Radio show host Mark Levin has blasted GOP House leaders, arguing they are jeopardizing the 2014 midterm elections by attacking conservatives.
Levin, author of "The Liberty Amendments: Restoring the American Republic
," contended that the Republican establishment's disparaging remarks about conservative colleagues could be a disaster in a midterm "turn out the base" election.
"My great fear is that guys like Boehner, and quite frankly Paul Ryan and Eric Cantor and his goofball [Kevin] McCarthy—they don't get it at all. Midterm elections in particular are base elections, they are turnout elections. And they're doing everything they can to turn us off, to turn off," he said.
"Instead it's 'No, no we're not going to shut down the government.' Even if that's your ultimate view, why do you reveal that to the leftists and the media? It's like playing poker and the idiot shows his cards—and that's what he does."
Speaker Boehner, majority leader Cantor, and whip McCarthy are the three most senior members of the GOP leadership in the House while Ryan chairs the powerful budget committee.
Addressing other contentious issues, Levin said, "And also, amnesty? Pathway to citizenship? This is their number one issue. No. And then we have Obamacare. The president of the United States, rubbing the Republicans' nose in it, acting like he's king, and as I've been saying and now others, an imperial president. 'No, I'm suspending this part of the law. No, I'm deferring this part of the law.'
He continued,"What the hell is that? And what are the Republicans doing about it? Now the typical Republican response would be 'Well, what do you want us to do about it?'"
Levin then offered his own response, saying "You fools … every time he has violated the Constitution, you should have made an issue about it. You should have punished him in some way—denied him some appointee, obstructed some piece of legislation," adding,
"Draw attention to this lawlessness so the American people after a year, or two, or three of you consistently explaining it and hammering away at it would in fact be aware of what you're trying to do and say!"
Levin also addressed what would happen if Democrats regained control of the House. "Do you know what Obama will do again if he controls the whole damn thing?" he asked, "He's banking on it. That's why he's putting all these things off. He's sucking people in to vote for him and then he's going to drop the hammer. Then what do we do?"
He continued, "This president is pathetic. His policies are a disaster. We have sustained high unemployment, sustained hosing problems. The economy is still on its back. He won't' secure the damn border. He's hollowing out the military. He's hollowing out NASA. What the hell? He's handing you the issue to run on. And what do you do? You attack conservatives. Brilliant."
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