Hoekstra: Tea Party Should Back Off on Criticizing Boehner

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April 8, 2011

By David A. Patten, Newsmax

Conservatives are urging their grass-roots colleagues to mute their criticisms of House Speaker John Boehner and the GOP leadership, and to get behind their efforts to address out-of-control spending in Washington.

In an exclusive interview with Newsmax on Thursday, former GOP Rep. Pete Hoekstra said the tea-party faithful need to give Boehner “a little bit of breathing room.”

Democrats and Republicans are preparing to burn the midnight oil Thursday if needed, in order to work out a deal on a continuing resolution that would fund the government and avoid a shutdown.

As Hoekstra’s comments suggest, many commentators now believe the continual sniping at GOP leaders from within the grass-roots movement is no longer helping conservatives attain their overall objectives.

Repeatedly, Democrats have tried to portray Boehner as beholden to ”extreme” elements in his party. They have leaked internal discussions to try to paint him as being unreasonable and inconsistent.

But despite those attacks, so far Boehner has battled Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, and President Barack Obama to a standstill over budget cuts.

Rather than the weepy, emotional man of humble origins that many Democrats thought they were facing, Boehner has proven to be a steely-eyed negotiator not prone to the occasional “unforced errors” that some analysts say often hindered former Speaker Newt Gingrich’s deal-making with the Clinton White House.

But despite Boehner’s smooth performance under duress so far, some on the right have been blasting away at him anyway.

To read more, visit:  http://www.newsmax.com/Headline/hoekstra-boehner-obama-deficit/2011/04/07/id/392191

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