This weekend, House Speaker John Boehner walked away from a grand bargain that would lower the deficit by $4 trillion, raise the debt ceiling, and bolster the economy, because his party can't stand to make rich people pay taxes. So Boehner flipped his lid in a closed-door meeting with House Republicans today, telling them how "pissed" he was was the president. According to Politico, Boehner said Obama "talks a good game, but when it comes time to actually putting these issues on the table, making decisions, he can't quite pull the trigger." Aww, sounds like someone could use a cigarette and a good cry. May we suggest Nights In Rodanthe and a pack of Misty Ultra Light 100s?
Among the lies Boehner told his colleagues was that "at no time, ever," during his negotiations with the president, "did I agree to let taxes go up." We'll expect a jillion corrections and retractions from the Beltway press any minute now. The Speaker also said that the debt ceiling crisis was "[Obama's] problem." We've got to hand it to Boehner: despite the murmurings among the political class that Boehner is less in touch with the GOP's Tea Party leanings than Majority Whip Eric Cantor, this whopper about who's obstructing the deficit ceiling legislation seems to give him plenty of Tea-Party cred.
According to a Washington Post and Pew Research poll, "more than eight in 10 tea party supporters (81 percent) said they understand “what would happen if the government does not raise the federal debt limit” — far more than the 55 percent of all respondents who said the same thing." Don't worry America, you're in good hands!