So the Iowa pony shows are starting up and at this weekends Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalitions banquet two of the stars were Sarah Palin and Utah Sen. Mike Lee. The former showed she’s still little than a loud mouth rhetoric firebrand the latter showing the potential to be reading the tea leaves.
Sarah still stupid may seem harsh but I never liked this woman and like her even less when she opens her mouth lately. This weekend she exclaimed among other things the following:
“I want to encourage you to make your voice heard, to hold politicians accountable,”
That’s good stuff no matter the context but it is rather general and common sense stuff as well.
“They promised that they would do everything in their power to fight against socialized medicine, against Obamacare, but when it came time to stand and defund it, they waved the white flag of surrender and they threw under the bus the good guys who did stand up and fight for us,
This is the one that really bothers me. Not for nothing but the PPACA aka ObamaCare is a lot of things but socialized medicine isn’t one of them. This is textbook red meat pandering bullshit that riles up ignorant masses but does nothing to address a very real issue.
As far as defunding it whether you say Cruz,Lee or more to truth The Heritage Foundation the defunding of ObamaCare was never a very real possibility. The conditions that were at best put forth to credibly defund it were incapable of becoming real in a Legislature that fails to put forth actual budgets. Continuing Resolutions are no way for a democracy to function but they are the current reality and are not really the instrument to alter policy. This is something that needs to get fixed pronto. The shutdown/debt ceiling debate is still set to occur again and again unless we do something about this.
As for throwing folks under the bus sometimes you need to know when to do some damage control. The debate is delayed not diminished in any manner. To have any ability to go the distance you need to prove you are willing to take some hits. The GOP has done this while also being able to craft the narrative that the POTUS and his minions are really really open to hurting Americans. I’m sorry but Lee and Cruz didn’t do this deal for US. They did it for themselves and their future political ambitions. This weekend Mike Lee seems to have been setting the groundwork of proving this to be true.
Sen. Mike Lee (R) Utah offered the following that seems to paint a picture of someone who aspires to do something other than pout.
“We will continue to say no to policies that we oppose,” [and]“It is every bit as important to identify those things that we’re for, those things that we’re eager to unite behind, those things that can help unite and unify our party.”
Some folks have noted in their reporting that Lee seemed to offer media friendly distancing in speaking about the Tea Party:
“to suggest that it’s a party, or as if to suggest that it’s a monolithic organization, or that it’s an organization at all. It isn’t. It’s a reference to the conservative movement.”
As opposed to Palins cheerleading Mike Lee seems to be serious about painting himself as different from the current TPM status quo.
“Frustration is not a platform. Anger is not an agenda and outrage, as a habit, is not even conservative,”
That along with stressing that the conservatives need to find “market based alternatives” to ObamaCare all point to Lee attempting to veer back towards the mainstream where a broader base of support can be found. Future releases from Mike Lee will bear looking into to see how it plays.
Lee-ward leeward |ˈlēwərd, ˈlo͞oərd| adjective &adverb on or toward the side sheltered from the wind or toward which the wind is blowing