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December 14, 2013 - 6:40 am

More fallout from Speaker Boehner’s rant against the influence of outside conservative groups, as the Tea Party Patriots, one of the largest independent tea party groups, blasted the speaker for his ill-considered remarks, saying he had “declared war” on the tea party.

The Hill:

Tea Party Patriots said Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has “declared war on the Tea Party” with his “smug and pretentious rant” against certain right-wing organizations.

The group made the charge in a fundraising email to supporters, seeking to win donations over the public feuding.

In the past two days, Boehner has repeatedly attacked the conservative groups that championed the October effort to defund ObamaCare and are now opposed to the recent budget deal negotiated by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.).

He has criticized the groups for being more interested in raising money than actually solving problems.

The letter quotes Boehner’s statement that “outside groups” were “using our members and … the American people for their own goals.”

“The last time we checked, we are the American people,” the letter said.

The letter goes on to refer to Boehner as a “ruling class politician” who only pretends to be conservative while remaining a “tax-and-spend liberal” at heart.

It castigated him for passing a “back-room budget deal which increases discretionary spending, does nothing to reform entitlements, and fully funds Obamacare.” The deal, it said, “is an out and out betrayal of the American people.”

Tea Party Patriots, founded in 2009, describes itself as “dedicated to holding tax-and-spend politicians accountable for creating America’s fiscal crisis.”

The group was an early backer of the push to defund ObamaCare that led to the government shutdown in early October.

Boehner is hardly alone in declaring war. It strains credulity to believe the Tea Party hasn’t been at war with the establishment for years, supplying at least some of the impetus for conflict by primarying anyone who didn’t agree with them 100%.

The difference this time, as Molly Ball at the Atlantic points out, is that Boehner has lost his patience and will now seek to marginalize the tea party in the Republican Party:

“Frankly, I think that they’ve lost all credibility,” Boehner said. “They pushed us into the fight to defund Obamacare and to shut down the government.” And then, he noted, some of them even admitted they never thought that ill-fated tactic would actually work. “Are you kidding me?”

Not much gets Boehner worked up. He is laid back to a fault. But the revelation that he and his fellow lawmakers were essentially pawns in a game played by agitators accountable to no one was too much for him to stomach. This week, he decided to prove that he is in charge.
Boehner’s willingness to publicly express the frustration many Republicans have privately felt with the groups’ tactics was a turning point. House leaders stopped trying to get along with the enforcers of an impossible conservative standard and started fighting back.

There was another, less public development this week that represented a similar turn. The Republican Study Committee, a group of House Republicans who meet weekly to talk about policy and tactics, had long served as a venue for conservative members and outside groups, chiefly the Heritage Foundation, to plot strategy together. But on Wednesday, the committee’s chairman, Louisiana Representative Steve Scalise, fired longtime Executive Director Paul Teller, accusing him of betraying lawmakers’ trust by leaking to outside groups.

That was precisely the point. Republican lawmakers were sick of being at the mercy of outside agitators whose demands they viewed as increasingly impossible. In 2011, a Teller deputy urged conservative groups to oppose the debt-ceiling deal that lawmakers were trying to reach; he was almost fired then. This September, lawmakers believe Teller helped gin up conservative resistance to a government-funding deal that would have averted the shutdown. And during the negotiations for the present deal, even as lawmakers tried to reach accord inside the Capitol, Teller, they charge, was working to undermine the agreement by sharing confidential details with groups like Heritage—which came out against the plan before Ryan and Murray even announced it. The firing sent shockwaves through the conservative-activist community, where Teller is well-known and well-liked. Dozens of conservative leaders signed on to a letter of protest that called him “one of the true heroes of the conservative movement.” He immediately became a sort of martyr, his dismissal a symbol of House leaders’ attack on their erstwhile conservative allies.

In essence, Boehner has opened the door and invited the Tea Party to leave or play ball. It is a completely unnecessary and dangerous gambit that could blow up in the speaker’s face if the right wing takes him up on his offer and forms some kind of third party. This isn’t likely at the moment, but who can say what the future will bring? Immigration is coming to the floor of the House early next year and there are certainly going to be parts of any bill coming out of a House-Senate conference committee that the tea party will be up in arms over. Then there’s the debt ceiling fight that promises more friction between the tea party and the establishment.

It’s not impossible to imagine that if Boehner continues to marginalize and deliberately snub the tea party and outside conservative groups, it could force them to reach the conclusion they aren’t wanted and either sit out the 2014 mid terms or actively promote their own candidates as a third party alternative.

Either scenario would be disastrous for GOP chances to take the Senate in 2014.

Rick Moran is PJ Media's Chicago editor and Blog editor at The American Thinker. He is also host of the"RINO Hour of Power" on Blog Talk Radio. His own blog is Right Wing Nut House.

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The Tea Party doesn't need to form a third party. Doing so would be a waste of time and effort.

All they have to do is keep running Tea Party friendly candidates against mainstream Republicans, including Boehner. There are 62 or 63 Tea Party friendly Republicans in the House right now. They'll probably put a few more at the mid-terms. Once they run the party....
36 weeks ago
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If we go by Reagan's Eleventh Commandment, Boehner has done the unforgivable -- he has attacked fellow Republicans. He has sowed the wind and will reap the whirlwind. With so much time to go between now and November 2014, it's a lead-pipe cinch that this will cost him and the GOP dearly. I pray it costs him his entire future in public life. He's earned that and worse.
36 weeks ago
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I'm pretty much done with the GOP. This budget deal, Boehner's comments about Tea Party groups, and the likelihood of them pushing an amnesty bill through the House are making it clear I no longer have a home in this party.

Not to mention the stampede to anoint Chris Christie, someone I could NEVER vote for, the 2016 standard bearer.

I'll vote third party in 2014. The only way the GOP can ever be salvaged is if it starts paying consequences for insulting its base and advancing the Democrat agenda.

If that is "disastrous" for GOP chances to take the Senate in 2014, may I ask how much GOP control of the House has done to derail runway spending, roll back Obamacare, or reform entitlements?

Ryan couldn't wait to undo the sequester..for what? Spending cuts years down the road that we ALL know will never take place?

The GOP leadership signals surrender before they even start the fight ("we can't win!!!"). Democrats never talk that way. And honestly, I am not sure who hates conservatives more: Boehner, McConnell, and McCain...or Obama, Harry Reid, and Pelosi.

Until the GOP is willing to govern the way it talks, it no longer deserves our support.
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Somebody should primary Boehner. Maybe a TEA part candidate.
Then we'll see how aggressive he really is.
Tom Foley, anyone?
36 weeks ago
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Time to refresh with the new and get rid of the OLD political cronies like Boehner, Mccain, Ryan,Mitch McConnell, and the rest who vote more government while they cave into the dumbo rats. What a disgrace. Boehner is an idiot. Ryan has NEVER worked in the outside world in his whole life, McCain has a screw loose, and McConnell has been selling us out for years. Time for the new politics to change the members of Congress who long ago sold us out.
36 weeks ago
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I think people are making too much of Boehner's little blow-up. I think he was just frustrated after being made the target of ridicule by many on the right ever since he was made Speaker. He's been called RINO, crybaby, traitor, sell-out, Democrat Lite, and more. He's kept pretty quiet about it up to now.

How many realize that for the decade 2001-11, up to becoming Speaker, Boehner had the 8th most conservative voting record in the House? (Speakers rarely vote).

But some of these groups were issuing statements opposing the deal before it was even finalized, and well before it was posted online, so they could not have read it. And using the same old "sellout" rhetoric. I think Boehner had enough, and said so.

This doesn't mean he's "declared war on the Tea Party" - what a bunch of little drama queens! They sure can dish it out harsh and steady, but the first return fire sends them squealing to Mommy to make it stop, unfair!

It does say he is tired of keeping his mouth shut when attacked. Like McConnell last week, he's making it clear he will hit back from now on.

He should apologize for making so many grown men wet their panties, though.
36 weeks ago
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If it's a war, we can presume he will surrender. He has in the past.
36 weeks ago
36 weeks ago Link To Comment
Third Party ... now.

Death to the Republican Party.
Long live the Tea Party.

NOW.
36 weeks ago
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You are such a tease.

I've been hearing this "third party" and "The GOP is dead to me" garbage for years and years now. But they never really leave. If they did, they would be too busy organizing their own party to continually stick their up-turned noses into ours, never offering any constructive ideas, but just telling the people who've been on the front lines fighting for conservative principles for decades they are "sellouts" or "RINOs".

The Ryan deal passed with 170 GOP votes with just 62 against, many of whom were just using the chance for cover since it was sure to pass. It is clear that those who believe the deal is some sort of betrayal are a small minority. And if they really hate the GOP so much, leaving would be best for all concerned.
36 weeks ago
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If I were in his district in Ohio I might vote democrat just to dump is ass. I'm tired of this Weeping Nancy Boy.


36 weeks ago
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In essence, Boehner has opened the door and invited the Tea Party to leave or play ball.

Rep. Boehner is so dumb he doesn't care that his glorified Speakership is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Tea Parties - whose hard work in 2010 resulted in the Republican majority in the House. Such excruciating ingratitude is beyond the pale. He needs to make, loudly and publicly, a series of apologies, and be ready to vacate that post in favor of an articulate leader for the next Congress.
36 weeks ago
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Indeed. "Leave or play ball?" Whose ball is it, anyway?

Be careful about opening doors, Weepy. The exit may be yours.
36 weeks ago
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Lets hope (for a change) the door hits him in the ass.

36 weeks ago
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The Tea Party doesn't need to form a third party. Doing so would be a waste of time and effort.

All they have to do is keep running Tea Party friendly candidates against mainstream Republicans, including Boehner. There are 62 or 63 Tea Party friendly Republicans in the House right now. They'll probably put a few more at the mid-terms. Once they run the party....
36 weeks ago
36 weeks ago Link To Comment
If we go by Reagan's Eleventh Commandment, Boehner has done the unforgivable -- he has attacked fellow Republicans. He has sowed the wind and will reap the whirlwind. With so much time to go between now and November 2014, it's a lead-pipe cinch that this will cost him and the GOP dearly. I pray it costs him his entire future in public life. He's earned that and worse.
36 weeks ago
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Hilarious! And all the slurs against Boehner since the day he took office were what? Good-natured ribbing?

Some people love to dish it out but haven't the guts to take it.
36 weeks ago
36 weeks ago Link To Comment
I'm pretty much done with the GOP. This budget deal, Boehner's comments about Tea Party groups, and the likelihood of them pushing an amnesty bill through the House are making it clear I no longer have a home in this party.

Not to mention the stampede to anoint Chris Christie, someone I could NEVER vote for, the 2016 standard bearer.

I'll vote third party in 2014. The only way the GOP can ever be salvaged is if it starts paying consequences for insulting its base and advancing the Democrat agenda.

If that is "disastrous" for GOP chances to take the Senate in 2014, may I ask how much GOP control of the House has done to derail runway spending, roll back Obamacare, or reform entitlements?

Ryan couldn't wait to undo the sequester..for what? Spending cuts years down the road that we ALL know will never take place?

The GOP leadership signals surrender before they even start the fight ("we can't win!!!"). Democrats never talk that way. And honestly, I am not sure who hates conservatives more: Boehner, McConnell, and McCain...or Obama, Harry Reid, and Pelosi.

Until the GOP is willing to govern the way it talks, it no longer deserves our support.
36 weeks ago
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Agree with everything you say. I'm totally finished with the GOP. I have held my nose to vote republican for the last time. I voted for Palin in 2008, NOT McCain. I voted for Romney in 2012, simply because I knew sitting it out would be a vote for obama. But no more. Go ahead, GOP, run Christie. You'll never win another election. But you won't anyway, since you refuse to deal with the massive voter fraud that elected obama both times.
36 weeks ago
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And those like 'RINO Rick" Moran reads this stuff and sniffs - "well its only a few voters." Yep - a few voters the small 'r's won't have next come-around. Include me in. I no longer care - simply because there isn't anything left to care about. I'll go on supporting my local Tea Party but piss on the RINOs. Not one dime - not one vote from me. My Rep - Doc Hastings is one of Boner's Buddies - he won't get my vote either.

36 weeks ago
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Promises, promises.
36 weeks ago
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OK, troll. You win. I'm convinced.

The criminal enterprise that is the Democrat party apparently cannot be killed. The Republican party, on the other hand, is beginning to look Whiggish.

The Stupid party cannot win by being the slower alternative to the final fall off the cliff.
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