 25, 2010 1:41 AM | Report abuse


I'm sure you would like to forget that the democratic party even existed before 1960. But the democrats from 1876 to 1960 were guilty of keeping in place state terrorism against blacks with constant threats of lynchings and human rights violations.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | February 25, 2010 1:37 AM | Report abuse

Frank Gaffney used to be an evil, but rational winger, a partner with Bush I in the Carlyle Corporation -- rmember them? 'Defense' contracts? Profited heavily from the Iraq war? They whose investors included the bin Ladin family?

But now-- just another winger over the edge--

'Frank Gaffney has never been a stranger to the crazy. I remember the first time I saw him was on a panel about ten years ago talking about Chinese plans to take over the Panama Canal. But this one really breaks new ground. Frank has discovered that Obama has used the Pentagon's new logo for national missile defense to send a secret coded message about his plans to submit America to Islam and the rule of Sharia law.

To quote the man: "Team Obama's anti-anti-missile initiatives are not simply acts of unilateral disarmament of the sort to be expected from an Alinsky acolyte. They seem to fit an increasingly obvious and worrying pattern of official U.S. submission to Islam and the theo-political-legal program the latter's authorities call Shariah."

Just more freaking crazy sh*t.

Posted by: drindl | February 25, 2010 12:29 AM | Report abuse

Florida Republican Senate candidate Marco Rubio charged grocery bills, car repairs and a number of other personal expenses to a GOP-issued credit card during his tenure as speaker of the state's House, according to a bombshell report in the Miami Herald.

Records obtained by the newspaper show that during his time as speaker, from 2005 to 2008, Rubio charged $13,900 in personal expenses on the American Express the party issued him. That includes $1,000 for repairs to the Rubio family car. Among the other charges, which were covered by the party as "political expenses":

• $765 at Apple's online store for ``computer supplies.''

• $25.76 from Everglades Lumber for ``supplies.''

• $53.49 at Winn-Dixie in Miami for ``food.''

• $68.33 at Happy Wine in Miami for ``beverages'' and ``meal.''

• $78.10 for two purchases at Farm Stores groceries in suburban Miami.

• $412 at All Fusion Electronics, a music equipment store in Miami, for ``supplies.''

Posted by: drindl | February 25, 2010 12:20 AM | Report abuse

Fact.
Despite the false claims to the contrary by all the far-left Democrap Socialists on Fix about Newt Gingrich's 'Contract with America' in the 1994 midterm elections, it was a success.
The Democrap Socialists who had had control of both houses of congress for about 50 years or so (I wont bother looking it up), lost 54 House seats and 8 Senate seats because the American people believed Newt and the Republicans. The result was that every Republican promise on that contract was put up for a vote on the floor of both houses of congress, voted on, and was either rejected or sent to Bill Clinton. One of those promises on that contract was that the Republicans would finally balance the budget after over 50 years of Democrap Socialist tax-and-spend policies. The balanced budget bill made it through congress, despite the Democrap Socialists opposition to it--surprise, surprise. Bill Clinton reluctantly signed it (also a surprise but then after getting his a** kicked in the midterms, he knew that he had to move to the right). Within two years we finally had a balanced budget, and ironically and dishonestly, it's Bill Clinton and the Democrap Socialists who have been claiming credit for it, even though it was they who did just about everything they could to stop it from happening.
A 'Contract with America 2' will probably be a similar success in the 2010 midterms, but it needs a leader. Newt Gingrich did it once, he can do it again, especially with an incompetent Obama and a bunch of moron Democrap Socialists having screwed up our economy and our country as they did.

Posted by: armpeg | February 24, 2010 11:29 PM | Report abuse

drindl


What the democrats do is completely ignore 100 years of lynchings and human rights violations - and then they conveniently throw the "racist" label at the other side.

It really is a pathetic thing for the democrats.


Did you know that in the 1920s, the KKK actually controlled delegates at the democratic national convention - the presidential candidates had to negotiate with the KKK for delegates ????

GGGEEEEEESSSSHHHHHHHHHHH

With that kind of history, the democrats have no right to call anyone a racist.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | February 24, 2010 11:02 PM | Report abuse

drindl


I'm sure you would like to forget that the democratic party even existed before 1960. But the democrats were guilty of keeping in place state terrorism against blacks with constant threats of lynchings and human rights violations.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | February 24, 2010 10:54 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans freed the slaves.
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That's all you need to know.

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Posted by: 37thand0street

what you also need to know is that at CPAC they had a seminar entitled, 'Abraham Lincoln, Friend or Foe?'

Posted by: drindl | February 24, 2010 10:49 PM | Report abuse

How many people in this country realize that this is Obama's round ONE of tax increases - his plan is to jam through this health care program - and have some future Congress deal with the actual costs of the program.


You are being lied to.


We are talking about the ENRON OF ALL GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS.


First, we have 10 years of taxes up against 7 years of benefits - once that is together we have $ 2.5 trillion DEFICIT.


Pluse we have $500 Billion being transferred from Medicare.


How is this going to be paid for?


And don't say just because money was spent in Iraq - we have to spend EVEN MORE now.


That is not sound logic, or sound fiscal policy.


You are being lied to 3 trillion times over.


NOW THAT IS A LIAR.


ACCOUNTING TRICKS

ACCOUNTING TRICKS

ACCOUNTING TRICKS

HASN'T ANYONE LEARNED FROM THE PREVIOUS SCANDALS - OBAMA'S ACCOUNTING TRICKS ARE A SCANDAL.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | February 24, 2010 10:48 PM | Report abuse

Didnt we suffer enough from the 1st 'Contract ON America'?

Posted by: tedri50 | February 24, 2010 10:45 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans freed the slaves.


The democrats were on the side of the KKK.

That's all you need to know.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | February 24, 2010 10:36 PM | Report abuse

How nice that the times they are a-changin...

After trying to reach out to football fans by airing an ad during the Super Bowl, Focus on the Family is now targeting college sports. This week, LGBT blogs reported that NCAA.com was running a Focus on the Family banner advertisement. The site has now pulled the “Celebrate Family. Celebrate Life” ad, citing concerns by NCAA members over Focus on the Family’s homophobic positions:

The NCAA made the decision after some of its members – including faculty and athletic directors – expressed concern that the evangelical group’s stance against gay and lesbian relationships conflicted with the NCAA’s policy of inclusion regardless of sexual orientation, [NCAA spokesman Bob] Williams said. [...]

Williams said the decision to pull the ad was based not on the message but on the messenger.

Advertisers “should be generally supportive of NCAA values and attributes and/or not be in conflict with the NCAA’s mission and fundamental principles,” according to NCAA standards. The NCAA may exclude ads or advertisers “that do not appear to be in the best interests of higher education and student athletes.”

Posted by: drindl | February 24, 2010 10:27 PM | Report abuse

drindl


You tell us how they are going to come up with $3 Trillion to pay for this ENRON OF A GOVERNMENT PROGRAM.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | February 24, 2010 10:27 PM | Report abuse


How many people in this country realize that this is Obama's round ONE of tax increases - his plan is to jam through this health care program - and have some future Congress deal with the actual costs of the program.

You are being lied to.

We are talking about the ENRON OF ALL GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS.

First, we have 10 years of taxes up against 7 years of benefits - once that is together we have $ 2.5 trillion DEFICIT.

Pluse we have $500 Billion being transferred from Medicare.

How is this going to be paid for?

And don't say just because money was spent in Iraq - we have to spend EVEN MORE now.


That is not sound logic, or sound fiscal policy.


You are being lied to 3 trillion times over.


NOW THAT IS A LIAR.

.

Posted by: 37thand0street | February 24, 2010 10:24 PM | Report abuse

Is 37 a methhead?

I don't know what else would account for it, other than a continuing episode of unmedicated mania.

Posted by: drindl | February 24, 2010 10:21 PM | Report abuse

Noacoler


You don't know how much Iraq cost - and starting a government program which will spiral out of sight in costs - and which will never end is totally different.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | February 24, 2010 10:13 PM | Report abuse

How many people in this country realize that this is Obama's round ONE of taz increases - his plan is to jam through this health care program - and have some future Congress deal with the actual costs of the program.

You are being lied to.

You are being lied to 3 trillion times over.

NOW THAT IS A LIAR.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | February 24, 2010 9:57 PM | Report abuse

$2,500,000,000,000.00

Now why would anyone agree to spend that much money ??

==

Bush spent more than that in Iraq foe the fun of it and we have nothing to show for it but more enemies than ever. HCR will relieve suffering and stop millions of bankruptcies, but you don't have the intelligence to grasp that.

Posted by: Noacoler | February 24, 2010 9:56 PM | Report abuse

ACCOUNTING TRICKS


ACCOUNTING TRICKS


ACCOUNTING TRICKS


Let's add to that the $500 Billion Obama is taking from Medicare - which will be spent TWICE


AND WE HAVE OBAMA AT $3 TRILLION health care plan.

At some point, taxes will have to be raised to cover the $3 trillion - the longer they wait, the more debt there is.


Obama has got to be kidding.

Posted by: 37thand0street | February 24, 2010 9:55 PM | Report abuse

He never did care about making sense or forming a coherent argument, only about this place being all about him. Now he posts under a dozen monikers and it's all garbage but discussion is suppressed. And Cillizza lets it go on.

Posted by: Noacoler | February 24, 2010 9:51 PM | Report abuse

The fact that old Joke is representing himself as a h00ker is pretty funny, I have to say.

Posted by: drindl | February 24, 2010 9:48 PM | Report abuse

That's Jake's idea of "discussion"

Posted by: Noacoler | February 24, 2010 9:47 PM | Report abuse

ACCOUNTING TRICKS

ACCOUNTING TRICKS

ACCOUNTING TRICKS


....

Uhh, is this supposed to represent 'thought' or 'dialogue'?

FAIL.

Posted by: drindl | February 24, 2010 9:45 PM | Report abuse

Noacoler, I got to give Teddy some credit. He sure knew when to make his exit. It came at a time when the country needed it most.

==

f uck you

there isn't a Republican alive worthy of licking the bottom of Teddy Kennedy's shoes

Posted by: Noacoler | February 24, 2010 9:45 PM | Report abuse

well, how would you know, 'suzy?'

Posted by: drindl | February 24, 2010 9:43 PM | Report abuse

Can we get back to Obama's health care plan?


ACCOUNTING TRICKS

ACCOUNTING TRICKS

ACCOUNTING TRICKS

Obama says his program will cost $950,000,000,000.00

However, because that represents 10 years of taxes against 7 years of benefits, if one puts 10 years against 10 years the number is


$2,500,000,000,000.00

Now why would anyone agree to spend that much money ??


Seriously folks, this has to be stopped.


Can you imagine that much money -

Obama doesn't care - he obviously doesn't


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Posted by: 37thand0street | February 24, 2010 9:40 PM | Report abuse

Teddy Kennedy: Senator for 47 years

Scott Brown: Senator for 3 years

see the difference?

Posted by: Noacoler | February 24, 2010 9:04 PM

Noacoler, I got to give Teddy some credit. He sure knew when to make his exit. It came at a time when the country needed it most.

Posted by: SuzyCcup | February 24, 2010 9:37 PM | Report abuse

'My concern is not whether the republicans need a contract with America. It's why the democrats continue to have a contract with Teddy. He's long gone. The health care contract they had with him is null and void.

Posted by: SuzyCcup'

So, SuzyBra/JokeD -- what happened with the 'yacht'?

Posted by: drindl | February 24, 2010 9:32 PM

It's still there, I think.

Posted by: SuzyCcup | February 24, 2010 9:34 PM | Report abuse

EVERYONE here is in a position to evaluate your sanity.

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yes, and we all have, 37... you haven't got any.

Posted by: drindl | February 24, 2010 9:34 PM | Report abuse

'My concern is not whether the republicans need a contract with America. It's why the democrats continue to have a contract with Teddy. He's long gone. The health care contract they had with him is null and void.

Posted by: SuzyCcup'

So, SuzyBra/JokeD -- what happened with the 'yacht'?

Posted by: drindl | February 24, 2010 9:32 PM | Report abuse

And after Democrat LBJ signed the Civil Rights Act the southern Democrats became Republicans and formed the racist core of the party. Now it's the Republicans who are the racist filth, and if the Civil Rights Act had to be renewed the Republicans would oppose it as "interference in the marketplace" or "tyranny" or some such idiot BS.

Posted by: Noacoler | February 24, 2010 9:25 PM | Report abuse

Brainny


The Republicans freed the slaves.


The democrats were on the side of the KKK.


That's all you need to know.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | February 24, 2010 9:19 PM | Report abuse

My concern is not whether the republicans need a contract with America. It's why the democrats continue to have a contract with Teddy. He's long gone. The health care contract they had with him is null and void.

Posted by: SuzyCcup | February 24, 2010 9:16 PM | Report abuse

37th that's twice now you've called another poster stupid. You have no way to evaluate anyone else's intelligence, you're a f ucking moron

Posted by: Noacoler | February 24, 2010 8:59 PM

_________________________________

EVERYONE here is in a position to evaluate your sanity.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | February 24, 2010 9:08 PM | Report abuse

liberals have been on the right side of history over the last 100 years, The GOP has only been on the pro- rich side over the past 100 years.

Posted by: Brainny | February 24, 2010 9:04 PM | Report abuse

"Did JakeD/JakeD2 finally punch himself out?

Posted by: broadwayjoe | February 24, 2010 7:57 PM


No. JakeD had a little problem and forgot some navigation equipment when he went for a sunset cruise on his yacht. The picture below shows where he is at the moment. As soon as he resolves his problem, he'll be back.

Posted by: SuzyCcup"

This is in poker what we call a 'tell.' How would 'Suzy' know this if 'she' were not the old boy himself?

Ewwwwww....

Posted by: drindl | February 24, 2010 9:04 PM | Report abuse

Teddy Kennedy: Senator for 47 years

Scott Brown: Senator for 3 years

see the difference?

Posted by: Noacoler | February 24, 2010 9:04 PM | Report abuse

Again, short term thinking form a Republican- if you are one. I am talking again about legislative accomplishments. SCott Brown already has a planned autobiography, Ted Kennedy's came out before he died. It used to be people were famous for what they did, not just based on celebrity. Scott Brown will be in the Senate for only two more years, thank God.

Posted by: Brainny | February 24, 2010 9:02 PM | Report abuse

Brainny


Although you may hate it, Scott Brown will forever be in the same sentence as Ted Kennedy.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | February 24, 2010 8:59 PM | Report abuse

37th that's twice now you've called another poster stupid. You have no way to evaluate anyone else's intelligence, you're a f ucking moron

Posted by: Noacoler | February 24, 2010 8:59 PM | Report abuse

many of the civil liberties, Social Security, Medicare, actual checks on government abuse, voice for the poor- Scott Brown and the GOP have not been been behind these rights many of us enjoy. Scott Brown voted for the Pro- War, Pro Rich Pro Americna Arrogance 93% of the time in the MA state senate The Constitution is not owned by one political party or political school of thought. It belongs to all of us. Read a book and stop watching Fox news.

Posted by: Brainny | February 24, 2010 8:57 PM | Report abuse

Scott Brown is a half termer unless he changes parties.

If he governs as an obstructionist the voters will remove him. If he crosses the aisle and supports the president's agenda, the goobs will reject him in the primaries.

Posted by: Noacoler | February 24, 2010 8:55 PM | Report abuse

Now, let's get Boehner back in the tanning bed...

Posted by: margaretmeyers | February 24, 2010 7:01 PM


Forget it. You're not his type.

Posted by: SuzyCcup | February 24, 2010 8:55 PM | Report abuse

Brainny


Scott Brown showed this country just how important checks and balances are - The Constitution has been upheld - and from the voters in the Commonwealth where the Revolution began.......

Scott Brown - if that is not an accomplishment, give me a break.

And please change your name - it is incorrect, misleading and pretentious.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | February 24, 2010 8:51 PM | Report abuse


How did Fix's coverage of CPAC miss this?

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/max-blumenthal/feeling-the-hate-at-cpac_b_474077.html

Posted by: broadwayjoe | February 24, 2010 8:45 PM


Easy. Who reads the huffingtonpost?

Posted by: SuzyCcup | February 24, 2010 8:51 PM | Report abuse

One can see the difference between Democrats and Republicans right here. None of the Republicans who post here have jobs.

At least two of them are on psychiatric disabiltyand it's inconceivable that zouk/moonbat/drivl/etc. isn't institutionalized. Anyone as terminally enraged as that has to be committed by a court

right, zouk?

Of course.

Posted by: Noacoler | February 24, 2010 8:50 PM | Report abuse

Scott Brown should not even be in the same sentence with Ted Kennedy when discussing the Senate. Ted Kennedy was supportive and behind some of the most important pieces of legislation in this country. All Scott Brown can claim is he was posing nude in a magazine.

Posted by: Brainny | February 24, 2010 8:47 PM | Report abuse

How did Fix's coverage of CPAC miss this?

From journalist Max Blumenthal:

"While I was filming at CPAC for a forthcoming project, I was confronted by Hannah Giles, Andrew Breitbart and a mob of crazed teabaggers. They were enraged by an article I wrote for Salon.com about James O'Keefe's attendance of and assistance with a white nationalist event featuring open racialists Jared Taylor and John Derbyshire as well as Kevin Martin of the right-wing front group Project 21. Project 21, by the way, is a black front group created and operated by white conservative operatives to provide cover to figures like Taylor.

Did O'Keefe plan the event with his friend, the white nationalist Marcus Epstein, the Tancredo aide who pled guilty to randomly attacking a black woman and calling her the n word? O'Keefe's role in helping out with and freely attending the event, along with his palling around with characters like Epstein and Taylor highlighted a career filled with r-cist pranks, from his ACORN pimP costume minstrel show (see Bradblog on the deceptive means Breitbart used to push the pimP costume myth) to his "affirmative action bake sale," in which he and his friends charged white students extra for baked goods while minorities ate for little or nothing. Then there are his diaries about the heLL of living in a multicultural university environment. James O'Keefe, the apparent hero of the conservative movement's youth wing, is what r-cism looks like today."

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/max-blumenthal/feeling-the-hate-at-cpac_b_474077.html

Posted by: broadwayjoe | February 24, 2010 8:45 PM | Report abuse

Looks like the trolls are all lined up with their Phrase of the Day emails

Posted by: Noacoler | February 24, 2010 8:44 PM | Report abuse

Scott Brown is s shill for the GOP. He only voted on one bill with the Demeocrats and he is now that liberal. Give me a break. He is railing agianst the nearly same plan in Congress that is in MA right now. I guess that pick up truck took his integrity somewhere.

Posted by: Brainny | February 24, 2010 8:44 PM | Report abuse

I'm not a Democrat, d|ckhead.

Posted by: Noacoler | February 24, 2010 8:40 PM | Report abuse

Suzy

What do you think about Scott Brown being trashed as a Rino ?

Posted by: 37thand0street | February 24, 2010 8:21 PM

37, I don't agree with the bill he voted for, but he's up for reelection in 2012. He has to appease the liberals to a certain extent. After all, it is Massachusetts.

The bill he voted for is a small one, practically meaningless. Don't expect him to go to the dark side on any substantial bill. Let's give him a chance. He is certainly better than Teddy, hands down.

Posted by: SuzyCcup | February 24, 2010 8:39 PM | Report abuse

This shows that Conservatives and teh GOP have no more ideas. All they can do is obstruct and whine likes childrne sicne Obama won the elction. At least Reagan would work with Tip O'Neil. This is not your dad's GOP.

Posted by: Brainny | February 24, 2010 8:38 PM | Report abuse

more R hypocrisy... there's just so much!

Politico reports today that Shelby County, Tennessee Commissioner George Flinn, who is running to challenge Rep. John Tanner (D-TN), has joined his Republican friends in Congress:

He attacks the Recovery Act on the Jobs section of his website, writing, “The so-called stimulus bill adopted by the Democrat Congress has done nothing to help the situation.”

But in addition to being a radiologist and radio magnate, Flinn has a sideline as a self-help guru for aspiring entrepreneurs, and a website, YourAmericanDreams.com.

And in one of the videos from the site, he teaches aspiring businessmen how to apply for government grants, including — explicitly — stimulus monies.

Here’s what Flinn says in the video:

There are all kind of grants. There are grants for doing everything in the world you can think of. Maybe you can apply for one of these grants, maybe you can get some money that the government’s spending. And some of it’s part of the stimulus package. So, we want to make sure that you– anything that’s available to you, that you get.'

Moreover, this month, the Shelby County commission accepted a $1.6 million federal grant provided by the stimulus to fund a local Head Start program. The resolution passed 12-1 with Flinn voting to approve. Flinn has also sponsored a number of resolutions to authorize funds provided by the Recovery Act.

Ron Kirkland, one of Flinn’s primary opponents, has heralded the stimulus as well. The Hill reported this week that, “as a recent president of the American Medical Group Association,” Kirkland “last year touted the group’s work in getting a payment to doctors inserted into the stimulus package.”

Posted by: drindl | February 24, 2010 8:36 PM | Report abuse

SuzyBra, aka JakeD, is already back.

Posted by: drindl | February 24, 2010 8:30 PM | Report abuse

37

there are traditionally only three stooges , maybe four.

Please reduce your list accordingly.

Posted by: Moonbat | February 24, 2010 8:29 PM | Report abuse

Chris,

We recall how the PREVIOUS 'Contract With America' turned out, don't we? Surely the R.s can't be trying to revive that one, can they? Let's hope they come up with something fresh!

Posted by: sverigegrabb | February 24, 2010 8:29 PM | Report abuse

Did JakeD/JakeD2 finally punch himself out?

Posted by: broadwayjoe | February 24, 2010 7:57 PM


No. JakeD had a little problem and forgot some navigation equipment when he went for a sunset cruise on his yacht. The picture below shows where he is at the moment. As soon as he resolves his problem, he'll be back.

http://www.hilariousheadlines.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/funny-boat-picture-3.jpg

Posted by: SuzyCcup | February 24, 2010 8:27 PM | Report abuse

democrats who are filled with hate:


JRM2

Noacoler

margaretmeyers

ceflynline

broadwayjoe


Case closed.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | February 24, 2010 8:24 PM | Report abuse

broadwayjoe


None of those things happened under either Bush or Reagan

You are a complete fool.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | February 24, 2010 8:22 PM | Report abuse

Suzy


What do you think about Scott Brown being trashed as a Rino ?

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Posted by: 37thand0street | February 24, 2010 8:21 PM | Report abuse

The full complement of stooges is now present.

Check your brain at the door.

Posted by: Moonbat | February 24, 2010 8:20 PM | Report abuse

Do the republicans need a contract with America? Well...no! All they need to do is support the original contract with America - the Constitution.

The democrats are confused. They have a contract OUT on America.

Posted by: SuzyCcup | February 24, 2010 8:14 PM | Report abuse

hey joe, your number is low. the average CEO makes in a month more than most folks make in a lifetime.

Posted by: drindl | February 24, 2010 8:01 PM
_____________

Thanks, we'll talk to them about revising that provision. :)

Posted by: broadwayjoe | February 24, 2010 8:10 PM | Report abuse

More from the Contract ON America:

"Abolition of laws and regulations regarding clean air and water.

Full pardon for Bernie Madoff.

Deputization of all "officers" of the militia, the Minutemen, the Klan, the Tea Bag Party, Aryan Nation, and the Brotherhood.

Secession of Texas and Alaska from the Union provided those states first agree not to fire on Fort Sumter."

Developing...

Posted by: broadwayjoe | February 24, 2010 8:07 PM | Report abuse

hey joe, your number is low. the average CEO makes in a month more than most folks make in a lifetime.

Posted by: drindl | February 24, 2010 8:01 PM | Report abuse

Did JakeD/JakeD2 finally punch himself out?

Posted by: broadwayjoe | February 24, 2010 7:57 PM | Report abuse

wingers who are filled with hate"

37
drvil/moonbat/zouk
leapin
armpeg

Posted by: drindl | February 24, 2010 7:53 PM | Report abuse

(Alleged) excerpt from the "Contract ON America":

"No universal health care so poor folks with heart attacks just bite the dust.

Preemptive wars against any country or group that looks at us sideways or has a natural resource we want.

Abolition of due process so we can just jack up bad guys without worrying about lawyers, judges, evidence, trials, and such.

Segregated water fountains and literacy tests for voters.

Criminalizing belief in global warming even after the ice caps disappear.

Allowing Fox News to preempt all cable programming at its discretion to broadcst O'Reilly, Hannity, or Beck.

Mandating that all U.S. CEOs make 567 times the income of the average wage earner. ..."

Developing...

Posted by: broadwayjoe | February 24, 2010 7:50 PM | Report abuse

really 37, do you have another mode rather than 'whine'?

Posted by: drindl | February 24, 2010 7:46 PM | Report abuse

democrats who are filled with hate:

JRM2

Noacoler

margaretmeyers

ceflynline

broadwayjoe


Case closed.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | February 24, 2010 7:45 PM | Report abuse

Another "ad hominem" attack at 7:22 pm

==

well go ask mommy Cillizza to ban everyone so you can post your drivel uninterrupted

Posted by: Noacoler | February 24, 2010 7:41 PM | Report abuse

JRM2


Another "ad hominem" attack at 7:22 pm


Can you restrict your cursing to after primetime - there are kids watching now.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | February 24, 2010 7:29 PM | Report abuse

Noacoler's posting at 7:16 pm qualifies as real discussion.

Posted by: 37thand0street | February 24, 2010 7:27 PM | Report abuse

"Our guess on who wins the debate? Momentum within the Republican party appears to be moving toward some sort of broad statement of principles. The "what" and the "when" of that second "Contract" remain very much up in the air, however."

The comic possibilities this will present, REGARDLESS of what the broad statement of principles looks like, (John, you PROMISED US that you would be gone after just twelve years, just like Steve Chabot) are so great that I hope they get on this thing and publish something soon. Tomorrow would be just peachey.

Then we com[pare Contract I with Contract II, point out all the parts of I that never even saw a sneeze of interest from Newt, Dennis, Bill and the boyz, and let the T-People go amuck.

I can't wait.

Posted by: ceflynline | February 24, 2010 7:24 PM | Report abuse

"If Obama cared so much about jobs - veto Harry Reid's $15 billion jobs program - and DEMAND the $85 Billion jobs program which was negotiated in a bipartisan way.

Posted by: 37thand0street |"
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You have got to be the most one-sided or laziest poster in humanity. If you actually studied the bill, you would have seen that the 85b jobs program was chock full of huge giveaways to lobbyists and had very little to do with job creation.

So, unless you are a lobbyist then I think you would agree with Reid's decision to pare it down.

dumb@ss

Posted by: JRM2 | February 24, 2010 7:22 PM | Report abuse

There goes the neighborhood, unemployed loser 37th frantically posting the same sh|t over and over to drown everyone out, and with the gall to call it "discussion.". Go under a train you f ucking moron.

Posted by: Noacoler | February 24, 2010 7:16 PM | Report abuse

...like the deficit reduction commission?, the one the Repubs voted down?

Posted by: JRM2 | February 24, 2010 7:16 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans, totally out of ideas, harken back to those golden days when Newt showed them how to get their way by bringing the legislative process to a halt.

When we remind the electorate that the Contract on America I produced George the less, two wars, both unplanned and unpaid for, and waged with total incompetence due to the incredible ability of the Vice President to channel all the great military wisdom of the past and ignore the accumulated experience of the entire U. S. military today, and point out that Boehner and Chabot were among the architects of that plan, perhaps the people won't be hard to remind that Contract I is responsible for the current state of economic, diplomatic, and military affairs, and that Boehner is one of the log rollers trying desperately to keep Obama from undoing the damage.

Go ahead, John, put your name, and your party's future on Contract II.

While you're at it, find a way to remind the people that you are the party of Hoover, Landen, Wilkie, and Nixon.

Conservative values and all thast.

Posted by: ceflynline | February 24, 2010 7:13 PM | Report abuse

Obama is a LAME DUCK - and the sooner he is out the better -


Democrats have to realize that Obama'a hypocrisy has destroyed chances for bipartisan agreements -

Obama can't even get all the votes on his side lined up - and then he wants to blame the Republicans.

Life doesn't work that way.

What a joke. Obama is a LAME DUCK - the sooner he is out, the better.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | February 24, 2010 7:12 PM | Report abuse

The 'free market' is what got us the meltdown of '09.

Goldman Sachs, B of A, AIG, there's your 'free market' in action.

'Free' is often just another way of saying 'promiscuous.'

Posted by: drindl | February 24, 2010 7:10 PM | Report abuse

JakeD3: he shoots... HE SCORES!

Posted by: margaretmeyers | February 24, 2010 7:05 PM | Report abuse

Yeah Reagan transformed America all right ... torturing nuns in El Salvador, running guns to terrorists in Nicaragua, making deals to delay the release of hostages in Iran. And to think you sickos are proud of him.

Posted by: Noacoler | February 24, 2010 7:01 PM | Report abuse

"people simply do not realize how much this country backs the free market"

They started realizing that in Nov. 2007.

Posted by: JakeD3 | February 24, 2010 7:01 PM | Report abuse

I can just picture all those "Young Gun" bobbing heads agreeing to everything the Republican party says. There's your strong outsider character for you. They will support anything they are told to support.

Now, let's get Boehner back in the tanning bed...

Posted by: margaretmeyers | February 24, 2010 7:01 PM | Report abuse

Reagan transformed America - people simply do not realize how much this country backs the free market - and private creation of jobs.

Obama is way out of step. He has no idea what he is talking about.

If Obama cared so much about jobs - veto Harry Reid's $15 billion jobs program - and DEMAND the $85 Billion jobs program which was negotiated in a bipartisan way.

Posted by: 37thand0street | February 24, 2010 6:57 PM | Report abuse

Transparency in earmarks from republicans? Oh, that will be the day.

If they do this, Dems need to point out that the original 'Contract On America' was never actually implemented -- it was all fairy dust and fantasy.

But I look forward to seeing what sort of magical free lunch program they'll be coming up with this time.

It's very funny that they're afraid to even talk about what they might do othr than vague promises of tax cuts, but no talk of where spending would be cut except vague references to 'waste' which somehow never seems to get cut while they are in power.

"Does anyone think that there will be a quick response progressive effort to cast contractual law as outdated?"

where do wingers get this weird as$ conspiracy crap from anyway, the psycho gleen beck?

Posted by: drindl | February 24, 2010 6:55 PM | Report abuse

Obama now says he is "a supporter of the free market."


WWWheeewwwww.......


I mean look at his policies over the past year - Obama wants big big government - Amazing that 65 years after the Cold War began, our President has to make such a statement to deny that he is a Marxist at heart.

What a complete laugh.


.

Posted by: 37thand0street | February 24, 2010 6:54 PM | Report abuse

I would proudly support the Contract On America.

Posted by: JakeD3 | February 24, 2010 6:48 PM | Report abuse

Chris is saying voters don't want Republicans to do anything, they just want Obama to cease and desist, or cease to exist, depending on the faction.

Indeed, the last thing we need is an alternative set of policies.

You see, if Republicans stood for something, anything really, Democrats could "shoot at" them in this Fall.

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what else would you expect from so loyal a Republican and "political junkie" as Cillizza? I bet standing for nothing makes perfect sense to him. Good politics! On the one hand. On the other hand.

Posted by: Noacoler | February 24, 2010 6:22 PM | Report abuse

Holy Toledo!

"The biggest argument against such a move is that voters are looking for the minority party to stand against what they believe to be President Obama's wrong-headed agenda rather than offer an entire alternative set of policies and, by unifying behind a "Contract", Republicans will be handing Democrats something to shoot at this fall."

Chris is saying voters don't want Republicans to do anything, they just want Obama to cease and desist, or cease to exist, depending on the faction.

Indeed, the last thing we need is an alternative set of policies.

You see, if Republicans stood for something, anything really, Democrats could "shoot at" them in this Fall.

Posted by: shrink2 | February 24, 2010 6:12 PM | Report abuse

Be = bet darn spellchecker winky winky winky

Posted by: Noacoler | February 24, 2010 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Wow never saw that coming.

Contract With America Parte Deux = GOP Loyalty Oath with a few words moved around. Anyone want to be against?

No new taxes. Market-based everything. Stop the slaughter of the unborn. Are your eyes glazing over yet?

Posted by: Noacoler | February 24, 2010 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Leapin, a draft version would remain secret for all of two minutes in this town, and as soon as it came out the media would start breaking it down. The best political strategy for the GOP right now is to continue to block democratic initiatives in a way that looks like their trying to play ball. That may not be the best way to govern, but it is the best way to win elections.

Posted by: AndyR3 | February 24, 2010 5:43 PM | Report abuse

I wish someone had asked Chabot if he planned to abide by the principles espoused in this Second Contract better than he did the First...given that a key plank in the original was a commitment to 12 year term limits, and he was in office for 18 before being defeated.

Posted by: esapp | February 24, 2010 5:40 PM | Report abuse

Haley Barbour is correct in his assertion that having a contract at this point would be dumb, since it would give the Democrats something to attack. However, what is good today may not be good in a month or two months time. If they block healthcare again, and continue the strategy of "no" to everything they run the risk of losing the momentum they have created. On top of the fact that if Obama passes some other major legislation (climate reform, bank reform) with bipartisan support it will undercut the idea that the GOP needs to be the majority in either house, and having just 41 seats is enough to get the democrats to play ball.

The GOP also has a problem in the fact who would write this contract? The Tea-Party people will want a very libertarian document and nobody trusts M Steele to do it. The one big problem with the GOP right now is that they don't have a leader like Newt to push this type of document. And even if they did the fractionation of the party would shine through when a bunch of the members didn't sign it (ie all the moderates).

Posted by: AndyR3 | February 24, 2010 5:40 PM | Report abuse

It should be easy to get a draft version going. You can just start with the transparency and everything else Barry promised. Does anyone think that there will be a quick response progressive effort to cast contractual law as outdated?

Posted by: leapin | February 24, 2010 5:36 PM | Report abuse

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