Today Senator DeMint made it crystal clear he’s not on the same page with John Boehner. Via The Hill:
Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), who shocked Washington on Thursday with the announcement that he would resign his Senate seat in January to become president of the the Heritage Foundation, sent a parting shot at Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) over the “fiscal cliff” negotiations.
“I’m not with Boehner,” DeMint said on CNN’s “The Situation Room.” “This government doesn’t need any more money, this country needs less government.”
On Tuesday, DeMint released his own statement trashing the GOP plan.
“Speaker Boehner’s $800 billion tax hike will destroy American jobs and allow politicians in Washington to spend even more, while not reducing our $16 trillion debt by a single penny,” he said in a statement. “If neither party leadership is going to put forward a serious plan to balance the budget and pay down the debt, we should end this charade.”
Good for him. Principled conservatives like Senator DeMint, Governor Palin, and others and understand that the nation’s fiscal woes are solely the result of the Washington Establishment’s insatiable appetite for spending (in both parties), not a lack of tax revenue. By purging reliable Tea Party conservatives from leadership positions and adopting Obama’s class warfare rhetoric, Boehner has come out of the closet as little more than a tool of that establishment who’s more than willing to sacrifice his principles (if he has any, that is) if he thinks that will help him maintain his power. But the inevitable result of his duplicity will be to demoralize the very people whose actions resulted in his elevation to the Speakership in 2010, and many of them will stay home in 2014. Boehner better wake up, and soon. If he doesn’t, we’ll be forced to witness the specter of Boehner surrendering the House gavel to Nancy Pelosi in January 2015. I’m not optimistic he will, however. After all he’s the same guy who did Mitt Romney’s dirty work by stiffing conservatives at the GOP convention.
It’s difficult not to conclude Boehner’s been in Washington way too long. Time for new leadership?