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July 8, 2009

WAXMAN HURTS BOEHNER'S FEELINGS.... This sounds like intemperate rhetoric, but under the circumstances, it's hardly over the top.

Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), who has had an eventful couple of weeks to say the least, believes House Republican opposition to climate change legislation and the stimulus indicates they're cheering against the good ol' US of A.

"It appears that the Republican Party leadership in the Congress has made a decision that they want to deny President Obama success, which means, in my mind, they are rooting against the country, as well," the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee chairman told WAMU radio host Diane Rehm on Tuesday morning, promoting his new book, "The Waxman Report."

A spokesperson for House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) called Waxman's comment "outrageous," adding, "[O]bviously Chairman Waxman owes the American people an apology."

Really? It seems to me Republicans spent the first few months of the year debating amongst themselves whether rooting for failure was a good idea.

We're talking about a group of partisans who've argued for half a year now that Democrats are deliberately trying to destroy the country. Waxman suggests GOP leaders are indirectly "rooting against the country" and Boehner's office is once again looking for the fainting couch?

Please.

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feinting couch

Prostrate boxing is the hot new sport.

Posted by: shortstop on July 8, 2009 at 10:00 AM | PERMALINK

"Rooting" and "fainting."

Otherwise, yeah.

Posted by: Grumpy on July 8, 2009 at 10:00 AM | PERMALINK

I think you mean "rooting" for failure. Routing for failure was the Dubya MO.

Posted by: jimBOB on July 8, 2009 at 10:00 AM | PERMALINK

Waxman should say, "Yes, I apologize to the American people, I'm sorry they have to live with the consequences of John Boehner's leadership in the House"

Posted by: bruce on July 8, 2009 at 10:02 AM | PERMALINK

Quick Boehner; Time for you to come up with a climate legislation plan similar to Your Budget with no numbers and you Health care plan with no Plan. I tell you what I'll give you a hand ...let me see I've got it!
1. Reduce Taxes for the rich and eliminate envirionmental regulation
2. ?????????
3. Problems solved.

See Easy Peasy

Posted by: John R on July 8, 2009 at 10:05 AM | PERMALINK

I don't remember Democrats or Liberals getting the last word when we were accused of "blaming America first" or "not supporting the troops." Where's the mainstream media to pepper the Republicans with "Have you stopped beating your wife" type questions now?

Posted by: Pat on July 8, 2009 at 10:06 AM | PERMALINK

And why does he owe the "American people" an apology? He insulted Republicans for not caring about the American people? Is Boehner suggesting that the American people don't want people to care about them? Or is he suggesting that the American people are all Republicans? (Actually, that last point may be his subconscious belief. But that just makes his demand for an apology offensive.)

Posted by: Paulk on July 8, 2009 at 10:10 AM | PERMALINK

I agree with Pat @ 10:06. It's time for a full court press. Put these a$$holes on their heels and make them pay for all the years of abuse.

Posted by: kanopsis on July 8, 2009 at 10:10 AM | PERMALINK

Waxman's made of sterner stuff than most of these guys. No apology will be forthcoming.

Posted by: shortstop on July 8, 2009 at 10:11 AM | PERMALINK

"over the top"

Mr Waxman's comments are still at base camp compared to my feelings against Boner. Geez, Bonerless read some history about brawls in the House of old. Now, when Waxman comes across the aisle holding a cane above his head, get back to us.

Posted by: berttheclock on July 8, 2009 at 10:11 AM | PERMALINK

Geez, Bonerless read some history about brawls in the House of old. Now, when Waxman comes across the aisle holding a cane above his head, get back to us.

Stop it. You're getting me all hot with this political pron.

Posted by: shortstop on July 8, 2009 at 10:14 AM | PERMALINK

If the Republicans were taking principled positions debating the debatable Waxman might be out of line, but they aren't. Knee jerk opposition to the Administration is so pervasive if Obama were to tell the White House Press Corps at a press conference that the Pope is Catholic House Republicans would issue a sharp denial. Of course, the MSM would then launch us into a "serious" one week "debate" emphasizing the Republican claim that the Pope is not really a Catholic. Broder would write an editorial breathlessly arguing that the Democrats really ought to seek a bipartisan compromise and agree that the Pope is really a conservative Episcopalian.

Posted by: Ron Byers on July 8, 2009 at 10:15 AM | PERMALINK

"Feinting Couch" is a beautifully appropriate typo, given the meaning of "feint".

Posted by: LaFollette Progressive on July 8, 2009 at 10:21 AM | PERMALINK

Were Boner's feeling hurt so bad that he cried?

Republicans = the real "girly men."

Even the most feminine female Democrat in the House ore Senate has more cojones than these wimpy corporate schills.

Posted by: BuzzMon on July 8, 2009 at 10:23 AM | PERMALINK

if Obama were to tell the White House Press Corps at a press conference that the Pope is Catholic House Republicans would issue a sharp denial.

If Obama said the pope was Catholic, the R's would denounce him for claiming that Benedict defecated in the woods.

Posted by: rea on July 8, 2009 at 10:23 AM | PERMALINK

Boehner is a knucklehead. The only thing real about him is his fake tan. Guess that about covers it. Nauseating...

Posted by: stevio on July 8, 2009 at 10:23 AM | PERMALINK

Come to think of it, "routing for failure" is also pretty good. This post is chock full of accidental insights.

Posted by: LaFollette Progressive on July 8, 2009 at 10:24 AM | PERMALINK

Feelings are for the wimps of the Dem Party not the real macho uber-mensch of the GOP.

Why so sensitive Boehner?

Posted by: Former Dan on July 8, 2009 at 10:25 AM | PERMALINK

Gee, it wasn't so long ago that some Democrats were deemed to be traitors for not supporting the war in Iraq.

Posted by: Obee on July 8, 2009 at 10:29 AM | PERMALINK

Waxman needs top corner Boehner in such a way with his 'apology' that it forces Boehner to choose between Rush and self preservation. Something like:

I am sorry that your chosen leader, Mr Limbaugh, took a position that you indicates is not yours. I understand that only your leaders are wishing for the country to fail, so I apoligize for assuming that your position was the same of your leader's.

Just keep nailing these guys when they scream 'victim', to Limbaugh and Beck and O'Reilly.

Posted by: ScottW on July 8, 2009 at 10:32 AM | PERMALINK

Haven't Republicans been rooting for the failure of the Stimulus bill? Haven't a bunch of them advocated the boycott of GM? Haven't some of them tried to undercut Obama's foreign policy? Waxman was right, and he or other Democrats ought to double down.

Posted by: sjw on July 8, 2009 at 10:32 AM | PERMALINK

Just saw Boehner on TV saying the stimulus did not work and has not created a single job, according to USA today, many states are not using the stimulus money as it was intended, it would be interesting to know which states are not using it for job making projects. It was my understanding that this was up to the governors of the individual states. We know one governor was awol canoodling with his mistress, another one resigned - who the heck is tracking the money?

Posted by: JS on July 8, 2009 at 10:35 AM | PERMALINK

Boehner, like Palin, talks to real Americans. They want the rest of us to apologize for being smarter than they are.

Posted by: qwerty on July 8, 2009 at 10:37 AM | PERMALINK

Boner: "Oh no you di'int. You bitch." What a pussy.

Posted by: Patrick on July 8, 2009 at 10:46 AM | PERMALINK

Seriously, does Boehner have his own dickipedia page yet? I get so angry when he is talking on my internets, it's either a lie or massaging his own reality or I don't know what but it's all bullshit and the dude does nothing but act batshit crazy and say crazy things but because he is the head of the House GOP, he gets the free tan, ergo, he is on camera most often.

Posted by: Englischlehrer on July 8, 2009 at 11:19 AM | PERMALINK

Boehner is a certified asshole.

Posted by: Fred on July 8, 2009 at 11:20 AM | PERMALINK

Hey Boner! I got your apology right here!

Posted by: Trollkiller on July 8, 2009 at 11:21 AM | PERMALINK

In other news, a crate of miniature violins was delivered to Boehner's office today...

Posted by: doubtful on July 8, 2009 at 11:34 AM | PERMALINK

Good on ol' Waxman. Do I see a spine down his back? Thank god at least one Dem leader knows how to play the game. Perhaps other, less vertically able Dems might pick up on his alpha and stop cringing in the face of impotent Repuke sniping. In the meantime, give Progressive Majority and Act Blue in 2010. It's just around the corner, folks.

Posted by: Conrads Ghost on July 8, 2009 at 11:53 AM | PERMALINK

All republicans appear to want Obama to fail, at the expense of America and it's people. This should be no surprise after the effects of the last administration.
It is time for America to wake up, do their own research on things instead of just listening to the talking heads and believing everything that they say.

Posted by: jc on July 8, 2009 at 11:53 AM | PERMALINK

Hopefully, Boner will hold his breath all the time he's waiting for Waxman's apology. It would show everyone that he's a real man. And it would force Waxman to prove that he's really as humanitarian as he claims to be.

Posted by: exlibra on July 8, 2009 at 12:00 PM | PERMALINK

The Republicans of 2009 are more and more reminiscent of the German Nazis of 1945. As the German people tired of war and proved themselves "unworthy" of the Nazi warlords, the Nazis turned on their own people and insured that the country was utterly devastated as a result.

Our Republican wannabee-goosesteppers - after 40 years of their "coup" - are proving similarly "patriotic". "You don't want to do it our way? Well, the hell with you then!!!"

Posted by: TCinLA on July 8, 2009 at 12:21 PM | PERMALINK

Now Waxman needs to supply examples and quotes of all the times where Republican politicians and talking head accused Democrats of hurting American if they didn't agree with Bush and Republicans and post that list on his website and send that list with the link to Boehner. Of course Boehner knows what the Republicans did he just like the play the victim card because he thinks he is getting sympathy. I wouldn't count on the traditional media outlets to do this.

Posted by: ET on July 8, 2009 at 12:32 PM | PERMALINK

Obviously Minority Leader Bo(eh)ner owes the American people an apology.

Posted by: dal20402 on July 8, 2009 at 12:34 PM | PERMALINK

I will apologize just as soon as I am sorry....

Posted by: Paul Dirks on July 8, 2009 at 1:25 PM | PERMALINK

I guess dissent is only patriotic when it's a republican administration. When the dems are in power, you best be going in lock step!

Posted by: Cletus on July 8, 2009 at 1:30 PM | PERMALINK

I guess dissent is only patriotic when it's a republican administration. When the dems are in power, you best be going in lock step!

Cletus, the Republicans are not acting in good faith. We have Krilstol's 1990s memo that showed they had no intention of approving any health care reform, as it'd benefit the Democrats politically.

Boehner is welcome to act in bad faith, but he can expect to be called on it. As can you.

Jackass.

Posted by: Gregory on July 8, 2009 at 2:01 PM | PERMALINK

the Republicans are not acting in good faith

Excuse me .. take a look over at memorandum .. and here .. on another thread ..

Reid told Baucus that several in the Conference had serious concerns and that it wasn't worth securing the support of Grassley and at best a few additional Republicans.

This has been the pattern since the beginning of the year. Remember "I Won".
So who exactly isn't being cooperative ?

Posted by: Neo on July 8, 2009 at 2:25 PM | PERMALINK

Gotta love Boehner' chutzpa. If, for the purpose of the argument, one were to assume that Waxman's comment really was offensive, who would he have offended? Obviously 'the Republican Party leadership in the Congress'.

So why is Boehner, through his spokesperson, demanding an apology to the American people. Cause a demand for an apology to the Republican leadership in Congress would, at most, elicit a big yawn.

Posted by: SRW1 on July 8, 2009 at 3:46 PM | PERMALINK

Neo, you dishonest jackass, you shouldn't rebut a contention about GOP bad faith with more bad faith.

No one's arguing whether the Democrats are being cooperative; indeed, the Republican's failure to act in good faith means that there's no point in the Democrats being cooperative, and in fact they'd be foolish to do so.

If you want to make the case that the GOP are negotiating in good faith, be my guest -- and please do account for the fact that after negotiating with Obama on the stimulus, not one Hose Republican voted for it. And no, vague references to conservative blog consensus via Memorandum doesn't count.

Put up or shut up.

Posted by: Gregory on July 8, 2009 at 4:24 PM | PERMALINK




 

 

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