The Frustrated Commissar

I know I mentioned this briefly in the last post, but sorry, I do feel a rather uncharitable need to rub it in a bit: Erick Erickson is one very unhappy would-be commissar right now.
One of the leaders of the “defund Obamacare” crusade that eventually stampeded John Boehner into hostage-taking, Erickson is absolutely freaking out that Boehner and most other Republicans have already given up on that strategy and are looking elsewhere for both hostages and ransom. Watch him stamp his feet today in a RedState post imperiously titled “This is the strategy. Now Do it.”

Conservatives need to push the debt ceiling fight off the front burner to after Christmas.

Republican Leaders are begging us to merge the continuing resolution fight and debt ceiling fight. They covet this with all their mind and heart.

They do not want a stand alone fight on Obamacare. They want to conflate it with the debt ceiling so they can do a grand bargain and leave Obamacare alone.

Consider Rep. Paul Ryan’s op-ed in the Wall Street Journal. He wants a grand bargain and not once mentions Obamacare. Not once.

Friends, as I noted the other day, we lose everything if we merge the continuing resolution and debt ceiling fights.

What’s more, if the debt ceiling gets pushed to just before Christmas, the GOP will collapse in that fight just like they did with Obamacare in 2009.

It seems a bit weird that the inveterate RINO-hunter Erickson is attacking Boehner for taking too big a hostage. But it’s not at all odd that ol’ Erick thinks the GOP is once again screwing up a slam dunk for conservatism, the ideology that is never to blame.

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.