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Conservatives Pick Biggest Losers of 2013

Rubio & Boehner
Most conservatives, and we suspect most Americans outside the Beltway, see President Barack Obama as the biggest, and most well-deserved loser of 2013, because the vast fabric of lies surrounding ObamaCare was finally exposed by the facts in such a way that even his most ardent apologists in the media were forced to acknowledge it.

That makes the most interesting year-end political question not who is the biggest loser, but who, aside from Obama, is the biggest loser of 2013?

CHQ readers have spoken and, next to President Obama, they overwhelmingly chose establishment Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner as CHQ’s Biggest Loser of 2013.

Speaker Boehner has become notorious as one of the few politicians in the history of the United States who regularly loses by winning. 

That is because Boehner has also become notorious for walking away from the conservative voters who gave him a Republican majority in 2010, and made him Speaker, in favor of Big Government and growing spending, the deficit and debt.  Boehner’s most notable legislative achievements in the First Session of the 113th Congress were all achieved by losing a substantial number of the members of his own House Republican Conference. 

Under Boehner, the notion that the Republican’s legislative agenda should require the support of “the majority of the majority” has been turned on its head. However, Washington’s inside elite still consider Boehner to be the victor in the ongoing war between the Republican establishment and limited government constitutional conservatives.

Boehner was the choice of 44% of CHQ readers who took the online poll. Next at 16% was Florida Senator Marco Rubio. 

In the weeks leading up to his announcement that he was joining the “Gang of Eight” and backing a bill to grant amnesty to millions of illegal aliens living in the United States, Marco Rubio was at the top of the list of 2016 Republican presidential aspirants. When he announced he was supporting amnesty he immediately dropped out of the top five, and when the details of the Gang of Eight bill became known, such as its multi-million dollar slush fund for hard left organizations, like La Raza, weeks began to pass before Rubio even garnered one vote in our CHQ 2016 Republican presidential straw poll. We doubt any politician in either Party has squandered a shot at the presidency faster than did Marco Rubio in 2013.

Rounding out the top three “biggest losers of 2013” with 12% of the vote was Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

McConnell’s entire Senate career has been devoted to growing government, growing spending and the kind of home state pork barreling that would make the Nineteenth Century politicians pilloried by cartoonist Thomas Nast proud.

Mitch McConnell is the architect of two of the biggest establishment “victories” on spending: the Budget Control Act of 2011 and the November 2013 deal to end the government shutdown over ObamaCare and the budget. McConnell’s deal-making and compromising have diluted the Republican brand to the point that, rather than being the Party of less government and fiscal responsibility, the GOP’s Capitol Hill brand is now that of the Party of caving-in and protecting incumbents.

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