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Boehner Says Economic Hostage-Takers Have Infiltrated the House GOP Caucus
http://www.thenation.com/blog/162408/boehner-says-economic-hostage-takers-have-infiltrated-house-gop ^ | 7/27 | john nicols

Posted on 07/29/2011 6:44:37 AM PDT by RummyChick

House Speaker John Boehner has a new excuse for the dissent within the ranks of the House Republican Caucus he is supposed to lead.

The caucus, Boehner says, has been infiltrated by a cabal that hopes to take the US economy hostage in order to force political concessions from President Obama and Congressional Democrats.

Appearing Wednesday on conservative talk radio host Laura Ingraham’s,, Boehner acknowledged what every serious economic analyst has already said: that a failure to raise the debt ceiling before the August 2 deadline would be devastating to an already struggling US economy.

So “why,” Ingraham asked, were House Republicans resisting the deal that President Obama has offered—a deal that is ridiculously deferent to Republican demands for cuts to needed domestic programs and for tax breaks for corporations and the wealthy.

“Well,” Boehner said of the most belligerent members of his caucus, “first they want more. And my goodness, I want more too. And secondly, a lot of them believe that if we get passed August the second and we have enough chaos, we could force the Senate and the White House to accept a balanced budget amendment.”

Let’s be clear about what Boehner is saying: he has members of his caucus—perhaps sufficient in number to block resolution of the debt ceiling fight—who would be willing to force the United States to default on its debts. Why? Because they want to create so much economic chaos that the president and Congressional Democrats will sign on for a bad policy that could not otherwise advance.

That’s blackmail. But Boehner’s not concerned about the fact that his lawless colleagues would threaten the good faith and credit of the United States—not to mention the economic stability of their homeland—in order to score political points.

The Speaker’s only concern is that a wrong move might make it harder for him to maneuver politically.

“I don’t think that that strategy works,” Boehner explained to the radio host. “Because I think the closer we get to August the second, frankly, the less leverage we have vis à vis our colleagues in the Senate and the White House.”

That is sort of reassuring.

Boehner is not a responsible player. But at least he is enough of a hack to fear that his colleagues who have lost touch with economic reality might—if allowed to have their way—create chaos not just for the economy but force a crisis that Ingraham suggested could “be disastrous for the Republican Party.” John Nichols


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: boehner; debtdeal; defaultisimpeachable; democratpropaganda; lauraingraham; nodefault14amendment; obama; teaparty
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1 posted on 07/29/2011 6:44:42 AM PDT by RummyChick
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To: RummyChick

“The caucus, Boehner says, has been infiltrated by a cabal that hopes to take the US economy hostage in order to force political concessions from President Obama and Congressional Democrats.”

And.................this is a bad thing?


2 posted on 07/29/2011 6:46:27 AM PDT by Puckster
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To: RummyChick

Doing nothing is better than 2.5 trillion more debt.


3 posted on 07/29/2011 6:46:46 AM PDT by listenhillary (2007 deficit 160 Billion, 2008 - 458 billion, 2009 -1.4 Trillion, 2010 - 1.6 Trillion)
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To: RummyChick

That does it. Bone-head-her is now an official dim-bulb-crat.

He is stupid.

He is vapid.

He sucks.

Get that loser outta there.

Now!


4 posted on 07/29/2011 6:47:34 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: RummyChick

Common sense has infiltrated the GOP. Nothing else. Boehner needs to go as speaker.


5 posted on 07/29/2011 6:47:47 AM PDT by saganite (What happens to taglines? Is there a termination date?)
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To: Puckster

Laura Ingraham has now gone to the other side. I’m not going to bother listening to her anymore.


6 posted on 07/29/2011 6:48:20 AM PDT by cotton1706
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To: RummyChick
Its harder and harder not to question what Boehner's true intentions are.

Rolling the budget baseline back to 2008 is not a hard argument to make, unless you just don't want to.

7 posted on 07/29/2011 6:48:39 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: RummyChick

I can’t wait to see how many on this thread fall for the salacious headline from THE “LEFT-OF-MARX” NATION rag vs. what Boehner’s actual quote was.

Look how they even twist Laura’s words! Fascinating Goebbels is still alive.


8 posted on 07/29/2011 6:49:14 AM PDT by sam_paine (X .................................)
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To: RummyChick

Full court press against the Tea party. Includes political Washington type elites like Laura Ingraham, Charles Krauthammer, Bill Kristol, etc. More of the same from the same.


9 posted on 07/29/2011 6:49:17 AM PDT by cp124 (Government is value subtracted.)
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To: RummyChick
lawless colleagues

Lawless? How so? They are duely elected and they know why they were elected and they are sticking to principle! And by the way, if we don't raise the debt ceiling, we need not default - if we do it will be by the President's choice!

10 posted on 07/29/2011 6:49:55 AM PDT by JaguarXKE
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To: RummyChick

YO BONER!!!!!

How many DEMOCRATS voted NO???????

Why don’t you go pick on some of them???


11 posted on 07/29/2011 6:50:05 AM PDT by Safrguns
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To: RummyChick

“the deal that President Obama has offered”

Who wrote this stupid article? Obama has not offered any deal other than raising taxes.


12 posted on 07/29/2011 6:50:17 AM PDT by caver (Obama: Home of the Whopper)
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To: saganite

please people ..get in touch with the list of no’s and get them to hold strong...this can’t get out of the House or Reid/Pelosi/Obama win with the help of our traitors like Boehner and Mcconnell

tweet, call the toll free number at the white house and email.

http://gretawire.foxnewsinsider.com/2011/07/29/bad-sign-for-speaker-boehner/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+blogs%2FGretawire+%28Internal+-+Gretawire+-+Blog%29&utm_content=Twitter

Urgent: Cantor won’t commit to a vote on Boehner bill today

Per Pergram-Capitol Hill

In a sign that the Boehner bill may simply just not be able to garner the necessary votes to pass, the office of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), who sets the floor schedule will not commit to voting on that legislation today.


13 posted on 07/29/2011 6:50:43 AM PDT by RummyChick
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To: RummyChick

Boner, it’s 4th and 10, add a BBA to your bill and PUNT!


14 posted on 07/29/2011 6:50:56 AM PDT by swamprebel ((jmho))
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To: RummyChick

The CCB bill was sent to the house 1 week ago. Bring it to the Senate floor for a vote.

Media and the Democratic propagandists are going to spin this into a crap sandwich that Republicans insist we taxpayers eat.

No thanks.


15 posted on 07/29/2011 6:51:12 AM PDT by listenhillary (2007 deficit 160 Billion, 2008 - 458 billion, 2009 -1.4 Trillion, 2010 - 1.6 Trillion)
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To: RummyChick
You'd better get your ass in line Boehner.


16 posted on 07/29/2011 6:51:12 AM PDT by McGruff (HOLD THE LINE!)
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To: saganite; RummyChick
Common sense has infiltrated the GOP. Nothing else. Boehner needs to go as speaker.

You know he doesn't care, he'll good a nice job with Goldman Sachs after he's out of office.

17 posted on 07/29/2011 6:51:21 AM PDT by Doofer
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To: cotton1706

Ditto! I have been very disappointed in her of late!


18 posted on 07/29/2011 6:51:28 AM PDT by JaguarXKE
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To: RummyChick
But Boehner’s not concerned about the fact that his lawless colleagues would threaten the good faith and credit of the United States

So continuing on this unrecoverable path of obscene debt with continuous spending is not going to threaten the good faith and credit of the US???

19 posted on 07/29/2011 6:51:29 AM PDT by missnry (The truth will set you free ... and drive liberals Crazy!)
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To: RummyChick; Puckster; listenhillary; Da Coyote; saganite; cotton1706; skeeter; sam_paine; cp124

Too late!

“I can’t wait to see how many on this thread fall for the salacious headline from THE “LEFT-OF-MARX” NATION rag vs. what Boehner’s actual quote was.”

The left has to be laughing their asses off at us. They don’t need to fight us. Just drop some shiny balloons and we fight each other! They don’t have to do anything.


20 posted on 07/29/2011 6:51:40 AM PDT by sam_paine (X .................................)
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To: RummyChick

Conservatives! Hold that line! Hold it!!!! Remember why and for whom you are fighting. If you die, then die with honor.


21 posted on 07/29/2011 6:51:46 AM PDT by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin (Freedom is the freedom to discipline yourself so others don't have to do it for you.)
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To: RummyChick

Hang in there hostage takers.


22 posted on 07/29/2011 6:51:52 AM PDT by certrtwngnut
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To: RummyChick

They were elected Boner, not infiltrated. We need to ‘infiltrate’ alot more of them apparently.


23 posted on 07/29/2011 6:51:54 AM PDT by Free Vulcan (Obama's hoping that I'll have nothing but chump change left when he's done.)
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To: saganite

I am happy for the state of Indiana that they will have Mike Pence as governor, but heartbroken, because he would be an historically great Speaker of the House. He has the principles and the media skills we so desperately need. Boehner has his good and bad points, but in the end, is a creature of DC. This last three days proves what most of us thought all along. This bill is garbage and is a sellout to the Democrats.

They just needed to make minimal cuts and go the mics and lay out there case that the country is in danger until Harry Reid and Obama are gone from their leadership positions. They simply refuse to address the problem, and in fact are THE reason we have a 1.5 TRILLION dollar deficit...racking up more than 200 billion a MONTH in spending on failed ideas.


24 posted on 07/29/2011 6:52:29 AM PDT by ilgipper (political rhetoric is no substitute for competence (Thomas Sowell))
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To: saganite

I am happy for the state of Indiana that they will have Mike Pence as governor, but heartbroken, because he would be an historically great Speaker of the House. He has the principles and the media skills we so desperately need. Boehner has his good and bad points, but in the end, is a creature of DC. This last three days proves what most of us thought all along. This bill is garbage and is a sellout to the Democrats.

They just needed to make minimal cuts and go the mics and lay out there case that the country is in danger until Harry Reid and Obama are gone from their leadership positions. They simply refuse to address the problem, and in fact are THE reason we have a 1.5 TRILLION dollar deficit...racking up more than 200 billion a MONTH in spending on failed ideas.


25 posted on 07/29/2011 6:52:31 AM PDT by ilgipper (political rhetoric is no substitute for competence (Thomas Sowell))
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To: skeeter

And of course O dummy will be on today at 10 20 and I guarantee he will skewer the tea party...every time he says tea party is opposed he will say we need a balanced approach and therefore in the listeners mind he hears the tea party is unbalanced.

Of course, Bonehead completely circumvented the tea party newbies in any awards of status in the party, relegating them to back benchers...he adopted the “tea party” mantle when it served its purposes. He is finished as speaker.


26 posted on 07/29/2011 6:52:58 AM PDT by Mouton (Voting is an opiate of the electorate. Nothing changes no matter who wins..)
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To: RummyChick

It was said here in Free Republic long ago that Republicans would fold up like a heap suit.

Boehner has folded his suit and is now in his underwear bending over for the ram.


27 posted on 07/29/2011 6:53:04 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: RummyChick
The Speaker’s only concern is that a wrong move might make it harder for him to maneuver politically.

The only direction he ever maneuvers is LEFT.

28 posted on 07/29/2011 6:53:17 AM PDT by P-Marlowe (LPFOKETT GAHCOEEP-w/o*)
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To: Puckster

It’s from the Nation...


29 posted on 07/29/2011 6:53:24 AM PDT by Freddd (NoPA ngineers.)
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To: RummyChick

I agree with the assessment that this is Kabuki theater. They have a deal, it will get done, even if it’s McConnell’s plan.

Why do I say that?

CONgress won’t kill the goose that laid the golden egg. Apparently we have a few members of the House that are rabble. They actually want to do the right thing. Silly newbies.

One doesn’t spend millions, and in many cases, quit a job making mid 6 figures, to take a job that pays about $150k, unless there’s more to it. The “more to it” is that no one leaves CONgress poor.


30 posted on 07/29/2011 6:53:29 AM PDT by brownsfan (I miss the America I grew up in.)
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To: RummyChick
The caucus, Boehner says, has been infiltrated by a cabal

Yes, and they were sent there by that other cabal called American voters.
31 posted on 07/29/2011 6:53:40 AM PDT by novemberslady
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To: RummyChick

Boehner HAS GOT TO GO!


32 posted on 07/29/2011 6:54:06 AM PDT by The Bronze Titan
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To: RummyChick

Ugh. Boehner approaches his own side ALL WRONG. What a dumba**. He’s been fighting the Libs hard and then he goes and throws it all away like this. And gives zer0, the socialists and their media sycophants affirmation of their stupid talking points.


33 posted on 07/29/2011 6:54:17 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: RummyChick

Ugh. Boehner approaches his own side ALL WRONG. What a dumba**. He’s been fighting the Libs hard and then he goes and throws it all away like this. And gives zer0, the socialists and their media sycophants affirmation of their stupid talking points.


34 posted on 07/29/2011 6:54:20 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: RummyChick

Hey it’s in the Nation so it has to be true. Freepers always read the Nation and believe every word. ;-)


35 posted on 07/29/2011 6:54:39 AM PDT by rhombus
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.... sign on for a bad policy that could not otherwise advance ....

Bad for who Speaker B., bad for you, bad for the Tea Party, bad for America? I suspect that you are only looking out for you and your own version of a cabal of RINO Republicans that just can't break themselves from the tax payer teat. Get your grubby hands out of our pockets, now! CCB. That's the ticket.

36 posted on 07/29/2011 6:54:56 AM PDT by Ron H. (Help your neighbor find a job - turn in an illegal alien job stealer.)
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To: RummyChick

FU John Nichols!

Your “analysis” is a screed.


37 posted on 07/29/2011 6:55:16 AM PDT by papertyger
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To: RummyChick
BOEHNERMUS
38 posted on 07/29/2011 6:55:28 AM PDT by FrankR ("If you can't make them see the light, let them feel the heat." - R. Reagan)
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To: ilgipper

Pence is a yes.


39 posted on 07/29/2011 6:55:42 AM PDT by Publius Valerius
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To: RummyChick

As a supporter of the “hostage takers” would that make me boehner’s enemy?


40 posted on 07/29/2011 6:55:44 AM PDT by muddler (Diligentia, Vis and Celeritas)
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To: Puckster

Now we know who’s side BONER is ‘NOT’ on!


41 posted on 07/29/2011 6:56:28 AM PDT by The Bronze Titan
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To: RummyChick

I tend to sleep very peacefully at night, when I know that the federal government operation is frozen solid. But that’s just me.


42 posted on 07/29/2011 6:56:32 AM PDT by ZX12R (FUBO GTFO 2012 !)
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To: Safrguns

Exactly. If the Obama deal is such a good one, let the RINOs and Dems combine and pass a bill. Why and how can 22 members of the House stop a bill from passing? Who is really being partisan?


43 posted on 07/29/2011 6:56:32 AM PDT by kabar
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To: RummyChick
The caucus, Boehner says, has been infiltrated by a cabal that hopes to take the US economy hostage in order to force political concessions from President Obama and Congressional Democrats.

I'm not buying that Boehner actually said that for two reasons: 1) It's an indirect quote.. the writer's paraphrasing of what Boehner actually said; and 2) The publication is the Marxist rag, "The Nation."

44 posted on 07/29/2011 6:56:52 AM PDT by ScottinVA (As a party that gives Obama what he wants, what again is the GOP`s 2012 selling point?)
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To: RummyChick


The fix was in.
45 posted on 07/29/2011 6:56:56 AM PDT by jimbo123
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To: sam_paine
I can’t wait to see how many on this thread fall for the salacious headline from THE “LEFT-OF-MARX” NATION rag vs. what Boehner’s actual quote was.

It took 8 posts before someone mentioned that Boehner never said such a thing.

Some FReepers better start thinking more effectively and less reaction to headlines or Obama will be re-elected!

46 posted on 07/29/2011 6:57:20 AM PDT by Erik Latranyi
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To: sam_paine

The article has a spin on it..but it doesn’t change the fact that Boehner is indicating such.

More and more I am beginning to believe Boehner intentionally cut off Demint -who was criticizing him strongly in public - on the CCB vote so it wouldn’t pass.

Boehner needs/wants to tamp down the Tea Party to get control.

We must not let him do it.

He already has gotten to some of them.
And as Palin indicated - they need to be primaried.


47 posted on 07/29/2011 6:57:26 AM PDT by RummyChick
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To: cotton1706
What once was responsible is now deemed reckless by most faux conservatives.

If having ones house in financial order is now fool-hearty by the nations elected.......Lord, please protect us from this new “responsible”.

Bless the infiltrators......long may they run.

48 posted on 07/29/2011 6:57:54 AM PDT by Puckster
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To: cotton1706
Laura Ingraham has now gone to the other side. I’m not going to bother listening to her anymore.

I'd already given up on her before this. She too is getting just a bit to cozy with the Boehner cabal of elitist Blue Blooded Republicans of late all set to sell out the American tax payer.

49 posted on 07/29/2011 6:57:59 AM PDT by Ron H. (Help your neighbor find a job - turn in an illegal alien job stealer.)
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To: cotton1706

“Laura Ingraham has now gone to the other side. I’m not going to bother listening to her anymore.”

Soon you will not have anybody to listen to.


50 posted on 07/29/2011 6:58:46 AM PDT by nbenyo
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