The Republican Party is effectively dead at this point and they have no one to blame but themselves. Even before the Original Tea Party Movement was hijacked, by those now calling themselves the same, Republicans displayed a disdain for the Moderates within its party. And that disdain eventually led the leadership to brand them persona non grata.
Simply put "Moderates Not Welcome."
Unfortunately, the GOP needed those Moderates. Especially when President Barack Obama was at his low point and could easily have been beaten had the party (a) put up a worthy candidate and (b) tempered the rhetoric emanating from a Tea Party Minority that had managed to splinter what was left of the party.
Speaker of the House John Boehner and Minority Leader Mitch O'Connell, meanwhile, have been unable to set a clear agenda for the party due to their inability to punish the party rebels. And that folks is how a political party makes itself irrelevant. Of course one didn't need to be a pundit on Fox News to see that that would lead to what we have now - a government shut down by a political party desperate to show otherwise.
John Boehner has tried hard to put on a brave face without getting weepy and tell Americans that it is the Democrats who don't want to bargain in good faith after previous attempts to hold the nation hostage because of what can only be viewed as something other than political motives. You see the Obama care exceptions Boehner uses as a basis for his argument is 100% Certified Bullshit as he secretly met with political rival, Harry Reid, to protect Congress from having to accept the same provisions of the Affordable Health Care for America Act for their own body.
So what in the hell was John Boehner talking about when he insisted that Congress should also be forced to accept the same health care average Americans are being forced into? Seems Boehner has developed a severe case of the Kerry Flip-Flop on this one.
Actually, it really has nothing to do with a flip-flop as much as John Boehner flat out lying to whatever constituents the GOP has left. But they can be assured that this household will be voting for far fewer Republicans than it once did as it searches for alternatives who are willing to do what we think they should be doing - and that is to give us fair representation and if that means compromise - then so be it!
Yes both the Republicans and the Democrats suck the big one these days as neither can seem to grasp what governance is all about. Maybe someone in both party's should employ a Voodoo Witch Doctor and resurrect Thomas Phillip "Tip" O'Neill, Jr. who despite his disdain for former President Ronald Reagan's knowledge of politics found a way to compromise with him unlike Mr. Boehner and Obama. Then again O'Neill had to shut down the government some 12 times to do it.
As for today's political leadership? I despise you all for your lack of honor and conviction. But today I especially despise John Boehner and Mitch McConnell the most as they sat back and watched the GOP Cross The Rubicon.
As Caesar uttered "alea iacta est" – the die is cast!
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