Speaker of the House John Boehner, a man who doesn’t inspire the overwhelming majority of his caucus for many reasons, has taken the vacuum of leadership to a new level. After ultimately bowing and caving on nearly every conceivable issue for Democrats, this time Boehner didn’t even make an attempt to stand and fight. The result was passage of a House bill allowing for another increase in the national debt ceiling which, when approved by the Democratic-controlled Senate, will allow the President to continue his unbridled spending.
In doing this, the Speaker also negated the “Hastert Rule,” a long-standing Republican procedure wherein the Speaker does not place legislation on the floor for consideration unless a majority of his caucus is in agreement. Just the opposite was the case as 199 Republicans voted against the bill while only 28, including the Speaker himself, plus two of his top lieutenants, GOP Leader Eric Cantor and GOP Whip Kevin McCarthy, who supported the debt limit extension.
In effect, John Boehner depended on 193 Democrats to vote with him against his own party to pass the bill. (Article with list of House Republicans continues below the video)
This is an utter disgrace to behold. After all, Speaker Boehner has fought tooth and nail on many occasions against Tea Party Republicans, while cozying up to the Democrats and King Obama, himself. Clearly, Boehner has forgotten that he would never have attained the office he holds today if not for the Tea Party winning so many seats for the Republicans in the 2010 off-year election.
It seems like every time the Republican Party has the opportunity to show that they stand for something different from National Socialism they blow it. Oh they put forth a symbolic effort, as in the many times they have voted to repeal Obamacare, but in each of these cases they knew that those votes would never get past the Senate.
Their actions give good credence to those who say that the Republicans are merely just a slightly milder version, a Democratic Lite Party, of the real thing.
The Conservative majority in the House Republican caucus are ready to call for the ouster of John Boehner’s Speakership. This seals his last deal, for Boehner has displayed that he wants to always be the deal maker, even if it means groveling before the likes of Harry Reid. This is the problem with so many career politicians today; they find making a deal at any cost to be more important than doing what needs to be done.
So where will this put America? Well, it means that Obama will continue to spend and spend and the deficit will continue to grow. It means that he will also apply more pressure for more Executive Branch control since he realizes that the Republicans are just paper tigers who will never stand up firm against him, and finally it means that the American people will be saddled with even more debt and with no conceivable way to pay it back. What a sad situation being left to America’s grandchildren.
There’s something also that is quite ironic about the timing of this action by the hapless Speaker. Yesterday, the day of the vote, was also Sarah Palin’s birthday. Mama Grizzly, a woman with more fortitude than most Republicans combined, turned fifty and her birthday brought this to mind. Would a Speaker Palin have sold out the Conservative base of her party?
The answer is an absolute and resounding no. And it leaves the Conservative Caucus with the opportunity to respond to the Speaker with an easily reached conclusion. Sorry, John, but you’ve got to go and please take your team with you.
Here is a list of weak House Republicans that voted to extend the National Debt with no means of paying for it, leaving the American taxpayer with no choice, whatsoever:
Boehner (Democrat-Lite Speaker) – Calvert – Camp – Cantor (GOP-Lite Leader) – Coble – Collins (NY) – Dent – Fitzpatrick – Grimm – Hanna – Hastings (WA) – Issa (House Oversight) – King (NY) – LoBiondo – McCarthy (CA, the Ineffective Whip) – McKeon – Meehan – Miller (Gary) – Nunes – Reichert – Rogers (KY) – Roskam – Royce – Runyan – Shimkus – Smith (NJ) – Valadao – Wolf.