Boehner, along with Mitch McConnell, is the big reason Republican voters are so upset and why this is the year of the Non-Politician. It explains Trump, Carson and Fiorina. Boehner never seriously opposed Obama’s Left Wing Agenda. He was responsible for the President running wild, getting bolder and bolder with each new triumph.
Meanwhile, sour grapes Boehner is leaving with theses pot shots:
“The Bible says beware of false prophets. There are people out there spreading noise about how much can get done.” “I mean, this whole idea that we are going to shut down the government to get rid of Obamacare in 2013 — this plan never had a chance.”
“We’ve got groups here in town, members of the House and Senate here in town, who whip people into a frenzy believing that they can accomplish things that they know — they know! — are never gonna happen.”
The Speaker said that Conservatives were “false prophets” who are “absolutely … unrealistic” about what could be achieved. The truth be known, Boehner gave up without a fight.
Republican and Independent voters elected more Republicans who took over both the House and Senate to vigorously oppose the President’s policies. But that never happened because Boehner wouldn’t let it happen.
Now these voters are giving their support to Non-Politicians who are not beholden to special interests and will do what they promise.
Syndicated columnist and host of the MSNBC program “The Kudlow Report” is not generally seen as a far right bomb thrower. But Kudlow agrees with House conservatives that it’s time to shut down the government to make a point.
Kudlow points out that the resignation of John Boehner has opened the door to a deal between some House Republicans and Democrats to keep the government going until December. But is that really the best that Republicans can do?
I am not arguing for a constant series of budget shutdowns. And I will always oppose any expiration of the U.S. Treasury debt ceiling. That would be a harmful global economic event. No good. But it is worth remembering that there are no catastrophic political or economic consequences attached to these shutdowns.
Surely, shutdowns are a cumbersome way to make a point. But the GOP base is clamoring for a more aggressive Republican Congress. The grassroots are angry and frustrated that the Republican House and Senate have not passed a series of large-scale bills.
There’s been no repeal and rewrite of Obamacare. There’s been no corporate tax reform, at a minimum, or overall personal tax reform. There’s been no energy bill — neither to build the XL pipeline nor to end limits on oil and gas exports and drilling on federal lands.
Immigration reform is a hot topic on the presidential debate scene. But there’s been nothing on this from Congress. And the huge issue is the Iran nuclear deal, which in addition to being unverifiable would give Iran $150 billion to kill more American soldiers and advance its domination of the Middle East. But the congressional GOP response has been weak and confusing.
And the fact that legislative hurdles — such as the filibuster, 60-vote rule in the Senate — prevents these reforms is unsatisfying to the GOP base.
Of course, the arrogant and ideologically stubborn President Obama would veto all these reforms if they ever got to his desk. But if I read the grassroots properly, they know this and believe these vetoes would set the stage for a big Republican victory in 2016.
Of course, a key point here is that you can’t govern form Congress alone. You need the White House. Expectations from last November’s sweep were always too high.
But perhaps Republican leadership in both houses might think of this: There are too many deals and not enough principles, beliefs and clear messaging.
The GOP ultimately will nominate a presidential candidate who will hopefully get the right message out. But in the meantime, as House Republicans choose a new top team and Majority Leader McConnell continues his term in the Senate, the congressional GOP leadership should think harder about principled messaging and less about accommodation.
If that requires a short-run shutdown, so be it.
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