Republican Rep.: “Jesus Himself Couldn’t be the Speaker and Get 218 Republicans Behind Something”

jesus-republicansIn a rare display of brutal honesty, a Republican member of the House of Representatives implied the very thing liberals have been saying for years – Republicans are the problem.

As most of us are all well aware of, our country is facing yet another vote to raise the debt ceiling.  Something that in the past was nothing more than a formality (also something Republicans did – without concessions – for George W. Bush seven times during his eight years in office), yet since President Obama moved into the White House conservatives have sought to try to redefine what the debt ceiling is.

If you’re unsure, I recently wrote a very simple, yet detailed, article explaining it.  I would encourage everyone to check it out, then share it with as many Republicans as possible.

But since Obama’s election Republicans have attempted to use the debt ceiling as some kind of “hostage” to take a ransom from Democrats and the Obama Administration.

This has not turned out well for Republicans, to say the least.  They’ve essentially lost every one of these battles.  But that’s what happens when your propaganda doesn’t match reality.  See, it seems a lot of Republicans feel that if you repeat a lie enough, suddenly it will become true.  You see it everywhere from the House and Senate right back to Fox News where the official talking points are spread.

Well, a congressional Republican (and Boehner ally), apparently agrees with many liberals that Republicans in Congress are absolutely ridiculous.

Ohio Representative Patrick J. Tiberi said:

“Right now, Jesus himself couldn’t be the speaker and get 218 Republicans behind something, so I think Speaker Boehner is trying his best to come up with a plan that can get close to that.  Whatever we move, there will be critics everywhere, but at the end of the day we still have to govern.”

Granted, this is coming from one of his friends, but it’s still pretty accurate.

After all, several prominent conservatives have attacked Pope Francis in recent months.  So is it so far-fetched that they might question Jesus Christ himself if he contradicted their small-minded view of “Christianity”?

Right now the latest Republican plan is to tie in a restoration of veteran benefits (something both sides are working to restore after they were cut in last year’s budget deal) in with the debt ceiling vote.

Now it seems to be that Democrats oppose this idea.  Not that they don’t want to restore the benefits (Harry Reid is working on a plan in the Senate to do just that), but they want a clean vote on the debt ceiling.  I think Democrats don’t want to risk allowing Republicans to leverage anything in with the debt ceiling for fear that next time – they’ll do it again.

Though we all know if we don’t give Democrats control of Congress this November, there’s going to be a next time no matter what happens with this current vote on the debt ceiling.

But the congressman’s comments I felt showcased the extreme frustration even some Republicans are feeling as it relates to their more radical (mostly tea party) members of the GOP.

Excuse me if I don’t feel sorry for the Republican party.  They’re the ones who unleashed this terror known as the tea party on the American people.  They essentially “sold their souls to the devil” to try to beat President Obama during the 2012 elections.

Now Republicans are having to deal with the aftermath of their support for the tea party.  They gave power and a voice to the most radical among them, and I’m not quite sure that they can undo what they’ve done.

What was meant to usher in the Republican party to new prominence following the disastrous Bush years might actually end up being the very thing which tears their party apart.

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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