John Boehner announced his resignation as Speaker and also from the House effective at the end of October. For many in the tea party, this is good news. Despite winning the House of Representatives in 2010 by an overwhelmingly anti-Obama electorate, Boehner did not do enough to put a halt to executive over-reach. The EPA does what it wants. The IRS does what it wants. HHS does what it wants. Even after the Republicans won the Senate by a nine-vote swing in 2014, they still acted like the inferior branch of government rather than an equal to either the executive or the judicial.
During the Jim Jordan town hall on Sept 2, Jordan listed a few important make-or-break items that will come up in September and October. They include the budget, spending caps, the debt ceiling, the Export-Import Bank, and funding for Planned Parenthood. Jordan said these issues would be definitive moments for the GOP Establishment class as well as his own Freedom Caucus. If the Washington insiders win, the Freedom Caucus loses.
Earlier this afternoon, Ben Shapiro wrote for Breitbart exactly what I was about to write: Boehner will pass all of these Establishment bills before falling on his sword. He will be known as “The Martyr of the Metro.”
I hope to be wrong, but I’m afraid we will see bills pass the House with more Democrat support than Republican support. Planned Parenthood will be funded, the Ex-Im Bank will open it’s doors again, the debt ceiling will be lifted, and everybody in DC will get a raise. Again, just the threat of Obama’s pen will keep the GOP Congress in line. Once that business is cleared, then a conservative will be allowed to do whatever possible during the last year of a lame duck presidency.
Today’s events might be a victory for the Freedom Caucus, but only after the GOP Establishment wins first.