Memo to GOP: “Up the Pain”
It’s a fundamental principle of legislative strategy. But it seems to have thus far eluded the congressional GOP. And it is this:
THE WAY YOU WIN ON EXECUTIVE AMNESTY (OR ANYTHING ELSE) IS TO INFLICT MORE PAIN ON OBAMA THAN HE INFLICTS ON YOU.
Obama’s strategy is clear: After successive failures to invoke cloture on an amnesty-defunding DHS appropriations bill, the congressional GOP, aided by merciless battering from a “lap-dog press,” will come to realize that they cannot use their “power of the purse” to halt Obama’s unlawful actions.
It’s time to up the ante. And you do that by sending this message:
“If you continue to play this game of “Shred the Constitution,” here’s what will happen:
“ONE: LORETTA LYNCH WILL NOT BE CONFIRMED.
“We understand that she’s “Eric Holder in a skirt.” We understand she lied under oath about amnesty and about her knowledge of Operation Choke Point. We also know that you are grooming her to replace Antonin Scalia or Anthony Kennedy (and thus transform the Supreme Court).
“We would be fools to confirm her under any circumstances. But we would be double-fools to confirm her while you’re trying to destroy Congress.
“And guess what? All we have to do is simply not bring her nomination to the floor.
“And, incidentally, you can forget about most of your other non-essential nominees, as well.
“TWO: YOU WILL NOT GET FAST-TRACK AUTHORITY.
“Why would we give you unlimited legislative authority to do ANYTHING YOU WANT on a trade agreement — when you have demonstrated yourself unworthy of our trust? This is made even worse by the Congressional Black Caucus’s call to transform the Trans-Pacific Partnership into a massive domestic jobs program.
“THREE: YOU CAN EXPECT TO SEE YOUR AMNESTY DEFUNDED ON THE FY2016 APPROPRIATIONS BILLS, THE DEBT LIMIT, THE HIGHWAY BILL, THE DoD AUTHORIZATION, AND ANYTHING ELSE YOU WANT FROM US.
“You like to tell us what a disaster the 2011 debt limit fight and the 2013 shutdown were. But guess what? The 2011 debt limit deal was the most successful action in the entire 112th Congress, because it actually began to get the debt under control. And in the election following the “disastrous” 2013 shutdown? We whipped your [expletive deleted].
“FOUR: YOU’RE NOT GETTING TAX REFORM.
“Your notion of raising taxes to fund Democrat government projects was a non-starter to begin with. We’re not going to negotiate using that position as a benchmark.
“FIVE: WE’RE GOING TO THINK LONG AND HARD ABOUT THE TERMS OF THE USE-OF-FORCE AUTHORIZATION.
“We’re going to enact whatever’s necessary to deal with the horrific situation created by your naivete. But a president who lets terrorists into our country for the sake of political gain can hardly get on his “high horse” (to coin a phrase) about national security.
“SIX: BOTTOM LINE: YOUR LEGACY IS SHOT.
“No Mount Rushmore. No monument on the Mall. No statue in the Capitol. That’s all gone.
“And you can blame your arrogance, your hubris, and your contempt for the Constitution.
“Love and kisses,
“The 114th Congress.”