Opinion: Morning Examiner

House Republicans gotta stop acting like Caspar Milquetoast

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Baseball's Leo "The Lip" Durocher was famously credited for saying "nice guys finish last." House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell could learn a few things from Durocher.

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa revealed last week that the individual leading President Obama's investigation of the IRS scandal is one of his long-time donors.

As today's Washington Examiner editorial observes, putting an Obama donor in charge of the probe of IRS targeting and harrassment of the president's toughest critics is the equivalent of the chief executive waving a middle finger at Boehner, McConnell and the rest of the congressional Republicans.

You got nuked, too

Then there is Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's bullying of McConnell and the upper chamber's Republicans, which has been cheered by the Obama White House.

Not only has Reid rendered the Senate GOP impotent by denying them virtually any opportunities to introduce amendments, he and the Democratic majority exercised the "nuclear option" that ended the filibuster against most presidential nominees.

The result is the only difference between the Senate and the House is one has more members. Otherwise, both are simply majority rule legislative bodies, thus enabling the very factional tyranny so feared by the Founders.

Stop the bullies, Boehner

Obama, Reid and the Democrats will keep bullying the GOP as long as the Republicans continue acting like a bunch of Caspar Milquetoasts. Only House Speaker John Boehner can change this.

The IRS scandal and the Senate nuke are daggers held at the GOP's throat. If they are allowed to remain in place, the two-party system is dead.

Only a special prosecutor can get the truth about the IRS scandal. If Reid refuses to agree to it, the GOP should make such an appointment and repealing and replacing Obamacare the central issues of 2014.

On today's washingtonexaminer.com

Editorial: Only a special prosecutor can get the truth about the IRS scandal.

Columnists/Hugh Hewitt: Reince Priebus takes aim at the 2016 GOP presidential nominating process.

Columnists/Gregory Kane: Amiri Baraka represented the worst of today's Left.

Columnists/James Jay Carafano: America represents the best hope for avoiding another 1914.

PennAve/Susan Crabtree: Iran, NSA and the economy dominate the White House week ahead.

PennAve/Susan Ferrechio: Key votes this week in Congress on spending, unemployment benefits.

PennAve/Susan Crabtree: Obama finalizes Iran nuke deal, fights new sanctions in Congress.

PennAve/Sean Lengell: Supreme Court to hear case on constitutionality of Obama's NLRB recess picks.

In other news

CNN: Feds investigating Christie use of Sandy relief funds.

The Washington Post: Iran, world powers agree on nuclear deal.

The New York Times: Behind the Fort Lee ruse in the Christie scandal.

CBS News: Supreme Court to weigh Obama's recess appointments.

Boston Globe: Minimum wage battles are shifting to the states.

Los Angeles Times: White House thinks data collection could have stopped 9/11.

Lefty Playbook

Talking Points Memo: Other New Jersey mayors claim punishment for not endorsing Christie.

The Huffington Post: Pope Francis calls abortion "horrific."

The American Prospect: Answers to the two biggest questions about the bridge scandal.

Bonus must-read

New Republic: Ailes is not that powerful.

Righty Playbook

The Daily Caller: $12-an-hour minimum wage is conservative rocket fuel.

National Review Online: Obama will hand over home-schoolers to the Germans.

The Weekly Standard: What's wrong with Obama.

Bonus must-read

The Federalist: Compassionate conservatives are confusing a slogan with a policy.

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