By Chris Adamo | RinoTracker.us
On March 22, Mike Lillis of The Hill, wrote:
House Democrats fighting for leverage in the GOP Congress are hoping they can empower an unlikely ally: Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). Democrats are outnumbered by more than 50 members – and have almost no power to bring bills to the floor.
But they see Boehner as a willing compromiser on must-pass legislation like funding the government and raising the debt ceiling – once the Speaker can convince his troops that the partisan route endorsed by his conservative wing has been denied.
By banding together in veto-sustaining majorities against conservative proposals demanded by Boehner’s right flank, Democrats hope to both sink those GOP measures and grease the skids for more moderate compromises. “[The Republicans] have a majority party that’s deeply divided,” Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), the Democratic whip, said Thursday from his office in the Capitol.
“And … what we’ve learned is if we stick together – and we have been sticking together, we’ve been very unified – that it can empower Speaker Boehner at some point in time to say, ‘Look, I tried every which way I can think of to accomplish the objectives that our caucus wants to do. But if I can’t accomplish those, I will not allow the government to shut down, the debt limit to be not extended, or other things that are harmful to the country,’” Hoyer said.
Those dynamics were on full display in the recent fight over funding for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). House conservatives had insisted that the package include amendments blocking President Obama’s executive actions on immigration, and the House passed five such provisions on largely party-line votes.
RINOTRACKER RESPONSE FROM CHRIS ADAMO:
The environment inside the Beltway is almost surreal these days. Acting as if neither the 2014 nor 2010 Congressional mid-term elections ever happened, “Republican” House Speaker John Boehner has been systematically aiding and abetting liberal Democrats as they implement their agenda virtually unhindered by any GOP opposition. As this article makes painfully obvious, the Democrats consider John Boehner a valuable asset as they seek to retain control of the Congress and wield their power so as to keep the Obama agenda on track. Maryland Democrat Steny Hoyer even went so far as to give the hapless Boehner the words to say as he once again cuts conservatives off at the knees.
Such notions as “must pass legislation” are being bandied about, both in the liberal media and up on Capitol Hill, in a determined ploy to force Republicans to simply rubber stamp the many outrageous policies put in place in recent years. And sadly, whenever Republicans see their options as either going with the flow (and abandoning the country in the process) or facing the scripted liberal caterwauling that is sure to ensue, they choose to acquiesce to the Democrats. So, despite burgeoning deficits, and inevitably a crushing national debt, the most Republicans can offer to their base is a few platitudes about “fiscal responsibility” at some mythical future date when they can behave thusly with no Democrat opposition. Meanwhile Obama and his Democrat acolytes in the House and Senate are getting everything they ever wanted, despite being in the minority in both chambers.
For the past several years, liberal Democrats in D.C. have swung hard-left, in a well-devised strategy to shift the perception of the “political center” so that their collectivist anti-American agenda can eventually be portrayed as “mainstream.” For this ruse to succeed, they rely on the typical posturing of the morally rudderless “leadership” of the GOP Establishment. And once again, this gamble is paying off handsomely for the Democrats. John Boehner, and Mitch McConnell, his Senate RINO counterpart, are proving beneficial not to those members of the conservative grassroots who rallied and generated the momentum that swept them to victory in November of 2014, but to the big-spending, bloated bureaucracy that will pillage and starve Heartland America while eradicating its borders and “making nice” with its mortal enemies.