After Barack Obama became only the second Democrat to be re-elected president since World War II there would be, naturally, some soul searching on the part of the opposition. That long, philosophical walk upon the beach of politics has instead become a cannibalistic buffet where the main course is the Fiscal Conservative:
House Speaker John Boehner and GOP leadership have removed several conservative House members from their respective powerful committee positions, Breitbart News has learned.
FreedomWorks president Matt Kibbe bashed the move, too, saying in a statement that “[t]his is a clear attempt on the part of Republican leadership to punish those in Washington who vote the way they promised their constituents they would – on principle – instead of mindlessly rubber-stamping trillion dollar deficits and the bankrupting of America. This is establishment thinking, circling the wagons around yes-men and punishing anyone that dares to take a stand for good public policy.”
What all that means is that deficit hawks (what they used to be called) are unhappy with Speaker Boehner’s anti-fiscally Conservative move.
So what’s really going on..?
Under President George W. Bush, deficits exploded. Barack Obama was elected and he took Bush’s penchant for spending and increased it even further. The $787 billion “stimulus” helped to launch the Tea Parties which managed to land quite a few Republicans into office in 2010 and set up the expectation that Obama would be tossed out by voters in 2012.
Obama won re-election and the best Republicans could do was wonder how much of it was Romney and how much of it was their internal issues?
Seems that the Tea Party’s waning influence was deemed a sign that it was time to quietly back away from fiscal parsimoniousness and instead move to the “center.”
This move by Boehner – according to him – is not really about the Tea Party but certainly few are believing this story.
And so the Republicans’ time wandering in the political desert will begin…
How are they to capture Hispanic voters? Do they try and woo blacks? How not to isolate Social Conservatives while, at the same time, fend off the “war on women” mantra? Do Republicans break their pledge and raise taxes on the rich? Should they stand against spending increases despite the impending “fiscal cliff” or do they fold?
All of these issues (and more) appear to be up for grabs in the post-November world and that’s not good because it shows a party that has lost its center and, instead, can be easily pushed around (which is exactly what is happening).