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Why GOP Leadership Is Going Along With the Syrian Misadventure

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During the glory days of the Contract with America, Newt Gingrich used to preach that we needed issues with 60% support from the American people. Regardless of your feelings on Obama’s harebrained planned for military intervention in Syria, you have to look askance at why John Boehner and Eric Cantor decided to support the authorization to use military force in Syria when 80% (+/-) of Americans oppose the deal.

The answer is in the tweets screen captured on this page.

Apparently the GOP leadership is tired of being called obstructionist. They seem to have come to the conclusion that if the oppose Obama on this that they lose bargaining power in the upcoming votes on spending and the debt ceiling. This has led them to use Martian Logic to determine that if they do not oppose Obama on Syria somehow Obama will owe them something on spending.

It doesn’t take a political genius to see the fallacy here.

First, opposition to Syria is not only good policy it is backed by 80% of the American people.
Second, if you vote for a military strike you lose the ability to complain about whatever stupid thing Obama, Kerry, and Hagel come up with.
Third, you piss away an 80% issue.
Fourth, Obama isn’t going to give you squat on spending because you just proved to him you aren’t deserving of respect.

What they have done is essentially admit that they believe in leprechauns.

It is a shame that our House leadership and some otherwise conservative members of Congress are going along with this nonsense. They have the opportunity to make an easy and popular vote while doing the right thing for the right reason. Instead, they have betrayed the trust of the American people for nothing.

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