Erick has been waging a vigorous campaign to get conservatives to burn up the lines to their representatives, demanding that they do everything possible to oppose Obama’s unconstitutional amnesty.
Good. Nothing wrong with that.
He’s even made it easy to express displeasure by sending Boehner a can of blue tennis balls, to replace those he’s lacking.
Nice gesture..humor is always a good thing.
Note: Two problems with it though. It should have been golf balls. First, they’re a lot smaller, and Boehner needs to start somewhere. Second, because of security and mail screening, it’s more likely that Boehner’s office will get them by Easter.
Boehner is now scrambling to find Democrat votes to pass cromnibus.
Great, just friggin’ great.
WE’RE GOING TO CELEBRATE THE ELECTION OF THE BIGGEST REPUBLICAN MAJORITY IN THE HOUSE IN ALMOST A CENTURY BY IGNORING THE HASTERT RULE AND SUCKING UP TO PELOSI AND THE DEMOCRATS FOR ENOUGH VOTES TO PASS A BILL THAT CONSERVATIVES LOATHE.
Heck, Pelosi is telling her caucus that if they “stick together” they can extract even greater concessions from Boehner.
Anyone see the problem here?
Which brings me back to my original question.
Why should we petition, beg, implore our elected representatives to do the right thing when they are going to turn right around and elect the same guy as Speaker who is ignoring the values and principals we are fighting for?
The problem is not that enough of the base isn’t pressuring our representatives to oppose what Boehner is doing; the problem is that not enough of our conservative elected representatives have the courage to do what must be done: stand up to Boehner.
Assuming Martha McSally wins her recount, the GOP will have 247 seats in the next House. It takes 218 to elect the Speaker.
Or, to put it another way, it takes 30 votes to deny Boehner re-election.
Recent reports suggest that some 50-60 members of the present House are opposed to cromnibus. Heritage has just announced they will score it as a key vote. That will surely increase the number in opposition to the bill.
So, House conservatives, it’s really quite easy. We elected you, based on the principals you professed, and the promises you made to us.
If the 50-60+ GOP members announce that unless Boehner pulls the cromnibus, and offers a bill along the lines of that proposed by Cruz, Lee, and Sessions, they will NOT vote for him for Speaker.
It doesn’t have to be a contested election. They can threaten to vote “present.” The result will be the same. Boehner will cave.
Look, Boehner is a de facto lame duck. He’s all but announced that he’ll retire after this next Congress.
The conservatives in the House know what to do; all they have to do is act.
They can look to two heroes of American’s struggle for independence for guidance and inspiration:
“We must indeed all hang together or most assuredly, we shall all hang separately.” Benjamin Franklin
IOW, if 50 or so members pledge not to vote for Boehner, is he going to kick them all off committees? take away their parking spaces?
“Stand your ground. Don’t fire unless fired upon. But if they mean to have a war, let it begin here.” Capt. John Parker, at Lexington and Concord.
If ever words can express why we must NOT allow GOP leadership to once again “kick the can down the road,” to promise to do “something” in January, it is these words of courage.