John Boehner is being encouraged by Representative Chris Van Hollen of Maryland, the House Democratic leadership’s liaison to the budget talks to ask his Republican House members to break their campaign promise "for the good of the country."
Here is a reminder to Boehner about even thinking of following such stupid advice--- Voters in Congressional districts elect Congress men and women to represent them and because of the promises those politicians made on the campaign trail.
Via NYT, I found this little nugget:
The Republican comfort in their districts suggests that standard political pressure tactics will not work in trying to sell a compromise. The appeal has to be loftier — to the national interest or at least the political future of the national Republican Party, said Representative Chris Van Hollen of Maryland, the House Democratic leadership’s liaison to the budget talks.
Speaker John A. Boehner must appeal to his members in ways that go beyond their constituents, he said: “Do you care more about the country, or at least the future success of the national Republican Party, or are you only interested in your political self-preservation?”That is the argument Democrats are trying to convince Boehner to make?
Are you kidding me... did they learn nothing from Pelosi's massive mistakes during the Obamacare battle?
A couple points here, starting with Nancy Pelosi and her assertion to Democrats during the Obamacare battle before it was passed, where she told them they should be willing to "sacrifice" their careers to pass Obamacare.
Studies later found, that particular vote cost Democrats the majority in the House in the worst thumping seen in 70 years with Republicans sweeping through state and federal elections to garner the largest turnover of seats in the 2010 midterm elections.
[Update] One additional point, Van Hollen was an Obamacare supporter.... how did that work out for the Dem House majority huh? Perhaps Boehner should ignore anything Van Hollen says.
The second point and reason Boehner cannot make that argument, is the GOP and Boehner himself, has already shown and documented how bad raising taxes on anyone would be for job creation, investments and the economy as a whole.
While 60 percent of those polled favor raising taxes, 15 percent more, a whopping 75 percent favor cutting government spending. As Boehner has said, we do not have a revenue problem, we have a spending problem.
Countering the idiot Van Hollen's argument to Boehner... let me just say " Speaker Boehner, without your base, there is no Republican Party. "