Republicans Accuse Each Other of Communist Oppression

Pop some popcorn, kids. Watching this failed attempt to remove John Boehner as House Speaker is cracking me up. When they took a shot at the king and missed, he immediately started punishing those who voted against him by removing their committee chairmanships. Let the howls of outrage begin:

Rep. Ted Yoho, the Florida Republican who helped lead yesterday’s unsuccessful revolt against John Boehner’s re-election as House speaker, warned after the vote that attempts by the House GOP leadership to punish defectors by removing them from committee posts are akin to communist oppression.

“We’ve grown up in a country that honors free speech,” Yoho told WorldNetDaily’s Radio America. “If I can’t speak what’s on my mind, if I can’t do what the people of my district sent me up here [to do] and have that voice of dissension without fear of retribution, I’m not in a free country. That would be something you would expect in China, Cuba or any other communist country.”

Yeah, like they couldn’t have known that was coming. As the old saying goes, politics ain’t beanbag. If you’re gonna take a shot at the king, you’d better not miss.

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  • hrafn

    No. Having dissidents shipped of to Siberia or shot is communism (well Stalinism at least). Taking away their committee posts, or other perks, is simply a sign of insecurity on Boehner’s part. It is however perfectly democratic, as Boehner was democratically elected to the position that gave him control over these appointments.

  • hunter

    @#1: I don’t know about insecurity — it stands to reason that the Speaker wants reliable people in positions of responsibility (as Republicans understand the word). If they tried to remove him from his position, he obviously can’t rely on them.

  • eric

    Taking away their committee posts, or other perks, is simply a sign of insecurity on Boehner’s part.

    First, it was chairmanships not actual membership (I guess he could do that too, though logistically it might be difficult to maintain a GOP majority in every committee if he doesn’t let 30-40 GOP congresscritters sit in any committees).

    Secondly, it makes perfect political sense to me and I don’t see it as a sign of insecurity at all. AIUI, chairs are responsible for setting the agenda and pushing through specific legislation in their bailiwicks. They decide what gets voted on in what order, and what will be sent to the floor. Putting a GOPer in a Chair position when you know he’s going to push through legislation the GOP writ large doesn’t want, would be exactly like – and just as stupid as – putting a Democrat in the Chair position.

  • John Pieret

    attempts by the House GOP leadership to punish defectors by removing them from committee posts are akin to communist oppression.

    This is all a part of the Teabaggers’ insistence on ideological purity. A traditional politician would take his lumps and work on getting back in the Speaker’s good graces. Instead, they call him a commie. Boehner doesn’t need the lunatic fringe anymore. With the increase in the Republican majority, he can get what he wants passed without them.

  • abb3w

    @2, hunter

    I don’t know about insecurity — it stands to reason that the Speaker wants reliable people in positions of responsibility (as Republicans understand the word).

    I would suggest “positions of authority” as a more precise term.

  • raven

    attempts by the House GOP leadership to punish defectors by removing them from committee posts are akin to communist oppression.

    Ted Yoho doesn’t miss a chance to prove he is an idiot. He could be the next Michele Bachmann except that she is much more intelligent.

    Commies would have sent Yoho to Siberia at the least, or maybe just taken him out and shot him. True Republicans would have sent him to Guantanomo Bay, Cuba without trial, held him for a few decades, and not-tortured him for no real reason.

    Pay attention Ted, you aren’t dealing with True Republicans here.

    Boehner doesn’t need the lunatic fringe anymore.

    True. What are they going to do, vote with the Democrats?

  • busterggi

    This wouldn’t have happened had Gomert become Speaker!

    I doubt he knows what the committees are or who is on them.

  • hrafn

    What I had heard was that the punishment was for committee memberships, not just chairmanships (given the relatively small size of the revolt, I’d doubt if many chairmanships would be affected). And I would suggest that making personal loyalty to Boehner a litmus test for even committee membership (which is after all, the lowest level of influence, above simply being a House member), demonstrates insecurity on his part. Punishing serious dissent is a sign of strength, punishing largely-symbolic dissent by relatively low-ranked members is a sign of weakness.

  • daved

    @3, eric

    First, it was chairmanships not actual membership

    No, it was memberships. Florida Reps. Daniel Webster and Richard Nugent were booted off the Rules committee (a plum post). There may have been others by now, I’m not sure.

  • Reginald Selkirk

    Commies would have sent Yoho to Siberia at the least, or maybe just taken him out and shot him.

    I doubt it. Most Communist regimes have been smart enough to recognize the value of ‘useful idiots.’

  • caseloweraz

    Rep. Ted Yoho, the Florida Republican who helped lead yesterday’s unsuccessful revolt against John Boehner’s re-election as House speaker, warned after the vote that attempts by the House GOP leadership to punish defectors by removing them from committee posts are akin to communist oppression.

    How long before he’s referred to as “Ted Yo-yo” or “Ted Yahoo”?

  • lorn

    Teddy, long known as Ted Yahoo, or Yoohoo, is, much to my embarrassment from my district. He made his money with cattle. Specializing in land and farm subsidies, and selling farm land for suburbs. But he cut his political teeth complaining about budget deficits and pushing for smaller government. Despite the fact that his family would be destitute without the generations of subsidies they have enjoyed he likes to adopt the posture of self-sufficiency and rugged independence.

  • weatherwax

    #10 Reginald Selkirk: “Most Communist regimes have been smart enough to recognize the value of ‘useful idiots.’”

    Yeah, but this idiot is too stupid and unreliable to be useful.