Judson Phillips, leader of Tea Party Nation, one of the movement's largest national groups, expressed his disgust with the GOP's latest efforts to slash spending Wednesday, claiming that Charlie Sheen was more reasonable than Speaker of the House John Boehner.
Phillips' fury appears to stem from a recent spending proposal, which passed a vote in the House. While it called for $61 billion in cuts in an effort to fund the government through September, Phillips suggested that the Republicans' goal was a clear sign that they'd been quick to abandon a prior target.
"Early on, the GOP promised to cut $100 billion from the budget," Phillips wrote, according to CNN. "The Republicans in the House quickly went squishy on that and had to be cajoled into cutting only $61 billion. Now, John Boehner is saying when the Senate comes back and they start negotiating...the $61 billion figure is not safe."
Politico reports the castigation didn't stop there, as Phillips called for "a candidate to run against John Boehner in 2012 and should set as a goal, to defeat in a primary, the sitting Speaker of the House of Representatives."
Though there have been few signs from Senate Democrats or President Obama that they would allow a $61 billion package of cuts to come to fruition -- much less one totaling $100 billion -- Phillips' display of frustration and anger is just the latest sign of growing rifts between devout Tea Partyers, who would like to see an uncompromising approach to addressing spending, and the majority of Republican legislators, who must deal with certain legislative realities surrounding the passage of a measure to fund the government.