Illinois Republican congressman Adam Kinzinger told Crain’s Chicago in an interview from over the weekend that ran Monday said that “I’m a leader of the party, and I’m worried that we’re alienating the people”, as he continued his attack on the House Freedom Caucus, conservatives, and the Tea Party over the forced resignation of [mc_name name=’Rep. John Boehner (R-OH)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’B000589′ ] as Speaker of the House.
Kinzinger, the co-chair of Jeb Bush’s presidential campaign in Illinois, isn’t a leader, he has been a loyal yes man for Boehner and will continue to do the bidding of [mc_name name=’Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’M001165′ ], [mc_name name=’Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’S001176′ ], and the Chamber of Commerce. Grabbing ones ankles and waving the white flag of surrender at the slightest hint of opposition from President Obama isn’t leadership.
Crain’s notes that Kinzinger has been admit and vocal about his support of amnesty for illegal immigrants, continuing the corporate welfare of the Export-Import Bank, and his steadfast objections to defunding Planned Parenthood in the recent Continuing Resolution budget fight even though Kinzinger called what Planned Parenthood has been doing to babies Nazi like. Those moderate positions are just like those held by Rep. Bob Dold(a literal Republican in name only) and [mc_name name=’Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’K000360′ ].
Crain’s forgot to mention that Kinzinger has also been trying to make his past support of traditional marriage go down the memory hole, and has regularly been on the attack against [mc_name name=’Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’C001098′ ], [mc_name name=’Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’P000603′ ], Donald Trump, talk radio, and conservative groups like FreedomWorks and Heritage Foundation.
Kinzinger is of the belief that if Republicans and conservatives were just more like Democrats, offering amnesty to illegals, keeping Planned Parenthood opponents at arms length, rolling over and letting the Supreme Court nationalize same sex marriage, and would stop yelling, screaming, and complaining about the capitulation and surrender of the GOP establishment then magically somehow liberal Democrats and independents would come flocking in droves to the GOP. That is a fantasy. When given a choice between true blue liberal Democrats and Republicans acting like Democrats-lite, they, especially in Illinois, will pick the Dems over the RINOS every time.
It is sad that the Illinois Republican Party’s power players and big wigs are actively and not so secretly trying to get [mc_name name=’Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’K000360′ ] to resign or not run for reelection in 2016 so that they can put up Kinzinger against likely Democrat nominee [mc_name name=’Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’D000622′ ]. A Kirk v. Duckworth matchup in the general election would be a bloody massacre for the ILGOP.
Kinzinger more or less confirmed that to Crain’s saying, “I know (serving in the House) is not going to be my terminal job,” he said. “I’d be open to” running for a bigger job. “If there’s a need.”
God my congressman sucks.
cross posted from USofArn.com