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Spineless Surrender Monkey Boehner To Conservatives: We’re Watching Your Votes

GUTLESS SPEAKER FOLDS UP LIKE A CHEAP LAWN CHAIR

John Boehner, Kevin McCarthy

“Was that good, Barack? Did I do okay, Barack?”

I bet John Boehner is a terrible poker player. Hell, I doubt that he could bluff his way out of the proverbial paper bag. Given the Speaker’s latest gutless act of capitulation, is it any wonder that Barack Obama continues to play him and the Republicans like a fiddle in the fiscal cliff (n0n)-negotiations?

As pressure has mounted on House Republicans to abandon their objection to raising taxes on “the rich,” Boehner has at times puffed out his chest and put on his best Barney Fife face, stood before the cameras and told Obama to stick it where the sun don’t shine. Other times – and much more frequently in recent days – Boehner has not only folded up like a cheap lawn chair; he’s all but declared war on his own party.

Earlier this week, Boehner removed four Republicans from key finance committee chairmanships in an obvious power move against conservatives. The excuse? They weren’t “team players.” Team players, Mr. Speaker? Who the hell’s team are you on?

Representative Justin Amash, who lost his Budget committee seat, said that he has not received “a single call, email or text from Republican leadership” regarding the decision:

“I look forward to hearing from my party’s leadership why my principled, conservative voting record offends them. That’s sure to be a lively and entertaining conversation.”

Representative Tim Huelskamp, a Republican from Kansas who lost his assignments on the House Budget and Agriculture committees:

“The message was that there may be more punishment coming. We are watching your votes.” 

Watching their votes? Is this the United States Congress or the Chinese Politburo?

Other members said on Wednesday that in addition to the four conservatives who were stripped of their committee assignments, other “unnamed lawmakers” were warned that their votes need to be more in line with party leadership. Who does John Boehner think he is, Barack Obama?

Who’d a thunk it?

While it’s standard operating procedure for the losing party in a presidential election to take a long look at itself in the mirror as it licks it wounds and attempts to regroup, John Boehner’s actions are astonishing (except for the fact that he’s John Boehner, of course). The 2012 election was a fundamental decision between, a: continuing the transformation of America into a European-style socialist entitlement state, and, b: reaffirming smaller government, free markets and personal liberty. Conservatives stood for the latter. We still do.

While 51% of Americans (for dubious and various reasons) chose “a” – 49% did not. 49% of Americans reaffirmed their beliefs in the principles and values that made America, America. Has John Boehner forgotten this – or did he ever believe it?

Whether Boehner’s actions are simply tactical as he tries to line up support for caving in to Obama – or the week-kneed Speaker is signalling a desire to fundamentally transform the Republican Party into “Democrats Light” –  he is not only a disgrace as Republican House Speaker; he is sadly mistaken. Conservatives will neither go away nor will they be transformed by the likes of Barack Obama and a country run amok. Regardless of attacks from the left – and Boehner himself – the principles of the Tea Party are here to stay.

Amash was equally defiant:

“If they think kicking me off of a committee will lead me to abandon my principles or stifle my bipartisan work toward a balanced budget, I have a message for them: You’re dead wrong.”

Word in Washington has it that not only does Barack Obama want to defeat the Republicans by having them admit that the “Bush tax cuts for the rich” were bad for the country, but that he also wants to destroy the party and its fiscally conservative ideology altogether. Who would’ve thought that a Republican Speaker of the House would be his most effective accomplice?

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15 replies

  1. I suggest that PHYSICALS be required of all incoming republican congress people. The “weak knee, or the knee buckling syndrome needs to be diagnosed early on so that it can’t affect their job performances. Also the disappearing “spine disease” needs to be looked at also. Was told by Boehners office when I called that “things were stilled being ironed out”, what the hell, do they work for a LAUNDRY in DC now?

    • LOL, I Love it. If more like you were in DC, this country would be a much better place to be. People like Boner (Same Word, just Spelled Differently) were ousted quickly after, or just before, DC would Stand For Something Once Again.

    • Physicals? I support that, but I’d also recommend full-mental exams as well. I’d say the same for progressives, but I don’t know that it would just be a waste of time.

      • Yeah, BOTH. And ongoing brain scans, as well. That way, for example, the seepage of Botox into Nancy Pelosi’s brain might have been detected years ago.

  2. It appears we are finding Democrats in Republican clothing when we examine the Republican leaders behavior.

  3. I suspect he’s following orders from above. Time to collapse the big tent and pitch it somewhere else. The brand is too far gone.

  4. We no longer have a Democrat Party and a Republican Party in America. We now have a European Party and an American Populist Party. Reality.

    • I don’t like he idea of third party, but the only way to get republicans to come back right is to threaten their power. That means losing fundraising cash and votes. Right now, that’s all we have.

      • Somewhat agree. We would lose a few election cycles, but the $64K question is, would we win in the long run? Don’t know. As I’ve said before, seems to me the linchpin in the whole deal is the Hispanic vote. They are here to stay; that’s the reality. If the Repubs continue to pretend they can win without a substantial chunk of the Hispanic vote, they’re toast.

        Allowing blacks to blindly drink liberal Kool-Aid without serious challenge for more than 50 years has neither served us (Republicans) – nor them – well.

  5. Until the old entrenched toads of the GOP stop running center of the road candidates, (Romney, McCain, Dole, etc.) they will continue to lose elections. How long will these gasping old toads hang on to their losing strategy? I think waiting them out is no longer an option. Sixteen votes in the new session is all it would take to oust Marmaduke face Boehner. Replace him with a principled conservative, drive the party hard right and return it to it’s rightful place and the silent majority will landslide them to victory.

  6. (Paperback) Persuasion is a great literary work, and, to my mind, Jane Austen’s feinst book. This was her final completed novel before her death, and was published posthumously. As is often the case with Ms. Austen’s fiction, Persuasion deals with the social issues of the times and paints a fascinating portrait of Regency England, especially when dealing with the class system. Rigid social barriers existed and everyone wanted to marry up to a higher station and, of course, into wealth. This is also a very poignant and passionate story of love, disappointment, loss and redemption. The point Austen makes here, is that one should not ever be persuaded to abandon core values and beliefs, especially for ignoble goals. There are consequences, always. Gillian Beer writes a fascinating Introduction in this Penguin Classic Edition, in which she discusses Miss Austen’s portrayal of the double-edged nature of persuasion. This complete and unabridged edition also contains a biography of the author, an Afterword, a new chronology and full textual notes. Sir Walter Elliot, Lord of Kellynch Hall, is an extravagant, self-aggrandizing snob, and a bit of a dandy to boot. He has been a widower for many years and spends money beyond his means to increase his social stature. His eldest daughter, who he dotes on, is as conceited and spoiled as he is. The youngest daughter, Anne, is an intelligent, sensitive, capable and unassuming woman in her late twenties when the story opens. She had been quite pretty at one time, but life’s disappointments have taken their toll and her looks are fading. She and her sister are both spinsters. Anne had once been very much in love with a young, and as yet untried, navel officer. A woman who had been a close friend to Anne’s mother, persuaded Anne to break the connection, convincing her that she could make a much better match. After much consideration, Anne did not follow her heart or her better instincts, and she and her young officer, Frederick Wentworth, separated. She has never again found the mutual love or companionship that she had with him. Anne’s older sister never married either, because she hadn’t found anyone good enough! She still hopes, however, for an earl or a viscount. The Elliot family is forced to financially retrench because of their extravagance. They lease Kellynch Hall to of all people Wentworth’s sister and her husband. Elliot, his oldest daughter and her companion, move to a smaller lodging in Bath for the season, leaving Anne to pack up their belongings before joining them. She gets the Cinderella treatment throughout the book. Anne decides to first visit with her middle sister, an abominably spoiled, whiny hypochondriac, Mrs. Musgrove. She has made a good, but not brilliant match to a local squire. Her husband, Charles Muskgrove, his parents, and their two younger, eligible daughters, Louisa and Henrietta, are delightful. They all tolerate Mrs. Muskgrove, barely, and adore Anne. It is at the Muskgrove estate that Anne meets Frederick Wentworth again, after his absence of seven years. He is in the neighborhood, because his sister is now in the area, residing at Kellynch, of course. Wentworth is now a Captain in the Royal Navy and quite wealthy. When their eyes meet for the first time, you can absolutely feel Anne’s longing and remorse. He is aloof with Anne, although civil. The man was hurtfully rejected once before and it appears that he still feels her snub. Now Wentworth is on the marriage market and Louisa sets her cap for him. Accidents and various adventures ensue, from the resorts of Lyme and Bath to the Muskgrove estate, bringing Anne and Wentworth closer together. The passion between the two is sooo palpable, although Very understated, (this is Regency England after all). I think this is Ms. Austen at her most passionate. Some scholars say that she modeled Anne Elliot after herself. This remarkable novel, and the issues it tackles, is just as germane today as it was when written. And the romance well, no one does romance better than Jane Austen. JANA

  7. If I Might, May I ask another question? Everyone calls Him Bay-Ner (Boehner) My question is, How do you get Bay-ner from Boehner (Boner) ?

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