Video: Boehner says contraception mandate will not stand

posted at 4:25 pm on February 8, 2012 by Tina Korbe

It’s rare for the Speaker of the House to take to the floor to deliver pointed remarks against the president — but Speaker John Boehner did just that today. With fighting words, the Ohio Republican indicated that House Republicans will do whatever is in their power to reverse the administration’s mandate that even religiously-affiliated, conscientiously-opposed-to-contraception employers offer insurance coverage for contraception to employees.

“This attack by the federal government on religious freedom in our country must not stand and will not stand,” Boehner said.

He promised that the House will take action on an-already-introduced bill to repeal the policy as soon as possible.

Reports yesterday indicated that, given the backlash, the White House might be willing to compromise on the policy, after all — but Richard Doerflinger, a top official at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has already gone on record saying the proposed compromise could be even worse than the original policy. According to The Weekly Standard, Doerflinger wrote the following in an e-mail:

It’s difficult to know what people may mean by the “Hawaii compromise.”  But a central feature of the Hawaii law is that every religious organization that is eligible for the exemption has to instruct all employees in how they can access all methods of contraception and sterilization locally “in an expeditious manner.”

Just a few days ago the White House was saying that this is just about coverage, that no one has to be involved in getting people to the actual services they object to.  It would be no improvement to say:  ”Sure, you don’t have to include the coverage, you just have to send all your lay employees and women religious to the local Planned Parenthood clinic.”  The Administration’s press release of January 20 hinted at such a requirement.

It’s safe to say the president would never have insisted on the policy in the first place unless he felt reasonably sure the political math worked out. In other words, he would not have stood by this if he thought it in any way jeopardized his reelection. He was counting on the votes of women and young voters to offset any disappointment or disillusionment this caused in Catholic and other voters. If he is now considering a compromise because he’s concerned the backlash is too great, you can bet it won’t be to settle on a compromise that threatens the votes of the liberal women and youth he’s courting with contraception coverage in the first place.

Religious-freedom-minded individuals continue to be outraged at the administration’s decision, though, and, if it keeps up, the president could be forced to back down. Catholic League president Bill Donohue has even called for Catholics to take to the streets in peaceful protest. With Boehner promising repeal and the public vehemently rejecting the administration’s blatant assault on religious freedom, it looks increasingly likely that this decision has just made Obama’s defeat in 2012 more probable.


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Mr. Speaker, I will believe you will fight for it AFTER you have fought.

Enough talk. Time to act like you meant it.

BlaxPac on February 8, 2012 at 4:27 PM

Just wait until this regime tries forcing Catholic hospitals to use embryonic stem cells in treatments.

rbj on February 8, 2012 at 4:27 PM

FireWorks ???? He sounded as limp as a limp-bisket… He sounded like he is full gas & letting it scape slowly, slowly, slowly…

Y314K on February 8, 2012 at 4:28 PM

With Boehner promising repeal and the public vehemently rejecting the administration’s blatant assault on religious freedom, it looks increasingly likely that this decision has just made Obama’s defeat in 2012 more probable.

its merely the start of mr. O’s scorched earth strategy. IMO.

ted c on February 8, 2012 at 4:29 PM

I think he really means it.

Nipping around the edges and picking unpleasant parts out of Obamacare is all they will ever have the stomach to do.

katy on February 8, 2012 at 4:30 PM

Just words.

hillsoftx on February 8, 2012 at 4:30 PM

$100 billion in cuts.

El_Terrible on February 8, 2012 at 4:31 PM

With fighting words, the Ohio Republican indicated that House Republicans will do whatever is in their power to reverse the administration’s mandate…

Yeah, those strongly worded letters have been so successful.

squint on February 8, 2012 at 4:31 PM

And pray tell what exactly is the roll over and give them double their asking price Boehner going to freaking do to stop them?

astonerii on February 8, 2012 at 4:32 PM

“This attack by the federal government on religious freedom in our country must not stand and will not stand,” Boehner said.

Which will be immediately followed by Boehner’s cave-in followed by a good crying session.

Mr. “Lets Work Together” Boehner. He had his chance and blew it big time.

Kingfisher on February 8, 2012 at 4:33 PM

Talk is cheap Boehner. Prove it to us.

portlandon on February 8, 2012 at 4:33 PM

$100 billion in cuts.

El_Terrible on February 8, 2012 at 4:31 PM

Fake and unenforceable cuts.

astonerii on February 8, 2012 at 4:33 PM

Boehner says contraception mandate will not stand

General Weepy takes a stand…maybe?

sharrukin on February 8, 2012 at 4:34 PM

And I was looking forward to another 9-0 Supreme Court smack down in favor of religious freedom.

LetsBfrank on February 8, 2012 at 4:34 PM

TheDC asked Reid if he thinks it is a good idea, politically, for the president to go against the Catholic Church on the issue.

“Of course it’s not good for the Democrats to go head-to-head against any church, so we certainly don’t intend to do that,” Reid said at the Capitol on Tuesday. “But we had a good discussion in our caucus today and the caucus totally supports the president. I do.”

J_Crater on February 8, 2012 at 4:34 PM

That’s great John. What about the rest of the bill?

iwasbornwithit on February 8, 2012 at 4:35 PM

The Catholic church and its minions in Congress are getting exactly what they deserved. They supported this health care bill, they didn’t care that it took freedom away from Americans, they only care that their child molesting priests don’t have to pay for abortions. Let them stick it, when Catholics start voting consistently for Republicans then they can get Republican help but not until then.

Smedley on February 8, 2012 at 4:35 PM

Sounds like this time Boehner really means it!

He’ll probably wait 3, maybe 4 days before he caves this time around.

mankai on February 8, 2012 at 4:35 PM

If you really mean it this time, Mr. Speaker, then all I can say is IT’S ABOUT TIME! And if you really want to take a stand for the American people, I have several more items I’d like to hear you speak up for loudly and clearly–that is, if you really can stand up to this incompetent Prezuhdunce.

stukinIL4now on February 8, 2012 at 4:35 PM

You “True conservatives” bashing Boehner here are unbelievable. What do you expect Boehner to do? Fight against Obama? That will make the fragile psyche of the Independent angry and vote against us. Just give up your conservative principles and let Boehner and Company pander to the moderates/independents.

portlandon on February 8, 2012 at 4:36 PM

its merely the start of mr. O’s scorched earth strategy. IMO.

ted c on February 8, 2012 at 4:29 PM

His start?

You mean, up till now this has been a game? Cripes.

God help the US, if this gang gets another 4 years.

BlaxPac on February 8, 2012 at 4:36 PM

pffffft

james23 on February 8, 2012 at 4:37 PM

Boehner’s from the SW Ohio district bordering mine to the north. SW Ohio is a pretty Catholic area. He went to a local Catholic high school–Moeller–the 1970s and 1980s HS football dynasty. If he gets weak-kneed, I think many Catholics around here are going to be p*ssed, as will others who value religious liberty.

There’s no compromise on constitutional principles.

BuckeyeSam on February 8, 2012 at 4:38 PM

Boehner is a pathetic joke and not even a good showman.

He’s part of the self-castrated GOP glitterati in DC. BIG TALK, followed by Quiet CAVE later.

The gop “leadership” is disgusting.

PappyD61 on February 8, 2012 at 4:39 PM

You “True conservatives” bashing Boehner here are unbelievable. What do you expect Boehner to do? Fight against Obama? That will make the fragile psyche of the Independent angry and vote against us. Just give up your conservative principles and let Boehner and Company pander to the moderates/independents.

portlandon on February 8, 2012 at 4:36 PM

LOL… Please love me… I’ll give up my conservatism if u like me…

Y314K on February 8, 2012 at 4:39 PM

And the “how long before Boehner gets water on the knee again” betting pool starts now. I got a buck fifty on day and a half.

squint on February 8, 2012 at 4:41 PM

His start?

You mean, up till now this has been a game? Cripes.

God help the US, if this gang gets another 4 years.

BlaxPac on February 8, 2012 at 4:36 PM

up until now its been an advancing front of destruction. Now that he knows he’s going to lose badly, he’s withdrawing and burning all that he cannot have. Either way, he destroys both coming and going so, I guess we’re both right.

ted c on February 8, 2012 at 4:41 PM

Speaking as a Catholic, I hope Obama doubles and triples down on this. It will wake up more Catholics to vote AGAINST him.

This is Chicago thug style politics, PUNISH your enemies (see Arizona, Texas, LA, NE, and many more ) while rewarding your friends.

Raquel Pinkbullet on February 8, 2012 at 4:41 PM

And just think what this Two-Faced Ted Bundy personality will do, and for that matter to all, believer and non-believer, who do not submit to him, if unleashed from having to be concerned about being reelected. Expect him to start making nice with both Jews and Catholics (all Christians really, and that does include LDS) sometime between now and November. The question is, will either be sheeple enough to believe his mendacity?

Charles “The Hammer” Martel stopped the Muslim invasion of France and saved Western Civilization and Christianity. Charlemagne, Charles Martel’s grandson, united most of Western Europe and guaranteed the protection of the Pope, who crowned him Emperor of the West on Christmas Day in 800 AD.

Now Obama invades America and has crowned himself Emperor.

VorDaj on February 8, 2012 at 4:42 PM

I’m curious…

… Does Boehner realize that we are +$16,000,000,000,000.00 in debt?

Seven Percent Solution on February 8, 2012 at 4:42 PM

Sounds like this time Boehner really means it!

He’ll probably wait 3, maybe 4 days before he caves this time around.

mankai on February 8, 2012 at 4:35 PM

You got me…that’s funny…

right2bright on February 8, 2012 at 4:44 PM

Shutup Boehner.

Let Obama simmer in his own juice for a while.

faraway on February 8, 2012 at 4:45 PM

And pray tell what exactly is the roll over and give them double their asking price Boehner going to freaking do to stop them?

astonerii on February 8, 2012 at 4:32 PM

The letter is being typed as speak… Both he and McConnell MUST GO. NOW.

riddick on February 8, 2012 at 4:46 PM

Give it a week. Boehner will go flaccid and start crying.

CorporatePiggy on February 8, 2012 at 4:46 PM

The Catholic church and its minions in Congress are getting exactly what they deserved. They supported this health care bill, they didn’t care that it took freedom away from Americans, they only care that their child molesting priests don’t have to pay for abortions. Let them stick it, when Catholics start voting consistently for Republicans then they can get Republican help but not until then.

Smedley on February 8, 2012 at 4:35 PM

Well Smedley, what will you do with that nose of yours now that you cut it off?

Vince on February 8, 2012 at 4:48 PM

You people ripping Boehner need to get real. His remarks were appropriate for the seriousness of this issue as well as respectful to the body he was addressing. I thank God it’s Speaker Boehner instead of Pelosi. The constant negativity and hate spewing is getting so old.

mike_NC9 on February 8, 2012 at 4:48 PM

John Boehner … CPAC Speech, February 2011 …

“Next week, we are going to cut one hundred billion dollars from this year’s budget … WRITE THAT DOWN! ONE HUNDRED BILLION AND WE WON’T STOP THERE!!”

Result? He passed a bill to cut $60 Billion, then parlayed that down with the White House to $38 Billion – which ended up amounting to less than $500 MILLION in cuts.

So when John Boehner says “This will not stand!” … I’m totally reminded of the lie he told when he said … “WRITE THAT DOWN!”

HondaV65 on February 8, 2012 at 4:49 PM

Boner:

worst.speaker.ever

If Republicans could find real passion in any other issues outside of birth control and abortion, we might get somewhere.

sigh.

rickyricardo on February 8, 2012 at 4:49 PM

end game is 2nd amendment can’t take over a people until they are not able to defend themselves.

this is the last stage of getting rid of the 1 and 2 amendment of the constitution. 2 fundamental changes (this is what he was talking about all along folks) that need to be done to become the dictator.

He has the heart of a dictator and the soul of a Muslim. don’t kid yourselves folks. he is not a Christian, he is an opportunist and will be all things to all people.

he has neutered the senate and congress in the powers. he will work on the SCOTUS powers, too.

his plan is coming together, and he needs it fully implemented before November 2012.

uhangtight on February 8, 2012 at 4:49 PM

“This attack by the federal government on religious freedom in our country must not stand and will not stand,” Boehner said.

The rest of you however, are screwed. Your freedom is subject to forfeit.

xblade on February 8, 2012 at 4:49 PM

It’s safe to say the president would never have insisted on the policy in the first place unless he felt reasonably sure the political math worked out. In other words, he would not have stood by this if he thought it in any way jeopardized his reelection. He was counting on the votes of women and young voters to offset any disappointment or disillusionment this caused in Catholic and other voters. If he is now considering a compromise because he’s concerned the backlash is too great, you can bet it won’t be to settle on a compromise that threatens the votes of the liberal women and youth he’s courting with contraception coverage in the first place.

Tina,

I believe that you are WAY OFF on your analysis here. While it is generally true that Obama doesn’t do a darn thing that he doesn’t believe would help him politically, I don’t believe that is the calculus at play here.

First off, Obama knows that the liberal women and young women you believe he was courting are pretty much already in his hip pocket. They wouldn’t go off reservation no matter what Obama did. He knows this. And regarding the political calculus here, who does this policy actually benefit? Is the voting bloc of employees for Catholic organizations who long for birth control paid for by their employers really that large? Hardly.

My take…

We all know that Obama is a radical leftist. We all know that radical leftists hate Christians, especially those who don’t tolerate certain “alternative lifestyles”. We also know that radical leftists would love to be able to classify sermons which condemn homosexuality as sin to be hate speech and criminalize it.

I think that this move was done by the Obama adminsitration as a litmus test. Kind of a “let’s stick our collective toes in the water of infringing on religious liberty” to see what the general populace reaction would be. If the folks would be OK with this, then maybe they would be OK with other kinds of state action against church interests.

Thank goodness the backlash has been fierce indeed.

MarvinTheMartian on February 8, 2012 at 4:49 PM

Boehner’s from the SW Ohio district bordering mine to the north. SW Ohio is a pretty Catholic area. He went to a local Catholic high school–Moeller–the 1970s and 1980s HS football dynasty. If he gets weak-kneed, I think many Catholics around here are going to be p*ssed, as will others who value religious liberty.

There’s no compromise on constitutional principles.

BuckeyeSam on February 8, 2012 at 4:38 PM

Let me understand, please. Are you saying that up until now Hussein has done nothing UN-CONSTITUTIONAL? Is that what you said?

riddick on February 8, 2012 at 4:49 PM

Give it a week. Boehner will go flaccid and start crying.

CorporatePiggy on February 8, 2012 at 4:46 PM

I don’t think Viagra’s gonna fix this problem.

squint on February 8, 2012 at 4:49 PM

You people ripping Boehner need to get real. His remarks were appropriate for the seriousness of this issue as well as respectful to the body he was addressing. I thank God it’s Speaker Boehner instead of Pelosi. The constant negativity and hate spewing is getting so old.

mike_NC9 on February 8, 2012 at 4:48 PM

He’s a liar though. I’ve proven it here …

HondaV65 on February 8, 2012 at 4:49 PM

HondaV65 on February 8, 2012 at 4:50 PM

AxleRod hints JugEars is trying to find some way to back off, and a majority of people are up in arms, which was not expected…and now tough guy gets tough! Watch weepy mess this up, and we’ll be hearing the cry of: “This was the best we could do!”

KOOLAID2 on February 8, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Oh, he’s going to pick a social issue to grow a backbone on? Don’t get me wrong, I’ll take it and it’s the right call and everything, but where was this resolute posture on al the economic issues you caved in on? You know, the thing that’s just killing lots of Americans right now? Where were you when we REALLY needed you?

tommyboy on February 8, 2012 at 4:51 PM

and we’ll be hearing the cry of: “This was the best we could do!”

KOOLAID2 on February 8, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Precisely!

HondaV65 on February 8, 2012 at 4:52 PM

Damn. Where to start?

The Catholic church and its minions in Congress are getting exactly what they deserved.

The problem with that is, everyone is going to get it in the neck over this. Conservative Catholics aren’t the only voters.

They supported this health care bill, they didn’t care that it took freedom away from Americans,

I would love to see a number that supports this contention. If you want to bring their faith into it, Pelosi is a Catholic, and Reid a Mormon. Do you really think they represent a majority of the country?

they only care that their child molesting priests don’t have to pay for abortions. Let them stick it, when Catholics start voting consistently for Republicans then they can get Republican help but not until then.

Smedley on February 8, 2012 at 4:35 PM

Again, using a rather distasteful incidents of the Church aside, its not limited to Priests not wanting to pay for abortions, but those members of the faith from the Altar boy to his Holiness the Pope don’t agree with it either.

Plus again to remind you, that you have a government that’s trying to dictate the voluntary reimbursement policy of a private religious organization.

BlaxPac on February 8, 2012 at 4:52 PM

Charles “The Hammer” Martel stopped the Muslim invasion of France and saved Western Civilization and Christianity. Charlemagne, Charles Martel’s grandson, united most of Western Europe and guaranteed the protection of the Pope, who crowned him Emperor of the West on Christmas Day in 800 AD.

Now Obama invades America and has crowned himself Emperor.

VorDaj on February 8, 2012 at 4:42 PM

Do you think they are still teaching this in schools? How many people in their thirties or less know this stuff? History I mean.

Vince on February 8, 2012 at 4:52 PM

I thank God it’s Speaker Boehner instead of Pelosi. The constant negativity and hate spewing is getting so old.

mike_NC9 on February 8, 2012 at 4:48 PM

Yes, I too find Pelosi to be a hate-spewing old wretch, but what’cha gonna do?

squint on February 8, 2012 at 4:53 PM

You “True conservatives” bashing Boehner here are unbelievable. What do you expect Boehner to do? Fight against Obama? That will make the fragile psyche of the Independent angry and vote against us. Just give up your conservative principles and let Boehner and Company pander to the moderates/independents.

portlandon on February 8, 2012 at 4:36 PM

The painfully limited intellects of you right-wing extremists True Conservatives just can’t comprehend the brilliant and multifaceted game of ten-dimensional chess that the Republicans are playing with Obama. Luckily for you, us sane liberals moderates are here to drag your worthless Bible-thumping behinds over the finish line.

(do I really need a sarc tag?)

Doomberg on February 8, 2012 at 4:55 PM

I thank God it’s Speaker Boehner instead of Pelosi.

mike_NC9 on February 8, 2012 at 4:48 PM

Yes, and I prefer to liver to haggis.

HondaV65 on February 8, 2012 at 4:55 PM

So did the Catholic Church line up to back “Obamacare” because it was such a moral imperative to help the poor with more government redistribution?
Or because they were “useful idiots” who believed a false prophet predicting medical redistribution will cure all our ills? Did they not see how government housing redistribution worked out for the all of us, especially the poor?
So now we have to have more government stepping in the way of other government to prevent an unconstitutional liberty grab.
O’brother and Amen.

chickasaw42 on February 8, 2012 at 4:56 PM

Result? He passed a bill to cut $60 Billion, then parlayed that down with the White House to $38 Billion – which ended up amounting to less than $500 MILLION in cuts.

So when John Boehner says “This will not stand!” … I’m totally reminded of the lie he told when he said … “WRITE THAT DOWN!”

HondaV65 on February 8, 2012 at 4:49 PM

Gotta admit, I was against you during your rants against Boehner but you were right.

Vince on February 8, 2012 at 4:56 PM

You people ripping Boehner need to get real. His remarks were appropriate for the seriousness of this issue as well as respectful to the body he was addressing. I thank God it’s Speaker Boehner instead of Pelosi. The constant negativity and hate spewing is getting so old.

mike_NC9 on February 8, 2012 at 4:48 PM

THIS! 1000+

It’s getting so tiresome watching us eat our own. Especially here on Hotair. Yes Boenher has made mistakes and hasn’t taken the fight to Obama like some of us had hoped, but too damn many of you are forgetting that we could still have Granny McBotox as Speaker of the House. Be thankful and continue working towards defeating these people in November instead of throwing bombs at our fellow Republicans.

jawkneemusic on February 8, 2012 at 4:57 PM

You people ripping Boehner need to get real. His remarks were appropriate for the seriousness of this issue as well as respectful to the body he was addressing. I thank God it’s Speaker Boehner instead of Pelosi. The constant negativity and hate spewing is getting so old.

mike_NC9 on February 8, 2012 at 4:48 PM

The issue here is that Boehner remarks is all that will ever happen. Remember all the money we were going to save when we elected Republican Majority to the house? Any clue how much we saved? Hint the savings were not in positive numbers. Boehner deserves far more than just textual derision, the man should be shamed out of the speakership.

astonerii on February 8, 2012 at 4:57 PM

You people ripping Boehner need to get real. His remarks were appropriate for the seriousness of this issue as well as respectful to the body he was addressing. I thank God it’s Speaker Boehner instead of Pelosi. The constant negativity and hate spewing is getting so old.

mike_NC9 on February 8, 2012 at 4:48 PM

Well mikey we are sorry! When he arrived in office, he was put there to start cutting the spending not give us excuses.
What is the difference between Bonehead and Pelosi? I think he has to sit down all the time, just like Pelosi…to urinate!

KOOLAID2 on February 8, 2012 at 4:58 PM

Charles “The Hammer” Martel stopped the Muslim invasion of France and saved Western Civilization and Christianity. Charlemagne, Charles Martel’s grandson, united most of Western Europe and guaranteed the protection of the Pope, who crowned him Emperor of the West on Christmas Day in 800 AD.

Now Obama invades America and has crowned himself Emperor.

VorDaj on February 8, 2012 at 4:42 PM

Do you think they are still teaching this in schools? How many people in their thirties or less know this stuff? History I mean.

Vince on February 8, 2012 at 4:52 PM

I am not sure, but I am guessing Charles Martel was not gay. If so, then this part of history would not be covered in the newly updated curriculum under “Gay History”.

riddick on February 8, 2012 at 4:59 PM

I hope everyone can now realizes why the religious right opposes gay marriage. Soon, the government will be forcing all religions to marry gays, if they can force Catholics to pay for abortions.

IMHO, I don’t care if gays have civil unions but to abdicate religious freedom to the government is unimaginable.

Obama said he wished our government were more like China. He’s getting his wish.

HellCat on February 8, 2012 at 4:59 PM

It’s getting so tiresome watching us eat our own. Especially here on Hotair. Yes Boenher has made mistakes and hasn’t taken the fight to Obama like some of us had hoped, but too damn many of you are forgetting that we could still have Granny McBotox as Speaker of the House. Be thankful and continue working towards defeating these people in November instead of throwing bombs at our fellow Republicans.

jawkneemusic on February 8, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Boehner isn’t one of “our own” brah.

He’s a better administrator of the house than Nancy Pelosi – but he’s a failure as movement leader.

A TOTAL and PERFECT Failure.

HondaV65 on February 8, 2012 at 4:59 PM

Two things, 1, When Newt was the speaker the RINOs hated him because he caused trouble for the status quo. 2, The speaker has to be willing to put his job on the line for the important, non-negotiable issues that come up. Boehner is a wimp and a go along to get along guy. He has no business being the speaker and I pray that he is defeated next session.
Finally, this is not about Catholics or any other religion. It is about freedom and the tyranny that this president wants to enforce over us. If he can chip away at the Catholics who and what will the issue be next? I view Obama as the most dangerous man in my lifetime other than Hitler and Stalin. I believe that if he could he would suspend the next election or if he wins it will definitely try to suspend the third one. He believes that there is not one issue that the American people know better than he does. He is truly an egomaniac.

inspectorudy on February 8, 2012 at 5:00 PM

this issue is now in hype mode and made more important that it really is.

nathor on February 8, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Hey Boner – you already showed him you have no b@ll$. He doesn’t care what you say.

CycloneCDB on February 8, 2012 at 5:00 PM

I don’t think Viagra’s gonna fix this problem.

squint on February 8, 2012 at 4:49 PM

No it would probably just prompt Boehner to reach around the aisle even quicker than he will anyway.

CorporatePiggy on February 8, 2012 at 5:01 PM

THIS! 1000+

It’s getting so tiresome watching us eat our own. Especially here on Hotair. Yes Boenher has made mistakes and hasn’t taken the fight to Obama like some of us had hoped, but too damn many of you are forgetting that we could still have Granny McBotox as Speaker of the House. Be thankful and continue working towards defeating these people in November instead of throwing bombs at our fellow Republicans.

jawkneemusic on February 8, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Eating our own? Like that time we elected conservatives to the House, broke the 60 seat majority of the Senate? Then they cave on every piece of legislation and allow the Democrats to eat our society. Eating our own is turning over a $17T and quickly growing debt to our children along with about $60T in liabilities to pay for old people who chose not to have children’s retirements. Nothing says eating your own like burdening our children with so much that they will barely get by.

astonerii on February 8, 2012 at 5:01 PM

Boehner is a pathetic joke and not even a good showman.

He’s part of the self-castrated GOP glitterati in DC. BIG TALK, followed by Quiet CAVE later.

The gop “leadership” is disgusting.

PappyD61 on February 8, 2012 at 4:39 PM

So right, it needed said twice.

Norky on February 8, 2012 at 5:02 PM

THIS! 1000+

It’s getting so tiresome watching us eat our own. Especially here on Hotair. Yes Boenher has made mistakes and hasn’t taken the fight to Obama like some of us had hoped, but too damn many of you are forgetting that we could still have Granny McBotox as Speaker of the House. Be thankful and continue working towards defeating these people in November instead of throwing bombs at our fellow Republicans.

jawkneemusic on February 8, 2012 at 4:57 PM

OK, my memory is probably failing me, but can you please point out just one thing Boehner has actually accomplished that benefits us somehow? Yes, I hear him talk all the time, and well, cry sometimes, but I cannot recall just one time he stood his ground in the past 3 years.

So, he may be your guy, but he certainly does not represent a good number of us.

riddick on February 8, 2012 at 5:03 PM

it looks increasingly likely that this decision has just made Obama’s defeat in 2012 more probable.

Wait until his shiite brothers help him out, those mullahs of Iran don’t mind getting their people killed if it helps them control the WH

burrata on February 8, 2012 at 5:04 PM

Calling obama a “radical leftist” is foolish. He probably likes that. Call him what is even more and something he won’t like. He is a fascist.

VorDaj on February 8, 2012 at 5:04 PM

Does anybody believe this weeping sellout?

I thought not.

tetriskid on February 8, 2012 at 5:05 PM

I don’t think Viagra’s gonna fix this problem.

squint on February 8, 2012 at 4:49 PM

It’s good though! Isn’t that the medicine that says, if some occurance lasts more than 4 hours…contact your Doctor immediately! His convictions don’t last that long!

KOOLAID2 on February 8, 2012 at 5:05 PM

If Catholics vote again for obama like they did in 2008, well they will get what they deserve…in a sane world the catholic and jewish vote in 2012 will go towards the republicans..maybe the world will be more sane this coming election

sadsushi on February 8, 2012 at 5:06 PM

Do you think they are still teaching this in schools? How many people in their thirties or less know this stuff? History I mean.

Vince on February 8, 2012 at 4:52 PM

They certainly don’t teach Charles Martel in our dhimmi military. CAIR would not approve.

VorDaj on February 8, 2012 at 5:07 PM

Okay, now the comment section of Hotair has gone totally to hell. I’ve been here since the beginning and dreaded this day. But I guess page views are more important.

mike_NC9 on February 8, 2012 at 5:09 PM

Every mosque in America should be bulldozed to the ground. Every single one. And in their place a statue of Charles Martel beheading Mohammad should be put up.

VorDaj on February 8, 2012 at 5:09 PM

Charles Martel was a brilliant strategic general and also a great tactical commander, who in the middle of battle was able to adapt his plans to his enemy’s forces and movement and to defeat them repeatedly, even when, as at Tours, they were far superior in numbers of men and in weaponry. Charles Martel also had another quality, also totally missing in the sorry lot of today’s American generals, he could foresee the dangers of his foes, and prepared for them with great cunning using terrain, time and place to offset the enemy’s superior weaponry and larger numbers and adapted, over and over again, to the enemy on the battlefield, gracefully adjusting to compensate for the unforeseen and seemingly unforeseeable.

VorDaj on February 8, 2012 at 5:11 PM

I hope everyone can now realizes why the religious right opposes gay marriage. Soon, the government will be forcing all religions to marry gays, if they can force Catholics to pay for abortions.

HellCat on February 8, 2012 at 4:59 PM

It will not be all religions, it will just be Christianity. Exceptions will be made for Islam and other favored religions that will work on behalf of the state.

It’s getting so tiresome watching us eat our own. Especially here on Hotair. Yes Boenher has made mistakes and hasn’t taken the fight to Obama like some of us had hoped, but too damn many of you are forgetting that we could still have Granny McBotox as Speaker of the House. Be thankful and continue working towards defeating these people in November instead of throwing bombs at our fellow Republicans.

jawkneemusic on February 8, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Boehner has failed to deliver on every single thing he was elected to do. He has not cut spending, he has not repealed Obamacare, and he hasn’t even slowed down any key elements of the Obama agenda. He has not done anything more than wage token battles to pretend to be fighting for us. Sorry, we hired him to do a job and he has been a total and complete failure in every imaginable way. He deserves the criticism.

Doomberg on February 8, 2012 at 5:12 PM

uhangtight on February 8, 2012 at 4:49 PM

never gonna happen, people rising up that is. Holder is about to get a free pass from Boehner himself, and next time he won’t be arming mexicans to shoot mexicans. they will be coming after us. and congress is dead.

Descent into Nightmare.

orbitalair on February 8, 2012 at 5:12 PM

Every mosque in America should be bulldozed to the ground. Every single one. And in their place a statue of Charles Martel beheading Mohammad should be put up.

VorDaj on February 8, 2012 at 5:09 PM

One thing that is great about moving out of GULAG (aka Stete of California) is not seeing mosques all over the place. As well as not seeing Palestinians walking the streets, you know, those poor, penniless people that somehow live in $1M average house price neighborhoods.

riddick on February 8, 2012 at 5:13 PM

Even with superiority in both numbers and weapons, today’s sorry generals can not even begin to match what Martel did when out numbered and “out gunned”.

VorDaj on February 8, 2012 at 5:14 PM

Has Boehner “the Boaster” ever done anything he boasted about he was going to do?

When will we get some real Republican leaders in Congress?

albill on February 8, 2012 at 5:15 PM

Has Boehner “the Boaster” ever done anything he boasted about he was going to do?

When will we get some real Republican leaders in Congress?

albill on February 8, 2012 at 5:15 PM

Reminds me of all the people out there claiming Romney is a conservative while unable to name just one conservative thing he has done. Same with Boehner. And McConnell. And Cantor. And…

riddick on February 8, 2012 at 5:17 PM

“Barack, don’t call my bluff”…

riddick on February 8, 2012 at 5:20 PM

maybe the world will be more sane this coming election

sadsushi on February 8, 2012 at 5:06 PM

Not frequently a safe assumption.

squint on February 8, 2012 at 5:20 PM

General Weepy takes a stand…maybe?

sharrukin on February 8, 2012 at 4:34 PM

Now I like that. His Senate counterpart is Major Gobble Gobble.

arnold ziffel on February 8, 2012 at 5:22 PM

When will we get some real Republican leaders in Congress?

albill on February 8, 2012 at 5:15 PM

You mean Conservatives, right? They are two very different species.

riddick on February 8, 2012 at 5:22 PM

General Weepy takes a stand…maybe?

sharrukin on February 8, 2012 at 4:34 PM

Now I like that. His Senate counterpart is Major Gobble Gobble.

arnold ziffel on February 8, 2012 at 5:22 PM

Its really shocking that respect for Congress is so low, huh? /

sharrukin on February 8, 2012 at 5:25 PM

You people ripping Boehner need to get real. His remarks were appropriate for the seriousness of this issue as well as respectful to the body he was addressing. I thank God it’s Speaker Boehner instead of Pelosi. The constant negativity and hate spewing is getting so old.

mike_NC9 on February 8, 2012 at 4:48 PM

I’m supporting him on this…it’s better to support than bash. Sound like lefties.

tinkerthinker on February 8, 2012 at 5:33 PM

It’s getting so tiresome watching us eat our own. Especially here on Hotair. Yes Boenher has made mistakes and hasn’t taken the fight to Obama like some of us had hoped, but too damn many of you are forgetting that we could still have Granny McBotox as Speaker of the House. Be thankful and continue working towards defeating these people in November instead of throwing bombs at our fellow Republicans.

jawkneemusic on February 8, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Oh yes, I am so grateful that I’m getting lubed before being abused.

arnold ziffel on February 8, 2012 at 5:33 PM

mike_NC9 on February 8, 2012 at 4:48 PM
tinkerthinker on February 8, 2012 at 5:33 PM

Did you ever think that we will support him when he follows through? You know he has certainly took care of business in the past.

arnold ziffel on February 8, 2012 at 5:35 PM

Did you ever think that we will support him when he follows through? You know he has certainly took care of business in the past.

arnold ziffel on February 8, 2012 at 5:35 PM

No, I don’t get that from what you say.

tinkerthinker on February 8, 2012 at 5:38 PM

Sorry, I just don’t believe the House GOP leadership has the intestinal fortitude to stick to their guns. Every time they have taken a stand, they have been rolled by the Alinskyites. Here is what I wrote in my journal at the end of the last cave-in last year:

“As we witnessed the feckless and irresolute behavior of the new crop of Republican congressman in Washington D.C. at the end of last year, it again emphasized that to be a good leader, holding right principles is good, but not enough. And, as much as we would like it to be, innocent character is also not enough. Character which is morally good must also be strengthened and tempered and tested by experience, keen self-discipline, perseverance, and trials. Even in a culture that nurtures good character, such people take a long time to make and are rare. The decadent nature of modern American society makes them even more difficult to make and even more rare. I hope that there are enough left who will be in positions to rescue this nation from its moral death spiral.”

Whitewolf7070 on February 8, 2012 at 5:39 PM

A street protest will fall flat if little Bammie tells the old media to not cover it and they go along.

slickwillie2001 on February 8, 2012 at 5:45 PM

Boner:

worst.speaker.ever

If Republicans could find real passion in any other issues outside of birth control and abortion, we might get somewhere.

sigh.

rickyricardo on February 8, 2012 at 4:49 PM

Naaa, Pelosi has him beat, hands down.

tinkerthinker on February 8, 2012 at 5:50 PM

To me this is all about a president who continually looks at ways to get around the Constitution. He is sworn to uphold the Constitution, not crap on it.

ButterflyDragon on February 8, 2012 at 5:50 PM

To me this is all about a president who continually looks at ways to get around the Constitution. He is sworn to uphold the Constitution, not crap on it.

ButterflyDragon on February 8, 2012 at 5:50 PM

Agreed.

+1000

tinkerthinker on February 8, 2012 at 5:52 PM

arnold ziffel on February 8, 2012 at 5:35 PM

I’m fine with putting pressure on him. I want there to be pressure. I just don’t agree with those that seem to infer that Boehner and most all GOP are not on our side. When the rubber meets the road, we have to pick a side and go to battle with what we have.

mike_NC9 on February 8, 2012 at 5:56 PM

I just don’t agree with those that seem to infer that Boehner and most all GOP are not on our side.

mike_NC9 on February 8, 2012 at 5:56 PM

When they actually do something for our side we might just consider them on our side. Until then, all we have is the big R beside their name to differentiate them from the ones with a big D besides theirs.

sharrukin on February 8, 2012 at 6:01 PM

uhangtight on February 8, 2012 at 4:49 PM

Thanks for your post. I thought I was the only person in America who came to that analysis, at least in general.

For Obama and his cast, this is just another step in that ‘fundamental change’ they want. In this instance, if this provision stands, they go a long way to stripping away religious liberty, similar to how the mandate provision strips away individual liberty.

Americans need to see the big picture, I’m afraid most don’t.

jersey taxpayer on February 8, 2012 at 6:09 PM

Boehner has failed to deliver on every single thing he was elected to do. He has not cut spending, he has not repealed Obamacare, and he hasn’t even slowed down any key elements of the Obama agenda. He has not done anything more than wage token battles to pretend to be fighting for us. Sorry, we hired him to do a job and he has been a total and complete failure in every imaginable way. He deserves the criticism.

Doomberg on February 8, 2012 at 5:12 PM

With a Democrat-controlled Senate, there’s not much the House can do. They’ve passed legislation, but Reid refuses to act on it. What exactly do you expect Boehner to do about that?

Syzygy on February 8, 2012 at 6:10 PM

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