WASHINGTON – Conservative commentator and talk-show host Laura Ingraham applauded the changing of the guard in Republican House leadership but warned conservatives it may be a case of be careful what you ask for, after House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, announced Friday he will resign at the end of October.
“How ironic it would be if conservatives discover that Boehner was among the most conservative in GOP leadership!” she told WND.
House conservatives have battled Boehner time and again over what they see as timid attempts to stop the Obama agenda.
“A fine human being, but just couldn’t deliver victories for conservatives or give them a sense even that he was fighting on their side,” lamented Ingraham.
“That is what ultimately doomed him.”
She expressed sympathy with the frustration of House conservatives who want to more vigorously oppose President Obama on his major polices, especially Obamacare, executive amnesty for illegal immigrants and federal funding of Planned Parenthood, which is accused of illegally selling baby body parts for profit.
While she welcomed the shift pf power at the top of the House, Ingraham hoped it would amount to real change.
“Fresh blood is woefully needed – but not a successor who is merely going to do a better job of enacting the Democrats’ agenda,” she warned.
As next in line in the power structure, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., was immediately viewed as Boehner’s likely successor. He is considered part of the GOP establishment, so conservatives are likely to offer their own candidates to replace Boehner.
House conservatives attempted to oust Boehner during speaker elections held just after the historic landslide Republican victory in the House in the 2014 midterm elections.
An aide to Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, reminded WND that “Mr. King started this fight” and that Boehner was weakened when King nominated Rep. Daniel Webster, R-Fla., in January and got the most votes for him, out of all the votes against the speaker.
In July, Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C, offered a motion to oust Boehner, a measure that still technically looms over the speaker’s head, but apparently is now moot.
Although she expressed admiration for Boehner as a person, Ingraham has not shied from criticizing his job performance in the past.
“This is yet another sign of frustration and desperation of conservatives who are routinely punished by leadership when they challenge Boehner or (Senate Majority Leader Mitch) McConnell’s priorities,” she told WND in June after, at Boehner’s behest, Meadows was stripped of his chairmanship of an Oversight subcommittee for the virtual heresy of voting against a procedural rule during a debate over a trade deal.
“They want to enforce their rules,” Ingraham observed at the time. “This is what the mafia does. I’m sorry, but this is a political mafia up on Capitol Hill.”
As WND reported Friday, Boehner was most recently facing the dilemma of whether to attempt to defund Planned Parenthood in the upcoming budget bill and risk a government shutdown, as conservatives demanded, or face a revolt.
Boehner could still surprise conservatives.
As WND reported Friday, Boehner has been persuaded before to side with conservatives on crucial issues.
Under his stewardship, the House passed a bill defunding Obamacare in September 2013. When the then-Democrat-controlled Senate failed to pass the budget, the 16-day government shutdown ensued. It ended only when GOP leaders gave in to pressure to pass a budget not defunding Obamacare.
Conservatives also persuaded Boehner to drop his own bill and pass a strong anti-amnesty border security measure after voters “melted” the phone lines on Capitol Hill in July 2014. That bill also died in the then-Democrat-controlled Senate.
A respected political observer who is the guest host for Bill O’Reilly on Fox News, WND profiled Ingraham in July when she launched Lifezette, her new website that combines cultural and lifestyle observations with humor and politics.
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