John Boehner strips conservative Republicans from committee positions
What do you do when you are a member of the establishment, elitist, political class Republicans who feel it is your birthright to remain in Washington and you watch a bunch of new conservatives come to power within the party and try to change the culture in Washington? Why, you punish them and hope to teach them a lesson of course. That lesson being you must go along to get along.
And that is precisely what John Boehner appears to have done when he removed conservative Republicans from committee positions. It goes without saying that this isn’t sitting well with the affected conservatives who do believe they are being punished for trying to change Washington and influence the establishment Republican leaders:
It is little wonder why Congress has a 16 percent approval rating: Americans send principled representatives to change Washington and get punished in return,” Huelskamp said in a Monday night statement. “The GOP leadership might think they have silenced conservatives, but removing me and others from key committees only confirms our conservative convictions. This is clearly a vindictive move, and a sure sign that the GOP Establishment cannot handle disagreement
This morning Congressman Schweikert learned there was a price to be paid for voting based on principle,” Semmel said in an email. “That price was the removal from the House Financial Services Committee. We are obviously disappointed that Leadership chose to take this course, but Rep. Schweikert remains committed to fighting for the conservative principles that brought him here.”
FreedomWorks president Matt Kibbe bashed the move, too, saying in a statement that “[t]his is a clear attempt on the part of Republican leadership to punish those in Washington who vote the way they promised their constituents they would – on principle – instead of mindlessly rubber-stamping trillion dollar deficits and the bankrupting of America. This is establishment thinking, circling the wagons around yes-men and punishing anyone that dares to take a stand for good public policy
A spokesman for John Boehner has denied that this was done in revenge and stated that these decisions are made on a “range of factors.” So what are those factors if this wasn’t done seeking retribution?
It is a secret! And the Republicans have no intention of making the criteria public, but Breitbart has learned that the establishment has keep a scorecard and ranked its members according to their vote tally.
We’ve heard from multiple sources that someone walked in with a list of votes and said if you didn’t reach a particular scorecard of what was considered the right vote – which by the way, in most cases, was not the conservative position – then [they said] ‘we’re going to have to remove you from the committee,’” Huelskamp said.
And of course it was all done behind closed doors so I don’t want to hear one more Republican leader bitch about Barack Obama conducting fiscal cliff negotiations behind closed doors (which Republican leadership has done as well) when they are guilty of the same behavior.
It is obvious to me where John Boehner’s loyalty lies and he is more interested in doing what he feels is best for his party than he is concerned about doing what is right for the country and this is something I have hammered the Democrats on for many years now.
John Boehner and the Republican leadership are no better than the Democrats because they look at everything through the political prism of doing what they feel is the best thing to ensure they are reelected and oft times this is contrary to what actually needs to be done for the good of the country.
What people like John Boehner need to remember is that the people he is punishing were sent to Washington by the will of the people and they serve the people, not the establishment which got us into this situation in the first place.