GOP Leadership has antagonized Republicans for perhaps too long.
Maybe, even if we can’t defund Planned Parenthood yet, the GOP leadership will be overturned and replaced with more conservative leadership.
Barbara Boland writes at the Washington Examiner, “Calls to depose GOP leadership mount: ‘Who is in charge right now?’”
For the first time, GOP leadership is very nervous that House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, could be deposed. Conservative disappointment with the Republican leadership on a host of issues from the Iran deal, to federal funding for Planned Parenthood, to the failure to secure a budget, have left some members openly calling for the leadership’s removal.
“Time for new congressional leadership,” Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich. tweeted Saturday. He added: GOP leaders “in Congress refuse to listen to regular Americans.”
GOP leaders “don’t follow their own party platform,” former Sen. Jim DeMint, who now heads up the conservative Heritage Foundation, said Sunday. “Things that were mainstay 10 years ago [like] balancing the budget, limited government, getting rid of cronyism, [are] now called radical or far right.”
“We, along with millions of Americans, are frustrated that this Republican Party has not stood up to President Obama for his whole time in office,” DeMint said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
“The key question is: who is in charge right now?” asked Rep. Dave Brat, R-Va., in an interview with the Washington Examiner. “Who is in charge right now of the United States budget?”
What Brat says next rather amazes me:
“I’m a member of Congress, on the Budget Committee … and I don’t even know who is in charge of the budget process right now,” said Brat.
What is the point of being on the Budget Committee if you can’t even learn who is running the budget? It is almost like we have a government within our government.
Boland’s explanation (relating information she received from Brat, presumably) is scandalous:
The budget committee finished work on the budget months ago and passed it on to the appropriations committee where it has sat for months.
The most likely outcome from the budget stalling in committee is that the House will pass a short-term continuing resolution to fund the government, and then an omnibus bill at Christmas that will break the budget.
This is certainly more than worthy of a conservative counter-revolution. However, I fear it may be too good to be true. Can the conservatives really pull this off?
I’m not sure. But I do hope they try and I hope they succeed. One sign of hope: Back in 2013 John Boehner went along with the government shutdown in order to keep Republicans happy. He obviously felt he needed to do that in order to keep his place. Now, however, he is refusing to cooperate even that much. Is this because he is in a stronger position or because he is more desperate? If his decision comes from desperation, then we can hope he is really vulnerable.
Time will tell.