Good grief.

Toomey is the one Tea Party guy. I guess Renee Ellmers’ treat for shilling for the disastrous Satan Sandwich was the NY Times profile. I’m sure some other Comfy Seat will be coming her way. I noted this would be an exercise in Compromising Useless Satan Futility if Rand Paul was not on the committee. Toomey is great, but everyone else is Establishment and we haven’t even heard who Pelosi is choosing. Yes, one person can stop whatever the committee want stop put forward and imagine if it’s the one Tea Party guy. Yeah, that leaves him a lot of room. All I can do at this point is hope that Sarah Palin announces as soon as possible.

The GOP has announced its picks for the powerful “supercommittee” established to find $1.5 trillion in deficit cuts.

Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) appointed Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.), Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and House Republican Conference Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) to serve on the panel. Hensarling will serve as co-chairman.

“The lawmakers I have appointed to serve on this joint committee are proven leaders who have earned the trust and confidence of their colleagues and constituents,” Boehner said. “They understand the gravity of our debt crisis, and I appreciate their willingness to serve on this panel.”

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) appointed his deputy, Sens. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), a Budget director in the George W. Bush administration, and Tea Party favorite Pat Toomey (R-Pa.).

Note this:

The Speaker notably passed over House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon (R-Calif.), who had called for a strong defense voice on the committee, given the automatic cuts to security spending that will result from a set trigger if the group fails to achieve its goals.

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  1. Fred Upton is Mr. Light Bulb ban and a spender down to his bones. I had the thought that if Boehner was going to blow this one this is who he would put on the Zuperkommittee.

    This is rolling out to be one bummer summer.

  2. dennisl59 says:

    Once again, Boehner and McConnell play The Establishment Game. They refuse to Fight Fire with Fire.

  3. tamcat says:

    Toomey does seem like the voice of reason in the Republican Party. He could be instrumental to the Tea Party cause. We’ll see. It’s theater.

  4. makeshifty says:

    Jon Kyl is the one good person I see on this list. I don’t know much about Toomey.

    Paul Ryan said something very telling on Fox News Sunday. He said if he were tapped to be on the committee he would serve, but added that he doesn’t expect anything more out of the committee than what happened with the debt deal. He did not sound enthusiastic about it, and I think he’s right. They might come up with cuts that satisfy the committee’s criteria, but they’ll push most of them off into the future, which means they won’t happen. They’ll avoid the “trigger” provisions in the debt deal–theater.

    The only thing I’m thankful for is even though S&P has a tarnished reputation, they saw through this charade and downgraded the government. Even though this is not good, I say we deserved it. There, I can do what the left does, blame America first. We got pounded, and we should take our lumps and “consider” what we’ve done to cause it (I think we already know the reason, but for the more thick headed I say “consider”…).

  5. mrcannon says:

    The GOP can go SMURF itself! Hobbits rock.

  6. FrankRemley says:

    As far as the Senators go, the picks aren’t too bad. Kyl is a pretty reliable conservative and Toomey got elected with Tea Party support. Portman, I suppose, will go along with Kyl and Toomey. The House picks worry me a bit. Hensarling is reportedly a solid conservative but I don’t trust any politician from the great state of Michigan given how bad things are economically in that state right now. Even the Wal Marts are going broke.

  7. otlset says:

    Yes but clowns are supposed to be funny aren’t they? I’m scared.

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