Archive for July 25th, 2011

John Boehner, Meet The Great Gretzky

Eric Erickson of Red State wrote the following in today’s Morning Briefing:

On Fox News Sunday, John Boehner began the day saying that he wanted a deal that kept to the principles of “Cut, Cap, and Balance.” He concluded Sunday by telling House Republicans that Cut, Cap, and Balance was off the table due to Senate opposition.

Twice the House GOP has staked out a position. Twice they have been shot up and beat to hell by the Democrats for daring to do so. Twice their leaders then threw in the towel on their plans. First on Paul Ryan’s plan and now this.

No wonder so many House Republicans are privately expressing so much anger at their leadership.

Read more >here.

Any political junky knows that politics ain’t bean bag and it ain’t horse shoes either. Its more like Ice Hockey, where there is a fight scheduled and suddenly a game breaks out. Lord knows that these guys in Washington haven’t even scheduled the fight yet.

At dinner last evening, hubby mentioned a speech given by a former boss of his, a true leader. In that speech, the boss used the great Wayne Gretzky as an example of what leadership was, sprinkling his speech with some of Gretzky’s great quotes. I found the discussion inspiring and naturally being a political junky my mind went to the usual places.

“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” Wayne Gretzky

“All the discussion is about the Trillions we’re going to cut, a remarkable change in Washington DC….I will continue to work with the members of the House and Senate within the framework of Cut Cap & Balance”. John Boehner

“Procrastination is one of the most common and deadliest of diseases and its toll on success and happiness is heavy.” Wayne Gretzky

“It could come together……a preferable path would be a bipartisan plan that would involve all the leaders but it is to early to say that that is possible.” John Boehner

“A good hockey player plays where the puck is. A great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be. Wayne Gretzky

Moody’s, S & P and foreign markets will look at our government’s painful slow grinding procrastination as “skating where the puck was” and drop that credit rating like a goalie’s teeth on Philadelphia ice.

Speaker Boehner, lead, follow, or get back behind the glass.

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