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: 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.

Politico reports:

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.

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Jessica C.
Jessica C6 years ago

Right on Kathleen D! Why so many consistantly vote against their own interests I will never understand, and while I would love to get rid of Boehner, I am not sure that if the tea party did it I would be to happy about it (b/c that would mean they actually have power, and that would be scary).

Kathleen D.
Kathleen D6 years ago

Most of the avowed Republicans I've known, continually vote against their own best interests. They like the idea of status of the Republican party and hope if they continue to support them, they too will one day be considered the elite. That, of course, isn't going to ever happen because the Republicans don't support issues of the poor or middle class of this country. Their allegiance is to the powerful and very wealthy corporations. The middle class continues to lose more their rights (like putting food on the table, or, making their mortgage payments) while the Republican 'elite' continue to grow their own power and wealth.

For those who continue to put the middle class of this country in peril, wake up and smell the coffee. For those who claim to be Democrats but don't vote, wake up as well. You are hurting your brothers and sisters of this country!

Ross L.
Ross L6 years ago

I wonder where the 100 billion number came from in the first place. Did some bagger just pull it our of their arse? The 61 billion in cuts are going to hurt the middle class, the poor and the elderly. But wait, at least the milionaires got their tax cuts. Somethings never change. Same thing King Raygun did.

John E.
John E6 years ago

If you have a two party system, and one party represents only a small elite % of the population, how can they ever get elected?
If they seem determined to make the lot of women (50% of population) more unfair than it already is, how can they get more than about 15-20 % of the vote , max?
I can see only about three possible answers ...
A Both parties are more or less the same
B Many people in what would appear to be the majority simply don't bother to vote. (I am assuming the elite vote religiously)
C Many people in what would appear to be the majority are silly enough to vote against the common (and their own) good.
People are funny, eh ?

Raphael M.
Raphael M6 years ago

The Republican party has been hijacked by a bunch of extremists (radical right-wing fanatics) who are making Richard Nixon look like a benevolent liberal....

They know stand for everything that is wrong on every single issue, from massacring wolves to cutting unemployment to attempting to get rid of the FDA to undermining women right to choose...the list is endless, from the trivial to the crucially important, we can now count on the radical right to consistently make the evil choice.

It should make political choices easy, unfortunately most Democrats are also lackeys of the industrial-military-financial complex, and also stand on the wrong side of many issues, such as the GMO problem.

Therefore we can only conclude that the two party system in America is controlled by the far right (Republicans) and the right (Democrats), which makes sense if we are to understand that this is a corporate state.

Patricia S.
Pat S6 years ago

Gary A,
Got news for you. obama is getting credit for more jobs because he allowed the tax rates to remain the same for the very wealthy!

Patricia S.
Pat S6 years ago

Sharon H,
Why, you are right. I am not rich and I am getting paid to come on here! By gosh, you must be a mind reader to have known this all along!

Olivia Schlosser
Past Member 6 years ago

I just hope that implosion comes very soon...I want to be around to see and hear it.

Justin M.
Justin M6 years ago

I get this feeling that the Tea Party will eventually implode upon itself, even if not now it'll most likely happen within a few years. I think people are realizing that they've been taken for a ride and that it's business as usual. Boy oh boy are they expressing voter's remorse in Wisconsin.

Phil R.
Phil R6 years ago