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Much speculation has surrounded John Boehner’s sudden resignation as Speaker of the House. The amazing thing is that he resigned his position as Speaker of the House, and his position as a member of the House. With the Budget debate and the possibility of another government shut-down, it was understandable why he would no longer wish to fill a leadership role within the Republican Party. But why did he resign as a member of the House, an elected official from Ohio? He was elected in 2014, so he had served less than half of his term. Such an unplanned move “threw Ohio Republicans into chaos “No one, not even some on Boehner’s staff, had received notice the U.S. House speaker planned to resign.” He has been a member of the House since 1991, 24 years.
The answer may be as predictable as the resignation of any other politician who is caught doing something immoral, unethical, or illegal. Politicususa reported that a federal investigation had been launched two years ago into excessive campaign contributions. It was reported that:
“The Federal Election Commission is examining whether dozens of political action committees and individuals contributed more than the legally allowed amount to House Speaker John Boehner during last year’s election cycle.
Letters the Federal Election Committee sent Monday to Friends of John Boehner indicated that donors including coal, energy, and gambling interests, exceeded contribution limits to Boehner’s committee by more than $150,000.
Among the groups that were allegedly overgenerous to Boehner were Coalpac and Minepac, which represent the mining industry, as well as political committees representing the Exelon, Constellation and Luminant power companies, and the Ceasars and Penn National gambling enterprises.
“Although the commission may take further legal action concerning the acceptance of excessive contributions, your prompt action to refund the excessive amount will be taken into consideration,” the letters say.”
Certainly Boehner has been known for his ability to raise substantial donations. After the announcement of his resignation, the New York Times reported:
“Even Mr. Boehner’s most strident opponents will almost certainly miss him for his ability to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars, for his critics as well as his allies.”
Boehner seems to have taken pride in his ability to raise large sums of campaign contributions. In June 1995, Boehner distributed campaign contributions from tobacco industry lobbyists on the House floor as House members were weighing how to vote on tobacco subsidies. In a 1996 documentary by PBS called The People and the Power Game, Boehner said:
“They asked me to give out a half dozen checks quickly before we got to the end of the month and I complied. And I did it on the House floor, which I regret. I should not have done. It’s not a violation of the House rules, but it’s a practice that‘s gone on here for a long time that we’re trying to stop and I know I’ll never do it again.” Boehner eventually led the effort to change House rules and prohibit campaign contributions from being distributed on the House floor.
Boehner was “Tightly Bound to Lobbyists” and “He maintains especially tight ties with a circle of lobbyists and former aides representing some of the nation’s biggest businesses, including Goldman Sachs, Google, Citigroup, R.J. Reynolds, MillerCoors and UPS.”
We will watch in the weeks ahead to see if the Federal Election Committee is about to take “further legal action.”
Carly Fiorina won the GOP debate. As a result, her overall numbers in polls have skyrocketed. She is now close to the leader, Donald Trump. According to that reliable, fair and balanced news source, Breitbart News, Fiorina has had an astounding ascent in the polls from 3% to 10%. As a result of her impassioned claim, lying about the botched abortion, she has risen to third place. She is just two points behind the neurosurgeon who separated Siamese twins. Who knew that the focus of the 2016 Presidential election was going to be each candidates sensitivity, and history with babies, …unborn, aborted, miscarried, or conjoined!??
Carly Fiorina lied about an aborted fetus that had its heart beating, and its leg kicking, and the plan to harvest its brain. Fiorina is preparing for the next debate. There is actually no indication she is going to claim that Sarah Palin’s brain was harvested in a botched abortion…but it would be more believable than the lie she told during the last debate.
The National Review reminds us that not long ago Sarah Palin appeared at the anniversary show for SNL.
You remember that night? Palin wore Bristol’s dress and waved her orange hand to her adoring fans.
You remember this portion of the SNL anniversary show, where Sarah appears at the end (6:13).
We laughed with Seinfeld as Sarah spoke about the possibility of a Trump/Palin ticket in 2016. We aren’t laughing now!
The Donald is still the leader in the polls for the Republican Party. Ben Carson is running a close second. Perhaps Republican voters are attracted to Ben Carson, a neurosurgeon, because they believe the Republican Party needs it’s head separated from…whatever it is attached to?
Remember the moment that John McCain picked Sarah Palin as his running mate. He said:
“ You want your government to understand what you are going through.
…make government stand on your side , not in your way.
…make Washington start working again for the people who are counting on us
…I found someone who puts power over principle, and puts
…someone who has stopped government from wasting tax payer money
The day after the election Fox News’ Charles Cameron revealed that the McCain campaign knew that Sarah Palin was an idiot.
The two senior campaign aides Steve Schmidt, and Nicole Wallace both revealed what a disaster the pick of Sarah Palin was for the McCain campaign. Schmidt described her as unprepared and untruthful. Nicole Wallace couldn’t even bring herself to vote for McCain because of Sarah Palin.
Wallace thought that the GOP would openly admit that Palin was a poor candidate if she entered the race in 2012.
Perhaps because Palin didn’t personally enter the race in 2012, the Republican Party remained silent about the colossal blunder that the nomination of Sarah Palin had been. John McCain refused to endorse her for President, but he failed to disclose just how ill-prepared, un-educated, and dangerous she would be for America. Steve Schmidt declared that if she were the GOP candidate in 2012 there might be a “catastrophic election result.”
Yet John McCain and the leaders of the GOP refused to acknowledge their mistake. Even after Palin quit serving as Governor, they refused to admit what a disaster she might have been for the country.
By failing to admit their mistake, the Republican Party left itself vulnerable to the influence of Sarah Palin. John McCain used her when attempting to raise money for his reelection in 2010. By doing so, he implicitly re-affirmed her credibility. Now the GOP pays the price.
As John Boehner’s resignation signals the dysfunction of the GOP, there is renewed focus on Ted Cruz and the devastation caused by the Tea Party movement. Remember that Ted Cruz has admitted he would never have been elected but for Sarah Palin.
We have spent the last two years living with the disaster caused by Ted Cruz. Democrats and Republicans alike have condemned Cruz for the disastrous government shut down.
1.John McCain-Ted Cruz is Crazy
2.Bob Corker- Republican Senator on the Insanity of Cruz’s filibuster
3.Senator Dick Durbin- Confronts Cruz before Government Shut Down
5.Ted Cruz -Schooled on Earth Sciences
6. Lewis Black on Ted Cruz
Republicans are stupid and funny
7. Ted Cruz’s Biggest Lie Ever-Congress Plans to Vote to Repeal the 1st Amendment
8. Boehner says that it was a Republican shut down that was particularly troublesome.
9. Ted Cruz Worst Media Mistake Ever
10. Busted-Cruz Lies
11. Ted Cruz advocates 100 More Racists in Congress
12. Ted Cruz, stunningly stupid plan for Isis
As the country faces the possibility of yet another government shut down, John Boehner has announced his resignation. He is so frustrated with the leaders of the Tea Party, and especially Ted Cruz, that he is stepping down. As he leaves, Boehner warned voters to “beware of false prophets.” He followed that cautionary warning by discussing the effort of some Republicans (Ted Cruz) to shut down the government.
Matthew 7:15 “Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves.”
The frightening thing is that Cruz is still in the race to be the next President of the United States. He WON a straw poll this last Saturday at the Values Voter Summit. Even in national polls he is still one of the top contenders. Cruz is tied with Marco Rubio at 8%.
Thus the resignation of John Boehner signals the end of the Republican Party’s attempts to find a middle ground among conservatives. Ted Cruz is responsible for that. Sarah Palin is responsible for Ted Cruz. What does it say about the state of politics in America when the Republican front runner would give Palin a spot in his cabinet?
Sarah Palin is directly aligned with two of the top five Republican candidates for President in 2016. God Help US!
While I agree with Ms. Steinem, that Fiorina is damaging the image of women by her lie, I don’t personally find her as offensive as Palin for the image of women. Fiorina tells her lies persuasively, so she appears to be intelligent.
When it is proven that Fioina lied, she isn’t foolish enough to appear on public news outlets trying to defend her lies. Fiorina appears to have planned the lie and used it effectively in the GOP debate. Thus we would not suggest that Fioina was too stupid to understand the truth. She planned to lie and gained support because of the lie. That doesn’t make her bad for the image of women, it makes her evil. It makes her a soldier in the war on women, and an embarrassment for the Republican Party. Her behavior is reprehensible but it would be for any woman or man.
Sarah Palin, by contrast is too stupid to admit that she lies. She goes on national television and defends her lies with MORE lies!
Fiorina and Palin are both deceptive women. Fiorina is evil, but smart. Palin is evil, but stupid.
Fiorina is a candidate who has never held elected office. Palin quit the most important office she ever held.
If Fiorina were elected President, the first dude would be a man who got his start as a truck driver and has lived off his wife since he was 48 years old.
(this picture is five years old)
If Sarah were elected Dog Catcher, the first dude would be a man who got his start as a truck driver removing snow. (Trailblazer at 57). He has lived off his wife since 2009 when he was 45 years old.
Sarah has prolifically lied too.
When Fiorina was diagnosed with breast cancer she had to have a double mastectomy, and take chemo-therapy to kill the cancer cells in her body.
Palin has had changes in her breast measurements,
and some of her brain cells have been destroyed from unknown sources but drugs were probably involved.