Boehner: We’ll waive the Republican response to Obama’s jobs speech

posted at 2:05 pm on September 7, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

At one time, opposition parties had to demand air time for responses to presidential speeches given to joint sessions of Congress.  Those mainly consisted of State of the Union rebuttals, because Presidents don’t normally ask for joint sessions except to speak on matters of high moment, such as declaration of wars or celebrating the end of them.  Now, however, the rebuttal speech has become such a pro forma event that a waiver sends a message all its own (via the Drudge Report):

Boehner spokesman Mike Steel said Obama’s proposals on Thursday “will rise or fall on their own merits,” suggesting a GOP response was not needed.

“Republicans are, and have been, entirely focused on job creation. Every member of Congress, and — more importantly — the American people, will provide a reaction to the president’s address,” Steel said.

Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., said there will be “plenty” of response to the president’s speech on Friday, but told Fox News he suspects the reason there’s no formal response is “the speaker doesn’t expect to hear much to respond to.”

In the early days of demanding opposition party responses, the accusation was that rebuttals were petty political acts.  Now, according to Nancy Pelosi, refusing to rebut the President is an insult:

Pelosi said the party’s “silence” would “speak volumes about their lack of commitment to creating jobs.”

“The Republicans’ refusal to respond to the president’s proposal on jobs is not only disrespectful to him, but to the American people,” Pelosi said.

It’s now disrespectful to refuse to disagree with Obama?  That takes “dissent is patriotic” to a whole new level, doesn’t it?

Boehner has played this well.  He maneuvered Obama into a Thursday night address just before the NFL season opener, which means that fewer people will bother to tune in Obama and his demand for Porkulus II: Economic Boogaloo, and fewer would have stuck around to watch a designated Republican remind people that Obama’s “new” plan failed in 2009 when he had three times the funding for it.  By waiving the response, Boehner bolsters the impression that Obama won’t be saying anything new at all, thus hardly requiring a response anyway.

Boehner also knows that the Republican presidential hopefuls will garner a lot more attention with their rebuttals than he will from a House anteroom while Green Bay and New Orleans kick off.  Why not let the headline-grabbers make the case that Obama’s simply recycling his failures instead of formulating a new economic approach?  Republicans in the House will have plenty of time to rip the proposal apart when it comes to Congress — assuming, of course, that it ever does come to Congress.  Obama’s deficit reduction plan outlined in an April speech is still only seen on the sides of milk cartons in Washington DC.

What do you think?  Disrespectful, masterful, or something in between?  Take the poll:

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Don’t forget “Brevity is the soul of wit.”

UltimateBob on September 7, 2011 at 2:34 PM

Thanks. Indeed, but silence is better than brevity, here :)

Schadenfreude on September 7, 2011 at 3:02 PM

“Nice speech. We are waiting for him to submit the actual plan and have it scored by the CBO. Otherwise it just means I missed the NFL pregame show.”

barnone on September 7, 2011 at 3:03 PM

Democrats are angry that they’ll have to try to sell Obama’s speech rather than attack the Republican response.

amerpundit on September 7, 2011 at 2:10 PM

I hadn’t thought of that, good point!

bluefox on September 7, 2011 at 3:04 PM

You will see the rebuttal next election…

Wolftech on September 7, 2011 at 3:05 PM

The GOP should have taken the opportunity of a rebuttal to make a statement, and ask some questions, about Operation Fast & Furious and its insidious intentions and consequences.

Akzed on September 7, 2011 at 3:05 PM

This was all about making an obnoxious demand — joint session when people have something else to be doing — even more obnoxious and pinning it on the GOP…..by hemming-and-hawing the Won’s way until the instant before the kickoff, and making the Republicans talk over the game.

Solution: don’t. It misses the chance to take the SCoaMF’s remarks and show them to be as worthless as they no-doubt will be, but it kicks the chair out from under the President’s Alinsky tactics and leaves him dangling.

cthulhu on September 7, 2011 at 3:07 PM

Glad to see Boehner growing a spine, even tho they liked him better without one:-)

Seems like they got their fur ruffled some, LOL

Go John!!

bluefox on September 7, 2011 at 3:08 PM

Brilliant!!!

Winebabe on September 7, 2011 at 3:09 PM

Boehner should respond:

“How could I posssibly interrupt a moment of relaxation for all of the unfortunate unemployed or those who are worried about keeping the job they have in this terrible economy.

Mrs. Pelosi, speaking for football fans everywhere, can we just watch the damn game?”

BacaDog on September 7, 2011 at 3:10 PM

“Those sons of bitches…” – Nancy Pelosi

Wyznowski on September 7, 2011 at 3:10 PM

I’d love to see all empty seats on the GOP side of the House this Thrusday…

PatriotRider on September 7, 2011 at 2:11 PM

LOL. I have heard that Jim DeMint isn’t planning on attending. He sounded irate yesterday. Haven’t checked today if there has been any change of mind. Wonder if any others will sit it out?
I also heard yesterday that B.O. may use this occasion to rant against the R’s.

bluefox on September 7, 2011 at 3:11 PM

Boehner has played this well.

I have to agree with that.

JellyToast on September 7, 2011 at 3:11 PM

The disrespect was him using the joint sessions as his ‘setting’ for a speech like this one.

tinkerthinker on September 7, 2011 at 3:12 PM

If you need something from me, I’ll have a cold one in my hand and the game on TV.
/Boehner.

ted c on September 7, 2011 at 3:15 PM

Why respond to a re-run?

PatriotRider on September 7, 2011 at 2:07 PM

They should just televise the rebuttal from his last “jobs speech”.

tencole on September 7, 2011 at 3:16 PM

Why bother with a response to a recycled speech that sent you to sleep….Personally looking forward to hearing a lot of snoring in Congress :)
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philly_PA on September 7, 2011 at 3:18 PM

I’m serious. There should be a response, and it should go like this:

“Ahem. ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBAAALLLL??!!!”

End of response. Cut to Packers-Saints game.

THAT would win some independent votes, and virtually guarantee Wisconsin goes Republican in 2012.

Beo on September 7, 2011 at 3:20 PM

Not rebuting Obama’s speech is now like NOT buying healthcare insurance! The next thing we will hear is that SCOTUS has decided that not rebuting Obama’s speech is covered under the 14th amendment and is therefore against the law.

inspectorudy on September 7, 2011 at 3:22 PM

Good move by Boehner. Course another way he could make his point: have the networks cut to a television playing a tape of the last GOP rebuttal. Pelosi’s head would explode.

Erich66 on September 7, 2011 at 3:23 PM

“The Republicans’ refusal to respond to the president’s proposal on jobs is not only disrespectful to him, but to the American people,” Pelosi said.

They’re disrespecting him because he’s black, right Nancy? I bet you even heard a “boy” on the end of Boehner’s statement declining to give a Republican response, didn’t you?

In the interests of conserving resources, the Republicans could just re-cycle Joe Wilson’s response to another of Obama’s speeches: “You Lie!”

AZCoyote on September 7, 2011 at 3:23 PM

As DeMint said, you can’t CBO score a speech. So until there is a legislative proposal sent over, what is there to respond to?

karenhasfreedom on September 7, 2011 at 3:24 PM

Mom always said if you didn’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all…

karl9000 on September 7, 2011 at 3:24 PM

Meh… Neither the president’s speech nor football hold any interest to me. I am happy that Boehner has grown a pair.

BoomJunkie on September 7, 2011 at 3:25 PM

Woot!

I’ve been saying this forever. Responses are always bad and a waste of time. They always compare poorly to the pomp and circumstance of the presidential address. Why try and counter that in a particularly unfavorable manner? The R’s will get to respond in the days and weeks ahead much more effectively than in any speech right after Obama’s.

D.GOOCH

DGOOCH on September 7, 2011 at 3:27 PM

What makes the date change and absence of a response such effective maneuvers is that Obama is now all by himself on the biggest stage he could demand and got and now we all get to see him flop in the spot light.

scrubjay on September 7, 2011 at 3:28 PM

We’re gonna watch the football game. If the GOP is on topic about jobs and the candidates are offering a buffet of options it diminishes what O has to say considering that the leaks are coming out and it ain’t pretty.

Rehash; it’s like chewing gum and spittin’ it at the end. Palin will respond properly through FB or Twitter and I will wait for that.

ProudPalinFan on September 7, 2011 at 3:30 PM

I think Boehner should give Pelosi the honor of rebutting the President’s speech. That could be entertaining.

taznar on September 7, 2011 at 3:30 PM

I also heard yesterday that B.O. may use this occasion to rant against the R’s.

bluefox on September 7, 2011 at 3:11 PM

I believe that is a given.

jdkchem on September 7, 2011 at 3:30 PM

When they didnt get wednesday night, dims (Carney, I believe) were boasting that they outmaneuvered republicans, by not leaving them time for rebuttal. Now they are upset, that there will be no rebuttal, figures.

anikol on September 7, 2011 at 3:30 PM

Pelosi’s just pissed ‘cause she had cancelled a climate change meeting with Al Gore and Newt Gingrich to watch the Republican response. “Hurricane Nancy” has been downgraded…..just like her president’s performance. You heard the weatherman, there will be no change.

Rovin on September 7, 2011 at 3:31 PM

LOL. I have heard that Jim DeMint isn’t planning on attending. He sounded irate yesterday. Haven’t checked today if there has been any change of mind. Wonder if any others will sit it out?
I also heard yesterday that B.O. may use this occasion to rant against the R’s.

bluefox on September 7, 2011 at 3:11 PM

Since West is going, I want him to take a turn in the “YOU LIE!” meme. See what they say ’cause he has darker skin than the O. And thicker, too.

ProudPalinFan on September 7, 2011 at 3:33 PM

I don’t agree with the speaker here at all. You can not defeat someone with nothing. By ceding the field the gop is going to give the American people no other option but to support Obama. since the Gop will not offer their own plan to counter Obama’s his plan will be the discussion of the day over the next several weeks, he will be seen as the only option on the stage and those worried for their country will rally around Obama as the only alternative.

politically I understand the move but it creates a vacuum in leadership that Obama can and most likely will fill. At this stage the American people ar elookign for leadership not politics.

unseen on September 7, 2011 at 3:33 PM

I’d like to hear about Republicans walking out of the Joint Session if the Zero starts bad-mouthing them.

(I’m not going to actually watch another Obama speech, so the only way I will know what happened is to hear about it from someone.)

landlines on September 7, 2011 at 3:37 PM

Boehner wants to put as much distance as possible between Republicans and the putrid stench of Obama’s economic plans. Can’t say as I blame him. It’s your skunk, Nancy – you live with the smell.

DamnCat on September 7, 2011 at 3:37 PM

since the Gop will not offer their own plan to counter Obama’s his plan will be the discussion of the day over the next several weeks, he will be seen as the only option on the stage and those worried for their country will rally around Obama as the only alternative.

unseen on September 7, 2011 at 3:33 PM

The GOP has been the only group offering plans on anything, only to be met with a resounding “no” by Obama and the Senate and claims that Republicans wanna toss granny off the cliff. Why bother again? Make Obama sell his garbage.

Erich66 on September 7, 2011 at 3:40 PM

You can not defeat someone with nothing.

unseen on September 7, 2011 at 3:33 PM

They are responding by using a Saul Alinksy tactic:

“Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon. It is almost impossible to counteract ridicule. Also it infuriates the opposition, which then reacts to your advantage.”
– Rules for Radicals By Saul Alinsky – 1971

The Republicans are making Obama appear ridiculous.

scrubjay on September 7, 2011 at 3:41 PM

masterful. watch em circle the drain.

maineconservative on September 7, 2011 at 3:41 PM

Dear Mizz Unseen.

Have you not heard of Jiu Jitsu? Or perhaps the Power of the Drunken Monkey? By dodging out of the way of the football game… We shall not incur the wrath of the irritated football fan.

JUST LET U.S. WATCH THE DAMN GAME !!!

birdhurd on September 7, 2011 at 3:43 PM

….Canopfor!!!!

Great to have you back.

Baxter Greene on September 7, 2011 at 2:45 PM

Here here!

Del Dolemonte on September 7, 2011 at 2:53 PM

It’s unanimous! Welcome back!

kingsjester on September 7, 2011 at 2:59 PM

canopfor, we missed the hell out of thee !

katy the mean old lady on September 7, 2011 at 3:43 PM

Barnestormer on September 7, 2011 at 2:42 PM

Sorry Barnestormer….not true that’s my original comment….

PatriotRider on September 7, 2011 at 3:01 PM

Sorry PR, I’ll let you and Mike G. from The Examiner sort out authorship:

Mike G.
Well…the Packers actually have a gameplan…otherwise they would be called the Green Bay Democrats….

(I’m only a thief, not the plagiarism police.)

Barnestormer on September 7, 2011 at 3:48 PM

….Canopfor!!!!

Great to have you back.

Baxter Greene on September 7, 2011 at 2:45 PM

Here here!

Del Dolemonte on September 7, 2011 at 2:53 PM

It’s unanimous! Welcome back!

kingsjester on September 7, 2011 at 2:59 PM
canopfor, we missed the hell out of thee !

katy the mean old lady on September 7, 2011 at 3:43 PM

katy the mean old lady:Thanks team,man do I miss the Political
Fast Lane,(i kid),but I can tell you,with
no internet,its like being in a bubble of
silence,and only hearing what the MSM is
telling you,without a google fact-check!

canopfor on September 7, 2011 at 3:52 PM

The GOP has been the only group offering plans on anything, only to be met with a resounding “no” by Obama and the Senate and claims that Republicans wanna toss granny off the cliff. Why bother again? Make Obama sell his garbage.
Erich66 on September 7, 2011 at 3:40 PM

Because it is working, Obama’s numbers ar efalling conservatism is rising. So why all of asudden stop doing what is working? the gop by fighting Obama and offering something else at every step are winning…ceding the field now is not what is needed.

unseen on September 7, 2011 at 3:56 PM

The Republicans are making Obama appear ridiculous.

scrubjay on September 7, 2011 at 3:41 PM

like I said I understand the politics about why they are doing it. But I think the people want leadership not politics in these tough times. the gop opens themselves up to the do nothing congress charge here. It is a fundemental underestimation of Obama.

unseen on September 7, 2011 at 3:58 PM

Have you not heard of Jiu Jitsu? Or perhaps the Power of the Drunken Monkey? By dodging out of the way of the football game… We shall not incur the wrath of the irritated football fan.

JUST LET U.S. WATCH THE DAMN GAME !!!

birdhurd on September 7, 2011 at 3:43 PM

If people care more about football then the future of our country then our country is already doomed.

unseen on September 7, 2011 at 3:59 PM

You are not Ceding the field. You are getting out of the way of the field. It’s time for football. The 24 hour news cycle can wait til business hours in the morning.

birdhurd on September 7, 2011 at 3:59 PM

Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., said there will be “plenty” of response to the president’s speech on Friday, but told Fox News he suspects the reason there’s no formal response is “the speaker doesn’t expect to hear much to respond to.”

LOL

This is masterful by Boehner.

INC on September 7, 2011 at 4:00 PM

canopfor on September 7, 2011 at 3:52 PM

Are you back for good?

Cindy Munford on September 7, 2011 at 4:01 PM

I’d love to hear NOTHING. during this. No applause, not even a golf clap. Just utter silence. Then as they leave walking past the cameras with a lotcasual thumbs pointing down. Sort of like Barry’s nose scratch.

katy the mean old lady on September 7, 2011 at 4:03 PM

unseen on September 7, 2011 at 3:58 PM

Few will watch Obama’s speech–I think even those who hang out at political blogs.

Even fewer would watch a response.

What’s the point of a response? It gives dignity to a speech by saying one is warranted.

This underscores the idea that there’s nothing worth responding to–and the Rs know that in advance.

INC on September 7, 2011 at 4:03 PM

Democrats are angry that they’ll have to try to sell Obama’s speech rather than attack the Republican response.

amerpundit on September 7, 2011 at 2:10 PM

This. On steroids. +10000

joejm65 on September 7, 2011 at 4:07 PM

It is a fundemental underestimation of Obama.

unseen on September 7, 2011 at 3:58 PM

The Obama mystique is gone. I haven’t seen any halo pictures of him lately.

scrubjay on September 7, 2011 at 4:10 PM

good, very anachronistic things anyways, these rebuttal speeches…. I remember what a great deal they made of the Bobby Jindal’s rebuttal to one of O’s ‘fantabulous’ speeches a few years ago…the man is a great governor, who cares about his speech skills…that’s why we are in this dead end right now, coz people seem to favor form (speech skills, ‘coolness’ factor, etc) over substance…what good does it do to have a POTUS who can read a teleprompter with great aplomb, while the economy is in the tank and with no clear short-term prospects for recovery…enough with these speeches, on both sides…especially when they have nothing new to say or contribute…

jimver on September 7, 2011 at 4:18 PM

Because it is working, Obama’s numbers ar efalling conservatism is rising. So why all of asudden stop doing what is working? the gop by fighting Obama and offering something else at every step are winning…ceding the field now is not what is needed.

unseen on September 7, 2011 at 3:56 PM

Yeah but that begs the question…what new can the GOP offer? Paul Ryan came up with a plan, they proposed cut, cap, and balance. The GOP response would simply be “hey, we’ve come up with comprehensive plans to get the economy rolling and the President doesn’t want any part of it.” Again, unless the GOP has something up its sleave, a game-changer it has not yet presented, why bother?

Erich66 on September 7, 2011 at 4:30 PM

Since West is going, I want him to take a turn in the “YOU LIE!” meme. See what they say ’cause he has darker skin than the O. And thicker, too.

ProudPalinFan on September 7, 2011 at 3:33 PM

That would be interesting. I’m sure that West would not keep silent if B.O. ripped him as he did Paul Ryan.

O/T I haven’t seen anything B.O. has had to say at anytime that called for a Joint Session (other than the State of the Union) which wasn’t needed anyway, since we know better than anyone.

bluefox on September 7, 2011 at 4:34 PM

I have a difficult time judging anything done by Speaker Boehner as masterful. This occasion was certainly well played, and I believe that on balance, Boehner has scored more often in the last six months than he has been scored upon, but some of that must be attributed to the incompetence of the opposition, rather than the Speaker’s skill or positioning.

I would like to see a stronger member of the party as their leader in the House, but given Boehner’s less than stellar record of conservatism, he has done about as well as could be expected.

Freelancer on September 7, 2011 at 4:38 PM

Boehner 2, Obama 0.

Pablo Snooze on September 7, 2011 at 4:40 PM

Nancy (and Obama) are pissed because by not responding, the Republicans are reminding everyone what a BS speech this is going to be. You only dignify speeches of major import with a response and this ain’t it.

Suck on it Babmi.

PackerBronco on September 7, 2011 at 4:43 PM

over in the poll comments:

Old Broadcaster:
Pelooser demands an appearance?
How about this: “Tonight’s kickoff is proudly brought to you by the sensible Americans of the Republican Party. Enjoy the game!”

threadwinner.
/.

CaveatEmpty on September 7, 2011 at 4:49 PM

It’s now disrespectful to refuse to disagree with Obama? That takes “dissent is patriotic” to a whole new level, doesn’t it?

The GOP should run off to a foreign state. It worked for the fleebaggers right?

csdeven on September 7, 2011 at 5:02 PM

Boehner bolsters the impression that Obama won’t be saying anything new at all, thus hardly requiring a response anyway.

Not only that, but Obama can only win if he can get the GOP to argue against his “reasonable” plan to create jobs. If Boehner refuses to fight, then Obama is left holding his **** in front of a national audience. The media will jump all over it for a few days and then the GOP will respond.

Masterful!

csdeven on September 7, 2011 at 5:07 PM

Originally B.O. set this J Session for tonight, knowing the Republican debate had been planned. I think that is why he came up with a speech, for that reason. How many speeches has this man made since 2007? It’s just going to be another speech. Nothing but that, no written plans that anyone can do anything with as usual.

Here is what Senator Jim DeMint said:

I’m, frankly, very tired of speeches. I don’t want to be disrespectful to the president, but what I want to see is something in writing and what the Congressional Budget Office tells us it’s going to cost so that we can not only read it ourselves, but the American people can read it. Speeches, we’ve found, are not very similar to the actual legislation.

I agree with this that was posted on this thread as the main reason:

Democrats are angry that they’ll have to try to sell Obama’s speech rather than attack the Republican response.

amerpundit on September 7, 2011 at 2:10 PM

bluefox on September 7, 2011 at 5:13 PM

Cafferty on CNN: “Here we go again, Obama wants to spend $300B we don’t have. …. Need a magnifying glass to find how it might be stimulative … Translation: more empty rhetoric to justify more deficit spending.”

When you’ve lost CNN…

slickwillie2001 on September 7, 2011 at 5:17 PM

I also heard yesterday that B.O. may use this occasion to rant against the R’s.

bluefox on September 7, 2011 at 3:11 PM

I hope he does. The public will not like the president using what is supposed to be a non-partisan event where he is expected to act presidential and statesmanlike as a means to make a partisan attack – they will see it for what it is and his personal likeability and approval ratings will continue to fall.

Monkeytoe on September 7, 2011 at 5:30 PM

The Republicans have been united in saying that this is NOT a time for another speech. If they just go ahead and give a speech of their own, it completely defuses that criticism (which I think is resonating with the American public).

jdp629 on September 7, 2011 at 5:34 PM

Meh. Nancy can cry me a river all she wants to. When Oboobi first picked the Thursday time slot, I figured his deliberate, intent was to deny the GOP the chance to get their rebuttal heard. I say deliberate, cuz the GOP were set up to look like crybabies that they couldn’t rebut before the nation. Instead the msm/WH got silence.

Then as bits of his “brilliant” speech leaked out showing it to be a snoozer, it became evident that the pregame show would Outerwear the speech, the donks then manufactured the outrage that 1) there’ll be no rebuttal and 2) some in Congress will actually skip the speech and watch the game from their mancaves.

This is epic fail all around. He should have given this speech last week, but his ego wouldn’t let him and now his ego is so bruised, his alterego doesn’t know what to do. But MO sure does, she’s going to make him sleep on the couch all week while she prepares for her next vacation.

Not to worry, crr6 and Ernesto still thank Oboobi for every minute of their pathetic lives; because he’s more pathetic than they are.

AH_C on September 7, 2011 at 5:42 PM

I would like to see a stronger member of the party as their leader in the House, but given Boehner’s less than stellar record of conservatism, he has done about as well as could be expected.

Freelancer on September 7, 2011 at 4:38 PM

This!!!!

AH_C on September 7, 2011 at 5:46 PM

Democrats are angry that they’ll have to try to sell Obama’s speech rather than attack the Republican response.
amerpundit on September 7, 2011 at 2:10 PM

Now liberals will have nothing to attack.

Ergo, they will attack… nothing. With every bit as much bile and hatred as they always attack everything. Because it’s all they can ever do.

logis on September 7, 2011 at 6:19 PM

Good move. Nobody but Bammies homies will be watching his speech and even they wouldn’t be sticking around for the Repub response.

Ace ODale on September 7, 2011 at 6:32 PM

a waiver sends a message all its own

Silence is GOLDEN…http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pyj2qL-bQ4E 4 u Canopfor :-)

huskerdiva on September 7, 2011 at 6:35 PM

What if Boehner offered to play a rerun of the response from last years Obama economic speech in response to this years speech. Wagers on how much of last years response would still be relevant. What an awesome burn that would be…..

dddave on September 7, 2011 at 7:05 PM

All of you who thought Boehner was a wimp…he is playing with Obama…carving him up like a Thanksgiving turkey.

right2bright on September 7, 2011 at 7:26 PM

Freelancer on September 7, 2011 at 4:38 PM

Gotta spit out all of those feathers when you eat crow…it would be better if you just said “Yeah, Boehner is better than I thought”…

right2bright on September 7, 2011 at 7:28 PM

I’d love to see all empty seats on the GOP side of the House this Thrusday…

PatriotRider on September 7, 2011 at 2:11 PM

LOL. I have heard that Jim DeMint isn’t planning on attending. He sounded irate yesterday. Haven’t checked today if there has been any change of mind. Wonder if any others will sit it out?
I also heard yesterday that B.O. may use this occasion to rant against the R’s.

bluefox on September 7, 2011 at 3:11 PM

If Obama does start another Republican rant, wouldn’t it be great if they all got up and walked out? I guess that’s wishful thinking, but I’d love to see the look on Pelosi’s face if, and when that ever happened. The MSM would NEVER get over that one.

Susanboo on September 7, 2011 at 7:50 PM

Boehner did the right thing. I am very pleased with this. Little Bammie wanted to use them as pawns. Boehner’s not interested in playing the game. He’s gone up a bit in my estimation–earned back a few brownie points that he had lost during the debt standoff. A few.

Pelosi’s district really must be full of fruitloops. I continue to find it hard to believe anyone would be proud of voting for her.

theotherone on September 7, 2011 at 8:17 PM

Good move. Nobody but Bammies homies will be watching his speech and even they wouldn’t be sticking around for the Repub response.

Ace ODale on September 7, 2011 at 6:32 PM

Single lonely democratic women will be watching.

slickwillie2001 on September 7, 2011 at 10:17 PM

Sorry, conservatism needs to take every opportunity to talk to the American people–the muddle. The muddle rarely hears the conservative viewpoint.

mockmook on September 7, 2011 at 10:26 PM

Boehner should take a nap on national TV, sitting behind the Won. Best response ever.

Kissmygrits on September 7, 2011 at 10:34 PM

Did Rush order Boehner not to give a response?

Kissmygrits on September 7, 2011 at 10:35 PM

The Republicans are making Obama appear ridiculous.

scrubjay on September 7, 2011 at 3:41 PM

“appear”???

Welcome to irrelevancy.

Fighton03 on September 7, 2011 at 10:35 PM

Hey Nancy….you didn’t need GOP responses to your healthcare obamanation, why do you need a response for your economic one?

Fighton03 on September 7, 2011 at 10:36 PM

Boener’s response could have been as simple as something like this.

NTropy on September 8, 2011 at 12:52 AM

canopfor

Welcome back.

Jvette on September 8, 2011 at 2:54 AM

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