House Speaker John Boehner has long been under attack by conservative members of his own party. Now, he’s finding key allies in Democratic leaders.
While it’s rare for the minority party to play a role in who becomes Speaker of the House–they usually vote for the House Minority Leader in a symbolic throwaway vote–Democrats are now planning to go the distance to save Boehner’s job.
Why? Because the Democrats know that Boehner will keep bending over backwards to block conservatives and help enact the Left’s agenda in Congress, under the veil of “compromise.”
“I would rather have John Boehner as the Speaker than some of these characters who came here thinking that they’re going to change the world,” said Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.)
Far-Left Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.) echoes that statement: “We can be suicidal but not stupid” when it comes to voting for Boehner to block a more conservative candidate.
And Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) adds, explaining he’d love to vote for Boehner “if the obvious alternative is a Tea Party Speaker.”
Because Republicans have so many seats in the House, they can essentially elect whoever they want as Speaker–if they can get a majority of their party on their side. But conservatives don’t have the numbers to overcome an unholy union between establishment Republicans and Democrats if they’re backing Boehner.
Clearly, Boehner knows that his job as Speaker is under threat. And Democrats have realized that too.
By having a Republican Speaker who’s literally beholden to Democrats for helping him keep his job, America can expect more one-sided “compromises” from John Boehner–just like he did when he quietly allowed Obama’s unconstitutional amnesty order to stand last week. And that’s a raw deal for the overwhelming majority of voters who sent a clear message of change last November.