On Wednesday Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell and Speaker of the House John Boehner made their picks for the SUPER COMMITTEE that holds the fate of entitlement programs and defense spending in the coming years.
These picks set the table for tense negotiations and when you spread out the names of the 9 out of 12 lawmakers that we’ve got so far, it makes for a very “Trigger Happy” discussion. I’m talking about the triggers that will force the across the board cuts that I mentioned earlier. Let’s breakdown the Republican Picks.
Jon Kyl-AZ Uh oh, McConnell’s number 2. will no doubt be one of the bad cops in these negotiations. He’s been hitting cable TV about as much as his liberal counterpart John Kerry. I’m sure he’ll be throwing some smoke at the other side on the podium if negotiations stall.
Pat Toomey-Pen: A Freshman Senator and hard negotiator that voted against the debt ceiling deal. He’s got a strong Tea Party following that got him elected and has already taken exception with John Kerry’s “Tea Party Downgrade” credit remark, regarding the recent Standard and Poors decision.
Rob Portman-OH: Natalie’s dad..Just kidding! The longtime House Rep but, Freshman Senator from the Buckeye state will feel the same kind of heat that Boehner felt during the Debt Ceiling negotiations, if this goes bad.
Now for Boehner’s picks from the house.
Dave Camp-Mich: The Chairman of the Ways and Means committee has been in Congress for 20 years and you can make an argument that this is his toughest assignment.
Fred Upton-Mich: So, wait a second… You’re telling me that Michigan gets two Reps on the SUPERCOMMITTEE and Florida gets zero. We couldn’t get Dan Webster on this thing! Boehner, Please!
Jeb Hensarling: The Representative from Texas that’s not wacky (looking at you Ron Paul) has been a stout fiscal watchdog. If it’s bad for the taxpayers or not in line with GOP philosophy he’s going at it with everything he’s got. He’s already come out with “No Tax Hikes” approach to negotiations.
So you might be asking… Where the heck is Paul Ryan?
He didn’t want the assignment and can you blame him? His plan was slammed by everyone including representative from his own party. You can’t stunt the growth of future GOP leaders by not supporting their initiatives.
Nancy Pelosi will make her picks later today.