This week, without the smallest hint of evidence, House Speaker John Boehner, accused President Obama of setting out to "annihilate" the GOP at a closed-door conference.
So, this is what’s next for the Republican Party? They were clearly knocked off balance by the shock of President Obama becoming a two-term president after they vowed not to let it happen.
They lost the election be a wide margin and were subjected to a popular inaugural speech by a president far more popular than they are, which left them seething at the blatant references to the negative things in their duplicitous playbook.
Should the GOP consider adopting a more civil, mature and professional influence? Would toning down the name-calling, vitriol, intolerance, poor-bashing, threats, gay-bashing, incendiary falsehoods, women-bashing and other acts of superiority help improve the GOP image and be better for the American people?
Evidently, they are ready to read the tea leaves.
"One thing is clear from the president's speech: The era of liberalism is back. His unabashedly far-left-of-center inaugural speech certainly brings back memories of the Democratic Party in ages past," said McConnell at a press conference. "If the president pursued that kind of agenda, obviously it's not designed to bring us together, and certainly not designed to deal with the transcendent issue of our era, which is deficits and debt."
Not to be outdone, House Speaker John Boehner said Tuesday to a closed-door group at The Ripon Society that he thinks the primary goal of President Obama in his second term is to “annihilate the Republican Party.”
“Given what we heard yesterday (inaugural speech) about the president’s vision for his second term, it’s pretty clear to me that he knows he can’t do any of that as long as the House is controlled by Republicans,” Boehner said, as reported in the National Post. “So we’re expecting over the next 22 months to be the focus of this administration as they attempt to annihilate the Republican Party."
Obama’s speech was widely praised by everyone on the planet, including leaders of other countries, so what was it that got Republicans so riled up?
It appears they may have reacted indignantly to this section of his speech:
"It is now our generation’s task to carry on what those pioneers began. For our journey is not complete until our wives, our mothers, and daughters can earn a living equal to their efforts. (Paul Ryan covered his ears). Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law (Mitch McConnell puckered his colon), for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well. Our journey is not complete until no citizen is forced to wait for hours to exercise the right to vote, (Karl Rove’s face started sweating). Our journey is not complete until we find a better way to welcome the striving, hopeful immigrants who still see America as a land of opportunity (Jan Brewer wagged her finger), and until bright young students and engineers are enlisted in our workforce rather than expelled from our country, (John Boehner burst into tears). Our journey is not complete until all our children, from the streets of Detroit to the hills of Appalachia to the quiet lanes of Newtown, know that they are cared for, and cherished, and always safe from harm (Alex Jones’ head exploded). We will respond to the growing threat of climate change, because the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations, (James Inhofe stuck his head in the snow)."
“And let me just tell you,” Boehner’s annihilate comment continued. “I do believe that is their goal—to just shove us into the dustbin of history.”