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After Boehner: Suicidal Strategies Still Lead to Self-Destruction

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U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) publicly announces his resignation as Speaker and from the U.S. Congress at a news conference at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, September 25, 2015.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

The resignation of Speaker John Boehner should help Republicans unite behind conservative principles and to reach a constructive consensus on the right strategies to advance those principles. In that context, shutting down the government to score political points isn’t illegal or immoral, but it is a suicidal strategy in which short-term failure is guaranteed. As Senator Kelly Ayotte points out, even if all 54 Republican Senators vote to defund Planned Parenthood, they’d still need 13 Democrats to side with them to overcome the president’s certain veto, and there’s no chance of getting those votes.

This means that the government would re-open sooner or later with Planned Parenthood still funded, and Republicans would be universally blamed for a pointless disruption. Why? First of all, because many conservatives have been openly promoting a shutdown, which gives them little credibility if they then try to blame Democrats. It’s also a sad fact that federal support for Planned Parenthood has been part of the budget for 45 years, ever since the Nixon administration, so an attempt to defund represents dramatic change.

Conservatives are right to push for that significant change as a matter of principle, but progress on this issue is totally impossible with a Democratic president who is unwilling to cooperate in any way. To shut down the government temporarily under Obama won’t hurt Planned Parenthood, and it won’t hurt the president or his party, but it could very well do great damage to Republicans and conservative credibility.

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  1. Ryan  •  Sep 23, 2015 at 9:47 am

    I agree with you there ways fighting bad policy but I am not seeing this suicide that your talking about we won last election and we have many states under rebulican control. If certain GOP’s are so worried about stop talking about because you are not helping your case.

    • Matthew McDonald  •  Sep 23, 2015 at 5:41 pm

      Ryan, and therefore….what? You believe that fighting and losing will not harm the GOP? You believe that fighting on principle and losing will aid the GOP? Maybe. The core are screaming to fight and lose, or they will walk. Will we lose more from the core for not fighting, or more from the center for fighting a useless battle? I honestly do not know.

      • Nani  •  Sep 25, 2015 at 5:40 pm

        Matthrew, you don’t get it. The “core” are trying to destroy the Republican party. Listen carefully and you’ll find a group that hates and have zero respect for the party they claim to be the base of.

        They used to belong to a party that constantly lost, so cleverly they switched parties. It is the same reason why Libertarians Paul and Ran Ryan don’t honestly run under the banner of Libertarian party. They KNOW they don’t have the numbers to win.

        Conservatives (hard right) have spent years feeling betrayed because Republicans don’t act like Libertarians. They have become vocal and use the mob mentality to create the idea that ALL conservatives believe what they do. They had one, ONE election cycle where they won (aka tea party) but where is their big influence now? Republicans are pragmatic. They understand that the majority voters are neither hard Left nor hard Right. They know that a Trump, Ryan, or Cruz have no more chance than a Warren or Sanders to win. We either offer them a candidate that can represent ALL Americans or they will pick someone who PRETENDS to, like Hillary.

        The danger in these “core” conservatives is that they truly believe that out of the ashes of the Republican party will rise their hard Right. This is nonsense. Republicans are NOT dishonest; they won’t join a party they hate or disrespect. They will simply create another party that is more true to REPUBLICAN principles than anything HARD right.

      • Nani  •  Sep 25, 2015 at 10:31 pm

        Correction: *Ron and Rand PAUL, not Ryan. Sorry for some reason, I keep calling them Ron and Rand Ryan. No one has ever corrected me, I guess the mixed up is common.

      • Liz Wagner  •  Oct 1, 2015 at 2:49 pm

        Nani – you said it perfectly. Conservatives often call those who disagree with them RINOs, but you’ve fairly identified conservatives as RINOs, themselves. Already, given the fight with PP, the looming budget fight and, as far as this New Yorker is concerned, the denial of funds to 9/11 first responders, the Republicans can kiss the White House goodbye in 2016, if they can’t distance themselves from the hard-right enough to enlarge the tent, again.

      • Nani  •  Oct 1, 2015 at 6:09 pm

        Liz, a long time ago, I heard Dick Morris, who was credited with Clinton’s win and Rove who was credited with GW’s win say that there are 20% who will always vote D and 20% who will always vote R. It is the Independents that make or break an election.

        Independents are NOT stupid. They are simply busy with work, family, church and/or sports interests. They lean left on some issues, right on others. They are also the children or grandchildren of immigrants who came to America before there was such a thing as “illegal”. They grew up with the idea that all races and genders are equal. They hate bullying and strive to do good in a world that isn’t always kind.

        Most of all, they are, REALLY Independent and do NOT appreciate hard line edicts; right or left.

        No one can win the presidency without Independents. After 7 years of Obamanism, Independents are so ready for a GROWN UP Republican ready to bring back respect to America and grow the economy.

        The ONLY way the Obama party can win is if Republicans APPEAR racist, bullying, and stubborn. A shut down that will take the attention off Obama’s and Hillary’s failures and upon which the MSM can blame the GOP on a DAILY bases is a GIFT to the Dems.

        Conservatives who claim to love America and truly believe that conservatism is the way, needs to consider that before pushing for a shut down that will ultimately help the Dems.

      • Steve  •  Oct 9, 2015 at 7:58 pm

        Love of Country just has to come before love of party. Giving Obama everything he wants to keep Republican poll numbers up may be the smart play, if the end goal is to keep the current crop of politicians in office, we are driving toward the wrong goalpost, in my humble opinion.

        We lose these battles because our representatives are always the first to blink, and Obama knows that they always will.

        Polls aren’t infallible. Ask David Cameron.

  2. Paul Sloan  •  Sep 24, 2015 at 3:33 pm

    Is the activity of harvesting the organs aborted fetuses legal under federal and/or state statutes? If it is illegal why isn’t Planned Parenthood being prosecuted? If it is legal, would you also advise against passing a law making it a crime at the federal level because the President would veto it and we wouldn’t have the votes to override? Is there any activity that Planned Parenthood could engage in that is so morally depraved that it would be worth shutting down the government?

    • rachel  •  Sep 26, 2015 at 11:23 am

      Organs are harvested every day for research, transplants, and general health. Why should PP be the only exception?

  3. Liz Wagner  •  Sep 24, 2015 at 11:00 pm

    Michael – I agree with you. Conservatives never seem to think strategically. For example, most conservatives feel so strongly about stopping abortion and gay marriage that they refuse to vote for anyone who isnt also against abortion and gay marriage. The problem with this is Republicans can’t capture the White House without persuading Independents and Democrats to vote for their candidate. But few Independents or Democrats will vote for a candidate who wants to stop abortion and gay marriage. Wouldn’t it be better if conservatives adopted a strategy similar to the one the Pope took when he said he doesn’t intend to change church doctrine on abortion, for example, but he thinks people should remember that abortion isnt a church priority, either; helping the poor and needy is. With this less stringent position, I think more moderate voters will be willing to cast a vote for a conservative candidate. Do you have an opinion?

    To me, the U.S. cannot afford to have a Democrat win the White House in 2016.

    • Audey  •  Sep 25, 2015 at 5:39 pm

      Hi Liz,
      Ending abortion is as much a church policy as helping the poor and needy, if not more. You may recall that while ignoring the poor is a sin; to procure or perform an abortion is an automatic excommunication. The Pope is trying to remind Catholics that there are other issues we should also be passionate about; his emphasis on the poor does not mean he’s softening on abortion, any more than an emphasis on teaching reading means we no longer value math.

  4. Rick P  •  Sep 25, 2015 at 12:01 am

    Michael, I agree with you that shutting down the government is a bad play. I do, however, believe that the Congress should do whatever is necessary to send the spending bill with Planned Parenthood defunded with the same dollars redirected to other Women’s Health organizations. They should use reconciliation to do it without the 60 votes in the Senate. I believe that the best strategy is to make the President veto this bill. The Repblicans should do this while at the same time informing the American people that once the President vetoes the bill a budget will be sent that will give the President what he wants. I believe that the numbers with regard to late term abortions and the disgust with Planned Parenthood are on our side. With the President being forced to veto the bill, not just threatening to do it, we have forced the President to put his support (along with the rest of the democratic party) to make the statement that they are the party of selling organs for money and late term abortions. After that, Republicans should hammer that message over and over again. As the debate turns to our side and the horrors of Planned Parenthood are forced more into the light, we’ll have had the President on record. Since the American People and the Preesident have been informed of the intent to give him what he wants after the veto, if he refuses to veto the bill, then HE”LL have shut down the government.

  5. Greg Gruenwald  •  Sep 25, 2015 at 3:59 pm

    Michael, the journey of a thousand miles starts with the first step. You keep getting in the way of the first step. You are a good man. You don’t understand how change occurs. None of this would not be happening were someone NOT to have taken that first step into what seemed like hopelessness. Just like in the Old Testament. You’ve had your say…again…and again. Now, please step aside. There are people who are attempting to change the country and reinstitute morality. (Michael: did you ever think that creative leadership might take the money from Planned Parenthood and fund other non-murderous entities that don’t sell baby parts but do serve women’s health? Then maybe we might just have 13 Democrats on our side and Planned Parenthood unfunded. But, even if it were not to occur and let’s say Obama were to reject that and blame the Republicans, by galvanizing a common voice in social media, there are moral democrats (I think) who would be moved and motivated to join us. THAT’s the type of leadership for deal making and then follow-up offensive strategy we need. Again, please step aside. (PS: Hope you are feeling better.)

    • Dave  •  Sep 25, 2015 at 5:02 pm

      The problem with the shutdown “strategy” Greg is that it is a step backward, not forward. If a trip of a thousand miles starts with the first step, why drive backwards and make it a trip of 1100 miles? Why not advance instead of retreat? A govt shutdown makes defunding PP or passing your other creative idea much LESS likely than more likely since it pushes the public in the opposite direction.

    • Kyle  •  Sep 26, 2015 at 7:18 am

      Every decision the Republicans and the right make should be viewed through one singular prism – will this help us take back the White House? With at least two Supreme Court appointments on the horizon, we absolutely cannot afford to lose. With two Clinton appointees the abortion debate becomes meaningless. The pro-life movement will truly be in the wilderness.

      So, will a government shutdown help us win the White House? I believe the answer is no, and therefore we should do everything we can to avoid it.

      • Texas Belle  •  Oct 3, 2015 at 6:53 pm

        The problem with that is who is the one Republican who can win the White House? Do they go with a wimp like Jeb (i.e. McCain, Romney) or with a principled leader like Ben Carson or Ted Cruz? They have tried with the moderates with no success, except for George W but the Media destroyed him over the Iraq war. The Dems and the Media will try to destroy any Republican who is nominated but that person has to have enough guts to tell the Media to go fly a kite and to fight the Democrats tooth and nail. All it would take is one ad with the words, “Whom do you want to answer the phone at 2:00 a.m.”, and then show the carnage in Benghazi which is directly attributable to Hillary

  6. mark  •  Sep 25, 2015 at 4:30 pm

    We just would like to see President Obama have to be the one VETOING a bill. The Democrats made George H.W. Bush veto over 30 of them. He also did not win reelection. Now if your argument is that the bill will never get to the Presidents desk because Reid will Filibuster the bill, well that makes sense. But you did not make that argument. You just take the position that it is either pass or shutdown. Make the Democrats look like the obstructionists this time instead of the Republicans. Yes, we all realize that it won’t be until a Republican becomes President that we can really do something about PP being defunded. But politics is as much image as it is about getting things done. Make the Democrats look bad for a change.

    • Dave  •  Sep 25, 2015 at 5:04 pm

      Whether Michael made the point or not, it’s crystal clear to anyone paying attention that the Bill has no chance of reaching the Presidents desk because there are not enough Republican’s in the senate to make that happen.

    • Curt  •  Sep 29, 2015 at 6:23 pm

      Mr. Medved is correct. There is nothing to be gained by forcing a veto, even if we could get past the 60 votes needed for cloture. Yes, I know that democrats changed the senate rules for judges but they did so with the certainty of achieving their objectives (Obama was president, unfortunately). Republicans would be doing so with the certainty of failure (an Obama veto). The veto accomplishes nothing. Democrats, especially Obama, are already on record opposing the defunding of Planned Parenthood, repeal of Obamacare, and supporting for the most part, the Iran nuclear deal. We don’t need a veto to get them on record. I like Ted Cruz, but I’m beginning to feel his constant push for a battle we can’t win is mere political grandstanding for his own gain. If a majority of the electorate supported Tea Party positions, we would have a different president and a veto-proof majority in Congress. They are not, so we don’t. However, I believe we have an electorate that is closer to conservative positions than liberal ones if we could offer them a reasoned choice, rather than the invective of Donald Trump (probably the least conservative of the GOP field, yet leading all the polls, especially among Tea Party conservatives and evangelicals….go figure).

      • Nani  •  Sep 30, 2015 at 3:01 pm

        Curt: you hit it spot on. It IS grandstanding. And childish; like holding one’s breath. This is serious business and tantrums have no place here.

  7. Ken  •  Sep 25, 2015 at 4:44 pm

    John Boehner has made a very courageous decision. He has not performed the way he purported to, and his actions have led to dissonance in the GOP. It is time for the Republicans to find a strong conservative leader to be Speaker of the House, and come up with constructive ways to defeat the liberal agenda. Closing down the government over an issue that they cannot possibly win is not only foolish, it is without doubt self-destructive.

    • Dave  •  Sep 25, 2015 at 5:07 pm

      Yes, Ken, Boehner’s failed in that he cut the Deficit by about a Trillion dollars (which no one has ever done before). And enacted great entitlement reform. And stopped Guantanamo terrorrists from being shipped to the Mainland US. All dismal failures…uh…well maybe not so much

      • Dave  •  Sep 25, 2015 at 5:18 pm

        Opps mean to leave my snarky comment on the post below this one. Sorry 🙂

  8. Glenn Getscher  •  Sep 25, 2015 at 4:47 pm

    Sen. Boehner has bent over for Obama and the social Democratic Party for way too long. Between his crying fits he’s preformed quite well as a Rino. We must establish “Term Limits” of Congress NOW! Some enter with the best of intentions before they see it as their only career and $$$. The senate no longer works for their constituents, term limits were established for good reason and there has never been a better reason than now before this great nation ends in ruins and degradation.

  9. Chris  •  Sep 25, 2015 at 4:48 pm

    Michael, please quit using your brilliance to tell us what NOT to do. Why don’t you ever suggest a winning strategy? Please put your mind to positive use instead of always whining about us doing the wrong thing. Your alternative always seems to be for us to lay down and give the left their way. That’s an even worse way of losing.

  10. Mike K  •  Sep 25, 2015 at 5:15 pm

    Michael’s thinking is correct. Be realistic. Until we have complete republican control over the government, we lose because Obama has a veto proof congress to stop legislation that he is opposed to. It would be ok for the House to pass a bill de-funding planned parenthood; but it will go nowhere in the senate. The liberal media will place all the blame for any government shutdown squarely on the republicans. Patience is a virtue and to shut down the government now is political suicide.

    • rachel  •  Sep 26, 2015 at 11:18 am

      I’m interested that you are so open about your ultimate goal of having our government become all Republican.
      do you also envision uniforms and secret police? Will there be a deoartment of censorship in which all books by Ayn Rand become required reading and those by Dawkins and about evolution, science, and climate change will be burned ingiant campfires on city streets?

      • Gary Hauptli  •  Sep 27, 2015 at 4:16 pm

        Do you envision a democratic government where the SCOTUS strikes down the first covenant that God provided for mankind? (Genesis 2:24)
        Do you envision a government run by democrats that persecutes Christians by throwing them in jail? (Kim Davis)
        Oh wait a minute! that has already happened! I’m so impressed by your concern about
        evolution and climate change as our nation slips ever deeper into a pit of immorality!

      • Mike K  •  Sep 28, 2015 at 9:55 am

        Rachel: Do you more of Obama? The only reason he was re-elected is that conservatives did not vote for Romney. Had Romney received the vote total that McCain had, he would have won and, as such, would most likely have done away with Obama care, we would not have the foreign policy messes we are in and the world might be a better place. The only way we can reverse the myriad of mistakes by Obama is to elect a complete republican government. Your response is missing my point.

  11. John William  •  Sep 25, 2015 at 5:34 pm

    Why we should promote Planned Parenthood

    For most moral people the killing of one’s offspring would never be considered an option even if the pregnancy was the result of an immoral relationship. There is no doubt that the majority of those that visit “Planned Parenthood” for the killing of an offspring cannot be very moral people. Many of the women found in abortion clinics are there for the simple reason of convenience, or would rather “without a conscience” eliminate the responsibility for bringing a new person into the world and a new mouth to feed.

    So my thought on abortion is rather pointed into a different direction, that is, that abortion helps to eliminate the DNA, and descendants of the scum of society. As such, abortion can be considered a benefit to society, not burden because it eliminates the descendants of many minorities, the undesirables, or those without a moral mindset.

    As such we should praise “Planned Parenthood” for their noble action toward that end, even making a profit at it. I wonder how “Planned Parenthood” would react with this kind of positive promotion?

    • Nani  •  Sep 25, 2015 at 5:44 pm

      John, John, John.

    • Gary Hauptli  •  Sep 27, 2015 at 4:24 pm

      This was Margaret Sanger’s original thinking behind Planned Parenthood. Kill off the undesirables.

  12. ConradCA  •  Sep 25, 2015 at 5:46 pm

    The Republicans were put in control of the Senate because they promised to kill ObamaCare and Obama’s unconstitutional amnesty for millions of illegals. It is suicide for them to break their promises.

    • Curt  •  Sep 29, 2015 at 6:31 pm

      Unlike Obama, the senate does not enjoy an executive order authority by which to violate the constitution and control over the justice department by which to get away with it. SCOTUS had its chance and John Roberts let the country down (and to think I was worried about Kennedy!). Never fear, Kennedy took his turn on the marriage issue.

  13. JFR  •  Sep 25, 2015 at 7:34 pm

    Problem with Republicans is that they are Grandstanding on an issue that should be about principles. Unless the new Speaker has some secret magic Constitutional trick that makes the Presidential Veto disappear.

    Public option is turning as far as Abortion goes but Republicans can’t help but try and force public opinion legislatively. It’s really no different from Gay Rights.
    In the 90s Ellen’s TV show was cancelled after she same out. Within 5 years Will and Grace was #1 and Ellen became the most popular Daytime Host. Public Opinion was changing but activists needed to push farther faster. Legislation/courts by any means necessary.

    Wake up Republicans. Recognize the tide is turning and ride the wave public opinion, rather than try to artificially push. Win the Presidency and prove society wants a change. Liberals force values on Americans, don’t be liberals…

  14. Michael Cook  •  Sep 25, 2015 at 8:19 pm

    I do not support the government shut-down tactic. I do support Ben Carson as he can pressure Joe Biden to explain why he would allow a Sharia Law sympathizer in high office, but not an evangelical Christian (a previous Biden statement)?

    The Democrat strategy of proclaiming that Carson is a creationist is simplest to deal with by saying that ANYONE who truly believes that God exists and is not dead or obsolete must understand that God is not somehow walled off from the on-going billions of years old process of Darwinian evolution. Just how we don’t know, but surely God’s fingerprints are on this extraordinary scientific story.

    Like Michael Medved, Ben Carson can drink knowledge from a fire hose and not gag. I like the measured way Carson approaches issues and think he will win over the public and truly help heal the racial divisions (which did not happen after the 2008 and 2012 elections.)

    • ConradCA  •  Oct 5, 2015 at 2:35 am

      Letting Tyrant Obama the Liar win by threatening to shutdown the government is a losing strategy.

  15. troon62  •  Sep 25, 2015 at 8:35 pm

    While I agree with Michael’s analysis of the Planned Parenthood situation, I would argue that the GOP must be far more adept at chipping away at liberal legislation. There are any number of practical votes they can take on defunding certain aspects of Obamacare (e.g., the medical device tax), forcing Obama and his legions to defend highly questionable aspects of a terrible piece of legislation. Let’s hope that the new Speaker has the wit and wisdom to out-fox the Democrats strategically, while articulating a far more effective case for smaller government and greater individual liberty.

  16. Mike Neuman  •  Sep 26, 2015 at 1:37 am

    I agree shutting down the government is bad strategy. Many of those advocating it, mostly Tea Party folks, say use “Reconciliation” to avoid the 60 vote filibuster rule…after all the Democrats did it. Sounds good but what are the future repercussions.

    Basically, using reconciliation means the Republicans have ceded to a Democrat majority (and someday there will be one again especially if there is a shutdown) the ability to pass all extreme leftist programs with a simple majority vote. The advance of Democratic Socialism will be accelerated ten fold.

    Reconciliation must be used sparingly…I suggest only for judicial appointment (Supreme and Court of Appeals nominees) who will have a long term effect. It should not be used on emotional issues, worthy as they may be like defunding 23 million of discretionary funding for Planned Parenthood while letting the rest ($500 million +) go through…In a strategic sense not practical.

    I agree many promises were made by Congressional Republican leadership that were clearly not possible to fulfill…That’s fine to hold those leaders accountable…but to bring down the only alternative political organization to the Socialist Democratic Party is sheer lunacy.

    The Republican Party is the only vehicle to promote Conservative principles…Anyone who denies that fact does not have the best interest of the Conservatives at heart and must be rejected by the larger Conservative Movement.

  17. Jim  •  Sep 27, 2015 at 4:00 pm

    This country sorely needs leadership. There are more Reagans out there. Stop with the political correctness, the giveaway negotiations, and find among the Republican majority the leader we are looking for. Stop trying to satisfy the leftists. Bring a solid case to the moderates and they will go along with it. Get real leadership in the Republican Party. “Prebus” really? What about the Senate? McConnel needs to tender his resignation. Without real leadership every idea on this page is worthless and that includes Medved’s.

  18. cgrscott  •  Sep 27, 2015 at 10:37 pm

    Capitulation with out a fight is not right and John Boehner never put up a fight with the Democrats. Government shut downs for a big budget battle is a good thing. Michael, your views supporting capitulation are making you slip into irrelevancy.

  19. cgrscott  •  Sep 28, 2015 at 7:17 am

    Since I lived in Greater Cincinnati for over 30 years, I was a big fan of Boehner in the 1990s. I’m sorry that his speakership made life complicated for him.

  20. Ryan  •  Sep 28, 2015 at 11:46 pm

    That’s my point the republicans do not do any thing . They have no stragety they always look like there caught off guard. Then complain how hard it is for them. First they tell us we have to take senate we give it to them and still don’t do anything. even bill crystal made a recent comment on laura ingrham show how the leadership does not fight the dems on anything . Now it seems this talk of government shutdown is latest excuse or distraction that they hide behind. Fine ! no government shutdown now can whimps as Goldberg called you start doing something. Michael can you focus on leadership and the changes they need to make instead of rest of party.

    • Curt  •  Oct 3, 2015 at 10:35 pm

      Many years ago I promised to take my son to see a particular movie on his birthday. As we were waiting for the movie to start, the power went out. Turned out an accident had damaged a transformer. As the power was expected to be out several hours, the shows were canceled with the theater offering to refund or honor the tickets at a later time. My son was upset. I didn’t do what I said I would. It didn’t matter that what he wanted was impossible. He was five.

      People clamoring for a shutdown know full well that Senate control short of a super majority has limited power to reign in this out-of-control executive. We are not five years old. We should concentrate on electing a super majority and hopefully a republican president. Then, if Republican leadership doesn’t do what they say, you will have a case that they are just as bad as Democrats.

      • Curt  •  Oct 3, 2015 at 10:39 pm

        By the way, I think they are often caught off guard because Obama’s willingness to exert executive authority in violation of the Constitution is unprecedented. If the party could focus on his actions, and the actions of Democrats supporting it, we might be able to do something about it. Instead, we throw stones at each other.

  21. OhSoBored  •  Sep 30, 2015 at 11:07 am

    Michael Medved has been making the same claim for years now. But Republicans far surpassed their expectations in the mid-term elections, winning a landslide victory despite Medved’s claim that the 2013 shutdown would spell disaster for the GOP. He also told us we need to win elections if we want to change the course of Washington. On both those counts he was wrong.

  22. OhSoBored  •  Sep 30, 2015 at 11:08 am

    Michael Medved has been making the same claim for years now. But Republicans far surpassed their expectations in the mid-term elections, winning a landslide victory despite Medved’s claim that the 2013 shutdow would spell disaster for the GOP. He also told us we need to win elections if we want to change the course of Washington. On both those counts he was wrong.

  23. Curt  •  Oct 3, 2015 at 10:16 pm

    The 2013 shut down may not have been a disaster (most likely because it was short-term), but neither did it accomplish anything. Obamacare remains funded. The constitution is very clear on what needs to happen. To check the executive we need a super majority. Better yet would be to elect a Republican president. Alienating potential supporters because they are not conservative enough is just foolish. Every word and wasted breath spent blaming fellow republicans, who have unanimously opposed Obama’s key objectives, is an opportunity wasted to focus voters on those truly responsible: Obama and the democrats, who supported these measures virtually unanimously.

  24. Jim Bird  •  Oct 7, 2015 at 12:17 am

    Saw congressman McCarthy, the soon to be new Speaker, on TV smiling (Michael’s “happy warrior” archetype) about what he “will bring to the table” and his “willingness to work across the aisle” to “get things done in DC for all the people.” What does he have? Wait for it ……. “A new strategy.” Never explained what it was or is or not or could be, but he was all smiles, a real positive chuckling bufoon. Uhh why didn’t he tell John about it.
    The democrats are an absolute freak show – if Hillary goes to prison before the election Joe Biteme, who has Alzheimer’s or the 98-year old Marxist, Bernie Sanders will be the next President. The democrats today are the most lawless abusers of power in the country’s history, shredding the constitution on a daily basis and giving the finger, and worse, to all who dare criticize them.
    Trump, Carson and Fiorina, all non-politicians, are leading all polls and McCarthy continues to stick it to us – caving-in, giving-up and giving into every f___ing thing the “Thug Party” threatens them with. WTF DO YOU NOT UNDERSTAND. WE HATE, LITERALLY HATE YOUR ACTIONS AND WHAT THE PARTY HAS BECOME. I know well over 50 republicans who will not vote in 2016 if one of the above three are not at the top of the ticket. All we ever hear is we will look bad if we oppose tyranny, we will be blamed for global sun spots. I don’t even think we non-republican voters would vote for Rubio if he makes it.
    We are sick of the G O P leadership, we are sick of the appeasement mentality, we are sick of the end times for the Republic and about 20% of us registered republicans who have been stabbed in the back for decades, sure as hell will be too sick to make it to the polls on Election Day 2016 if we have a clown at the top of our ticket. If you want to give up freedom and liberty, then the GOP will own it.

  25. Lee  •  Oct 7, 2015 at 5:12 pm

    Mr. Bird, you are pretty much spot on with you observations. Medved keeps trying to explain the good that this congress has accomplished, e.g. budget deficit reductions, etc. What a “want it to be so” response. I’m looking for some people that will pass bill and present to the president for him to veto and own. I’m looking for some people that will overwhelm the press with explanations of what they are doing instead of the Pelosi, Obama crowd always beating the GOP at every turn.

    I want the GOP candidate to take it to the Progressive/socialist candidate in such a fierce way that there is no doubt who the stronger candidate is. If it is Clinton I want someone to bring up every questionable involvement she and her husband have been in.

    Like I said, I want someone like Trump, but not Trump!

    • Jim Bird  •  Oct 8, 2015 at 9:05 am

      Thanks for the nice words and I completely agree with your insights. “Like a Trump but not Trump” is perfectly stated for most republicans I think. One thing for sure is if the GOP cannot beat the Dems police lineup for President in 2016 the party will cease to exist or become totally irrelevant.

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