In the war for the future of their party, Republicans made it clear that House Speaker John Boehner was part of the problem, not the solution.
Boehner, R-Ohio, announced Friday that at the end of October, he would resign as speaker and retire from Congress.
His departure comes amid unprecedented antagonism directed at the GOP establishment.
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In a new Fox News poll, 62 percent of Republicans said they feel betrayed by the party, while 66 percent said that the party’s leadership in Washington has not done anything to stop President Obama’s agenda.
“The dissatisfaction stems from the fact that Barack Obama has gotten through legislations they feel their representatives should have blocked,” said Fox’s Dana Blanton, who said the GOP unrest has led voters to embrace outsiders such as Donald Trump and Ben Carson.
Boehner is being blamed for playing a lead role in blocking Republicans from getting that they wanted.
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“As Speaker of the House, John Boehner was hostile towards conservatives and our principles,” said Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II, the president of the Senate Conservatives Fund. “Rather than fighting President Obama and his liberal policies, Speaker Boehner embraced them and betrayed his party’s own voters.”
“In recent years, the Republican establishment vigorously opposed the goals of the Tea Party, while happily receiving donations and volunteer support from grassroots conservatives,” conservative Jeff Crouere wrote earlier this month. “Clearly, conservatives and Tea Party members are the backbone of the Republican Party, yet the RNC continues to treat them as the enemy, with more hostility than they treat liberal Democrats.”
“Let’s hope that Donald Trump or another conservative wins the Republican presidential nomination in 2016 and can start to demolish the destructive GOP establishment. If not, it is time conservatives found another party more deserving of their loyalty,” he concluded.
h/t: The Gateway Pundit
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