It looked like it was going to be a tough week for the Big O, but then he pulled off one of his best moves to date by releasing the contentious e-mails from Benghazi, showing that the Republicans had planted the "doctored talking points" story in the news. Right now, Darryl Issa looks like a total ass. Yet, as Politics USA reports, Issa isn't backing down, trying to drag no less than the Joint Chiefs of Staff into "Benghazigate," which has even Boehner ducking for cover.
It seems the Republicans are doing everything they can to stall a vote on the immigration bill on the table in the Senate. GOP co-writer of the bill, Marco Rubio, now wants a biometric tracking system included in it, and former Senator DeMint made the audacious claim that the immigration bill would cost taxpayers $6,3 trillion. He has apparently been pouring over this cost estimate at the Heritage Foundation, which he now heads. But, it seems few are buying this report or the attempts by desperate Republicans to derail this bill, which doesn't sit well with their Tea Party constituency.
There appears to be no long game in the GOP playbook, just an endless attempt to create scandals like this recent one over Marines holding umbrellas for Obama and PM Erdogan of Turkey at a press conference at the White House, hoping it will rattle Obama, and deflect public attention away from the real issues.
It is hard to imagine a leader emerging from the GOP during the next 3-1/2 years that can pull this imploding party together, much less appeal to a broad enough cross section of the country to win a national election. All this political snipe hunting is taking its toll, with Republicans looking more and more like Chicken Little than a serious political party with an agenda for the future.
They seem content to be the political lapdogs of big business pushing through a highly controversial bill through the House that would allow private sector employers the option of offering compensation time (up to 160 hours per year) in lieu of overtime pay. The bill would also have employees "earn" their annual paid leave rather than receive two weeks automatically. The bill stands no chance in the Senate, much less on Obama's desk, but shows once again that the GOP has only corporate interests in mind, and continues its attempt to undermine long standing labor laws.
I'm hoping that Americans see through this scandal-mongering and all the subterfuges of the Republicans and return the Democrats to power in the House, so that we can move forward with the Affordable Care Act and immigration reform without these constant attempts to derail the process.