In case you missed the big political news Friday morning, House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio announced that he is resigning as Speaker of the House. He’s also quitting Congress altogether.
It was a ‘drop the mic and walk off the stage’ moment.
Basically Boehner grew tired of fighting with the far-right wing conservatives in his party. The far-right conservatives grew tired of Boehner and his leadership. They seemed to think he was not fighting hard enough.
I guess those 50-60 votes to repeal Obamacare in the past four years and shutting down the government were not enough.
The chances of anyone doing anything better than Boehner are slim. Who would want the job? When you have different parties controlling the Executive and Legislative branches of the government, you must compromise for the good of the country.
Yes, it’s really that simple.
I’m not a fan of Boehner and never have been. Senator Republican leader Mitch McConnell could also step down as far as I am concerned. They need someone to tell the far-righties in the GOP party to shove it.
In case you missed it, Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) continued to stick his foot in his mouth over the weekend when he was asked about passing a no strings attached continuing resolution (CR). The Speaker told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos “There are not the votes in the house to pass a clean CR.”
Several Democrats jumped on the remarks saying Boehner “should prove it” by holding a vote. Boehner knows he would lose leverage if he held a vote. Almost everyone who follows Congress knows there are enough moderate Republicans who would join with Democrats to pass it.
If they held this one vote, then the crap sandwich that Boehner is serving the people of the United States would end.
Speaking of crap sandwiches, Gallup released poll results showing “Americans give Congress an 11% job approval rating, down eight percentage points from last month and one point above the worst rating in Gallup history.”
A United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll found that “two-thirds of Americans say Congress should keep the government open and deal with health care separately.” Continue reading →
You knew it was bound to happen. The Republican Party invited Tea Party members into their club and it was fun – kind of like a summer fling. The GOP used the Tea Party members’ votes and excitement to get candidates elected. It was an adult relationship with both sides using each other for their own needs.
But now the Tea Party wants to do things their way. They are all grown up and Ted Cruz and Rand Paul speak for them. This is not like the Christian Coalition takeover of the GOP in the early 90s.
Frankly, the GOP is probably getting a little worried about their Tea Party cousins because now they want to do things like defund Obamacare. Regular Republicans want to defund it, too, but they won’t shut down the government to do it. They know how shutting down the government worked out last time.
This is kind of like the cousin who is down on his luck and moves in with you. At first it’s fun, but then he takes over the TV remote and he drinks all the milk and leaves the empty carton in the fridge. That last piece of cake is gobbled up by him before you can eat it.
Now you’re ticked off and don’t know where to turn – he does buy pizza and beer on Friday nights – and he and his friends are fun to hang out with. They are so energetic in getting things done, but you like the steady and quiet leadership of John Boehner and Mitch McConnell, while your “cousin” worships Ted Cruz and Rand Paul. Continue reading →