Initial Reactions to the Budget Deal Are…Interesting

So a two-year budget deal that basically moots all the stuff Republicans have been arguing with each other about for the last year is being lined up for snap votes in both Houses of Congress, and the reactions have been strangely muted. Unless it’s gone up as I’ve been writing this post, there’s not a peep from RedState (whose proprietor said not long ago that the Republican Party should cease to exist if it was unwilling to shut down the government to achieve a “defunding” of Planned Parenthood) or from National Review, two places where you’d expect loud “stab in the back” shrieking.

Speaker-to-be Paul Ryan is the sole voice denouncing the deal, even though nobody really believes he was surprised by it and everybody thinks he would be the primary beneficiary.

At the Plum Line Greg Sargent carefully deconstructs the deal and its costs and benefits to both parties. Most importantly, he’s found advocates for the Social Security Disability and Medicare programs who adjudge the deal as acceptable despite these “concessions” to the GOP “entitlement reform” mania (they don’t really touch program benefits or eligibility, with the arguable exception of a tightening of Disability rules that may well be justified on their own).

If I were, God forbid, in the GOP leadership of either House I’d get the damn bill onto the floor instantly and whip it through before the Right can get organized. If you are going to stab your “base” in the back, you’d better do it quickly and thoroughly.

UPDATE: RedState‘s Erick Erickson finally weighed in, claiming the deal’s so bad for Republicans that it could clinch the presidential nomination for alleged master deal-maker Donald Trump.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.