Boehner Purges Committees of Conservatives Voting on Principles

Guest Post by Mara Zebest

This isn’t the first time Boehner has demonstrated a trend to squash the conservative voice. RightScoop has the audio of Mark Levin reporting on the problem. John Fund reports at National Review that conservatives have warned the GOP that they will lose their base if they move away from conservative principles.

Breitbart reports the following:

UPDATE: Boehner Spokesman Kevin Smith responds- “The Steering Committee makes decisions based on a range of factors.”

House Speaker John Boehner and GOP leadership have removed several conservative House members from their respective powerful committee positions, Breitbart News has learned.

Effective next Congress, leadership pulled Kansas Republican Rep. Tim Huelskamp, Michigan Republican Rep. Justin Amash and Arizona Republican Rep. David Schweikert off committees from which they could exert conservative pressure on fiscal matters. Amash and Huelskamp were pulled from the Budget Committee and Schweikert from the Financial Services Committee.

Huelskamp, a freshman elected during the 2010 tea party wave, thinks the leadership move to pull him from the powerful committee is revenge for him standing up for conservatism. “It is little wonder why Congress has a 16 percent approval rating: Americans send principled representatives to change Washington and get punished in return,” Huelskamp said in a Monday night statement. “The GOP leadership might think they have silenced conservatives, but removing me and others from key committees only confirms our conservative convictions. This is clearly a vindictive move, and a sure sign that the GOP Establishment cannot handle disagreement.”

Earlier on Monday in an interview with Breitbart News, Huelskamp again reaffirmed his support for the Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) anti-tax pledge. He’s encouraging his colleagues in the House to come out publicly against potential tax increases and asking citizens across the country to help.

Huelskamp thinks his most recent challenge to his GOP colleagues – asking them to reaffirm their pledges – is hardly the only conservative thing he’s done to spark leadership retaliation. In his Monday night statement, he listed out a number of other conservative things he’s done that he thinks caused leadership to turn their fire on him.

“This morning Congressman Schweikert learned there was a price to be paid for voting based on principle, said Schweikert spokeswoman Rachel Semmel. “That price was the removal from the House Financial Services Committee. We are obviously disappointed that Leadership chose to take this course, but Rep. Schweikert remains committed to fighting for the conservative principles that brought him here.”

FreedomWorks president Matt Kibbe bashed the move, too, saying in a statement that “[t]his is a clear attempt on the part of Republican leadership to punish those in Washington who vote the way they promised their constituents they would – on principle – instead of mindlessly rubber-stamping trillion dollar deficits and the bankrupting of America. This is establishment thinking, circling the wagons around yes-men and punishing anyone that dares to take a stand for good public policy.”

Spokespersons for Amash and Schweikert didn’t immediately respond to Breitbart News’ request for comment. A spokesperson for Boehner didn’t either.

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  • myohmy

    The difference with democrats and republicans is that republicans bulldozer their own allies while democrats rally behind the most incompetent and corrupt leaderships.

    Arrogance will be the failing of republican leadership.

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  • The real Wow

    He’s jockeying to cave again to The Won and we will pay the price.

  • bigkahuna

    Email the pricks office and give him a piece of your mind. Its all we can do for the most part. I did.

  • asdf

    The GOP is dead. All that’s left is to see what takes its place.

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  • donh

    Boehner belongs to the Kennedy Cult of fascist Catholics who hold Mussolini up as their idol . He has a stealth agreement with Nancy Pelosi and joins her after hours with John Roberts, Kathlen Sebillius , Paul Ryan, Leon Panetta et al to chant allegiance to Satan and make sacrificial offerings to Baal. This is part of the larger global rebellion taking place AGAINST Christ and his Church.

  • theblackdude

    The only difference between a republican and a democrat is how they want to control your life. The end goal is the same for both groups. Id rather go off the cliff. its gonna take some suffering and real hardships to make the stupid understand.

    Freedom aint free and the government is evil

  • xkaydet65

    While this is upsetting, conservatives have to remember that we got our a$$es handed to us in Nov. Were it not for redistricting in 2010 we’d have lost the House and in a year when Dems had to defend 23 Senate seats they still gained 2. Conservatives also must understand that the term conservative does not mean the same thing in all places. A New Yorker may call himself conservative and be villified as a socialist RINO by a Freeper from Texas. Boehner in his mind is trying to forestall a plan to destroy the GOP in ’14 by painting them as the party that helps only the little guy in the top hat on the monopoly board. He knows that’s how the GOP will be protrayed and he’s trying to give the media as little ammunition to do that as is humanly possible. He’s not the best strategist or tactician so he may well fail anyway, but the leadership in the Congressat this time does not provide any reasonable alternatives.

  • Inquisition

    Boehner knows that unless he and other one percenters on the right ally with Obama, things might get ugly for the country club elite when the Great Collapse occurs shortly and the middle class, unemployed, pensions stolen and taxed off their property, discovers it was the grand looting of the elites that caused it all. European nobles have lost their heads for much less.

    Its about stability and control of the masses now. Obama did his part with ObamaPhones and free condoms. Since ObamaCare hasnt tricked the middle class into embracing biolower, Boehner may have to use intimidation and fear to hold up his end of the bargain with the bipartisan elites that expect protection from the pitchforks.

  • Paul in N. AL

    These people in charge of the party are completely incompetent. Can we leave the union yet?

  • Jimmy

    Perhaps, we should just privatize money and factor those jerks out of our lives.

  • All_IS_LOST

    If you are conservative and vote for any GOP candidate I simply ask why? What has it gotten you?

    I voted for the lesser of two evils multiple times and what I got was a supreme court that found that the government can make me buy a private service because I live. A court that says the government can take my private property to give to someone else at their whim. We got a 4 trillion dollar deficit over 8 years.

    The GOP is dead to me. I will never vote for a GOP candidate again. It is better to race into hell than go there slowly.

  • stage9

    It’s too late….many of us are ALREADY GONE! RIP GOP!

  • http://www.opaobie.com/ Opaobie

    #9, no, it was the RINO’s who lost big this time, and they pulled down some Conservatives with them. Conservatives who weren’t undercut and backstabbed and abandoned by the RINOs won when they articulated the Conservative message in a believable manner. Lip-service “moderates” got thumped, and a couple of true Conservatives like Allen West were betrayed, just like these Conservatives on committees are being betrayed.

    The problem is NOT that the Conservatives are losing, it is that very few are not being offered as candidates even in primaries, and those who survive the primaries are not being supported when they run for office or for committee positions.

  • Sam Stone

    Boehner must go as leader. He is Democrat light and has little backbone.

    The GOP establishment must pay the price for being Democrats.

  • RCL

    #16…

    How many times do you have to be slapped and spit on to realize you’re not wanted!

    This isn’t about “taking back the Republican Party”. It may not even be about “taking back our Country”. It’s about fighting back aggressively to preserve what’s left of our liberty.

    The longer we put off cutting the cord to the liars who’ve played us for chumps only delays making some real progress to our goal.

  • shadow

    These people in charge of the party are completely incompetent. Can we leave the union yet?

    Sure! There are flights leaving all the time.

  • Sam Stone

    RCL, #17, what is the alternative? Not a 3rd party. Bringing back the establishment GOP into the constitutional conservative fold is the only way to go.

  • SeniorD

    Can’t have those unwashed commoners affect the Aristocracy now can they?

  • Ray

    Boner represents a 60 plus % GOP district. Please voters,primary this guy.

  • http://mychal-massie.com/premium/ bg

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    no, no, i won’t say it.. :-(

    but i will post the following..

    A Godless Nation: Doomed To Fail

    “We blame Obama’s reelection on fraud and people who want
    something for nothing – but we overlook and reject the truth
    that we are responsible for creating the environment, going
    back perhaps a century or more, that would allow for his kind
    to achieve positive notoriety.”

    ==

  • http://mychal-massie.com/premium/ bg

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    Sam Stone #19 December 4, 2012 at 11:21 am

    Breaking Free from the Constitution

    Barack Hussien Obama
    January 18, 2001

    [Mr. Obama’s comments take a turn from discussing the historical record.
    Unprovoked he laments that the Supreme Court “could not break free
    from the essential constraints placed by the Founding Fathers in the
    Constitution.” He further describes the Constitution as “a charter of
    negative liberties.” This is at odds with the preamble to the Constitution
    and the Bill of Rights.
    ]

    The new Republicans are the old Democrats,
    The old Democrats are the new Progressives,
    The new Progressives are the old Communists.

    -bg

    ergo, a Constitutional Party would be a 3rd Party…

    bit more here & here..

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  • shadow

    So Huelskamp and Amash are no longer on the House Budget Committee, they still have Tom Price, Mick Mulvaney, and added Pete Sessions, Ed Royce and Lamar Smith, Tea Partiers all.

    This constant whining about how the party is mistreating “true conservatives” is starting to sound like “playing the race card.” I think I shall dub it, Playing the Con Card.

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  • Vicky Hernandez

    The only, the ONLY, reason this, this, this… Aaaaahhhh, I’ve run out of adjectives to describe this person. What does he have worry about? When the collapse comes, he can “cry” in the comfort of mansion and horse stables!

    OK, the only reason Bohener has the Speakership is thanks to the Taxed E/b>nough Already Revolution of 2010! He and the other GOP-BlueBlood barnacles were sinking fast. But they saw the coming sea-worthy TEA Party ship as something to take over, not working with the new crew.

    Remember Trent Lott’s little ditty about making the TEA Party newbie congress members tow the GOP Establishment line? Since they couldn’t get that done they got “rid” of them.

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    shadow #24 December 4, 2012 at 11:45 am

    not a point i need to defend, however, both Obama &
    Hitler claimed to be Christian, so what’s your point ❓

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  • serfer62

    dole, mccain. romney, the lesser of 2 evils, then there was boehners reelection…I will not vote GOP again

    10 milluion didn’t this past election, next it’ll be 25 million.

  • lizzy84

    “I’m a pretty simple guy” ~John Boehner

    Yes, sir… yes, you are. http://www.senateconservatives.com/site/whiplist/6?c=9bc44b50d79ec4c391774ae5a7a52e0f

  • Robin

    What a dick! How dare he try to silence the Senator I helped send to Washington because he reflected my values. He is in it for himself and his cronies.

  • shadow

    not a point i need to defend, however, both Obama & Hitler claimed to be Christian, so what’s your point

    Are you trying to claim the Huelscamp and Amash, with their respective ratings of 92.00 and 91.67 with the American Conservative Union, are more conservative than L. Smith, Price, Sessions, Royce and Mulvaney with their respective 92.13, 97.14, 97.20, 98.15 and perfect 100?

  • shadow

    How dare he try to silence the Senator I helped send to Washington

    Ummmm … Boehner’s in the House, not the Senate. But don’t let that quell your outrage.

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    shadow #31 December 4, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    there you go prematurely jumping off the cliff again..

    what was your point whiner??

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    December 4, 2012

    Veteran Republican senator denounces Boehner’s tax offer

    [Senator Jim DeMint, a favorite of the anti-tax Tea Party movement, said
    the proposal by House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner for $800
    billion in increased tax revenues would “destroy jobs and allow Washington
    politicians” to swell, not reduce, the deficit.
    ]

    don’t let this fool you either,they’re still Kabukiing. :-(

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    December 4, 2012

    Conservatives removed from financial
    committees by GOP House leadership

    [Shortly after, Roll Call reported that Rep. David Schweikert of
    Arizona had been removed from from the Financial Services
    Committee “for bucking the party line too often.”

    [..]

    Roll Call later added that Walter Jones of North Carolina had also
    been removed from that committee. Additionally, Reps. Justin Amash
    of Michigan and Tim Huelkamp of Kansas were removed from the
    House Budget Committee, which Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin is
    currently chair and will continue to chair in the next Congress.

    [..]

    “It is little wonder why Congress has a 16 percent approval rating:
    Americans send principled representatives to change Washington
    and get punished in return,” Huelskamp said in a statement. “The
    GOP leadership might think they have silenced conservatives, but
    removing me and others from key committees only confirms our
    conservative convictions. This is clearly a vindictive move, and a
    sure sign that the GOP Establishment cannot handle disagreement.”]

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    KABUKI IN STEREO

    December 4, 2012

    Top conservatives to GOP: Use it (power) or lose it!

    [More than 100 conservative leaders from across the nation have
    dispatched a letter to GOP members in Congress encouraging them
    to “negotiate from a position of strength” with Democrats regarding
    the trillions of dollars in tax increases Barack Obama is demanding.

    “It’s in the interest of the country and in your personal interest for you
    to use the power you unquestionably have now to stand firm and not
    surrender your conservative principles, no matter how loud the clamor
    of people whose central interests is to advance the left’s agenda,”
    says the letter.]

    or is that on steroids?? oh wait, that’s the next act.,. *sigh*

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  • http://mychal-massie.com/premium/ bg

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    re: #37 December 4, 2012 at 1:24 pm bg

    correction: December 3, 2012

    “Just think what it will mean if, following this campaign of relentless,
    grass-roots lobbying, Republicans actually live up to their rhetoric about
    the Constitution and limited government and balanced budgets next year.
    We can have a balanced budget overnight!”

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  • shadow

    there you go prematurely jumping off the cliff again..

    what was your point whiner??

    I’m probably the only one one this thread NOT whining. Everyone else is all … the Republican leaders are doing this … the Republican leaders are not doing that …. wha, wha, wha!

    And the point is, since you have proven to be incapable of critical thought, the new Budget Committee is MORE conservative than the previous one. And the only reason for this article is to feed the assorted persecution complexes of the individual readers and stoke the perpetual outrage machine.

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    shadow #39 December 4, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    oh please.. whining about others supposedly
    whining is about aS critically thinking as you
    can get..

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  • shadow

    #36 bg commented:

    You must only read the parts that support your POV. Also from your link:

    “Curiously, conservative Rep. Mick Mulvaney of South Carolina was selected to replace Schwikert on the committee, potentially undercutting conservative’s complaints that Schweikert was removed for political reasons. Likewise, sources with knowledge of the situation indicated to both POLITICO and Roll Call that committee changes were made at the request of committee chairs. Meaning incoming Financial Services Committee chairman Rep. Jeb Hensarling of Texas, who is currently the GOP Conference chair, not Boehner, could be responsible for snubbing Schweikert.”

  • lizzy84
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    shadow #41 December 4, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    no, i read it, one says one thing another says another, i
    for one am not a POLITICO fan, but the link was handy..

    please, let me know if is indeed FACT
    if & when you find out though, okay??

    oh yeah, the bottom line:

    if they did do what is rumored, can they
    undercut Kabuki Boehner like that?? /s/

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  • mg4us

    Time to run a conservative in Boehner’s congressional district during the Republican Primary and defeat him as the Republican nominee. . And if Boehner wins his Republican primary, then launch a Conservative to run in the November 2014 Election.

    Time to retire the Weeper of the House. . .

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    re: #43 December 4, 2012 at 1:49 pm bg

    re: shadow #41 December 4, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    and it also had links to source
    vs an opinion & rumor source:

    Dec. 3, 2012

    Schweikert Booted from Financial Services Committee

    [GOP leadership has removed Rep. David Schweikert from his spot on
    the Financial Services Committee for bucking the party line too often.

    The Arizona Republican’s spokeswoman confirmed he was removed from
    the committee. A person close to the situation said Schweikert was told
    that “his votes were not in lock step with leadership” as the reason for
    his ouster.

    A spokesman for Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio,
    did not immediately return a request for comment.

    Rep. Mick Mulvaney, R-S.C., will be joining the Financial Services
    Committee, which will be headed in the 113th Congress by
    outgoing GOP Conference Chairman Jeb Hensarling of Texas.]

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    shadow #39 December 4, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    again, not that it’s here or there, but
    what is Boehner Conservative rank??

    thanks..

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    vie RedState December 4, 2012

    I am Thankful for John Boehner, Eric Cantor, and Kevin McCarthy

    [On the same day John Boehner, Eric Cantor, and Kevin McCarthy punished fiscal conservatives for standing up for their convictions, they sold out their own convictions by agreeing to raise taxes by $800 billion. They intend to seem reasonable to the press in negotiations with the White House. They’re going through an elaborate kabuki dance, but they’ll get blamed nonetheless.

    Pointing their fingers as fiscal conservatives now punished, casting them out as scape goats, will do nothing to woo the media or the White House, but we should be thankful. We should absolutely be thankful for these three men.

    As the sun rises this morning we can look at John Boehner, Eric Cantor, and Kevin McCarthy and know the opposition is not just across the aisle, but in charge of our own side in the House of Representatives. All the time and energy I would otherwise have to spend to convince conservatives that these gentlemen would be a problem for the GOP has been spared. They’ve proven it themselves.

    And now is a time for choosing for Congressman Scalise. He said he wanted to work with leadership. He said he wanted to move closer. Leadership has now signaled that it has no interest in working with conservatives without compromising not just tactics, but principles.

    If Congressman Scalise sells out conservatives in the House to work with House leadership who’ve just sold out their own principles in the name of looking reasonable, conservatives will need to find a new home outside the Republican Study Committee.]

    Amen, could not agree more, except they should
    have found a way to toss Issa in with the lot.. 😡

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  • carrier pigeon

    dohn–are you for real on that? I wanna hear more unless you’re just messing around.

    ——-

    The way I see it is that the RATS are jumping the ship

    the middle class, from low to high, is the ship

    they in the GOP are leaving us

    all following Boener

    all following the money

    follow the money….

  • Gary

    I’ve always been the harshest critic of “third party” types, but I am absolutely ready to make a clean break with the Republican party.

    Every election year we complain about the candidates they hand us, and we gripe as they put all their money behind the establishment guys in the primaries.

    There is no question that the Republican party is now the Democrat party of old, and only counts itself lucky to have our votes on election day, but has absolutely no desire to have us heard.

    Don’t forget last time around it was Michele Bachmann, one of the orchestraters of the Republican takeover of the house in 2010, who was then denied any real power in the committees.

    Boehner is the typical Washington Republican that Rush has described so many times, happier losing than winning. Did anybody hear Boehner on Rush’s show a year or two ago when a similar deal was made (we give you the tax hikes now for spending cuts you promise to make at a later date to be determined)? Man did he sound like an idiot trying to explain that one.

    So I have two goals for the next four years: working toward a viable new political party, and working to eliminate voter fraud and election fraud.

    We have to get going on these items or we’ll be sitting here four years from now saying how we have to back the establishment candidate or risk losing to the Dems.

    There are enough intelligent conservatives on this site to do more than just post outrage. We have the ability to form a brain trust here (or elsewhere if Jim Hoft is offended by the idea), and it’s time for a new movement, a new party, a new election system.

  • shadow

    again, not that it’s here or there, but
    what is Boehner Conservative rank?? thanks..

    Yes, not that it is here nor there, since we were discussing the relative conservatism of the budget committees, and not Boehner’s conservatism, but he rates an 89.81, lifetime, although he has no 2011 rating, for some reason.

  • ALL_IS_LOST

    3rd parties fail. That is why we must create a new party that eliminates the GOP by forcing them to once and for all merge with the DNC. It has happened before and can happen again.

    The process is long and hard. We will not see results in our lifetimes or even the lifetimes of our grandchildren. But it MUST start to change. Three decades of working within the system to enable change is enough time to realize that we cannot.

    The country and the world is about to melt down. What we rebuild from the ash is what is important now. Please take a stand.

  • shadow

    and it also had links to source vs an opinion & rumor source:

    Uh huh.

    GOP leadership has removed Rep. David Schweikert from his spot on
    the Financial Services Committee for bucking the party line too often.

    Opinion …

    Schweikert was told that “his votes were not in lock step with leadership” as the reason for
    his ouster.

    And rumor.

    Soooo … Schweikert, who voted with the party 93% of the time, was replaced by Mulvaney, who only voted with the party 89%, because Schweikert was bucking the part line too often? Sorry. Doesn’t wash.

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    shadow #51 December 4, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    aah, so after all that critical thinking of yours, you didn’t have a point..

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    shadow #53 December 4, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    of course it doesn’t wash, those let go were not willing to join Boehner
    in breaking their pledge to not raise taxes, for those who will go along
    with him.. i mean, Boehner wants to raise taxes that are already set to
    kick in in 2013, no?? /s/

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  • Robb

    Some of us are old enough to remember when Gov George Wallace said many times: “There ain’t a dimes worth of difference between the democrats and the republicans” Looks like he knew what he was talking about.

  • shadow

    of course it doesn’t wash, those let go were not willing to join Boehner
    in breaking their pledge to not raise taxes, for those who will go along
    with him..

    And you know this how? Or is that just what you want to believe?

    i mean, Boehner wants to raise taxes that are already set to
    kick in in 2013, no??

    No, the taxes will raise all by themselves by doing nothing. Boehner has to work out an agreement for that NOT to happen.

  • shadow

    aah, so after all that critical thinking of yours, you didn’t have a point..

    If you haven’t figured it out by now, I’m wasting my time.

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    shadow #58 December 4, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    shadow #31 December 4, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    shadow #51 December 4, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    shadow #57 December 4, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    and you say i don’t get it, dream on..

    bottom line, Boehner’s in the d*tch with the b*tch..

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  • Susan

    Boehner is a henwit.

  • shadow

    and you say i don’t get it, dream on..

    Feel free to point out anything that I said that is not correct, and be specific.

  • shadow

    bottom line, Boehner’s in the d*tch with the b*tch..

    I have no problem with Republicans eating their own. Go ahead. Shrink the party some more. Only the true-believers need apply. Just don’t wonder why you lose elections.

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    shadow #62 December 4, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    i’m TEA PARTY..

    but you go right ahead, eat Obama..

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  • shadow

    i’m TEA PARTY..

    Well congratulations. You guys have 11 less congress-critters than you did in the last congress. Keep up the good work.

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    shadow #64 December 4, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    thank you, we will..

    btw, i got your point long ago, and you proved my point long ago
    as well, and that is what does it have to do with Boehner, who is
    less conservative than the ones he fired for not going RINO at his
    command, go figure, he eats Barry too..

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    December 6, 2012

    Fox News And John Boehner: ‘Flipping Us the Bird’

    [It is a fact that Boehner was diligently working behind the scenes (some believe with the White House itself) during the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee investigations/hearings of Fast and Furious to sabotage them in whatever way possible.]

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