The worst House speaker in perhaps the last 100 years says,”There is no Republican Party.” Coming from the man who did more than most to destroy it, it seems ironic that he should complain.
“The Republican Party is kind of taking a nap somewhere,” Boehner added. He should know all about that since, under his leadership, the GOP was snoozing while Obama enacted a radical, liberal agenda.
Kayleigh McEnany, the spokesperson for the Republican National Committee, disputed Boehner’s comments, arguing that the party is very much alive and being led by the president.
“I don’t agree with the tone he had there. It’s a good thing that President Trump is the leader of this party,” she said on “America’s Newsroom.”
McEnany added that Trump is clearly governing as a conservative, pointing out that Trump received more votes in 2016 than any previous GOP presidential candidate.
Boehner left the House of Representatives in 2015 after stepping down as speaker amid strong opposition from conservatives in the party.
There is no one who alienated the conservative base of the GOP more than John Boehner. He was timid when boldness was called for. He was weak when strength was needed.
I honestly don’t think John Boehner is the right man to criticize or even make an intelligent observation about the Republican Party.
But is he right?
Depends what you mean when you say “Republican Party.” If you mean the party of Ronald Reagan, Boehner is right. But Trump wasn’t responsible for the death of Reagan Republicanism. That honor goes to George W. Bush, whose “big government conservatism” led to political and economic disaster.
Besides, Trump can hardly lay claim to a party with no set beliefs, no agenda, and no goals except maintaining power.
The Republican National Committee should hold a nationwide contest to rename the GOP, reflecting its current state of chaos and confusion. The prize? An all-expenses-paid weekend at Mar-a-Largo.