A little more Boehner

Nice post from Mischiefs of Faction rounding up their PS commentary on Boehner.  I especially liked Greg Koger’s take:

Gregory Koger:

The longstanding tension within Congressional parties is that legislators need to cooperate with their parties to accomplish their shared goals, but to do so they must overcome the inherent diversity of American parties.

Since 2010, the House GOP has provided a brilliant demonstration of this tension. The rules of the House, and the Republican conference, provided Boehner with a great deal of power. But his “majority” included a sizable number of legislators who would not or could not cooperate with their party. They had campaigned against the party status quo. They promised not to vote for compromises. They promised outcomes they could not realistically achieve with a majority in one chamber (e.g. repealing Obamacare). They feared a primary challenge from the right more than losing to a Democrat.

It is likely that the next Speaker will suffer from the same challenge because the challenge is systemic. The best chance to end the cycle, however, would be for the House GOP to select someone who is trusted by the Tea Party faction both inside and outside of Congress, so that when s/he says, “That’s a stupid strategy that will fail, resulting in a drop in the polls and a humiliating acceptance of the Democrats’ demands” they will actually trust the Speaker.

Of course, what Koger fails to mention is that I’m not sure such a person even exists and if he did, that GOP leaders would recognize the fact.  Not exactly reason for optimism.

Also, Boehner himself today:

“We have got groups here in town, members of the House and Senate here in town, who whip people into a frenzy believing they can accomplish things that they know, they know are never going to happen,” Mr. Boehner said in a live interview broadcast on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

The speaker described these conservative members of his party as “false prophets,” who promise policy victories they cannot deliver. “The Bible says, beware of false prophets,” he said. “And there are people out there spreading noise about how much can get done.”

Asked if he thought his conservative colleagues had been unrealistic, Mr. Boehner offered a resolute “absolutely.”

Yep.  And all America suffers the consequences of these nuts.

About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State http://faculty.chass.ncsu.edu/shgreene

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