House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) gave a speech to a rotary club on Thursday, during which he talked about a lot of things — immigration, Obamacare, school funding, and how the federal spending has gone down under President Obama…
[box type=”shadow”]”There’s the Tea Party and then there are people who purport to represent the Tea Party.
I’ve gone to hundreds of Tea Party events over the last four years. The makeup is pretty much the same. You’ve got some disaffected Republicans, disaffected Democrats. You always have a handful of anarchists. They are against everything. Eighty percent of the people at these events, are the most ordinary Americans you’ve ever met. None of whom have ever been involved in politics. We in public service respect the fact that they brought energy to the political process.
I don’t have any issue with the Tea Party. I have issues with organizations in Washington who raise money purporting to represent the Tea Party, those organizations who are against a budget deal the president and I cut that will save $2.4 trillion over 10 years. They probably don’t know that total federal spending in each of the last two years has been reduced, the first time since 1950.”[/box]
One hopes he brought the salt and pepper. The Kamikaze Caucus are going to eat this man alive and squabble over the remains.
He went on to add:
[box type=”shadow”]”They probably don’t realize that we protected 99 percent of the American people from an increase in their taxes. They were against that too, the same organizations. There are organizations in Washington that exist for the sheer purpose of raising money to line their own pockets.
I made it pretty clear I’ll stand with the Tea Party but I’m not standing with these three or four groups in Washington who are using the Tea Party for their own personal benefit.”[/box]
So in addition to acknowledging that the Tea Party is actually something like a quantum superposition — whichever state it’s in, the “defending red-blooded ‘Merica” state or the “useful tool to undermine the tax system” state, depends on how much money the observer possesses — Boehner has attacked and dismissed one of the oft-repeated conservative lies: that federal spending has gone up under President Obama.
He didn’t stop there; he declared open war on the GOP, mocking them on the issue of immigration as well by saying “Here’s the attitude. Ohhhh. Don’t make me do this. Ohhhh. This is too hard.” Here’s the video clip from WKRC 12.
[box type=”shadow”]We get elected to make choices. We get elected to solve problems and it’s remarkable to me how many of my colleagues just don’t want to … They’ll take the path of least resistance.[/box]
I would contest that they take the path of least resistance. After all, there’s nothing easy about 50+ failed attempts to repeal the ACA, with more attempts promised. I daresay that’s not only taking the hardest path possible, but that they’re incredibly stupid for doing it. And while they get elected to make choices, they’re making some pretty poor ones because of this stubborn rejection of reality.
Here’s a report from CNN on Boehner’s ongoing feud with the Tea Party.
And here’s the original video from WKRC 12 with the quote in context.
More from AATTP on John Boehner’s feud with the Tea Party.