Rep. Adam Kinzinger(R-IL)
As the only reporter, blogger, or political commentator that is regularly critical of the things said by Illinois Republican congressman Adam Kinzinger(Mark Levin and AM560 The Answers Joe Walsh are occasionally) it is incumbent upon me to set the smug jerk straight.
In an op-ed that ran late Tuesday in Crain’s Chicago Kinzinger wrote about the retirement of Speaker John Boehner, and the forces that drove him out, talk radio, conservative think tanks and grassroots organizations, and the Republican Party’s base, and trashed them all as being profiteers who are only holding the GOP establishment and congressional leadership accountable for money, and listeners, and clicks and hijacked the Tea Party label.
Boehner nailed the problem with the Republican Party on the head…
In a CBS interview just after announcing he would leave his post, Boehner nailed the reason: the false prophets (they could be called “the profits”). Their sole goal is to promote purity for profit. These are talk-show hosts and pundits who anger the base to hook an audience and sell ad space. Scream louder, get angrier, call people names, and the checks roll in.
Some so-called “think tanks” in Washington, D.C., even create score cards, often contrived and authored by young, unelected people, simply to drive the fundraising effort that pays their salaries. Just look at your recent emails or pleas for cash. It’s not uncommon to read “we are the ones keeping the GOP pure,” or “purge the RINOs.” These profiteers hijacking the tea party label for their own self-interest are neither Republicans nor conservatives, and they certainly don’t represent the best of any wing of our party.
Kinzinger then went on to repeatedly call himself a member of the Tea Party conservative and was proud to have been pushed into office in 2010 as part of that wave election but said that those that are and have been opposed to what Kinzinger, a loyal Boehner yes man since the day he was sworn in, and the GOP establishment have been doing are destroying the Republican Party.
The truth is, as a conservative Republican myself, the standards espoused by these “profits” often go against our party’s core ideals. I’ve come to believe that being a conservative, according to them, is more about tone and less about actual beliefs. The louder you yell, the more conservative you are.
I’m done pretending this problem doesn’t exist. I’m tired of seeing our party destroyed from the inside. Many would recommend I not even submit this for fear of retribution by the false prophets. However, I’ve spent a little time defending my country as an Air Force pilot, a job I continue to this day in the Air National Guard. If we are going to ask our young men and women to be willing to die for our nation, shouldn’t we be willing to give our careers to do what’s right?
As Jeb Bush’s Illinois co-chair, a staunch supporter of amnesty for illegal immigrants, and Boehner loyalist, Kinzinger has some nerve calling himself a conservative. And he has no business calling himself a member of the Tea Party.
Yes, in the 2010 campaign Kinzinger ran, and sounded, and promised, that he was a Tea Party conservative, heck he even somehow managed to con Sarah Palin into endorsing him, that he was going to go to Washington and fight Obama, repeal Obamacare in total, cuts the deficits, and the national debt, cut taxes and so on.
Thanks to the Tea Party and a grassroots groundswell across the nation that saw 5 new Republicans headed to Congress and a Republican(granted openly moderate) to the Senate(Mark Kirk). Adam Kinzinger was among that group that also included firebrand Joe Walsh, Bobby Schilling, and Randy Hultgren. Immediately after being elected Adam Kinzinger turned his back on the Tea Party and conservatives in Illinois, in his district, and nationally.
As Illinois Tea Party leader Denise Cattoni will say to anyone who will listen, “Adam Kinzinger stabbed us in the back”. Since then he’s been stabbing us in the eye.
By the 2012 primary every Tea Party group in the redrawn 16th CD and the Tea Party statewide unanimously backed longtime conservative congressman Don Manzullo whom Kinzinger had elected to primary after being drawn out of his 11th district, and chose not to challenge Democrat Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. who was known to have been in trouble(Jackson is now serving time for misusing campaign and office funds).
During that campaign Kinzinger used a talk show interview to needlessly attack Zack Oltmanns and his organization Illinois Conservatives because the group had endorsed Manzullo days earlier.
Ever since, as any reader of mine can confirm, Kinzinger has repeatedly attacked the Tea Party and conservatives from using an appearance on ABC’s This Week to attack the Club For Growth, FreedomWorks, and the Heritage Foundation, all in one breath, to continually attacking Senators Ted Cruz and Rand Paul. With Boehner’s ouster Kinzinger has taken to attacking the House Freedom Caucus lead by Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan.
Since Kinzinger endorsed Jeb Bush’s presidential ambitions in February, well before Bush even officially announced, he has used every opportunity to go after Donald Trump because Trump yells and screams too much and that apparently hurts little Adam’s sensitive ears.
This is just some of the reason why Mark Levin has said that Adam Kinzinger “Detest the conservative base”.
And Adam wonders why the Tea Party, conservative organizations, bloggers, and talk radio have a problem with him and the GOP establishment.
Might it have something to do with your unwavering desire to give illegal immigrants amnesty. Or your new found mission to erase from history your previous support of traditional marriage now that you’ve said we have to just accept the Supreme Court rewriting marriage law for all 50 states. Could it be your defense of the NSA’s bulk data collection of Americans phone records, or the continuation of the crony capitalism of the Export-Import Bank. Voting to pass every one of the budget or debt deals President Obama worked out with Boehner and McConnell that raised taxes, failed to defund Obamacare, or Planned Parenthood, aren’t accomplishments to be proud of, we call the Fiscal Cliff deal a crapsandwich for a reason, and promising to back Kevin McCarthy for Speaker and Steve Scalise for majority leader is not going to win you any favors.
Of course congressman Kinzinger is feeling emboldened, his stature as the House’s go to spokesperson on all things foreign policy is secure, his appearances on Fox News for softball interviews don’t stop, and he’s pissed that the people he’s been attacking for the last 5 years have won a victory by ousting Boehner and now is launching into a counter offensive.
Kinzinger is probably thinking that if he can look all tough and get all kinds of praise from the likes of Dana Milibanks, for attacking those responsible for getting rid of John Boehner over the next few weeks, that will finally convince Sen. Mark Kirk that it is okay for him to retire or not seek reelection, so he can avoid to embarrassment of getting clobbered by Tammy Duckworth.
Kinzinger just got done saying earlier this week that he’s a leader now in the Republican Party, and its seems to be his mission to drive an even bigger wedge between the GOP establishment and the Tea Party conservative base likely on his way to trying to be a Senator so he can join his good pals John McCain and Lindsey Graham.
Try it and you’ll find yourself being thrown out of Washington just like Boehner and Eric Cantor.