WASHINGTON, July 30, 2015 – Republican Rep. Mark Meadows of North Carolina is fed up with his party’s tangential leadership. And so he introduced a resolution to “vacate” House Speaker John Boehner’s chair, a procedural measure that, had it succeeded, would have forced the election of a new top leader for the chamber.
Unfortunately, the resolution failed.
“It’s really more about trying to have a conversation on making this place work, where everybody’s voice matters, where there’s not a punitive culture,” Meadows told the Washington Post, “Hopefully, we’ll have some discussion about that in the days and weeks to come.”
Meadows was referring to Boehner’s stripping conservative House members of their committee assignments for opposing his legislative agenda, thus forcing him to rely on Nancy Pelosi Democrats to “get things done” – for President Obama.
A minority of conservative House members are a constant and uncomfortable reminder that little daylight separates the nation’s two major political parties.
Republicans keep winning congressional elections, but Obama’s ruinous initiatives keep getting funded. You see, the “power of the purse” has shifted to the White House, making Congress, especially the House of Representatives, nothing more than a rubber stamp for centralized government.
But Boehner likes the pomp and power of his office. And the power he exercises is to attack conservative members of his own party. Boehner’s loyalty is first and foremost to the state — big, liberty-crushing, nation-bankrupting government.
And establishment Republicans are hopping mad. Guys like Meadows keep shining light on the GOP’s gutless Boehnerites, those men and women who help maintain what for all intents and purposes is a one-party state.
“It’s terrible,” said blue-state Republican Rep. Peter King of Meadows’ attempt to strip Boehner of his speakership. “It helps the Democrats. It divides the party. We should be spending all of August talking about the Iranian nuclear agreement, not this fool’s errand of vacating the speaker’s chair,” he told The Hill.
The division King fears is not within the GOP, but inside the bipartisan governing cabal in Washington. As disenchanted Republican voters send more representatives like Meadows to Congress, rebuilding a functioning opposition party, the one-party state and its feckless devotees – like Boehner – cease being relevant.
There would be no nuclear deal with Iran, no threat to America posed by yet another unscrupulous Clinton, no funding for Obamacare or Planned Parenthood, no inexorable rendezvous with Greek-like fiscal ruin, or an illegal immigration crisis without the acquiescence of GOP Boehnerites.
In other words, Boehner vacated his chair long before Rep. Meadows bravely set foot in the diseased moral swamp that is Washington.