In my previous post on the Boehner failure to get his caucus to fall in line and hike taxes — which would have been the first time they’d done so in decades of their having held a House majority — I half-jokingly attributed to the GOP ruling class establishment the headline, “Stupid unnuanced purists stab only adult in the room in his adroit and savvy back; prove they ain’t worth the salt in his (orange-tinged) tears.”
Turns out I wasn’t too terribly far off, though (h/t geoff B): “Boehner team calls tea party members ‘insane asylum,’ ‘extremists’”:
Roll Call reports,
Rep. Steven C. LaTourette, R-Ohio, said Boehner told him that he would call Obama to see about the way forward. But it is clear that his negotiating leverage is tarnished and Republicans may inevitably have to swallow a fiscal cliff deal that heavily skews toward the president’s demands.
“It weakens the entire Republican Party, the Republican majority. It’s the continuing dumbing-down of the Republican Party and we are going to be seen more and more as a bunch of extremists that can’t even get a majority of our own people to support policies that we’re putting forward,” LaTourette said.
But he predicted that, ultimately, the ordeal will not cost Boehner his job, blaming instead the intractable wing of the conference who refused to vote for the plan B.
“It’s like saying that the superintendent of an insane asylum should be discharged because he couldn’t control the crazy people. That’s nuts,” he said.
The Hill adds:
Moments before announcing defeat to his GOP colleagues, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) recited the Serenity Prayer often heard at Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.
“Lord, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference,” the downtrodden House Speaker said at a hastily called closed-door meeting Thursday night to tell fellow House Republicans that he didn’t have to votes to pass his “Plan B” effort to avoid the “fiscal cliff.”
In hindsight, such a prayer at such a moment sounds a bit self-serving.
Perhaps one of the things Congress should have the courage and wisdom to change is the GOP leadership.
Precisely so. The only reason Boehner is Speaker is because the TEA Party stormed in and took the House, along with many state legislatures and governorships. But rather than show gratitude, Boehner and his old boy network of deal makers and inside the Beltway pragmatic appeasers have devoted more energy on purging conservatives than on dealing competently, confidently, and coherently with Democrats.
And while the GOP leadership fumes and curses and demeans those they’ve been installed to represent, those who stand their ground — those who will be removed from committees, receive no funding for their re-election campaigns, or will in some cases see GOP members actively support their Democrat challengers — have done the only real service to the people, essentially thwarting yet another pussified GOP attempt to kick the can down the road that the “conservative DC press” has been prepared to push as a “savvy” or “adroit” victory.
As if watching the GOP actively join in as willing participants to a Marxist class narrative is a victory in what is supposed to be a free market capitalist country built on principles of individual liberty and limited federal government, not on feeding the Leviathan until it is good and sated.
The time has come for a full-scale revolt in the House. Beyond that, it’s a no go. The GOP will just have to become a meaningless national Party, while the rest of us work at the state level at nullification and electing Governors willing to stand up to unions and lobbyists and pull us back toward our Constitutional principles.