This is part of what John Boehner said during his speech at the Ripon Society just days after President Obama's second inauguration. The Ripon Society, begun in 1962, is named after the town in Wisconsin considered to be the birthplace of the Republican party, and is made up of young, professional Republicans who believe that moderation, not extremism, is what the party should be about.

"Given what we heard yesterday about the president's vision for his second term, it's pretty clear to me and should be clear to all of you that he knows he can't do any of that as long as the House is controlled by Republicans. So we're expecting over the next 22 months to be the focus of this administration as they attempt to annihilate the Republican Party. And let me tell you, I do believe that is their goal -- to just shove us in the dustbin of history."

I have to first admit I find this whine a little hypocritical as the expressed aim of the Republican Party for the first term was to annihilate the president by obstructing everything he attempted in order to insure he would be a one term president, while in this case any annihilation is implied at best, or simply an attempt to claim persecution before the fact. Sadly, it is the preferred tactic of the bully in the schoolyard who suddenly sees he may not be as powerful as he had assumed he was and sees that classmates are beginning to dismiss him.

One of the “omens” in this statement is that in spite of President Obama 's having been re-elected by people who want to give his policy agenda a chance, Mr. Boehner admits that the House Republicans will not let President Obama accomplish anything he was re-elected to do. Its in the line, “he can't do any of that as long as the House is controlled by Republicans”

Of course, the question does come to mind, “How is the president's doing what the majority of voters want him to do going to annihilate the Republican party?”, unless this is another admission from the leader himself that the House Republicans are a bit out of touch with the real, non-fox News, non-Limbaughnish America.

Ignoring the will of the people in favor of just pushing your own party may be what actually “annihilates the Republican Party, not some outside force. welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on