Six months ago I'd have thought this report on John Boehner to be something from humorist Andy Borowitz. Things are changing and not necessarily to the benefit of the Dems. Republicans are pushing away from the tea partyers.
Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Wednesday sharply criticized outside conservative groups opposed to the House-Senate budget deal, accusing them of “using” GOP lawmakers to further their own goals.
“They’re using our members, and they’re using the American people for their own goals. This is ridiculous!” Boehner told reporters after a closed-door GOP conference meeting.
The Speaker was referring to organizations like Heritage Action, FreedomWorks and Americans for Prosperity, which all denounced the budget agreement that Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) negotiated before it was released to the public.
“You mean the groups who came out and opposed this before they even saw it,” Boehner asked, interrupting a reporter who started to ask about the criticism from conservative groups.
The Speaker delivered a similar message to Republicans inside the party meeting, when, according to Rep. Steve Womack (R-Ark.), he urged lawmakers not to be pressured by outside activists. ...TheHill
Take that, you Heritage Action, you Freedom Works, you Koch sniffers -- no longer, it seems, pulling the strings of our um friends on the right.
Here's another Steve, a little Texas teapot who boiled over, got scalded, and has been sidelined. Steve Stockman "(R-Toxicity)" (as Dana Milbank puts it) got about 37 hours of limelight and has since been punished for challenging Senator John Cornyn who, god knows, is no centrist but is at least human ...or close.
... It appeared that Stockman could pose a credible threat; his decision was immediately praised by the Tea Party Patriots and the Senate Conservatives Fund, founded by the Heritage Foundation’s Jim DeMint.
But then something unexpected happened: Sanity prevailed.
The Club for Growth, which started the trend of conservative primary challenges to incumbent Republicans, issued a statement just before 9 a.m. Tuesday saying that it was not on board with Stockman, the flamboyant lawmaker who distributed articles of impeachment against President Obama this fall and who tweets messages such as “Obamacare is less popular than chlamydia.”
“While Congressman Stockman has a pro-economic growth record, so does Senator Cornyn, as witnessed by his 87% lifetime Club for Growth score,” the group said, adding that “we do not expect to be involved in the Texas Senate race.”
Apparently Boehner will also go up against the tea party caucus on immigration reform. All this contrition and sensible behavior is not going to help Dems much in either '14 or '16, would you think?