Monday, January 13, 2014

The IRS scandal and the Senate nuke are daggers held at the GOP's throat. If they are allowed to remain in place, the two-party system is dead.

House Republicans gotta stop acting like Caspar Milquetoast - Mark Tapscott/Washington Examiner

Baseball's Leo "The Lip" Durocher was famously credited for saying "nice guys finish last." House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell could learn a few things from Durocher.

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa revealed last week that the individual leading President Obama's investigation of the IRS scandal is one of his long-time donors.

As today's Washington Examiner editorial observes, putting an Obama donor in charge of the probe of IRS targeting and harrassment of the president's toughest critics is the equivalent of the chief executive waving a middle finger at Boehner, McConnell and the rest of the congressional Republicans.

Then there is Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's bullying of McConnell and the upper chamber's Republicans, which has been cheered by the Obama White House.

Not only has Reid rendered the Senate GOP impotent by denying them virtually any opportunities to introduce amendments, he and the Democratic majority exercised the "nuclear option" that ended the filibuster against most presidential nominees.

The result is the only difference between the Senate and the House is one has more members. Otherwise, both are simply majority rule legislative bodies, thus enabling the very factional tyranny so feared by the Founders....