With this as a backdrop, John Boehner was elected Speaker of the House, despite his lackluster leadership, which saw Republicans lose—in large numbers—control of the House in 2006 and 2008 and again losing seats, but not the majority, in 2012.
Even though many Conservatives had reservations about him, based on his commitment to stand for the principles of the T.E.A. Party, they confirmed their support of his leadership. Sadly, it wouldn’t be long before he would abandon those principles for the sake of trying to protect his restored power.
As early as April, 2011, Boehner—the “B” in Boehner stands for backstabber or bonehead; take your pick—made his first of many deals with
the devil Obama when he reneged on the promise to cut $100 billion dollars from the budget. With his willingness to abandon his principles firmly established, Republicans would go on to lose every major battle with the White House thereafter. It culminated with his current willingness to abandon the commitment to stop Obamacare–something he could have easily done by de-funding it–calling it the “law of the land” right after the 2012 elections. And since the election, much to the chagrin of major Conservative organizations, Boehner is caving on Obama’s class-warfare attack on the wealthy by agreeing to raise taxes, despite the absence of spending cuts or an actual budget from the “Reid-erless” Senate.
Further evidence of his pusillanimous behavior recently revealed itself when he removed committed Conservatives from key committee positions, apparently in response to their unwillingness to toe-the-(party)line. Boehner also put House members–code for Conservative Republicans–on notice that he will be watching their voting records when it comes to his
Democrat-lite moderate party platform. Vote in manner that displeases him, and watch your committee positions become dust in the wind (my apologies to Kansas for using that analogy).
His invertebrate behavior isn’t going unnoticed, however, and the groundswell of an uprising may be on the horizon.
Ned Ryan, President and CEO of American Majority Action wrote a piece at RedState.com calling for Boehner to be fired, and launching the #fireboehner hashtag on twitter. With only 16 Republican votes, Boehner can be voted out as Speaker in the next Congress.
T.E.A. Party hero Jim DeMint (R-SC)–who announced his resignation today in order to become president of the Heritage Foundation–has stated that he is no fan of the Speaker’s weak-kneed fiscal cliff proposals. The Club for Growth announced that they will support primary challenges to any Republican who votes for the Boehner compromise.
By the way, the fiscal cliff is a by-product of the Budget Control Act of 2011, a Boehner creation.
As the election of 2012 clearly showed, Conservatives did a poor job communicating their message, as they tend to do. And the Democrat-lite leadership style of Boehner in the House and McConnell in the Senate only reinforced that failure.
Conservatives need to rededicate themselves to the cause of limited government and greater liberty if they want to see America pulled from the abyss of the progressive agenda. It’s not to time to “pull a Boehner.”
Please join me as we enshrine our first inductee in to the Gutless On Principle Hall of Shame . . . Representative John Boehner.
What others had to say:
- John Boehner, please retire – Morris Daily Herald
- John Boehner Fiscal Cliff Proposal Opposed By Powerful Conservative Groups – Huffington Post
- Conservatives Actually Suck at This – RedState.com
- Fire Boehner: We Only Need 16 Votes to Depose Boehner – RedState.com
- John Boehner: Raise Taxes on the Rich – CNS News
- GOP Deficit Plan Irks Conservatives – Wall Street Journal