Same Tired Excuses for Politics as Usual
There were no qualified or notable campaigns for speaker within the Republican Party other than John Boehner. Casting a vote for a candidate who has not actively campaigned and does not have the support to be speaker is an indirect vote for Nancy Pelosi, and I will not vote for Nancy Pelosi. – Rep. Mia Love
The truth is there was no conservative who could beat John Boehner, period. People can ignore that, or they can wish it away, but that is reality. – Rep. Mick Mulvaney
My interpretation of the excuses coming from Republican members of the U.S. House of Representatives for why they voted for John Boehner for Speaker of the House is that Boehner and his Capos got to them. The excuse that Mia Love and Mick Mulvaney are using sounds like it came straight from the mouths of the RINO members of Congress who have been suckling at the public teat for decades.
When the Republican establishment cannot give voters a legitimate reason to vote for a RINO, they resort to fear to try and convince voters to vote for a RINO. I describe their argument as the lesser of two evils argument. The argument goes that if you don’t vote for the RINO, you will get someone worse than the RINO. Love used this excuse.
The lesser of two evils argument is normally used in national elections, especially presidential elections, but evidently it is used in Congress to try and convince members to vote a certain way. The lesser of two evils argument has been used ad nauseam by the Republican establishment in attempts to convince people to vote for RINOs, including Bush 41, Bob Dole, Bush 43 (twice), John McCain, and Mitt Romney. “If you don’t vote for ________ Bill Clinton, Al Gore, etc, etc, is going to win.” I think most conservatives are willing to vote for the Republican candidate for any office as long as there are discernible differences between the Republican and the Democrat, but that is normally not the case.
Boehner is the most profligate Speaker of the House in the history of the United States. He recently presided over a $1.1 trillion CR Omnibus bill that is the largest in the history of the United States. The 1,600 page bill fully funds the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and Obama’s unconstitutional amnesty for illegal immigrants, so you can forget about the House of Representatives using the power of the purse to stop the Obama administration and its army of bureaucrats from fundamentally transforming America into a Marxist utopia. I guess Love and Mulvaney are okay with Boehner’s record.
Love and Mulvaney regurgitated the same pathetic line the Republican establishment uses when it trots out presidential candidates who are as liberal as their opponents. “You have to vote for Bob Dole, John McCain, and Mitt Romney because they can win;” they didn’t win. Mulvaney uses this argument to explain away his vote for Boehner. In fact, it was pathetic how the establishment candidate in 2012, Romney, was unable to win against a president presiding over the worst economy since the Great Depression. “Vote for the candidate who can win.” You mean Bush 43? Bush 43 added $5 trillion to the national debt, and worked with Democrats and RINOs to create Medicare Part D and No Child Left Behind, two programs that have dramatically increased the size of the federal government, sped up the eventual bankruptcy of Medicare, and further nationalized public education.
I assume Love, Mulvaney, and the other members who chose to vote for Boehner either fell under the spell of the destructive culture of D.C. and/or allowed themselves to be intimidated and/or bribed by Boehner and his Capos. Maybe Boehner’s Capos offered Love, Mulvaney, and other members money for their campaign war chests in exchange for their votes? Maybe they were promised seats on committees? What Love, Mulvaney, and the other supposed conservatives who voted for Boehner do not realize is that the Republican establishment will come after them when they are up for re-election. The Republican establishment wants big government Republicans bought and paid for by RINO PACs and the U.S. Chamber of Crony Capitalism, not self described conservatives who they may or may not be able to intimidate and/or bribe.