Is the Tea Party Turning On John Boehner?
Hell hath no fury like a Tea Party scorned, and Speaker of the House John Boehner may learn that the hard way, as the hard right conservatives discuss challenging him in a 2012 primary race.
In another display of the Tea Party movement turning on its own ideological supporters, the head of one prominent group has said that House Speaker John Boehner looks “like a fool” as House Republicans push spending cuts in their budget proposal. And that leader wants the Tea Party movement to set a goal for 2012: to defeat Boehner in a Republican primary.
To help make his point, Tea Party Nation founder Judson Phillips even referenced a story currently feeding a pop-culture frenzy.
“Charlie Sheen is now making more sense than John Boehner,” Phillips wrote in a post to his group’s website (link to: teapartynation.com) on Wednesday.
So what has the Tea Party in such a tizzy? At issue is the extra $40 billion in cuts that they say they were promised in exchange for their support in the 2010 elections.
Phillips said Boehner has backpedaled on his promise to cut $100 billion from the 2011 budget with a continuing resolution spending bill passed in the House last month that included $61 billion in cuts, and is declaring victory before the House and Senate have agreed on a bill that funds the government for the rest of the year and not just the next two weeks. And the messages coming from the speaker have been confusing and contradictory, Phillips said.
“John Boehner is saying when the Senate comes back and they start negotiating with ‘Dingy’ Harry Reid, who does not want to make any cuts, the $61 billion figure is not safe,” Phillips wrote. “Then, Boehner had the gall to have a ‘mission accomplished’ moment when he declared they had fulfilled their commitment by passing a budget in the House that cut only $61 billion. Not making it law or making it happen, but only by passing the budget in the House.”
You want your other $40 billion? Maybe you would have had more luck if you hadn’t extended tax cuts for millionaires.
As for the primary threat, should Boehner be scared? The Tea Party did have a great deal of success in ousting Republicans in targeted races in 2010. Then again, most of their winners then went on to lose the general election.
Perhaps it is time to route for the Tea Party after all.