After newly re-elected House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said he is the "most anti-establishment speaker we've ever had" in response to criticism from conservatives, Glenn Beck issued a formal invitation to the speaker.
"Here's my offer," Beck said on his radio program Friday. "There aren't many shows that appeal to the Tea Party crowd, the non-establishment GOP, as much as this one. ... We are putting out an official invite to John Boehner to come down, spend an hour with me on radio or television. He can have his choice. ... We'll work it to his schedule. But I would love to spend an hour with John Boehner and have him show America [who] he really is."
"John, you and your cronies can ask anyone," Beck continued. "I have never sandbagged anyone. I always tell them in advance what they're in for. ... It will be a tough interview, but it will be a fair interview. I will let you speak, but it is going to be a tough interview."
Beck has long railed against Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) for being "establishment" Republicans who are disconnected from the needs of the American people. He even started a campaign to "defund the GOP."
Beck speculated that Boehner is attempting to reconcile with the conservative wing of the party after facing pressure from those who voted for him for speaker, against the wishes of their constituents.
"[People are] all calling their congressmen and saying, 'You know, I voted for you because you said you wouldn't support him. I voted for you because you said enough is enough. Now you get in and your first vote is for more of this establishment nonsense.' And the congressmen are saying, 'Wait. He's not establishment! You have it all wrong...'"
Beck encouraged his listeners to keep the pressure on their congressmen, saying they are "freaking out" over the number of calls that have come through about the speaker vote.
One of Boehner's first moves after being re-elected was to strip those who voted against him of their prestigious committee chairmanships, an act of revenge that Beck said proves he is not the right man for the job.
Beck speculated that people like Reps. Chris Stewart and Mia Love of Utah immediately contacted Boehner and said something like, "Are you out of your mind? I just told my people that you were not the establishment, and now you're punishing the Tea Party! You don't have my support from here on out."
Because Boehner needs the support of conservatives, Beck said, he appears to be moving towards the center.
"So here's the thing," Beck concluded. "You've got to call those congressmen, and you tell them, 'I am mad as hell about that vote, and I am not taking my eye off you. I will campaign against you if you are wrong. I am watching you.'"
Beck's co-host Stu Burguiere said another way to keep the pressure on their elected officials is to request an official explanation, in a mailed letter, justifying their vote.
"Make them send those letters. Make them print out 1,000, 2,000 of those letters to send to various constituents with the explanation of why they voted this way," he said.
"If you had 1,000 people in your district keeping record of your words, you know you're in trouble," Beck agreed. "It's not just some old guy or old lady down the street that's keeping record. 'Here comes Mrs. Hoffelmeyer, and she has every word.' No, no, no. Here are 1,000 people in your district that know everything. 'No, no, no. Excuse me, congressman, that's not what you told me in this letter.' That changes everything."
"It goes back to Ben Franklin talking about the best way to cure poverty is to make people uncomfortable in it," Burguiere said. "When they let you down, make them uncomfortable for it. Be polite, but make them do the work. Make them respond."
Beck admitted that he felt "defeated" after Wednesday's speaker vote, but said the establishment is "counting" on people getting too frustrated with politics to continue paying attention.
"Call them now," he urged. "Call them ... and say, 'I want your written record on why you voted that way.' It's 202-224-3121."
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