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‘Absolutely’

This is the reason electing John Boehner to a second term as Speaker of the House of Representatives was a monumental, colossal, gargantuan, brobdingnagian error.

On ABC’s This Week, hosted by Martha Raddatz, Speaker of the House John Boehner appeared to downplay the problem of national debt while loudly proclaiming his wonderful relationship with President Obama. “The president and I, as I have made very clear, have a very good relationship. We're open with each other. We're honest with each other,” said Boehner.

“Do you trust President Obama?” Raddatz asked.

“Absolutely,” Boehner replied.

“Absolutely?” Raddatz emphasized.

“Absolutely,” Boehner repeated.

Framing Republicans as out-of-touch radicals, Raddatz then asked, “President Obama says these meetings are intended to find members of the common-sense caucus who he can make a deal with …. Are you not a member of the common-sense caucus?”

Boehner, falling for the trap, shot back, “I’m part of the common-sense caucus. We appreciate the outreach. We appreciate the engagement from the president. But it’s gonna take more than this if we’re serious about solving our problems.”

Then Boehner dropped the bombshell. Raddatz, after quoting President Obama saying we don’t have “an immediate crisis in terms of debt,” asked Boehner for his thoughts. And Boehner eagerly agreed: “We do not have an immediate debt crisis. But we all know that we have one looming …. It could be a year or two years, three years, four years. It’s not an immediate problem.” And then Boehner said he agreed with Obama on the immediacy of the problem.

With Republicans fighting tooth and nail to implement solutions necessary to reducing the national debt, Boehner’s language certainly undermines the public relations narrative set by conservatives. A House GOP aide angrily told Breitbart News today, “This undercuts the fight House conservatives have waged since 2010. Our efforts to prevent a debt crisis we will certainly face should never be minimized.”

Think about that, folks: "Absolutely."

12 comments to ‘Absolutely’

  • Gigi

    Why should anyone be surprised, we should expect that- and more; he came out of the RINO closet a long time ago, but it takes some people time to notice it. What a colossal & contemptible disaster. No gonads whatsoever, because he has no convictions. The thing I despise most about his behavior are his phony crocodile tears.

  • asombra

    Classic RINO, whose top 10 priorities are keeping his position and its perks.

  • asombra

    Boehner is like somebody willing to be a eunuch so he can have a certain job.

  • asombra

    And no, it doesn't bother him that he's a useless joke at his job, if he can keep it.

  • asombra

    You know why he was re-elected Speaker? Because too many Republicans are really no different and would do the same thing he's doing if they were in his place. In other words, they don't really see a problem here. To them it's just the way the game is played, the operative word being GAME. It's a careerist thing,

  • asombra

    Boehner is opposition like Pétain was part of the resistance. Lord have mercy.

  • asombra

    That was the idea, George. The guy looks more concerned about his tan than about actually accomplishing anything useful.

  • Honey

    Boehner does not have a tan. He has naturally dark complexion so take that snipe off of your list, asombra.

    I spoke to a prominent conservative congressman recently and asked him why the Republicans as a minority in Congress were able to corral all of their members not to give Obama one single vote for his stimulus and for Obamacare. He told me it was Boehner who was responsible. He did a marvelous job of disciplining the reps then.
    I said why isn't he doing that now? He said it is easier as a minority to vote correctly than when you are a majority in only one chamber of congress and that chamber is divided among rinos, moderates and conservatives each of whom want to make separate points with their votes. He praised Boehner highly.

    That said, Boehner's "Absolutely" here is disgusting and frightening. I would not be unhappy if he lost his speakership. Soon.

  • asombra

    Honey, given his very light-colored eyes, I doubt his skin color is natural unless it’s a medical condition. However, natural tan or not, he’s WAY too chummy with Obama, and if nothing else, it looks VERY weak and is anything but reassuring. How does the Republican Party expect me to respect it when I’m being scandalized and embarrassed by its highest-ranking member? I don't need to tell you what a very serious mess we're in, and this is absolutely NOT the time for Boehner to run around doing a recap of McCain's 2008 performance. I mean, haven't these people learned anything?

  • asombra

    Boehner reminds me of Justice Roberts: people afraid to be hot or cold, and lukewarm won't cut it.

  • Honey

    If you look at the last line of my comment, you can see I fully agree with you.
    How I would like to see a Club for Growth congressman replace Boehner, then you will see action.