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June 21, 2013 - 4:44 pm

Ah…”compromise.

Not an hour after those words were uttered, Boehner’s House Republicans dealt him the latest in a series of humiliations. Sixty-two Republicans defied him and voted against the farm bill, defeating a major piece of legislation Boehner had made a test of his leadership by pushing for it publicly and voting for it personally — something speakers only do on the most important bills.

The dispute this time was over food stamps and agricultural subsidies, but the pattern was the same: House leaders lost Democratic support by tilting the bill to satisfy the Republican base, but a group of conservative purists remained upset that the legislation didn’t go far enough.

Much the same dynamic confronts Boehner as the House prepares to take up immigration legislation next month. A similar set of pressures has kept Boehner from negotiating a long-term budget deal with the White House.

In all instances, Boehner faces a choice: his job or his legacy. He can enact landmark compromises but lose his job in a conservative coup. Or he can keep his job but get nothing much done.

Beware the modern American journalist who feigns concern for any Republican, especially when discussing “compromises.” The modern political definition of the word in this country isn’t in any dictionary but means this: the Republicans cave to the Democrats.

A “landmark compromise” means the Republicans cave to the Democrats after pretending to put up some sort of effort. That gets them a pat on the head and a good slaughtering in the next election.

There are many of us on this side of the aisle who reject the choice Milbank presents for Boehner and think he should lose his job anyway.

More: Farm Bill Side Story: Additional Costs Of Subsidies

Stephen Kruiser is a professional comedian and writer who has also been a conservative political activist for over two decades. A co-founder of the first Los Angeles Tea Party, Kruiser often speaks to grassroots groups around America and has had the great honor of traveling around the world entertaining U.S. troops.

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Why doesn't Boehner just sob and whimper "What difference does it make now?"
I'm sure that would garner much needed sympathy from many illegal aliens, and maybe a few Democrats.
42 weeks ago
42 weeks ago Link To Comment
Milbank should compromise with gibberish and write half his columns as nonsense. Oh wait, ...
42 weeks ago
42 weeks ago Link To Comment
I agree. Boehner should lose his job. There has to be someone better.
42 weeks ago
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When the government does nothing, more often than not the taxpayers save money....like $600,000 (at least not MILLION) to research why monkeys throw their poo. Sadly, that is factually correct and not a joke.

Negotiation is only successful when dealing with an honest broker; Democrats are not honest brokers. The article correctly opines that a "compromise" by Republicans equates to "caving in" to their socialist "progressive" designs for transforming our great nation.

Remember BENGHAZI!
42 weeks ago
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You cannot bargain with today's Democrats/lefties. Actual bargaining and true compromise require good faith and trust in both parties and the Left demonstrates neither good faith nor trust, in fact denies both. You can't bargain with somebody who fundamentally believes you are subhuman and lefties believe anyone who doesn't accept their views is subhuman. They really don't believe that a bargain with subhumans should be valid and enforceable and they won't keep a bargain except if forced to.

The only way you can get them to compromise is with a credible threat of harm, political, economic, or physical. If you force them to make a bargain, they will keep it only so long as they are afraid of you. I don't know that they really ever were, but today's Democrats are NOT your friend across the aisle with whom you have some philosopical differences but share the same interest in good government. Modern Democrats are an existential threat to our Constitutional republic and no bargain you can strike with them voluntarily is in the Republic's interest. You impose your will on them and if you don't have the power to impose your will, you use all the power you can muster to keep them from imposing their will on you. Basically, the Congressional Republicans guiding principle should be "if the Democrats are for it, I'm against it" and that goes even if it is a good idea. The goal should be to not let them accomplish ANYTHING or take credit for anything good that might happen. This is the game the public employee unions play and the Democrats have adopted it; the unions try everything in their power to keep the employer from accomplishing its objectives and do everything in their power to keep the employer from claiming credit for anything good. It's time Republicans learn that game.
43 weeks ago
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Strong language about the Dems, labeling any individual or group an "existential threat" suggests extreme measures to eliminate that threat. But the failure of the Farm Bill was less about the Dems intransigence and more illustrative of Boehner's inability to even lead his own party. Boehner has a substantial majority and cannot get anything done (besides symbolically throwing out Obamacare). That is ineffective leadership.
42 weeks ago
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"Or he can keep his job but get nothing much done."
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I'll take that category for $1000 Alex.

Sounds like a viable option to me. Our nation has seldom been worse off when Congress does nothing. Seems like everything they do of late only paints us further into a corner. Expecting the perpetrators of most of our problems to actually solve any of the problems THEY have created is beyond logical expectations.
43 weeks ago
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Poor Dana, he tries so hard to be sophisticated but it's difficult when you wallow in the slop of leftist politics. I do give him credit for occasionaly having attacks of common sense, not completely nuts like the rest of them.
On the other hand, good to see there's life among at least some Republicans.
43 weeks ago
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J. Edgar Hoover was the first executive branch apparatchik to figure out how to systematically collect dirt on elected politicians and political appointees, which he used to his personal advantage to remain in power for decades.

What he began has only been refined and enhanced by technology.

Boehner, Roberts, McCain, apparently now Rubio and countless others have been compromised by what the executive branch has accumulated on them.

That is Boehner's legacy. He is being blackmailed and he's doing what he's been instructed by his handlers to do.
43 weeks ago
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The art of compromise is necessary in all negotiations, but make no mistake, Obama Inc/Demsters are interested in NO such thing. Their impetus is ramming through a "deal", and then to tweak to their outcome when actually implemented on the ground.
And when a regime has all but gone wild, and its legal apparatus, headed by Holder, is all but lawful, one would have to have more than a few screws loose to "play ball". As to Boehner's legacy, well, the weepy eyed alcoholic, a man who pretends to have a spine, is not fooling everyone - http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/02/08/the-lefts-march-towards-totalitarian-rule-one-party-at-a-time-commentary-by-adina-kutnicki/
Besides, today's left has one immediate goal in mind - one party rule! As to the future....

Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/
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