Speaker of the House John Boehner has survived yet another coup attempt, led by his arch-rival and one of the leaders of the conservative rebels in the house, Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC).
One of Meadows’ rebel friends in Congress told me yesterday that the move was ill-fated from the start and would “set back” the cause of the small but growing group of conservative members who are trying to do what their voters back home sent them to do. “I don’t know what Meadows was thinking,” he said.
Republicans on the street (or should I say “former” Republicans, because almost nobody I know still claims the GOP) are livid at the leadership. Conservative voters, still the largest ideological group, are furious that the Republican members have consistently legislated against their wishes since winning majorities in both houses. Under Boehner and McConnell Congress has voted against defunding ObamaCare, voted in favor of giving Obama fast-track authority over trade deals, voted to raise the debt limit, and voted against reducing federal spending. They allow Obama’s unconstitutional amnesty to continue and refuse to put an end to the flaunting of federal law by sanctuary cities. They abdicated all foreign policy direction and oversight to a comicly inept administration and State Dept., resulting in Obama and Kerry’s disastrous nuclear proliferation agreement with Iran. More examples abound.
Boehner claims to be a stellar leader, saying, “Under Republican leadership, Congress is getting things done.” He’s right. The problem is, everything they are getting done is exactly what the Democrats want, not what conservatives elected them to do.
Conservative Americans feel completely disenfranchised. We find current Democrat policies and priorities wrongheaded and even repugnant. And the Republicans we elected to Congress seem unwilling or unable to stop even the most egregious actions of the left. Even the obsolete, corrupt Export-Import Bank, thought to be dead and finally buried, was resurrected by McConnell.
Boehner and McConnell have no idea how upset the grassroots conservatives are, or how significant are our numbers. GOP presidential hopefuls are starting to get it, especially seeing how even a clunky outsider like Donald Trump is hailed for giving voice to conservative values in public.
What was Congressman Meadows thinking? Did he think maybe he could embarrass Boehner into stepping down? Or did he hope that his fellow rebels would finally jump into the fight with guns blazing this time?
Tom Balek – Rockin’ On the Right Side
He lives in his own heaven
Collects it to go from the seven eleven
Well he’s out all night to collect a fare
Just so long it don’t mess up his hair.