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“I do begrudge what he’s done in this fiscal cliff talks,” said syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer to Fox News host Sean Hannity. “It’s been very clear from the beginning that he [President Obama] had no intention to solve the fiscal issues. He’s been using this, and I must say with great skill and ruthless skill and success, to fracture and basically shatter the Republican opposition. The only, you know, redoubt of the opposition is the House. And his objective from the very beginning was to break the will of the Republicans in the House and to create an internal civil war, and he’s done that.”
Krauthammer gives the president far more credit than he deserves. The division separating establishment and conservative Republicans has existed for decades. Now that America is poised to venture past the point of no return – assuming a crushing debt that can never be repaid, while diminishing individual freedom in the process – establishment Republicans are forced to choose sides.
GOP House Speaker John Boehner marginalized the conservatives of his party to help the president increase taxes and raise the debt ceiling. It’s disingenuous for Krauthammer to say a crafty Obama made Boehner do it. Republican leaders, in the end, made the conscious choice to follow Obama’s lead.
Furthermore, Krauthammer forgets that the GOP’s “internal civil war” began during the 2010 Republican primaries for the House and Senate. That’s when the Tea Party successfully unseated many a Boehner-like Republican. If, as Krauthammer insists, Obama seeks to “break the will of the Republicans in the House,” the Tea Party must increase its efforts to unseat easily breakable, Boehner-like Republicans.
If the contest between President Obama and Speaker Boehner is viewed as a boxing match, why does Krauthammer condemn Obama for landing skillful punches on Boehner’s glass jaw?
Krauthammer should stop making silly excuses for the GOP’s slow-witted bums.