Posts Tagged ‘Boehner’

Honestly, can you imagine the reaction from conservatives if a Democratic House Speaker acted in such a childish way regarding the funding of the Department of Homeland Security?

From the Weekly Standard:

House speaker John Boehner told President Obama at a White House meeting last Friday to give the House “one more chance” to pass a bill on immigration. Boehner referenced this conversation at the House Republican conference meeting Thursday morning, according to sources in the room.

Geez, he sounds like a child. Or maybe a bully who, when finally confronted, begs everyone to be cool because he didn’t mean to hurt anyone. Speaker Boehner’s been sitting on a bill for year that he refuses to put up for a vote, because he knows that it would pass if he did.

One House member in Thursday’s GOP conference meeting says Boehner said his message to the president was: “Just give us one more chance to pass an immigration bill.” Another member says those weren’t the House speaker’s exact words but confirmed Boehner mentioned requesting the president hold off on taking executive action.

Give them one more chance? Seriously, why would anyone believe them?

Now Republicans are talking about government shutdowns and impeachment. That’ll go over well. Republicans act like they’re powerless to do anything else–like actually taking up legislation, the thing they were voted into office to do. But nah, that’s antithetical to their true intentions, which is to reject anything President Obama might agree with because, you know, it would give him some legitimacy. And if there’s one thing Republicans have worked tireless at for six years, it’s to deny President Obama legitimacy.

On the other hand, you might almost think President Obama was baiting them into stupid behavior, but nah, conservatives know he’s just not very smart; certainly not smart enough to do that.

in the meantime, the thought of John Boehner begging (probably crying, too) does make me chuckle.

Mr. President, I promise I'll do better if you just give me one more chance. This time I mean it.

Mr. President, I promise I’ll do better if you just give me one more chance. This time I mean it.

Speaker Cruz dropped by the House this week just to let Boehner know who was really in charge. Boehner was all set to pass a limited border bill that would have provided a couple of months’ worth of funding, but Speaker Cruz wanted the bill to allow the government to send children from Central America back more quickly. Cruz rallied his acolytes in the House and denied Boehner enough Republican votes to pass his bill. Boehner called off the vote and Representatives started heading home for their long recess, but then Boehner called them back in case they tried to have the vote on Friday.

Besides the hilarity of Speaker Cruz once again letting Boehner know that he’s Cruz’s bitch, Boehner clearly showed in a Republican leadership statement why his lawsuit against Obama is nothing more than a political stunt:

“There are numerous steps the President can and should be taking right now, without the need for congressional action, to secure our borders and ensure these children are returned swiftly and safely to their countries,” the statement said.

Good times. Maybe if Boehner gets on his knees and grovels on camera before Cruz, Cruz will let him have his balls back.

Boehner is going to sue the President for something, but he doesn’t know what it is yet.

Since the latest Republican lies about Obamacare have blown up in their faces in the last couple of weeks, the Republicans are scrambling to find something to run on for the November elections. They could have gone with a positive message about what the e Republicans will do for the American people, but in order to do you that you need to have a positive message. Telling prospective voters the truth about how you are going to restrict their freedoms and make sure poor people receive less pay and less health care doesn’t win elections. So what’s a Republican going to do? I know…BENGHAZI!

In a last ditch effort to save his Speaker job, John Boehner has caved to the Teahadist wing of his party and will create a select committee to investigate BENGHAZI! This announcement comes on the heels of a “smoking gun” email that was released and testimony from a retired Brigadier General before Darrel Issa’s witchunt committee. Boehner is seeing an assault coming from his right flank, led by Eric Cantor, and he is doing what he can to strengthen his defenses. This special committee is pointless and will go absolutely nowhere, but the truth isn’t Boehner’s concern. This will allow him to say he gave the Teahadists what they demanded and allow the grandstanders to be named to the committee so they have a platform to continue spreading lies and disinformation. Go below the fold for the rest of the story.

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Rumors have been floating around lately that Rep. Eric Cantor is looking to oust John Boehner as Speaker after the next election. Cantor put the truth to those rumors yesterday.

President Obama called Cantor to wish him a happy Passover and the topic of immigration reform came up. Here is Cantor’s take on the conversation:

“Today, President Obama called me to discuss his desire for comprehensive immigration reform. The President called me hours after he issued a partisan statement which attacked me and my fellow House Republicans and which indicated no sincere desire to work together. After five years, President Obama still has not learned how to effectively work with Congress to get things done. You do not attack the very people you hope to engage in a serious dialogue. I told the President the same thing I told him the last time we spoke. House Republicans do not support Senate Democrat’s immigration bill and amnesty efforts, and it will not be considered in the House. I also reiterated to the President there are other issues where we can find common ground, build trust and get America working again. I hope the President can stop his partisan messaging, and begin to seriously work with Congress to address the issues facing working middle class Americans that are struggling to make ends meet in this economy.”

This is what Cantor considers an “attack” by the President:

“Unfortunately, Republicans in the House of Representatives have repeatedly failed to take action, seemingly preferring the status quo of a broken immigration system over meaningful reform,” Obama said. “Instead of advancing commonsense reform and working to fix our immigration system, House Republicans have voted in favor of extreme measures like a punitive amendment to strip protections from ‘Dreamers.’ “

The White House was a bit taken aback by Cantor’s diatribe, saying the call was not contentious. Maybe Cantor just has a delicate constitution.

What Cantor is doing is positioning himself to win the support of the far-right extremists in a battle for the Speaker’s chair. The extremists believe that Boehner does not have the backbone to stand up for conservative principles (Translation: Boehner won’t go on fool’s errands in order to win votes from the Teabaggers. He’ll only look like he is.). Not only did Cantor make himself look like a big man for standing up to the big meany, President Obama, but also directly contradicted Boehner. Boehner said that he agreed with the President on the need for immigration reform. Cantor said the House will not consider it. Let’s see if Boehner can regain control when he returns from his overseas junket.