It’s become more and more difficult to believe that John Boehner isn’t representative of some sort of progressive fifth column in the Republican party. The longer this goes on, the more obvious it becomes that Boehner and his lackeys in the House Republican leadership are simply giving away anything and everything, while sabotaging their conservative members and their legislative goals. This time, they’ve tucked some anti-abortion provisions into the spending bill in order to push conservatives to join in approving the bill. The basic idea is cynical DC-insider garbage: Bring in the pro-life lobby to harangue conservative members on behalf of this bill in order to get their votes, and thus pass the spending bill to which they are otherwise opposed. Yes, it’s a damnable dirty trick, and it is brought to you by John Boehner. This is the sort of cynical ploy common to DC politics, and it’s precisely the sort of thing to which so many of us are fervently opposed. This is one more reason John Boehner must go.
Rather than unite his party by affirmative measures they can all support, he instead weasels his way out of that by putting this off on members, leaving them to choose between support of the anti-abortion lobby and the anti-spending lobby. In short, it’s another sick attempt to split conservatives and Tea Party types. Why would John Boehner do this? Why would he set his own party up for defeat and electoral disaster? The answer is either that he is the most incompetent Speaker of the House in my lifetime, or he is intentionally sabotaging the conservatives in his party. Why would he do that? What would motivate him in this way? I have only one answer: John Boehner is an establishment sell-out whose political career consists of more crying than legislating, and more surrendering than victory.
It really doesn’t matter what his intentions may be, but if you don’t understand anything else about what he’s doing here, you must understand this: What John Boehner is now doing will ultimately guarantee that we will not win the elections, we will lose control of the House, and have no prayer of retaking the Senate. Obamacare will become a done deal if this happens, and you must know that there will be no repeal, no overturning, and no recovery. Ever. You may wonder how this would be, and the answer is quite simple: Conservatives in his party promised to cut spending, and to cut the growth of government. They promised it. Loudly. Often. Regularly. In 2010, they appealed to the Tea Party on this basis. The Tea Party showed up to support them, by and large. Now, having secured their votes, and the majority in the House, the leadership is leading those conservatives to sell out their promises, or squeeze them into so doing as with this latest ploy. What will happen to the Tea Party folk who supported them in 2010? In November 2012, just as in 2008, and 2006, they will stay home in perfect disgust. Who could blame them?
When the people who you place in power turn on you, and undercut you, you’re hardly to be blamed if you decide no longer to lend your support to such people. Call a dog to you, with a firm “Come,” and then whack his nose with a rolled-up newspaper, and you’ll quickly see the dog learn to cringe and balk at your call. This is what the Republican leadership is doing to the Tea Party and conservatives, but worse, the leadership is setting them one against the other. That’s why Boehner’s tawdry ploy is destined to lead the GOP to defeat in 2012. Obama is weak, but Boehner continues to improve his position by compromising endlessly with the Democrats. How does this win support for victory?
It cannot. If we’re to see Barack Obama replaced, and Obamacare repealed, we must discharge John Boehner and those like him from leadership. They are a walking advertisement for the statists, because they don’t really care about the direction of the country, but only maintaining power, and lately, one would be right to wonder if they care even for that. The burdens of leadership are many, and John Boehner is incapable of or unwilling to bear them. It is my recommendation that in the name of the Republic, never mind the Republican party, that we send him home, or at least to the back benches with all due dispatch.