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Tantrums Prove Ineffective, to Widespread Surprise

The key bit of this story on a number of conservative House Republicans howling — sorry, proceeding to the floor of the world’s second-greatest deliberative

Paolo Reyna
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Last updated: Jul 31, 2020 | Apr 23, 2009

The key bit of this story on a number of conservative House Republicans howling — sorry, proceeding to the floor of the world’s second-greatest deliberative body and speaking in measured tones — for the resignation of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano over the department’s right-wing extremism report would seem to be this:

House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) declined to offer a comment on calls for Napolitano’s resignation.

Look, if Boehner doesn’t even want to comment, then it’s not happening. This should be called out for what it is: the far-right wing of the House GOP making the rest of the party look bad by doubling down on a faux controversy that the leadership only wanted to use for a news cycle of “defending the troops.”

To wit, here’s Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) — who has called for opponents of the president to get “armed and dangerous” and publicly suggested that Obama wants to force young people into re-education camps — denying that right-wing extremism exists.

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Paolo Reyna | Paolo is a senior at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, majoring in International Studies with a Latin American emphasis. During the fall semester of 2012, he had the opportunity to study abroad in Peru, which piqued his interest in international growth. He learned about the disparities that impact indigenous peoples, got a taste of Peruvian culture, and improved his Spanish skills. Mitchel interned with the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, conducting research on food security in Latin America, after being inspired by his foreign experience. He wants to work in international development and for a government department, writing legislation. He loves playing intramural basketball and practicing for the Chicago marathon when he is not thinking about current events in Latin America.

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