Here's his problem. While his cronies in the Republican Establishment give him credit for majority status in the House, nothing could be farther from truth. Back in the 2010 "Tea Party" win, Boehner was clearly a moderate, but candidates who stood for conservative principles won House elections with big numbers. And while Boehner said he would never give up on fighting Obamacare, his efforts were a lot of show, always claiming that if the party just had the Senate, too, he could get something done. He put up and passed a few bills with no chance of success but then he started waffling and stalling.
Well, the Senate, of course, had a problem bigger than the Democrats. A bunch of old tired RINOs were always ready to side with them against their more conservative Republican members. And Boehner really spoke meekly and mildly about it, never really showing any pizzazz.
The only exception was last year's brouhaha on the debt ceiling and the budget, but he ultimately caved because the thought of any longer term government closure panicked him. The sad truth is that the closure impacted only a small amount of government operations, but Boehner always worries more about the columnists in the Washington Post and the New York Times as well as his big money lobbyist friends than the people in mainstream America who have been fed up with things for a long time.
So then all of the Washington political class Republicans told the American people that the 2014 election was a watershed, that to stop Obama in his tracks it was imperative that Republicans be elected so they could save the Republic. And as we all know the voters responded in kind, with the Senate electing nine additional Republicans while the House picked up twelve. The Party of Lincoln found itself in the best position it had seen in generations.
So Obama has been stopped, right? No he hasn't and while a big reason is his violation of the rule of law the Republicans have refused to fight as they promised they would. McConnell caved early, the day after the November elections and Boehner said repeatedly that he could work with the President and that he could trust him, and we find ourselves in the hornets nest once again.
How can you trust a man who spends his entire time belittling you and making fun of you and your party while "fundamentally transforming the United States of America"? That's what we're really dealing with here.
But the House has a large number of truly conservative members who are putting a "fly in the ointment" for Boehner. They want him to continue the fight against Obama's Executive Amnesty, clearly an unconstitutional action, by refusing to approve funding for that program in the Homeland Security budget. Right now there is a temporary one week delay in acting on the bill that Boehner will likely try to extend through working a deal with the Republican controlled Senate, which is held hostage by the Democrats. What Boehner does this week will tell a lot about whether Republicans are willing to truly fight for our democratic republican form of government or let it perish.
There are a significant number of House conservatives who are threatening to derail Boehner's speakership if he goes along with the Senate. Thus far they've been able to stop his capitulation and they are "making noise" that an attempt to replace him as leader could come about if he doesn't hold firm.. While they might not have enough to throw him out of office, an uprising will create quite a spectacle and throw the Republicans into disarray and Boehner really doesn't want to do that either. So what will he do? I guess we'll just find out this week.
Is our Constitution and the rule of law worth fighting for? Stay tuned; we'll know something this week. Let's hope that "many someones" in high places realizes that the future of this great land depends on courage and constitutional government. If not, the American experiment is well on its way to a horrible death.
God bless America and may we all stand tall. She's the only country we have.