The Values Voters Summit is an annual event that gathers together all the religious right wing crazies, and politicians go and pander to them by throwing out red meat rhetoric on their favorite issues for them to devour. For these people, establishment Republican leaders are wimps who won’t really fight for conservative causes by threatening to bring government to a halt unless they get their way.
Watch their reaction when Marco Rubio, in his speech to them today, gave the news that speaker John Boehner had announced that he was resigning as Speaker of the House of Representatives and leaving Congress as of October 30th.
Other right-wingers have joined in dancing on Boehner’s grave, hailing it as a victory for the ‘grass roots’ over the party establishment.
It was widely reported that Boehner was unwilling to link a measure to cut off for funding for Planned Parenthood with passing a bill funding the government, something that had to be done by October 1 when current spending authorization ends. Since such a linkage would never pass in the senate and would be vetoed by president Obama anyway, such a move would have guaranteed a shut down of the government.
The Tea Party faction had warned that if he failed to act as they wished, they would try and force his removal. Boehner must have decided the hell with it, he doesn’t need the aggravation, he’ll just pass the so-called ‘clean’ funding measure without the PP cut and then quit.
Republican New York representative Peter King, one of the so-called ‘moderates’ in the party said of Boehner’s exit, “To me, this is a victory of the crazies.”
Yes, but your party and leadership fed and nurtured the crazies for years so you are to blame for them becoming a mean and vicious group.