John Boehner’s rather surprising announcement that he’s resigning from Congress at the end of October has been met with some interesting reactions from both sides of the political aisle. Far-right conservatives who believe Boehner isn’t “conservative enough” cheered the announcement, clearly hoping his successor will be someone from their faction. You know, the people in Congress who clearly don’t understand how our government works.
Meanwhile, many on the left celebrated the news considering Boehner has been one of the worst House Speakers in modern history – though I’ve cautioned everyone on the left who thinks Boehner is terrible that they’re really not going to like whoever replaces him. The biggest reason why Boehner is so unpopular with many people within his own party who were trying to push him out is because they believe he’s too liberal.
Yes, the guy who’s opposed just about everything President Obama has tried to accomplish, who’s been one of the most obstructive House Speakers in this nation’s history, is too liberal for many of his conservative brethren. Do you really think the person they pick to replace him is going to be more sane, moderate and open to working with Democrats to get things done?
Trust me, in this case, the enemy you know is much better than the one you don’t.
Well, Rep. Peter King (R-NY), a frequent critic of tea party conservatives, had some rather unflattering things to say about some members of his own party who he feels are responsible for Boehner’s sudden exit from Congress.
“I think it signals the crazies have taken over the party… that you can remove a speaker of the House who’s second in line to be president, a constitutional officer in the middle of his term with no allegations of impropriety, a person who’s honest and doing his job. This has never happened before in our country,” King said to CNN’s Dana Bash. “He could have stayed on.”
Clearly he’s a friend of Boehner, so his opinion of how “honest” he was at doing his job is skewed. But King is absolutely right about Boehner’s resignation being a sign that the crazies are taking over the Republican party. It’s truly telling when someone like John Boehner, who is not at all liberal, is apparently “not conservative enough” for the modern-day GOP.
The truth of the matter is, Boehner is very conservative and his voting record proves it – he just knows how government works.
When he had to make some sort of deal with President Obama and Democrats (the “fiscal cliff,” the debt ceiling, re-opening the government) he usually did – eventually. Not because he wanted to, but because he realized it was pointless to drag out a fight he couldn’t win.
But when you ask many of these tea party conservatives, they don’t care. They don’t function in reality. Just take our last government shutdown for example. Despite the fact that there was absolutely zero chance that Republicans were going to emerge successful, many threw a fit when Boehner struck a deal to re-open the government. Even now, as a second potential shutdown looms – once again with absolutely no chance at Republicans achieving their goal of defunding Planned Parenthood – many within the GOP continue to hope that the government closes.
There’s no other way to say it – it’s insanity which is taking over the Republican party. These are not people who care about reality, facts or even rational common sense – they’re crazy people who will destroy this country if we let them.
That’s why we all need to make damn sure we don’t.
Watch Rep. King’s interview below via CNN:
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