Boehner: I can only conclude from that inaugural speech that Obama wants to annihilate the GOP

posted at 6:51 pm on January 23, 2013 by Allahpundit

Via WaPo, skip to 9:50 or so for the key bit. I’m mighty curious to see if our fair and impartial media, who assured us for years that Obama was a soft-partisan “pragmatist,” will dismiss this as hysterical wingnuttery when commentators on the left, right, and center have all made similar points in the last few days.

“[G]iven what we heard yesterday about the president’s vision for his second term, it’s pretty clear to me and should be clear to all of you that he knows he can’t do any of that as long as the House is controlled by Republicans,” Boehner said. “So we’re expecting over the next 22 months to be the focus of this administration as they attempt to annihilate the Republican Party. And let me tell you, I do believe that is their goal. To just shove us in the dustbin of history.”

I made that point myself recently vis-a-vis gun control. It makes no sense for Obama to push an assault-weapons ban which he knows is doomed and which will only cause headaches for red-state Democrats in the Senate except as a pure public-opinion cudgel against the GOP. Make Senate Republicans filibuster it or have the bill die in the House and then hope that the ensuing burst of calculated outrageous outrage from Democrats about failing Our Children prepares the way for a Democratic takeover in 2014. The Times posted a piece this morning about how, realistically, a second-term president has maybe one year to get something big done before the politics of the midterms and the next presidential election ties his hands, but Obama, I suspect, takes that as a challenge. He defied political gravity once before by becoming the first black president, then defied it again last year by somehow winning reelection despite a relentlessly crappy economy throughout his first term. His ego’s sufficiently gigantic that no doubt he thinks he can force the GOP to take one unpopular stance after another until 2014, leading to a Pelosi restoration in the House and then lord knows what miserable “grand legislative achievements” in 2015 and 2016. (Cap and trade? Serious gun control?) One of his stooges dismissed the GOP a few days ago as a party unworthy of “the opportunity” this moment presents to do something important on the debt or gun-grabbing or whatever. That’ll be the refrain for the next two years — the Republicans are unworthy and need to be punished. And in fairness to the White House, a lot of Republicans seem to agree. (Take the survey!)

By the way, note who Boehner’s audience here is. It’s the Ripon Society, a famously centrist Republican group that takes its mission as “representing all Americans through moderate, progressive policy formation that uphold traditional common sense Republican principles.” Why is he tossing red meat about O wanting to annihilate the GOP to a group like that? Because: It’s not really red meat. What he’s doing here is making the case for the Republican caucus to stick together (hint hint, tea partiers) and not do anything too drastic before 2014 that might imperil the party’s chances at holding the House in the midterms — like, say, refusing to raise the debt ceiling. He’s basically calling for conservatives to trust the leadership and remain unified as The One does his darnedest to break the party into pieces. Republicans can’t achieve much now in a post-reelection environment, but they can take solid first steps that increase the chances of achieving something important later.


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Oddly enough, I’m inclined to agree that the dust in of history is where the current worthless GOP belongs.

Midas on January 23, 2013 at 8:06 PM

The last two elections if not a great deal before have sealed that for me. I scoff at any ideas of ‘rebuilding’ a party that is more broken than a china dish run over by a bulldozer.

Two elections in a row that were not only national embarrassments to them, but highly destructive to our nation. The first time they came up with a doddering Bush-lite old fart when the public was ready to elect someone who couldn’t pick cotton without an instruction manual. The second time they ran a white liberal-lite against a flaming liberal, and guess who the welfare contingent DIDN’T pick?

MelonCollie on January 23, 2013 at 8:15 PM

This is an unforced error though.

Conservatism works. That was proved in 2012 in the States. Scott Walker had no problem winning what so ever. He won Big Time as did the other Tea Party people at the State level.

But all we hear about from the National Party is their few successes at derailing Tea Party Senatorial Candidates while ignoring the huge number of Establishment Candidates that lost and the Tea Party candidates that won like Ted Cruz, Scott Walker et all.

Let’s retrieve the GOP for the Tea Party the real Tea Party not the fakes that came in and destroyed the real movement.

The Tea Party is the solution it won.

The Establishment is in no way a solution it has lost six Presidential elections in a row and numerous mid terms. If the GOP went Conservative it would easily take back the Senate and in 2016 the Presidency.

Steveangell on January 23, 2013 at 8:34 PM

I’d take the survey, but I don’t want to give them my name and e-mail address. They’ll just beg me for money every other day.

trigon on January 23, 2013 at 8:41 PM

Actually, they’ll beg me for money every day.

trigon on January 23, 2013 at 8:43 PM

Just got a letter from “Friends of John Boehner”

What a joke. This ahole has done everything in his power to minimize and destroy the greatest grass roots movement in 100 years. He and the entire GOP can kiss my ass. The only one up there I might consider voting for in the future is Rand Paul. This GOP MUST BE DESTROYED! I encourage everyone to refuse to vote for any of these clowns or give them one cent. THEY are the reason people did not turn out in the last election. What is there to vote for? Boehner is the most pathetic speaker I have ever seen and I would bet that Nancy Pelosi has 10 time the balls of this crybaby loser. Obama must laugh his ass off everytime he has to meet with this clown. I bet car salesman love him.

jdsbengaltiger on January 23, 2013 at 8:50 PM

Of course he wants to annihilate the GOP. Who wouldn’t want to see their enemy destroyed or converted? Instead, we must break him.

Othniel on January 23, 2013 at 8:52 PM

Boehner just CANNOT be this stupid.

He must be content just to hold power, not make the media get angry at him and lose another 10-15 seats in 2014 and then at some point he’ll either be a Minority leader or still get to be speaker.

Clearly the man has ONLY ONE CORE PRINCIPLE…….POWER.

PappyD61 on January 23, 2013 at 8:53 PM

Clearly the man has ONLY ONE CORE PRINCIPLE…….POWER.

PappyD61 on January 23, 2013 at 8:53 PM

Someone said on a thread a while back that they think Boehner is an honorable man but not the right man for leadership.

I responded that an honorable man would admit that he has not been a good leader and step aside.

I haven’t changed my opinion.

Jvette on January 23, 2013 at 8:57 PM

Clearly the man has ONLY ONE CORE PRINCIPLE…….POWER.

PappyD61 on January 23, 2013 at 8:53 PM

Exactly.

Steveangell on January 23, 2013 at 8:58 PM

So what are you going to do about it John?

tom daschle concerned on January 23, 2013 at 8:59 PM

tom daschle concerned on January 23, 2013 at 8:59 PM

Zippo, Zero,Nada?

Bmore on January 23, 2013 at 9:04 PM

And let me tell you, I do believe that is their goal. To just shove us in the dustbin of history.”

OK, so what are you doing about that?

Good Lt on January 23, 2013 at 9:09 PM

You’re more than four years behind the curve.

Speakup on January 23, 2013 at 9:10 PM

Right.

And John Boehner is just the right guy in the right place at the right time to mitigate – much less stop – Barack Hussein Obama and his never ending clown-car cavalcade of sycophants and lickspittles from relegating the GOP to the dustbin of history too.

BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

*breathe*

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAaaa

GOP is DEAD already.

SD Tom on January 23, 2013 at 9:25 PM

So after Obama annihilates the top he can get to the dirty business of killing ~25 million people a la Prarie Fire to bring about his fundamental transformation?

tom daschle concerned on January 23, 2013 at 9:28 PM

Boehner’s wife must have the liquor cabinet under lock and key…

workingclass artist on January 23, 2013 at 9:28 PM

I took the survey too.

22044 on January 23, 2013 at 9:30 PM

I can only conclude from that inaugural speech that Obama wants to annihilate the GOP

Go ahead, put it out of its misery.

ddrintn on January 23, 2013 at 9:49 PM

Boehner: I can only conclude from that inaugural speech that Obama wants to annihilate the GOP

Further Bo(eh)ner: So I’m going to help Teh SCOAMT by giving him a blank check for the next 4 months.

Steve Eggleston on January 23, 2013 at 9:50 PM

The GOP is finished anyway. The GOP could not be in danger of being destroyed by Obama if the GOP hadn’t already been doing an excellent job disillusioning their base.

Boehner just CANNOT be this stupid.

He must be content just to hold power, not make the media get angry at him and lose another 10-15 seats in 2014 and then at some point he’ll either be a Minority leader or still get to be speaker.

Clearly the man has ONLY ONE CORE PRINCIPLE…….POWER.

PappyD61 on January 23, 2013 at 8:53 PM

I agree. I think Boehner finally got the message that Obama wants to kick Boehner and the GOP off the DC gravy train instead of allowing them a place at the table.

Aitch748 on January 23, 2013 at 10:06 PM

FOUR INNOCENT AMERICANS WHO WERE TRYING TO DO GOOD IN THE WORLD HAVE BEEN MURDERED AND BETRAYED BY THEIR OWN GOVERNMENT!!

……and THIS BLOG is focusing on The Whining of a Narcissistic A**-Clown like BOEHNER?!!

williamg on January 23, 2013 at 10:25 PM

Boehner is a compromised man, IMHO. Just take a gander on the section on Boehner in Peter Schweizer’s “Throw Them All Out”

BigFluffyClouds on January 23, 2013 at 11:05 PM

Boehner doesn’t understand that the GOP will be relegated to the dustbin if he doesn’t start fighting for and upholding Conservatism. Make the MSM cover you by continuously ridiculing them by name as they fail to cover both sides and call them out on their lies. Each one of them. By name. Let their pride be their downfall.

Decoski on January 23, 2013 at 11:36 PM

I made that point myself recently vis-a-vis gun control. It makes no sense for Obama to push an assault-weapons ban which he knows is doomed and which will only cause headaches for red-state Democrats in the Senate except as a pure public-opinion cudgel against the GOP. Make Senate Republicans filibuster it or have the bill die in the House and then hope that the ensuing burst of calculated outrageous outrage from Democrats about failing Our Children prepares the way for a Democratic takeover in 2014.

I don’t think Obama has any intention of leaving the White House after two terms. The only way he can get a third term is a Constitutional Amendment. The only way he can get a Constitutional Amendment is to have a supermajority in both houses of Congress.

Which would explain the attempt to destroy the Republicans at all costs.

Now, I think all this is madness. I don’t believe for a second that Obama will get that Constitutional Amendment. But Obama is a narcissist who sees himself as another FDR, and FDR managed to get the Constitution amended at least twice. (Then amended a third time after he was gone to try to prevent any other man from being president more than twice.)

There Goes The Neighborhood on January 24, 2013 at 1:21 AM

Ol Johnny Boner should be telling Dems to go full bore gun confiscation..that he’d get the R’s on board..and telling R’s to stay far far away from the GC issue.
If the D’s implement some 2nd infringing law, they become targets of the III% and the real SHTF.
Clinton’s Bosnia Rules of Engagement go into effect and the Progs will be pissing their pants trying to figure out how to put the genie back in the bottle.
The traitors to the Constitution think all those guns and ammo were bought for shooting squirrels. Not hardly.
We’re soon going to find out if we’re still a Constitutional Republic.
If you poke a Wolverine with a sharp stick, you’ll get your balls ripped off.
III/0317

dirtengineer on January 24, 2013 at 3:15 AM

Really?

What was your first clue?

jaydee_007 on January 24, 2013 at 3:23 AM

The big difference is that Barf has a machine. Their base is intact.

Cody1991 on January 23, 2013 at 7:16 PM

The Democrats are preserving their base, and building it with patronage paid for by the government, meaning (often Republican) taxpayers. That is win-win, for the Democrats.

The Democrats are building their base more by constant mass immigration. Of about a million immigrants a year, 90% are non-white, and 80% of non-whites vote Democrat, so this is an endless river of free votes being added to the Democrat totals.

Together with that, the Democrats promote forced integration, that means in the long run there will be no whites (because no holdout “enclaves”). No whites means conservatives reduced to an impotent minority, permanently.

And together with that, the Democrats push laws that disadvantage whites, such as affirmative action, “disparate impact” and quotas and set-asides. It is all rob Peter to pay Paul, with Paul being non-white and Democrat-voting, and the Peter who gets robbed being the whites from whom the Republican Party gets 90% of its votes.

Base politics, as far as the Democratic Party is concerned, is code for race politics.

And it’s working.

What does the Republican Party do about all of this? It does nothing, letting its base be destroyed.

That’s why Barack Obama has a winning and growing base, and John Boehner does not.

Until it changes its attitude and starts supporting its base, the Republican Party doesn’t deserve much support from its base. For there to be loyalty up, there should be some loyalty down.

David Blue on January 24, 2013 at 6:12 AM

Boehner doesn’t have a clue what he’s up against. Of course Obama wants to destroy the Republican Party, but what Boehner doesn’t realize is that, in a war with someone like that, you don’t just try to do the same thing only with Republican principles (commonly referred to as Democrat Lite) you need to strike a bold difference and I just don’t believe Boehner thinks like that.

One of the reasons Romney lost the election was conservatives stayed home. They made Sarah Palin stay in Alaska, never once campaigned with Mitt Romney, and I believe it sent a message. Well Boehner is thinking along the same lines and it’s a loser.

bflat879 on January 24, 2013 at 7:42 AM

Boehner: I can only conclude from that inaugural speech that Obama wants to annihilate the GOP

A little slow on the learning curve, eh Boehner?

Ukiah on January 24, 2013 at 8:30 AM

So what are you going to do about it, Mr. Boehner?

olesparkie on January 24, 2013 at 8:31 AM

“And let me tell you, I do believe that is their goal. To just shove us in the dustbin of history.”

So Boehner finally understands the message that “progressives” have been sending:

“We will Barry you!”

ITguy on January 24, 2013 at 8:39 AM

Boehner continues to make me proud…….to no longer care any more about the little r republican party.

Varchild on January 24, 2013 at 8:51 AM

If our Founding Fathers and others who fought for our independence had been like John Boehner, we’d still be a British colony, if the world even survived WWII. If America never existed, it would have to be invented, because the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution are the only true expressions of personal liberty and personal responsibility on the planet. And as Ben Franklin said, those who trade a little liberty for a little “security” get neither.

falcon on January 24, 2013 at 8:53 AM

And let me tell you, I do believe that is their goal. To just shove us in the dustbin of history.”

The Weeper and the GOP are doing a pretty good job of that themselves.

Ward Cleaver on January 24, 2013 at 9:57 AM

Boehner: I can only conclude from that inaugural speech that Obama wants to annihilate the GOP

What a coincidence as that’s Boehner’s and McConell’s goal too along with many other RINOs.

bgibbs1000 on January 24, 2013 at 10:01 AM

The Republican Party has met Obama’s Death Panel. Verdict: Euthanasia.

stillings on January 24, 2013 at 10:56 AM

Ummmmm….Mr. Speaker Obama has targeted the economies of Red States. He has flooded the border states with illegals, poached Border agents from one state to another & armed them with bean bags to fight the Cartels. Obama has tied up Red states in courts fighting over the punitive actions of his executive agencies. Obama has overturned our voting system with Unions and Acorn transporting illegal voters to the polls….The list goes on and on

Wake up Mr. Speaker and listen to the governors of these states.

workingclass artist on January 24, 2013 at 10:58 AM

What’s with the outrageous outrage toward Boehner? Barack Obama isn’t out to simply destroy the GOP, you know. He’s out to destroy ALL opposition. Seems to me that’s a little more concerning than Boehner’s squish on the debt ceiling.

Don’t you folks ever wonder why Obama hates us so very much? It’s almost a rabid kind of hate, unaccounted for by simple differences in political ideology. Most of the rabid left describe the GOP as “white evengelicals”. I suspect its the same with him, and likely more so due to the unhinged nature of his obvious emotional response.

Murf76 on January 24, 2013 at 11:00 AM

What’s with the outrageous outrage toward Boehner? Barack Obama isn’t out to simply destroy the GOP, you know. He’s out to destroy ALL opposition. Seems to me that’s a little more concerning than Boehner’s squish on the debt ceiling.

Don’t you folks ever wonder why Obama hates us so very much? It’s almost a rabid kind of hate, unaccounted for by simple differences in political ideology. Most of the rabid left describe the GOP as “white evengelicals”. I suspect its the same with him, and likely more so due to the unhinged nature of his obvious emotional response.

Murf76 on January 24, 2013 at 11:00 AM

Why the outrage against Boehner. He is the enabler of Obama’s attacks on us.

astonerii on January 24, 2013 at 11:29 AM

You idiot. Of course he does.

Such is the stupidity that floats to the top in America today.

Kinda like scum in the ocean floats to the top, while the pearls sink to the bottom.

avgjo on January 24, 2013 at 12:06 PM

Boehner: I can only conclude from that inaugural speech that Obama wants to annihilate the GOP

Welcome to the party, pal.

ICanSeeNovFromMyHouse on January 24, 2013 at 12:20 PM

And let me tell you, I do believe that is their goal. To just shove us in the dustbin of history.”

It really doesn’t help, Johnny-Boy, when you and your pals bring a step-stool to help yourself in…………..

Tenwheeler on January 24, 2013 at 1:05 PM

The only way he can get a Constitutional Amendment is to have a supermajority in both houses of Congress.

A Constitutional Amendment has to be ratified by a majority of the states, not the U.S. Congress.

But I like the cut of your jib, Sir.

Tenwheeler on January 24, 2013 at 1:09 PM

Hopefully the megalomaniacal Comrade Chairman will overplay his hand.

He has no mandate. Not even close. His margin of 400,000 votes in a handful of swing states is razor thin. On another day he might have lost the election. Against a better GOP candidate he would have lost.

farsighted on January 24, 2013 at 1:11 PM

So what are you going to do about it John?

tom daschle concerned on January 23, 2013 at 8:59 PM

A sternly-worded letter?

Tenwheeler on January 24, 2013 at 1:13 PM

Just got a letter from “Friends of John Boehner”

jdsbengaltiger on January 23, 2013 at 8:50 PM

Isn’t that an oxymoron?

And I ask this as BOHICA got reelected in a safe district with no opposition whatsoever.

Myron Falwell on January 24, 2013 at 1:17 PM

Hopefully the megalomaniacal Comrade Chairman will overplay his hand.

He has no mandate. Not even close. His margin of 400,000 votes in a handful of swing states is razor thin. On another day he might have lost the election. Against a better GOP candidate he would have lost.

farsighted on January 24, 2013 at 1:11 PM

With the current under-30 crowd having been raised to overwhelmingly accept Socialist and Communist dogma, and are now beholden to the alter of Big Government just for the free bennies… 2012 was a watershed election. And it wasn’t a good thing. That generation is all but lost to the Dems for the rest of their lives.

Myron Falwell on January 24, 2013 at 1:21 PM

Welcome to the party John Boehner. It’s time to put down the scotch and wake up to the fact your party faces extinction. It is time for the speaker to grow a spine.

Jerry Bear on January 24, 2013 at 1:40 PM

Let’s retrieve the GOP for the Tea Party the real Tea Party not the fakes that came in and destroyed the real movement.

The Tea Party is the solution it won.

The Establishment is in no way a solution it has lost six Presidential elections in a row and numerous mid terms. If the GOP went Conservative it would easily take back the Senate and in 2016 the Presidency.

Steveangell on January 23, 2013 at 8:34 PM

Uhm, thats a great idea and all but do you have an idea on how to accomplish that? Did you see the same RNC convention I did last year? The “establishment” froze out any opposition, not just the paulians. The GOP will follow their Whig forbears into the dustbin or survive as controlled opposition (if they’re not there already).

oryguncon on January 24, 2013 at 1:54 PM

Hey, Boner, you and the rest of your GOPelite shitheads have been helping him, so it won’t take much. And, good riddance.

RoyalFlush on January 24, 2013 at 2:25 PM

I think Boehner is on Obama’s side
He sure isn’t on mine!

Delsa on January 24, 2013 at 2:33 PM

With the current under-30 crowd having been raised to overwhelmingly accept Socialist and Communist dogma, and are now beholden to the alter of Big Government just for the free bennies… 2012 was a watershed election. And it wasn’t a good thing. That generation is all but lost to the Dems for the rest of their lives.

Myron Falwell on January 24, 2013 at 1:21 PM

All true.

I’m still trying to find some last little glimmer of hope. Not much there.

Now it’s mostly a question of how fast the socio-economic decline occurs and whether it becomes a complete collapse.

The under-30 crowd voted for it. Over the coming decades, in the immortal words of Mencken, they and the rest of their fellow travelers are going to get it good and hard. Too bad the innocent will also suffer.

farsighted on January 24, 2013 at 2:56 PM

Regrettably, the GOP is doing Obama’s job for him!

redware on January 24, 2013 at 4:47 PM

I can only conclude from that inaugural speech that Obama wants to annihilate the GOP

I do hope he’s not just paying lip service to that thesis, pandering to some in his party, and that he understands and appreciates it deep down in the very core of his being.

petefrt on January 24, 2013 at 6:19 PM

The GOP does not need any help from Obama. They are doing a pretty good job on annihilating themselves all on their own.

lewisge on January 25, 2013 at 11:21 AM

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