And this helps Obama exactly how?John Boehner proceeded with Plan B and gave neither assurances nor reassurances that he would fight for meaningful spending cuts or entitlement reforms. He asked Republicans to give up the last plank in their party they had not surrendered in the name of big government without getting anything meaningful from the Democrats.
In short, John Boehner has spent two weeks negotiating with himself, ending what amounted to an elaborate bird of paradise mating dance with rejection by his own conference.
For two years, House Republican leaders have backtracked from every pledge they’ve made with the American people and, as importantly, with the conservative base. The House GOP has not fought — routinely relying on two excuses:(1) we’ll only get a worse deal and (2) we’re only one house of congress. On top of it all, only two weeks ago John Boehner decided to purge several vocal conservatives from key committees.
Last night those conservatives and outside conservative groups too often burned by John Boehner’s broken promises told the Speaker it was time to stop negotiating away their principles.
John Boehner is wounded as a Speaker. The conservative movement, the Republican base, and enough of his own Republican Conference have given up trusting John Boehner, Eric Cantor, and Kevin McCarthy.
By giving the Republicans a more determined leader?