Video: Boehner mocks GOP opponents of immigration reform

posted at 11:21 am on April 25, 2014 by Allahpundit

I mentioned this yesterday in the McCain post but figured you’d want to watch the video, if only to see just how high his mock-falsetto can get. But then, mockery is what we reform skeptics deserve for having stained America’s honor.

Watch this clip and tell me how, having framed the issue this way, Boehner could possibly resist bringing something on immigration to the floor before 2016. I keep hearing from amnesty fans that the odds of passing something will drop after the midterms, especially if the GOP does well in November; Republicans will be too skittish to tackle this as the presidential cycle heats up, the theory goes, and conservatives will point to the midterm results as “proof” that doing nothing on immigration isn’t fatal to the party. Does Boehner sound here like a guy who might be swayed by that argument? He’s all but calling opponents cowards for fearing a political backlash from doing what he clearly believe is the right thing. (“We get elected to solve problems and it’s remarkable to me how many of my colleagues just don’t want to.”) If he doesn’t force the House to take this up this summer, I think, he’s going to insist on it in the lame-duck session or, at the latest, early next year, to make it as painless as possible for GOP presidential candidates. If he doesn’t, then he himself is the ultimate example of the “oooooh, this is too hard” holdout.

Note, by the way, that he knows there’s a camera on him. This isn’t a stray comment made to a private audience, as his “hellbent” crack from last month was. This was meant for public consumption, which makes me think maybe there really is something to the idea of GOP reform fans concertedly speaking out in favor ahead of the big push. Exit quotation from a House Republican: “Most members see the leadership as being supportive of Gang of Eight-style reform. We continually hear that once most primaries are over, the leadership will move forward with comprehensive reform.”


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Lucano on April 25, 2014 at 11:22 PM

Boner is a puerile swine.

Schadenfreude on April 25, 2014 at 11:24 PM

I hope we stay on squealing Boehner .
What a disgrace .

Lucano on April 25, 2014 at 11:24 PM

Funny, the picture on the HA home page of Boehner pouting and mocking conservatives looks like pictures of him weeping. Boehner needs to be a teetotaler.

Has Boehner gone too far with this? Yes. Without a doubt. Boehner himself is the one that looks pathetic, not the conservatives he’s trying to belittle. It’s really detestable.

Get him out of there.

anotherJoe on April 25, 2014 at 11:27 PM

I can’t believe he’s the Speaker.

rdbrewer on April 25, 2014 at 11:55 PM

The only guy in the world Obama can bully.

rdbrewer on April 25, 2014 at 11:56 PM

How can the caucus impeach and remove him as speaker? This is intolerable.

alwaysfiredup on April 26, 2014 at 12:24 AM

This is not in any way to be considered a threat; merely a metaphorical ‘suggestion’…he should be hung on the tree of liberty. He is betraying his party, the Constitution, and the American people. It is time for politician to pay the price for their treason.

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xmanvietnam on April 26, 2014 at 12:36 AM

Boehner is such a big talker…until he is in the same room with conservatives…

Remember how he said bad things about Harry Reid…after Harry had left the room after b-slapping Boehner.

William Eaton on April 26, 2014 at 12:37 AM

This guy has rapidly gone down hill, so much so that you wonder whether the “drunken bum” rumors are true. Then there is his Naval record. Honorably discharged after only 8 weeks because of a “bad back.” THE GUY WAS STILL IN BASIC TRAINING !!!!! (Boot camp they call it in the Navy.) An eight week discharge may be legit but it does raise suspicions. Could Valerie Jarrett (from NSA, CIA, FBI sources) have discovered “another reason” for the discharge and has Boehner succumbed to blackmail? Inquiring minds want to know why Boehner has become such a total puke lately.

MaiDee on April 26, 2014 at 12:47 AM

Boner is a puerile swine.

Schadenfreude on April 25, 2014 at 11:24 PM

Yeah. The guy looks childish actually. Not the kind of effusive immaturity we want to see in an elected official. Stopthedrinking / dot com.

anotherJoe on April 26, 2014 at 1:22 AM

Pass a law that says in six months employers will be fined…
 
rogerb on December 9, 2013 at 6:14 PM

 
This fellow is apparently a reincarnated Democrat.
 
RJ MacReady on April 25, 2014 at 2:55 PM

 
…Do you feel the same about employees reporting their employer’s OSHA violations? If not, why not?
 
Do you feel the same about employees reporting their employer’s wage violations? If not, why not?…
 
rogerb on April 25, 2014 at 3:38 PM

 
So all done, RJ MacReady?
 
Hint: If you’re going to suggest someone is the moral equivalent to a person who bought and sold fellow human beings as property, you really should at least try to follow up on your post.

rogerb on April 26, 2014 at 6:30 AM

It makes absolutely no sense to suggest that conservatives should play for the team, when the team is led and defined by people who are openly and in this case contemptuously at war with the base.

The GOP is not entitled to anybody’s vote. It only deserves the votes of the people it really fights for. Currently that would be Sheldon Adelson. (And some other liberal billionaires who are just as bad as him but less showy about it.)

John Boehner and his party should be forced to get by with only the votes of people who really agree with him that the 90% white, Christian, mostly working class and married base should be wiped from history by a program of mass non-white immigration and forced assimilation.

How many chickens really want to vote for foxes to be let into the chicken coop? Not many, I’d guess. But those are the only non-billionaire votes John Boehner deserves.

David Blue on April 26, 2014 at 7:59 AM

The GOP is not entitled to anybody’s vote. David Blue

Exactly the point I’ve been making. The reasons conservatives are continually being betrayed by back-stabbing gutter snipes is because we hold our noses and vote for candidates with stinky credentials because they are the “lesser of two evils”. The liberals won’t do this and never get betrayed.

Some5times it is necessary to take one step backward in order to take three steps forward. We can start by refusing to vote for candidates who either diss us or eschew our principles–even if it means losing an election or two. Otherwise we are training candidates to betray us because they know the can do it and still get our vote.

MaiDee on April 26, 2014 at 9:22 AM

I’m not poor and starving….so it is pretty easy for me to follow the law.

terryannonline on April 25, 2014 at 12:11 PM

Apparently its easy for you to give away American jobs too. Must be your employed. Good for you. What about the rest of our citizens who are not? Or don’t you care? Lets worry about the foreigners who are poor and ignore the working class Americans who are being hurt because your not poor or starving. We just had another plant close in my county. But don’t worry about it Terry I’m sure the poor illegals competing for increasingly limited opportunities deserve any available jobs more than those Americans who aren’t poor enough or starving enough for your sympathy.

magicbeans on April 26, 2014 at 9:54 AM

Boehner is a POS and I’m done with the GOP. I wouldn’t believe a word out of their mouths. No better than Barry O with putting cronies before what is best for the people. I hope he gets everything he has coming to him.

magicbeans on April 26, 2014 at 9:59 AM

Like his soulmate Mitch McConnell, this pathetic orange boozehound has always been an embarrassment to the GOP. Whenever he is not crying or bashing anyone right-of-center on camera he is engaged in undermining conservative principles. They do nothing to represent us.

A joke and a sorry excuse of man, this clown needs to go. As does McConnell.

Call your local GOP Reps and Senators every day and demand leadership changes. Don’t give a dime or a second of your time until they are gone.

Norwegian on April 26, 2014 at 10:01 AM

MaiDee: “The liberals won’t do this and never get betrayed.”

The liberals in this case include out-and-proud liberal Sheldon Adelson.

Why does Sheldon Adelson have so much power? Because of the money alone? It’s not that alone. The point is: if you don’t play ball his way, you don’t get his money.

In fact he might spend money on attack ads and another candidate just to knock you out. The chance that you can back-stab Sheldon Adelson and then guilt-trip him into “taking one for the team” is zero, and everyone knows it.

Sheldon Adelson has liberal values and interests (like mass immigration) that contradict the interests of the 90% white, culturally conservative base, so something has to give.

Over and over, politicians face the same choice: they can sell out Sheldon Adelson, and face merciless, inexorable punishment, or they can sell out conservative voters, and have flacks and pundits guilt trip the base into “taking one for the team”, taking “half a loaf” (which generally turns out to be no loaf) and so on. Over and over again, since Reagan, continually, it’s the base that has gotten sold out, and it’s the big money men whom you obey or else that have gotten what they wanted.

I’m not blaming Sheldon Adelson for that. Nor am I blaming other big donors who do business the same way but aren’t as showy about it. This is how you have to act if you want to be effective. It’s the same way Putin has acted on Ukraine: Ukraine has a coup and an anti-Russian junta, which is not what Putin wants, so no more Russian subsidies for Ukraine – and Hell will freeze over before Vlad gets guilt-tripped into giving free money to his enemies. All effective players do this.

This is how the base has to act, in all the Western countries where conservative values and the interests of normal people are being sold out. (Which is all of them.)

Straighten up and fly right, or you won’t get the base’s votes.

That is the message that has to be sent, and it has to be made just as credible as Sheldon Adelson’s message that if you don’t do what he wants you won’t get his money. (And spare yourself the sob stories; they won’t be listened to.)

And I think the most effective way to send that message is not (ever) to vote leftist, but to vote for a right wing fringe party (even one that you would never normally vote for) as a protest.

Besides, you might as well have fun with your vote while you can. If mass immigration continues (supported by both “respectable” parties), it’s just a matter of time before there is an imported majority that will make your vote meaningless.

David Blue on April 26, 2014 at 10:09 AM

If Boehner wants out of the Speaker position soooo badly, why doesn’t he simply man up and step down?

Instead, I guess he prefers to pile on the buffoon-laden, jack-assery until he’s fired.

Oh well. Fired it is, then.

a5minmajor on April 26, 2014 at 10:14 AM

“We get elected to make choices. We get elected to solve problems…”

And you’re doing a bang-up job of it….NOT!

Another Drew on April 26, 2014 at 11:12 AM

“We get elected to make choices. We get elected to solve problems…” An infamous drunk once said

If Boehner does not realize that every time DC “solves” a problem it creates five more, then he should switch to the Dem party where he belongs.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on April 26, 2014 at 11:48 AM

Watching the comments here proves exactly why the Speaker is such a putz. even if you agree with him (which I don’t) it is such a bone headed political move that it is hard to believe this guy is a professional politician. Fist it almost guarantees that immigration won’t happen since everybody is p****d off. Second it divides us anti progressives amongst ourselves. It solidifies cynics who are less than thrilled with the GOP and fuels third party sentiment and will increase the chance the libs will get the white house again and stymies attempts to take the Senate. Third it gives ammunition to Obama/Read/Pelosi. Fourth with all we have to do is immigration really the top priority? My god how stupid can he be? My priorities:
1. Stop the bleeding block Obama/progressives and take the Senate. 2. Shore up our defenses. President Pen & Phone is unilaterally disarming us in the face of multiple foreign threats. 3. Restore fiscal sanity. 4. Stop Obama care. You can quibble with the order but my point is there is a lot of downside to an immigration debate before the mid terms. This debate is better done after the mid terms and hopefully we get the Senate. Then we can snear at Harry Reid as he says his usual stupid things since he cannot bottle up everything the GOP send his way. It won’t be perfect but at least if will be way better than if his is in charge of the Senate. My 2 cents.

warmairfan on April 26, 2014 at 11:54 AM

Boner is a squealing pig.

Schadenfreude on April 26, 2014 at 12:14 PM

I’m not poor and starving….so it is pretty easy for me to follow the law.

terryannonline on April 25, 2014 at 12:11 PM

One of the big fools of HA spake, again.

Schadenfreude on April 26, 2014 at 12:17 PM

National Troll in Chief. This child and the other, Boner, you will get yours, NO doubt whatsoever.

Schadenfreude on April 26, 2014 at 12:19 PM

I’m working overtime today, getting caught up on our backlog of ITIN returns. These illegals aren’t “trying for a better life” or any other such PC bull****. They’re organized criminals pillaging our nation for every cent they can steal. Whether it’s stealing American jobs (and I better not hear about “jobs Americans won’t do”; go watch an episode or two of Dirty Jobs… Mrs Frazier’s basement, anyone?), looting American citizen’s bank accounts and credit with identity theft, or pillaging our tax system with refundable credits, these vermin are a cancer that needs to be removed. “Deportation” needs to consist of running anyone involved in this a hundred miles out into the Gulf and pushing them overboard, every man, woman, and child.
Sound harsh? I have to sit here and ship hundreds of thousands of dollars to some cartel mass-filing this s*** over in Mexico. It. Makes. Me. Sick.
Asurea on April 19, 2014 at 12:03 PM

erself on April 19, 2014 at 2:04 PM
These illegals you talk about who are good residents don’t exist in any numbers significant enough to warrant the mercy you suggest. These people invade our country thinking we owe them, and proceed to do everything they can to rip us off for every pound of flesh they can extract. They’re parasites, nothing more or less, and should be treated as such.
And I’m not just talking the Hispanics. Remember that most of the 9/11 hijackers were illegals who overstayed their visas.
Asurea on April 19, 2014 at 2:30 PM

Just as true this weekend as last. Boehner is scum who supports a path to ripping the US taxpayer off even more than they already are. Legalization means they’re getting an extra $4,000-$6,000 every year in EIC and more.

I did edit my first post quoted to moderate the more virulent content through clarifying which “them” I’m referring to.

Asurea on April 26, 2014 at 1:01 PM

Resist We Much on April 26, 2014 at 1:38 PM

If only we’d had twitter in 1939, just look at the carnage we could have avoided.

slickwillie2001 on April 26, 2014 at 1:49 PM

F*ck this guy. He’ll be retiring soon so he doesn’t have to worry about this massive Democrat voter registration drive known as immigration reform.

Legalize these folks and America will become, essentially, a one party state.

Lamont Cranston on April 26, 2014 at 2:15 PM

How bad does he want to lose 2014 and 2016 by pushing this crap. If what I see here and hear on talk radio, if an amnesty passes, look for the GOP to not regain the senate, and possibly lose the house because people will stay home.

Leopard1996 on April 26, 2014 at 2:52 PM

Legalize these folks and America will become, essentially, a one party state.

Lamont Cranston on April 26, 2014 at 2:15 PM

So, no change. Oh well.

There will continue to be two parties, just no conservatives (in the old sense of preserving classical liberalism) to speak of in either one.

There will still be Catholic ‘conservatives’ (like the ones who support abortion), and business ‘conservatives’ (like Boehner), and Big Military ‘conservatives’ (like McCain), and people who want to conserve Big Government programs and preferences, and so on, all working hard to maintain the new status quo, but the old American values are circling the drain.

fadetogray on April 26, 2014 at 3:10 PM

What is the point of the republican party? Would we be better off if we went and joined the Dems, and tried to move them to the right?

Even if they passed immigration reform with strong enforcement measures, the enforcement would not happen, but the illegals would get citizenship, and we would have 12-14 million newly minted, reliable socialist democrat voters many of them in Texas and Arizona, and we would get a huge wave of new illegals would be clamoring for citizenship in 10 years or so. Where is the upside?

Kjeil on April 26, 2014 at 3:18 PM

No future for him in stand-up.

BushyGreen on April 26, 2014 at 3:42 PM

Why do Republicans constantly put up these types of soft spine, limp wristed, plastic banana, “leaders”? Boehner showed more grit and toughness as they usually do when he was the Minority Leader. He lacked the guts to be tough when it counted during the Shutdown and any time Obamacare was being debated. Remember his slamming the bill down when it was being voted on and yelling “HELL NO!” about having an actual debate about it. Yet now, he’s showing his true colors…which is a orangish-yellow. I’d love to see him cry in November after he lost his seat, but that ain’t gonna happen.

The Dude on April 26, 2014 at 3:55 PM

Time for John-boy to retire to that new condo he bought in FL.

Another Drew on April 26, 2014 at 5:59 PM

Boner is a squealing pig.

Schadenfreude on April 26, 2014 at 12:14 PM

That’s an insult to pigs — orange ones.

racquetballer on April 26, 2014 at 6:27 PM

Why does Boehner, McConnell, and Jeb Bush WANT Democrats to keep the Senate and White House..and take the House?! Boeher and McConnel have both attacked the TEA Party, said they have no place in THEIR Republican Party, have declared they will do nothing about Obamacare, have tried to convince us that despite all the scandals/Constitutional and law violations/targeting of U.S. citizens by the government that our biggest problem we face and what our duty is right now s to ignore our laws and give amnesty to millions of illegals who have no respect for this country or our laws! Talk about destroying the GOP and driving away the Conservatives?! Then you have Jeb Bush declaring he might run for President by appealing and reaching out to ILLEGAL, CRIMINAL NON-CITIZENS FIRST … BEFORE … trying to win over hard-working AMERICANS who CAN legally vote…what the h@all?!

Hey Jeb…the hard-working, over-taxed, under-appreciated, politically targeted, patriotic legal citizens of this great nation have no intention of handing over the White House from one Socialist, non-representative, self-serving @$$hole to another, no matter what party he belongs to…and Mitch / Bohner…start working for and representing the American people or go to h@ll.

easyt65 on April 26, 2014 at 11:44 PM

Some members of the house talk of using their power of the purse when pontificating about using this arrow from their quiver against Ocare but then they don’t. This arrow could also be used against every alphabet in the fed govt to cut their budgets. These alphabets could then have to decide whether they want to keep going with their original mission as stated or pay for the small but well armed armies they have silently created. Too bad Bonehead isn’t on the side of the people.

Kissmygrits on April 27, 2014 at 8:33 AM

Perhaps when Boehner sees one of his family members killed by an illegal drunken driver, or murdered by a should-have-been deported felon, he won’t be so quick to mock opponents of illegal immigration.

zoyclem on April 27, 2014 at 9:00 AM

The fact that conservatives haven’t ousted Captain Caveman is a sign of weak they have been. They should have done it in 2010.

K. Hobbit on April 27, 2014 at 3:56 PM

With all due respect, Speaker Boehner, you were NOT hired to “solve problems” when your solutions are worse than the problems. You WERE hired to do the right thing.

Promoting people who have broken the law is no better than Dems Obama and Holder breaking the law. ANd if one can break an immigration law and get away with it, what’s to stop them from breaking other laws? Why should any laws be enforced?

The reason people left their home nations may well be opportunity but it’s also to get away from a broken, national system. Turning around and breaking our laws b/c they it’s “love” (Jeb Bush), it’s
compassion (churches), it’s opportunity (business that want cheap labor) will do no one any good in the long run.

You’ve already admitted you cannot trust Dem. Obama – you should stick to that line, period.

Build the fence first, all of it. IF/WHEN you do that, maybe consider other steps but stop the flow of illegals b/c it hurts everyone, including you, Mr. Speaker.

MN J on April 27, 2014 at 4:15 PM

I posted the following in a headline that just rolled off, Diaz-Balart saying the GOP found a way to make Obama enforce border security, so a deal is coming:

So they think that passing a new law will force Obama to uphold the law???
RJL on April 27, 2014 at 4:58 PM

No, I can guarantee they do not think that

Diaz-Balart is reading a script prepared by the bosses:

“I think we have figured out a way to secure, to have border and interior security, holding the administration accountable for the enforcement … forcing the administration to enforce the law

That is part of a scripted performance. What they believe they have figured out, is how to cut the pie with the Dems, and retain enough of the Congress in the election coming to take the losses. The puppets are now coming out and reading their scripts.

Here is the replacement they have selected for Rubio, who just read this script to the cameras:

U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers Rodgers said it’s unlikely the Affordable Care Act will be repealed. “We need to look at reforming the exchanges,”

Cited as a priority issue by many members of Congress and Obama, 2013 came and went without an immigration package, to the chagrin of many advocacy groups.

McMorris Rodgers said she still thinks a deal could be struck before the election. “I believe there is a path that we get a bill on the floor by August,” she said.

Notice how her talking points match Diaz-Balart

What they are doing now has been staged for a long time. She was chosen to read the last SOTU ‘rebuttal’ as part of the script. She is being held in reserve as a possible VP Prez candidate to supposedly pick up the soft female voters as replacements for the conservatives they know they will lose

BTW, as far as cutting the melon, these scripted announcements will increase the surge of illegal border crossings like crazy.

Both parties know this

Obama has already signaled he will not deport. They are stuffing the ballot boxes now, with motor voters, hopefully to kill of the conservatives in the primary.

These announcements are part of a strategy to pack the voter rolls with pro amnesty voters who will register at the sec of state in time for the primaries

The leadership are scum and think we are fools

IMHO beware Rand Paul. He greased McConnell’s skids right like he wanted the Big Mac to keep whipping the Senate. They want McDonnell in place when they deliver the coup de gras
entagor on April 27, 2014 at 5:24 PM

entagor on April 27, 2014 at 5:31 PM

“Reform” (please note the quotes) is a cinch for passage. The deal’s already been made.

That’s why Dems have double-downed on the
anti-woman and racist attacks. And, have been quiet on immigration “reform”… so as not to jinx it.

Within 72 hours of the pens being passed around at the “bipartisan” Obama “Mission Accomplished” signing ceremony, Reid & Pelosi will say, “Sure some GOPers finally did the right thing for immigrants… but only with Dem votes. They still hate women, gays and every other minority.”

And, the GOP “intelligentsia” will looked stunned they were duped… yet again.

LaserBeam on April 27, 2014 at 5:33 PM

And, the GOP “intelligentsia” will looked stunned they were duped… yet again.

LaserBeam on April 27, 2014 at 5:33 PM

Except they will not be stunned, nor feel duped. They have ceded to the DEMs, in return for the cheap labor who are at least for now, not taxed under Obamacare.

The GOP is become the party of the Globalists. They just want their US based operations to produced more cash. They need (their) US Big Banks as a currency sink for the moment. US/EU banks get the first bucks in every bailout. A bailout represents the FDIC to the big boys

The FDIC is the carrot on the stick for the little people, who would receive devalued FDIC dollars if their own bank failed

QE money does not filter down to the masses, but pumps the markets and maintains asset values for the big boys. Inflation is a de facto way to cut wages and therefore costs. As is amnesty

Biggest Credit Bubble in History Runs Out Of Time Last year, highly leveraged companies issued $1.1 trillion in junk-rated loans. It’s a white-hot market. Leveraged-loan mutual funds – dolled up in conservative-sounding names and nice charts to seduce retail investors – gorge on these loans. They saw 95 weeks in a row of inflows …..

Private equity firms have been ruthlessly taking advantage of that “insatiable demand.” And they have a special self-serving trick up their sleeve: Their junk-rated overleveraged portfolio companies issue new loans, but instead of using the funds for expansion projects or other productive uses, they hand them out through the back door as special dividends. It’s one of the simplest ways PE firms use to strip cash out of their portfolio companies. It loads even more debt on the already highly leveraged portfolio company without adding productive capacity. And those who end up holding this debt – for example, the mutual fund in your portfolio – have a good chance of losing it all.

“It’s kind of like an epidemic,” explained Martin Fridson, a money manager at Lehmann, Livian, Fridson Advisors LLC, in an interview with Bloomberg.

They are taking care of Number one and it aint us

entagor on April 27, 2014 at 6:38 PM

I thought this is what Boehner said to Obama the last time the two were alone together.

awayuma on April 27, 2014 at 10:06 PM

Starting to hate Boehner & co. more than I hate Obama. At least Obama is only betraying his country.

DrZin on April 27, 2014 at 11:53 PM

Immigration reform is nothing more than a free pass to people whose first act in America was a crime. I came to this country legally, and obtained my green card, and ultimately my citizenship legally. These politicians have no clue what they’re talking about. Do they really think illegal immigrants will all of a sudden embrace being American? What a joke.

halebyuca on April 28, 2014 at 10:45 AM

It’s several months later, but the video doesn’t work anymore. That “youtube account has been terminated.” It would be nice to have an updated video with an active account, or something, as I liked to use this page as a link to highlight the point that Boehner has got to go.

VIDEO DOESN’T work.

anotherJoe on July 10, 2014 at 5:15 PM

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