January 8, 2015

IT'S SUCCESS THEY HATE:

John Boehner and the Conservative Disconnect (JOHN FEEHERY, 1/08/15, WSJ)

By every reasonable measure, Mr. Boehner is a true conservative.

As an original member of the "Gang of Seven," he has long fought against such conservative bugaboos as earmarks.

He is pro-life and pro-gun. He likes to cut taxes and cut spending.

In fact, John Boehner's voting record is much more conservative than that of Rep. Daniel Webster, the Florida Republican who garnered 12 votes from the so-called hard-core conservatives.

The members who voted against Mr. Boehner for speaker never collectively articulated a convincing reason to replace him, other than that it's time for a change, nor did they put forward a candidate who could have beaten Mr. Boehner.

If he were a true ideologue, as they demand, he'd prove it by failing. The party would be in the minority and the caucus would have no influence on American policy. The very fact of enjoying success means that he has to have sold out principle.  Recall that the Right hated Reagan once he was president too. Actual governance is anathema to them.

Posted by at January 8, 2015 5:27 PM
  

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