“If his forces are united, separate them. If sovereign and subject
are in accord, put division between them,” suggested Sun Tzu in theArt of War.
Speaker John Boehner gets half of that concept right. He excels at
creating division on his own side. He just has a hard time when it comes
to dividing the other side.
Polling data released by FreedomWorks on Wednesday offers some guidance as to how Republicans
ought to govern if they want to be on voters’ side before the next
Liberals and establishment Republicans often talk about partisanship
in Washington, lamenting that there are not enough people working
together to grow the size of government. In a lot of ways, that
complaint is like peeing in navy blue pants. It’s warm and may make the
wearer feel good, but no one can see it.
The complaints come to
mind in the wake of Wednesday’s passage of a $1.1 trillion omnibus
spending bill in the House, which funds ObamaCare and passed by a vote
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Though he campaigns as a budget hawk at home, Rep. John Kline (R-MN) often votes differently while he is away in Washington. Here's a look back at some of the most memorable occasions that he has voted to increase spending and lift the debt ceiling over the years.
Kline voted for the Budget
Control Act (BCA) of 2011 before he voted against it.When it was passed in 2011, the
BCA increased the debt ceiling by $400 billion while giving President Obama the
option of increasing it, on his own, by an additional $2 trillion.
Earlier this month, House Republican Study Committee (RSC) Chair Steve Scalise fired Executive Director Paul Teller for allegedly working
with conservative organizations like FreedomWorks and Heritage Action.
It was especially ironic in light of how often liberals and pretentious
academics use the RSC as an example of how the movement to limit
government has grown out of hand.
Has Washington really been overrun by people trying to limit government?
Mann & Norm Ornstein, scholars at the Brookings Institution and the
American Enterprise Institute, respectively, like to lecture on the
idea that the Republican Party is too conservative.
, Tom Harkin
, American Enterprise Institute
, Brookings Institution
, Chamber of Commerce
, Cynthia Lummis
, Michael Gerson
, Norm Ornstein
, Paul Teller
, Republican Study Committee
, Steve Scalise
, Thomas Mann
, Tim Huelskamp
As establishment Washingtonians continue to lose popularity with voters, they are becoming increasingly protestant of anyone who criticizes them. Here’s a list of establishment Republicans who have condemned or threatened conservative organizations in recent memory.
Sen. Mitch McConnell
On November 19, McConnell told donors on a conference call that he was going to punch anyone involved with the Senate Conservatives Fund in the nose. “You know how you deal with schoolyard bullies?
As the senior member of Minnesota’s Republican congressional
delegation, Rep. John Kline has amassed considerable clout over the years. He
is generally thought to have a close relationship with House Speaker John
Boehner. As the chairman of the House Committee on Education and the
Workforce, that relationship appears to have paid off.
With the political capital he has
accumulated, you might expect that he has even more influence than other
members to help Republicans to limit the explosive growth of the federal
Establishment Republicans are facing some tough approval ratings. Speaker John Boehner has the same approval rating held by Rep. Nancy Pelosi when she brought Democrats back to the
minority in the House in 2010. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is losing to the Democrat he will tentatively face for re-election next year.
improve their numbers, the RNC has been developing its plan to win over
young voters who fall in the millennial generation.
In an October 30 column, Ann Coulter excoriates conservatives who believe that Republicans do not do enough to fight for limited
government. Even though she recently published a book about liberal
Republicans, she could only identify one Republican who she thinks is
liberal. That was John McCain. Needless to say, her list seems rather
brief. While she is entitled to her opinions, some of her facts do need
Specifically, she uses Minnesota as an example of a
place where Republicans are just too conservative.
Authored for FreedomWorks. (As it turned out, Boehner did violate the Hastert Rule for an eighth time on October 16.) Will House Speaker John Boehner need to rely on more Democrats than
Republicans in order to pass President Obama’s through Congress –
violating what is known as the Hastert Rule? It would be the sixth
occasion since he assumed the speakership in 2011, and his seventh
attempt. If a cancelled attempt to pass Obamacare funding on Tuesday is included, it would be the eighth.