Conservative Leaders Defend Boehner Dissenters

Reagan_purity_1aIn the wake of RINO John Boehner’s re-election as Speaker of the House, punishments quickly started to be meted out for those who impudently refused to vote for more ineffective, compromising, betraying RINO leadership.

But as reported by the Daily Signal, 23 conservative leaders have gone on record calling for Boehner and his minions not to punish the dissenters.

“It is unacceptable and disappointing to see that some conservatives are already being punished by you and your leadership team for disagreements over policy and the direction of the conference. This must end immediately,” the 23 conservatives wrote in a letter from the Conservative Action Project.

The vindictive action of Boehner and his fellow RINOs was in direct contradiction to statements prior to the vote that no one would be punished for voting against Boehner for Speaker.

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The 23 conservative leaders who spoke in defense of dissenting House Republicans were:

  1. Edwin Meese III, former attorney general for President Ronald Reagan
  2. David McIntosh, former member of Congress from Indiana
  3. Becky Norton Dunlop, former White House adviser to President Ronald Reagan
  4. L. Brent Bozell III, chairman of ForAmerica
  5. Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council
  6. Ken Cuccinelli, president of the Senate Conservatives Fund
  7. Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of Susan B. Anthony List
  8. Colin A. Hanna, president of Let Freedom Ring
  9. Matt Kibbe, president of FreedomWorks
  10. David N. Bossie, president of Citizens United
  11. Jenny Beth Martin, co-founder of Tea Party Patriots
  12. Tim Wildmon, president of American Family Association
  13. William L. Walton, vice president, Council for National Policy
  14. William G. “Jerry” Boykin, retired U.S. Army general and executive VP, Family Research Council
  15. J. Kenneth Blackwell, chairman, Constitutional Congress
  16. T. Kenneth Cribb Jr., former domestic adviser, President Ronald Reagan
  17. Alfred S. Regnery, chairman, Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund
  18. Richard A. Viguerie, chairman,
  19. Andrew C. McCarthy, former federal prosecutor
  20. Frank J. Gaffney Jr., president and CEO, Center for Security Policy
  21. Allen Roth, president, Secure America Now
  22. Paul Caprio, director, Family PAC Federal
  23. Richard Manning, Americans for Limited Government

According to the Politico,

And lawmakers and aides close to the speaker believe Boehner is considering placing Nugent back on the Rules Committee, even though the third-term lawmaker had voted for Webster. Just one day after removing both Nugent and Webster from the panel, Boehner said he is going to talk to them both and dubbed the move temporary.

Officially, Boehner and his staff say they are having a “family conversation” over how to handle disloyalty.

I found this bit interesting:

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“We need to get to the bottom of the guys who voted against [procedural motions], and we need to understand why they voted against that, and then we need to know why people voted against the speaker yesterday,” said Rep. Devin Nunes, the California Republican whom Boehner installed as chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. “Name calling — saying ‘RINO’ and ‘establishment’ – that’s name calling,” Nunes said. “We need to understand why they voted the way they did.”

As if we don’t all know?! Because the RINO establishment (yes, let’s call people what they are; no letting them hide behind fake civility) has a long and disgusting record of not only not standing against the liberal agenda, but often actually joining in pursuing the liberal agenda. No one needs a PhD to figure out that it is the years of repeated betrayals of Republican principles that led to this, the largest uprising against a sitting speaker since 1860.

As the Politico article notes, Boehner “has a record of backing off of tough action (at least when it comes to dealing with Democrats and the liberal agenda).  It would therefore be profoundly hypocritical for him to be tough on conservative Republicans who insist on pursuing the Republican agenda, when he so regularly gives a pass to the real enemies of America: the Democrats.

But as is always the case with liberals of either party, hypocrisy is the rule more than the exception.

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Bob Ellis has been the owner of media company Dakota Voice, LLC since 2005. He is a 10-year U.S. Air Force veteran, a political reporter and commentator for the past decade, and has been involved in numerous election and public policy campaigns for over 20 years. He was a founding member and board member of the Tea Party groups Citizens for Liberty and the South Dakota Tea Party Alliance. He lives in Rapid City, South Dakota with his wife and two children.
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  • Janet Bosley

    Makes one come to conclusion that “Some” Conservatives are infected with the liberal virus