Why? Because he is a political coward. He would rather kowtow to a few radical Republicans than do what is right for the country. He does not want to lose ‘his’ speakership. That is going to happen anyway as Paul Ryan and Cantor wait quietly in the wings to stage their political coup to overthrow Boehner.
There should come a point when a Speaker of the House has to be the adult of both parties as has historically been the case. Apparently, he is so addicted to the power he holds as Speaker, that he will do anything to keep it, even destroy the full faith and credit of the United States of America, which, in this instance, means that Congress has to pay for the bills it voted to implement.
What should he have done? He should have told those ‘Tea Party Republicans’ to settle down and be Americans who care about their country. And yet, the spectacle of those same Republicans allowing the WWII veterans access to the memorial was a joke. They wanted to know why it was closed. Answer: You did it Republicans! The memorial site has to be protected from unappreciative vandals and there is no one on salary to protect it. That is why it was closed!
What could he do? He could allow a vote to come to the floor for a ‘clean’ Continuing Resolution and it would pass with bipartisan support, leaving the tea party group isolated to wallow in their own dogma. He could stop saying that he is acting on behalf of the ‘American people’, because that is clearly not the case. Those children suffering with cancer who were to participate in medical treatment trials are clearly American people, but now, because of the shutdown, they cannot do so. The Americans who receive meals-on-wheels did not get them, and will not. So exactly just what Americans is it that Boehner is working for?
What will he do? Continue to talk out of both sides of his mouth, and then go have a drink, go to sleep, and wake up the next day and do nothing about this mess that he and his tea party created. This mess can cause global repercussions.
There will be no saving face Boehner. You now own this government shutdown. Obamacare is already implemented. You should do the right thing for the American people, allow the vote for the Continuing Resolution, then resign from public office and allow us to close the disgraceful chapter of your Speakership tenure. It is the worst tenure ever.
- Now 18 House Republicans Are Ready to Throw in the Towel in Obamacare Fight – Dems Have the Leverage and Only John Boehner Can Stop Them (theblaze.com)
- Wingnuts Roasting On An Open Fire (boomantribune.com)
- Hey Boehner: Enough Already. (theobamacrat.com)
- Why Boehner doesn’t just ditch the hard right (washingtonpost.com)
- Harry Reid’s Office Leaks Boehner Office Emails – And It Could Ruin Any Faith You Have in Washington (theblaze.com)
- A failure for the ages (maddowblog.msnbc.com)
- Sound off about the Government shut down! (charlottesierraclub.org)