House Speaker John Boehner got a splash of cold water last week after Rep. Mark Meadows offered a bill that would have removed him from the speakership.
Boehner’s plan was to call Meadows’ bill to a floor vote, defeat it soundly and embarrass Meadows and the rest of the conservatives who have been getting on Boehner’s case lately.
The only problem with Boehner’s plan was that House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and their team of whipettes couldn’t find enough votes to keep Boehner in office.
The leadership team had hoped to vote down the bill quickly so that the issue wasn’t hanging around while the House went into its summer break.
“What they found out was the exact opposite,” Breitbart quoted an unnamed senior conservative as saying. “They found out bad things would happen, that literally they would be calling the vote without knowing what would happen. Therefore, they did not call the vote and now they have this issue hanging over John Boehner’s head for the next five weeks.”
Just goes to show how insulated the GOP leadership is from the real world.
Out here in America, conservatives are howling mad at what they perceive as a series of betrayals by Boehner and the rest of the Republican leaders after handing the GOP a decisive win that returned control of both houses of Congress to them.
Instead of consolidating his party and representing the people who put him in the speakership, Boehner immediately dissed the conservative wing of the GOP and made common cause with Nancy Pelosi and President Obama. In the Senate, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell did likewise, completing the castration of the Congress, which today is nothing more than Obama’s rubber stamp.
It’s doubtful the public lack of support will have any influence on Boehner’s behavior, though. For Boehner, it’s always been about getting invited to the right cocktail parties, not about representing average constituents.
Boehner begs for attention from those with power the way a miniature poodle begs for Snausages.
The idea that Americans don’t see him as a great or even mildly trustworthy leader may be a revelation to the GOP leadership. It’s a lesson they should take to heart.