John Boehner won the vote to stay Speaker of the House, and now he is after his enemies.
The Politico.com headline is quite clear: “Boehner Takes Revenge.”
After he secured his third term as speaker Tuesday afternoon, losing 25 votes on the House floor to some relative-unknown members of the House Republican Conference, Boehner moved swiftly to boot Florida Reps. Daniel Webster and Rich Nugent from the influential Rules Committee.
The reason was simple: Webster ran against Boehner for speaker, distributing fliers outlining his candidacy and talking about how he would better adhere to the House rules than the Ohio Republican. Nugent supported his fellow Floridian in the quixotic endeavor, which garnered the support of 12 lawmakers. Webster didn’t even give Boehner a heads-up that he was running, although leadership was aware early Tuesday morning that it could happen.
With Webster openly offering himself as an alternative to Boehner, the GOP leadership thought seats on the Rules Committee were a plum that the pair no longer deserved. It didn’t take more than a few hours for Webster – a legendary former Florida statehouse speaker and state Senate majority leader – and Nugent to find themselves on the outside of a power structure they were once very much a part of.
Members are already making noises about reversing any punitive action by Boehner and the leadership, although the speaker’s allies warn that further retaliation could be on the way. The removal of Webster and Nugent was meant to provide a clear demonstration that what Boehner and other party leaders accepted during the last Congress is no longer acceptable, not with the House’s biggest GOP majority in decades.
It’s pretty clear John Boehner is as dangerous and vile as—and perhaps more than—even Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid. These are not the actions of an American leader and patriot—they are the tantrums of a wannabe Caesar—a god in his own mind—who will not tolerate those with an opposing view.
Make no mistake, however: Boehner would not wield this power were it not for scores of traitorous Representatives like my own Diane Black who backed this tyranny. The Republic is dead, when both parties are ruled by ruthless tyrants.
Both the Democratic and Republican parties need to die, or America is done. Perhaps it is already too late. Diane Black and the others have one more chance to redeem themselves by reacting swiftly and unequivocally to repudiate and reject this childish behavior. Otherwise the mask is off, and we are absolutely unreservedly confirmed in our understanding that it’s all about power and plunder, and freedom and principle are dead.
One… final… chance. God, I pray a bunch of Representatives will finally recognize the danger, and risk everything to do what’s right.