Bottom line for GOP: Don't lose the election

Apparently I greatly upset one of my readers with my last column. His letter to the editor [07-17-14] made no doubt that in his opinion I don’t know what I’m talking about and that I am essentially the “village idiot”. I wouldn’t normally respond to a letter to the editor, but this was so over the top that I believe, you my readers, deserve a response.

Here is one of the stories I had read that inspired me when I was writing my previous column.

“Washington (CNN) – House Speaker John Boehner Wednesday told reporters that he plans to sue President Barack Obama over his use of executive action.

Republicans argue that the President is breaching his constitutional power by side-stepping the legislative process. Obama has used executive actions as a way to bypass a deeply divided Congress, avoiding inaction on issues the White House has made hallmarks of the President’s second term agenda.”


Sadly the writer of that letter to the editor, in his zeal to verbally tar and feather me, missed the bigger point of my article. This lawsuit could very easily energize the liberal and Democratic voters where their increased turn out in November could stop what appears to be a big potential gain for the conservatives and the GOP. Chances are, Boehner’s lawsuit won’t be settled quickly, but rather not until Obama is out of office. My question was and still is, what is the real point of this lawsuit ?

Even if Boehner wins the lawsuit, Obama will be out of office and won’t be affected by the outcome. What that writer seems to forget is that the ONLY way to stop Obamacare is for the GOP to control both the Senate and the House in Congress, and to win back the White House in 2016. So while these showboat theatrics [shutting down the government last fall and now this law suit] provide fun entertainment for the TEA extremists this could back fire and allow the DEMS to keep control of the Senate and the White House. From where I sit, this lawsuit is a dangerous and foolish thing to do and surly isn’t worth the gamble of losing the 2014 election. It is better to not stir up a hornets nest or let sleeping dogs lie [in this case liberal and Democrat voters].

I still believe the real reason Boehner is even bothering with this lawsuit is so he can claim he’s being tough on Obama to those TEA party folks in his home state of Ohio where he faces a primary challenge from a TEA backed opponent. So it is my contention that Boehner is putting his political career ahead of the best interests of his party and nation.

I guess time will tell, frankly I hope I’m wrong, because our nation must climb out of this mess we’ve created for ourselves. Elections do matter. So besides prayer, which is vital and is the first line of defense; GOP victory in 2014 and 2016 are the only near term political hope of restoring our nation back to its former glory. If that makes me the “village idiot” then so be it.

Mike Cannatelli’s column appears every other week in the Avon Grove Sun and Kennett News.