WASHINGTON, January 9, 2014 — The pathetic understudy to a non-entity, GOP Speaker John Boehner, survived an attempt by conservatives to depose President Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid’s closest ally in the House of Representatives. At a press conference Boehner, the spineless squish, said, “It does pain me to be described as spineless or a squish. I tell you what pains me the most is when they describe me as ‘the establishment.’ Now I’m the most anti-establishment speaker we’ve ever had.”
And with that, reporters laughed.
In an unusual moment of clarity, Boehner told reporters that Americans are frustrated with a government that isn’t listening to them. That the “frustration that’s out there – they need to take it out on somebody. They take it out on the President, take it out on me. It comes with the territory,” said Boehner.
In other words, Boehner admits he identifies with the transformative Obama, and not the millions of frustrated Americans who voted Republican under the misguided notion the GOP would change America’s downward trajectory; those who foolishly believe America has a functioning two-party system; those who foolishly believe that because a political hack calls itself a “conservative,” he or she is.
Judson Phillips at the Washington Times wrote, “Mr. Boehner’s re-election signals the end of a 50-year civil war in the Republican Party. The war has gone on since 1964 and the presidential campaign of Barry Goldwater. The conservatives had a few notable victories. But now the war is over and the establishment won.”
Phillips overstates his case. The fact remains that the hapless Boehner barely avoided (by five votes) having to face a second ballot… one he would have likely lost. The close vote shows that the Tea Party and conservative war against the GOP’s spineless, establishment squishes is far from over.
The Republican Party’s conservative and Tea Party base don’t appear ready to leave the party just yet. There are congressional primaries in two years and far too many spineless GOP squishes to challenge.
Should the GOP nominate another spineless establishment squish for president in 2016, don’t be surprised if that candidate goes down to defeat like John McCain and Mitt Romney. The base may not leave the party, but that doesn’t mean they’ll be motivated to rush to the polls and vote for another inarticulate non-entity.
After all, a recent survey found 64% of GOP voters consider Boehner “ineffective,” which reflects a profound dissatisfaction with the party’s directionless leadership.
Establishment Republicans have no problem finding votes inside the Beltway. But the more Republicans act and vote like Boehner, the spineless squish, the fewer votes they’ll find outside that hive of scum and villainy known as Washington, D.C.