Posts Tagged ‘John Boehner’

From Noam Scheiber in the New Republic, March 5, 2013 (on the occasion of yet another budget “negotiation”):

I have a confession to 
make: I’m a big fan of John Boehner. One of his very few, it turns out. The White House complains that Boehner’s near-total ignorance of policy makes him impossible to negotiate with, and that it’s pointless to deal with him anyway, since he exerts zero control over his members. Pundits deride him as strategically inept, constantly backing himself into corners from which there’s no obvious escape. Even conservatives have lost their patience at times: Washington Examiner columnist Byron York recently called Boehner’s message on sequestration—the $85 billion in automatic, across-the-board budget cuts that kicked in Friday—”astonishingly bad.”

To which I say: Yes! Boehner is goofy, poorly informed, and frequently incoherent. He often sows confusion among the very people he’s supposed to be leading. But despite this—or perhaps because of it—he has been remarkably effective at saving the Republican Party from complete self-destruction. Through heroic improvisation, he’s avoided the global economic apocalypse House Republicans are so intent on provoking.

Under the circumstances, Boehner has, in fact, been a raging success. I hesitate to call him “sophisticated” because that would imply a level of self-awareness and reflection I’m not sure he’s capable of. But the man’s instincts are damn-near impeccable.

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This just in: House Republicans are still working on a plan to replace ObamaCare. Just thought you’d want to know.

Four years after the passage of the Affordable Care Act, Republicans still haven’t come up with their plan to replace it, despite unceasing opposition to the bill. Today, House Speaker John Boehner said, “You know, the discussions about Obamacare and what the replacement bill would look like continue. We’re trying to build consensus around one plan. Not there yet.”

Continue? That’s all they do: Continue to talk. (Actually, I’m pretty sure they’re not even doing that, but just saying so in order to put the best face on a group that doesn’t know what it’s doing.)

Now, I admit that this is not particularly newsworthy because he’s been saying pretty much the same thing since 2010. Are House Republicans the most incompetent lot of Congressmen we’ve ever seen? I mean, they detest ObamaCare with every fiber of their body and yet they can’t figure out what they would do in its place. Of course, two days ago Boehner said the law is “completely unworkable” and “It cannot be fixed.” Meanwhile, millions of American are, you know, using the law to get health care. Republicans just hate that. You’d really think that he’d have a ready answer for this. But he doesn’t. Because House Republicans are incapable of governing. Because the only thing they agree on is that Obama is bad. Oh, and Benghazi.