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Boehner Wrong Man at Wrong Time

Updated on January 6, 2015

The Party of No

If Boehner is the backbone of the Republican Party, then it is no wonder why the party has been unable to stand up for the ideas and principles that Americans have come to know under the modern era. From 1980-2008 republicans had been elected president five times, encompassing a twenty year period in office. However, in recent years the very establishment that made it so popular, is now responsible for its decline.

Since President George W. Bush left office in 2008, there hasn't been a face that republicans could rally around. Those who have tried, have failed to garner the support needed to become a national figure. Romney and McCain each had their time in the spotlight, only for voters to insist that republicans start over. One would think this would have given the republicans pause, causing them to clean house and begin anew but, instead, they hunkered down with the same faces that had helped bring about the decline.

Tea Party favorites such as Rand Paul, Sarah Palin and Ted Cruz tried to acquire the mantle as the face of the party but the establishment in their own party has been their most heated critics. Instead, of embracing the movement, the republicans in power have sought to diminish it at every turn. Their confidence in towing the line and resisting any new ideas has allowed an unpopular president to remain in power. Boehner is the ringleader of these do nothing republicans. His only plan is to criticize Obama's policies, instead, of actively supporting an alternate agenda. These actions have constructed a narrative, whether false or true that the Republicans are the party of no and that there only goal is not to come up with solutions or compromise but to demean the process the best they can until a Republican is in the Oval Office.

To make matters worse the Republican Party is splintered into different competing factions that each seek to establish dominance over the others. Those with seniority like Boehner, wish to stay the course, while the upstarts seek to change direction. The ever growing Libertarian base is becoming strict isolationists; while the Conservative branch is focused on hunting down any moderate who does not adhere to the Tea Party standards.

The nostalgic view of Ronald Reagan has become an unhealthy obsession for Republicans. They seem to be content on just pondering on what would Reagan do? Instead, of moving forward with new, bolder ideas. No doubt the resurgence should be based off of the same principles that conservatives held to in the 1980s, but, that doesn't change the fact that living in the past is detrimental to the brand of today. If Reagan was fresh in the minds of young voters the strategy might work but, sadly many of them were not even born when he was in office, making it that much more difficult for his words to resonate with the current voting block.

Boehner the Incompetent

A survey by Caddell and Associates found that 64% of Republican voters believe that Speaker Boehner has been ineffective in opposing President Obama's agenda. After all, even the most ardent Republican cannot think of a single time when Boehner has successfully changed public opinion against Obama's policies. In fact, the only thing that has hindered Obama is Obama. If it wasn't for his own political gaffes and failed policies we might be looking at a president who could change America as we know it, simply by speaking directly to the American people. Boehner has left the door open too many times for Obama to rebound from his own mistakes. Giving Obama opportunity after opportunity to attack Republican opposition on the grounds that they would oppose anything he was for. Unfortunately, Boehner has refused on many occasions to present a reasonable and articulate rebuttal against the president's accusations, allowing Democrats the ability to stay on the offensive. Such refusal has many Republicans wondering if he is capable of assuming a leadership role.Boehner hasn't done much to dispel or win over his critics. In fact, his recent actions of making an under the table deal with Obama in regards to the Omnibus Spending Bill might have burned a bridge from which there is no going back from, as the bill helps fund Obama's executive order that allows amnesty for illegal immigrants. Outgoing Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid praised Boehner for his support; even going so far as to declare that this was a "big accomplishment." The very idea of Harry Reid praising any Republican much-less the Speaker of the House should bring chills down every Republican's spine.

Even Sean Hannity who is the host of the popular Fox News Show Hannity has gone on record saying that John Boehner should be replaced immediately. In an interview with The Hill, Hannity restated his belief that Boehner has lost his way and should be replaced. “It’s time he step aside for the good of the country and the conservative movement.” Hannity isn't the only one calling for Boehner to step down as many prominent Republican commentators and members of Congress have gone on record stating that change could come sooner than later.

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      CJ Kelly 2 years ago from Auburn, WA

      Very important topic.

      As a Republican, I agree with you on the need to stop being nostaglic about Ronald Reagan. He was the right man at the right time and was truly one one of the most important figures of the 20th Century. But that was a long time ago and things have radically changed in the country. It's more liberal overall, and I don't see that changing.

      As for Boehner, I think I'm like most other GOPers, he doesn't excite me nor make me particularly mad about anything he does. We had little choice because the House is filled with fanatics, as much as it pains me to say it. They lack nuance and political skills. Image is important and most of them come across as nuts.

      Despite my personal distaste for him and his father, I think the future of the GOP lies with Rand Paul to some extent. He will attract younger voters. Social conservatism is on the way out. It may take 20 years, but its overt presence in our politics will eventually fade. Voted up.