Every day we ask influential politicos to send us their top three bullet points that are driving the day's conversation inside and outside Washington.
RedState.Com Editor Erick-Woods Erickson:
– The Boehner Plan is the real plan and Reid is a distraction. How do I know? They have the same title. They have similarly worded provisions throughout. But Boehner's plan in the House has procedurally been attached to a pre-existing Senate bill while Reid's plan has not. This means Boehner's plan can move faster than Reid's.
– Sources close to S&P have told CNN's Erin Burnett that Boehner's plan might still cause a loss of credit rating. If Boehner's plan is the plan, look for the Democrats to use the credit rating issue against the GOP once it happens.
– Conservatives aren't giving up without a fight. Club for Growth, Heritage Action, Let Freedom Ring, and many others are coming out in opposition to John Boehner's plan and they'll be led in the fight by Congressman Jim Jordan, John Boehner's colleague from Ohio.
Senior Political Columnist for TheDailyBeast.com John Avlon:
– Debt Ceiling Dysfunction: The partisan plans that were put forward yesterday have no obvious common ground to build on – they are the kind of proposals usually put forward at the beginning of a negotiation, not the end. And alleged purpose for this forced fire-drill – dealing with the deficit and debt – has been all but abandoned as cuts and commissions take the place of tax reform and entitlement reform. This will be seen as a wasted opportunity.
– John Boehner's Problem: He can't seem to control his own caucus. His own bifurcated plan was rejected by Tea Party conservative groups moments after he unveiled it. And his response to the president's address last night was a dishonest and hack-ish speech, full of talking points stitched together. You can criticize the president's leadership, but saying that the current state of negotiations represents 'a blank check', a 'president who can't say yes' and a rejection of entitlement reform doesn't square with the facts on the ground.
– Playing the Reagan Card: CNN played the full Reagan radio address on the debt ceiling that President Obama referenced in his address last night. Keep playing it. The arguments are the same, from a voice that Republicans might actually listen to. As congressional websites and switchboards get overloaded, this is a timely reminder of a forgotten principle – the good of our county always comes before the good of your party.
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At the 1988 Republican National Convention, the then presidential candidate George H. W. Bush made a pledge, "Read my lips: no new taxes." However, President Bush raised taxes as a way to reduce the national budget deficit as part of a 1990 budget agreement, because he saw the need to do so.
The Republicans, led by House Speaker John Boehner, have refused to compromise with the Democrats because of their "no new taxes" pledge made with "Harvard-trained ayatollah of the anti-tax movement, Grover Norquist." How could Grover Norquist hold the United States of America hostage with the consent of the Republicans? President Bush was able to break his pledge to the American people, but the Republicans cannot break their pledge with Grover Norquist. I suppose he is more powerful than the American people. CNN should arrange a "town meeting" between Norquist and the People.
God Bless the People.