WASHINGTON, Sept. 26, 2015 – When GOP House Speaker John Boehner announced he will resign from Congress because American voters keep electing uncompromising conservative and tea party Republican representatives to Washington, New York Rep. Peter King was hopping mad.
“I think it signals the crazies have taken over the [Republican] party… that you can remove a speaker of the House who’s second in line to the president, a constitutional officer in the middle of his term with no allegations of impropriety, a person who’s honest and doing his job. This has never happened before in our country,” King told CNN.
First, a politician’s tenure or position of power in elective government does not hinge on whether he or she is under investigation for “allegations of impropriety.” In the specific case of the House speaker, his power rests on his ability to secure votes from his legislative conference.
Recently, uncooperative conservative and tea party members have forced Boehner to rely more heavily on Democratic votes to expand the president’s executive power by failing to exercise the plenary powers of Congress, pass pork-laden legislation and drive up the nation’s debt.
Boehner is unable to govern because average Americans keep electing House members pledged to reduce the power and scope of government, not to keep the tanned and chain-smoking John Boehner “second in line to the president.”
Blue-state Republican King fears Boehner’s resignation won’t be seen “as a gesture of peace” to conservative House members. “They’re going to just look for more,” King fears.
He said the next GOP speaker “should make it clear that he’s not going to give in to these people. We’re not going to appease them. The time for appeasement is over.”
King is obviously referring to those that gave the GOP control of both houses of Congress; the ones that believed election pledges by Republicans to oppose the president and his party and stop the nation’s downward spiral.
The disgraced Ohio Weeper is going back to the Buckeye State because he would rather appease the president and his party at the expense of the people at whose pleasure he serves.
You know, those that Peter King disparagingly calls “these people”… “We the People of the United States…”