Illinois Republican congressman Adam Kinzinger was on a whirlwind tour on our favorite cable channel Fox News Monday where he continued his attacks against the Freedom Caucus and to slurp for the GOP establishments new it guy Wisconsin congressman [mc_name name=’Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’R000570′ ].
On Outnumbered Kinzinger said of [mc_name name=’Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’R000570′ ], “He’s the only guy who can unite a pretty fractured caucus right now.” Kinzinger also said that, “If you can’t accept [mc_name name=’Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’R000570′ ] I don’t know how we can get through this.”
Many conservatives have problems with [mc_name name=’Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’R000570′ ] because of his past support for amnesty, having the endorsement of [mc_name name=’Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’G000535′ ] doesn’t help, there is also the fact that Ryan has spent nearly is entire adult life in Washington and is a policy wonk to boot not a leader of anyone or anything. Ryan’s having supported TARP, Medicare part D, and the like in years past aren’t proving to be resume enhancers either.
To this criticism of Ryan Kinzinger said on Outnumbered that, “Unfortenetly I think there is a strain in the party that only accepts perfect and not good…They(Freedom Caucus) have to realize that there are 247 members of the Republican Party(in the House) not just 30.”
Earlier in the day on Fox and Friends Kinzinger was more pointed in his attacks on the Freedom Caucus saying that they had and are taking the speakership hostage.
“The reality is there is this group of people trying to hold the speakership hostage and there is a group of us that says that’s not going to happen. We need somebody to bring the party together not hold the Speaker hostage.”
The Freedom Caucus is insisting that anyone who wants to become Speaker and wants their support has to promise to make major changes to the way the House of Representatives and the Republican Caucus as a whole are run, such as not letting the Speaker have a say on committee assignments or chairmanships, and letting the legislative and committee processes work themselves out instead of lurching from one piece of must pass legislation to another. When asked by Brian Kilmeade about [mc_name name=’Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’R000570′ ] agreeing to the demands of the Freedom Caucus would be a bad deal Kinzinger said that it absolutely would be and warned any other potential Republican Speaker that he or she shouldn’t make a deal with the Freedom Caucus become there are only 40 or so of them and there are 247 Republicans in the House.
On the web exclusive Overtime portion of Outnumbered Kinzinger attacked Freedom Caucus members for going on TV and naming names of Republicans who are betraying conservative principles because he thinks doing so if beyond reproach.
On Kilmeade’s Fox News radio program following the TV show Kinzinger said that the Freedom Caucus’s demands to reform the power of the Speaker would only put [mc_name name=’Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’P000197′ ] and President Obama in charge of the House. “You’ve got…members of the so called Freedom Caucus..and they’ve claimed that they in essence want to hold the process hostage. When I hear people say he’s([mc_name name=’Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’R000570′ ]) not conservative enough I just want to shake my head and wonder what level, what are we trying to strive after if somebody like [mc_name name=’Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’R000570′ ], a great leader, isn’t. In essence these Tea Party, so called Freedom Caucus folks are trying to actually diminish the power of the Speaker…We need to com together as a family and say diminishing the power of the Speaker of the House will only put President Obama and [mc_name name=’Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’P000197′ ] in charge.”
At the end of Kinzinger’s radio interview he went after the Tea Party, whom he used in 2010 to get elected and has since been stabbing in the back(and eye) saying, “(The Tea Party) Is a much smaller movement now(Than 2010) and its people I think in some cases the Tea Party movement has moved the goal post from smaller government to shut the government down, and that’s something I can’t go along with.”
Actually Adam we Tea Partiers are still all about limited government. It is you who has moved the goal post. In 2010 it was all about repealing Obamacare, and tackling the national debt, and ending the bailouts. In 2015 all we are getting from Adam Kinzinger and his fellow establishment Republicans is amnesty, more amnesty, don’t try to defund Obamacare, don’t try to defund Planned Parenthood and its baby butchery, don’t try to reverse the Supreme Courts nationalization of same sex marriage, just let Boehner, McConnell and the boys surrender to Obama preemptively and we’ll get everything we want when Jeb Bush is President. No thanks.
Thankfully Joe from California called into Kilmeade’s program and let Kinzinger have it for his abandonment of the Tea Party and conservatives for a seat next to [mc_name name=’Rep. John Boehner (R-OH)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’B000589′ ], [mc_name name=’Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’M001165′ ], and now [mc_name name=’Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’R000570′ ]’s backside. Joe would say to Kinzinger that he just doesn’t get it and why people are angry at RINOs like him to which Kinzinger replied, “Look I would put my conservative credentials up against anybody in the House of Representatives…This is the most conservative Republican caucus probably ever, and the biggest since WWII. The divide and the difference isn’t conservative credentials its in how you achieve big things..Somehow if we talk about compromise, we talk about working with the other side to achieve 3 yard, 5 yard passes that move the conservative message, it’s somehow not conservative unless you do short of shutting the government down and everything else.”
If Adam wants to compare his credential in conservatism to anyone by all means lets put you repeated votes for amnesty against a [mc_name name=’Rep. Steve King (R-IA)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’K000362′ ] or [mc_name name=’Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’G000552′ ]. Want to put your support, along with 41 other RINOs to revive the Export-Import Bank, against Jeb Henserling whose been trying to get rid of that pile of corporate welfare and crony capitalism. Still want to back Obamatrade Mr. Kinzinger, even Hillary Clinton has come around(or focused grouped) to the realization that is yet another bad deal of Obama’s. Speaking of which what to compare notes with the Freedom Caucus members when it comes to voting for the Corker bill which totally screwed up the chance to defeat Obama’s Iran nuclear deal. You’ve been a support of every one of Obama, Boehner, and McConnell’s budget, spending, and debt limit deals that have raised taxes, cut veterans benefits, and continue taxpayer funding of unconstitutional executive amnesty, Planned Parenthood, and Obamacare, who conservative do you think those votes are.
Want to put your vehement support for military intervention in Syria up for scoring congressman Kinzinger? How conservative is it to back arming the Syrian rebels when we know they can and are giving those weapons and themselves to ISIS and Al Qaeda. Where is it conservative, let alone prudent, to back regime change in Syria when the only one who could fill that power vacuum is ISIS. Still want to back the US and our allies enforcing a no fly zone over Syria now that the Russians have gotten involved?
Whatever definition of conservative Adam Kinzinger is using he needs to stop and look in the mirror and say to himself “I am a moderate establishment Republican. I am a RINO.” repeatedly until he gets it.
cross posted from USofArn.com