Just as interesting as the Drudge Report siren blasting Friday’s news that Boehner was abruptly resigning via the New York Times announcement was Matt Drudge’s suggestive tweet which immediately followed. Matt tweeted, “The season of surprises has begun… #boehner.” Notice that “surprises” was plural. Is it possible that Matt Drudge may be already be planning another surprise, plotting to oust Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell?
A description of Drudge by self-described liberal columnist from The Hill suggests Matt Drudge’s political clout is unlimited. “Matt Drudge is by far the single most influential person in the American media, and it is fair to ask: Is he the second most influential man in America?” wrote Brent Budowsky.
The Drudge Report, considered the single most influential news aggregation site, has featured 701 scathing headlines ranging from calling Boehner a drunk to complete story links on rumors Boehner was going to be overthrown. Today’s banner may be considered by some as the fruits of Matt Drudge’s and conservative activists’ labor.
In contrast to the hundreds of headlines about Boehner, less than 200 headlines were found in the Drudge Report archives for McConnell. However, those headlines featured McConnell as an adversary to conservative goals such as defunding Planned Parenthood, having an “out of body experience” pushing Obamatrade, and supporting the president in his quest for “fast track” authority. Drudge also blazed the accusations of conservative critics who said McConnell had “backtracked on amnesty.”
Recently presidential candidate, Senator Ted Cruz accused McConnell of being a “defacto leader of the Senate.” Siding with angry conservative activists, Cruz suggested that McConnell was the main reason that “electoral victories had not produced any meaningful policy successes over the last year.”
Drudge and Cruz are not alone in their displeasure in Republican leadership. “62 percent of Republicans feel betrayed by their party” primary voters told FOX News in their latest poll. Amid an election cycle in which voters are supporting outsiders such as Donald Trump and Ben Carson, House speaker, Republican John Boehner and Mitch McConnell have been under intense pressure, unable to prevent or unwilling to stand against President Obama policies that fire up conservative outrage.
Another 66 percent are beyond frustrated. These voters feel that although they have delivered for the GOP in the last two election cycles, “recent Republican majorities in Washington have failed to do all they could to block or reverse President Obama’s agenda.” Angry voters have clamored against both John Boehner and Mitch McConnell the current leader of the Senate, claiming both are obstacles to the conservative goals to “take back our country.”
Will Boehner sound a warning to others who have been accused of supporting the Obama agenda? Boehner obviously isn’t planning to “go quietly.” John Dickerson of Face the Nation has already tweeted: “We’ll talk to John Boehner, who has just announced he’s leaving the House, this Sunday on @FaceTheNation.” Boehner plans to give up his seat at the end of October, saying he has “nothing left to accomplish.”
Activists will retort Boehner nor McConnell are accomplishing anything. Nothing less than a complete purging of all those Republicans considered to be “Republicans in name only” [RINOs] may satisfy activists who call themselves “very conservative.” For them, their likely response to the news that Boehner has had his last cry as Speaker of the House will be: “One down, more to go.” Eyes will be on the Drudge Report to see if McConnell is targeted next.