To any casual observer it might appear the Republican party is gaining strength.
After November saw the ousting of many prominent Democrats, many naturally assumed that there would be good will between Republicans. They also assumed Democrats would be opposed more often than not.
Except that’s not what happened.
In fact, shortly after GOP lawmakers displaced Democrats some of the senior most GOP officials started to back Democrat policies.
Leading the pack was John Boehner. With pen in hand he helped to pass some of Obama’s pet projects and as the rank and file cried out in protest, he callously ignored them and went ahead with his ill advised plans anyways.
Many Republicans view Boehner and a select group of GOP members as “villains.” While conservatives want to obstruct liberal policies this group have unexplainably linked arms with them.
Over the past few weeks there was a groundswell of support calling for Boehner’s ousting. Just this week, the role of Speaker of The House was voted, on with several members of The House running against Boehner.
Ultimately Boehner held onto his position, but the strife observed is going to have some pretty serious, and ill effects downstream.
For one Boehner has punished key Republicans who opposed him in the vote.
As The Washington Examiner http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/boehner-retaliates-against-the-right/article/2558284:
Hours after 24 Republicans voted against Boehner, GOP leaders removed two members from a key committee. By late Tuesday, Reps. Daniel Webster and Richard Nugent, both of Florida, were stripped from the powerful House Rules Committee, which governs the legislative process, including amendments and changes to bills before they reach the House floor for debate.
Many view this as form of punishment for opposing the GOP establishment.
And some are furious.
Rep Louie Gohmert commented on the situation:
It’s outrageous,” Gohmert told the Washington Examiner. “I thought maybe we were actually going to be able to work together, but if people are going to be punished for representing their district, there is another big fight about to happen.”
Another longtime member who voted for Boehner but who has bucked the GOP leadership in the past said members should never be punished for the way they vote, and called the retribution “the clearest way to mutiny.”
The biggest problem here is that if this kind of division deepens, it will severely hamper the efforts of House Republicans to reverse many key decisions made by Democrat lawmakers.
It’s bewildering as every step GOP leadership takes seems to favor progressive legislation over constitutional governance.
The truth is the fractionalization inside the GOP is at all time high. And with 2016 coming up soon the GOP needs to get it together lest they risk a repeat of 2012 which saw a Democrat taking the office of the executive once again.