Speaker of the House John Boehner —- He-Of-The-Patriotic-Tear-Ducts —- was once a big hero among everybody’s favorite irate slice of the electorate, the Tea Party. Thanks to their TV-ready sideshow of bombastic Ayn Randyism, pseudo-grassroots and excuse-me-I’ve-actually-read-the-Constitution claims, the group was one of the smaller seismic shifts on the landscape that allowed Boehner to ride into Washington last year with a mandate for cha . . . er . . . mandate for . . . for . . . well, he rode into Washington with a gaggle of red congressmen ready to screw with the Democrats at every turn.
But Ohio’s lachrymose monument to America’s growing pains might be losing his footing with that fickle base. According to the Atlantic (liberal rag), with further reporting from Reuters (socialist sympathizers), Boehner had a sit down in late April with a bunch of Ohio Tea Partiers. It didn’t go well.
The meeting — which was held in Troy, OH — was called by the activists due to concern over potential compromises on the federal budget. One of the 25 or so Tea Partiers there asked if congress would actually raise the country’s $14.3 trillion debt limit; because — under the saffron-fronted bluster — Boehner actually understands how the budget works, he answered yes. Duh.
"And we're going to have to raise it again in the future," he added. With the mass retirement of America's Baby Boomers, he explained, it would take 20 years to balance the U.S. budget and 30 years after that to erase the nation's huge fiscal deficit
This didn’t go down well with the Tea Partiers.
“I am sick of the tears,” Denise Roberts, of the Preble County Liberty Group told Reuters. “I want results.”
She said "my fantasy now" is someone will challenge Boehner in the 2012 Republican primaries. "If we could find someone good to run against him, I'd campaign for them every day," Robertson said.
What Boehner’s realizing now is that when you dance with the Tea Party, they’re not good for the bump ‘n grind alone. No, when you dance with the Tea Party, they want to wear your varsity jacket, they want to take you home for lasagna with mom. Commitment, we talking here.