Tea Party Nation founder Judson Phillips stood by a comparison he recently made between House Speaker John Boehner and Hollywood actor Charlie Sheen in an interview with Fox News published online on Thursday.
"Charlie Sheen still makes more sense than John Boehner because at least Charlie Sheen is winning," Phillips reiterated in expressing dissatisfaction with the House Speaker's efforts to reduce government spending. "This is the one message the Tea Party needs to be out there pushing. ... If you don't live up to your promise, we're going to throw you out."
Just as he did earlier this month, the Tea Party leader signaled support for a fiscally conservative candidate mounting a primary challenge against Boehner in 2012. At issue for Phillips, he said, are signs that the ranking Republican won't fulfill his pledge to slash $100 billion from the budget and instead compromise with Senate Democrats on a proposal that cuts billions less.
On Friday morning, Phillips took to Twitter to link Boehner to Sheen once again.
Boehner spokesman Michael Steel suggested "the blame lies squarely with the Democrats who run Washington" for the prolonged and contentious budget debate in an email to Fox News. He added, "The House passed a bill that funds the government for the remainder of the year while cutting spending."
But Phillips isn't the only member of the Tea Party community less than pleased with House Republicans over the government spending issue. National Journal reported earlier this week:
Tea Party Patriots leaders called on members and supporters on Wednesday to hold "a Continuing Revolution Rally" next Thursday outside the Capitol to underscore their disappointment with House Republicans over Washington's ongoing budget battles.
According to National Journal, an email from the conservative group stated, "While the Congress continues 'business-as-usual' with their short-term resolutions, we will be there to continue our Tea Party Revolution and demand they make the tough decisions we sent them there to make."
Responding to the news, Steel similarly redirected blame toward Democrats on the opposite side of the aisle.
"Washington remains a Democrat-controlled town and congressional Republicans are the only thing standing between the American people and more 'stimulus' spending, bailouts, and Big-Government takeovers of the private sector," he said.