I think people need to take a deep breath and count to 10 and calm down. I think we need to stop and think through the situation as to what happened with this budget deal, the firing of a political operative, etc.
Now, this will be a lengthy explanation and some of this might not seem relevant at first, but I assure you it is so please bear with me.
As some of you are already aware, I'm on the Autistic Spectrum, I wasn't diagnosed until college but I was fortunate to have a great speech pathologist for a mom (no, I didn't have a problem talking, I was an early talker, but she thought I might have some problems with higher verbal reasoning, inability to understand figures of speech, etc.). Now this is important because I was taught to consciously attempt to see the other person's side of the argument. I was taught to think that my first guess as to someone's motivations for doing something might not necessarily be the right one, and I should consider at least one to two other possibilities.
This is relevant because I actually see more than one possibility regarding the actions of Republicans in the House. Yeah at first I was rather angry about the contents of said budget deal, but I consciously took a step back to analyze this from a logical standpoint.
About the Budget Deal:
Okay, first as far as the budget deal is concerned, I think it was a fairly bad deal. Conservative critics are correct in their assessment that this is a very bad bargin. At first glance it looks like a betrayal, however there is more than one possible set of motivations. The betrayal argument has been covered by other people on Red State, but the other possibility not so much.
The deal was simply to prevent a government shutdown that the Democrats could use to distract people from Obamacare.
Now, if this is true, then I say they need more backbone, but there was a 2nd Alternative that Paul Ryan brought up on Hannity.
Key parts start 5 minutes 19 seconds into it.
Another key part starts 6 minutes 18 seconds into the video and continues through the rest of it.
8 minutes, 52 seconds into it there is a critical point.
This means that the goal behind this deal was centered on taking back, "the power of the purse," which Nancy Pelosi gave to Obama back in 2009, when we started operating on Continuing Resolutions.
Now if the goal was to take back "the power of the purse," then yeah this should be applauded for the simple fact it takes back some of the usurped power that Obama had taken from the legislature and it is back with the House of Representatives where it rightfully belongs.
It also means that funding will be done through appropriation bills again, and that means it would be substancially easier for Republicans to essentially defund Obamacare without Obama and Reid being able to hold the country hostage (there are 12 to 13 Appropriation bills, and the military appropriations bill, for instance, is not tied to Obamacare).
About Speaker Boehner's Comments:
Now we have two possibilities, either he's launching an all out war on the Tea Party or he was just expressing some general frustration and felt they should have seen the real goal in all of this.
Yes I know there are those in the establishment that don't like the Tea Party, but it isn't a good idea to anger your base during primary season, nor is it a good idea to do so in an election year. I'll admit this is a possibility, however remember we're looking at a situation in 2014 that could be a historic smackdown of Democrats due to Obamacare, ticking off the base would cut into the victory margin and potentially hurt campaign volunteer support.
Now, if we're looking at the second possibility, then we're looking at general frustration because conservative groups were going ballistic over the fact it was a bad deal (which it was). Their protests was undermining the chances of it passing, and he couldn't spill-the-beans over the true objective (if Alternative 2 from my earlier thoughts about the budget was what the real goal was, then this is the most likely scenario), or it would scuttle this and leave us back where we started with continuing resolutions and threats of shutdowns (which democrats would want a shutdown to distract from Obamacare).
In either case, Boehner owes Conservative Groups an apology for his comments which were out of line (either to prevent other Republicans from taking flak (most cynical view), or if this was just general frustration).
About the firing of Paul Teller:
Okay upon looking into this subject, which to bring people up to speed on this.
The group announced Wednesday its chairman, Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., fired executive director Paul Teller because he told outside interest groups about intimate conversations between RSC members.
“Trust between senior staff and RSC members is paramount,” a spokesman for the group said in a statement. “Every decision Chairman Scalise makes is in the best interest of the RSC and advancing conservative causes."
It really doesn't look like Paul Teller was fired over his political views, seriously in the business world he would have been fired for doing something like this. If he thought those conversations should be released to the public, he should have asked for authorization to release the information. It really does look like it boils down to a "breach of trust."
We know there are some Republicans that need to be primaried, however primarying a Republican every single time they vote a way you don't agree with on one issue, doesn't help in getting this country back on track. By the same token, the "Establishment" Republicans need to get it through their heads that they need to treat Tea Partiers, and other Conservatives with respect.
Establishment Republicans need to start sitting down with members of Conservative groups and be willing to be asked tough questions about their stances.
Conservatives, instead of calling people RINOs at the drop of the hat, try writing well thought-out questions, ask them these questions in town halls. Believe me, they are more likely to listen to what you have to say if you sound thoughtful and cordial. Some of them are indeed RINOs, but some of them aren't, and it would be a good idea to make sure whether or not someone is a RINO or if they just missed some key detail and voted the wrong way on an issue.
Above all, both "Establishment" Republicans and Conservatives need to realize we're all largely on the same side, both sides need to treat each other with respect, instead of helping the Democrats snatch victory from the jaws of defeat in 2014.
Thank you for taking the time to read this article.