“Boehner public mocking of colleagues on immigration similar to what he’s done in private”
Color me shocked. But not orange. For the love of God.
House Speaker John Boehner is mocking fellow House Republicans for saying that it’s too hard to tackle the controversial issue of immigration reform.
Speaking Thursday at a meeting of the Middletown Rotary Club in his home congressional district in southwestern Ohio, an animated Boehner, talking about his colleagues on Capitol Hill, said “here’s the attitude: ‘Ohhhh, don’t make me do this. Ohhhh, this is too hard.’”
According to CNN affiliate WKRC and other local reports, the speaker went on to say that “We get elected to make choices. We get elected to solve problems and it’s remarkable to me how many of my colleagues just don’t want to,” adding that “They’ll take the path of least resistance.”
Reminding the audience that he’s been working for more than a year to convince fellow House Republicans to try and hammer out something on immigration reform, adding that “I’ve had every brick and bat and arrow shot at me over this issue just because I wanted to deal with it. I didn’t say it was going to be easy.”
But a senior House Republican told CNN the speaker’s ribbing of his own members wasn’t new and is something House GOP members are used to hearing.
“If I had a nickel for every time John called me a name I’d be a millionaire,” Rep Peter King told CNN Friday in a phone interview. King said Boehner has used a mocking tone in closed door meetings to give members a hard time, but not just on immigration, and said “that’s just John.”
“He’ll kid you about everything – your haircut, a tie, guys changing their vote from one month to the next.”
Asked about possible blowback from conservatives who are offended the speaker is making fun of his own members, King said, “these guys should just lighten up and toughen up.”
Oh, we’ll toughen up alright, you bunch of entrenched, gerrymandering, entitled bootlickers. Until we’re like callouses — the kinds of things hard work brings about.
King has been a vocal opponent of the TEA Party for some time now. So he’s hardly a go-to guy on John Boehner’s notorious “ribbing” of his “colleagues.” I mean, “get your asses in line” isn’t exactly the wittiest or waggish of sly and subtle digs.
The truth is, Boehner is an establishment autocrat constantly infuriated that too many non-professional politicians burst their way into DC and upset the Kabuki theater that is our supposed adversarial two party system. And they did this merely by being able to observe it — and then refusing to join in on the racket (though far too many have).
More, Boehner is absolutely wrong about what his role is, leading me to believe his grasp of the Constitution is as limited as his tanning bed hours are not. You don’t get elected to “solve problems” and “make choices” — though those may well be offshoots (with the latter being far more evident than the former). Instead, you are elected as a representative of the people, both of your district (as a congressman) and the party as a whole (as the House Speaker).
The majority of Republicans — hell, the majority of Americans — are not screaming for comprehensive immigration reform, save for some end to the chaos on our borders and the lawlessness surrounding immigration policy.
Boehner is working not for us, but for business cronies. He doesn’t care that comprehensive immigration reform will lead to Democrat electoral dominance and the overburdening of our already tenuous welfare system; because the truth is, all of the ruling class believe in big government and believe it to be their job to “solve problems,” even though it is government that more often than not created in the first place the problems they claim to have jurisdiction to solve.
The thinking in the establishment right, I suspect, is that eventually the left will drift too far left, and that they will regain power, situated at the place where the Democrat party used to be on the political spectrum. Somewhere are JFK and LBJ.
And they’ll happily occupy that space. Because it is one of power, and the rest is just labeling.
Meantime, kickbacks from those paying for corporate welfare are all part of the good life. And if conservatives in Congress would only shut up about it and do as the party leadership demands — take one for the team and tell their constituencies to go blow — they’d be rewarded along with the rest of the DC club.
Fortunately, we have a few remaining men and women of principle, the very people responsible (in a gross irony) for thrusting Boehner into the role of House Speaker, who refuse to stay on script. Their breaking through the third wall. And by doing so, they’re allowing us to see the machinations that go on behind the scenes.
The establishment lives in a VHS world, where the magnetic tape wears thin over time and the narrative is the singular thing. The TEA Party, alternately, is all those extras you get when you buy Blu-Ray, from commentary tracks to behind-the-scenes documentaries about how scenes are put together and special effects used to fool the rational mind.