An article published Wednesday by The Daily Caller’s Jonathan Strong revealed that, behind the scenes, there is some dissension in the Republican ranks about which tack the party should take with its budget negotiations. That drew the ire of conservative talker Mark Levin. On his Wednesday evening radio broadcast, he blasted the Republican leadership.
“Boy, do we lack intelligent spokesmen in the Republican leadership,” Levin said. “All we get are these hair-dried, platitudinous politicians who have been around forever, honest to God.”
According to Levin, Speaker of the House John Boehner made a strategic blunder by dismissing the notion that a government shutdown would be used as a bargaining chip with President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats.
“Let me explain something to The Daily Caller, let me explain something to Mr. Boehner – you weakened yourself,” he said. “You weakened your own hand, you weakened the Republican Party, but more importantly you’re undermining conservative principles and the case we need to make. Why do you think Obama’s not negotiating with you, Mr. Boehner? Why do you think Mr. Reid could care less what you have to say? Because you have now backed yourself into a corner. They know your recent $6 billion in cuts. They know very well because those were the cuts they offered and same with the $4 billion before that. Those $10 billion in cuts were offered by the liberal Democrats. Now what are you going to do?”
Levin said the leadership should have explained what a government shutdown would entail instead of making the case that the GOP wouldn’t shut the government down. Later, he said conservatives made the GOP takeover of the House possible and they can take that away as well.
“We’re going to clean out the swamp here,” Levin said. “We’re going to deal with the weak underbelly, whether they like it or not. You guys are going to learn to hate me and hate us more and more when you’re out on your asses looking for a job and can’t find one with the almost 10 percent unemployed and the almost 20 percent underemployed and unemployed. You’re going to learn to hate me and hate the tens of millions of people who put you in office because we can drag you the hell out of office too. You’re not going to talk to us this way and get away with it – I can tell you that right now.”