If They Won’t Fight, Destroy Them

Children had their heads cut open and their brains removed. Others were pulled, whole and intact, from freezers then carved up and sold for scrap. Brokers haggled over the prices of heads and eyes and livers and hearts. Hands and feet were tossed about. These are the things we have learned about Planned Parenthood.

What we are learning now is that Republican leaders have no inclination to fight this evil. They have for years been protected by a Washington pro-life establishment that has worked damn hard to keep Bart Stupak listed as a pro-life warrior as he sold out the cause on Obamacare. The pro-life establishment in Washington puts their Republican affiliation ahead of children who are being ripped apart.

Even now parts of the pro-life movement in Washington is collaborating with Republican leaders to come up with a way — any way — to avoid having to fight for the principles in which they claim to believe.

They think they can fight smarter. They think they can fight better. They and the Republican leaders have burning contempt for any who demand they actually break a sweat and keep a promise.

If Republicans and the Washington Pro-Life movement, when confronted by the evil documented on unedited tape, are not willing to defund Planned Parenthood, we should destroy them all, level their organizations to the ground, and spread salt on the remains (metaphorically speaking, of course).

Republicans in Washington have spent more time avoiding their constituents over the August recess than they have fighting for anything in the past several years. Now here is a perfect opportunity to stand up for smaller government, fight evil, and put the left on defense.

Already there are voices on the right saying no, but then they always say no. Already there are voices on the right saying they can’t, but then they always say they can’t. Already there are voices on the right saying the President will veto it, but the President will always veto it.

And the babies continue to die — ripped from their mothers wombs and their organs harvested.

If the Republicans will not fight this evil, they should be destroyed.

Every Republican Presidential candidates should be on record on whether they think the GOP should hold the line against funding Planned Parenthood no matter what.

If Republicans in Washington will not stop this and defund Planned Parenthood, Republican voters should take any and all action to destroy the party at the ballot box. If this party will not fight this evil, it will fight no evil and should itself die.

Metaphorically speaking, of course.

Outlasting Ted Cruz

I wrote earlier (and somewhat cynically) that I think John Boehner is subtly sending a message that if the establishment must lose, they’d rather lose to Ted Cruz than Donald Trump. They, like me, see the completely destruction of the GOP as a meaningful political party coming with Trump or, more and more, with an establishment pick like Bush.

But they know their history.

In 1979, the GOP rallied against Ronald Reagan. George H. W. Bush, Howard Baker, Bob Dole, and more all ran to stop that nutjob Reagan who’d lead the party to defeat just like Barry Goldwater. Except Reagan got the nomination. There was only one thing they could do — convince Reagan to unite the party by picking a moderate as his Vice President.

So Reagan picked as his veep the man who’d coined the term “voodoo economics” to describe Reagan’s policies. Vice President George H. W. Bush turned out to be a very good and loyal Vice President. But, once Reagan was gone, the GOP Establishment who’d never liked Reagan began moving back in. By 1991, the party was raising taxes again.

I suspect there is much the same thinking going on in Washington right now. It is becoming more and more obvious that Ted Cruz has a real and legitimate path to victory with money in the bank. More and more Trump supporters have turned this into a Trump v. Jeb Bush race. Bush himself is floundering. Many of the other establishment preferred candidates are less than inspiring.

So they’ve got to be thinking they can at least do business with Cruz. He can be the nominee, they can get a squishy veep to unite the party, then they can outlast him.

Of course, there is one major difference. Cruz is young. Reagan did not have staying power on the national stage even before his health faded. Cruz and Team Cruz have staying power. In other words, Cruz is more likely to outlast Boehner than Boehner is to outlast Cruz.

But it will be damn funny to see all these guys who’ve been attacking Cruz for six years suddenly put “Cruz for President” bumper stickers on their cars.

John Boehner Endorses Ted Cruz For President

Perhaps I am overly cynical, but when I heard that John Boehner referred to Ted Cruz as an “a–hole” at a fundraiser in Colorado, my first thought was that he knows the establishment’s goose is cooked. Between Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, he’d prefer Cruz.

Boehner, to be sure, hates Ted Cruz. But he also knows the difference between Trump and Cruz is that Trump is, even now, pouring gasoline around the Capitol and White House waiting to strike a match. Cruz, for all of Boehner’s dislike of him, is the more reasonable of the two.

“We can do business with him,” Boehner thinks.

Boehner is, if nothing else, a survivor in politics. Caught on the wrong side of the Gingrich coup, he waited it all out, plotted slowly, and got himself into the Speaker’s chair. He knows with Trump, win or lose, the party is over. With Cruz, if Cruz wins the party might be able to repair itself and move on and if Cruz loses Boehner and his ilk can blame conservatives yet again.

So excuse my cynicism, but I think John Boehner, survivor in politics that he is, has finally had the survival skills kick in. He knows the best way to begin the shift from Trump is to start attacking Cruz, signaling that all the guys we all hate in turn hate Ted Cruz and the rest of us.

Boehner thinks he and the GOP can survive a Cruz nomination, so better make it clear to everyone who hates Boehner that yes, Boehner hates Ted Cruz. “Look at Cruz. Remember him. The Establishment hates him. So please, for the love of God, remember you can vote for Ted Cruz, not Trump. We hate his guts but is not crazy,” is what Boehner is thinking.

Then again, maybe I’m just too cynical.

Congressional Republicans To Keep Organ Harvesting Alive and Babies Dead

Congressional Republicans are coming up with every excuse imaginable to avoid having to defund Planned Parenthood. Right now they’re going with the “let’s investigate” card. They think that if they just probe deeply enough they’ll have enough ammunition to attack the Democrats.

Yes, that would be the exact same Democrats who have seen the same videos everyone else has seen and decided it is no big deal.

Conservatives in Congress are gearing up for a fight on this issue against their own leadership. Mitch McConnell in the Senate is convinced that a government shutdown by President Obama would hurt the GOP.

It is horrific that Republican leaders in Congress are happy to keep funding organ harvesting efforts instead of doing the right thing because of possible political ramifications.

Is it any wonder Donald Trump is kicking the GOP’s ass?

How much more do we need? What else must we obtain? We have videos of whole children being pulled from freezers. We have videos of an infant with a beating heart having his brain removed. We have videos of hands and legs and eyes. We have discussions about organ sales and demands.

Still the GOP will do nothing.

Boehner & McConnell’s Playbook Incentivized Barack Obama’s Liberal Push

Dan Pfeiffer was one of the President’s early advisors. He has departed the White House and conducted an exit interview with New York magazine.

On the leftward tilt of the Obama Administration, Pfeiffer actually echoes what many conservatives from Rush Limbaugh to myself have been saying. Essentially, John Boehner and Mitch McConnell incentivized it. Now, Pfeiffer blames the GOP obstruction, but there’s more to it than that. As Pfeiffer candidly notes

“I’ve always believed that the fundamental, driving strategic ethos of the Republican House leadership has been, What do we do to get through the next caucus or conference without getting yelled at? We should never assume they have a long game. We used to spend a lot of time thinking that maybe Boehner is saying this to get himself some more room. And it’s like, no, that’s not actually the case. Usually he’s just saying it because he just said it or it’s the easiest thing to solve his immediate problem.”

Republicans in Washington spend an inordinate amount of time planting stories in the press heralding themselves as strategic geniuses.

But time and again they get outmaneuvered by both conservatives and Democrats. The GOP Leadership in Washington is playing at perhaps the the worst strategy since Tiberius Sempronius Longus attacked Hannibal in the Battle of the Trebia.

And it is the worst strategy because it is really just tactics. McConnell and Boehner live to fight another day. So they do not stand on principle. They do not fully engage. They get trapped repeatedly in mistakes everyone else sees coming. They simply have no vision.

In essence, as Dan Pfeiffer said, the Republican leaders “have no long game.” Instead of setting out to win, they set out to not get beaten too badly. That is not leadership. That is cowardice premised on a lack of ideas. Boehner and McConnell have no ideas, no principles, and no clue how the hell to combat Barack Obama.

Instead, they now spend their time lining up clever ways to give congressional approval to Barack Obama’s liberal advance by plotting their retreat before Obama even makes a move.

It is time for John Boehner and Mitch McConnell to be replaced. It is time to advance on offense instead of staying on defense.

It’s Time to Vacate the Speaker’s Chair

This year began with an election on whether John Boehner should continue as the Speaker of the House of Representatives. A number of brave House conservatives, led by Jim Bridenstine, Tom Massie, and Steve King, waged a historic effort to deny Boehner the Speakership. What resulted was an earth-shattering groundswell of grassroots opposition to Boehner that shocked every Republican congressman. It was unsuccessful only because a handful of otherwise reliable House conservatives chose to support Boehner and give him another chance. And look at what their vote for Boehner has wrought in just two short months.

It resulted in a historic cave from a personal and iron-clad commitment to fight “tooth and nail” to block the President’s executive amnesty on the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) appropriations bill. Late last year, everyone knew the plan to split off the rest of the funding for the federal government into the “cromnibus,” leaving DHS alone to be funded, had no chance of success. Yet John Boehner promised he would fight. He ended up fighting only in words. He failed to commit the financial resources of his party to move Senate Democrats off a still-untenable position of filibustering a bill to fund the DHS. The implications of this cave go far beyond the policy of amnesty. The Speaker is not just the partisan leader of House Republicans. He is the guardian of the House as an institution and its prerogatives, namely the power of the purse, and in bowing to this President, Boehner showed himself to be unfit for the office.

Once Boehner caved, he commissioned ads against twelve of the congressmen who voted against a short-term extension of DHS funding (many of whom voted for him in January). The content of the ads were straight out of the Obama playbook of scare tactics, positing that these congressmen were hurting the security of the country by standing up against the President’s lawlessness. If House conservatives somehow thought they were on the same team as the Speaker, they now have all the evidence in the world to the contrary. They are now the hunted.

Beyond amnesty and retaliation, incompetence and liberalism has ruled the House of Representatives this year. A common-sense ban on abortions after five months of pregnancy, previously having sailed through last Congress, was pulled the same week as thousands of abortion opponents traveled to DC to March for Life. A long-term reauthorization of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) was scheduled and whipped extensively by Boehner’s leadership team before being pulled at the last minute because of a conservative revolt. In order to preserve the NCLB testing mandates he personally authored with President Bush and Senator Ted Kennedy, Boehner made House Republicans choose between him and one the chief domestic failures of the Bush years. And this week, the House engaged in a bipartisan love fest surrounding the reauthorizing of Amtrak. Boehner passed an Amtrak “reform” bill that was supported by every Democrat and opposed by over one hundred Republicans.

Thankfully, House conservatives get a do-over. House Rules provide a privileged (meaning it takes precedence over other business) resolution to vacate the office of the Speaker. It can be offered by any Member. It would be a simple majority vote. If the entire House was voting, 28 Members would be needed to depose Boehner with all of the Democrats. Once vacated, a new Speaker election would ensue.

Again, as I argued in January, House conservatives do not need a formal candidate to take his place. Many will argue that they do, but they are wrong. It would be nice, but it is not crucial. The dynamic would be similar to that in 1998, when after Newt Gingrich and Bob Livingston stepped down, House Republicans themselves recognized the need for a new person to unite around. Nobody was running. They gravitated to Denny Hastert and tapped him to be Speaker. The process of “vacating the chair” is to show that Boehner cannot continue, signaling that it is time to find a replacement. A viable replacement will likely not step forward until then.

Would Democrats vote to vacate Boehner from his position? Doesn’t he serve their agenda well already? Couldn’t Democrats combine with enough liberal Republicans to install a Republican worse than Boehner, as happened with Joe Straus in Texas? These are the critical questions that surfaced in January and would be used as excuses by many Republicans to skirt a difficult vote against the Speaker.

The Hill is even reporting that Democrats are now flirting with supporting Boehner on such a vote. This is just a bluff to prevent such a vote and preserve their de-facto majority. National politics is far more polarized than in state capitols with a much bigger spotlight. Even with a wink and nod in the short term by party leaders, it is simply not viable in liberal districts to have a vote for John Boehner on your record. Democrats will have to vote, and they will vote against Boehner. They will do so because they have to, and because they can have a partisan victory of seeing the chaos and demise of the current leader of the Republican party.

Nor will a liberal Republican be able to secure the votes of Democrats and a small minority of Republicans. Joe Straus was initially able to do that in Texas because of the limited spotlight on a part-time legislature and by promising chairmanships to Democrats. There are few districts occupied by Republicans currently where this sort of stunning political alliance of convenience would sell. Nor would any coalition last. Most House Republicans now at least profess rock-ribbed conservatism. They can get away with moderation “to govern responsibly.” They cannot be apart of formal alliance with Democrats. Any short-term political marriage of the Straus sort would be immediately vacated by the rest of House Republicans. If House conservatives move to vacate the office of the Speaker, they will get a better result than John Boehner.

We could have been rid of John Boehner in January. Unfortunately not enough House conservatives showed up to the fight. Since then John Boehner has confirmed every negative critique of his Speakership. He is governing with Democrats and wreaking of incompetence in the process.

This is the moment for the House Freedom Caucus (HFC) to lead. The HFC is led by Reps. Jim Jordan, Justin Amash, Raul Labrador, Mark Meadows, Mick Mulvaney, John Fleming, Matt Salmon, Ron DeSantis, and Scott Garrett. Six of these influential conservatives (all except Amash, Meadows, and Garrett) voted to re-elect Boehner. If they decide over the next week of recess that Boehner should be deposed, he can be.

Meet the Man Advising Mitch McConnell and John Boehner

More than one hundred fifty House Republicans voted against John Boehner this week. They refused to vote to fund President Obama’s amnesty plan even though Boehner had summoned Fred Malek’s American Action Network to attack conservatives. Every Democrat sided with Boehner, making Nancy Pelosi more powerful than Boehner.

In the same way, Senator Harry Reid is still running the Senate. He has run circles around Mitch McConnell who had planted story after story about how awesome he would be as majority leader. But even now as majority leader, Harry Reid acts as if he is running the place.

I do not think it is coincidental that in India a Guru has convinced 400 men to chop off their testicles. I suspect this man is an advisor to both Boehner and McConnell. The two men have been behaving more like eunuchs than leaders.

It is time for House Republicans, in particular, to consider a new Speaker. John Boehner has, for years, been ridiculed for being orange. At this point it seems obvious it is a dye job so we do not see how yellow he is. He has behaved cowardly and ineffectively. He has rallied the left to attack conservatives. He has rallied lobbyists to attack his own members — some of whom defied their voters to support him for Speaker.

Boehner has, in short, become one of those Republicans who savages his own side worse than the other side. It is time for a Speaker who has the testicular fortitude to fight against Barack Obama and who will do what is right, not what is politically expedient.