Monday Massacre: Boehner purges fiscal conservatives from key committees

December 5, 2012

Because that’s clearly the message of the last election, right? That Americans don’t want fiscal responsibility.

Roll Call:

Speaker John A. Boehner initiated today a small purge of rebellious Republicans — mostly conservatives — from prominent committees; it’s the latest instance of the Ohio Republican’s clamping down on his fractious conference.

The decisions were made by the GOP Steering Committee at a Monday meeting, which reviewed a spreadsheet listing each GOP lawmaker and how often he or she had voted with leadership, three sources said.

Reps. David Schweikert of Arizona and Walter Jones of North Carolina were booted from the Financial Services Committee. Reps. Justin Amash of Michigan and Tim Huelskamp of Kansas were removed from the Budget Committee.

According to a source, Schweikert was told that he was ousted in part because his “votes were not in lockstep with leadership.”


All of the lawmakers other than Jones were rebellious right-wingers. Huelskamp and Amash, for instance, both voted against the budget proposed by Budget Chairman Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin in committee and on the floor, because it did not cut spending fast enough. They also voted against the current continuing resolution that is funding the government through the end of March.

As a new Washington Post poll confirms, the MSM wing of the Democratic Party has the masses primed to blame Republicans for any breakdown in talks. Obama knows this, so he is negotiating in bad faith and offering nothing. Boehner knows this too, so he is preparing to unconditionally surrender just as he has at every other opportunity.

We will get tax increases that raise a trivial amount of money relative to the deficit,  no real spending cuts or entitlement reform, and no path to fiscal sustainability. Thanks, Boehner.

9 Responses to Monday Massacre: Boehner purges fiscal conservatives from key committees

  1. Lesich Pulaski on December 5, 2012 at 7:21 am

    Trust the RINOs. They know what’s best for us . . . just ask President McCain or President Romney.

    • Jim,MtnViewCA,USA on December 5, 2012 at 11:12 am

      If only the Repub Party did not continue to nominate extreme right-wing zealots!

      Romney is an OK guy, but … explain to me again why I need to keep voting for the Dem-Lite party?

  2. Alasdair on December 5, 2012 at 9:09 am

    Just a thought, but …

    It seems to me that the RINOs are those “Republicans” who stayed home and didn’t vote in the most recent Presidential Election …

    • True Dat on December 5, 2012 at 12:36 pm


      If you didn’t vote against Obama, then you really voted for him.

      No other way to spin it. Well, no way to spin it “honestly” anyway.

  3. ip727 on December 5, 2012 at 9:23 am

    Dump the boner

  4. bobsmit56 on December 5, 2012 at 11:37 am

    If the talks fail, then the msm will absolutely blame it on the GOP. Then the Democrats will use it in 2 years to take back the House. And they will have free reign to do whatever they want for the next 2 years.

    I would rather see the GOP raise taxes on the rich, let the economy continue to decline, and let Obama take full responsibility for his record. Apparently the last 4 years was not enough pain for some voters. Give them 4 more years of Obamanomics and let’s see when they stand.

    • ip727 on December 5, 2012 at 11:55 am

      ~~~Or the sheeple will be so sick of stagflation and the obamunist that the GOP will take back the senate.

  5. Deckard on December 5, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    Please keep all limbs inside during the ride . . . .

    Give it to ’em – lock, stock and barrel. And when the masses are miserable enough, and they realize the media’s constant spin – maybe, just maybe they’ll wake up. But I doubt it.

    And as far as ball-less Boehner is concerned, I doubt 2014 will be kind to him. If I were his constituents, I wouldn’t vote for him again . . . .

  6. The Trolls on December 5, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    Please, please keep moving to the right.

    Attack Boehner, at all costs.

    Otherwise, the GOP might regain relevancy…

    Thankfully, it never occurs to you right wing shut-ins that you might need a bigger boat.