GUTLESS SPEAKER FOLDS UP LIKE A CHEAP LAWN CHAIR
“Was that good, Barack? Did I do okay, Barack?”
I bet John Boehner is a terrible poker player. Hell, I doubt that he could bluff his way out of the proverbial paper bag. Given the Speaker’s latest gutless act of capitulation, is it any wonder that Barack Obama continues to play him and the Republicans like a fiddle in the fiscal cliff (n0n)-negotiations?
As pressure has mounted on House Republicans to abandon their objection to raising taxes on “the rich,” Boehner has at times puffed out his chest and put on his best Barney Fife face, stood before the cameras and told Obama to stick it where the sun don’t shine. Other times – and much more frequently in recent days – Boehner has not only folded up like a cheap lawn chair; he’s all but declared war on his own party.
Earlier this week, Boehner removed four Republicans from key finance committee chairmanships in an obvious power move against conservatives. The excuse? They weren’t “team players.” Team players, Mr. Speaker? Who the hell’s team are you on?
Representative Justin Amash, who lost his Budget committee seat, said that he has not received “a single call, email or text from Republican leadership” regarding the decision:
“I look forward to hearing from my party’s leadership why my principled, conservative voting record offends them. That’s sure to be a lively and entertaining conversation.”
Representative Tim Huelskamp, a Republican from Kansas who lost his assignments on the House Budget and Agriculture committees:
“The message was that there may be more punishment coming. We are watching your votes.”
Watching their votes? Is this the United States Congress or the Chinese Politburo?
Other members said on Wednesday that in addition to the four conservatives who were stripped of their committee assignments, other “unnamed lawmakers” were warned that their votes need to be more in line with party leadership. Who does John Boehner think he is, Barack Obama?
Who’d a thunk it?
While it’s standard operating procedure for the losing party in a presidential election to take a long look at itself in the mirror as it licks it wounds and attempts to regroup, John Boehner’s actions are astonishing (except for the fact that he’s John Boehner, of course). The 2012 election was a fundamental decision between, a: continuing the transformation of America into a European-style socialist entitlement state, and, b: reaffirming smaller government, free markets and personal liberty. Conservatives stood for the latter. We still do.
While 51% of Americans (for dubious and various reasons) chose “a” – 49% did not. 49% of Americans reaffirmed their beliefs in the principles and values that made America, America. Has John Boehner forgotten this – or did he ever believe it?
Whether Boehner’s actions are simply tactical as he tries to line up support for caving in to Obama – or the week-kneed Speaker is signalling a desire to fundamentally transform the Republican Party into “Democrats Light” – he is not only a disgrace as Republican House Speaker; he is sadly mistaken. Conservatives will neither go away nor will they be transformed by the likes of Barack Obama and a country run amok. Regardless of attacks from the left – and Boehner himself – the principles of the Tea Party are here to stay.
Amash was equally defiant:
“If they think kicking me off of a committee will lead me to abandon my principles or stifle my bipartisan work toward a balanced budget, I have a message for them: You’re dead wrong.”
Word in Washington has it that not only does Barack Obama want to defeat the Republicans by having them admit that the “Bush tax cuts for the rich” were bad for the country, but that he also wants to destroy the party and its fiscally conservative ideology altogether. Who would’ve thought that a Republican Speaker of the House would be his most effective accomplice?