Kool Aid Kaukus: (Back row) Allen West, Paul Ryan, Dan Webster, Joe Barton, Jeff Duncan.
(front row, l-r) Joe Walsh, Louie Gohmert, Michele Bachmann
As Republicans prepared for yet another show vote on abortion Tuesday, Speaker John Boehner and his leadership team are facing a rising tide of frustration from Republican moderates angry over the rightward tack the conference has taken under his leadership…
Those dissatisfied moderates hit Boehner with a one-two punch Monday.
First, the Columbus Dispatch reported that Rep. Steve LaTourette had abruptly decided to retire. That decision shocked many Republicans, in part because LaTourette – who like Boehner is a from Ohio – has had, at least until recently, an extremely close relationship with the Speaker.
At the same time, Syracuse Republican Rep. Hanna harshly criticized the GOP, arguing leadership has gone too far in deferring to the demands of conservatives…“I have to say that I’m frustrated by how much we — I mean the Republican Party — are willing to give deferential treatment to our extremes in this moment in history,” Hanna told the Post-Standard.
According to Republicans, moderate members of the House GOP conference feel that Boehner, who has struggled with an often raucous and openly defiant right wing, has forced them to go along with conservative demands but has provided them little in return…
The decision by Majority Leader Eric Cantor to schedule several votes on abortion, reaffirming that the nation’s motto is, in fact, “In God We Trust” and other social issues has angered moderates for more than a year…
Moderate dissatisfaction appears to have been far worse than had been thought – so much so, in his interview with the Post-Standard Hanna went so far as to say that “I would say that the friends I have in the Democratic Party I find … much more congenial — a little less anger.”
The Republican Party has proceeded from NeoCon dedication to imperial arrogance straight into the sort of God-babble that plays well in the rural Confederacy – but, the United States passed that boundary line in electoral politics back in the day when Democrats handed the racist vote over to the Republican Party and Nixon’s Southern Strategy.
The joining at the hip of chickenhawks and Cold Warriors with 18th Century libertarians and populists who only care about keeping down uppity women, Blacks, Hispanics and furriners – demeans any opportunity for a traditional American conservative to function in Congressional politics. No one is surprised to see a few more Republicans walk away from the Kool Aid Klubhouse.