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Some House Republicans pretty ďangryĒ that Boehner canít get Cruz to shut up and sit down
Hot Air ^ | September 15, 2013 | Jazz Shaw

Posted on 09/15/2013 5:55:13 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

This report is coming from The Hill and relies pretty much on “Republican lawmakers” and staffers “speaking on condition of anonymity” so factor that in. But given what we’ve heard from some other members over the last couple of months, I wouldn’t find it terribly surprising if this were true.

Republican lawmakers are growing increasingly frustrated with what they say is a lack of communication from their leaders.

Both centrist and conservative members in the House believe that Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and his lieutenants could have done more earlier this year to counter the Tea Party’s effort to defund ObamaCare. Some Republicans on Capitol Hill say such an effort is politically impossible with a Democratic-controlled Senate and a Democrat in the White House. Regardless, the rift on what to do on ObamaCare has opened up a civil war within the GOP.

The complaint is similar to ones we’ve heard before, citing people who warned the Speaker to “get out in front” of the issue of demands to defund Obamacare, shutting down the government, etc. etc. before it turned into a civil war in the press. And, of course, Ted Cruz is cited as the chief fly in the ointment. The new complaint is that the leadership spent too much time fundraising for 2014 and failed to communicate with the members.

One member, however, was willing to go on the record and said that the communications problem wasn’t between Boehner and the members… it was that the Speaker isn’t listening to the voters.

“The leadership, because of other obligations they have during the August recess to raise money and meet with groups, may not have had as many town hall meetings in their specific districts as rank-and-file members, and so they may not have been aware of how strongly the message was delivered to those of us who did stay in our districts the entire August recess,” Rep. Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.) said.

One last pair of gems from this selection of quotes… also anonymous.

“Boehner should have shut it down before we left … Cruz started talking about this before we left and Boehner should have said, ‘We’re not doing that and this is why.’ Just shut it down!,” the legislator said.

Many GOP lawmakers share that frustration privately and several have gone so far as to call their party “leaderless.”

“Here we are complaining about a president who can’t lead [on Syria], who leads us into this morass and we’re doing the same things to ourselves on ObamaCare, on the debt ceiling,” one conservative complained.

If you read the entire report, it seems that the only person they could find who actually supported Cruz on the Obamacare question was Dennis Ross (R-Fla.) who called it an opportunity of a lifetime. Others, such as John Shimkus and Presidential hopeful Peter King both wanted to find some way to say, can’t we all just get along?

If this reporting were even remotely close to being a representative sample of Congress, it would make it sound as if Cruz is pretty much fighting on a team that numbers in single digits. That sounds fairly unlikely, but we won’t know the real numbers until some of these budget questions begin coming up for a vote – assuming the House can agree on anything to vote on – in the next few weeks.


TOPICS: Issues; Parties; U.S. Congress; U.S. Senate
KEYWORDS: boehner; cruz; gop4obama; gop4romneycare; obamacare; romneyagenda; romneycare; teaparty; teapartyrebellion; tedcruz
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1 posted on 09/15/2013 5:55:13 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’m sure the collectivist, Establishment Pubbies said the same thing about Reagan, too.


2 posted on 09/15/2013 5:56:46 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (I’m not a Republican, I'm a Conservative! Pubbies haven't been conservative since before T.R.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The GOP will not be happy until ObamaCARE does for
America what RomneyCARE did for Massachusetts.

Fewer docs, much longer waits, more illegals,
and much higher rates.


3 posted on 09/15/2013 6:00:03 PM PDT by Diogenesis
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Well, there you go.
Apparently, the house Republicans do not realize Cruz is in the senate.


4 posted on 09/15/2013 6:01:30 PM PDT by svcw (Stand or die)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Another line has been drawn. This time there are 20 million voters standing on it daring Congress to approve a budget with obamacare in its funding.


5 posted on 09/15/2013 6:03:01 PM PDT by Louis Foxwell (This is a wake up call. Join the Sultan Knish ping list.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Many GOP lawmakers share that frustration privately and several have gone so far as to call their party “leaderless.”

Well, they got that right but for the wrong reason.

“Here we are complaining about a president who can’t lead [on Syria], who leads us into this morass and we’re doing the same things to ourselves on ObamaCare, on the debt ceiling,” one conservative complained.

Why am I thinking this is no "conservative"?

6 posted on 09/15/2013 6:04:33 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

That balances out the rest of the country. Decent Americans are irritated that Cruz can’t get Boehner to shut up and sit down.


7 posted on 09/15/2013 6:05:37 PM PDT by Pollster1 ("Shall not be infringed" is unambiguous.)
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To: Louis Foxwell
Another line has been drawn. This time there are 20 million voters standing on it daring Congress to approve a budget with obamacare in its funding.

The mantra I like is, "If you fund it, you own it."
Every stinking congresscritter needs to hear those words, over and over and over again.

8 posted on 09/15/2013 6:06:19 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Awww, sorry guys, we’ve been infiltrating the party since the Gingrich revolution and that’s just accelerated with the Tea Party, and we aren’t stopping till we take over. Sorry if you don’t think that’s fair but you had your shot and ya blew it.


9 posted on 09/15/2013 6:06:20 PM PDT by Free Vulcan (Vote Republican! You can vote Democrat when you're dead...)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

When you’re taking flak....


10 posted on 09/15/2013 6:12:24 PM PDT by neodad (USS Vincennes (CG-49) Freedom's Fortress)
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To: Pollster1

Ah, the truth finally expounded! Cruz should be the Speaker instead of Boehner! Have had it up to my ears with this pansy group of Republicans led by the liberal Boehner!


11 posted on 09/15/2013 6:14:26 PM PDT by Deagle (uently...)
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To: Pollster1

Decent Americans are disgusted with Boehner and wish that Cruz was the Speaker!


12 posted on 09/15/2013 6:15:32 PM PDT by Deagle (uently...)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
All of us elected our house reps. and senators to do a job. That job did not include taking orders from some Republican in the House or Senate. It appears when someone is elected, no matter what they stood for during their election process, they go to Washington and have to do whatever their “leader” says do.

A pox on that. Since that is the case, I'd be in trouble the first day because I would represent the people who sent me and ignore Boehner and McConnell. Guess I wouldn't get any committee assignments - at least I could live with myself.

13 posted on 09/15/2013 6:19:10 PM PDT by Marcella (Prepping can save your life today. I am a Christian, not a Muslim.)
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To: svcw

Or rather the author writing the propaganda piece does not.


14 posted on 09/15/2013 6:20:53 PM PDT by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
“Republican lawmakers” and staffers “speaking on condition of anonymity”

Ah, ha....no "Named Sources" = meaningless drivel.

15 posted on 09/15/2013 6:22:50 PM PDT by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs stay silent.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

” “Republican lawmakers” and staffers “speaking on condition of anonymity””

Gutless cowards.


16 posted on 09/15/2013 6:25:05 PM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin (If global warming exists I hope it is strong enough to reverse the Big Government snowball)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The RINO’s are really upset with a mouthy conservative, lol.

The RINO’s are revolting


17 posted on 09/15/2013 6:27:46 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: svcw

bump


18 posted on 09/15/2013 6:28:09 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: Deagle

Speaker should be a Senator?

Well, is that even possible??


19 posted on 09/15/2013 6:29:33 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Hi 2ndDV, I hope you are well. I’m glad you posted this. Thank you for your always timely, and interesting posts; especially the recurring one on the value of a handgun.

I emailed my Representative (James Lankford) a month ago, shortly before the recess. He is Chairman of the House Republican Policy Committee. He is the most junior in Republican leadership. I asked, in my email, what I thought would result in a straightforward answer. It got no direct answer. My simple question was, “can I count on your support in not approving a CR that funds the Affordable Care Act (obamacare)?” He sent me a lengthy list of all the repeal bills he supported. He did not answer the question. I let him know that I would not be supporting him, financially or with my vote in 2014. He knows that I maxed out with contributions to our AG and Lt. Gov. He is a charlatan.

BTW, his undergrad degree was from UT Austin.

Again, thank you for posting this.

Gwjack


20 posted on 09/15/2013 6:30:04 PM PDT by gwjack (May God give America His richest blessings.)
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