Boehner-Killer: How the House Republicans Threaten Electile Dysfunction in GOP

Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio)

John Boehner and the Republican majority in the U.S. House of Representatives might single-handedly ensure Barack Obama another four years at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Democrats have been claiming for months that the cause of Washington’s legislative dysfunction is the hijacking of the GOP by the Tea Party. The truth about the breakdown in the streets of our nation’s capital is much more complicated and convoluted than that, but Republican members of Congress have made it easy for such an accusation to seem valid with their absolute mishandling of the recent payroll tax debate.

The smear of late against both Republicans and conservatives alike is that those to the right of the political spectrum want to protect millionaires and billionaires at the expense of middle and lower-class citizens, while liberals appear to be the champions of the middle-class.  President Obama was given an early Christmas present by the Republican-controlled House when they strengthened this partisan rhetoric by originally opposing the bipartisan compromise reached by the Senate, merely to eventually fold under the pressure and agree to a two-month extension of the payroll tax holiday.

If more conservatives are to be elected come November 2012, the conservatives who already hold positions in Washington must stop thinking in the short term and start planning for the long term.  That old adage of “pick your battles” is a lesson that Boehner and his fellow GOP members in the House should take to heart.  American voters are already turned off by the Washington politics that both parties engage in, but Republicans must be extra cautious in the coming months.  No matter whom the Republicans choose as their nominee for president, the battle for the White House will be a tough one.

David Gergen, senior political analyst for CNN, wrote in an article recently that, “What [Obama] does best, as we have learned, is campaign. In domestic affairs, he has been far better at that than governing. He and his team apparently made a decision after the debt ceiling fight that he should be much less involved in leading Washington and instead hit the campaign trail. From my perspective, that’s not good for the country – witness how appallingly little has been accomplished this fall on jobs and the deficits – but it seems to be working for his re-election.”

During the elections of 2010, Republicans witnessed sweeping victories across the country at all levels of government. Due to those triumphs, John Boehner replaced Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House, giving him the opportunity to counter-balance the progressive agenda of President Obama and his Democratic cohorts in Congress; however, the House Republicans thus far have squandered that opportunity, allowing Obama to go into 2012 with a legislative victory that benefits the president from a PR standpoint.  Despite the fact that President Obama has increased taxes, nationalized health care, and crippled economic recovery overall, he is now seen as a friend of the middle-class.  Honestly, Obama is about as much a friend of the middle-class as I am a viable candidate for the Miss America pageant.

Founding Father Patrick Henry once said, “It is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth – and listen to the song of that siren, till she transforms us into beasts.”  Candidate Obama promised hope and change to the American people, and they jumped on his message like a dog in heat.  Chris Matthews even claimed to have experienced a “thrill up his leg” after listening to Mr. Obama give a campaign speech. Media elites and liberals gawked at his stimulus package, claiming that its enormous size shouldn’t matter, a statement every college male wishes applied to them. Those who voted for Barack Obama in 2008 indulged in the illusions of hope and are now witnessing the consequences of their blind, misplaced faith.

The United States is the country that gave the world its first true taste of freedom, and over the past two hundred years, we have spread that freedom around the globe. Nowadays, certain people, spearheaded by the Obama administration, would have you believe that America is to blame for all of Earth’s problems. Those same people would also have you believe that these problems can only be solved through bigger government and more regulation of our personal lives. We have forgotten a crucial truth our Founders understood, the truth that individual liberty – not more government involvement – has been and always will be the answer.

In 2012, the American public faces a fundamental test. Will we once again shut our eyes to the painful reality we find ourselves in or will we end our march to the song of the siren and choose liberty over tyranny?  With any luck, the most famous words of Patrick Henry will ring true afresh: “I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!”

Joseph O. Turner // Mary Washington College // @odieturner



  1. “That old adage of ‘pick your battles’ is a lesson that Boehner and his fellow GOP members in the House should take to heart.”

    Are you suggesting that the House GOP should not even have bothered to resist the payroll tax holiday extension? Which battles should Boehner and the GOP reps have “picked”?

  2. Picking the battles is EXACTLY why we are where we are. The republicans went along with the slow march to the left in the name of compromise. The problem the republicans have is with message. They, for what ever reason, refuse to put their message out their. The make these stands and do not tell the people why. They need to be promoting their ideas every minute of every day!

  3. This article ignores political reality and facts. First on the payroll Tax Cut. Boehner caving had more to do with Mitch McConnell who went behind his back to get a 2 month deal then throw the House under the bus. Boehner either passes the bill or we do ignore the middle class and look like friends of only the rich. This blame him crap is dumb.

    Second we control The House. That’s it. Last time I checked you really need all of Congress and a friendly White House to pass good bills. Currently Boehner’s House has passed 29 Jobs Bills, Repeal of Obamacare, and repeal of a few other Obama laws. Guess what??? Harry Reid won’t even allow them to be debated! Can you tell me how exactly Boehner is going to do anything when Reid won’t touch a house bill unless he is told to by Obama?

    Before just ranting like so many “conservatives” do, maybe you should look at the reality of the situation.

    Also tacky joke with the article title. Show a little respect to the man.

  4. The premise of electile dysfunction generates not directly from W’ton, but from the environment in which we allow ourselves to be manipulated into electing those people in the first place. This is no longer a conservative/liberal issue; it’s a political marketing issue. We’ve been shouted out by the loudest voices with the most extreme (and often ridiculous) agendas–people like Glenn Beck and Ed Schultz. They speak to wedge issues and motivate the far edges of the political spectrum to shout along with them. Politicians, afraid for their jobs, go along with those minorities rather than do the jobs we elected them to do.

  5. kreagantcc says:

    I see Scott and Mr. E’s points here…the Republicans in the House are actually getting stuff done and then Harry Reid is pronouncing it “dead on arrival” in the Senate. If Republicans need to pick any battles, they need to pick the PR battles that they aren’t fighting. The Republican narrative should be that they can’t get anything done with a hostile Senate and an even more hostile White House. They can’t let the likes of Nancy Pelosi get away with calling it the “Republican do-nothing Congress.” It’s time for them to really set the record straight.

  6. The Republican’s have gone on the attack a ton. The issue is people ignore the facts. Posting articles like this shows how even those who “claim” to be informed are missing some of the major points.

    Cantor and Boehner have gone to bat big time attacking the fact the Reid and Obama do nothing.

    If we want to solve the issue we need to have unity not disarray.

  7. Such a great article Odie! We need to clean house and get rid of the Republicans who pretend to be conservatives. If they are so “conservative”, why aren’t they doing anything about the disastrous policies this administration is getting away with?


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