With Speaker Boehner leaving, “the crazies,” as Republican Rep. Peter King of New York says, have taken over the GOP.
When Peter King says ‘the crazies’ have taken over, ‘the crazies’ really have taken over.
In an interview with CNN’s Dana Bash, the former Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee said expressed shock that Boehner had virtually been ousted without a vote:
I think it signals the crazies have taken over the party, taken over to the party that you can remove a speaker of the House who’s second in line to be president, a constitutional officer in the middle of his term with no allegations of impropriety, a person who’s honest and doing his job. This has never happened before in our country. He could have stayed on.
King chastised Tea Party Congress members who are trying to “hijack and blackmail the party,” and expressed disappointment that Speaker Boehner was “throwing raw meat” in order to appease the fanatical faction.
Surprisingly, King, who has been a very vocal supporter of Boehner, stood firm against members of the Tea Party, saying he and others within the GOP will not appease the radicals:
I think whoever runs for speaker should make it clear that he’s not going to give in to these people. We’re not going to appease them. The time for appeasement is over.
If the Tea Party thinks ousting John Boehner will clear their path to victory, they may very well be sorely mistaken.
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