I heard clips of John Boehner’s interview last Wednesday night on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
I’m left wondering what in the world was on his mind, what he was intending to accomplish with this interview. Now I know that Boehner is a big-government establishment type. But he likes to appear as a conservative. So you would think that he would try, in this forum, to verbalize some conservative principles. But no – there was nothing of that. No warnings that the country is headed over a fiscal cliff with unsustainable levels of spending. No criticism of Obama’s power grabs, incompetence, or feckless foreign policy. No, the only people he criticized were the members of his own caucus, the Republicans who actually put him in the Speaker’s chair!
Asked whether the government shutdown was the Republicans’ fault, he simply said, “Yes.” I about fell off my chair. When he is asked about moving the conservative agenda forward, he complains that he can’t get anything done because the House of Representatives, he says, is only one-half of one-third of the government. But when Obama shuts down the government and actually incurs extra expenses putting up barricades to try to prevent World War II veterans from visiting their open-air memorial in Washington, DC, it’s simply the Republicans’ fault. Period. It’s as if, in that case, Republicans control the whole government. Unbelievable.
I was intrigued by his response to Jay Leno’s question about Republican infighting. “The funny thing about the so-called infighting,” he said, “is that we agree on all the goals. We think Obamacare is bad for the country, we think we shouldn’t spend more than what we bring in, we think the president’s ignoring the laws. It’s all a fight over tactics. It’s not over what our goals are.”
Sorry, Mr. Speaker, we disagree profoundly on our goals. You are trying to push a big government agenda. We the people, the base of the Republican Party, are trying to resist.
Oh, and on a side note, I see that Judicial Watch puts the honorable speaker at the top of its list of Washington’s Ten Most Corrupt Politicians for 2013.
Republican House: Get rid of John Boehner.
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