Rush Limbaugh told the Republican elite in no uncertain terms yesterday that compromise with President Obama is not the solution.
Apparently the top Republicans are telling major donors that they will work with President Obama for a decent compromise on their differences.
Rush says: No! If top Republicans compromise on principles they will create a third party. 2010 is not 1994, says Rush:
In 1994, Americans were not out of work. Their government wasn't bankrupt. The health care system was not being dismantled... Americans were not flooding town hall meetings... There was no Tea Party movement back then. There weren't a whole lot of political protest rallies numbering in the millions. They had not produced an organic grassroots movement like the Tea Party that could, if double-crossed, create a conservative political party that would bring an abrupt end to the GOP. That was not possible in 1994.
Quite so. But I'd say that it all depends on the results on November 2. If there's a 55 seat GOP gain then we are talking compromise. If there's an 80 seat gain then we are talking major pushback. If we get to a 100 seat gain, then it is: "Mr President, the people have spoken, and they will not be denied. I'd like to compromise with you but the people demand change. Real change. They are saying: Cut the spending, cut the debt, end the bailouts. And that is what we, as the servants of the people, must do.
There's a nice little commentary on the situation here by Frank J. Fleming. You could call it a conversation about suckonomics.
AMERICANS: “So, the economy is pretty bad and there’s high employment. You think you can do something about that?”
DEMOCRATS AND OBAMA: “We can spend a trillion dollars we don’t have on pork and stuff.”
AMERICANS: “No … that’s not what we want. We’d really like you not to do that.”
DEMOCRATS: “You’re stupid. We’re doing it anyway.”
AMERICANS: “That’s not going to help us get jobs!”
DEMOCRATS: “Sure it will; millions of them … though they may be invisible. You’ll have to trust us they exist. And guess what else we’ll do: We’ll create a giant new government program to take over health care.”
AMERICANS: “That has nothing to do with jobs!”
DEMOCRATS: “We don’t care about that anymore. We really want a giant new health care program. We’re sure you’ll love it.”
AMERICANS: “Don’t pass that bill. You hear me? Absolutely do not pass that bill.”
DEMOCRATS: “Believe me; you’ll love it. It has … well, I don’t know what exactly is in the bill, but we’re sure it’s great.”
AMERICANS: “Listen to me: DO. NOT. PASS. THAT. BILL.”
When you completely ignore the American people it really sucks. And the American people have to do something about it, something that will stick in the minds of politicians for a generation or more.
The only question is, how large a GOP gain in the House will it take to get the attention of the Ruling Class?
I'd say the threshold is somewhere in the range of 80 seats.