Former Senator Judd Gregg has become a surrender monkey.
I like Judd Gregg. I liked him when he was governor of my home state, New Hampshire, and I liked him (for the most part) as a senator. I think he’s smart and up on the issues. But on this, he’s dead wrong. Gregg’s opinion piece in The Hill started off true enough:
The chances of the Republican Congress governing effectively next year could be all but over by Christmas of this year if their performance over the last two weeks, or their preview of coming attractions for the coming week and next year’s sessions, are true indicators.
But then he goes on to smear the conservative movement, even going so far as to accuse find folks at the Heritage Foundation of being in favor of “chaos”, out for money, and leading “gullible House members”:
Self-proclaimed conservatives in the House seem to have been taken in by this ruse. They have taken the bait and have called for chaos in this year’s operation of the government as a response.
Maybe the folks over at the Heritage Foundation who appear to be calling the plays have gone to too many Washington Redskins games. Their approach will guarantee a loss via self-destruction.
Or maybe they could just care less. Since the money they are raising from the folks across the country keeps flowing in and they have gullible House members who will follow them down this dead-end street, they get what they want: attention and funds.
With all affection and respect, Senator/Governor Gregg, who are you representing? Is it Goldman Sachs, or SIFMA (Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association)? Because your prescription for meaningful governing by the GOP is certainly not coming from the electorate, not the electorate that swept the GOP into power and swept Democrats from long-held states like Louisiana out onto the street.
Judd Gregg’s recommendation: “What Republicans ought to do is simple. Fund the government.”
He says that will make the GOP “bigger and more responsible and more committed to addressing the people’s problems than are the president of his allies,” followed by “This is the chance to set the agenda.” What utter tripe.
The agenda is set: there is no bipartisanship with President Obama, and by now we should know very well that any olive branch or attempt to be “bigger” or “more responsible” is taken by the administration as a sign of weakness to be exploited. Gregg calls Obama’s executive order on immigration a “ruse” and “not meant to be anything other than a political taunt.”
And this is where I part ways with Mr. Gregg. President Obama fully intends to do what his pen signed. The ruse is for those who play politics and try to find a “third way” by being big and responsible—bipartisan—in their approach. Keep giving lunch money to the bully, and he’ll stop bullying. But that never works, it just encourages the bully to ask for more.
I know that Judd Gregg and I agree on the issues, and I we both agree that the Democrats ideas are bankrupt, and the GOP is communications-challenged in getting its own ideas out. That isn’t going to change: a new Congress isn’t going to change out the embedded liberal lapdogs in the media who will treat every Republican idea as a dystopian nightmare (or outright ignore them).
This is not the time to play politics according to the Marquess of Queensberry Rules. The Democrats don’t fight fair, and the dirtiest fighter on the playground is the bully Barack H. Obama. Smearing the Heritage Foundation is playing right into their hands. There’s only one answer to Judd Gregg’s recommendation, and that’s a better one.
What Republicans ought to do is simple. Fight for our principles, and not let Obama win, on immigration, on spending, on Obamacare. Kill CRomnibus. Call your congressman. Click here for the Redstate call center and enter your zip code.