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How Boehner Bought Off Bachmann’s Buddies

Posted by Phoenix Woman on November 12, 2010

The man who forced the Air Force to buy more F-35 engines than it can possibly use has once again demonstrated how to use his control of the perks barrel to his political advantage.

See, all that lovely lip service they paid to Teabagger Queen Michele Bachmann and her loyal subjects during the election went away once the ballots were cast. A key factor shortening the post-election honeymoon to being measureable in nanoseconds was the fact that the Tea Party wing of the GOP is something akin to electoral leprosy, but really, John Boehner and the GOP Old Boys’ Network wouldn’t have given Bachmann and her cohort anything even if they’d won all their races.

How did they stop her? By buying off those few freshmen Tea Partiers that actually won their races, that’s how:

Cantor immediately endorsed Texas Rep. Jeb Hensarling as the appropriate conservative choice over Bachmann in the leadership race. More quietly, Boehner’s office did not look with “disfavor,” as one aide put it, on Hensarling’s candidacy — despite tensions between Boehner and Cantor over the years. Their tacit approval of Hensarling, rated as one of the House’s most conservative lawmakers, was seen as a nod toward the more conservative faction of the party.

To make it clear that Hensarling was also a favorite of tea partiers, his staff blasted out endorsement after endorsement from movement favorites such as Reps. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee, Mike Pence of Indiana and Ron Paul of Texas. Blogger Erick Erickson of RedState threw his heft behind Hensarling, as did tea party hero and former House Majority Leader Dick Armey. On Tuesday afternoon, Hensarling’s staff alerted reporters to a story that showed that Hensarling had won “support from tea party Republicans.”

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Once they gained the majority, Boehner and his lieutenants started deploying traditional Washington sweeteners.

Cantor continues to push for reform-minded conservatives on committees such as Appropriations, Energy and Commerce, and Rules — known colloquially as “exclusive committees.” Reps. Jason Chaffetz of Utah and Jeff Flake of Ariz. are the leading conservatives who have shown interest in seats on the spending panel. And in a sign of the shifting dynamics of conservative politics, Boehner and Cantor are signaling that they are unafraid to cross longtime Reps. Jerry Lewis of California and Joe Barton of Texas as they seek to circumvent term limit rules to regain chairmanships.

What does it tell you when Cantor, Boehner and Hensarling — three men who can barely stand the sight of one another — quickly close ranks to make sure Michele Bachmann doesn’t get anywhere near the levers of power in the House GOP caucus?

It tells me that they fear what would happen if she was so much as given a minor committee gavel, much less a leadership post. “Siddown and shaddup, Shelly!” is their message to her.

One Response to “How Boehner Bought Off Bachmann’s Buddies”

  1. Charles II said

    You’re welcome for the F-35 link. :-)

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