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Rep. Adam Kinzinger's War On The House Freedom Caucus

Since conservative opposition to [mc_name name=’Rep. John Boehner (R-OH)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’B000589′ ] forced him to resign, and with the subsequent withdrawal of his anointed successor [mc_name name=’Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’M001165′ ] from the Speakers race, Illinois Republican congressman Adam Kinzinger has stepped forward as a leader for the moderate establishment wing for the Republican Party in their assault against the House Freedom Caucus, the 40 or so Tea Party conservatives responsible for ruining the GOP establishments plans to continue to surrender to the Obama, Reid, Pelosi agenda.

Kinzinger and other establishment Republicans like Pete King of New York and [mc_name name=’Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’D000604′ ] of Pennsylvania are becoming increasingly vocal in their anger and displeasure at the House Freedom Caucus and the forces that are behind them including conservative organizations, talk radio, and the Party’s grassroots base.

Because of this newfound vigor to attack conservatives and the Tea Party, Vox of all places late this week openly suggested that Kinzinger and his fellow moderates join with [mc_name name=’Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’P000197′ ] and the Democrats to propel their unnamed candidate as Speaker to victory.  Why not Kinzinger and 40 other moderate Republicans just joined with the Democrats to force a vote to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank onto the House floor.

These same moderate Republicans have been used by Boehner and McCarthy in the past to work with Democrats to pass continuing resolutions, and other budget and debt deals over the last 5 years so whats to stop them from doing it again to make sure someone they want becomes Speaker of the House, ensuring that the status quo remains unchanged and that those responsible for Boehner’s ouster and the ruination of McCarthy’s coronation are severely punished.

And Adam Kinzinger most certainly wants to punish the House Freedom Caucus and acknowledged he’s taking a leadership role for the establishment in an interview with Crain’s Chicago saying, “I’m a leader of the party, and I’m worried that we’re alienating the people”.

At the beginning of the month Kinzinger told the Chicago Sun-Times that the Freedom Caucus, talk radio, and conservative groups such as the Heritage Foundation and FreedomWorks whipped up anger and dissent within the Republican Party and voters to raise money.

On Monday Kinzinger outright said on 1440 WROK in Rockford that the House Freedom Caucus has been hurtful to the Republican Party, saying “now they’re(House Freedom Caucus) willing to put our fights out in public and I think that’s been pretty hurtful(to the GOP).”

In a Tuesday op-ed in Crain’s Chicago Kinzinger said that talk radio, conservative groups, and the Freedom Caucus had hijacked the Tea Party label for profit and were destroying the party from the inside and wholly embraced [mc_name name=’Rep. John Boehner (R-OH)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’B000589′ ]’s characterization of his critics as “false prophets”, while continually lying about being a true Tea Party conservative himself.  In that piece Kinzinger also suggested that he was going to fight tooth and nail against the Tea Party, talk radio, conservative groups, and the House Freedom Caucus to save the Republican Party from them and welcomes all the slings and arrows that he expects to come his way.

On Wednesday Kinzinger was telling leftwing rag and favorite outlet of the GOP establishment Politico, in a quote that got picked up by Daniel Horowitz at Conservative Review and read on air by Mark levin, said that he and the other establishment Republicans in the House were done giving compromises to the conservatives and that [mc_name name=’Rep. John Boehner (R-OH)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’B000589′ ]’s scalp was enough, “The question isn’t on us, it’s on the so-called Freedom Caucus — I don’t call them the Freedom Caucus — do they want to be part of a united caucus, or do they want to continue how they are?” asked [mc_name name=’Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’K000378′ ] (R-Ill.). “A lot of us say this, I respect them as legislators, and a lot of them are my friends. But they got the scalp of [Speaker John] Boehner, in their mind, and I think we’re done giving them concessions.” Of course this was before McCarthy would withdraw from the Speakers race due in no small part to the Freedom Caucus as a group backing [mc_name name=’Rep. Daniel Webster (R-FL)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’W000806′ ] of Florida’s bid to be Speaker.

Thursday Kinzinger was telling 720 WGN‘s Roe Conn and Anna Davlantes that McCarthy was made to drop out of the Speakers race because the House Freedom Caucus had, “Made unrealistic demands of him.” Kinzinger also said that the House Freedom Caucus and their conservative allies had too much power and criticized them for their name say, “We’re all for freedom, you can call yourself whatever you want.”

Thursday night when asked by CNN’s Wolf Blitzer if the fight between GOP leadership and the moderates and the House Freedom Caucus conservatives was hurting the Republican Party, “I don’t think it helps…That’s been a concern of mine with the Republican Party is united behind our common principles so it doesn’t help, I think, to send a question to the American people about our ability to govern.”  Later Kinzinger attacked North Carolina congressman [mc_name name=’Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’J000255′ ] over his advice to his fellow Republicans that the next Speaker not have any scandals hiding in their closets saying, “You know people haven’t taken him overly seriously in a long time out here(Washington DC).”

This is a lot of chutzpah for someone who is a major amnesty supporter and the co-chair of Jeb Bush’s Illinois presidential campaign.  Is leading the effort to get the Export-Import bank brought back to life. Continually criticized anyone for wanting to defund Planned Parenthood during the continuing resolution fight last month. Regularly attacks [mc_name name=’Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’C001098′ ], [mc_name name=’Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’P000603′ ], and Donald Trump and went after Matt Drudge over Obamatrade. Supporters the NSA’s bulk data collection of Americans phone records. And has simply lied to people since he first announced he wanted to be a congressional candidate in 2010.

Adam Kinzinger can think he’s going to lead to war to defeat the House Freedom Caucus and the Tea Party and that that will be his final stepping stone towards being [mc_name name=’Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’K000360′ ]’s replacement in the Senate all he wants. But as the John Steinbeck wrote in Of Mice and Men, the best laid plans often go awry.

cross posted from USofArn.com