Congressman John Boehner (R-OH) was re-elected Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives today. While I will not name a better candidate because it’s irrelevant, I will charge that Speaker Boehner betrayed his duty after the first debt ceiling negotiation/vote soon after the 2010 elections when The People sent a clear message to Congress – stop spending! That’s when he had the leverage, and then had it again with the next debt ceiling vote, and failed completely – leaving our great expectations shattered. Today I’ve heard that Republicans now have “the” leverage and I can’t puzzle-out that one.
Musty Mitch McConnell, Republican Senate Minority Leader, is warning of the vicious debt and spending battle to come some time about March, and is intimating that Republicans will be fearsome and win this one. They think we are idiots. Had the “Young Guns,”Congressmen Eric Cantor, Kevin McCarthy, and Paul Ryan stood with the true fiscal conservatives, and not backed Boehner’s previous caves, we might be in a different place today. Shutting down government if necessary, would have been a beginning, not an end. Cantor and McCarthy jumping ship this week against Boehner was too little, too late. Ryan continued the charade. We.have.no.leverage.
“We’ve taken care of the revenue side of this debate. Now it’s time to get serious about reducing Washington’s out-of-control spending. That’s a debate the American people want. It’s the debate we’ll have next. And it’s a debate Republicans are ready for,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said early Tuesday.
I believe Boehner is well-intentioned, but hasn’t yet figured out that you can’t negotiate with rascals and enemies of the State, and you don’t pay ransom when held hostage. Proof of his complete misunderstanding is his delay in advising Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) to “Go F*** Yourself” (twice) only after Reid called him a “dictator.” Dictator? Small beans. Get jazzed about Reid’s continual lies that Republicans have done “nothing,” or better, accuse him of betrayal of the people for abandoning a constitutionally-mandated budget for over 3 years – and do it over and over and over. How about suggesting he bring all the dusty Republican legislation, duly passed, out of the basement and give it a fair up or down vote, and then suggest that if he doesn’t, he should certainly go “F” himself. If you’re going to say it, have a good reason for doing so. Good reasons are abundant.
Boehner fails to verbalize. What he tells The People is predictable, and even then, not frequent enough to stick. Congressman Darrell Issa could be the model for getting the message out. Even though his investigations have not brought down the so-deserving Eric Holder (because we are dealing with rascals, criminals and enemies of the State), we have heard Issa speak straight, without fear of chastisement from the Executive wing and he doesn’t give a fig about the press.
But…Boehner had plenty to say about “leadership” today. Take a look at this:
In remarks after the vote, a characteristically emotional Boehner urged members to resist pursuing “political victory” in lieu of leadership.
“If you’ve come here to see your name in the lights or to pass off political victory as some accomplishment, you’ve come to the wrong place. The door’s right behind you,” he said. “If you have come here humbled by the opportunity to serve, if you’ve come here to be the determined voice of the people, if you’ve come here to carry the standard of leadership demanded not by our constituents but by the times, then you’ve come to the right place. “…
“As Speaker, I pledge to listen and to do all I can to help all of you carry out the oath of office that we are all about to take,” he said. “Because in our hearts, we know it’s wrong to pass this debt on to our kids and grandkids, now we have to be willing – truly willing – to make this problem right.”
There’s nothing wrong with “political victory” when acting responsibly. There is something wrong about gauging “the standard of leadership” by “the times.” How about measuring “leadership” by the ability to follow the Constitution and calling out all those rascals who do not. Afterall, it’s “the times” that lets the rascals feel comfortable betraying The People.
I’m awaiting this fabulous battle we are about to have. Musty Mitch will be quoted (and laughed at) by the lame-stream media over and over sometime in March, but not before the midnight hour, when Rachel Maddow and Chris Matthews will talk about that “debate the American people want” and rub in our faces that The People want what the leader, Barack Obama, wants. But you have to know in your heart, that The People who pay the bills want what you and I want, and hey…we want another Speaker!