Monday, December 03, 2012

JUST PERFECT: John Boehner Purges Conservatives From Prominent Committee Spots

John Boehner is the Speaker of the House thanks to Tea Party and Constitutional conservatives. But instead of embracing the principles of the base that put him in power, he has purged anyone who doesn't agree with his feckless leadership.

Speaker John A. Boehner initiated today a small purge of rebellious Republicans — mostly conservatives — from prominent committees; it’s the latest instance of the Ohio Republican’s clamping down on his fractious conference.

The decisions were made by the GOP Steering Committee at a Monday meeting, which reviewed a spreadsheet listing each GOP lawmaker and how often he or she had voted with leadership, three sources said.

Reps. David Schweikert of Arizona and Walter Jones of North Carolina were booted from the Financial Services Committee. Reps. Justin Amash of Michigan and Tim Huelskamp of Kansas were removed from the Budget Committee... According to a source, Schweikert was told that he was ousted in part because his “votes were not in lockstep with leadership.”

All of the lawmakers other than Jones were rebellious right-wingers. Huelskamp and Amash, for instance, both voted against the budget proposed by Budget Chairman Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin in committee and on the floor, because it did not cut spending fast enough. They also voted against the current continuing resolution that is funding the government through the end of March.

...The decisions came as a major surprise to Republican members. When first contacted about the changes, several of the lawmakers’ offices said they had not yet been notified.

Complete classlessness. As Jimmie Bise, Jr. observes:

This sort of move — summary dismissal from important committees for which you leak to the press before you notify the affected members — is a big, fat backhand to the face, a reminder that John Boehner is in charge of the GOP House caucus and not we upstart conservative Tea Partiers... It’s what happens when a besieged leader wants to secure his position to hold off a siege. Make no mistake, conservatives have gotten very close to positions of real influence inside the ranks of the professional Republicans and that just won’t do. And so, a purge of the problem children who believe conservatism is more than a suit you put on to gull the rubes during an election year.

Here's my advice: Don't give a single penny to any official Republican organization. Not a cent to the RNC. Not a nickel to the NRSC. Not a dime to the NRCC. Not a quarter to Karl Rove's idiotic "grassroots" fund, American Crossroads.

Instead, give your money and support to conservative candidates directly and to organizations proven to support conservative principles like Jim DeMint's Senate Conservatives Fund.


Anonymous said...

And we are supposed to worry about BHO--really! We might need to worry about the leaders in our own party. Send John Boehner a note of disgust--not that anything will happen, but we must stand up against tyranny inside this party.

UpChuck.Liberals said...

I'm proud to report that during the last election, not ONE PENNY was given to the RNC or any of it's minions. Donations were made directly to the candidates. In fact, tomorrow I'm contacting my Registrar of Voters and changing to Independent.

Anonymous said...

Too bad Boehner doesn't think we can read. This may not bite him this time around, but just as the d's have "polarized, so have we. NOT.ONE.DIME.

Reaganite Republican said...


Anonymous said...

OrygunRod - TEA Party members should not quit the Republican Party in disgust but should double their efforts to increase their members in Congress and other offices within the Republican Party. We need new people to take on the ruling elite in both Parties.

K-Bob said...

This is why I want everyone to think about this terrible idea I had.

Vote West.

Early voting starts now, and I'm voting West. I don't need any party machinery, or primary process or any of the other useless Republican crap, I'm just voting Allen West in 2016, end of story.

Read about it over at Scoop's, and toss in a comment if you can think of why it won't work. I want to know!

fubar said...

2 parties = 0 choice

Anonymous said...

As Bill Whittle pointed out in his *excellent* video, "what it would be like to have a candidate who really believes in conservatism," the G.O.P. does not *want* to learn.

G.O.P. = R.I.P.

Tea/Conservative Party 2016.

Anonymous said...

Hey Hey, Ho Ho,

The weeper of the house has got to go.

What a pathetic excuse for a man.

gwynn romano said...

Is anyone really surprised that Johnny "Boo Hoo" Boehner is purging any threats to the GOP leadership ? That's who these people are; feckless dolts who are only concerned for their place at the table. Bad move GOP. I haven't donated a dime to you skunks in years and guess what? I'll be supporting a new party. The Tea Party and one of the first things to be instituted if we take power is term limits on every office and no more lifetime pension and benefits. You bastards can suffer with the rest of us.

Zilla said...

Boehner has done nothing but roll over for the left and marginalize effective voice on the right ever since he took at gavel. He has GOT TO GO!
If we cannot purge him and his traitorous ilk, then it truly is time to burn the party down - I think there are enough of us that we could make a new party viable, In NY State (of all places) we already have a Conservative party due to how screwed up our state GOP is.