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Inside Washington

What happens in the halls of national government – for better or for worse – can dictate the future course of America. Along with your fellow Prayer Team members, you are to be constantly and fervently interceding for all the men and women who serve in Congress, for your military leaders in the Pentagon, and for the President of the United States, his cabinet and administration.

“Inside Washington” will equip you to do just that … with reports on the nation’s leaders and the decisions they’re considering … or have already made. We’ll examine the implications for the nation, and call you to specific prayer for those needs.

Herding Cats

Inside Washington

Style may have cost John Boehner his leadership position

By Dave Ficere

Going along to get along may be all the rage in Washington, DC, but that mode of operation most likely cost House Speaker John Boehner in the long run.

Boehner, who announced several weeks ago that he will be stepping down from his Speaker’s position and resigning from Congress on October 30, charged his more conservative opponents with “not being realistic about how things are accomplished in Washington.”

One of those opponents – presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson – countered by telling Newsmax Television that Boehner's attempts to live peaceably with everybody on Capitol Hill “did not serve the interests of conservative voters.”

“I appreciate the fact that he has worked so hard for so many years. I know that he is a person who is kind and tries to get along with a lot of different factions,” Carson told Newsmax host J.D. Hayworth.

“However,” Carson added, “I believe that has not served the constituency well because a lot of people have been sent to Congress over the last few elections for the purpose of changing the direction and opposing the current administration. That's not necessarily a good place to have somebody who just wants to get along,” Carson concluded.

Boehner angered many voters in the Tea Party wing of the Republican party and – as a result – was narrowly re-elected speaker in 2013. Since then, conservative members of the party have been looking for a way to force him to step down with those efforts being reignited during the debate over defunding Planned Parenthood.

Carson says the next House Speaker must be more willing to do battle with the White House over vital issues. “We need very strong leadership that will oppose this president and his agenda and oppose it vigorously,” Carson said.

Appearing recently on “Face the Nation,” Boehner ticked off a list of accomplishments made under his leadership, including stopping a tax increase on most Americans and entitlement reforms. “All done over the last four-and-half years with a Democrat president, all voted against by my most conservative members because it wasn't good enough,” Boehner said.” “Really? This is the part that I really don't understand,” he added.

“The founders set up a system of government that allowed the president to make a decision after the House and Senate had voted,” Boehner explained, “because they didn't want a parliamentary system where changes were made too quickly. And so change comes slowly,” he concluded, “And, obviously, too slowly for some.”

Asked if the Tea Party wing was unrealistic in its expectations, Boehner told Face the Nation, “Absolutely, they're not realistic!”

But critics point to failed promises and Boehner’s weak leadership, especially over his pledge to defund Obamacare if Republicans won control of the House in 2010.

“We are going to fight to repeal this government takeover of health care and start over with solutions that focus first on lowering costs,” Boehner said at the time. “Cutting off funding for ObamaCare is absolutely something I support. For example, I would support moving as soon as possible to deny any funding for the estimated 16,500 IRS employees that will be needed to implement ObamaCare. House Republicans will continue to stand with the American people against this unconstitutional government takeover of health care,” he promised.

“Sounds great, doesn’t it?” Townhall columnist John Hawkins asks. “Unfortunately, Boehner never had any intention of living up to his pledge, and Republicans ended up shouldering the blame for the subsequent government shutdown, Hawkins opined.

So, what comes next for Republicans regarding the next Speaker? Will Boehner’s replacement (rumored to be California Representative Kevin McCarthy until he surprisingly dropped out) mark a change of direction for the Republican-controlled House? And what does that mean for the last year of the Obama presidency?

“There has to be a strong hand somewhere in this because it is like herding cats over here,” Texas Representative John Carter told the New York Times.

Today, pray for America’s leaders, during this important time in the nation’s history:

Dave Ficere writes on a wide array of topics for various media including newspapers, magazines, websites and newsletters. The owner of his own writing business, Dave is married to Patt and – along with their dog Scully – lives in Phoenix, AZ.

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