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Boehner’s Record of Failure Inspires No Confidence

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

Too Late for Tears

You know things have gotten pretty tough for the tearful one when he starts talking about ditching one-on-one negotiations with the President.  In an obvious appeal to keep his position as Speaker of the House, it’s being reported that John Boehner won’t engage in the sort of back-room deal-making with Obama and Reid that has characterized most of the first two years of his Speaker-ship.  The problem is that nobody seems to believe him, but why should they?  This is the man who sold Republicans down the river in vote after vote by sticking in front of them plates of legislative particulars they couldn’t stomach, and then relying upon Democrats to pass.  Time after time, he has walked somewhat conservative members off the plank, and twisted arms, and retaliated when they failed to do his bidding. What’s the point of having a Republican majority in the House if the Democrats wind up controlling it anyway?  This latest story from The Hill merely amplifies the point most conservatives have already gotten: Boehner is weak, and there’s no reason to believe he will suddenly strengthen.

Let us not wonder whether Boehner would keep his word in a second term as Speaker of the House.  How many times must he lead Republicans to disaster, ditching conservatism at every turn, before conservatives and Republicans begin to realize that he will never change.  Whether due to incompetence, or behind-the-scenes complicity, Boehner has been an ineffective leader for conservative causes.  He’s been a poor negotiator, and now on the strength of his own admission of failure, he expects Republicans to believe he will change his course?  There are too many issues facing America that are of real consequence to risk another two years of losses crafted and guided by John Boehner.

What will happen to our Second Amendment if this is the man left to defend it against the left?  Will he rush a Senate bill passed in the dead of night in front of Republican members only to have it passed by a majority of Democrats?  Do the American people wish to trust John Boehner with that?  Given his record of “leadership,” it is easy to see how such a procedure would occur, and how Barack Obama and the rest of the gun-grabbers in Washington DC would be dancing on the grave of our precious right to keep and bear arms in short order, with John Boehner carrying their water.

When the Senate passes some “comprehensive immigration reform bill,” a.k.a. “amnesty,” will John Boehner be waiting in the wings to take it up and ram it through the House, again against the objections of a majority of the Republican caucus?  You’d better believe it.  Sure, there will be some Republican moderates and liberals who will support it, but again, it will pass with a majority of Democrats piling on.

We will soon arrive at another round of the Debt Ceiling issue, and if the first round is any indicator, Boehner will broker a deal that will sabotage the Republicans and leave them dangling over yet another fiscal cliff.  Time after time, Boehner has demonstrated contempt for conservatism, and time after time, he has dealt more readily with Democrats than with his own conservative caucus.  There is nothing about his two years as Speaker to recommend him for a further two, but all the mainstream media seems to hope he’ll stay.  If a man provides you one ideological victory after another, you “dance with who brought you.”

Sadly, it is the Democrats and the statist left that has profited from Boehner’s so-called “leadership.”  It’s not as though Cantor will be any better, because he too is a slack-jawed fake who only voted against the fiscal cliff deal because it looked like an opportunity to separate himself from Boehner.  No, the truth is that Republicans desperately need somebody else entirely, a person not now in leadership, to take up the job as Speaker of the House.  Whether a matter of conspiratorial sabotage, or massive, unmitigated incompetence, John Boehner must go, and his whole leadership unit with him, their late attempts to separate themselves from his mismanagement notwithstanding.

I don’t buy the stories that he told Harry Reid to “Go f…yourself,” or that he’ll change his stripes in the manner of negotiations with this President.  I simply don’t believe these are anything but last ditch appeals to retain power, and I have no doubt but that if left in the Speaker’s chair, he will squander, sabotage, and otherwise submarine conservatives, but more importantly, the country, at every turn.  To quote the man who ought to take his job:

“Give me that damned gavel.” (Allen West on the proposition of relieving Nancy Pelosi of the Speaker-ship)

 

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