Tancredo: House Speaker Needs a Backbone Transplant

Rumors abound this week of secret negotiations, backdoor meetings and veiled threats aimed at halting Rep. Issa’s investigation of the Fast and Furious scandal. Regretfully, such rumors are all too credible given Speaker Boehner’s history of always seeking a compromise even when victory is in sight.

This is what passes for pragmatism in Republican leadership circles: They settle for crumbs from the table instead of the “half a loaf” of successful compromise.

The investigation by Rep. Darrel Issa’s House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform has been uncovering lies and contradictions in the attorney general’s past testimony on the illegal Fast and Furious program that sent about 2,000 guns to Mexican drug cartels. Whether Holder masterminded and directed the illegal program is not clear, but what has become clear is that he knew about it practically from its inception and did nothing to curtail it. Then he lied about it to a committee of Congress.

Murdered Border Patrol OfficerBrian Terry

This is not a question of some minor bureaucratic misjudgment that can now be corrected. People died as a result of this insane and wholly illegal project. Two of the dead are Border Patrol agent Brian Terry and Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent Jaime Zapata. Zapata was ambushed by cartel assassins deep inside Mexico while working with Mexican authorities. Both were killed with guns brought into Mexico by the Fast and Furious program.

Murdered Border Agent Jamie Zapata

Maybe the White House needs to be reminded, but some us remember that President Nixon was not impeached and removed for instigating the Watergate break-in of June 1972. He was impeached for his part in the cover up that followed the break-in. In essence, he made the mistake of lying about it, which is what Holder has done.

The interesting question is why Speaker Boehner and other Republicans in leadership positions in the House are trying to hamper and curtail the Issa investigation. If Holder is innocent of the allegations, won’t that become evident when all the evidence is made public? If he is innocent, why does the White House fear the investigation?

What’s going on here? Every time Issa’s committee holds a public hearing, new evidence comes to light. Why should the investigation be aborted? Why would Republicans want the investigation halted? What possible “deal” could the White House offer to Boehner to persuade him to end the investigation? The only compromise Republicans in Congress should accept in the case of Attorney General Holder is his early resignation instead of impeachment and removal.

Over 100 members of Congress – I think it is 112 at the latest count – have called for Holder’s resignation. That’s more than a quarter of all congressmen. And while it’s not just his role in the Fast and Furious scandal that has led them to that conclusion, it’s hard to imagine any of them calling for an end to the investigation.

The reported “deal” Boehner and Holder are discussing would let higher ups in the Department of Justice off the hook if they prosecute one or two individual ATF supervisors. Holder would then claim he “cleaned up the mess” and be free from any moral or political culpability. How does that sound, folks?

Rep. Issa must persevere in his investigation and seek the truth no matter where it leads. As for Speaker Boehner, if he has a problem with this, he should go into the hospital for a backbone transplant.


It is our distinct honor to now carry the commentaries and reports of Tom Tancredo, former Representative to Congress of the State of Colorado and 2008 candidate for U.S. President. His CongressmanTomTancredo.com regularly features his articles, as does WorldNetDaily.

Former Congressman Tancredo currently serves as chairman of Rocky Mountain Foundation, co-chairman of the anti-illegal immigration Team America PAC, and honorary chairman of Youth for Western Civilization. He speaks frequently on cable news, talk radio, and on college campuses – where his mere presence has led leftists to riot on multiple occasions. His book, In Mortal Danger: The Battle for America’s Border and Security was published in 2006.

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Comments

  1. Send ‘The Weeping Carrot” back to the bar in Ohio to cry a tear in his beer.

  2. Mr. Tancredo, I know you must be well versed in the greatest fraud ever perpetrated against the USA – the placement of an ineligible man into the office of presidency, and the continued corruption, propaganda and subterfuge that allows him to remain there. Please use your influence to shed more light on the fraud of obama. His takeover of the highest office cannot stand. And almost more importantly, if we cannot expose those in all branches of the federal government who are covering for him, what chance do we have at restoring our country? If we cannot force the corrupt, corporate mainstream media to admit they have been ignorant and contemptuous of their journalistic duties and integrity, how can we ever trust our media again? If we cannot tell our children, that a takeover of this country by malevolent forces was attempted, but we stopped it, what can we tell our children? This country cannot allow this fraud to go on without challenge. Our country, our lives, and those of our children demand that we uphold our American principles of liberty and strength in the face of tyranny. Please do more to expose this! Your article on the F&F is great, but so much more needs to be done to expose obama, the corrupt AG holder, and those propping up these criminals.

  3. ALL I WANT IS SOMEONE TO STAND UP FOR ”AMERICA”, SEEMS NO ONE WILL, WHAT I MEAN IS, IMPEACH OBAMA OR AMERICA WILL BE OVER…THEN LOOK AT IT THIS WAY, CONGRESS & SENATE WILL BE IN THE SAME BOAT WITH ”WE THE PEOPLE” OBAMA WILL THROW THEM TO THE LIONS, ALL THE DIRTY WORK IS DONE, SERVES THEM RIGHT. NOTHING BUT TURNCOATS, LIARS, THEIVES, HOPE THEIR IN THE SAME FEMA CAMPT WITH ALL OF US.
    P.S. I GOT PELOSI.

  4. I lost all respect for Boehner during the dept ceiling deal. He had no spine to stand up to them then, so why would he stand up to them now? As far as I’m concerned Boehner has put himself on the list of people that are part of the problem and not part of the solution. Sadly, the more I learn about politics the more people go onto that list . . .

  5. Is this site for real, or some kind of crazy joke? You people live in some kind of alternate reality. Truth is that the republicans have destroyed this country. Obama is a middle of the road president and no threat to anybody. I hadnt thought of it before, but a gulag would be the best place to put all of the crazed conspiracy theorist freaks in this country…

  6. Boehners continued compromises are very curious to me…I am thinking that it is true that both the Democratic and republican party higher ups are working for the same team..and that team is not Team America.. It is certain the Democratic party has been completely taken over by the International communist movement..often called Globalist…Now I am thinking that Boehner and probably a few others are working for team commie…Taking their marching orders from.. Moscow..?…Red China? Soros?..The Bilderberger Group? …The Rockafeller Foundation?? Whomever and wherever the “elite heads of this Globalist totalitarian attempted world domination are…. The Republican party needs to clean house..or a third separate party of Patriots..all Tea party people needs to form…The Libertarians are close but are completely nuts on foreign policy…

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