If not, they should. Everyting is lining up for a massive cave in by the Republican leadership and the Conservative outcry for Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s head on a platter (figuratively, of course) is mounting.
Of course the Republican leaders are all still talking a good game. Holding firm, but Boehner has already signaled his willingness to scale back the “deal” in order to avoid a tax increase demanded by President Obama.
We are not fools, Mr. Speaker.
If you agree to scale back the size of the cuts, you are effectively agreeing to kick the tax can down the road for the next round. That is simply unacceptable.
The Republicans hold all the cards. There is no mistaking that. The economy is in shambles and unemployment is through the roof and rising. Democrats and Obama have completely failed. If past history is any indication, Boehner will hand Obama another victory and we will watch as Obama rises in the polls again – thanks to the failure of leadership in the Republican Party.
I truly hate to be cynical here and truly wish I could trust Boehner to do the right thing. But there is absolutely no faith and confidence oozing from anyone I know, except the Democrats.
This is the last opportunity Boehner will have to prove he is capable of leading the Republican Party in the House. So far, he has been a bigger failure than Obama. Conservatives have no hope that the Speaker will hold the line on the debt ceiling.
And if this is another sad chapter, when all is said and done, in a failure of leadership from the new Speaker, it will be time for John Boehner to step down and for voters to send him packing next year. Or better yet, for him to pack his bags and head back to Ohio today.
For the good of the Republican Party, if it is to have any future at all, we must stick to our guns here. No tax increases, no fee increases, no soak the rich policies, no failure to obtain meaningful debt reductions will be tolerated.
Be prepared to shut down Washington. That is not what we sent you there to do, but this will be the last stand for the Republican Party. Democrats know Boehner is weak in his resolve and can be easily manipulated.
Failure is not an option.
Boehner needs to dry the tears and man up. He must do what the country needs him to do.
Or he should resign right now and let someone else do the job!