Aside from Romney’s “friends, relatives and fellow Mormons,” Boehner said, most people will be motivated to vote for him in opposition to Obama.
“No,” Boehner said. “Listen, we’re just politicians. I wasn’t elected to play God. The American people probably aren’t going to fall in love with Mitt Romney. I’ll tell you this: 95 percent of the people that show up to vote in November are going to show up in that voting booth, and they are going to vote for or against Barack Obama.
So Republicans have a candidate they are not particularly fond of (and neither, for that matter are Democrats), but they are expected to vote for. One would think Boehner’s motivation in speaking for his party would be to get everyone to admire Romney and not stress that he appeals only to “friends, relatives and fellow Mormons.”
Combine that with what Bill Kristol said the other day and the puncturing of Romney’s lies about his business and gubernatorial background vis-a-vis job creation and cutting out unemployment (he succeeded at neither) and it’s not really clear if Republicans will work up the energy to come out to the polls.
- Republicans pin blame for flat jobs report on Obama (politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com)
- John Boehner: Americans ‘Do Not Want To Vote For A Loser’ (huffingtonpost.com)
- Romney, Boehner Interrupted By Protesters (huffingtonpost.com)
- John Boehner Says He Hasn’t Talked to Mitt Romney (rollcall.com)
- Quote of the Day: Conservative Bill Kristol on Romney’s Campaign (themoderatevoice.com)
- Boehner pushes repeal, wants health law ‘ripped out by its roots’ (thehill.com)
- Romney and Boehner to campaign together in Ohio (firstread.msnbc.msn.com)
- Bill O’Reilly Mocks John Boehner On Health Care (goodolewoody.wordpress.com)
Tea Partiers are complaining bitterly that Boehner and the Republicans gave in on the Payroll tax problem. Obama supporters are cheering because Barack finally stood up to the House. Boehner is apparently in tears while Eric Cantor fishes for his Speaker seat.
What a way to spend a Friday. I’m exhausted just watching Chris Matthews argue with guests.
As for me… it’s the weekend, Christmas Eve is tomorrow night… and politics will be gone for at least two days.
Two quotes for the afternoon:
“I think there is room for revenues, but I think there clearly is a limit to the amount of revenues that are available.”
“The comment was significant because Boehner and other Republican leaders have repeatedly insisted that tax increases are off the table, and most Republicans in the House and Senate have signed a “taxpayer protection pledge” vowing not to raise taxes.
America” when he was asked about Norquist today. Later in the day, Boehner revised his comments.”
- John Boehner on Grover Norquist: He’s just some ‘random person’ (dailykos.com)
- Boehner calls anti-tax activist ‘random person’ (sfgate.com)
- Debt Plan Will Contain New Tax Revenues: Boehner (newser.com)
- Boehner Calls Grover Norquist Some Random Person; Norquist Agrees (blogs.wsj.com)
- Alan Simpson Takes on Grover Norquist, AARP (blogs.wsj.com)
- Boehner: Grover Who?! (mediaite.com)
If you heard the Speaker make hos speech the other day then you know he is insisting on spending cuts before the debt ceiling can be raised. He is also pushing the classic Republican point of view on cutting taxes on the rich because they will invest in American jobs. Of course they haven’t in the last couple of years as their taxes were slashed.
Perhaps Boehner is not aware that the “trickle-down theory” didn’t work for Reagan or either one of the Bushes. Republicans have limited historic vision… primarily because it is the multimillionaires that provide their funds.
As James Rowley and Mike Dorning said on Bloomberg this morning:
“Boehner’s statement in his Wall Street speech that government spending ‘is crowding out private investment and threatening the availability of capital’ runs counter to the behavior of credit markets… Boehner also said the 2009 stimulus program ‘hampered job creation in our country,’ a view at odds with the Congressional Budget Office‘s findings last August. The stimulus package increased the number of people employed by between 1.4 million and 3.3 million and cut unemployment by between 0.7 percentage point and 1.8 percentage point, according to CBO.”
“Even more alarming, because it has consequences beyond the debt-ceiling debate, is the incoherent, impervious-to-facts economic philosophy undergirding Boehner’s remarks.”
- Boehner Speaks On Debt Ceiling (npr.org)
- Rep. John Boehner holding America hostage over debt ceiling and spending cuts (crooksandliars.com)
- Rep. John Boehner Tells TODAY: Tax Increases Are ‘Off The Table’ (mediaite.com)
- Boehner contradicts self on debt limit, criticizes Bush Treasury secretary (americablog.com)
- Speaker Boehner: Tax hikes are ‘off the table’ (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Dear John (duanegraham.wordpress.com)
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… and what Boehner said as well?
This is pathetic. I hope the rest of the Democrats show some guts and pull this down. Of course, that’s not likely to happen.
- No We Can’t: One Progressive Who Sees Obama’s Deal As Weakness (alan.com)
- Message for Boehner – ‘You can’t just … be a bomb thrower’ (politico.com)
- Obama defends tax deal, says he’s kept promises (sfgate.com)
- Leah McElrath Renna: Obama’s Press Conference: Passion Misplaced (huffingtonpost.com)
“They got everything else in the entire bureaucracy that they need to control our healthcare system … with the signing of this bill. … That’s why repealing this bill has to be our No. 1 priority.”
– Republican Minority Leader John Boehner on a live radio show announcing his intention.
Repubs are pulling this out on the week that the first b$250.00 Medicare supplement checks are going out to seniors. Tim Kaine, head of the Democratic National Committee is daring the Repubs to make this destructive repeal move the focus of their fall campaign to win back Congress and has challenged Boehner and Company to reveal the things they’d take away from Americans and give back to Insurance Companies.
Today the DNC will release this television ad:
Back in March, he President made it clear that Democrats wanted Repubs to use health care repeal in their campaign:
“Now that we passed it, they’re already promising to repeal it. They’re actually going to run on a platform of repeal this November. And my attitude is, ‘Go for it.'”
“If they wanna have that fight, we can have it,” he went on. “Because I don’t believe the American people are gonna put the insurance industry back in the driver’s seat. We’ve already been there, we’re not going back. This country’s moving forward.”
Looks like Boehner is walking right into it. One would hope.
(thanks to TPM for staying on top of all this.)