Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Pushed To The Brink By Confederates, Boehner Finally Guts The Hastert Rule


So Benjamin Netanyahu's campaign rally wasn't the only big event on Capitol Hill yesterday. Early in the morning, Speaker Boehner steeled himself and told his crackpot caucus that-- deal or no deal-- he would allow a vote on a clean Department of Homeland Security spending bill. No blackmail forcing Obama to deport Mexicans; no blackmail forcing Obama to take away healthcare from working families. Many extreme right-wingers were furious-- even beyond the 52 Confederates and teabaggers who scuttled Boehner's "compromise" bill Friday.

Boehner told Republicans he just couldn't take the chance with the country's security to defund Homeland Security in the light of the terror threats. A serious attack against the country during a Department of Homeland Security shutdown would likely cost the Republican Party dozens of House and Senate seats outside of the Deep South and damaged the party brand for at least a decade. The DCCC had already started running robocalls against vulnerable Republicans in mostly non-Confederate districts, warning voters that their Rep was "playing games with our national security." These are the Republicans that were getting clobbered back home when Boehner announced he would allow the clean vote:
Martha McSally (AZ-02)
Jeff Denham (CA-10)
David Valadao (CA-21)
Scott Tipton (CO-03)
Mike Coffman (CO-06)
David Jolly (FL-13)
Carlos Curbelo (FL-26)
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-27)-- what would Wasserman Schultz say!??
Rob Blum (IA-01)
David Young (IA-03)
Robert Dold (IL-10)
Mike Bost (IL-12)
Rodney Davis (IL-13)
Bruce Poliquin (ME-02)
Dan Benishek (MI-01)
Tim Walberg (MI-07)
Cresent Hardy (NV-04)
Scott Garrett (NJ-05)
Frank LoBiondo (NJ-02)
Tom MacArthur (NJ-03)
Lee Zeldin (NY-01)
John Katko (NY-24)
Ryan Costello (PA-06)
Patrick Meehan (PA-07)
Greg Walden (OR-02)
Will Hurd (TX-23)
Barbara Comstock (VA-10)
Randy Forbes (VA-04)
Dave Reichert (WA-08)

Boehner tried blaming McConnell and the Senate for his troubles rather than his own crackpot caucus:
“Unfortunately, the fight was never won in the other chamber. Democrats stayed united and blocked our bill, and our Republican colleagues in the Senate never found a way to win this fight. The three-week CR we offered would have kept this fight going and allowed us to continue to put pressure on Senate Democrats to do the right thing. Unfortunately, that plan was rejected.”
But on the left and on the right this was called a cave-in and a surrender by Boehner. The frenzy over Netanyahu helped Boehner drown out the garment rending over the clean vote on the Department of Homeland Security. Mike Simpson (R-ID) brought the bill up for a vote, a 96 page bill Tom Massie (R-KY) demanded be read aloud word-for-word. In the end, the House approved the bill, 257-167, with only 75 Republicans sticking with their leadership and fully 167 Republicans basically voting to shut down the Department of Homeland Security. Wild! Pelosi and Hoyer delivered every Democrat to vote YES. Boehner himself voted yes-- he usually doesn't vote at all-- as did his leadership team. and most of his committee chairs.

This is the ad an Establishment GOP PAC, the American Action Network, is running against right0-wing extremists like Tim Huelskamp (R-KS), John Jordan (R-OH), and Jim Bridenstine (R-OK) back in their home districts:

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