The Hostage Strategy Works

Mitch McConnell, speaking Monday night to CNBC’s Larry Kudlow before heading off with John Boehner for some celebratory hookers & blow:

What we have done, Larry, also is set a new template. In the future, any president, this one or another one, when they request us to raise the debt ceiling it will not be clean anymore. This is just the first step. This, we anticipate, will take us into 2013. Whoever the new president is, is probably going to be asking us to raise the debt ceiling again. Then we will go through the process again and see what we can continue to achieve in connection with these debt ceiling requests of presidents to get our financial house in order.

They’re now three-for-three: extending the Bush tax cuts, exacting a pound of flesh for keeping the government open, and turning a formerly pro forma debt-ceiling vote into an opportunistic crisis. Why on earth wouldn’t they think they can keep their winning streak going?

We’re reminded of another supposedly idealistic Democratic President, faced with fierce Republican opposition, who caved on a key issue early in his term. We forget the circumstances, and cannot find a precise reference online, but we’ve always remembered the quote attributed to a Republican lawmaker about Bill Clinton: “He can be rolled.”

Adventures in TV Land [Jared Bernstein, via Ezra]

I can understand why he didn’t do it, but I do think taht in the end it was a mistake on Obama’s part not to invoke teh 14th ammendment. It’s one thing to shut down the government, it’s quite another to threaten the credit wirthiness of teh United States of America. This debt ceiling nonsense has to go.

Trip report: thanks to car trouble, instead of spending a few days in a High Sierra cabin, I may be hanging around the Subaru dealership in Fresno. Developing.

Wait till those Red State teabaggers wake up and realize that Uncle Sugar was the one keeping their precious Red States afloat when their SS checks shrink and Fed road money starts drying up and their states budgets explode with red ink.

“Gubbiment keep your hands of my Medicare!!!”

Oh right, carry on.

@Dodgerblue: Better Fresno than Tulare or Bakersfield. Will the dealership give you a loaner?

Hint: Don Pepe’s Taqueria on Blackstone Ave, north of the Ashlan Ave exit off of 41 in north Fresno has some off the hook tacos. I think they also have an outlet by Fresno State.

/you’re welcome…

Douchebag of the Day:

Pat Buchanan says “no slur was intended” when debating Al Sharpton and referring to President Obama as “your boy.”

“My what?” Sharpton responded. “My president, Barack Obama? What did you say?”

Buchanan, using a boxing analogy, answered that Obama was “your boy in the ring.”

“He’s nobody’s boy,” Sharpton said. “He’s your president, he’s my president, and that’s what you have to get through your head.”

@Dodgerblue: Ooh, maybe there’s a meth lab they’d let you hang out at nearby.

Doesn’t sound like much but it’s the best Fresno has to offer.

@Dodgerblue: Ghosts of Family Vacations Past. Those gas-guzzling motor homes are wonderful, except when they break down every three days.

@SanFranLefty: On sports talk media, one often hears an athlete being referred to as another’s “boy”, which as you know means a person that is supported by the speaker, or is a friend, etc. as on ESPN’s “Pardon the Interruption”:

“Your boy”: When discussing a personality that either of the hosts may or may not dislike, they will be addressed as the host’s “boy…” For example, (Tony) Kornheiser may address Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban to (Michael) Wilbon as “Your boy Cuban” or “Your boy Cubes.”
Other Kornheiser “boys” include basketball coach Larry Brown (a fellow native of Long Beach, New York, who was once Kornheiser’s summer camp counselor), Miami Heat head coach Pat Riley, former Dallas Cowboys head coach Bill Parcells, Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis, Baltimore Ravens coach Brian Billick (who Kornheiser used to call a “preening schmo”), and Oakland Athletics catcher Mike Piazza.
Wilbon “boys” include Chicago sports legends Mike Ditka, Gale Sayers, Ernie Banks, Michael Jordan and current Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher; Houston Rockets center Yao Ming (who Kornheiser often calls a “stick figure”), and Philadelphia Eagles quarterback and Chicago native Donovan McNabb (who is frequently referred to on the show as “Donovan F. McNabb”, even though his middle initial is J.), or in more general terms anyone African-American or from Chicago.
Occasionally, one host or the other may refer to “your girl,” including Wilbon’s appreciation of University of Tennessee women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt, Kornheiser’s hyping of teenage golf prodigy Michelle Wie, and Kornheiser’s apparent dating interest in elderly women such as Justice Ginsberg. Wilbon referred to Rosie O’Donnell as Kornheiser’s newest “girl”. Wilbon’s newest girl is Britney Spears after shaving her head.

Of course, Sharpton is correct in that the President is no one’s “boy” because the president has no peers or others above him. Perhaps a head of state or prime minister with whom the President has a close personal relationship could use that term. Margaret Thatcher, for instance, could have referred to Reagan as “my boy Ronnie.”

@redmanlaw: My rule: never refer to a black man as a “boy”, even in the heaviest of B/D roleplay.

It is very common for gay men to refer to themselves and other gay men as “boys”, even well into middle age.

@SanFranLefty: “your boy in the ring.”

I think, especially based on ensuing comments, I’m gonna have to give Uncle Pat a pass on that one. Tommmy’s right about things you say and don’t say if you’re Melanin-challenged, but “your boy in the ring” is miles away from “your boy”, which would still be excusable in context.

@nojo and @redmanlaw: He first said “your boy” without any sports analogy – what I clipped was Sharpton’s response, then Buchanan stammered and said he meant “your boy in the ring”

@Tommmcatt Be Fat, And That Be That: Very wise. Safety first. I went to a women’s college in the 70s, and still have a hard time referring to any female over the age of 13 as a “girl” rather than a “woman.”

@SanFranLefty: Thanks — I’m on Blackstone Road near the 41, at the Subie dealership. Should I use your name?

@Dodgerblue: Dude, dump the rig, rent a car and get the fuck outta Dodge.

@redmanlaw: I’m actively considering it. Depends on the diagnosis. Think they’d give me a WRX STI as a loaner? I could get back up the mountain pretty damned fast.

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