Skip to comments.Gridlock's other component: The House GOP's enduring civil war
Posted on 08/03/2014 6:28:44 AM PDT by cotton1706
The emergency immigration bill House Speaker John A. Boehner initially proposed last week was never going to become law and he knew it. President Obama had already promised a veto, so the bill was mostly a political message, designed to show that House Republicans could act decisively in a crisis..
Except they couldn't.
Tea party conservatives revolted, demanding a chance to undo Obama's decision to defer deportations of young immigrants. And the speaker added to the picture of disarray by calling on Obama to use more executive power in the border crisis only a few days after authorizing a lawsuit against the president for excessive use of executive power.
The disaster was a public humiliation for both Boehner and his newly elevated majority leader, Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield) on McCarthy's first week in his new job.
But it was only the most recent of many such battles in the House Republicans' unresolved civil war. Their challenges to Boehner's leadership on major issues have become an annual affair. In 2011, the issue was the federal debt ceiling (conservatives wanted a crisis; Boehner didn't). In 2012, it was the fiscal cliff (Boehner wanted to make a deal on tax rates; the tea party rejected it). In 2013, it was a 16-day government shutdown forced by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and other conservatives over Boehner's warnings.
In last week's episode, moderate Republicans and yes, there are a few left said they found the failure to pass the initial version of the bill terribly disappointing and infuriating, in the words of Pennsylvania's Rep. Charlie Dent. It took two more days of confusion before the House passed a toughened version of the bill late Friday.
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And when moderate republicans are disappointed and infuriated, that's good for all of us!
About all they are good at....is LOSING ELECTIONS.
The House has passed well over 300 bills that the Senate has refused to bring up anyway so this was bound to go NOWHERE to begin with.
What’s even scarier is the 300 bills anyway. We don’t need any new laws period, we need to eliminate 10 of thousands of laws, get back to basics, enforce the laws that are needed and put congress back on a part time job.
The LA Times think things would be faster if we had a dictator rather than a President and a ‘rubber stamp’ congress...
The LA Times thinks things would be faster if we had a dictator rather than a President and a ‘rubber stamp’ congress...
They lose elections, both internal and external, because they ignore, actually hate, the heart and soul of the Republican Party - conservatives.
They are like a two-year old child who just can’t understand mommy or daddy will not let them go out and play in the middle of the street - “I won’t get hurt!” “We’ll get those Hispanic votes if we......”.
They would rather appease to the Democrats and look good in the eyes of a rabidly biased media than they would listen to the core values of the party they are supposed to represent. The GOPe and GOP moderates are the very example of the Stockholm Syndrome. They have been held captive by a Democrat Party and complicit media, they can only go home and lie about what they do each and every damned day of their sorry DC existence.
Civil war - 30 years too late.
As you WELL KNOW getting rid of Cantor certainly has helped. Now, at least, that IDIOT is gone.
In this case, Obama COMPLAINED about Bush signing the 2008 law that gave these kids free entry into the United States.
What did the House do? Why, they voted to overturn the law that was causing Obama the problems, and they gave him a bunch of money to play with.
So where’s the PROBLEM now?
Many democrats are not worried about the GOP taking the senate and/or hope the GOP takes the senate because they are certain that the GOP can not exercise the "responsibility" to govern.
Even if they hold both houses, the GOP is so riddled with conflicts, they can't agree on anything.
And if situations arise where the GOP might unite, Obama has the rhetorical skills to "punch buttons" and "jerk strings" that drives the right wing into a "reactionary fury", forcing the right wing into conflict with the GOP moderates.
Darn! You stole my thunder!
Let me add that Texas has the PERFECT model! They meet once every other year and that meeting is constitutionally limited to six months!
The governor can call a special session on a single major issue but it is severely limited on time too.
All legislators get paid the same which, last time I checked, was around 10k per year.
Texas forefathers specifically recognized the danger of legislators having too much time IN SESSION!
Blackburn bill is good, simple and stand alone. If the Senate ignores it or votes it doen, the Democrats own the border crisis, if the pass it, it defuses the crises. A real well done “put up or shut up” moment.