John Boehner Blasts Right-Wing Groups for Opposing Budget Deal that They’ve Never Read

63702_10152091384262489_566356821_nThings 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.

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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  • Jim Bean

    Good for Boehner. Just think how much better off we’d be Obama had come out and blasted Democrats for supporting Obamacare before they ever read it and accused them of using the American people for their own goals.

    • Rick Heath

      1. The PPACA (Obamacare) is working just fine now and according to the Congressional Budget Office it has already saved a lot of money for policy holders and state governments even this early on. Thanks to PPACA, millions will no longer suffer or die due to insurance companies refusing to cover them due to preexisting conditions, That alone makes it all worth while.

      2. At no point has there been any significant schism among the Democrats about Obamacare, other than perhaps the fact that many wanted it to be far more progressive. (single payer etc)
      3. Your post is both duplicitous and misleading.

    • Bill Grant

      “Just think how much better off we’d be Obama had come out and blasted Democrats for supporting Obamacare”…that’s an asinine comment.

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        I think that creep drinks a lot,,,,,,,,,,,jim BEAM

    • moe/larry & curly keys

      I love your (IL) logic

  • Pat

    Boehner’s response is typical of the hypocritical flip-flopping that they all do. I wouldn’t trust any of them, (GOP). They could turn on us again any minute. They will say whatever suits their selfish goals at the time.

  • Michael Slattery

    Mitch McConnell declared their intentions to fight Obama on EVERYTHING in no uncertain terms and they have followed through. TREASON, no?