The resignation of Speaker John Boehner today signals another blow to the governing Republican brand in need of direction.
John Boehner is the latest Republican casualty of a deceitful “conservative” movement that threatens the future of the Republican Party. Other casualties from this phony movement were former Texas Governor Rick Perry and Scott Walker of Wisconsin; both governors have strong governing conservative records in their respective state, but were not able to talk about their legislative accomplishment because the presidential GOP race is currently hijacked by “anger” and phony big government populism.
This false movement, led by do-nothing dishonest prophets like Ted Cruz, and groups like Heritage Action, Tea Party Groups, and made of supporters of Ben Carson and Donald Trump are cheering for this lost for the Republican Party in Congress. But it is all for self-promotion since these groups and radio talk make fortunes assailing Republicans like John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Speaker John Boehner had and opportunity to pass an Immigration Bill S.744 in 2013-14, but he failed to do so to avoid irritating these “angry” populist Tea Party House members. But appeasing them, and his reluctance to push for harsh immigrating bills and more government shutdowns, only made him look weak and created resentment among these House members who repeatedly continued plotting against Speaker Boehner.
Inevitably, the resignation of Boehner will result in turmoil and will create a vacuum of power in the House among Republicans who want to govern. It will also give an incentive to these populists House members to presume that this is victory for “conservatives,” and therefore, will try to take the party farther to the right.
But make no mistake about it. This is movement based on deception in which the leaders claim that pushing the party farther to right will strengthen their ability to changes policies in Congress on immigration, Obamacare, and abortion, among others. But those are lies that these Tea Party leaders like Ted Cruz and “conservative” groups will continue to use for self-promotion and financial profiteering at the expense of the party of Ronald Reagan.
Until the Leadership of the Republican Party (the RNC) has the willingness and strength to confront this phony populist movement, and false prophets, and reiterate that they don’t reflect the values, or tenets, of the Republican Party of Ronald Reagan, Republicans in Congress, and the GOP presidential contenders, will continue to be mired in internal fight that will further tarnish the image of the party with millennials, young Americans and Latino voter – voters who are essential to build winning coalitions and a governing conservative Republican Party.
Alex Gonzalez is a political Analyst and Political Director for Latinos Ready To Vote. He received a Bachelors Degree and a Masters’ Degree, with emphasis in American politics, from San Francisco State University. @AlexGonzTXCA