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John Boehner, AKA “The Choker”

This quote from heir-apparent House Majority Leader John Boehner, from the L.A. Times just a few minutes ago:

“The American people are concerned about the government takeover of healthcare,” he said. “I think it is important for us to lay the groundwork before we begin to repeal this monstrosity and replace it with common-sense reforms that will bring down the cost of healthcare insurance in America.”

Does anyone else notice the weasel phrases “lay the groundwork,” “begin to repeal” and “replace it with common sense reforms” in there?

Just read his emotional “victory speech” about yesterday’s elections. First, this stemwinding series of “thank yous,” from this very milquetoaste speech:

“Well, I’m gonna thank, ah, Pete Sessions, ah, for the tireless leadership he exhibited ah, over at the RSCC, ah, along with ah, his sidekick Greg Walden. And I’m gonna thank all of our candidates, our supporters, our volunteers, who worked so hard, uh, to make this moment possible.”

Oh, Mr. B, you are the leader we’ve been waiting for. But what about the OTHER people – the ones who really pulled this off? How about thanking the tens of millions of Americans who spoke up via “Tea Parties” and grassroots movements? They did it in SPITE of you and the established Republican party, sir.

And this…

“With their voices and their votes, the American people are demanding a new way forward in Washington. And I’m here tonight to tell you that our new majority will be prepared to do things differently. to take a new approach that hasn’t been tried before in Washington – by either party.

– It starts with cutting spending instead of increasing it
– Reducing the size of government instead of expanding it
– Reforming the way Congress works and giving government back to the people
– And for all those families asking ‘where are the jobs?,’ it means ending the uncertainty in our economy and helping small businesses get people back to work.”

Zzzzzzzzzzzz… Does anyone else notice the absence of a specific mention of repealing Obamacare? Or cutting taxes?

And finally, this:

“Let’s start right now by recognizing this is not a time for celebration. This is a time to roll up our sleeves and go to work.We can celebrate when small businesses are creating jobs again… blah blah blah.”

Oh, B.S. It is TOO a time for celebration – everybody knows it… so stop the posturing for the “other side.” They’re going to skewer you anyway, get used to it. (The Left started mocking you and your tan mocking your appearance (your tan) months ago, with gusto.

We know you, Mr. Boehner. We remember how you stiff-armed the Tea Party Caucus in the House.

We’ve seen what you consider strong leadership – a 48-page eye-glazing “Pledge to America” that nobody wanted to read (not even the writers, probably.)

You totally choked on the extension of all the Bush tax cuts, giving in to the class-warfare idea of not extending them for the “wealthy.”

And health care… did you really do all you could to keep it from passing? I’m just asking.

I could go on (but I won’t.) Today is a day for celebration (if it’s OK with you, Mr. Excitement.) But you have repeatedly demonstrated (and continue to do so) that you are part of the old guard and need to go. You are not the leader the moment calls for.

Today we DO celebrate. Tomorrow I say the we “roll up our sleeves” (your pulse-racing phrase) and begin work on getting you out of House Republican leadership.

UPDATE: Reuters – and ONLY Reuters – is reporting that at Boehner’s Capitol press conference today he “vowed to repeal” Obamacare. FoxBusiness and YahooNews are picking up the story – but IT’S THE SAME REUTERS STORY. So take it with a block of salt… when only one news organization is reporting something, and it’s a lefty org that would love to mischaracterize something a conservative leader said… well, don’t start whooping and hollering yet. Here’s what Reuters is reporting that Boehner said:

“I believe that the healthcare bill that was enacted by the current Congress will kill jobs in America, ruin the best healthcare system in the world, and bankrupt our country… That means we have to do everything we can to try to repeal this bill and replace it with common sense reforms to bring down the cost of health care.”


SECOND UPDATE:Well, Boehner must be getting SOMEBODY’S message – check out this interview with Brett Baier of Fox in which he says about Obamacare that he plans to “dent, kick and slow it down,” and “make sure it is never, ever, ever implemented.” Hope he’s not just playing for the Fox audience.