Just reading some excerpts from the Sawyer interview with our over-medicated Speaker.

DIANE SAWYER: Have to begin with the election, what was the first word you said to yourself when you knew that the President was going to win again?
SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE JOHN BOEHNER: It’s the hand I was dealt. I’ll play it. And I went to bed.

She asked you what word. A word. One. Pay attention.

DIANE SAWYER: Right away? How early? (crosstalk)
SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE JOHN BOEHNER: 11:15. I saw the handwriting on the wall for a couple of hours, and at 11:15, the race was, in my view, finished, and I went to sleep. And slept like a baby.

Oh, our speaker, in all the tumult of a devastating loss, had such inner calm. He’s calm isn’t he? In fact, that’s what I hear people say all the time, the guy is calm. How about, you were toasted anyway, and passed out?

Sorry, but I can’t think of one person who was calm that night. No one. Nobody slept like a baby, except calm baby Boehner, not at all concerned for the future of our children.

DIANE SAWYER: Let us talk about right now, because as everyone has said, a disaster is looming, a fiscal cliff is looming. The President has said, do it now, let us get a deal, let us end this gridlock now. Is it going to happen?
SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE JOHN BOEHNER: You know, Diane, I was born an optimist. I always see the glass as half-full,

Nah, forget it, too easy, resume.

and I had a nice conversation with the President yesterday, and even over the course of (JOHN BOEHNER coughs) these last couple of years, we’ve had a very cordial relationship. And I remain optimistic that we’re going to be able to find common ground to avoid this fiscal cliff and find a way to work together to deal with the big issues the American people sent us here to deal with.

Calm baby had a nice conversation with the man who, not 5 days ago, was intentionally agitating his drone crowds with false horror stories about the future of the country under the so-called standard bearer of his own party, Mitt Romney.

How nice.

SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE JOHN BOEHNER: (crosstalk) I made clear yesterday, that raising tax rates is unacceptable, and frankly, it couldn’t even pass the House. (coughs) I’m not sure it could pass the Senate. So the votes aren’t there. What I did yesterday was lay out a reasonable, responsible way forward to avoid the fiscal cliff, and that’s through putting increased revenues on the table, but through reforming our tax code, and I would do that if the President were serious about solving our spending problem and trying to secure our entitlement programs.

No worries everyone, stay calm, Boehner has a plan. The speaker would ask you to please not panic, no matter what you may have heard about his last big plan.

SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE JOHN BOEHNER: A fairer, flatter tax code will produce more economic growth, will get our economy moving again, and allow more Americans to get back to work.

Hey, the fairflat tax of 2012. Some of you wanted fair, some of you wanted flat, Calm Baby’s got your back. We’s goin’ fairer-flatter. Psst, Calm Baby, if Obama says the words ‘value added’ say no, k?

DIANE SAWYER: Is he, because he ran (Boehner coughs) for the Vice Presidency – is he the leader of the Republican party now?
SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE JOHN BOEHNER: Oh I wouldn’t think so. Paul Ryan’s a policy wonk – he’s involved in the cause of trying to bring his pro growth economic agenda to America and making sure that we’re doing this in a fiscally responsible way.

I love how the ABC transcript mentions every Boehner cough, even during Sawyer quotes. I’m sure they put it in there to remind the reader that Boehner is a chain-smoker.

Paul Ryan would have been a heart-beat away from the Presidency and everyone was fine with it, but now, Boehner says in no way could he be the leader. Hm. Paul Ryan should challenge him for Speaker, he would be one hell of a lot more effective.

SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE JOHN BOEHNER: Well I think what Republicans need to learn is – how do we speak to all Americans? You know, not just to people who look like us and act like us, but how do we speak to all Americans? Listen, we believe in the American dream, we believe in individual freedom – we believe in empowering all citizens. I think there’s a message there that resonates with all Americans but we need to do a much more affective job in communicating.

Affective. Not effective. Boehner wants the Republican party to appeal to your emotions, just like the Democrats do. I’m sure next go round, we will be screaming about how the rich need to pay their fair share, and the womenfolk need their birth control. I’m sick of this following the democrat model, I’m sick of people like Boehner who think we need to be more like them.

We don’t need to be more like them, we need more who don’t need them. We need more people who understand that big government kills the individual, and is self-defeating. Say it, Boehner, or get the hell out of the way.

SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE JOHN BOEHNER: Well, I’ll let all the political prognosticators figure out what, how the election went and why it went the way it did. Listen, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan did a very nice job carrying our banner and I’m proud of the campaign that they ran, but we lost. The other side did a much more effective job in getting their votes out to the polls – and I’m fond of saying, polls don’t decide elections, voters do. And more of their voters showed up than ours. But but having said that, you know I may not like the 5 cards that were dealt to me but those are the cards I’ve got in my hand. Now my job on behalf of the American people is to find a way to work with my Democrat colleagues and our Democrat President to solve America’s problems. If there was one mandate that came out of the election, it was find a way to work together to address our problems.

Don’t you mean affective?

DIANE SAWYER: A couple of other questions about the agenda now. You had said next year that you would repeal the health care vote? That still your mission?
SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE JOHN BOEHNER: Well I think the election changes that. It’s pretty clear that the President was re-elected, Obamacare is the law of the land. I think there are parts of the health care law that are going to be very difficult to implement and very expensive and at a time when we’re trying to find a way to create a path toward a balanced budget, everything has to be on the table.

This is just depressing me, I should stop.

HOW DOES THE ELECTION CHANGE THAT? DID THE ELECTION OF 2010 CHANGE THE FACT THAT AMERICANS WANTED THIS THING REPEALED? IS THERE ANY DECREASE OF POWER IN THE HALF OF A THIRD? YOU HAVE THE POWER OF THE PURSE. HIT THEM WITH YOUR PURSE, CALM BABY, DO IT TO SALVAGE WHAT IS LEFT OF YOUR SHATTERED PARTY, YOU IMBECILE.

Ok, I’ve had enough, it goes on to talk about immigration, and I haven’t the stomach. We need this man removed and put new blood in there, someone with heart, someone with guts, for God’s sake!

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  • Hugh

    You magnificently captured my thoughts exactly Jen. (Cough)

    • http://jenkuznicki.com Jen Kuznicki

      LOL!

  • task

    Like Judge Roberts, Boehner could save this nation or finish it off. But he has a history as ideologicall stupid as our President's. He is a compromiser, not for the American electorate that put him where he is via the Tea Party conduit but with media who hates him along with every conservative, every libertarian and every republican and all the platidutes that they give is nothing more than an affirmation of how right they are and how wrong we were and how much further we must travel to become one with them.

    You don't agree with the enemy any more than Churchill agreed with German agression or Reagan agreed with the Soviets. In Obama's and Reed's world this is about compromise with them and not with liberty. If the debt ceiling need be raised you cut the debt ceiling despite facing default becaue we are going there anyway. When it comes to ObamaCare you leave it to self-destruct as it canabalizes Medicare. You are unlikely to be voted out on principle but if you are the pragmatism of standing on that principle will leave another trifecta responsible for the final two years of economic misery that will trickle down into the very lifestyles of the voters who helped create the mess whose lack of Constitutional conservative leadership and principles you have have been just as responsible for. The bell tolls not just for you but for America and liberty as well. I think this is as fundamentally worth fighting for as it was for Washington at Valley Forge. And I also think the providers and the producers would prefer to share in additional misery, on principle, on the hope that it is better to suffer today for a better tomorrow. After all isn't that how we got to be prosperous in the first place?

  • task

    BTW, if you need some insight into high states poker negotiating you raise the debt ceiling only on the proviso that you totally destroy ObamaCare and give back the 716 billion to Medicare and set up a non-general fund Medicare untouchable account left alone for a decade and a half and funded by using funds garnered from shrinking a host of the many unnecessary government agencies. The public will not object and if the President disagrees, which he will certainly do, you ride out or survive on the defense of Medicare whose fate is soon to become apparent along with your vindication.

  • Danny Tennison

    GREAT Job Jen !! 'like' the new page layout !!

  • deltadave

    I have been worried about Mr. Boehner for a while now. I do think someone should challenge him for the Speaker position. He submits too easily to the media built lies and deceptions
    His comment about "the law of the land" when it will not be fully implemented for two years is very disturbing. As much as I dislike Madame Pelosi as Speaker, she never stopped pushing her party and its principles. We need someone less bipartisan in this job.

  • task

    Look what we went through with Iran Contra? Imagine if that was labeled a conspiracy theory by the Reagan Administration? How quickly republicans submit to special prosecutors with the indigenous enthusiasm of serial killers? We finally got one (who is still disparaged) and investigated Clinton; we ran the House then as we do today and if I were contemplating a budget deal with our chief ideologue I would not hesitate to employ the Benghazi entanglement web as part of the process. More than half of this nation, the productive half, put republicans into place to do a job and yet you would never conclude what purpose they serve by the way they perform. Boehner is neither a Gingrich or a Pelosi, but certainly is the least representative of the Tea Party conservatives that put him where he is.

    I don't need to hear that we have only half of one legislative branch. If that is the case then the democrats have only half of the Senate. We own the House for the next two years. For the moment these two years are the best shot at re-energizing liberty. This time should not be spent lying around in a moribund state. Republicans will never enjoy good press and when they do the right thing they can count on bad press. That bad press is exactly what energizes the very people who will notice the party they voted in as a remedy for the mistake we made in 2008 and almost corrected in 2012. Romney is now out of the picture. This is the time to correct what is left or blame it. The fact that we gained republican governors is testimony that many in this country still think the right way.

  • task

    So now Boehner is consolidating power using Paul Ryan for legitimacy while he back benches the real House Tea Party Constitutional conservatives for the sole purpose of selling a bad deal to the American public that makes both him and the radical POTUS look good.

    We know when we have been sold out and I, for one, will never ever give another dime to the republican party but only to candidates and I advise everyone else to make this a national priority. I expect a Speaker, as the head of the people's house, to do what was a real mandate in 2010 that quite nicely survived in 2012; I expect him to be non- bipartisan when it comes to principles and especially so when it comes to a radical Executive ideologue. His job is hold steady and if it causes the Executive and media types to experience hemorrhages related to high blood pressure then so be it. We either halt this fast track to an Argentina like paradigm or eventually cause all of America to end that way simply to keep a temporary politician in power. If we lose the war let it not be because our ideas were compromised, because we broke rank, because we did not stand firm on what is right in the name of liberty.

    There is a great difference between being a witness to a civil and economic demise as opposed to having contributed to it.

  • task

    If Boehner caves on taxes he demonstrates he is as bad as Obama. He is no longer a spectator; he becomes an active participant.

    Where is the likes of Tom DeLay when you need someone to hold the conservatives as tight as a military line?

    The Constitution gave more power to the legislators than the Executive and although we run the House you would never know it. The only weapon the Executive has is propaganda and republicans can easily dismantle that despite the media. In fact Mark Levin's proposal regarding cutting taxes for the middle two brackets is an excellent example of how you fight this class warfare demagoguery. Then you allow a default that is addressed next year. Unbelievably the loss of the Bush tax rates (stop calling them cuts) damages the great majority of low income earners and they have no idea that they voted for a man who could let that happen as the Clinton rates suddenly appear along with forced cuts. Democrats loved the Clinton rates but a majority of their base will not know what hit them and that is why Obama wants to keep the Bush rates for those making less than $250,000. He is supporting his base.

    1.2 trillion in deficit spending cannot be offset by 90 billion in tax increases which will shrink to 75 billion after the economy goes further into recession because the real investors are the people making over $250,000. Then they will increase spending (because revenue will decrease) to deal with increased unemployment, food stamps, welfare and inability to pay the privileged government class which is expanding faster than the universe.