I just read an article titled, “Boehner Takes Revenge” that is a perfect example of what is wrong with American politics and why America is totally leaderless. Revenge is not how you unite America as Obama, Reid, Holder, Sotomayor, Hagen, Pelosi and Ginsberg have demonstrated these past six years. When will America elect real leaders to manage our future rather than the career politicians we have today?
This article was well written by Jake Sherman and John Bresnahan and I just want to share some of the facts they recorded along with some personal observations.
- Immediately after he was re-elected Speaker Boehner removed Daniel Webster and Richard Nugent from the powerful “Rules Committee”. Not because they are not well qualified but obviously because they voted against him. Webster, supported by Nugent, openly ran against Boehner for Speaker. Webster is the former Florida statehouse speaker and state Senate majority leader. Boehner’s actions prove that political revenge is the way to demonstrate GOP “Leadership” in Washington today.
- The article also reported that Boehner and his power allies have warned all who opposed him that other retaliation could be expected. Retaliation is another new word used in Washington as a replacement for “Leadership”. This new Republican “cabal” is carefully reviewing the list of members who voted against the speaker. They are also reviewing every Republican who voted against the procedural motion in December on the so-called “crominibus,” the $1.1 trillion spending package to keep the government open through to September. This internal power struggle within the Republican party is another example of how our so called leaders continue to destroy each other rather than focus on conservative values and uniting America that they were elected to provide.
- Another example of discontinuity, Virginia Rep. Scott Rigell got appointed to the Appropriations Committee even though he voted for Webster for Speaker. That appointment has infuriated other Boehner loyalists. This is just another example of how the Republicans have mastered the art of “Self-Destruction”. Watch how they implode and divide themselves openly during the next Presidential primaries like they have done for far too many years. Boy, the Democrats must be really getting excited to watch them tear each other apart on live TV these next several months.
- Tuesday’s vote resulted in twice as many anti-Boehner votes compared with 2013, noted Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.), one of the most vocal thorns in Boehner’s side. Huelskamp said he was unhappy that “only three of the freshmen class” voted against Boehner. Huelskamp said he was denied a chance to get back his seat on the Agriculture Committee because of his opposition to Boehner. The Kansas Republican was removed from the panel in 2012. “I am already hearing from my colleagues, and myself, about retaliation against those who voted their conscience, their constituents, their principles, to change the status quo,” Huelskamp said. “My colleagues fully expect that. That’s what they expect out of this leadership team.”Iowa GOP Rep. Steve King, who voted against Boehner, said, “If you cannot vote your conscience … then it’s clearly a dysfunctional system here.”
- Boehner and his “clique” appear convinced that, despite 25 defections, they have a firmer grip on power than ever. They say their “working majority” — members whom Boehner can work with — is around 220 members. “We don’t need these fringe guys as much as we did anymore,” said a GOP leadership aide, speaking on condition of anonymity. “We can let them walk on certain bills, and it just won’t matter. That gives us breathing room.
Watching the internal blood-bath within the Republicans is becoming more like a TV soap opera than managing the business of our country. Unity died in America and the GOP after Ronald Reagan finished his second term. Democrats thrive on conflict and hate and relish the self-destruction actions of the Republicans who have perfected political suicide with revenge and retaliation.