HOUSE SPEAKER JOHN BOEHNER (R-OH) ANNOUNCES RESIGNATION
AND, PARENTHETICALLY, ONE MIGHT ASK, WHAT EXACTLY COMES NEXT POST BOEHNER?
GOP rep: ‘The crazies have taken over the party’
By Steve Benen
Outgoing House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is leaving on his own terms, at least insofar as the timing is concerned. The Republican leader faced the likelihood of an attempted coup – whether or not the rebellion would have succeeded is an open question – but by quitting, Boehner finally has some agency over how his career ends, if nothing else.
But there’s no denying the fact that his hand was forced. No one has suggested, and few would believe, that Boehner started this Congress with the intention of resigning mid-way through the term. There were likely multiple factors that contributed to his surprise decision, but were it not for his far-right flank – its obstinacy, its contempt for compromise, its insatiable appetite for confrontation, its ambitions for tearing him down – Boehner would very likely have held onto his Speaker’s gavel through January 2017.
Given this, Rep. Peter King’s (R-N.Y.) assessment seems more than fair.
The abrupt resignation of House Speaker John Boehner shows that “the crazies have taken over the party,” Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) said Friday.
“I think it signals the crazies have taken over the party, taken over to the party that you can remove a speaker of the House who’s second in line to be president, a constitutional officer in the middle of his term with no allegations of impropriety, a person who’s honest and doing his job. This has never happened before in our country,” King said in an interview on CNN. “He could have stayed on.”
In a separate interview, King added that at “every stage” of his tenure as Speaker, Boehner “was undercut by people in his own party. And there’s 40 or 50 and that’s it. A small minority, but they were willing to hijack and blackmail the party.”
Those same “crazies,” as King called them, are hardly satisfied.
A co-founder of the conservative Freedom Caucus has a warning for any Republican hoping to replace outgoing Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio):
Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.), a sharp critic of Boehner, said Friday that there are roughly 40 members of the group – and another 20 conservatives outside of it – who won’t back any new Speaker who fails their litmus test for conservative purity. And the group’s leadership endorsements, he warned, will be “a collective, corporate decision.”
Huelskamp added, while talking to The Hill, “We have enough votes in the House Freedom Caucus to prevent anybody from being Speaker. We will be a voting bloc.”
The Freedom Caucus has even begun “pushing to slow down” the process of choosing a new Speaker, “hoping to force a broader shake-up in House Republican leadership as the party tries to move forward.”
It’s still not altogether clear Freedom Caucus members understand how Congress works – they certainly didn’t understand the limits Boehner faced as Speaker – but their antics serve as a reminder of the drama yet to come.
So what - or who - is next after Boehner leaves?
The real issue, whatever the “drama” there is yet to come, isn't who succeeds Boehner but how much more power, if any, the Tea Party minions in the House and Senate might gain. This small group of legislators, elected by a small group of Republican voters, totally unrepresentative of the general American public, has hijacked the country, stopped all meaningful legislation, and sit in the House of Representatives and the Senate and do NOTHING but react to doctored videos and propaganda about Planned Parenthood by threatening to shut down the Federal Government when 63% of the public actually, in reality, in the real world, based on factual information SUPPORT Planned Parenthood. HIJACKED is the only term that fits here.
So, one must ask, what exactly comes next now that one of the two major impediments (Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell being number two) to the House and Senate total takeover by the Tea Party minions is leaving? I think I know. There will be lots of irate, full-bore speechifying – led undoubtedly by Texas Senator Ted Cruz - maybe even another Federal shutdown over another bogus issue, much caterwauling back and forth about how Democrats are destroying the country, and even LESS will be done in Congress, if, in fact, that is humanly possible.
It’s way past time to fight back against these unrepresentative, unpatriotic, un-American, idiots. And that’s just what they are: dumb, stupid, factually diminished, propagandizing, ridiculous, totally brain dead IDIOTS! Of course let's hope that by kowtowing to their ultra-radical right wing base, Republicans will nominate Ted Cruz or one of the other right wing candidates and they will continue to lose more of us Americans who aren't on board with the Tea Party/Koch Brothers' funded onslaught on us ordinary Americans. So hey, let them force out Mitch McConnell in the name of "conservative ideological purity" as they have John Boehner and let's see who wins the 2016 Presidential election. You know where my bets are.
Have a good day!