John Boehner Will Go Down As One of the Worst House Speakers in History

boehner_gavelI have no doubts that we’ll eventually reflect on John Boehner as one of the worst Speakers of the House in United States history.  Now, I don’t like using the phrase “worst ever” because we’ve had some really terrible politicians in our history, but he’s without a doubt one of the very worst.

The approval rating for Congress can’t go much lower.  If you haven’t heard, a poll was recently released that showed just 6% of Americans think Congress is doing an “excellent” or “good” job.

Think about that for a moment—an approval rating of 6%!  Toe fungus probably has a more favorable rating than Congress at this point.

And at the forefront of this embarrassment we call our Congress is Speaker of the House John Boehner.

Not only has Boehner failed to accomplish much of anything while he’s been in power, but many within his own party don’t respect him.  Even when he offered a “Plan B” deal to avoid the “Fiscal Cliff” earlier this year, he had to pull the legislation because he couldn’t get it to pass the Republican-controlled House.

He’s failed to even control the fringe right-wing members of his party in the House of Representatives, often letting the clowns run the circus.

Tell me, what has he done?

Can we count the 37 votes to unsuccessfully repeal “Obamacare?”  I mean, that’s something, right?

People can’t say he’s been big on jobs, because the House hasn’t passed a single meaningful jobs bill.  Passing bills that call for more of the same failed policies we had under Bush isn’t “passing a jobs bill,” it’s playing politics and pandering to your base.

Then there was the whole “immediate debt crisis” he harped on for over 4 years–-until he admitted recently that there isn’t an immediate debt crisis.

And if we haven’t had an immediate debt crisis for the last 4 years, just why the hell has he been lying to the American people saying we do?  Isn’t that why Republicans claimed we had to cut tens of thousands of government jobs?  Because we had to “tackle the immediate debt crisis?”

So what Boehner essentially admitted a couple of months ago is that thousands of people lost their jobs based on a lie.

We also can’t forget that as the Tea Party started gaining power, Boehner was a leading supporter of the mechanism which is now tearing his party apart.  As a senior leader of his party, he sold the future of the GOP out for a temporary spike in popularity in 2010.  Sure they captured the House during those midterm elections, but that’s not why the Tea Party was created.  The Tea Party’s main purpose was defeating Obama in 2012.

And as we all know, they failed miserably at doing that.

He had to know then, this level of crazy being given influence in his party would ultimately backfire.  But Boehner lacks spine, foresight and the courage to be a true leader.  Instead of standing against the tidal wave of insanity, he embraced it.

I shouldn’t really use the past tense “embraced,” because he still continues to pander to the far-right extreme members of the House.

Then let’s not forget Benghazi.  Boehner has been one of the most vocal Republicans in trying to create some fake conspiracy to either bring down President Obama, or set up an attack plan against Hillary Clinton in 2016.  But the more Republicans push this issue that most Americans don’t care about, the more President Obama’s approval rating has actually risen.

All of these items are added to the list that already includes failure after failure in trying to stage political stunts that end up making Republicans, not President Obama, look foolish.

From the debt ceiling debacle, the GOP attempts to double student loan interest rates, the fiscal cliff fiasco and Republicans threatening to raise taxes on 98% of Americans to keep tax breaks for the top 2% (and numerous other instances)—Republicans have come out on the other side of each issue looking like the ones causing the problems, without offering any real solutions.

We’ve seen some dysfunctional government at times in this country, but I can’t think of many times we’ve seen such failed leadership as we’ve had with the House of Representatives since Boehner became Speaker of the House.

But you don’t need to take my word for it, just ask Republicans—many of them seem to agree.

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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