Junket John’s Last Stand?on January 2, 2013 at 10:02 pm
The “cliff” deal wasn’t great for anyone. A lot of lefty types are aggravated with it, understandably. But those on the tea-twaddler side of things are infuriated. A lot of them want to make the Staggerer of the House pay for what he’s done (as in, worked with the other side to achieve a passable bill, something that happened fairly regularly back when we only elected white men to the Presidency.) They are demanding that Boehner’s orange pickled head be brought to them in a bucket for even talking to THAT man.
But it isn’t just the T-types who are infuriated with the old drunk. Governor Christie of New Jersey wants him impaled for leaving the victims of Hurricane Sandy sitting in their piles of rubble, and Peter King, the venerable nutjob Rushpubliscum from New York, is actually advising constituents to stop donating to the Rushpubliscum Congressional Campaign fund for the same reason. If you add the outrage to the business-as-usual backstabbing of Eric Cantor, it becomes harder to see how the old drunk gets anything else done, even if he survives the certain challenge to his position coming tomorrow.
My guess it that they’ll let us default on the debt the next time it comes up, an act worthy of Hitler in terms of its destructive potential. These clowns don’t care about America. They don’t care about anything except power, and they don’t give a damn what they destroy if they can’t have that power. If that isn’t Naziism boiled down to its core, then please…. tell me what IS?
Successful rebellions require leaders. That’s why the recent talk about some House conservatives conniving to wrest the Speaker’s gavel from John Boehner now appears headed nowhere–and why even Boehner’s detractors say he will be reelected when the new Congress convenes on Thursday.
“You can’t beat somebody with nobody,” said one senior House Republican on Tuesday, referring to what has turned out to be skittishness of any viable alternative candidate to step forward, from the shadows or anywhere else.
Even conservative anti-Boehner forces outside of Congress that have been pushing to get House members to pick someone else are conceding that won’t happen. They predict the Ohio Republican will win his second term as Speaker on Thursday, in a vote set for shortly after noon, on the heels of this week’s fiscal cliff drama.
Whether that is viewed by fellow House members and the public as a good or bad thing, his critics note that Boehner will continue to symbolize the Republican brand as their party’s top elected official in Washington — and also as President Obama’s main political foil.
“I hesitate to say it, but this goes to some degree to cowardice … it turns out no one else seems willing to pick up the mantle,” said Ron Meyer, a spokesman for the conservative group American Majority Action, one of the groups that have been pushing for Boehner’s ouster, on Tuesday.
Under normal circumstances, Boehner’s reelection as speaker on Thursday should be automatic.
But just two weeks ago, the refusal of dozens of Boehner’s fellow Republicans to support his fiscal cliff “Plan B” to avert income tax rates from rising on most Americans seemed to underscore a speakership in trouble. That setback for Boehner represented just the latest incident in which he has clashed with conservatives in his own conference, and right-leaning outside groups, many of whom have regarded him as too willing to compromise with the White House and Democrats on taxes and other fiscal issues.
Boehner was even prompted last month to strip four Republicans from their coveted committee seats, creating more internal tension. Outside of Congress, a Rasmussen poll in late December showed Boehner’s approval numbers at their lowest since becoming Speaker in 2011, replacing Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi as the least-liked member of congressional leadership among all voters surveyed — with even only 55 percent of Republicans approving of his performance.
And on Wednesday, Meyers’ Virginia-based American Majority Action and other conservative groups were revving up new criticism of Boehner, for his decision Tuesday night to support and vote for the “fiscal cliff” deal they demean as being “cut” by Vice President Joe Biden and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. The Speaker was among just 85 House Republicans ultimately voting for that measure. By contrast, the No. 2 and 3 House Republicans – Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., and Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif. – both voted against it, two of 151 House Republicans to do so.
Also on Wednesday, the Drudge Report was running an unscientific poll http://www.drudgereport.com/ asking readers, “John Boehner for Speaker of the House? Yea or Nay” As of noon, more than 85 percent of the more than 155,000 participants had answered “Nay.” And Boehner was facing a groundswell of new criticism from some Northeast House Republicans over a decision to not allow a vote on a Hurricane Sandy relief bill.
Why does he even want the position? He’s already going down in history as the most do-nothing Speaker ever to hold the gavel., Does he also want the honor of being the man who led the United States of America into default?
Kids, remember: if we’d gotten off our asses in 2010 and voted, we probably wouldn’t even have the default to worry about now. More people voted dem than Rushpubliscum in the 2012 election cycle, but Rushpubliscum gerrymandering done by Klanbagger Governors in 2010 protected far too many Rushpubliscum seats. Now, we are all going to pay the price. Boehner, of course, will just have another drink. Like he always does, win or lose.