Far-Right Conservatives Whining in DC: “The Conservative Movement has Come Under Attack”

p-ryan-1This 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.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • Marty Zonkoski

    No John, your Members share their goals, and BOTH of you are using the American People.

    • Monica V Lucas

      Thank you. Whew.

  • corwin02

    I still find it amazing how a fringe group is under the impression they control mainstream America

    • charleo1

      They are only following the admonition of Mitch McConnell, at a GOP
      strategy session, held the very night of Obama’s first inauguration. Where Republican Party leaders laid out their plans for total, Party First obstruction, and the failure of an American President. (Presumably, they were trying to help Bush.) So, Obama would be two
      in a row, then. Then, addressing the Senators, McConnell said, “If we act like a minority, we’ll be a minority.” So, opposing things, before
      they know what they are, was not invented by the T-Party.

  • Silly Me

    Get out the boxing gloves, we are just getting started!!!

  • BlueAlliance

    Yep…..couldn’t have happened to a nicer group of people!!

  • Monica V Lucas

    Don’t fall for this – it’s a ploy on the right to make people like Ryan and Boehner look reasonable to the rest of us. NO freaking way.

  • rossbro

    About time a Repub stood up to the crazybaggers. Grow a pair, Bonehead, and DO YOUR JOB !. Represent The American People, not a few crazies.

  • Michael Slattery

    Boner and Ryan must have looked at some polls . . .