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Speaker of the House John Boehner believes President Obama seeks to “annihilate” the Republican Party. At an address to the Ripon Society on Tuesday, he said the following (video above):
“Given what we heard yesterday about the president’s vision for his second term, it’s pretty clear to me that he knows he can’t do any of that as long as the House is controlled by Republicans. So we’re expecting over the next 22 months to be the focus of this administration as they attempt to annihilate the Republican Party.
“And let me just tell you, I do believe that is their goal — to just shove us into the dustbin of history.”
With all due respect, whatever gave you that idea, Speaker Boehner? Was it the non-stop accusations of the GOP carrying out a “war on women” that tipped you off? Or maybe the relentless false allegations of racism in the party? Or maybe that Obama referred to the Republicans as the “enemies” of the Latino community?
The president apologized for that last bit. Just like he’ll apologize for second inaugural speaker Reverend Braxton making an oblique reference to the Republican Party as the “enemies” of Obama. As the Examiner points out:
Braxton added that Obama’s opponents were like the Biblical enemies of Moses, and that Obama would have to enter the battle because ‘sometimes enemies insist on doing it the hard way.’
The Speaker had some additional comments at the Ripon Society worth pointing out, because hopefully they adjoin what should be characterized as strong criticism of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at Wednesday’s Benghazi hearings. But whether or not this was merely for show, The Hill added some very relevant background commentary on the Speaker’s epiphany that the Democrats will “go for the throat“:
“We’re going to have to make some big decisions about how we as a party take on this challenge. Where’s the ground that we fight on? Where’s the ground that we retreat on? Where are the smart fights? Where are the dumb fights that we have to stay away from? We’ve got a lot of big decisions to make.”
Comment below: Do you think the Republican Party has finally figured it out? Or will they continue to go through the motions, providing some resistance to policies at first, but retreating later?
Additional commentary on page 2.