Who is the person that Republicans should fear the most? Some names that may readily come to mind are the President, Hillary Clinton, Elizabeth Warren, Eric Holder and Harry Reid. Certainly, those people are adversaries of Republican principles. But, none of them has the ability to irreparably damage the Republican Party.
The person who is the greatest threat to Republicans is not a leftwing Democrat. The person is not a Federal Judge who seeks to impose his or her political views on the country. The person is not a Federal bureaucrat who may enact outrageous regulations that have the force of law.
The person who Republicans should fear the most is a Republican. It is the Speaker of the House of Representatives, John Boehner.
John Boehner has the power and the inclination to wreck the Republican Party by enacting legislation that is anathema to Republican voters. When Boehner does that, it causes many of those voters to leave the Party and shun its candidates.
Here are two examples of why Boehner is to be feared. In December, Boehner wrote and brought to the floor of the House a $1.1 trillion Omnibus funding bill. In that Bill was an obscure section which granted an enormous sweetheart deal to the Wall Street banks. Led by lobbyists from Citigroup, John Boehner changed existing law to allow the big banks to trade derivatives using depositors’ money. Further, if the banks or its depositors lost money on the bets made by the banks, the Federal government would bail them out.
Republican voters hate it, when their leaders bestow billion dollar bouquets to special interest groups. And, every time that John Boehner does that, some people walk away from Republican Party.
Also, in the Omnibus Bill was a provision that increased the amount of money a single donor could give to national Party committees each year. The spending limit rose from $97,200 to $777,600.
The national Party committees are the establishment political committees in Washington. John Boehner increased the amount that individuals and big corporation could donate, so that establishment incumbents can defeat Primary challengers.
When mountains of money from lobbyists and the uber-rich are used to defeat Primary challengers, Republicans retch at the corruption. And, the Republican Party loses more voters.
When John Boehner brought his monster Omnibus Bill to the House for a vote, many Republican Representatives refused to vote for it. Besides the examples cited above, the Omnibus Bill funded Obamacare and the President’s unlawful Amnesty order.
Every Republican who ran for Federal office in November promised to oppose Obamacare, Amnesty and reckless spending. Three weeks after the November election, John Boehner asked the Republicans in the House to betray the voters who elected them and pass his Omnibus Bill. Many Republicans Representatives said no.
Since some Republicans would not vote for the Omnibus Bill, Boehner sought the help of the President to pass the legislation. Then, America witnessed the spectacle of the Republican Speaker of the House joining with the Democratic President to pass an Omnibus Bill which funded Obamacare, Amnesty and a bailout for Wall Street banks.
Republicans should fear Boehner the most, because as long as he remains the Speaker of the House, he will do great harm to the Republican Party.
I will close with the good news. There is a new generation rising, a generation of Republicans who are smart, principled, strong and courageous. The rising generation will, in time, remove and replace John Boehner.
And, the sooner, the better.
Ken Adams is the Chairman of the Waynesboro Virginia Republican Committee.