As I've maintained on this blog from the get go, if you actually want to limit government, the Republican Party is not your friend. George Wallace had it right all along: "There's not a dime's worth of difference between the Republicans and Democrats."
GOP leaders and much of the mainline party caucus that voted for a three-week continuing resolution Tuesday are fuming at the 54 conservative Republicans who voted no — and the right-wing activists who cheered them on.
“It weakened Boehner. If he walked into [a meeting with Sen. Reid] and he said, ‘My party is unified and we are willing to go three more weeks and that’s it.’ Unity is a strength in this town and it shows how we’re not unified. So I do think there was a weakness on that,” said Rep. Jack Kingston, Georgia Republican.
The episode provoked furious anger from advocates for the party’s line, with GOP Whip Kevin McCarthy angrily confronting Pence in a members-only meeting before the vote.
One GOP aide unloaded on the conservatives, offering a more colorful view privately held by many other Republicans.
“These people aren’t thinking clearly. Their logic doesn’t pan out. They have NO plan. What concessions were they going to get if it failed? They were going to shut down the federal government over Planned Parenthood?” the source said, “It was totally reactionary. These people got elected to lead. Instead they got jerked around by the political equivalent of music critics. If these people knew anything about governing, they’d be in Congress, not lobbing bombs from the cheap seats and sending out fundraising emails.”
It's not hyperbole to say that real unemployment is in the double-digits, that inflation is starting to eat away everyone's paychecks, that gasoline is nearing $4 per gallon, and that the federal government is on the verge of financial collapse. Yet, Republicans can't bring themselves to make meaningful spending cuts out of the largest budget the world has ever known?
The horrendous economic and financial reality staring us square in the face doesn't seem to bother Republicans one bit. But what does bother them, what's got their panties in a bunch is, they feel that the 54 Republicans who voted against the Establishment, "weakened Boehner."
Oh, cry me a river.
The House holds the purse strings in our form of government. That means the House can play hardball with the budget all they want, and force the Senate and President fold to their demands. The problem for them is that, Washington, DC is really a one-party town, and the Establishment doesn't want to ruffle any feathers.
You see, Establishment types don't think they were elected as representatives, but elected as "leaders" instead. This means they're not in office to represent you, but to govern you. They are the Rulers. They know what's best. You are to sit down, shut up, and stop "creating unnecessary divisions for the GOP majority." Got that?
It also looks like more non-conforming Republican House members are going to feel the heat the way Ron Paul has for years, because the Establishment is launching an attack.
First the House GOP required Democrats to get their three week continuing resolution passed — a continuing resolution that cuts less money than the interest on our national debt that will accumulate over the next three weeks.
Then the House GOP started bad mouthing the conservatives who voted against their plan.
Now the House GOP is launching a direct assault on . . . wait for it . . . conservatives.
One reporter called me today. He is a long time acquaintance for a national newspaper. In shooting the breeze he dropped the names of leadership staffers pushing several of the hit jobs.
They’re attacking Heritage Action for America, Club for Growth, Family Research Council, Mike Pence, and any other conservatives who dare to actually make them live up to their own Pledge to Nowhere. We conservatives have a plan. We just want the House Republicans we elected to find their testicles and run the ball down the field.
The Republican Party wanting another Establishment crony, the Mitt Romney propaganda begins ... RomneyCare ain't so bad after all.