By Mr. Curmudgeon:
It should come as no surprise for those who have paid attention over the last several decades. The so-called division separating Republican from Democrat is dissolving before our eyes.
“Lawmakers probably could enact a [fiscal cliff] compromise quickly and easily if Republican leaders let Democrats provide most of the votes … Veterans in both parties say many House Democrats would likely join a sufficient number of Republicans … to pass a compromise along the lines that [Speaker John] Boehner and President Barack Obama seemed to be nearing last week …” said the Associated Press.
I realize Americans have short memories, but the “shellacking” of 2010 wasn’t all that long ago. And it wasn’t long after John Boehner took the Speaker’s gavel that he began undermining Tea Party momentum by compromising on the debt ceiling and passing bloated, short-term omnibus spending bills. Boehner’s priority as Speaker became clear: feeding the gluttonous leviathan in Washington.
Now the most powerful Republican in the nation’s capital is ready to morph into his Democratic counterpart – Nancy Pelosi.
If, as the Associated Press suggests – and I have no reason to doubt them – Democrats “join a sufficient number of Republicans” to pass tax hikes, heap more debt on the backs of future generations and expand rather than reform entitlements, President Obama and Speaker Obama-Lite will have their budget deal.
Can you say “one-party state”?
Say what you will of John Boehner, he more than any Republican member of Congress embodies the intellectual and moral essence of his party. That is to say … he’s an empty suit. Boehner and his fellow establishmentarians benefited from the victory handed them by the Tea Party in 2010 and squandered it, governing like milquetoast, Eisenhower-era Republicans.
Many ask if its time House Republicans fire Boehner as Speaker. The more relevant question is: Isn’t it time conservative and Tea Party Americans fire the GOP?