.MaddowBlog: Free to speak is his mind, Boehner says some GOP reps were 'morons'
Boehner had a front-row seat to a political avalanche that never really stopped. His problems before are our problems now.
David Paul Morris / Bloomberg via Getty Images fileApril 2, 2021, 5:01 PM UTCBySteve BenenDuring his tenure as Speaker of the House, John Boehner would occasionally express some frustrations with his own GOP conference. A year before his 2015 retirement, for example, the Ohioan lamented the number of Republican"
" he had to deal with.Five months earlier, Boehnerpublicly mockedhis own members over their reluctance to work on immigration reform."Here's the attitude: 'Oh, don't make me do this. Oh, this is too hard,'" Boehner said, in a tone deriding House Republicans as if they were sniveling children. He added,"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."
Six years removed from his lengthy tenure on Capitol Hill, Boehner has written a book on his experiences, andPoliticoan essaytoday adapted from the text. The first paragraph helped capture the former Speaker's current feelings:In the 2010 midterm election, voters from all over the place gave President Obama what he himself called "a shellacking." And oh boy, was it ever. You could be a total moron and get elected just by having an R next to your name -- and that year, by the way, we did pick up a fair number in that category. headtopics.com
Remember, in case this isn't already obvious, this is the former Republican Speaker referring to some of his own Republican members.In the second paragraph, Boehner described the challenge of trying to lead a massive group of first-year GOP representatives:
Since I was presiding over a large group of people who'd never sat in Congress, I felt I owed them a little tutorial on governing. I had to explain how to actually get things done. A lot of that went straight through the ears of most of them, especially the ones who didn't have brains that got in the way.
Oh. Evidently, we've come a long way since the days in which"knuckleheads" was Boehner's preferred complaint about GOP lawmakers.Thankfully, the Ohio Republican was just getting started. Boehner's essay proceeded to call out GOP members of Congress who"didn't really want legislative victories," conservative"propaganda" outlets that churned out"crazy nonsense," and Fox News for making governing impossible -- and creating"a living hell" for him.
In the same vein, Boehner described an amazing story in which Michele Bachmann -- whom he described as a"lunatic" -- threatened to leverage her position as a prominent figure in conservative media unless the then-Speaker gave her a committee assignment she liked. headtopics.com
As for Barack Obama, with whom Boehner clashed frequently, the Republican added,"He still wasn't making Republican outreach a priority. But on the other hand -- how do you find common cause with people who think you are a secret Kenyan Muslim traitor to America?"
That's a good question.Why would the former Speaker's perspective matter six years later? Part of Boehner's essay resonated because of the degree to which it debunks the idea that the Obama era would've been more productive if only the then-president had schmoozed, golfed, and rubbed elbows with Republicans who hated him.
This was an unnervingly popular theory with pundits for the better part of his tenure, and Boehner's perspective helps prove that it was wrong."Incrementalism? Compromise? That wasn't their thing," the former Speakerwrotein reference to many of his own members."A lot of them wanted to blow up Washington. That's why they thought they were elected. Some of them, well, you could tell they weren't paying attention because they were just thinking of how to fundraise off of outrage or how they could get on Hannity that night. Ronald Reagan used to say something to the effect that if I get 80 or 90 percent of what I want, that's a win. These guys wanted 100 percent every time.... They wanted wedge issues and conspiracies and crusades."
This was not a problem a cocktail party in the East Wing of the White House was going to help fix.But I also read this with interest because Boehner had a front-row seat to a political avalanche that never really stopped. The Ohioan wanted to legislate, and had ambitions of being a consequential House Speaker, but just as he rose to a position of real influence, he quickly discovered that he was leading a radicalized caucus, indifferent to governing, which had become preoccupied with the whims of propaganda outlets that had helped poison his party. headtopics.comRead more: MSNBC »
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MaddowBlog All MaddowBlog I agree! MaddowBlog As Speaker a horrible mean miserable creature only Paul Ryan could make Boehner look good. MaddowBlog The former Speaker is correct. But the question should be, 'how do we get rid of these elected officials that don't really give a damn about their constituents, or the American people?' And Fox News has destroyed the fabric of America, to a race 2 the bottom
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MaddowBlog If I had sown the seeds of this bitter harvest I would want to distance myself too, but it’s not gonna work. The GOP laid the groundwork for this disaster and every single one will be held accountable sooner or later MaddowBlog I got tired of going home smelling like shit so I left. MaddowBlog He was part of the problem while in office. To late now.
MaddowBlog Boehner's problems were all of his own making. MaddowBlog I don’t need boehner to tell me republicans are morons. They practically tattoo it on their foreheads. MaddowBlog They weren't morons they were secretly hoping that Trump would overthrow the government because everything they did emboldened him. It might appear that they were morons but they weren't.
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MaddowBlog He was a terrible Speaker. I watched his interview with David Feherty and thought he was actually likeable. Why can’t politicians be more honest while in office MaddowBlog Boner happily led the charge against Obama. He’s just trying to change the narrative. MaddowBlog MaddowBlog He was part of the problem. He had spoken sooner.
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MaddowBlog Beware of the new brand of Republicans. 'Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.' Voltaire Assault on our nation's Capitol was Republicans. Irrefutable. Driven by Republicans on the hill. Carried out by misguided Republicans. MaddowBlog Morons? Ya think?
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MaddowBlog Does Boehner have any ideas on how to fix this mess? This environment of hate? MaddowBlog “Free to think his mind” wasn’t or aren’t they all allowed do that but simply choose not to? 🤷🏻♀️ MaddowBlog Many still are ‘morons’! MaddowBlog The problems he enabled. People like him could have done so much more before the Tea Party got up & running. They didn't. They wanted to keep minority rule & power. So now we have this. Let's not bring him back & give him the limelight right now. He's no saint.
MaddowBlog Grandfather of the RINOs. Mentor to Mitt. Father to Flake. MaddowBlog Yes. Anyone with a functioning brain could see this coming a mile away. It has been decades in the making, it did not happen overnight. People on both sides have made it their mission to 'up end' Washington at all cost.
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MaddowBlog Thank you ‘Captain OBVIOUS!’ MaddowBlog were? has he been paying attention to today's gop fools MaddowBlog Wonder if he is thinking about coming back to right the ship? MaddowBlog The bar for GOP is set too low. We already know some GOP are morons, we need only to view their posts. MaddowBlog He’s still hitting the ‘TANNING BEDS!!’ Dude.....that’s just pathetic....🤬
MaddowBlog Boehner was never worth his salt. Still Isn't. Just because he claims to have found a sliver of conscience AFTER supporting Bush AND sabotaging Obama while in cahoots with Moscowmitch doesn't make it so. I'll accept his apology and a tobacco lobby check from the House floor MaddowBlog Cry me a river. He always had the option to work with democrats that he agreed with. He chose not to.
MaddowBlog Where was your voice when it REALLY mattered? MaddowBlog I think he meant to say most, not some MaddowBlog Well......... we already knew that. We can all name them MaddowBlog This guy lmao