Republican House Leader John Boehner Turns on Conservatives Who Are Angry About Deficit Sell-Out

The problem with Republicans like Paul Ryan and John Boehner is that they talk a great game and they even vote the right way when it doesn’t matter, but when it’s time to actually take action, they always work with Democrats to undermine conservatives. If you want to know why so many conservatives are deeply cynical about the Republican Party, why there are so many primary challenges and why people are so down on the GOP, that’s at the heart of it.


Since Obama came into office, the GOP has had an almost unbroken record of failure, but they have eked out a success or two. One of those accidental victories turned out to be the sequester. It was supposed to be a punt to avoid cutting anything, but after Democrats and Republicans locked up, it actually led to very small, but real cuts in spending.

That’s good news, right?

Not if you’re Republican Majority “Leader” John Boehner. Paul Ryan has negotiated a deal with Democrats that will raise taxes in return for spending more now in return for empty promises that absolutely no one believes about more spending cuts later. In other words, it’s a huge win for Democrats and a big loss for Republicans.

So, why are the “all talk, no action” Republicans like Paul Ryan and John Boehner embracing this deal? Because Democrats want it and there are fears that they may shut down the government if the GOP doesn’t give them things in return for the privilege of keeping it open. That would seem to be the world’s most winnable political fight and the Democrats wouldn’t even think twice about taking it on if the situation were reversed. So, of course, John Boehner’s reaction is to cave and blame conservatives who actually expect Republicans to represent their views instead of giving in to the Democrats for the “alwaysth” time.

House Speaker John Boehner went off on outside conservative groups Wednesday morning for pushing against the new budget deal.

“They’re using our members and they’re using the American people for their own goals,” he said. “This is ridiculous.”

Several key conservative groups are against the sequester relief within the new budget deal.

“Though conservatives support more spending restraint, the discretionary spending limits defined in the Budget Control Act represent a promise to the American people to marginally slow the growth of government,” reads a letter signed by the heads of Heritage Action, the Family Research Council, and the American Conservative Union. Heritage Action’s Michael Needham penned an op-ed in USA Today on Tuesday calling the deal “a step backward.” The Cato Institute called the deal a “huge Republican cave-in.”

Among the politicians and groups opposing this disastrous deal are Heritage Action, Americans from Prosperity, the Family Research Council, the American Conservative Union, the Club for Growth, The Cato Institute, Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Marco Rubio and Tom Coburn.

For the record, you can add Right Wing News to that list and while we’re at it, let me once again note that House Republicans would be much better off if they booted John Boehner and chose another leader. The road to recovery for the Republican Party begins with getting rid of “leaders” like John Boehner who’ve long since lost credibility and proven they have nothing to offer but failure, disappointment and broken promises.

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