Posted 5 years ago on Dec. 14, 2013, 6:05 p.m. EST by GirlFriday
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The Tea Party Patriots group, one of the largest of the hundreds of right wing factions claiming the tea party mantle, lashed out at Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) this week.
According to The Hill blog, the groups are furious with the House Speaker for daring to speak out against the conservatives that are paralyzing Congress and portions of the entire U.S. government.
Earlier this week, Boehner brushed off a question from a reporter about conservative groups’ resistance to the tentative bipartisan budget bill that would prevent any further government shutdowns for at least two years.
“They are using our members and they are using the American people for their own goals,” Boehner said of tea party and other right wing pressure groups. “This is ridiculous. Listen, if you’re for more deficit reduction, you’re for this agreement.”
He also criticized the groups for appearing to be more interested in raising money than achieving any actual policy goals.
Somebody doesn't want to go down with the ship. Maybe if he plays his cards just right then he can make the hard right the centrist norm.