Why the Republican reluctance to take on tough issues

Ever heard of Elizabeth Lauten. Well no one else in America had either until she made a passing comment on the dress sense of Obama’s older daughter. This is how it began at a Thanksgiving media event involving the President:

One minor Capitol Hill staffer thought the girls were dressed inappropriately and acted a bit churlish. And then, for some reason, she wrote about it on Facebook.

Well so what, right? These, however, were just the stories in the Washington Post. You can go to the link which will then allow you to link to each of these stories.

Aide to Tennessee congressman knocks Obama kids

The long and fraught history of judging the president’s kids

White House: First daughters should be off-limits

Indigestion over the Obama girls: Why a GOP staffer’s below-the-belt jabs were particularly wrong.

GOP aide’s online dig at Obama daughters creates backlash: A GOP staffer criticized the demeanor of Sasha and Malia Obama at the turkey pardoning.

Criticizing first kids? Still not a good idea. The ex-GOP aide who called out the president’s kids violated the unspoken staffer code.

GOP aide resigns over criticism of Obama daughters

When GOP staffer put Obama children ‘at a bar,’ it continued American tradition of trashing black females’ morality: Views like hers historically excused the abuse and disregard of human beings judged not worthy of consideration by people who also prayed.

Hill staffer quits after comments about first daughters: Those on both sides of the political aisle believed Elizabeth Lauten broke a cardinal rule when she criticized the Obama girls in a Facebook post.

Nothing classy about Elizabeth Lauten’s criticism of the Obama girls

Hill staffer Elizabeth Lauten resigns after remarks about Obama daughters

This is in a newspaper that still hasn’t mentioned Gruber, probably because their readers would be too stupid to understand the story. This is in a country that obsesses about the shooting of a thug who attacked a cop. This is a media that never mentions the IRS.

The Republicans must play a very careful waiting game on any issue that is intended to damage the standing of Democrats, and Obama in particular. This is Drudge on immigration:

SESSIONS: Republicans On Verge Of Breaking Campaign Promises…
CRUZ to HOUSE LEADERS: ‘Do what you said you would do’…
LEFT MOCKS: ‘War’ on Obama’s immigration order lasted about 5 minutes…
Conservatives to buck Boehner…
‘Symbolic’ Vote on Amnesty…
Gutiérrez presses ‘millions’ to get documents ready…
Mayors plan summit to implement…
POLL: Support for path to citizenship for illegals at record low…
UPDATE: 17-state coalition sues over amnesty order…
OBAMA PLANS PROCESSING FACILITY WITH 1,000 NEW AGENTS IN VA…
WASH POST: President’s unilateral action has no precedent…

Things must be brought to a slow boil. The ignorance of the American media is matched only by its willingness to inflict as much damage as it possibly can on Republicans. It makes for disastrous policy and is making much of America uninhabitable, but there is no misunderstanding what the problem is.

Rand Paul for President

The American economy, indeed its entire network of social relations, is in the bin and getting worse by the day. Between uncontrolled debt and deficits, a quantitative easing which in effect means flooding the market with money, the nationalisation of the health care industry, and the debate over the closing of the Federal Government, the US will soon be about as free market as Russia. Convergence theory seems to be coming about not quite as expected but history is filled with surprises. But maybe there’s hope (why not live in hope, after all?). It’s early, of course, but Ron Paul is ahead for the Republican nomination for President.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) narrowly leads the pack of potential GOP contenders in 2016, according to a new poll.

If the GOP presidential primary were held today, 17 percent of GOP voters would elect Paul, according to a new Quinnipiac Poll released Wednesday. He leads among Tea Party Republicans as well with 22 percent.

The next presidential election is not till 2016, Obama will remain president till then no matter what and the offer of free health care and etc is pretty attractive to the sorts of people the Democrats count on for their presidential majority. But the reason it matters is because Rand Paul can become an early focus of Republican discontent. There is no official leader of the opposition in the US but he will fill that role more and more as time goes by if he gets the kind of support he is starting to generate. Here he steps in to bring reason to the closing of the American government:

Sen. Rand Paul on Tuesday said he would support a short-term funding measure ‘to keep the government open while we negotiate.’

‘I think what we could do is pass a very short term, maybe not six weeks, but what about one week, so we could negotiate over a week,’ the Kentucky Republican told CNN’s ‘New Day.’ ‘I think a continuing bill to keep the government open while we negotiate is a good idea. I do agree that negotiating with the government closed probably to [Democrats] appears like strong-arm tactics.’

If he continues like this he will be a hard man to ignore and the more he becomes a lightening rod for opposition to Obama, the more focus he will get. Early days but I am hopeful in what is really a hopeless cause.