May
14
2015
3

Tweet of the Day, Next Time, @SpeakerBoehner, Call It ‘A Clown Question, Bro.’

[UPDATE: Video of the exchange is up.  The full version is actually even more entertaining. And note that the Speaker was exasperated enough to not wait for the reporter to actually finish asking that particular clown question before he laid down the smackdown.]

“Are you really going to ask such a stupid question? Listen, you know they started this yesterday, ‘it’s all about funding, it’s all about funding.’ Well, obviously it’s not about funding. The train was going twice the speed limit. Adequate funds were there. No money’s been cut from rail safety, and the House passed a bill earlier this spring to reauthorize Amtrak and authorize a lot of these programs. And it’s hard for me to imagine that people take the bait on some of the nonsense that gets spewed around here.”

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Feb
25
2015
8

John Boehner essentially ignores Harry Reid’s ‘request,’ tells Senate to send over DHS bill.

This response is either a display of the Hawaiian good-luck symbol to Harry Reid, or simply an indication that the Senate is just going to have to shove this thing into conference. Your guess is as good as mine: “U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner on Wednesday said House Republican leaders were waiting for the Senate to act on legislation to fund the Department of Homeland Security.” I mean, personally I would prefer the Hawaiian good-luck symbol, but I can’t pretend that a conference to resolve the differences in the House and Senate DHS bills is a low probability. Guess we’ll see.

Jul
01
2014
2

Speaker John Boehner reiterates earmark ban.

I don’t think that this can be made more explicit, honestly.

“…as long as I’m Speaker, there will be no earmarks.”

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Jun
10
2014
2

Adam Schiff: White House should have informed Buck McKeon, John Boehner about #Bergdahl.

How bad is the Bergdahl matter for the President? Meet Adam Schiff, reliable California liberal Democrat (and member of the Armed Services Committee), refusing to defend (H/T: Hot Air) the President’s decision to cut Congress utterly out of the loop on the Bergdahl/terrorist swap:

One other fact I’ll raise is that most of the leaks that have taken place have come from the administration and not from Congress, so they really should have brought at least the leadership within their confidence, and I think that was a mistake.

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Jun
02
2014
6

Tweet of the Day, Boehner Is Absolutely Right On This EPA Regulation Nonsense edition.

Sometimes you just simply have to spell it out in words with as few syllables as possible:

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Nov
14
2013
2

John Boehner in 2010 setting up my “We told you so” in 2013. #obamacare

And yes, I would like to take this time to remind the American people with regard to Obamacare that we, in point of fact, told you so.

That’s then-House Minority Leader John Boehner pointing out in 2010 that Obamacare was passed in shameful fashion and in grotesque guise.  He also noted that this entire “if you like your plan you can keep it” was arrant nonsense – and, oh, yeah: that if the Democrats passed this bill they were going to lose their House majority in record time.

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Sep
20
2013
5

@BarackObama would rather meet with latest Iranian figurehead than John Boehner.

I’m using this tweet from Dan McLaughlin (with his permission) because, really, what else is there to say?

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May
18
2013
12

Darrell Issa, John Boehner not “taking the bait” with current White House scandals.

(H/T: Hot Air Headlines) This is not going to end up being a windmill joust against Barack Obama.  Much to the Democrats’ secret displeasure.

GOP leaders will help coordinate various House investigations into controversies involving the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the State Department.

But the key Republican lawmaker with jurisdiction on all these matters said that a rerun of the Clinton-era probes won’t occur.

“These are all different agencies of government. This administration owns the failures, but not necessarily the direct blame … we’re looking at each individual case so it’s very different than what you view historically as a target where it [was] always about President Clinton. This isn’t about President Obama,” House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) told The Hill.

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May
02
2013
3

Why John Boehner’s middle name is not ‘Albatross.’

Surely the National Journal is asking a rhetorical question here, yes?

When Mark Sanford debated a cardboard cutout of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi in his South Carolina race last week, it was a replay of a tried-and-true Republican strategy: Demonize Pelosi and wrap her like a stone around your opponent’s neck.

The tactic can be effective, torn from a well-worn playbook that dates from nearly a decade ago. But it does beg a question: Why isn’t Speaker John Boehner targeted in the same way by Democrats?

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Apr
16
2013
5

John Boehner, Mitch McConnell should attend Margaret Thatcher’s funeral.

The President can’t be bothered to go himself, you see.  Or – and this is the actually offensive part – send anybody currently from the administration.

Whitehall sources have revealed that the US delegation at tomorrow’s service in St Paul’s Cathedral will be led by two Reagan era secretaries of state: James Baker and George Shultz.

Though President Obama himself had not been expected to attend, there had been speculation that he would be represented either by Vice President Joe Biden or wife Michelle. However, the Obama administration had said it would not be attending Thatcher’s funeral before the Boston bombings…

The excuse here for the lack of the VP or FLOTUS is this, I kid you not:

[A US Embassy spokesman] said that both the First Lady and the Vice President were ‘the President’s point people on gun control’, adding: ‘This is a week when there is a lot of movement on Capitol Hill on gun control issues.’

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Jan
07
2013
1

QotD, Yeah, Well, We’re Tired Of TELLING You That, Too Edition.

The Wall Street Journal, no doubt wondering what it did in a previous lifetime to deserve this, looks at the, um, special way that the Obama administration views the world:

The president’s insistence that Washington doesn’t have a spending problem, Mr. Boehner says, is predicated on the belief that massive federal deficits stem from what Mr. Obama called “a health-care problem.” Mr. Boehner says that after he recovered from his astonishment—”They blame all of the fiscal woes on our health-care system”—he replied: “Clearly we have a health-care problem, which is about to get worse with ObamaCare. But, Mr. President, we have a very serious spending problem.” He repeated this message so often, he says, that toward the end of the negotiations, the president became irritated and said: “I’m getting tired of hearing you say that.”

We will now pause while the usual own-goal derision is made towards Speaker John Boehner, or indeed pretty much any other Republican politician mentioned by name these days. Although how this gets us back in power is left as an exercise for the reader…

Moe Lane

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Jan
05
2013
--

Moral/post-mortem/recap of the #fireboehner saga.

Robert Costa of NRO has the details*, and the short version is as follows: Americans Majority Action staffer Ron Meyer Jr. got caught up in an attempt to get rid of House Speaker John Boehner for Boehner’s refusal to play King Canute; this all went along reasonably until Meyer et al fell in with various disgruntled House Republicans with their own axes to grind; and hi-jinks, as they say, ensued.  End result: John Boehner 1, Disgruntled House Republicans 1, AMA 0.  Moral of the story**?  You can like politicians.  You can be friends with politicians.  You can even have a drink with a politician.  But you should never, ever, ever, ever blindly trust one when he or she tells you that of course something is going to happen.  If it was certain as he or she claimed, you wouldn’t have needed to be reassured in the first place***.

Here endeth the lesson.

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