Appearing on This Week With George Stephanopoulos this morning Speaker of the House John Boehner spent 14 minutes saying nothing that he could not have said in the first minute. Actually that is pretty much what he did do, what he said in the first minute or two of the interview was simply repeated over and over again.
Pressed by Stephanopoulos to give a straight yes or no answer to the question of whether or not he was prepared to let the nation default on its bills on the 17th of the month the Speaker would say very little other than to attempt to place the blame on the President by saying that he doesn’t want to default but that the President will not negotiate.
Stephanopoulos played a clip of him saying, “It’s pretty clear that the president was re-elected. Obamacare is the law of the land. If we were to put Obamacare into the CR and send it over to the Senate, we were risking shutting down the government. That is not our goal.” After the clip he said, “So right there, you say that’s not your goal. You don’t want to put Obamacare on the CR. You did it.”
The lack of any sense of reality in his response was stunning, “George, I have made it clear to my colleagues. I don’t want to shut the government down. We voted to keep the government open.” Easy to say, much harder to convince anyone of.
Stephanopoulos said to him,
“The president has pointed out, it’s the law of the land. It has been upheld by the Supreme Court. It was ratified in a presidential election. And perhaps more important to the moment right now, you have tried this several times, it hasn’t worked. So, there’s no change in your position?”
At this point the conversation became like a computer stuck in an endless loop, it simply went around in circles with Stephanopoulos trying to get a straight answer and Boehner insisting over and over that this is all the President’s doing and that he does not want it nor does he want to default, but that the President is the only one who can stop it by giving in to the terroristic threats of the TEApublicans in the House.
He said he was willing to dismantle Social Security and Medicare in exchange for raising the debt ceiling but that taxes were not on the table. In other words it is the same old story, he is willing to compromise as long as the President concedes everything and accepts everything that the TEApublicans want. That is the same definition of compromise we have been hearing from them right along, nothing is changed.
Compromise is not a one way street yet these people seem to think that is exactly what it is, I want A, you want B, let’s compromise, we’ll go with A. They are not qualified to be a part of government because they will not accept that in government one does not ever get all of what one wants and they will accept nothing less. It would not be a problem except for the fact that John Boehner is not in charge of the House, the radical TEA Partiers are and he has no idea how to regain control, if he ever had it.
You can watch the entire conversation below.