This is just hilarious. Following the announcement of the Murray-Ryan budget deal (a deal that neither side is particularly fond of but most agree that it’s a step in the right direction toward bipartisanship), far right-wing conservatives in Congress have been quite angry.
After all, how dare Congress do something without their minority opinion, right?
These are mostly the tea party-backed politicians who live and breathe by anything and everything that comes from far-right conservative groups such as FreedomWorks and Heritage Action. Groups that also aren’t very happy with this bipartisan budget agreement.
Well, this aggressive objection by some of these far-right groups prompted John Boehner to lash out at them, saying, “You mean the groups that came out and opposed it before they ever saw it? They’re using our members and they’re using the American people for their own goals. This is ridiculous.”
That response from Boehner has apparently led to more than 50 high-profile conservatives signing a statement crying about the conservative movement being under attack. Part of the statement said, “It is clear that the conservative movement has come under attack on Capitol Hill today.”
Who would have ever thought that a budget deal developed in part by the ultra conservative Rep. Paul Ryan would somehow be an “attack” on the conservative movement? That’s how far right many of these Republicans have shifted. Paul Ryan works on a budget deal that’s deemed horrible by many conservatives and an “attack” on conservatism.
Oh, but it’s us liberals who have shifted toward our radical fringe, huh?
Just over a year ago, Paul Ryan was championed as the “true conservative” to counter those who thought Mitt Romney wasn’t conservative enough. Now he’s part of a budget deal that so-called “true conservatives” are calling an attack on their movement.
I know I’ve said it plenty of times, but we’re not even in primary season yet — this infighting within the GOP is only going to get much worse. But they only have themselves to blame. They created the tea party, hoping it would take down President Obama. Instead, it’s quickly becoming a thorn in their side that they’re essentially powerless to control.
The GOP now has these ultra conservative groups, lobbyists and politicians backed by huge amounts of money with a primary goal of turning the entire party into a political entity built on the far-right tea party ideologies. Which play great with far-right conservative voters, just not so well with mainstream America.
But hey, as a liberal, I’m enjoying every minute of the Republican infighting. They wanted the tea party, now they’ve got it. Deal with it.
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