Things are getting really interesting within the Republican party. Upon the announcement of the Murray-Ryan bipartisan budget agreement, far-right conservatives have been less than happy. Leading the charge has been well-known conservative groups like Heritage Action and Freedomworks that almost instantly voiced opposition, which apparently got under the skin of House Speaker John Boehner.
When asked what he thought about their opposition to the deal, Boehner said:
“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.”
While I love seeing a leading Republican call these groups out, I do find it a little absurd when he said, “they’re using the American people for their own goals,” considering he was the one man who had the power to avoid our government shutdown completely — yet he chose to give in to these same right-wing groups and shut our government down.
To say nothing of the many other pieces of legislation Boehner has opposed simply to pander to those same conservative groups.
That being said, I did enjoy the fact that he called out these groups for angrily dismissing the deal when none of them had actually read the details. Which is an issue that I feel strikes at the very core of what Republicans have been doing since President Obama came into office.
Though it appears their “oppose anything President Obama supports” ideology has now shifted into “oppose anything with Democratic support.” I suppose one could argue that philosophy has gone side by side with their opposition to President Obama.
But what this opposition also stems from is the desire by many on the far-right to see the government fail. I honestly believe that the main goal among many within the tea party is to do everything possible to push our government toward complete failure in an effort to prove that the government can’t do anything right.
Basically, if these tea party-backed Republicans continue to do everything possible to sabotage our government, somehow that would “prove” our government is no good.
I’ll be honest — I can’t wait for primary season. This “GOP civil war” is only going to be much worse. But I guess that’s just sweet irony though, isn’t it? The mechanism Republicans hoped would bring down President Obama is now the very thing that threatens to take down their own party.
I guess that’s what happens when you sell your soul to the highest bidder.