McConnell Gives Conservatives The Middle Finger: Proves He Is Obama’s Mitch

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Hat/Tip to George Rasley at ConservativeHQ.

Sticking to the time honored tradition of campaigning as a true-blue Conservative and then acting like a frickin’ RINO when you get back in DC, Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell did us all proud by going back on his campaign promises, and electing to vote to confirm a nominee for Attorney General that backed Obama’s Illegal Executive Amnesty; which is something that Loretta Lynch has testified that she had no problem with.

*sigh*

Yesterday’s Senate vote on the confirmation of Loretta Lynch, President Obama’s nominee to succeed Attorney General Eric Holder, was a classic example of why talk among conservatives of forming a third party alternative to the establishment Republican Party will not die.

Not only did the usual jelly-backed Senate Republicans vote to confirm Lynch, they were led by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, whose job is, ostensibly, to be the leader of the conservative opposition to Obama and his lawless progressive agenda.

In moving the Lynch nomination McConnell broke a pre-election promise that no attorney general nominee would be considered in his Senate if that nominee supported Obama’s executive amnesty, something that Lynch testified she supports.

So McConnell’s vote for Lynch was a sort of “go to hell” moment that conservatives should recognize for what it is: Mitch McConnell saying directly to the conservative Republican grassroots and the conservative movement that opposed Lynch that, despite the fact that conservative voters handed back the Senate majority to the Republican Party in 2014 to make him Senate Majority Leader, he not only doesn’t care what they think, he will go out of his way to disrespect them and confound their policy goals.

Lynch, who testified under oath that she would readily carry out policies contrary to the Constitution could have – indeed should have – been stopped by Republicans in the Senate, but she wasn’t.

In fact ten Republicans voted for Lynch, despite a substantial outpouring of conservative opposition from the grassroots of the Republican Party, the conservative blogosphere and conservative commentators and opinion writers all of whom argued that Loretta Lynch would be as bad or worse than Eric Holder – heretofore the worst and most political Attorney General in the modern era – and that the Senate was under no obligation to confirm a nominee who said flatly that she would not uphold the Constitution.

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The ten Republicans who voted for Lynch are:

  1. Mitch McConnell (KY)
  2. Orrin Hatch (UT)
  3. Lindsey Graham (SC)
  4. Jeff Flake (AZ)
  5. Thad Cochran (MS)
  6. Susan Collins (ME)
  7. Mark Kirk (IL)
  8. Kelly Ayotte (NH)
  9. Ron Johnson (WI)
  10. Rob Portman (OH)

McConnell, who isn’t up for re-election until 2020 is more or less beyond reach through the ballot box for now, and he knows it, but Ayotte, Kirk, Johnson and Portman are all up for re-election in 2016 and the Lynch vote should force conservatives in New Hampshire, Illinois, Wisconsin and Ohio to ask, “Why vote for Ayotte, Kirk, Johnson or Portman if we get the same policies we would get if a Democrat held the seat?”

The answer is, of course, that conservatives shouldn’t vote for Ayotte, Kirk, Johnson and Portman; they should find a conservative alternative to run in the Republican Primaries in New Hampshire, Illinois, Wisconsin and Ohio and then scratch the Senate line on their November ballot if Ayotte, Kirk, Johnson and Portman are on the Republican ticket.

And it isn’t just the Lynch vote, although that was the last straw as far as we are concerned.

In the analysis of our friend Matthew Boyle of Breitbart, Democrats still control the U.S. Senate. Election results last November aside says Boyle, an analysis of all the votes taken since Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) took over as Majority Leader shows that, with two minor exceptions, every single vote that has passed the U.S. Senate since the beginning of this Congress in January has passed with at least—usually more than—93 percent of support from Democrats.

While Republicans have done nothing to create jobs and help the middle class, on other topics like passing clean funding for Homeland Security and confirming Loretta Lynch, Senator McConnell has done the right thing by bringing bills and nominations to the floor that Democrats can support,” Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid’s spokesman Adam Jentleson told Breitbart News. “Democrats hope this trend will continue.”

Harry Reid’s office should be happy – they are still in charge of the Senate, and the far-left progressive agenda of President Obama is advancing unimpeded by the Senate Republican majority that conservatives worked so hard to elect in 2014.

The Lynch vote demonstrates, conclusively in our mind, that the Republican leadership in the Senate is not merely incompetent, but corrupted and compromised in a way that can only be fixed through the most drastic measures.

It is time for conservatives to understand exactly what Mitch McConnell was telling them by voting for Loretta Lynch and to respond by recruiting principled conservative primary opponents to those who voted for Lynch and if necessary, by refusing to vote for Lynch supporters in the November election.

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Is There A Universe Where The GOP “Leaders” Aren’t Morons? I Want To Live In That One

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Once upon a time I naively thought that electing a Republican congress would put the brakes on Obama’s lawless destruction of our once-great nation.

Silly me.

Why did these bozos just vote to confirm Loretta Lynch as Attorney General? Do they want more gun control? Do they like seeing unlimited late-term abortions? Do they enjoy it when “law enforcement” seizes private property without due process?

I suppose that they do. Which makes Mitch McConnell no better than Dingy Harry.

Need more proof of that?

OK, Ole Mitch is gonna bail out ObamaCare’s subsidies if SCOTUS strikes them down. Because we elected his team so ObamaCare could live another day, didn’t we?

Yeah, well, there’s an election to be won. Or something. Ergo, pandering trumps statesmanship.

Un-freaking-believable.

But wait, there’s more treachery.

Cryin’ John Boehner says he is “open” to eliminating spending and borrowing caps, and thus effectively handing Obama a blank check for the last 2 years of his term. Because our taxes aren’t already too high, and we clearly haven’t borrowed enough money yet.

Oh, but the government might shut down again and The New York Times will be mad about that. Boo freakin’ hoo, right? Wrong. Cryin’ John is scared to death that liberals might be mad at him.

Putz.

Can we please find some Republicans with balls? Is that really too much to ask?

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James Carville Says Romney Will ‘Get Back In The Race’ After Jeb Drops Out

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Hat/Tip to Karen Tumulty and Robert Costa at The Washington Post.

With only Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Marco Rubio on the Republican side and Hillary Clinton on the Democratic side OFFICIALLY in the race for the 2016 Presidential Election, speculation still abounds.

Saint Anselm College has been a required stop on the pilgrimage for presidential aspirants, going at least as far back as John F. Kennedy and Richard M. Nixon more than a half-century ago.

When former Florida governor Jeb Bush (R) made his first speech here on Friday, he pointed to the historic photos on the wall.

“I’m looking out at this room, and I’m seeing these incredible pictures, some of which bring back really fond memories — guy over there, guy over there,” Bush said.

They were decades-old images of two former candidates who happened to be Bush’s father and brother.

The lessons that George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush had learned in New Hampshire were hard ones. Both stumbled the first time they ran here, in 1980 and 2000, respectively.

But this time around the competition on the GOP side is going to be much stiffer and well funded, so the Granite State could be nearly crucial to a successful run on the Republican side.

For Jeb Bush, an even trickier set of challenges awaits in the Granite State in 2016. The first-in-the-nation primary may well be a do-or-die situation for the third Bush to run in it.

Not yet formally declared as a candidate, Bush already is being seen as the establishment front-runner. But that status means less than it used to, given that the GOP has moved further to the right than it was when the older Bushes ran. It also appears that Jeb Bush will be running in a far larger field of credible, well-financed contenders.

Even more significant, New Hampshire could be a crucial test of Bush’s core argument that he is the GOP candidate who stands the best chance of beating Democratic front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton in the general election.

Democrats will also be watching Bush’s New Hampshire effort closely, as a sign of how much of a free-for-all the GOP nominating process is likely to become.

“Jeb Bush has to win New Hampshire. It’s a must-win for him, because he will lose Iowa. You’ve got to win one of them, particularly if [you’re] considered to be something of a front-runner,” Democratic strategist James Carville said at a panel discussion in February celebrating the New Hampshire primary’s upcoming 100th anniversary.

“I will go further,” Carville said. “If Jeb Bush loses New Hampshire, they’ll get Mitt Romney back in the race” — a reference to the GOP’s 2012 nominee, who briefly flirted with the idea of making a third bid for the White House.

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Why John Boehner’s Surrender On DHS Funding Is The Beginning Of The End Of His Speakership

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Hat/Tip to Doug Ross @ Journal.

 

It’s high time for Johnny to go!

As largely expected, House Speaker John Boehner has surrendered on trying to defund President Obama’s executive amnesty through DHS. The Hill reports that Speaker Boehner is planning a vote today to pass a “clean” DHS bill that keeps President Obama’s executive amnesty intact.

Much like the bill to temporarily fund DHS, Speaker Boehner will likely be forced to rely on Democrat votes to pass a clean bill. Boehner’s allies will also likely use House Rule 22, which would make a “clean” DHS bill a “privileged resolution” and which allow it to bypass normal House procedure and come directly to the floor. Either way would require a coalition of centrist Republicans and Democrats to approve it.

Now rumors are starting to fly that conservatives may try to launch a coup against Speaker Boehner in response to this vote. After all, when Boehner was pushing passage of the “CRominbus” bill at the end of the year, he promised conservatives that he would fight against Obama’s executive amnesty with the new Congress. Now, we saw the results of that fight and conservatives are moving to the point where they have had enough of Speaker Boehner.

Now, do I think that Speaker Boehner will be deposed in the short term? No and there are many reasons why it won’t happen. First of all, there is no credible alternative to Speaker Boehner at this time. The chariman of the new House Freedom Caucus, which is a grouping of very conservative and libertarian Republicans, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) hasruled out a challenge to Speaker Boehner over a clean DHS bill.

If a challenge is launched, it will be launched by another very conservative member of the GOP caucus. The most likely result is a replay of what happened in January, which is a conservative alternative or two to Boehner makes a move, but garners very little support from within the GOP caucus.

While I do expect Speaker Boehner to survive in the short term, I don’t anticipate him to last past this term. I was at CPAC this past week and to say that John Boehner and Mitch McConnell are not popular among conservative activists is probably the understatement of the century. Both men are unpopular among conservatives. Neither man addressed CPAC because they were afraid of the reaction from the crowd.

In the next Congress, I expect one of three things to happen: Democrats take control, Boehner decides not to run again and calls it a career, or Boehner is defeated by a credible opponent with a plan to oust him that isn’t thrown together at the last minute. Boehner at this point has burned too many conservatives with his promises to “fight another day” and once that other day arrives, it turns into a massive surrender and defeat. As Scott calls the Republican leadership, Charlie Brown Republicans, because they consistently lose political battles with Democrats.

Either way, Boehner’s days as speaker are likely numbered. He has simply burned too many bridges with conservatives at this point and eventually, that will pressure his caucus.

If Boehner wants to survive, he needs to engage conservatives both in his caucus and conservative activists. At this point, conservatives see him as the enemy at worst and inept at best. That’s not healthy for the Republican Party and the conservative movement in the long run.

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Breaking News: Boehner To Cave, Expected To Allow Vote On Clean DHS Bill

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Hat/Tip to Drudge Report and CNN.

Well, we’ve been expecting Boehner’s spine to turn to jelly, and frankly it’s surprising that it’s lasted this long.

House Speaker John Boehner is expected to move soon — as early as Wednesday — to bring up the clean bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security for a vote on the House floor, according to two House GOP sources familiar with leadership discussions.

A clean bill to fully fund the Department through the end of the fiscal year is what Democrats have been demanding, and conservatives have been fighting against.

The plan is for a Republican member to bring up the Senate bill as a “privileged resolution,” which would mean it would get relatively quick vote on the House floor. Sources say leaders are still working out the timing, and who would offer the resolution to begin the process.

Although under House rules a Democrat could try to force this vote, these sources say it will be a House Republican who will move to proceed with the vote on the funding bill.

Conservatives have been demanding a conference committee with the House and Senate to work out the differences on the DHS spending bill. But on Monday, as expected, Senate Democrats voted to block any effort to set up a conference committee.

And of course, Boehner has no comment at this time…

Boehner’s spokesman Michael Steel declined to address the next steps.

“We are disappointed that Senate Democrats have once again rejected regular order,” he said. “Now, we will talk with House Republican members about the way forward.”

The House GOP conference will meet on Tuesday morning. Boehner’s allies are expected to push rank-and-file members to vote for the clean DHS bill, making the argument that they support fighting back against President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration, but it’s time to move on from waging the battle on a critical spending bill that funds domestic security.

This is so typical of the GOP leadership in DC. They are so afraid of any aspect of the government “shutting down” and soooo afraid of being seen as “the party of No.”

  • What these Bozos don’t understand is that the vast majority of Americans WANT them to be the party of NO!!!
  • We WANT them to use a government shut down AGAINST Obama and the Democrats.
  • But they are nothing but LILY-LIVERED COWARDS.

Ugh, I need to go have a shower after just reading about Boehner making a deal FOR Obama.

*shudder*

Read the full story here (if you’ve the stomach for it).

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Video: Donald Trump Has Harsh Words for Mitt Romney And Jeb Bush at CPAC… Crowd Cheers

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Hat/Tip to the Conservative Tribune.

Donald Trump is no politician. He is a blunt, say it like it is businessman and that is a huge part of his appeal. His bluntness was on display at CPAC this year, as well.

The last week has been a bit rough for Jeb Bush. The former governor of Florida attended the Conservative Political Action Conference with high hopes for a 2016 presidential run, but he has been hit with a harsh dose of reality.

Several prominent conservatives took time in their CPAC speeches to specifically criticize the brother of George W. Bush, and remind viewers about Jeb Bush’s many moderate and even liberal positions.

At one point, members of the audience even stood up and walked out as Bush spoke.

The latest celebrity to mock Jeb is none other than Donald Trump, the real estate mogul and reality television personality.

“Jeb Bush is in favor of Common Core,” Trump declared to the crowd. “He’s weak on immigration. I don’t see him winning.”

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GOP In Full Retreat? Boehner And McConnell Raise The White Flag On Obama’s Executive Amnesty

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Hat/Tip to S.A. Miller at The Washington Times.

What was it Speaker Boehner said about Obama’s Illegal Actions on Executive Amnesty, again?

Oh, yeah:

“The House will soon take action aimed at stopping the president’s unilateral action when it comes to immigration,” Boehner said at his press briefing today. “Republicans are in agreement that this is a gravely serious matter.”

“The president’s unilateral actions were an affront to the rule of law and our system of government,” Boehner said. “The American people don’t support it and as their representatives we cannot let it stand.”

“I said we’d fight it tooth and nail when we had two majorities in the House and Senate and I meant it,” Boehner said. “What is at risk is the rule of law and the sanctity of America’s Constitution. The president has taken action that is beyond the scope of his ability and the Congress cannot just sit here and look the other way. We have to take action.”

“I said we’d fight it tooth and nail when we had two majorities in the House and Senate and I meant it,” Boehner said.

That was John Boehner on January 8th of this year.

Now he is singing a much different tune.

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Conservatives saw it as raising a white flag when Republican congressional leaders pledged not to withhold funding for the Department of Homeland Security in the fight over President Obama’s deportation amnesty, stoking fears that for the next two years House Speaker John A. Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will consistently surrender.

For the Republican base, Mr. Obama’s unilateral move to grant legal status and work permits for up to 5 million illegal immigrants was an unlawful power grab that created a constitutional crisis.

But don’t worry, the GOP is able to manage the uncanny ability to keep shooting itself in the foot…

They promised a showdown over immigration before temporary funding for Homeland Security expires Feb. 27. But faced with a spate of terrorism in Europe and cyberattacks by North Korea, the Republican leaders also promised not to shut down Homeland Security and jeopardize the safety of Americans.

Meanwhile, Mr. McConnell and his team expressed doubts about getting the 60 votes in the Senate needed to approve the House-passed spending bill for Homeland Security that included policy riders blocking Mr. Obama’s immigration moves.

Republicans have a 54-member majority in the Senate, forcing them to secure support from at least six Democrats to clear the 60-vote bar for advancing most legislation in the chamber.

The pessimism extended to the House chamber.

“We can only do what we can do,” said Rep. Andy Harris of Maryland, though he vowed that Republicans would keep trying. “The fact is, we don’t have 60 votes in the Senate.”

With Republicans bracing for defeat, Democrats intensified their calls for a “clean” spending bill for Homeland Security.

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Emails Obtained Show Then Governor Jeb Bush Favored A Near Open Border Policy

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As Governor of Florida, Jeb Bush favored amnesty of some type for the millions of illegals here. This won’t sit well with the base of the GOP.

Hat/Tip to Paige St. John at The Los Angeles Times.

We need to keep open our country to people fleeing repression. We need to deal with the millions that are here illegally. … It should be done without … hatred and fear. 

Those are then Florida Governor, Jeb Bush in an email to a constituent on the issue of his desire to offer drivers licenses to illegal aliens here in the United States, specifically of course, in Florida.

Luckily, the measure never passed.

The onslaught by email began when Florida’s Republican governor came out in support of a measure to issue driver’s licenses to immigrants without proper papers.

“Are you the governor of the people or the governor of the illegals?” an angry resident wrote to Jeb Bush.

Another told Bush the bill was “a load of owl poop.” A third admonished him that “our citizenry and way of life must be protected from this illegal onslaught.”

Within three weeks of its introduction, the 2004 legislation was dead, but, Bush wrote, “the situation of illegal immigrants won’t go away.”

This is an issue that will, in all likelihood come back to bite him on his posterior.

Those words, included in more than 350,000 emails spanning Bush’s eight years as governor, will prove prescient if he decides to enter the 2016 presidential contest, one that he has been striding toward since December. On the explosive issue of immigration, Bush occupies the left side of his party’s spectrum, his views squarely contrary to those of many conservative voters who will help determine the next Republican nominee.

Time after time, the emails showed Bush lamenting his party’s positions on immigration and saying Americans “need to deal with” millions in the country without proper papers — words that signaled an embrace of some measure of legal status for them, rather than deportation.

“We need to enforce our borders and do it seriously,” the governor told a 15-year-old girl from West Palm Beach who wrote in 2006 that she’d found little sympathy among the public for those caught up in “this illegal immigrant deal.”

“We need to keep open our country to people fleeing repression,” he wrote. “We need to deal with the millions that are here illegally but aren’t leaving. It is a big task but we need to do it. It should be done without the emotion of hatred and fear.”

This issue is one that hits close to home for Jeb.

The issue of immigration is a personal one for Bush; he is fluent in Spanish, was raised in heavily Latino Texas and has been married for four decades to a Mexican woman he met during a student exchange. As governor, he frequently directed his staff to assist immigrants, including those who had arrived illegally, as they sought help with federal agencies.

But Bush also faced a struggle familiar to Republican leaders in states with large agricultural bases: pressure from GOP-allied interests demanding stability in the labor pool. Florida growers in particular wanted protection for hundreds of thousands of undocumented workers who pick the state’s citrus and tomato crops.

So it looks like we have Jeb Bush, who favors open borders and giving free perks and benefits to those who enter our country illegally and Mitt Romney who just recently came out with the statement that man-made Global Warming is real…

Wow, THANKS to the GOP for this pair!!

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Stand Up Comedy, Complete Denial, Or Just Your Normal, Average Lying Politician?

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Hat/Tip to WeaselZippers.

  • He’s not “establishment”
    • Even though he’s punishing all GOP House members who voted against him, or who don’t tow the party line
  • He’s a Conservative
    • Even though he pushed the Cromnibus through and has done NOTHING to defund ObamaCare
  • He’s not spineless
    • Even though he won’t stand up to Obama and is afraid to shut down the government to defund ObamaCare

So there you have it, he’s a tough-as-nails Conservative who isn’t afraid of Obama and the Democrats, pays no attention to public opinion polls and isn’t afraid to shut down the government.

Wait, what?

Okay, story time is over here at CH 2.0.

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Boehner Re-Elected Speaker Despite 25 Republicans Voting Against Him: Boehner Immediately Seeks Revenge

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Once Again – Speaker of the House, John Boehner, (R-OH)

Hat/Tip to CNSNews.comMark LevinPolitico and The Washington Post.

Despite the fact that over two dozen House Republicans voted present or for someone else, John Boehner retained his Speakership today.

The House has re-elected John Boehner to be speaker in the new Republican-led Congress, despite opposition by tea party lawmakers that underscored party divisions.

The Ohio Republican garnered the votes of 216 GOP lawmakers as Congress convened Tuesday. That was enough for him to win a third two-year term leading the House.

But in an embarrassing slap, 25 Republicans voted for other candidates or voted present. They consider Boehner to be too accommodating and not conservative enough.

Their repudiation of Boehner was an awkward display of GOP schisms at a time when party leaders want to show voters that they can govern effectively. They want to show they won’t be forced by tea party legislators into unwinnable, unpopular showdowns with President Barack Obama.

As soon as the votes were cast, and he retained his Speakership, Boehner and his cronies set about seeking revenge.

…25 true Conservatives dared to stand up and encourage their colleagues to deny John Boehner a first round positive vote for Speaker of the House. Dozens of other conservatives didn’t have the guts to stand up. Boehner is now more angry at those who voted against him than angry at President Obama for his unconstitutional acts. Hours after Boehner was elected his allies were already out for revenge, ousting some from their committee posts.

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After he secured his third term as speaker Tuesday afternoon, losing 25 votes on the House floor to some relative-unknown members of the Republican Conference, Boehner moved swiftly to boot two of the insurgents from the influential Rules Committee. That could be just the start of payback for the speaker’s betrayers, who might see subcommittee chairmanships and other perks fall away in the coming months.

So this is what has come to Ladies and Gentlemen. Back room deals, slaps on the back between cronies and using the political process to damage your enemies – both real and perceived.

This is why America is fed up with both parties and tired of the same old Washington bullshit.

Here is the list of House members who voted against Boehner or voted Present:

  1. Rep. Justin Amash (Mich.) — Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio)
  2. Rep. Brian Babin (Tex.) — “present”
  3. Rep. Rod Blum (Iowa) — Rep. Dan Webster (R-Fla.)
  4. Rep. Dave Brat (Va.) — Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.)
  5. Rep. Jim Bridenstine (Okla.) — Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Tex.)
  6. Rep. Curt Clawson (Fla.) — Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.)
  7. Rep. Scott DesJarlais (Tenn.) — Jordan
  8. Duncan — Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.)
  9. Rep. Scott Garrett (N.J.) — Webster
  10. Rep. Chris Gibson (N.Y.) — House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.)
  11. Rep. Paul Gosar (Ariz.) — Webster
  12. Gohmert — Gohmert
  13. Rep. Tim Huelskamp (Kan.) — Webster
  14. Rep. Walter Jones (N.C.) — Webster
  15. Rep. Steve King — Webster
  16. Rep. Tom Massie (Ky.) — Rep. Ted Yoho (R-Fla.)
  17. Rep. Mark Meadows (N.C.) — Webster
  18. Rep. Rich Nugent (Fla.) — Webster
  19. Rep. Gary Palmer (Ala.) — Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.)
  20. Rep. Bill Posey (Fla.) — Webster
  21. Rep. Scott Rigell (Va.) — Webster
  22. Rep. Marlin Stutzman (Ind.) — Webster
  23. Rep. Randy Weber (Tex.) — Gohmert
  24. Webster — Webster
  25. Yoho — Yoho

Vote totals:

  1. Webster: 12
  2. Gohmert: 3
  3. Yoho: 2
  4. Jordan: 2
  5. Others/”present”: 6

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More GOP House Members Rebelling Against Boehner As Speaker

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Hat/Tip to Matthew Boyle at Breitbart.

Does this mean Boehner’s days as Obama’s GOP errand boy are numbered?

We can only hope so.

Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) issued a statement on Saturday detailing why he’s going to vote against House Speaker John Boehner’s re-election on Tuesday.

Massie, who’s entering his second term as a member from Kentucky, now becomes the second Republican House member announcing the coming rebellion against Boehner.

Massie joins Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK) in the fight for fresh leadership, and in his statement he detailed how Boehner and his leadership actually have misled members of the House GOP conference.

“For years I watched Washington from afar and suspected that something was broken. Why is it that so many people approve of their congressman, yet they consistently disapprove of Congress? During my first two years as a congressman I discovered a significant source of the dysfunction,” Massie said, before detailing several bad things that he “watched the House Leadership” do.

The list Massie reported focused mostly on Boehner’s work on the so-called “CRomnibus” $1.1 trillion spending bill.

john boehner generous with taxpayer moneyBoehner’s actions last month in passing everything Obama wanted have evidently been too much for House members to swallow.

Massie said that Boehner “schedule[d] a fiscal crisis in a lame duck session on the last legislative day before Christmas to get maximum leverage over rank and file members” and then worked to “mislead members into thinking that a vote on an unpopular bill was postponed, only to then conduct a rushed voice vote on the $10 billion unfunded spending measure with fewer than a dozen members present.”

Boehner also made sure to “give members less than 72 hours to read bills over 1,000 pages long, and,” Massie said, has proven he will “remove members from committees simply because they voted for the principles upon which they campaigned.”

“With a process this broken, is it any wonder that Washington no longer works for the people?” Massie said. “My constituents expect better, and America deserves better. On January 6th, 2015, I will vote for a new Speaker who will consistently articulate a constitutional vision for America and facilitate an inclusive and orderly legislative process that allows Congress to truly reflect the will of the people.”

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McCain Wages ‘All-Out War’ to Rid Arizona GOP of Tea Party

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Hat/Tip to Melanie Batley at Newsmax.

You know, it’s too bad he didn’t show this kinda backbone when he ran against Obama in 2008. Someone should have told him Obie was a Tea Partier…

Arizona GOP Sen. John McCain’s team is on a campaign to rid the Arizona Republican Party of tea party officials, replacing them with allies to the senator in advance of an expected bid for a sixth term in 2016.

According to Politico. which spoke to nearly a dozen sources, McCain’s team has been working with strategists and fundraisers across the country to undermine the standing of conservatives in his state who could pose a challenge to his political future.

“There’s been a huge organizational effort that I’ve never seen before,” Gordon James, an Arizona public relations executive and McCain ally, told Politico. “A lot of the party folks who were hostile to John McCain have been marginalized, and that’s a good thing.”

But McCain didn’t get first blood in this fight.

In January, members of the state committee lead by tea party supporters formally censured the 2008 GOP presidential nominee for not being conservative enough, particularly on the issues of immigration and the Affordable Care Act.

Since then, McCain’s team managed to oust the man who authored the censure resolution, Timothy Schwartz, who had been serving as a GOP legislative district chairman.

“It’s very clear what’s going on,” Schwartz told Politico, blaming his ouster on McCain. “Look, John McCain has prominence and money and influence and because of that he thinks he can ramrod us.”

Another outspoken detractor, A.J. LaFaro, has recently announced he will not seek re-election to his county Republican chairmanship. He told Politico that McCain was guilty of engaging in the equivalent of “ethnic cleansing.”

“For John McCain to have been so vindictive in his actions … It’s just amazing,” he said. “It’s been all-out war.”

And it looks like that censure is what has pissed the old war veteran off.

McCain’s former deputy campaign manager acknowledged that the censure has prompted action from McCain’s team.

“He was very unhappy with the censure and wanted to make sure it never happened again,” Mike Hellon told Politico.

Immediately following the censure vote, a group of top aides formed a super PAC, Arizona Grassroots Action, dedicated to spending money to elect more McCain allies to committee roles. It raised nearly $300,000 from longtime donors across the U.S., according to Politico.

The organization also proactively recruited candidates to take up precinct committee positions and spent money during the 2014 midterm elections on mailers and automated phone calls advertising the candidates.

The effort helped push outspoken conservatives to the sidelines.

And much like his “friend” Barack Obama, McCain is managing to stay “above the fray” on this.

McCain’s aides say he is not personally involved in the effort but pleased with the outcome.

“Sen. McCain has been a supporter of efforts to expand the party and to get more people involved,” Brian Rogers, a McCain spokesman, told Politico.

The 78-year old has not said whether he will seek re-election, but his spokesman told Politico he is “strongly leaning toward running again” and he would make a decision sometime next year.

“If Senator McCain seeks re-election in 2016, the groundwork laid in 2014 will be extremely helpful,” said Jon Seaton, a McCain aide, according to Politico, adding that he would be “running with the strong support of thousands of grassroots Arizonans.”

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Mitch McConnell: Being The Party Of “Yes” More Important Than Defunding Executive Amnesty…

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Hat/Tip to WeaselZippers.

RINO ALERT! (not that this is anything new…)

Mitch McConnell is suffering from the same delusional thinking that gave us two terms of Obama. But then this is what you get when the GOP runs on absolutely NO PLATFORM during the recent midterms. All they said was that they weren’t Obama.

Big freakin’ deal. My wife’s cat isn’t Obama either, but I wouldn’t want him legislating.

If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything and this is exactly what the GOP is doing. They are falling for the same old Democratic talking points that unless they tow the line on immigration (and healthcare and spending and government shutdowns, etc…) that they won’t win another election.

*sigh*

Are these guys really that stupid?? (rhetorical question – we all already know the answer)

Via Breitbart:

To incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), it is more important for Republicans to be the party of yes than go all-out to defund President Barack Obama’s executive amnesty.

According to the New York Times, McConnell “acknowledges that changing the mind-set of opposition” in the next Congress “will be crucial to advancing legislation that will attract Democratic support and force” Obama “into difficult choices over whether to sign measures pushed by his adversaries.” The Times notes “that is why his focus will be lawmakers he thinks he can meld into a governing coalition.”

“All of us from time to time make a point,” Mr. McConnell told the outlet. “But it is time now to make a difference.”

But on the issue that is arguably most important to conservatives–defunding President Barack Obama’s executive amnesty–McConnell is squeamish.

The Associated Press noted that in a recent interview, “McConnell stopped short of pledging that Congress would block Obama’s recent executive actions curbing deportations for millions of people who are in the United States illegally.”

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Must See Video: Tea Party Nation Founder – GOP Collapse Imminent

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Hat/Tip to Sean Piccoli at Newsmax.

History.com had this to say about the demise of the Whig Party which was brought about, in part by the birth of the Republican Party:

Ultimately, however, the Whigs are best understood as an American major party trying to be many things to many men, ready to abandon one deeply held ‘conviction’ for another in the drive for political power. The party died not because its unique aura no longer appealed to voters but because it could not cope effectively or persuasively with what after the Compromise of 1850 became the great issue of American politics, the expansion of slavery.

Let’s take a look at that simple, yet honest statement and break it down, like Mark Levin might do.

Ultimately, however, the Whigs are best understood as an American major party trying to be many things to many men, ready to abandon one deeply held ‘conviction’ for another in the drive for political power.

Sound familiar? This idea is still alive and well within the GOP today. It’s been espoused by so-called Conservatives, Progressives and of course what we today call the RINOs.

  • “Our party is a big tent,” Atwater told reporters that day. “We can house many views on many issues.” – Lee Atwater, 1989
  • “…the world is now more sophisticated and prepared to march toward a world government. The supranational sovereignty of an intellectual elite and world bankers is surely preferable to the national auto-determination practiced in past centuries.” – David Rockefeller, 1991
  • Politicians have to “understand that you have to have tolerance for all philosophical views. It’s a big tent,” Olympia Snowe, R-ME 2012
  • “At the appropriate time we’ll talk about all of these issues, while remembering that our party is a big tent party. We lose when we try to become exclusive to one particular set of issues.” – Jon Hunstman, Jr, 2011
  • “I think we have a big tent, and we can use moderates, conservatives, libertarians — we need ‘em all,” Senator Rand Paul, 2014

And ultimately, this “big tent” idea led to the downfall of the Whigs.

The party died not because its unique aura no longer appealed to voters but because it could not cope effectively or persuasively with what after the Compromise of 1850 became the great issue of American politics, the expansion of slavery.

In other words, since they didn’t stand for any one thing, they fell.

Hard.

Study up on your history there, GOP.

A leader of the conservative tea party movement, which has alternately energized and divided Republicans, told Newsmax TV on Tuesday that right now it’s the divisions that are becoming pronounced — and could result in a permanent rupture before the next presidential election.

Judson Phillips, founder of Tea Party Nation, told “MidPoint” host Ed Berliner that “instead of a huge Republican majority” beginning in the next Congress in January, “you’re going to see the GOP shattered in 2015, and we might see the GOP in 2016 go the way of the Whig Party in the 1850s.”

No, there isn’t a third party, viable and ready to take off, but if the GOP establishment keeps ignoring the base, then you’ll see it happen. Mr. Phillips agrees.

Phillips offered no proof that a mass exodus of conservatives toward a new third party is imminent, but said last week’s budget negotiations prove Republican leaders in Washington are already ignoring the conservatives who mobilized on Nov. 4 and helped the GOP to stunning victories.

The $1.1 trillion budget passed last week by the House and Senate, with Republican support, provides partial or full-year funding in 2015 for some of President Barack Obama’s top priorities, including the Affordable Care Act and an executive order allowing millions of illegal aliens to stay.

“What little the Republicans ran on this past year [in the midterm elections], one of the things was, ‘Oh, we’re going to stand up against Barack Obama and his [executive] amnesty [for illegals],'” said Phillips.

“Well what’s the first thing they did when they get back to Washington? They haul up [House Speaker] John Boehner’s freshly laundered white flag of surrender and give up,” he said.

And then the Karl Roves of the world try to say that it was a strategic move…

Yeaaahhhh, riiiight.

Phillips brushed aside the idea that Republicans strategically saved their powder for the next Congress, when they will control both chambers and enjoy more leverage over the White House.

“It is strategic, but not in the way you think,” Phillips said of the budget and its immigration provisions.

“This is the end game of the great Republican civil war that has been going on for years now, and this is the victory of the Chamber of Commerce wing of the Republican Party. So, in a lot of ways, this is very strategic.”

The only pushback to the budget and funding of amnesty came in the Senate, from Ted Cruz of Texas, Mike Lee of Utah and Jeff Sessions of Alabama, said Phillips, alluding to a floor challenge led by Cruz that delayed, but did not derail, Senate approval of the budget.

“These are the guys who are standing up for the principles that the Republicans at least allegedly believe — the key word there being ‘allegedly,'” said Phillips.

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Step By Step Guide To Replace John Boehner As Speaker Of The House

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Hat/Tip to Crow’s Nest Politics.

Could it happen? Yes, it could, but we’d have to practically melt the phone lines in DC to really get the GOP Rank-n-File’s attention.

Let us not forget that nowhere does it say that the Speaker has to be a member of the House of Representatives. They can elect anyone to that post.

INSTRUCTIONS;

1. Click on the map or hyperlink and get your phone number and email address.

2. VERY POLITELY call your Representatives office. Inform the “STAFFER” that you would like to officially make your House Member aware that we do not like Speaker Boehner and we demand that he be replaced. AGAIN; BE POLITE! The person is a staffer, he or she has no power and put’s up with a ton of negativity. Be nice, and it will go a lot further. Ask them to make a note that you will be watching how your representative votes on the Speaker’s selection. You might even go so far as to make a suggestion, IE; Steve King (R-IA)

3. Follow that phone call with a polite email.

4. In both the call and the email let the staffer know that a movement has been started and they will no doubt be getting many more calls and emails. CONSERVATIVE AMERICA WANTS THIS GUY GONE AS SPEAKER!

Do not call your Senator~ There is no reason to bother them, they have no control over the House Speaker selection process.

If you live in a district that has a Democrat, again, they have no real input either. Select one or two Republican House members to contact. Make it very clear, we are watching.

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RINOS Beware: Sean Hannity Yanks Karl Rove Off The Air!

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Hat/Tip to iizthatiiz.

Why did Hannity cut Karl Rove off? Well he was in the middle of defending Boehner’s total sell out to the Conservative movement, for one. But to be fair, no explanation was given, so we are left to only wonder.

However, we’ll see from here on out how often Rove is asked back to be on Hannity’s show and if he is, just how far will he go to defend Boehner?

December 11th, 2014 • Fox News host Sean Hannity is calling for the removal of John Boehner as House Speaker in the wake of the passage of a massive spending bill. Boehner partnered with President Obama and House Democrats to squeak the bill past Congress . Establishment pundit Karl Rove was in the midst of defending Boehner’s action when Hannity abruptly cut him off in mid-sentence and continued on with the broadcast. No reason was offered by Hannity for Rove’s early departure.

 

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Mandate? We Don’t Need No Steenking Mandate: Boehner’s Spending Deals Have Increased Debt $4 TRILLION

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Hat/Tip to WeaselZippers.

“I came as a reformer, but when people in charge don’t want to reform, the only way is revolution!”

Did that quote come from one of the Tea Party House Republicans?

No.

Ted Cruz, over in the Senate?

Nuh-uh.

Believe it or not that quote came from John Boehner’s own lips. – Hat/Tip to Mark Levin.

He said that as a firebrand young Conservative member of the House, intent on reforming the GOP and cutting the wasteful spending practices of Washington back in 1993.

My oh my, how the times have changed. Fast forward 21 1/2 years to present day, 2014 and guess what? John Boehner is the very “people in charge” who “don’t want to reform” that he railed about early in his Congressional career. He has given Harry Reid and Barack Obama budgets only a Marxist could love. He has squandered the mandate given him and the GOP this past November when we handed them control of both houses of Congress and the largest Republican House since 1928 – that’s EIGHTY-SIX YEARS!

The federal debt has increased by $3.8 trillion in the 3.8 years that have passed since House Speaker John Boehner cut his first spending deal with Senate Democrats and President Obama.

That works out to $32,938.38 for every household in the United States—including those taking federal welfare benefits—and $42,783.20 for every full-time year-round private-sector worker in the United States.

In fact, the $42,783.20 that the federal government has borrowed per full-time year-round private-sector worker since Boehner cut his first federal spending deal exceeds the $41,916 that according to the Census Bureau was median annual earnings of full-time year-round private-sector wage and salary workers in 2013.

DEBT UP 3.8 TRILLION SINCE MARCH 2011 SPENDING DEAL-CHART

Boehner became speaker in January 2011, after the Republicans won a majority of the House of Representatives in the midterm elections of 2010. At that time, the government was operating under a continuing resolution that expired on March 4, 2011. Before that CR expired, Boehner cut a spending deal to fund the government after it expired.

Here’s another interesting quote by John “Give Obama Everything He Wants” Boehner:

“The American people are screaming at the top of their lungs to Washington, ‘Stop! Stop the spending, stop the job-killing policies.’ And yet, Democrats in Washington refuse to listen to the American people.” – Source

Yet it looks like Boehner isn’t listening either.

Ever since March 4, 2011, all federal spending has been authorized by laws passed by the Republican-controlled House that Boehner leads.

At the close of business on March 4, 2011, the federal debt was $14,182,627,184,881.03, according to the Treasury. At the close of business on Dec. 9, 2014, it was $17,997,912,502,715.74.

From March 11, 2011 through Dec. 9, 2014, the debt increased $3,815,285,317,834.71.

1,376 days—or 3.8 years—transpired between March 4, 2011 and Dec. 11, 2014.

The $3.8 trillion in new debt that the federal government has accumulated under the spending deals approved by a Republican-controlled House of Representatives over the past 3.8 years equals $2,772,736,422.84 in new debt per day.

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House GOP Leadership Take Page From Pelosi Playbook To Trick Rank And File Into Supporting Obama’s Amnesty By Executive Order

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House Speaker John Boehner, at the lectern, surrounded by the GOP leadership team. (Chip Somodevilla, Getty Images)

 

Hat/Tip to Matthew Boyle at Breitbart.com.

Continuing to prove his fidelity to the Tea Party and all it stands for, Texas Representative Louie Gohmert shined a spotlight on a tricky maneuver that would make Nancy Pelosi green with envy. Well okay, Pelosi is green much of the time, but you know what I mean.

Louie Gohmert, R-TX

In a lengthy interview on Friday afternoon, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) exposed how House Speaker John Boehner, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Majority Whip Steve Scalise strengthened President Barack Obama’s executive amnesty with procedural trickery former Speaker Nancy Pelosi and ObamaCare architect Jonathan Gruber would envy—and they did it all in the name of pushing a bill that they told Republicans would block Obama’s executive amnesty. 

What’s more is that a series of interviews and recent developments indicate that Boehner’s gambit here is placing several of his top lieutenants—including at least two committee chairmen—at political risk of serious primary challenges just a few months after newly elected Rep. Dave Brat (R-VA) beat now former House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) in a Republican primary.

Just like Pelosi did when she was Speaker, Boehner has gone from trickery and sleight of hand to downright dishonesty to get Obama’s agenda passed through the House.

Gohmert said most members had no idea what they were actually voting for when 219 members—216 of which were Republicans—approved a measure, H.R. 5759, first put forward by Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL), but subsequently dramatically altered by leadership officials in the Rules Committee process.

“I was a cosponsor of the original Yoho bill. I thought it was a very decent bill, it was very short—it was only about a page and a half—and it basically said that anything the president did in violation of current law including what he’s done with ordering work permits for people who are illegally here, it’s illegal,” Gohmert said. 

It’s outside the constitutional bounds. If you came through the Speaker’s lobby on the way to the House floor as so many people do, there’s tables there in the Speaker’s lobby that have copies of all the official bills we are taking up that day. There was official copies of H.R. 5759 out there—and they were the short page and a half bill that Representative Yoho had originally filed. But the night before there was an amendment in the nature of a substitute to H.R. 5759—what that means is that it’s a new bill. It’s different but it’s going to substitute in its entirety the original bill. It had some of Yoho’s original language in it but they eliminated from the title the word “amnesty” and replaced it with “executive overreach.” Then they had a bunch of ‘findings’ that sounded tough that make it clear the president is not authorized to do what he did. Section One is the short title of the bill. Section Two is the findings that got added, which sounded tough. Section Three is the operative section though.

I know that this next explanation tends to get out in the weeds, but it is important that we understand the trickery used here if we are to be an informed populous who stands vigil against this type of tyranny.

Gohmert walked Breitbart News through the text of Section Three of the new bill line by line, explaining how each word fits into the legal patchwork of immigration law before getting to the key additions that were made without notifying many of the members who voted for it.

“They added another section called ‘exceptions.’ And the exceptions part says this ‘shall apply except’ and then there’s three parts,” Gohmert said while reading the actual text of the bill on the phone with Breitbart News. 

The third one is “for humanitarian purposes where the aliens are at imminent risk of serious bodily harm or death.” That’s what they added. Well, this president has been arguing for months that the things he’s doing is because these people are at imminent risk of serious bodily harm and that’s why he’s doing them. So actually by adding this exception it gives the president for the first time a solid statutory basis to argue that providing those work permits is now legal.

And the end result of Boehner’s dirty tricks? Legal cover for Obama’s recent Unconstitutional Executive Order granting amnesty to 5 million illegal aliens.

Gohmert said that this addition gives President Obama a foot in the door for a legal argument justifying executive amnesty.

“By adding that exception to the original bill, we would now give the president the statutory authority to do what he’s doing to issue these work permits,” Gohmert said. “I know that this language is in there for people claiming asylum and for refugee status, but not ever for providing work permits. But by adding this to this bill that’s supposed to claim his effort to provide work permits is illegal, unconstitutional, and inappropriate, the exception that was added gives him a statutory basis for arguing his work permits are now statutorily allowed.”

“I understand that the president issued a veto threat if we were going to pass this, but I think that was to give this bill more credibility after this language was added,” Gohmert added. “I understand Harry Reid said he’s never going to take this up. But if Harry Reid took it and passed it in the Senate, and the president signed it, then I think it gives the president a statutory basis to argue he has the power to issue these work permits now.”

The original sponsor of the bill says otherwise.

However, Yoho’s office challenges the assertion that this loophole that was inserted into his new bill—which his office does admit was an “alternative” bill, different than his original legislation—would give the president such a legal argument.

Yoho spokesman Brian Kaveney told Breitbart News that “that exception already exists under the Executive’s constitutional foreign affairs powers – Chinese in Tienanmen Square, Cubans in the 1960s, etc.”

“Obama is not using a humanitarian argument for his actions; he is citing prioritization and prosecutorial discretion for his legal bases,” Kaveney said. 

Even if he were using a humanitarian argument, his actions would not fit these exceptions. Previous presidents simply granted voluntary departure to certain children and spouses to match congressional legislation – clearly much different than what Obama is attempting to do. Even Obama would have a hard time explaining how 5-8 million people, already here, are under threat of imminent risk of serious bodily harm or death. That exception was specifically written that way to pay respect to the foreign policy powers previously discussed but limit any other wild interpretation.

Either Boehner is using Congressman Yoho’s naiveté, or Yoho is deliberately covering for Boehner while he sucks up to Obama. Either way, he needs to be held accountable for this legislation if EVER gets signed into law. Conservative Talk Radio Show host, Laura Ingraham sure tore into Yoho during her show the other day.

Yoho’s bill is the centerpiece of Boehner’s plan to pass a longterm CR-omnibus strategy that funds Obama’s executive amnesty until at least March 2015, and probably forever.

Nationally syndicated radio host Laura Ingraham cut Yoho to pieces in an interview last week in which Yoho had no idea how to explain what he was doing.

“Congressman, you know I like you,” she told him. “We’ve had you on before. But I’m just going to say it because I say the truth.”

“All right,” Yoho responded.

“I think you’re getting played here,” she said. “I really do.” 

Congressman, you are giving the establishment the cover that they desperately crave because they know America is onto this. We’ve been played for fools before. “We’re going to fight for you, we’re going to stop this. Da da da. We have limited ability to do this. We don’t have Congress, we’re gonna wait until January to do this.” Then we find out it’s an omnibus spending bill that funds the whole government until the end of next summer, taking away a lot of opportunity to really hone in on those specifics. So my question here is a simple one, because I think you are one of our real hopes here—I really do.

“Well, I appreciate that,” Yoho interjected.

“In March, has Boehner guaranteed to you he will pick up where Jeff Sessions left off, because Sessions has the right play here—he knows how to deal with this,” Ingraham asked. “Has he pledged to you he will replace this bill with the Sessions bill?”

Yoho ducked in his response. “We haven’t gone that far,” he said. “And again, Laura, what we’re dealing with is crisis management up here. Over and over again.”

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