The Republican “establishment” – as they’re sometimes called by tea party conservatives – has dug themselves into a precarious position. Early on in Obama’s presidency they essentially “sold their souls” to the tea party in a calculated effort to sabotage President Obama and our entire economy.
Well, that didn’t exactly work out for them – and now they don’t know what to do. They opened the proverbial “Pandora’s box” and they really can’t come up with a solution on how to proceed.
These established Republicans like John Boehner and Mitch McConnell can’t side with President Obama and Democrats because they spent the last several years doing everything they could to slander them as much as possible. Their goal with President Obama wasn’t to be factual about anything. They just wanted to muddy the waters enough so that people weren’t sure what was – or wasn’t – the truth.
They successfully created an atmosphere around President Obama to where anything he says or does, conservatives essentially do the opposite. It’s the joke many liberals have used, “If President Obama came out in favor of oxygen, Republicans would suffocate.”
But at the same time, tea party Republicans are attacking their own. They’re causing just as much of a headache for the Republican party as they are for Democrats – if not more so.
The Republicans who might want to try to actually govern, can’t without tea party conservatives flipping out in some irrational temper-tantrum where they say things like Jenny Beth Martin, co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, said:
“Speaker Boehner is unable to lead the House of Representatives. He’s certainly unable to lead his own caucus.”
All because Boehner allowed a clean vote in the House on raising the debt ceiling.
Now they’re trying to get a movement going where they would vote him out as Speaker of the House simply because he allowed the House of Representatives to vote on something and it passed.
For the past 5 years Republicans have done a great job at obstructing almost anything and everything. Now that the American people have grown tired of that, and have largely blamed Republicans for it, they’re trying to correct that course somewhat – but they can’t. The tea party doesn’t believe in reality or facts. They only believe in their own made up propaganda.
After all, it’s an “American travesty” that our government worked as laid out by our Constitution.
Well, John Boehner fired back at the tea party, saying:
“I think they’re misleading their followers. They’re pushing our members in places where they don’t want to be and, frankly, I just think that they’ve lost all credibility.”
And I agree with him completely. The tea party has firmly cemented their reputation as a movement that bases their rhetoric off some delusional reality instead of what’s actually happening.
I’ve said plenty of times that one of the biggest problems with tea party Republicans is that they believe what they want to be real instead of what is real. Facts, reality and common sense don’t apply because none of it matters when it comes to what they want to be real.
Even going back to the government shutdown. Just about every expert, and even many Republicans, said that shutting down the government was absolutely pointless. Under no circumstances were these tea party Republicans like Ted Cruz going to get what they wanted.
But none of that change their minds. Not only did they support the shutdown, they blamed Democrats and President Obama for it even though Republicans like John Boehner said it was caused by the GOP.
You know you’re delusional when people within your own party are blaming your own party for the government shutdown, but that has absolutely no impact on your belief that the shutdown was caused by someone else.
What the tea party has done is give a voice to those who act without rationality. Sure, each party has its far left or right leaning radicals, but they’ve never had a platform where they could have an impact.
But now they do. And it’s called the tea party.
And what I’ve been saying for a while now is coming to fruition more and more. The Republican party unleashed the tea party and now they have no idea how to control it.
Trust me though, I don’t feel the least bit sorry for them. They’re the ones who gave power to these right-wing radicals who’ve been the primary reason why our Congress has been possibly the least productive Congress in United States history.
They’re the ones who put their selfish ambitions above what was best for this country. They’re the ones who decided that beating President Obama was more important than helping Americans find jobs. They’re the ones who believed that lies aren’t lies as long as enough people believe in them.
And now they’re the ones having to deal with the monster they created.