1/31/14, "The Speaker Reaps What the Speaker Sows," Erick Erickson, RedState
"Less than twelve hours into the Republican retreat and the leaks and
attacks came fast and furious. John Boehner, Eric Cantor, Kevin
McCarthy, and Paul Ryan intend to push immigration through the United
States House of Representatives.
The bulk of the House Republicans thus far seem opposed, but Boehner
and his lieutenants intend to find a path forward. They will start bid
and grandiose and whittle their way down into something, anything, to
show they intend to move the ball forward.
Conservatives inside and outside the retreat began preemptively
crying foul. The bill is going to suck. We all know it will suck. But
we only have a few digestible nuggets.
John Boehner is reaping what he sowed. During the last great fight —
the Ryan-Murray plan — Boehner attacked conservatives who, relying on
press leaks from his office to reporters, opposed the deal. “They had
not yet seen the deal,” Boehner claimed and, consequently, were opposing
something they had not seen with no basis for opposition.
Once he made the case and had people rally to his cause, he rushed
through the Ryan-Murray bill in less than seventy-two hours. Boehner
expected that many of those who joined him in ridiculing conservatives
for their opposition to Ryan-Murray (again: based on leaks from
Boehner’s own crew, but before the entirety of the package was released)
would stand with him.
Instead, it looks like they know the game that is about to be played.
John Boehner and his friends will craft a package behind closed doors.
They will leak it to the press. They will attack conservatives for
daring to oppose that which they have not seen. Then he will rush
through a package as quickly as possible, relying on Democrat votes to
get it done.
The Chamber of Commerce will be happy, the base will not be, and
Boehner can retire to a cushy K-Street job with Chambliss, Latham, and
his other BFF’s who are retiring this year.
Unfortunately for the Speaker, the alliance he built for Ryan-Murray
was an alliance for that legislation only. Many of those with him then
are not only opposed now, but see how he played that game. So they’re
rallying as early as they can."
Friday, January 31, 2014
Everyone's on to Boehner's game. He does his deal behind closed doors, has stooges plant breathless fake news about it, gathers a crowd round to ridicule reaction of the unwashed who like starving animals live and die on Boehner's every twitch. That won't happen again-Erickson
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