Boehner's speech before the first of the historic three House votes on Obama's health care legislation reveals the shape of the party's strategy. Based on the ground it is staking out this is truly the Republican Tea Bag Party with Rush Limbaugh standing as its media role model and titular head.
The strident moans of Boehner about his party being overlooked in the process along with seeking to serve the public will in opposing a bill it opposes constitutes rank hypocrisy.
Democratic liberals in New York often ran as members of the Democratic-Liberal Party while Hubert Humphrey and other Minnesota progressives ran as Democratic-Farm Labor Party candidates. Now it is time to hyphenate a national organization as the Republican-Tea Bag Party.
After all, Boehner spoke to Tea Baggers during their rousing demonstration outside the Capitol, one that produced racist shouts against African American and Hispanic representatives in Congress as well as one spitting incident directed at another legislator.
Congresswoman Michele Bachmann is also bullish on Tea Baggers. She stood from the Capitol balcony and cheer led the enraged Tea Party masses onward. Bachmann ironically comes from Minnesota, one of the nation's historical leaders for progressive change.
How proud those voters from suburban St. Paul who continue sending Bachmann to Congress to represent them must feel. After all, this is the same Bachmann who, appearing with Chris Matthews during the 2008 campaign, reached into the old McCarthy-Nixon playbook and called for some of her colleagues to be investigated for potential treason, only to later deny what she was on preserved video record as saying.
Yes, Boehner laments about Republicans being left out of the process when Obama tirelessly presented olive branches, only to have Charles Grassley issue a charge of "death panels" and the prospect of "killing granny" if the proposed legislation passed.
We recall, Congressman Boehner, how collegial The Exterminator Tom DeLay was back in those days when your party was in the majority. DeLay buried courtesy and protocol by ignoring Democratic leaders and refusing to discuss proposed legislation with them.
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