I can respect someone who might disagree with me. I can even respect someone I vehemently oppose on key issues. What I can’t respect is a self-serving coward, which is exactly what House Speaker John Boehner is.
This whole shutdown could have easily been avoided. Hell, it could end right now — if only Boehner had a spine.
Beyond tea party Republicans trying to prove just how terrible government can be (by sabotaging our government) there’s another reason why this government shutdown happened.
John Boehner is trying to save his own ass.
See, his position as Speaker of the House is a fragile one. A position in which he doesn’t hold an overwhelming amount of support and one which he could easily lose if he ticks off too many House Republicans.
Right now Boehner could “reach over the isle” to Democrats and get a spending bill passed—easily. There are enough Republican votes in the House that would side with Democrats to pass the Senate’s resolution, fund “Obamacare” and reopen the government.
But doing that would really anger many of his far right-leaning House Republicans which hold just enough power to threaten his position as Speaker of the House.
This isn’t really about a small minority of House Republicans and Senate Republicans having some overwhelming power to hold our government hostage. It’s about one man, John Boehner, trying to save his position as Speaker of the House by towing the line between moderate Republicans (amazing that some of these “moderate” Republicans are actually still very far right) and these extreme radicals that occupy districts in which their seats are perfectly safe.
But right now Boehner could get with Democrats, easily pass the Senate’s resolution and put this whole mess behind us—he’s simply refusing to do so.
Instead, he obviously considers his position as Speaker of the House more important than keeping our government open.
I would say it’s time he grows a spine and stands up to this ridiculousness, but I know he won’t. He’s by far been one of the weakest, and worst, House Speakers this country has ever had.
A well-seasoned political “leader” who’s been bullied and dominated by a small fraction of mostly first term, tea party-supported House Representatives. While this man has almost always been a fool, tea party Republicans have made him look like he’s running some kind of circus rather than our House of Representatives.
His total inability to get even his own caucus in order has been nothing short of a complete embarrassment.
And it’s taken us head-on into a complete government shutdown.
Not because of “Obamacare,” Democrats or President Obama—oh no. This shutdown is the direct result of a handful of right-wing radical tea party Republicans and one coward in John Boehner, who’s put saving his position as Speaker of the House ahead of his responsibilities to the American people.