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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.
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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