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May 8, 2009

JOHN BOEHNER NEEDS TO TRY HARDER.... When major reports are released, party leaders routinely put out public statements, hoping reporters will pick up on their spin. Sure enough, when new unemployment figures were released this morning, House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) quickly released his best pitch. I was curious as to what he'd come up with.

Most of the statement is made up of the usual palaver. Boehner denounces "borrow and spend" ideas, despite the fact that Republicans have embraced "borrow and spend" for years. He insists the approach embraced by the president "isn't helping," though it seems a little premature to draw such a conclusion.

But here's the entertaining part:

"Washington's arrogance must be replaced by a new spirit of bipartisan cooperation to improve job prospects for millions of Americans. Republicans have taken every opportunity to reach out to the President and find areas of agreement. We offered a stimulus bill that created twice the jobs at half the price as the Democrats' bill. Our budget alternative curbed spending, created jobs by cutting taxes, and controlled the debt. And we've proposed legislation to help Americans' rebuild their nest eggs and college savings for their children.

Unfortunately, the Democrats in control of Congress have chosen a go-it-alone approach. It's time for the President and the Democratic leadership in Congress to reverse course and embrace this opportunity for real bipartisan action to help put more Americans back to work."

Let's take these one at a time.

Republicans have "taken every opportunity to reach out" to the president? Actually, that's backwards. Obama has engaged GOP lawmakers, and they've rejected everything he's proposed. That's fine -- it's what the minority party is expected to do -- but let's not pretend otherwise.

The Republicans' stimulus bill would have "created twice the jobs at half the price as the Democrats' bill"? That talking point has been around for a while, but it's wildly wrong. In fact, it's not even close to reality.

GOP lawmakers unveiled a credible "budget alternative"? Actually, their alternative "budget" was a fiasco for the party, and on a substantive level, was completely insane. It was so crazy, about a fifth of Boehner's own Republican caucus voted against it.

Maybe Boehner would have been better off not releasing a statement this morning?

Steve Benen 12:35 PM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (17)

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JOHN BOEHNER NEEDS TO STOP LYING

Fixed.

Posted by: Screamin' Demon on May 8, 2009 at 12:33 PM | PERMALINK

No wonder Republicans would rather be talking about whether to reach out or not reach out, whether to listen or to teach, or who Obama should shake hands with and how. At this point, they seem to have more bodies than minds in the Congress.

Posted by: Danp on May 8, 2009 at 12:36 PM | PERMALINK

Same old tune from Boehner, like a broken record, over and over again. Republicans whine about, "Where is the bipartisanship we were promised?" But they conveniently ignore that it takes concessions from both parties. Boehner would rather lie than work. Words don't matter; actions do. The Party of No: no leadership, no plan, no action.

Posted by: Carol A on May 8, 2009 at 12:40 PM | PERMALINK

Republicans aren't going to stop lying any time soon. And,... and,... and,... Obama uses a teleprompter. And Dijon mustard. And...

Posted by: MattF on May 8, 2009 at 12:47 PM | PERMALINK

You will note that Boner calls for 'real bipartisanship'.

From the Unabridged Dictionary of RepublicanSpeak:

Bipartisanship - when democrats give republicans everything they want

Real Bipartisanship - when democrats give republicans everything they want and apologize for being such asses as to not have done so sooner

Posted by: SadOldVet on May 8, 2009 at 12:50 PM | PERMALINK

Lie you say?
I prefer creative embellishment.

I stand by my statement. I will repeat it as often as necessary, and when I make my Sunday morning talk show rounds, the hosts will obligingly take me at my word. Look, this stuff is straight out of the Karl Rove guide to mastering politics in the 21st century. Try to keep up.

Posted by: Mr.Boehner on May 8, 2009 at 12:53 PM | PERMALINK

"Our budget created millions of magical flying ponies, but the president rejected it because he's too arrogant".

Good to hear Boehner's as honest and rational as ever.

Posted by: DH Walker on May 8, 2009 at 12:55 PM | PERMALINK

Boehner needs to STFU. Seriously. At this point, just stop talking. It would be an improvement on what he's doing now.

Posted by: asiangrrlMN on May 8, 2009 at 1:09 PM | PERMALINK

What part of Repubs ran the country for years and left it in a complete shambles doesn't Boner get?

Posted by: Gandalf on May 8, 2009 at 1:10 PM | PERMALINK

"I stand by my statement. I will repeat it as often as necessary, and when I make my Sunday morning talk show rounds, the hosts will obligingly take me at my word."

Yep, same ol' GOP playbook: make a series of statements that don't stand up to the most casual scrutiny (aka lies), then wait for the MSM to report them as if they were facts.

Posted by: mikeypal on May 8, 2009 at 1:18 PM | PERMALINK

heh heh,

"Boehner harder".

Posted by: 2Manchu on May 8, 2009 at 1:33 PM | PERMALINK

What part of Repubs ran the country for years and left it in a complete shambles doesn't Boner get?

People like Boehner, Rove, Cheney, and others have a nearly unlimited faith in their supernatural ability to modify space-time and alter the past with the power of their voices.

Posted by: DH Walker on May 8, 2009 at 1:52 PM | PERMALINK

guess he should remember "silence is golden."

ps
my yahoo mail spell-check does, in fact, suggest "boner" for "Boehner."

Posted by: dj spellchecka on May 8, 2009 at 2:46 PM | PERMALINK

trying to rationalize what republicans say is just stupid. Its the political version of Einstein's definition of insanity: trying to find a rational thought in republican spew is insane.

Posted by: zoot on May 8, 2009 at 3:30 PM | PERMALINK

Not even Darwin would have imagined "sage" rhetoric coming from a bronzed hangover. They call it a boner!

Posted by: The Galloping Trollop on May 8, 2009 at 4:40 PM | PERMALINK

"That talking point has been around for a while, but it's wildly wrong. In fact, it's not even close to reality."

"What part of Repubs ran the country for years and left it in a complete shambles doesn't Boner get?"

These are FEATURES, people!

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