UPDATE: Boehner supporter describes reps who don't sign B as 'extremists' in 'insane asylum'
12/20/12, "In Stunning Rebuke, GOP Won't Deliver Votes for Boehner's 'Plan B'," The Hill, Daniel Newhauser
8/16/12, "Boehner calls Tea Partiers knuckle-draggers on Fox." Democratic Underground
"VAN SUSTEREN, FOX News: People think of him (Ryan) as hawkish on the budget, on expenses, but he voted for TARP. He voted for the auto bailout, voted for two stimulus in '08, voted against the '09 -- February '09 President Obama stimulus. How does -- I mean, how does he explain those, or I mean, how does -- politically, how does he sell that?
BOEHNER: I mean, I think that he's a practical conservative. He's got a very conservative voting record, but he's not a knuckle-dragger, all right? He understood that TARP, while none of us wanted to do it, if we were going to save -- save our economy, save the world economy, it had to happen. I wish we didn't have to do it, either, but he understood that.
Reaction From Tea Party Nation:
Knuckle draggers of the world unite -Judson Phillips
If you want to know why a conservative agenda has been bottled up in the House of Representatives, there is one simple answer. If you want to know why Obamacare
has not been repealed, there is one simple answer. If you want to know why Obamacare
has not even been defunded, there is one simple answer.
If you want to know why spending is higher under a Republican Congress than when Nancy Pelosi controlled the House of Representatives, there is one simple answer.
What is it?
It is John Boehner.
Boehner appeared on Greta Van Susteren’s show last night and he made it very clear, he is the problem.
One of the reasons conservatism is not on the attack is because those who are leading in Congress, namely John Boehner, is a big government Republican.
Boehner clearly views conservatives and the Tea Party with contempt. After all, we are only knuckle draggers.
Perhaps John Boehner should buy a clue.
It is we “knuckle draggers” that put him in the Speaker’s chair. We tried it his way in 2006 and 2008.
What were those results?
The Republicans had their heads handed to them. They were put on the political endangered species list.
If it were not for us knuckle draggers, Boehner would still be toiling away as the minority leader of a small minority.
Those of us who are “knuckle draggers” as John boy likes to call us realize something he does not.
The current fiscal path of this nation is unsustainable. We understand that liberty and freedom must be fought for and we understand that big government is the antithesis of liberty and freedom.
Insulting your base is not a great way to maintain control of Congress.
Most Tea Party people are uniting behind Romney and Ryan. Our short-term goals are to get Obama out of office and put Harry Reid far from any position of authority.
But after January, these issues will be revisited.
The Tea Party movement as born as real American pushed back against the Obama, Pelosi, Reid axis of fiscal evil. We asked for change and instead we got John Boehner’s freshly laundered white flag of surrender.
Either Boehner starts understanding what the people want or he may find the people demanding that we have a new Speaker."
Ed. note: The above piece by a member of Tea Party Nation was well expressed. I don't agree with this particular Tea Party group in all cases but in this example I did.