Several Democrats today expressed their sadness over the resignation of Speaker of the House John Boehner, and their gratitude for his work in ensuring that so much of Obama’s immigration, health care, regulatory, and trade agenda was not obstructed by fiscal constraint or concerns over the abuse of Constitutional authority.
“John Boehner is a good man. He is a patriot. He cares deeply about the House,” Obama said. “He cares about his constituents and he cares about America.”
“By ousting a good man like Speaker Boehner — someone who understood the art of compromise — the party of Eisenhower and Reagan is no more.”
Compromise is, of course, a Democrat word meaning “giving Democrats everything they want,” which is apparently something Boehner is going to be working on during his last month in office. Then, it’s off to K Street for a plush job with a lobbying firm; where he can make sure that wealthy, well-connected cronies continue to receive corporate welfare and favorable tax treatment and have potentially innovative competitors stifled by regulations.
The take on the left is that Boehner lost because of “the crazies;” and they define “the crazies” as Republican congressman who were elected on promises of fiscal responsibility and undoing some of the damage Obama has done to the country through Obamacare, a permissive attitude toward illegal immigration, out-of-control spending, and abuse of executive authority. It says a lot about the left that fiscal responsibility and realistic ideas about the practical limits of Government are their definition of “crazy.”