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John Boehner Leads Republicans Into Political Little Big Horn
Western Center for Journalism ^ | December 7, 2012 | Floyd and Mary Beth Brown

Posted on 12/08/2012 3:39:05 AM PST by radioone

In June of 1876, near Montana’s Little Big Horn River, five of the Seventh Cavalry’s companies were annihilated with 268 dead. Lt. Colonel Custer, their leader, was also killed, all at the hands of the Lakota Sioux, Northern Cheyenne, and Arapaho Tribes of America’s Great Plains. The Battle of Little Big Horn has been deemed one of the greatest battlefield blunders by an American Commander.

Speaker of the House John Boehner, the highest elected leader of the Republican Party, is headed for a similar annihilation at the hands of Barack Obama. It is a battle brought about by Boehner’s earlier unwillingness to fight a determined and deadly foe. Now John Boehner’s failed leadership may mortally wound the modern Republican Party.

How did we get here? John Boehner, at nearly every critical juncture, has raised the white flag of capitulation.

The first capitulation was not fighting for a permanent extension of the Bush Tax Cuts in 2010. At that time, the Republicans had their greatest political leverage. They had just recaptured the US House and made huge gains in the US Senate. Obama was saddled with 10 percent unemployment and the prospects of an even greater economic downturn if he refused the Republican’s offer. Instead of going for a permanent fix, he accepted an Obama “compromise” of a two year extension.

Speaker Boehner blinked, as he bragged to the Washington Post that the bill was “a good first step.” It was a good first step toward Obama’s reelection and the defeat of the Republican agenda. This year, after Romney losing and losses of Republican numbers in the House of Representatives, Obama has virtually no incentive to again compromise on tax cuts. He never has to run for re-election again.

The second great capitulation to Obama came in the battle over the debt ceiling. If the Congress had refused to give Obama a blank check of continued spending, we wouldn’t face the fiscal cliff now. By timing the spending cuts/automatic sequestration with the Bush Tax cuts renewal, he single-handedly assured the tax cuts likely wouldn’t be extended.

House Republicans, riding the Tea Party movement, should have refused to increase the debt ceiling. Instead, we now have trillions more in debt, and America’s credit has been downgraded.

Liberals are giddy at the prospects of billions in increased tax revenue and dramatic cuts in discretionary defense spending. Boehner didn’t even have the foresight to tie entitlement reform to the fiscal cliff.

So now he faces a Little Big Horn of his own making. Taxes will go up, and spending will be cut. And it’s likely Boehner and the Republicans will take all of the blame for the new recession that inevitably will result.

Boehner’s leadership has been so pathetic he hasn’t even attempted to defund Obamacare.

We are sick and tired of Boehner’s cowardice and Republican betrayals. It is time for Boehner to go. The so-called “Republican Leadership” is the problem.

It only took John Boehner a few hours after the Obama’s reelection to proclaim that he was ready to capitulate once more.

Marching in front of the television cameras the next morning, he said, in no uncertain terms, that he was ready, willing, and able to wave the flag of surrender without firing a shot: “Mr. President, this is your moment,” he said. “We want you to lead. Let’s find the common ground that has eluded us.”

Hours later, Barack Obama marched in front of the television cameras as well with a message of his own, a message he has already delivered far too many times: I’m moving hard to the left. I’m going to bring the United States to its knees, and if Republicans cooperate… that’s ‘compromise.’

That’s not leadership, Mr. Boehner, and you’re no leader. When are you going to learn that you’ll never find “common ground” with this man? When are you going to realize that Barack Obama doesn’t care that you want him “to lead?” Obama has come to fundamentally change the country.


TOPICS: Politics
KEYWORDS: boehner; democrats; obama; republicans

1 posted on 12/08/2012 3:39:10 AM PST by radioone
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To: radioone

Why doe he even want the job?


2 posted on 12/08/2012 3:45:18 AM PST by gusopol3
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To: radioone

Never-Never Land, where Captain Hook is endlessly pursued by the crocodile that had swallowed the alarm clock, and Peter Pan flits about on his trail of pixie dust, teasing and hazing Captain Hook and his hapless crew.

And Tinker Belle, baitch that she is, represented by Valerie Jarrett, who proposes mischief and sabotage at every juncture.

Somehow, the narrative has been turned around, and clearly, not to the advantage of America.

George Orwell comes off sounding like an optimist in his novel, “1984”. There, Winston Smith had the possibility of being rehabilitated. We really had no idea what happened to Julia, except she could never look upon Winston again.

Reality is so much worse.

REAL people are ruined and die without mercy ever being an option.


3 posted on 12/08/2012 3:57:10 AM PST by alloysteel (Bronco Bama - the cowboy who whooped up and widened the stampede.)
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To: radioone

I certainly hope this is the end of the republican party. Us conservatives can create a new life once the cancer is removed.


4 posted on 12/08/2012 4:01:48 AM PST by gotribe
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To: radioone
I wonder if this idiot knows how much he is disliked??


5 posted on 12/08/2012 4:10:34 AM PST by Lockbar (Quality factory loaded ammunition ---- The New Gold)
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To: Lockbar

Go ahead. Get a new Speaker. The end result will be the same. Or worse. Put simply, we don’t have the votes. Yes, it is that simple.


6 posted on 12/08/2012 4:19:15 AM PST by flaglady47 (When the gov't fears the people, liberty; When the people fear the gov't, tyranny.)
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To: radioone

What an insult to Custer! At least he was a man of courage and charisma.


7 posted on 12/08/2012 4:36:16 AM PST by miss marmelstein
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To: radioone
John Boehner, at nearly every critical juncture, has raised the white flag of capitulation.

That sounds "rasis".

8 posted on 12/08/2012 5:11:05 AM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Don't tax me bro! Tax that guy over there!)
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To: flaglady47
Go ahead. Get a new Speaker. The end result will be the same. Or worse. Put simply, we don’t have the votes. Yes, it is that simple.

"We" - the republicans - have plenty of votes in the House. We could play hardball and cut federal spending (not some cut in spending growth that will make the far left whimper and cry fake tears for the news cameras, but true spending cuts), and refuse any and all spending increases. "We" - the conservatives - are not in as good a position. Boehner and so many others have been co-opted by the system. They will not do their job responsibly, because then they might not get invited to the right concerts and cocktail parties. In other words, you are right. We - decent Americans - don't have the votes.

9 posted on 12/08/2012 5:18:25 AM PST by Pollster1 (Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. - Ronald Reagan)
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To: radioone

Just proving that all his other betrayals of conservatism weren’t flukes...


10 posted on 12/08/2012 5:26:27 AM PST by trebb (Allies no longer trust us. Enemies no longer fear us.)
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To: trebb

He wouldn’t be able to do what he is doing without the support and enabling of the likes of Eric Cantor and the rest of the gang of capitulators. At least Custer fought to the death. He didn’t surrender...


11 posted on 12/08/2012 5:34:28 AM PST by Russ (Repeal the 17th amendment)
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To: gusopol3

One has to wonder.

I wonder if Boehner is now working with Obama instead of Republicans.

I wonder if the whole damned Majority of the Majority
Repubicans in the House are not working against us.

I never had much faith in politicians, now I have none.
Being a politician beats working for a living I suppose


12 posted on 12/08/2012 6:06:51 AM PST by Venturer
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To: Venturer
One has to wonder. I wonder if Boehner is now working with Obama instead of Republicans.I wonder if the whole damned Majority of the Majority Repubicans in the House are not working against us.""""....

I don't WONDER that at all, in fact I am positive they are and have been for MANY YEARS. Good Cop, bad cop.

Proof for me recently was that picture of Boehner, Obama and others having drinks/lunch at some golf club, and now his Booting of the 4 coservatives.

13 posted on 12/08/2012 6:13:34 AM PST by annieokie
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To: radioone

Time to leave the GOP and form a new party...as Laura Ingram said, if the GOP couldn’t beat this POTUS in this ECONOMY then it’s time to close the doors.


14 posted on 12/08/2012 6:25:31 AM PST by Hotlanta Mike (Us and Them...)
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To: radioone

The post 2010 lame duck session allowed the Kenyan to get up off the canvas. Disaster.


15 posted on 12/08/2012 6:39:39 AM PST by y6162
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To: radioone
Republicans don't have to agree to raise the debt ceiling. Just declare that it is off the table - "You want it higher, win the House in 2014 and do it yourselves."

Other than that, they have few options - and none that are politically palatable to the leadership.

16 posted on 12/08/2012 6:43:07 AM PST by Mr. Jeeves (CTRL-GALT-DELETE)
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To: Russ
At least Custer didn’t surrender...

Surrender to the Lakota Sioux, Northern Cheyenne, and Arapaho wasn't an option. They were going to wipe out the Seventh Cavalry no matter what they did. If they had surrendered, they would have all succumbed to slow excruciating torture.

Actually, that sounds JUST LIKE what the Dems under Obama have planned for Republicans and us: our choices are complete surrender or a slow, excruciating death.

17 posted on 12/08/2012 6:43:55 AM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: radioone

Tammy Faye couldn’t negotiate his way out of a paper bag. Is way past time for an intervention. The conservatives need to get rid of him now. He’s got to go.

I emailed my Congressman yesterday and urged him to get together with other conservative reps and have at least 16 vote no when Boehner comes up for election again in Jan. Everyone should email or call their reps and urge them to do the same.


18 posted on 12/08/2012 8:39:41 AM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Hotlanta Mike

“Time to leave the GOP and form a new party...as Laura Ingram said, if the GOP couldn’t beat this POTUS in this ECONOMY then it’s time to close the doors.”

That’s probably going to happen regardless of what the current crop of milquetoast DC Pubbies do.

Something tells me that the 2014 election is not going to be favorable for the Republicans. At best, it will be a wash. At worst....?


19 posted on 12/08/2012 9:27:05 AM PST by Road Glide
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