Skip to comments.John Boehner Leads Republicans Into Political Little Big Horn
Posted on 12/08/2012 3:39:05 AM PST by radioone
In June of 1876, near Montanas Little Big Horn River, five of the Seventh Cavalrys 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 Americas 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 Boehners earlier unwillingness to fight a determined and deadly foe. Now John Boehners 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 Republicans 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 Obamas 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 wouldnt 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 wouldnt 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 Americas credit has been downgraded.
Liberals are giddy at the prospects of billions in increased tax revenue and dramatic cuts in discretionary defense spending. Boehner didnt 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 its likely Boehner and the Republicans will take all of the blame for the new recession that inevitably will result.
Boehners leadership has been so pathetic he hasnt even attempted to defund Obamacare.
We are sick and tired of Boehners 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 Obamas 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. Lets 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: Im moving hard to the left. Im going to bring the United States to its knees, and if Republicans cooperate thats compromise.
Thats not leadership, Mr. Boehner, and youre no leader. When are you going to learn that youll never find common ground with this man? When are you going to realize that Barack Obama doesnt care that you want him to lead? Obama has come to fundamentally change the country.
Why doe he even want the job?
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.
I certainly hope this is the end of the republican party. Us conservatives can create a new life once the cancer is removed.
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.
What an insult to Custer! At least he was a man of courage and charisma.
That sounds "rasis".
"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.
Just proving that all his other betrayals of conservatism weren’t flukes...
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...
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
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.
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.
The post 2010 lame duck session allowed the Kenyan to get up off the canvas. Disaster.
Other than that, they have few options - and none that are politically palatable to the leadership.
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.
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.
“Time to leave the GOP and form a new party...as Laura Ingram said, if the GOP couldnt beat this POTUS in this ECONOMY then its 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....?