Today in the House of Representatives GOP members will choose which side of the Republican Party they want to stand with. The lines are drawn between conservatives who are demanding strong Republican leadership in the House, and establishment members who support the merger of the Democrat and Republican parties that has been underway. The vote for House Speaker has turned into much more than just another routine matter, it will decide the direction the Republican Party will take and if John Boehner is again elected Speaker, this could be the beginning of the end of the GOP.
Perhaps I am overstating the size of the rift, but I don’t think so. Conservatives have been marginalized, ignored, lied to, and even publicly mocked by Speaker John Boehner, and he has become the symbol of what is wrong with the GOP led Congress. According to a poll by Pat Caddell, 60% of Republican voters are dissatisfied with John Boehner and want someone else to lead the House. Caddell told Breitbart News he believes a fourth to a third of Republicans are so fed up they are ready to leave the Republican Party.
The alienation among Republican voters is so high,” Caddell said, that conservatively “a quarter to one-third of the Republican party are hanging by a thread from bolting.
Phone lines have been jammed at the Capitol switchboard, and social media has been awash in anti-Boehner sentiment. It is unclear how many of the 29 votes needed to block Boehner’s election Conservatives have secured, but the number of members willing to publicly take a stand has been growing, while others have stated they are not willing to make their opposition public.
Some well-known players in the GOP have taken sides. Sarah Palin told Fox News’ Sean Hannity that it’s time or Boehner to go, and expressed strong support for Rep. Louie Gohmert. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, on the other hand, Tweeted his support for Speaker Boehner.
If Boehner holds onto his position, Conservatives are likely to look elsewhere for a political home, a move that will throw the GOP’s ability to win the White House in 2016 into doubt. Although we don’t like the prospect of another Democrat elected President, the GOP establishment has given Obama everything he wanted anyway, so the differences are only a matter of style rather than of substance.