This might as well happen now, right?
The Congressional GOP has looked completely hopeless over the last couple of months, even as we all hoped they’d form a firewall against the horribleness that is the Obama White House. Instead, the GOP has cracked, bent and folded every which way and succumbed to one liberal punch after another. Congressional conservatives may have finally reached their breaking point as they begin to ponder yet another attempt at overthrowing John Boehner as Speaker of the House.
This isn’t how it was “supposed” to be. In November, the Republican Party won the biggest majorities they’ve had in both Houses of Congress at the same time in almost 100 years! This was supposed to be the start of a new conservative governance that might usher in an American revival… instead the first few months have looked like an old episode of the Keystone Cops or the Three Stooges (Congressional edition of course). The Democrat minority in both Houses has consistently out maneuvered and outworked the BIG GOP majority, even on issues that should be easy wins. We’re losing and it’s beginning to get… exasperating.
Which is why conservative in the House are considering mounting their most concerted effort yet to overthrow Boehner. However, that won’t happen if the Democrats have anything to say about it. The Democrats are promising to defend Boehner should the need arise…
But Democrats from across an ideological spectrum say they’d rather see Boehner remain atop the House than replace him with a more conservative Speaker who would almost certainly be less willing to reach across the aisle in search of compromise. Replacing him with a Tea Party Speaker, they say, would only bring the legislative process — already limping along — to a screeching halt.
“I’d probably vote for Boehner [because] who the hell is going to replace him? [Ted] Yoho?” Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.) said Wednesday, referencing the Florida Tea Party Republican who’s fought Boehner on a host of bipartisan compromise bills.
Liberal Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.) agreed that, for Democrats, replacing Boehner could lead to a worse situation.
“Then we would get Scalise or somebody? Geez, come on,” said Grijalva, who referenced House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.). “We can be suicidal but not stupid.”
Boehner, who has grappled with dissent from the Tea Party wing since he took the Speaker’s gavel in 2011, has seen opposition to his reign grow this year, even as he commands the largest GOP majority since the Hoover administration.
This is just sad. We should be cheering a Republican Party renaissance, not wringing our hands over divisions within our Party. The problem is that the moneyed GOP establishment does not respect the conservative wing of the Party, and they don’t recognize that we are the reason for the GOP resurgence. They actually believe that our Party’s comeback has been a result of moderation – even on the heels of the Tea Party uprising and the new wave of conservatism that has swept the nation and brought us the largest group of principled conservatives our government has seen in over a century!
So blinded is the GOP establishment that they would rather join with moderate Democrats to pass a few token bills than lock arms with conservatives to really change our nation’s direction and the direction of our world!
So, of course the Democrats will stand with the establishment GOP in the hope that our party continues to bicker, to break, and maybe even eventually split. If things continue as they are, there will come a day when the majority of conservatives throw up their hands and toss in the towel. We’ll form our own minority party and pursue our goals as we see fit, no longer cowed by the warnings of moderate Republicans who fear losing power, and no longer voting for the “lesser of two evils.”
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