Will 16 House GOP members keep John Boehner from a 1990 replay? Losing the base — and the House.
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But the central point? The point that was made by an alarmed Ed Rollins in 1989 in Year One of the Bush 41 presidency? By a furious Richard Viguerie in the aftermath of the 1990 election disaster for House Republicans (that Rollins had accurately predicted)? By a saddened and equally prescient Jude Wanniski in November of 1991?
Republicans have been here before.
The first time with President George H.W. Bush.
And now, it appears they are headed in exactly the same direction 22 years later with Speaker of the House John Boehner.
Does this have to happen?
By changing course, having a well thought-out strategy — and replacing Speaker Boehner with someone knowledgeable in both conservative principle as well as how to articulate that principle — disaster is avoidable. And yes, an outsider as Speaker could not help but electrify a party whose energy seems to have drained since the November election.
The impending Boehner-led GOP disaster of today is as avoidable now as was the disaster that was the Bush 41 era. The Bush 41 presidency imploded — and severely damaged the House GOP as well — because of stubbornness. Because what Ronald Reagan once called the Party of the Fraternal Order — the GOP Establishment — defiantly refused to stick to conservative principle, much less articulate it. Then — as now — the issue at hand was the economy. And, just as with John Boehner today, President Bush 41 was as nice a guy as one could imagine. But both Bush and Boehner share the fatal error of mistaking loyalty to a person — themselves as President and Speaker — for loyalty to principle.
Just as targets of the Bush White House became their own team — Newt Gingrich, Jack Kemp, Ed Rollins and other Reaganites — so too now the Boehner House leadership is targeting dissenting conservatives like GOP House members Tim Huelskamp, Justin Amash, Walter Jones, and David Schweikert.
What is unspooling in front of the nation’s eyes this Christmas holiday season is nothing less than what in the world of movies is called a “remake.”
The Bush 41 presidency moves to the House of Representatives.
Starring House Speaker George H. W. Bush.
Are there 16 House Republicans who have the political will to save the House GOP from its own Speaker? Who have the courage to make sure a bad moment in the nation and the GOP’s history is not repeated?
We shall see.
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Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?