The mass suicide of Republican leadership: Will the Tea Party leave the...

The mass suicide of Republican leadership: Will the Tea Party leave the sinking ship?

by -
22 2206
Left to right: Eric Cantor House Majority Leader, John Boehner the 61st Speaker of the House, Kevin McCarthy the Republican Majority Whip - By Donkey Hotey,
Left to right: Eric Cantor House Majority Leader, John Boehner the 61st Speaker of the House, Kevin McCarthy the Republican Majority Whip - By Donkey Hotey,

WASHINGTON, April 27, 2014 – The Republican Leadership of the House of Representatives is on suicide watch. They are bound and determined to commit political hara-kiri, despite the warnings of their base and conservative activists.

America has never seen a political party commit suicide before, but there is always a first time.

Republican leaders are making their suicide march by abandoning their base totally. Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers, the chair of the Republican Conference, announced that Obamacare was here to stay. Her words confirmed what we already knew: The GOP is not fighting against Obamacare.

READ ALSO: Why the Tea Party is essential to reform in 2014 and beyond

House Speaker John Boehner was even more direct; he says it is too late to repeal Obamacare.

Boehner was Obama’s silent partner. This is what conservatives warned about. When Ted Cruz and Mike Lee led the fight last year to defund Obamacare, true conservatives supported them, knowing that if it was not defunded then, it never would be.

At the time, Boehner said it was not the right time for the fight. For him, it is never the right time for a fight until it is too late to fight.

Boehner and the House Republican Leadership have stabbed the Tea Party and their base in the back. Now, instead of doing what the base wants — fighting to end Obamacare — Boehner wants to commit political suicide. His top priority now is amnesty for illegal immigrants. The Tea Party is in open revolt over this and may well leave the Republican Party if Boehner tries to push amnesty through.

In 2006 and 2008, the Republican Party was slaughtered; the GOP was on the endangered species list. One more bad election and the GOP would have taken its place as a minor party, with only slightly more members than the Flat Earth Society.

Then came the Tea Party. The Tea Party saved the GOP.

The Tea Party only asked for a few things in return: It asked for smaller government; it asked the Republicans to stand up against wasteful government spending; it asked the Republicans to at least defund Obamacare, if not force its repeal.

Once the Republicans took over in 2011, all the Tea Party got was John Boehner’s freshly laundered white flag of surrender. He surrendered on the debt ceiling, he surrendered on spending and he surrendered on Obamacare

Every time conservatives wanted to fight Obamacare, the GOP leadership told conservatives it was not the right time, and Majority Leader Eric Cantor helpfully offered yet another totally meaningless vote that he knew was not going anywhere.

Conservative Republicans only have one choice here. Either they revolt and depose the entire leadership team of Boehner, Cantor, Whip Kevin McCarthy and McMorris-Rodgers, or they see the end of the Republican Party.

READ ALSO: GOP vs. GOP: The fight for the soul of the Republican Party

Chris Cillizza, writing in his blog “The Fix” on the Washington Post website, posed the question on Firday, will the Tea Party walk away from the GOP in 2016?

Forget 2016. If the GOP follows Boehner’s lead right onto the crazy train, the Tea Party will leave in 2014. If the Republican Party isn’t going to cut taxes, cut spending and stop amnesty, what good is it?


Click here for reuse options!
Copyright 2014 Communities Digital News

This article is the copyrighted property of the writer and Communities Digital News, LLC. Written permission must be obtained before reprint in online or print media. REPRINTING CONTENT WITHOUT PERMISSION AND/OR PAYMENT IS THEFT AND PUNISHABLE BY LAW.

Correspondingly, Communities Digital News, LLC uses its best efforts to operate in accordance with the Fair Use Doctrine under US Copyright Law and always tries to provide proper attribution. If you have reason to believe that any written material or image has been innocently infringed, please bring it to the immediate attention of CDN via the e-mail address or phone number listed on the Contact page so that it can be resolved expeditiously.

Judson Phillips
Judson Phillips is the founder of Tea Party Nation, one of the largest Tea Party Groups in the country and the number one national tea party site on the Internet. A lawyer by profession, Judson has been involved in politics since his teens. “Ronald Reagan inspired me,” he says. Judson became involved in the Tea Party movement in February 2009 after hearing Rick Santelli’s rant on CNBC. “I heard there was going to be a Tea Party in Chicago inspired by Santelli, but didn’t know if anyone was doing a rally in Nashville where I was based. Finally I emailed Michelle Malkin and asked her if there was a Tea Party in Nashville. Malkin sent an email back saying, ‘No, why don’t you organize one?’ I did.” The first Tea Party in Nashville was held late February 2009 which drew a crowd of about 600. Judson then organized the Tax Day Tea Party in Nashville, which drew over 10,000 people into downtown. It was at this time that Tea Party Nation was formed. Later that year, Judson decided to bring activists from across the country together, so he organized the first National Tea Party Convention in February 2010, which featured Alaska’s former Governor and Republican Vice Presidential Nominee, Sarah Palin as it’s keynote speaker. He currently manages the Tea Party Nation website, writes several daily columns and is working on more projects than any one person should. He is a frequent guest on cable and broadcast news shows, including on Fox, MSNBC, CNN and others.