Some House Republicans pretty “angry” that Boehner can’t get Cruz to shut up and sit down

posted at 6:31 pm on September 15, 2013 by Jazz Shaw

This report is coming from The Hill and relies pretty much on “Republican lawmakers” and staffers “speaking on condition of anonymity” so factor that in. But given what we’ve heard from some other members over the last couple of months, I wouldn’t find it terribly surprising if this were true.

Republican lawmakers are growing increasingly frustrated with what they say is a lack of communication from their leaders.

Both centrist and conservative members in the House believe that Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and his lieutenants could have done more earlier this year to counter the Tea Party’s effort to defund ObamaCare. Some Republicans on Capitol Hill say such an effort is politically impossible with a Democratic-controlled Senate and a Democrat in the White House. Regardless, the rift on what to do on ObamaCare has opened up a civil war within the GOP.

The complaint is similar to ones we’ve heard before, citing people who warned the Speaker to “get out in front” of the issue of demands to defund Obamacare, shutting down the government, etc. etc. before it turned into a civil war in the press. And, of course, Ted Cruz is cited as the chief fly in the ointment. The new complaint is that the leadership spent too much time fundraising for 2014 and failed to communicate with the members.

One member, however, was willing to go on the record and said that the communications problem wasn’t between Boehner and the members… it was that the Speaker isn’t listening to the voters.

“The leadership, because of other obligations they have during the August recess to raise money and meet with groups, may not have had as many town hall meetings in their specific districts as rank-and-file members, and so they may not have been aware of how strongly the message was delivered to those of us who did stay in our districts the entire August recess,” Rep. Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.) said.

One last pair of gems from this selection of quotes… also anonymous.

“Boehner should have shut it down before we left … Cruz started talking about this before we left and Boehner should have said, ‘We’re not doing that and this is why.’ Just shut it down!,” the legislator said.

Many GOP lawmakers share that frustration privately and several have gone so far as to call their party “leaderless.”

“Here we are complaining about a president who can’t lead [on Syria], who leads us into this morass and we’re doing the same things to ourselves on ObamaCare, on the debt ceiling,” one conservative complained.

If you read the entire report, it seems that the only person they could find who actually supported Cruz on the Obamacare question was Dennis Ross (R-Fla.) who called it an opportunity of a lifetime. Others, such as John Shimkus and Presidential hopeful Peter King both wanted to find some way to say, can’t we all just get along?

If this reporting were even remotely close to being a representative sample of Congress, it would make it sound as if Cruz is pretty much fighting on a team that numbers in single digits. That sounds fairly unlikely, but we won’t know the real numbers until some of these budget questions begin coming up for a vote – assuming the House can agree on anything to vote on – in the next few weeks.


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Over!!!

Bmore on September 16, 2013 at 11:59 AM

It’s beginning to look like once again the GOP insiders want the grassroots people to STFU and listen to their betters. Once again we’re going to be told that we have to compromise to appeal to the moderates & Independents in order to get elected. Once again some of the base may ask “If you’re not going to support our principles what difference does it make to get you elected?” Sometimes it seems like the GOP idea of compromising is giving up.

katiejane on September 16, 2013 at 12:09 PM

Cruzifixion coming soon….

The Ruling Class Scribes. Pharisees and Romans repeat history.

PappyD61 on September 16, 2013 at 12:34 PM

I loathe the gop…….like they despise Possum Holler.

We need a second party folks.

PappyD61 on September 16, 2013 at 12:36 PM

Over!!!

Bmore on September 16, 2013 at 11:59 AM

What is this that you do on every thread? Is this akin to posting “first!”?

Monkeytoe on September 16, 2013 at 2:30 PM

How come we dont know who these Repumocrats are? They don’t want their boat of comfort rocked, no matter how much corruption it takes to keep it running.

RdLake on September 16, 2013 at 5:15 PM

I’d rather my daughter marry a wino
Than a whimpering, simpering RINO

RINOS are Democrat wannabes who attend the same progressive schools, country clubs, , aerobic exercise and yoga classes, and black tie dinners, as well as sharing the same posh neighborhoods with crescent driveways ans swimming pools that the liberals do. How could wives show their faces in public if they’re husbands did something “conservative”?The liberal vote is already locked up so RINOS fool conservatives, libertarians and moderates into thinking they’re “one of them”. Succinctly, RINOS, in order to achieve “social acceptability”, would join hands with liberals in handing the country over to gang bangers and drug dealers.

MaiDee on September 16, 2013 at 5:27 PM

Their husbands. What was I thinking of?

MaiDee on September 16, 2013 at 5:29 PM

Will John Boehner join Robert Charles Winthrop in history?

Another Drew on September 16, 2013 at 6:38 PM

RINOS are Democrat wannabes who attend the same progressive schools, country clubs, , aerobic exercise and yoga classes, and black tie dinners, as well as sharing the same posh neighborhoods with crescent driveways ans swimming pools that the liberals do.

MaiDee on September 16, 2013 at 5:27 PM

This and everything you said: so true it hurts.

Republicans star in giving off non-verbal signals that “I’m one of you”. But they never explicitly advocate for that community and fight for the interests of that community. It’s all “trust us” and no follow through.

David Blue on September 16, 2013 at 6:46 PM

These so called House Republicans would certainly be singing another tune if they and their staffs were not exempted from ObamaCare. It is sad that what is good for the unwashed masses is not good for the ruling class. As for those that call themselves conservatives, take another look at yourself. There are so few real conservatives in our government you can count them on one hand and not use all the fingers. The beltway elitist dominate both parties and have formed the ruling class that only represent themselves. They have betrayed the Constitution that they swore an oath to support and protect, and that alone should tell us what their character is.

savage24 on September 16, 2013 at 8:54 PM

I think Ted Cruz should be put on a pedestal and speak all he wants, and Boehner can quit or get fired.

F_This on September 16, 2013 at 9:17 PM

Cruz should get them to shut down and sit up.

Sherman1864 on September 16, 2013 at 2:41 AM

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D I T T O S !

listens2glenn on September 16, 2013 at 11:52 PM

“Many GOP lawmakers share that frustration privately and several have gone so far as to call their party ‘leaderless.’”

Gee, who did you pick for Speaker of the House back in January???

The vast majority of you GOP reps who decided to keep Boneless as your boss, you have no one to blame but YOURSELVES.

As for Obamacare, you’re doing it all wrong. We got to this point because the system was broke. Just voting to repeal/defund Obamacare sends a message that “hey, there’s NOTHING wrong with the system!”

Any plan to dismantle Obamacare MUST include an extensive, comprehensive set of reforms aimed at getting health care costs down and expanding accessability. Otherwise you’ll just continue to be seen as the evil guys who want to bankrupt Grandma or let Junior die of cancer.

TMOverbeck on September 17, 2013 at 9:48 AM

listens2glenn on September 16, 2013 at 11:52 PM

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Dire Straits on September 17, 2013 at 4:33 PM

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