John Boehner’s Obamacare victory dance

John Boehner does a victory dance for a battle he wanted to surrender. Photo: AP Photos

WASHINGTON, September 21, 2013 — The House of Representatives has passed a continuing resolution to keep the government running. The new CR does something conservatives have wanted for a very long time.

It defunds Obamacare.

SEE RELATED: Obama tweets on House vote: “They actually did it!”

House Speaker John Boehner came out to do a victory dance after the vote. He called the vote a “victory for common sense,” adding, “It’s time for us to say no.”

This bill sets up a potential government shut down. When it is sent over to the Senate, it is widely expected that the Democrats will strip out the provision that defunds Obamacare and send it back to the House of Representatives.

Boehner’s elation is ironic. Just a few weeks ago, he was telling everyone that the objective was not to shut the government down and that he was going to send a “clean” continuing resolution over to the Senate so the government could continue to run.

Earlier this month, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor was working on legislative chicanery that would have allowed the House to vote to defund Obamacare, yet allow the Senate to strip that out of the bill and be able to send it on to the White House instead of having to send it back to the House of Representatives.

SEE RELATED: House defunds ObamaCare while Democrats talk of government shutdown

The only reason this bill has gone forward with a real Obamacare defunding provision is because the Conservative wing of the House Republican Caucus revolted. 

Boehner is as indecisive a leader as Obama. Boehner is the only person in Washington who leads from further behind than Obama. The only man in Washington less willing to fight than Barack Obama is John Boehner.

The Senate, at least on the first crack, is not going to defund Obamacare. Even if some Democrats defect, such as those up for reelection in red states, RINOs like John McCain and Lidsay Graham are almost certainly going to vote to fund Obamacare. 

This bill will end up back in the House of Representatives. 

Once that happens, the real question is whether the conservative wing of the Republican Caucus can force Boehner to fight. 

Given his track record, conservatives should be very worried that Boehner will cut a deal to surrender in the face of a potential government shutdown. The truth is that Republicans win with a government shutdown. Republicans won the battle of the shut down in 1995 and 1996. Someone needs to remind Boehner of this.

For conservatives, this battle is nowhere near being over, but there is good news: If Boehner can be forced to fight, Vladimir Putin has shown us that Obama doesn’t like to fight, either.

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Judson Phillips

Judson Phillips is the founder of Tea Party Nation, one of the largest Tea Party Groups in the country and the number one national tea party site on the Internet.

A lawyer by profession, Judson has been involved in politics since his teens. “Ronald Reagan inspired me,” he says.

Judson became involved in the Tea Party movement in February 2009 after hearing Rick Santelli’s rant on CNBC.   “I heard there was going to be a Tea Party in Chicago inspired by Santelli, but didn’t know if anyone was doing a rally in Nashville where I was based.  Finally I emailed Michelle Malkin and asked her if there was a Tea Party in Nashville.  Malkin sent an email back saying, ‘No, why don’t you organize one?’  I did.”

The first Tea Party in Nashville was held late February 2009 which drew a crowd of about 600. Judson then organized the Tax Day Tea Party in Nashville, which drew over 10,000 people into downtown.   It was at this time that Tea Party Nation was formed.  Later that year, Judson decided to bring activists from across the country together, so he organized the first National Tea Party Convention in February 2010, which featured Alaska’s former Governor and Republican Vice Presidential Nominee, Sarah Palin as it’s keynote speaker.

He currently manages the Tea Party Nation website, writes several daily columns and is working on more projects than any one person should.  He is a frequent guest on cable and broadcast news shows, including on Fox, MSNBC, CNN and others.

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