Watching Right Wing Drama Unfold

Watching Right Wing Drama Unfold January 7, 2015

TBogg has a hilarious rundown of tweets sent out by Matt Boyle, an “investigative journalist” at Breitbart “News,” as he convinced himself that Boehner was really, truly going to lose his position as speaker, then slowly come to terms with the fact that it wasn’t going to happen and start lashing out at Republicans who voted for him.

Here is a collection of tweeets– from early stirrings ‘down there’ to blood-engorged Boehner-boner to “hey, is it supposed to be this soft?” to “it happens to all guys…see yourself out” — of Boyle’s collapse into sad-face, as he documented it on the Twitter.

It began on New Year’s Day, when Boyle said 2015 was going to be a very good year because he anticipated the “revenge of the right.” When one conservative said they weren’t voting for Boehner, he sensed a “rebellion brewing” that was led by “serious conservatives and Republicans” with a “serious chance of success.” He squee’d over “phone calls pouring in from around America to the Capitol” demanding that Republicans replace Boehner and that “several major conservative members with sway in conference have agreed to vote for Republican alternative to Boehner.” Then there was this bizarre tweet:

Serious question for next Congress: What did Boehner know about Benghazi and when did he know it?

Uh, what? Back to the cheerleading. At 10 am on Tuesday, hours before the vote, he still had reason for optimism, saying, “I’m hearing Jeff Duncan of South Carolina is coming out against Boehner shortly… Game changer… This thing still has momentum.” Then 30 minutes later: “Yoho told me just now he predicts Boehner won’t be re-elected on the first ballot…. developing.” Yoho, incidentally, got two votes, including his own. By 1:30, after the vote was taken, he was casting blame:

The coup would clearly have been successful if conservative members had backbone and voted for Republican alternative.

If it weren’t for those pesky kids! The best part is that Andrew Kirell then copied a tweet from Boyle back in 2012 saying that he heard that “Boehner may resign” as speaker. Keep those predictions coming, Matt. Please.

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  • Al Dente

    Boyle, I predict that by 2045 Boehner won’t be speaker. 2050 at the absolute latest.

  • spamamander, internet amphibian

    Ahh, he’s even wearing the hat… instant “douchebag signal”.

  • John Pieret

    You can almost feel the heat from his bitter tears and hear his tiny fists and feet pounding on the floor.

  • eric

    Forget Nate Silver, these guys are a highly accurate politial predction machine. Just assume they will be wrong.

  • rogerstanyard

    Messsage to Ed

    Right now the ^Right Wing Drama Unfold” (ing) is not about an obscure third rate hack in the USA. Try Je Suis Charlie instead.

  • abb3w

    The coup would clearly have been successful if conservative members had backbone, voted for an alternative Republican… and those members were the majority of the GOP.

    However, the complete pants-on-head wing of the GOP seems at most to be about 90 of the 234; and even the majority of those 90 realize that at least a third of the pants-on-leg GOP might sooner compromise on a Democrat than have a Speaker from the POH wing. So, even if the POH wing all found their stiffest backbones, they’d have only forced the Speakership to second and subsequent vote, which would have been most likely to end with either Bohner or Pelosi in charge, and with slim chances at other compromise candidates coming in instead — and almost no chance of a POH GOP Speaker. And since even most of the POH brigade realizes this, they decided to conservatively not rock the boat with empty gestures.

    I’m wondering if one of the hazards of living in a media echo chamber is a tendency to mis-estimate what fraction of the actual population have a particular viewpoint.

  • @rogerstanyard,

    Sorry we’re not focusing on the topic in this post that you think that we should. Ed writes his posts well in advance so it’s likely that the Paris shootings weren’t known before it was written.

    Please take your Dear Muslima and go away.

  • raven


    Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.), who voted against Boehner, said he was “surprised” that the rebellion failed.

    As is sometimes said in science and business; “When you start believing your own bullcrap, you are dead!!!”

    Looks like the Tea Partiers live in their own twisted world, one that is a small echo chamber for small thoughts. They really thought they were goiing to get rid of Boehner. Instead they got 6.5% of the House votes, about what you expect for a minor lunatic fringe. Even the Geocentrists get 26%.

    I have no idea who Rep. Walter Jones, I(idiot) NC is but I know one thing. He isn’t very bright.

  • Ranzoid

    What’s even more stupid is now that Breitbart is claiming that the French police where unarmed and could of stop the massacre if only they enjoyed the same level of armament that we have.

    Umm, well the Paris police are in fact armed with the Sig SP 2022.

    But then you have three ak-47/74s going against a handgun.

  • Trebuchet

    Am I a bad person for laughing out loud at “blood-engorged Boehner”? Especially since I always pronounce it that way in my head?