Nov
03
2015
6

Quote of the Day, Nancy Pelosi Had To Go Back To John Boehner’s Tobacco-Imbued Office edition.

I am sometimes a petty person. I admit this. For example, this made me laugh:

When Representative Nancy Pelosi, Democrat of California, lost her speaker’s gavel in the 2010 Republican rout of the House, she was forced to reinhabit Mr. Boehner’s prior office as he moved into her spot.

The House superintendent replaced carpets, peeled the paint off the walls and repainted them, and replaced the curtains, all in the name of smoke odor eradication. This was not at Ms. Pelosi’s request. “We are all paying the price for Speaker Boehner’s smoking,” said Drew Hammill, a spokesman for Ms. Pelosi.

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Oct
09
2015
7

Quote of the Day, Admittedly The Goats Want Him Gone, Too edition.

I’m sorry, but I find this hysterical.

Voicemail 15: Paul. John. Man, that voicemail message. I’ve got it memorized now, ha! Ha. I just want to talk to you. Can’t we just talk? About, you know, dreams and stuff? I have a lot of dreams. Last night I had a dream. I dreamed that I was a goatherd and I lived in a deep dark tunnel where there was no regular order and the goats were very critical of my performance. But I was finally going to get to stop. I was climbing up out of the tunnel, up toward the light, where I would never have to see another goat again. I felt the breeze on my face. I saw the sunshine. And then they pulled me back. (long silence, sound like ice cubes clinking in a glass) They pulled me back, Paul. Just when I thought I was out. Just when I was reaching for the light. They pulled me back. But I can’t go back. Paul. I. Can. Never. Go. Back.

Then again, as you all know: I retain a certain rough sympathy for John Boehner. Which is no doubt a flaw in my character, and/or a sign of my being infected by the Beltway – still, there it is.

Moe Lane

PS: Dang straight I’m a goat. When it comes to political analogies… better to be a goat than to be a sheep, pig, cow, or chicken. Better by far.

Sep
25
2015
12

…And, oh, yeah: John Boehner’s resigning.

“…BOEHNER OUUUT.”

I actually never had as much of a problem with Speaker John Boehner as other people did; no, seriously. Honestly, he had a tough job. A job I would not want. Any caucus where I’m one of the reasonable people in it is gonna be a nightmare. I wish that he fought more, but I’m always gonna wish that.

Besides, he’s out the door, right? John Boehner will go take the hit on a continuing resolution, resign from Congress, and retire to Florida. No matter how much any of my readers may hate the first clause of the preceding sentence, the second and third clauses fulfill many conservative activists’ dreams. And life will, as it does, go on.

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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