Ultimate Insult: Boehner Ally Compares House GOP Hardliners To Saul Alinsky

With threats of a government shutdown and a possible plot to oust House Speaker John Boehner, a Boehner ally lobbed the ultimate insult at the hardliners in his party: he compared them to Saul Alinsky, a lefty community organizer who became known in the 1950s and 1960s for embracing radicalism.

“This is a continuation of the strange virus that’s running through the Republican Party, which I define as a weird form of right-wing Marxism where people are using Saul Alinsky-type tactics,” Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) told the Washington Post.

Alinsky is constantly invoked by conservatives, but it’s usually to slam the likes of President Obama, Dem 2016 frontrunner Hillary Clinton and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (R-NV). In this case, it is the maneuvering of those on the hard right in Congress that is causing Nunes and other Boehner confidantes frustration.

According to the Post story, as well as a report by Politico, the current push to shut down the government over Planned Parenthood funding could also set the stage for conservative members to attempt to overthrow Boehner.

Boehners’ backers told Politico that they believe a group of hardliners associated with the House Freedom Caucus will use the shutdown — or perhaps another high-stakes government deadline later this fall, like the raising of the debt ceiling — to launch a coup on the GOP leader. If Boehner appears to cut a deal with congressional Democrats to avoid a shutdown or another government crisis down the road, his supporters fear they will use that as an excuse for his removal, the Washington Post reported.

Dear Reader,

When we asked recently what makes TPM different from other outlets, readers cited factors like honesty, curiosity, transparency, and our vibrant community. They also pointed to our ability to report on important stories and trends long before they are picked up by mainstream outlets; our ability to contextualize information within the arc of history; and our focus on the real-world consequences of the news.

Our unique approach to reporting and presenting the news, however, wouldn’t be possible without our readers’ support. That’s not just marketing speak, it’s true: our work would literally not be possible without readers deciding to become members. Not only does member support account for more than 80% of TPM’s revenue, our members have helped us build an engaged and informed community. Many of our best stories were born from reader tips and valuable member feedback.

We do what other news outlets can’t or won’t do because our members’ support gives us real independence.

If you enjoy reading TPM and value what we do, become a member today.

Latest Dc
Comments
Masthead Masthead
Founder & Editor-in-Chief:
Executive Editor:
Managing Editor:
Associate Editor:
Investigations Desk:
Reporters:
Newswriters:
Director of Audience:
Editor at Large:
General Counsel:
Publisher:
Head of Product:
Director of Technology:
Associate Publisher:
Front End Developer:
Senior Designer: