Boehner is talking big about what he’ll do on the way out. Either he really is as incompetent as we’ve always suspected, or he really likes the sound of “President Trump.”
People who are supporting Trump aren’t supporting him so much because we love him and think he will do a great job. We are supporting him because we hate you and know that you will do a shitty job. At worst, Trump will bumble around in office and make a spectacle of himself. At your best you bankrupt the party’s political capital and give our enemies everything they want.
This is the part that really gets my goat:
Rep. Tom Cole of Oklahoma, a longtime Boehner ally in the Republican leadership, said those clamoring for another shutdown this week or later this year would jeopardize the party’s chances at the big prize — winning the presidency in 2016.
“We have the very same people who led us to disaster in 2013 telling us to do the same thing,” Cole said Monday on MSNBC. “Government shutdowns never work.”
And remember, by “disaster” he means the 2014 midterm elections. What happened there again?
- The Republicans retook the Senate.
- The Republicans took more of the House.
- We have the largest majority since 1928.
- We have the largest majority of state legislatures since 1928.
- We added 2 governorships to our existing majority.
That’s what the GOPe considers disaster. And you know why? Because they weren’t establishment candidates being elected to those positions. Because they didn’t get drones that would sit by and vote for their “compromises” with the Democrats (remember, that means “we get nothing that we want, but they don’t get everything that they want, so ‘compromise'”) they consider it a disaster.
Boehner broke the Hastert Rule. Boehner broke the Boehner Rule. Boehner handed the Democrats everything they asked for, and signaled from the start that they would continue getting anything they wanted if they just put a little pressure on him.
The GOPe has made it very clear that they consider Republican voters their enemy. It is time we make it clear that this runs both ways.