It's time for another episode of "Republicans Eating Their Own," sponsored by the tea party, the group that brought us those stellar paragons of nutballitude, Sarah Palin and Jesse Helms' BFF Ted Cruz along with their umpteenth quest to repeal Obamacare.
After all, 41 attempts by House GOPers just won't do! Nosireebob, those perversely determined righties are likely aiming for the Magic Number: 44! See how cleverly that relates back to our 44th
Kenyan dictator president?
Those scamps, they think of everything.
In this installment, "Republican lawmakers are growing increasingly frustrated with what they say is a lack of communication from their leaders," and wowzers, boys and girls, hijinks ensue!
Both centrist and conservative members in the House believe that Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and his lieutenants could have done more earlier this year to counter the Tea Party's effort to defund ObamaCare. Some Republicans on Capitol Hill say such an effort is politically impossible with a Democratic-controlled Senate and a Democrat in the White House. Regardless, the rift on what to do on ObamaCare has opened up a civil war within the GOP.
That deep division is flaring at a time when fiscal showdowns are front and center following the August recess. A number of lawmakers, who spoke with The Hill on the condition of anonymity, say they are upset that their leaders don't appear to have a strategy and didn't communicate more with them during the summer break.
And for their part, GOP leaders are not exactly thrilled with conservatives who have threatened to defect on spending bills. To quote The Hill, those threats have "handcuffed" John Boehner, Eric Cantor and Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy.
Boehner, Cantor, and McCarthy in cuffs: Paints quite a mental picture, doesn't it?
Many GOP lawmakers share that frustration privately and several have gone so far as to call their party "leaderless."
Many of us call their party senseless, brainless, and heartless... but I digress.
“Here we are complaining about a president who can't lead [on Syria], who leads us into this morass and we're doing the same things to ourselves on ObamaCare, on the debt ceiling,” one conservative complained.
Ooo snap, the ultimate slap in the face: Comparing each other to -- dun dun dun-n!-- President Obama.
Tea party members and conservative groups zapped a brilliant plan by House leaders that called for the Senate to vote to defund the Affordable Care Act. And by brilliant, I mean a complicated epic fail. The vote on the legislation was canceled.
Now the GOP is biting what's left of their nails over how House Republicans can avoid an October government shutdown. See, then Democrats would blame them for the mess, voters would blame them for the mess, and Dems could win back the House. GOPers are not thrilled at the prospect of history repeating itself.
So there you have it: All out infighting over another shutdown, because that worked so well for them last time. May they suffer every negative consequence for their incessant reckless buffoonery.
And that concludes another episode of "Republicans Eating Their Own."