It is absolutely amazing how Speaker of the House John Boehner has been totally emasculated by the Tea Party Caucus in the House of Representatives, and seems unable to strike a deal with President Barack Obama on avoiding the so called “Fiscal Cliff”.
The only good thing out of this is that the Republican Party, already way down in the polls, and seen as an extremist, uncompromising group, will suffer further from the lack of an agreement, and the Democrats will have the edge on the issue of spending and taxation when the new year begins, and after a short period of uncertainty, the tax cuts for 98 percent of the American people will be restored, while the tax increases for the top two percent will continue, and maybe go back to the $250,000 range, rather than the deal Obama was striking to make it $400,000.
The Republicans, with a reduced majority and fewer Tea Party members in January, will face the music that they have self destructed, and it is time to consider that we may be witnessing the death of the Republican Party as we once knew it, and that a new moderate, centrist party, a real competition to the Democrats, might emerge sooner rather than later.
Meanwhile, the Speakership office has suffered its greatest decline since the “Revolution of 1910” against Speker Joseph Cannon, which took away a lot of power from the Speaker’s office.
Boehner will NOT go down in history as an outstanding Speaker, such as Sam Rayburn or Thomas “Tip” O’Neill, but more like Joseph Martin or Jim Wright. And even Newt Gingrich, with all his faults, will rank higher in history than John Boehner!
Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, now seeking the Presidency, has had a confrontational relationship with many people in his career, among them all living former Speakers of the House.
Three Democratic Speakers, Jim Wright (1987-1989), Tom Foley (1989-1995), and Nancy Pelosi (2007-2011) have crossed paths in difficult ways with Gingrich. Wright was brought up on ethics charges by Gingrich in 1989, and forced out of the Speakership on grounds far less than Gingrich, who himself was involved in ethics violations pursued by Nancy Pelosi in 1997-1998, and pushed out of the Speakership by his own party at the end of 1998. Foley was the Speaker facing the attacks of Gingrich as he built the GOP majority that finally ousted Foley in the 1994 Congressional elections.
But even the two GOP Speakers have no love lost regarding Gingrich. Dennis Hastert (1999-2007) was picked to get away from the theatrics of Gingrich, and Hastert now supports Mitt Romney for President. And the present Speaker, John Boehner, is known privately to oppose Gingrich, who he helped to push out of the Speakership in 1998. It is believed he will make his view public IF Gingrich continues to surge, to attempt to prevent what he and many other Republicans believe would be suicide to have Gingrich heading their ticket in 2012 against Barack Obama.
Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich is an educated and intelligent man. He was a college professor of history, has an earned Ph. D., and is the author of both nonfiction and fiction best sellers! He is, in other words, not an ignorant man, and yet, he is most certainly a demagogue who knows better! 🙁
Gingrich has a driving ambition to be President of the United States, and he has a personality that has no limits of self aggrandizement or self promotion! He has shown he has no limits as to what he will do to destroy others, whether when he was in the House of Representatives and went after Speaker of the House Jim Wright, or when he himself was Speaker and set out to destroy Bill Clinton for his moral lapses when he himself was involved in similar moral degradation! 🙁
The man has no shame or guilt about how he utilizes character assassination to achieve his goals! Were he to win, somehow, the GOP nomination for President, he would be unable to unite his party and would be the most divisive President imaginable, were the country stupid enough to elect him! 🙁
Gingrich is now on a tear to destroy the reputation of Barack Obama, because this man had the gall to actually win the Presidency! So Gingrich continues to spread the “birther” myth, by stating that Obama was dishonest, and did not show his so called “Kenyan, anti colonial” mentality when he was running for President in 2008! This is the same Gingrich who last year worked with Obama on education reform, so it demonstrates the sickness of Gingrich’s personality which is most marked by destructive behavior, including lies, deceit, and extreme egocentric characteristics! 🙁
The only good thing about Gingrich’s bizarre behavior this past year, including his demonizing the so called Ground Zero Mosque to advance his own ambitions, is that he is almost certainly self destructing, so we will not have to deal with his lunatic behavior in the Presidential election two years from now, although he may be a factor until he is eliminated by lack of appeal and lack of ethics! 🙁