Trouble Ahead for Speaker Boehner and It Gets Worse if Republicans Take the Senate


Think the gridlock is bad in Washington now? If Republicans take over the Senate, it’s only going to get worse. It’s all starting in the House, which is set to go even further to the “right”.

Jonathan Weisman of the New York Times made the case that the House will be shifting even further to the right, full of the types who call single parenthood ‘child abuse’ and call Hillary Clinton the Antichrist. Another tried to argue against religious liberty for Islam, saying they shouldn’t get a tax deduction because they’re not really a religion. Not exactly your most sane and in touch bunch coming into the House this election.

These conservatives will likely pull the House even further to the right, Weisman writes, and this is trouble for Speaker Boehner:

For the House speaker, John A. Boehner, the newest crop of conservatives will present at best a headache, at worst a leadership challenge. Many, including Mr. Ratcliffe, have refused to commit to voting for him to serve again as speaker, lending potential votes to rebellious conservatives who nearly defeated him in 2013.

The trouble gets worse if Republicans take the Senate:

And if Republicans take control of the Senate, the group will probably compound the difficulties House and Senate Republican leaders will have finding legislative unity.

This analysis is backed up by even Republicans, who are now telling their base that maybe they can’t really do much if they take the Senate, but hey, the show will be awesome! Much angry rhetoric, more investigations, and lots of Obama hate, which is almost like passing a jobs bill but not. Republicans think the show will tell voters exactly what the party stands for, which they believe will be good for them in 2016.

It will not be good for Republicans to control the Senate and be stuck having to actually pass things like Paul Ryan’s budget. This will be very bad news for Republicans, and Speaker John Boehner will have even less control of the Tea Party caucus, so we can expect the bills to be even more crazy.

It will not be good for Republicans to be stuck voting yes on privatizing Medicare and Social Security. Their big money masters will expect their quid pro quo and there will be no excuse, no Harry Reid speed bump against the crazy. This is not a good thing for the party. If the party is actually in control of both chambers, their inability to govern will be so blatantly obvious that even the Sunday shows might be forced to address it.

Either way, Speaker John Boehner faces a rough two years ahead — that is, if he manages to keep his Speakership out of the grasping claws of the crazy. This will only get worse if Republicans take the Senate. Should this happen, Boehner’s political legacy as Speaker will be forever tarnished by the extremists running his show and he won’t be able to blame Obama anymore.

It’s worth noting that we all accept that going further toward anarchy and political ugliness means going “further to the right.” If I were a Republican strategist, this would concern me. Republicans are setting themselves up for decades of bad branding, akin to Democrats in the 60s.

17 Replies to “Trouble Ahead for Speaker Boehner and It Gets Worse if Republicans Take the Senate”

  1. If Republicans take control of both Houses, this country is in a world of sk**!
    Two years of absolute he**. It might wake some people up, but who knows how much damage they could cause in that time and if it could be fixed afterward.

  2. The moral of this story is don’t vote republican. If you think you might, seek professional help. You’re suffering from cognitive dissonance and it can be cured.

  3. I think that one of the things worth mentioning here is that for the GOP to take the Senate tens of millions of Democrat-leaning voters would have to sit-out the election either due to voter suppression efforts, or indifference regarding what’s happening to our country. What the Koch brothers have in store for this country is very dangerous. The Ryan Budget is a HUGE red flag that the vast majority of our voters have no clue about. The GOP is running out the clock hoping that our economy crashes while PBO is still in office, and if that happens the corporate-owned media will continue to help the GOP attack PBO. The fact that tens of millions of voters sit-out midterms, especially after witnessing the obstruction that PBO and the Dems have faced is frightening. If partially shutting down the government; voting to repeal the ACA over 50 times; obstructing an increase in the minimum wage; obstructing the president’s jobs bill, etc., isn’t enough to wake us up, God help us.

  4. That’s my sense too, Rick. Most seriously, it might give the lizards a chance to put an additional ChristoSnake on the Supreme Court.

  5. Unfortunately, people have short memories. They will forget that the TPGOP shut down the government, refused to raise the minimum wage , did not support our troops with necessary funding and the whole list of other basic funding bills that they refused to pass. Voting against ones best interest seems to be the norm these days. Perhaps this will be the year that common sense prevails. One can only hope.

  6. There is no stronger incentive to vote GOP than greed. Unfortunately, doing so will eliminate the base for this wealth. Then, it will be shark eating shark. There will exist the largest, deepest depression this country has ever experienced. If you thought the crash of 1929 was bad, you haven’t seen anything yet. This country will be ripe for total take-over by any third world country.

  7. I have to disagree with you on this nodangb. That has been the case in the past, but the stagnant pace of prosperity for the middle class has changed that for this election cycle. People are pissed at the Congress, and there is a strong throw the bums out mentality in the electorate. On November 5th pundits, and the media will have some explaining to do when all of their predictions are shattered, and the dems hold the Senate, and have the majority in the House. This will be a wave election for the Democrats despite what the pundits, and media wants you to believe.

  8. Dems MUST get out and vote. If they hear in the polls that the GOP has this wrapped up, they might figure..”my vote doesn’t matter.” If Dems hear the polls are favoring Dems..they might think “we’ve got this” I can skip the polls.

    We cannot take anything for granted. Our votes DO count. excuse.

  9. As usual, though, the Party of No will spin their mistakes as the fault of Democrats, and Democrats will, once again, put their tails between their cowardly legs and capitulate.

    This country is not a democracy. It is a plutocratic oligarchy.

  10. Pres. Obama will still get the blame for the gridlock because he’ll have to veto every crazy ass bill the Repubs can agree on.

  11. This article is basically saying Boehner is damned he does, damned if he doesn’t. Hasn’t he been in this situation since 2010? We’ll, I’ll be damned if I care about Boehner’s weak a** leadership and what happens to him.
    I do care about what happens to those who are in the 99% bracket. So much so that I’m cutting my holiday short to register more voters! The Senate is ok, we have that. We loose three, but we gain three.The Senate wont change much. And the Senate isn’t Boehner’s concern.
    If Boehner doesn’t like being SOTH, why did he beg/bribe people to re-elect him?
    Boehner will be ok. Just like Cantor, he can get him a job on K Str and make $$$.

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