By the time you read this, the drama may be over, the Constitution shredded, the GOP held in disrepute by everyone except the Chamber of Commerce, [mc_name name=’Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’M000355′ ] and [mc_name name=’Rep. John Boehner (R-OH)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’B000589′ ] gagged and shackled in a dark basement while [mc_name name=’Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’R000146′ ] films his “personal trainer” having his way with them, and Barack Obama on his way to unrestrained power.
Leaders detailed their plan at a closed-door GOP conference meeting beginning at 9 a.m. Tuesday. According to a source in the room, Boehner told members the House would vote on the Senate’s DHS funding bill once it receives papers confirming that the other chamber would not go to conference on the bill.
“As you’ve heard me say a number of times, the House has done its job by passing legislation to fund DHS and block the president’s executive actions on immigration,” Boehner said, according to the source. “Unfortunately, the fight was never won in the other chamber. Democrats stayed united and blocked our bill, and our Republican colleagues in the Senate never found a way to win this fight. The three-week CR we offered would have kept this fight going and allowed us to continue to put pressure on Senate Democrats to do the right thing. Unfortunately, that plan was rejected.”
Boehner said the House’s only options were a DHS shutdown, yet another short-term CR, or the clean Senate bill:
“With more active threats coming into the homeland, I don’t believe [a shutdown is] an option,” Boehner said. “Imagine if, God forbid, another terrorist attack hits the United States.”
Boehner also pointed to a recent court ruling halting Obama’s executive actions on immigration as reason for hope.
“I am as outraged and frustrated as you at the lawless and unconstitutional actions of this president. … I believe this decision—considering where we are—is the right one for this team, and the right one for this country,” Boehner said, according to the source. “The good news is that the president’s executive action has been stopped, for now. This matter will continue to be litigated in the courts, where we have our best chance of winning this fight.”
There is virtually nothing in the statement that is quoted here that is true.
- Boehner blames conservatives for the defeat because he was soundly thrashed on the three-week funding bill. This is utter hogwash. There is no possible set of events that would take place in three weeks of addtional funding that would not happen in one week.
- There is no conceivable terrorist attack that will be prevented or even mitigated by funding Homeland Security.
- If the Congress has to rely upon the courts to uphold the power vested in it under the Constitution then it is a fairly useless body.
From this one can only conclude that Boehner is incapable of leadership and telling the truth. One wonders exactly what his strategy was if he wasn’t willing to shutdown DHS for as long as it took to win? How does he plan on doing anything other than passing what Obama and [mc_name name=’Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’R000146′ ] allow him to pass? Has there ever been a more useless and worthless leadership in the House and Senate in the history of those institutions.