Readers and listeners of my political commentaries know that I am no fan of the sorry excuses we have for leaders in the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives due to their fraudulent representation as members of the Conservative movement.
And I know that many of you agree with me.
In that spirit, I called out Boehner yesterday for his RINOism after he joined Mitch “Lyin’ Eyes” McConnell in a plan to surrender without a fight on the issue of defunding Planned Parenthood. As it turns out, that was the second time this week he behaved in a non-conservative manner. The first time took place Wednesday at a fundraiser in Colorado.
In a moment of brazen impropriety so typical of the Ohio congressman, Boehner fired a stunning blast at Texas Republican senator and presidential candidate Ted Cruz, calling him a “jackass” during the event for Colorado’s 3rd District representative, Scott Tipton (R).
According to The Daily Caller, Boehner glibly remarked that he liked the fact that Cruz’s presidential campaign keeps “that jackass” our of Washington — and from telling the Speaker how to do his job. Attendee and businessman Ed MacArthur was pretty upset at Boehner’s behavior:
“I don’t think it’s terribly speaker-like, and I think it kind of goes against everything that [former President Ronald] Reagan ever said about disparaging Republicans,” said MacArthur.
“It’s becoming very disturbing to me that we can’t have good, polite conversation.”
This isn’t the first time Boehner has made disparaging remarks at Cruz’s expense. According to the Dallas Morning News, Boehner gave the middle finger to Texas’ Republican Party Chairman Tom Mechler when the Speaker was asked for his thoughts on Cruz’s presidential bid.
Prior to Congress’s August recess, we learned about a motion made by Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) to remove Boehner as speaker, prompting John-boy Boehner to blame conservative media for his political struggles, and keeping him from joining Obama on the golf course.
But Congress is about to return to work.
As I wrote earlier this month, we already know that Boehner lacks the votes necessary to keep his job, which is why he prevented it from coming to the floor for a vote. But as we also learned in that article, Meadows or any other member of the House—are you listening Ken Buck?—can offer the motion as a privileged resolution, which would allow a full floor vote. With or without Boehner’s approval.
Two things need to happen right away:
- Scott Tipton should renounce Boehner’s insult of Ted Cruz, and
- Every Colorado Republican in the House of Representatives should support Meadows’ effort to remove Boehner as Speaker.
As as far as Ted Cruz is concerned, he should send a personal thank you note to Speaker Boehner, because his insult of the senator from Texas—in the eyes of Conservative across the country—is as good as an all-out endorsement.
David Leach is the owner and publisher of The Strident Conservative where he is proudly politically-incorrect and always “right.” He is also a frequent contributor at RedState.com.
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