Boehner Likely to be Unchallenged in bid to Remain House Minority Leader
That’s the general idea, right? That’s what happens after monumental failure, right? Certainly, when my Alma Mater’s offense stalled miserably at the beginning of this 2008 football season (we beat Mississippi State by 3-2, remember?), the offensive coordinator was fired. Head coach Tommy Tuberville could very well be next.
Ohio Rep. John Boehner has, thanks to his wonderful leadership as a moderate, big-government, spend-happy Republican, lost an unfathomable 55 house seats in just two short years. As it turns out, these are the worst such consecutive-election losses for the Republican Party since 1930 and 1932 and, as it stands now, Republicans haven’t had such underwhelming congressional representation since two years before I was born.
Now, those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it, right? So it only makes sense that Boehner will be replaced in his leadership role, right?
Apparently, despite all of the purported opposition among House Republicans, despite behavior and results worthy of immediate termination in the private sector, Boehner will likely be unopposed as he seeks the authority to once again not only drive the GOP into the ground, but potentially lose more of that precious ground in 2010. Nobody among the House GOP rank and file, it seems, can manage to muster the testicular fortitude to do what is right for the Republican Party and, more importantly, for the nation as a whole.
I’m sick and tired of it, so angry that I can taste it. Here we are, not even a week removed from a complete and total embarrassment, not even a week removed from losing the executive branch to the American political left, and the GOP refuses to learn a simple lesson — conservative Republicans win elections, moderate Republicans DO NOT. Here we are, face-to-face with the business end of a Democratic Party power grab, and our best chance of resisting the big government, spend-happy policies sure to work their way through the House on a daily basis resides in a minority led by a big government, spend-happy Republican.
You know, in the days following the election, I was holding out hope that the GOP leadership would recognize its failures and make the necessary changes. I was hoping that the minority leadership in both houses would realize that the same old people and same old habits, the ones which lost those 55 seats in the house over the past two years, needed to be replaced by newer, younger, more capable personnel.
Oh, how naive of me.
There’s nothing voluntary about it. It’s become apparent that nothing short of rebellion within the party will restore some direction to and plug the holes in this rudderless, sinking ship.
In 2003, in McConnell v. Federal Election Comm’n, perhaps the first such case to address John McCain and Russ Feingold’s Constitution-shredding campaign finance legislation, Justice Antonin Scalia wrote that “[t]he first instinct of power is the retention of power.” How unfortunately right he was. John Boehner is looking after John Boehner here, and the lack of opposition shows that the rest of the Republicans in the House of Representatives are also putting the prospect of re-election above the good of the country.
How many more seats in the House and Senate do we have to lose for the Republican Party to wake up and see what’s happening? How much more of our government, of our NATION, do we have to give up to the Democrats and the political left before they finally see the forest for the trees?
America will be downright lucky to get through the next four years–if not the next TWO–without seeing lasting damage from the Democrats’ control of Congress and the White House. After 2010, without a significant turnaround, we could see a Democratic Party supermajority.
With the way things are going, however, the Democrats may not need it. It was because of the outcry from conservatives in Congress and around the country that we do not have Justices Harriet Miers and Alberto Gonzales instead of John Roberts and Sam Alito. It was because of the outcry from conservatives in Congress and around the country that the Comprehensive Immigration Bill penned by John McCain and Teddy Kennedy was not passed behind closed doors and under cover of darkness. Boehner’s restored leadership at the top of an already weakened Republican Party could spell disaster in the form of a new Assault Weapons Ban, the reinstatement of the Fairness Doctrine, and more. Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid have been waiting for this moment their entire careers, wide margins on both sides of the Capitol and a young, idealistic socialist in the Oval Office. And, thanks to gutless Republicans unwilling to eviscerate the ineffective party leadership, Pelosi and Reid can look forward to a minority GOP playing Mozart–or perhaps Wagner?–on the decks as the giant, bloated ship takes on even more water.
Why is it that I am willing to fight for this country, that so many of our bravest brothers and sisters, mothers and fathers, sons and daughters are actually, physically fighting and dying every day for this country, yet not a single member of the House Republicans want to take a stand and do what’s right?
Why is it that millions of Americans can see the writing on the wall, can feel in their hearts and know in their minds that we are teetering on the edge of completely and irretrievably losing our strength, prosperity, security and sovereignty, yet the Republicans are content doing the same, miserable things while expecting different results? We know that the GOP must revert to traditional conservative ideas and ideals — why don’t they see it?
At Auburn, former offensive coordinator Tony Franklin attempted to re-make the offense which, along with a decent defense, kept the Tigers among the most consistently good programs in the country over the past half-dozen years. He kicked typical Auburn football–a system rooted in a strong offensive line and deadly backfield–to the curb in favor of a spread offense requiring blazing speed, precise passing and impeccable timing. In another world, it might have worked — but in the Loveliest Village on the Plains, it spelled disaster, and failed miserably.
Similarly, the GOP’s offense has stalled. The party fumbled the ball yet again last Tuesday, and the Democrats took advantage of the good field position and scored, big time. Now, the clock is running down, and we’re pinned back on our own 10-yard line. We’re losing because the GOP has ditched traditional conservative values–a system rooted in responsible, limited government and family values–for a centrist approach featuring reckless spending and feckless opposition to the aspirations of the radical left. In another country, it might be acceptable — but in the United States of America, without the checks and balances within the checks and balances provided by stark differences between political parties, it spelled disaster, failed miserably, and will continue to do so.
Auburn fired Tony Franklin. He’s no longer the offensive coordinator, and little by little, things are looking better.
The House Republicans must replace John Boehner. Without doing so, the party is doomed to repeat its failures of the past two years and, at this crucial time, America just can’t take it.