A Bully is defined as:
a blustering, quarrelsome, overbearing person who habitually badgers and intimidates smaller or weaker people.Implied in that definition is that bullies choose not to fight people who are stronger than they are. In the case of Obama, he's not only played with Boehner like a cat plays with a ball of yarn but he has a history of acquiescing to bullies on a world stage as well. For example, Obama abstained from supporting the Green Revolution in Iran because it would have meant crossing the Mullahs. Conversely, when it came to the 'Arab Spring', not siding with the revolution would have meant crossing the Muslim Brotherhood, which is doing far more than bullying right now.
In the case of Boehner, those he bullies are conservative / Tea Party types who insist on staying true to conservative principles. As the most powerful Republican in the country today, Boehner has chosen being a bully himself instead of fighting one. Conservatives in the House are weaker people and Boehner is decided to bully them while caving to Obama's demands.
We need a Speaker who will stand up to a bully, not mimic the actions of one.
It's time for a Christmas metaphor. In this short excerpt from A Christmas Story, Boehner is represented by Scut Farkus (yellow eyes); House leadership (Eric Cantor and Kevin McCarthy) is represented by Grover Dill; and the bullied victims are the conservatives who are being booted off of the Budget Committees for not falling in lockstep with Boehner's rather subservient agenda:
Ever since 2010, House leadership has viewed the Tea Party - despite the latter being responsible for putting the Republican Party back in the majority that year - with disgust. Dissent among conservatives was met with derision. Now, after the election, Boehner & Company have decided it's time for payback and are using their power to bully conservative congressmen who are doing nothing other than what their constituents sent them to Washington, DC to do.
Ned Ryun has a piece at Red State that offers some hope to conservatives because it's quite doable and would only require sixteen Republican congressmen to take care of Boehner the Bully.
Basically, it's this simple:
If Speaker Boehner wants to purge independent, bold conservatives—I think it’s time he gets fired as Speaker. Not only for the purge. He has failed to effectively win negotiations with President Obama and appointed moderate committee chairs. To the public, Boehner may appear radical but in reality he proposes milquetoast policies, like the tax-hikes he proposed this week.The question remains. Are there sixteen House Republicans who are fed up enough to deal with Boehner the Bully? I've written my congressman to demand he be one of them. Please do the same.
While the caucus has already voted in support of John Boehner as speaker of the 113th Congress, the final floor vote doesn’t happen until early January.
Everyone thinks it’s a fairytale, but the Conservative Movement is capable of firing Boehner with just 16 votes.
The House rules demand that a Speaker receive a majority—218 votes—to be elected speaker. If no nominee for speaker receives 218, the House remains speakerless—as it did during parts of the Civil War.
If 16 House Republicans were to abstain from voting for Speaker, Boehner would only receive 217 votes.
In this metaphor, Boehner - played by Scut Farkus - actually cries because conservative Republicans - played by Ralphie - actually do with Boehner what Boehner WON'T do with Obama.
It's time for conservatives to make Boehner cry for the right reasons.