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Posted at 8:48 AM ET, 12/13/2010

Rep. John Boehner cries -- a lot; and rejects "compromise" (Video)

By Melissa Bell
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Fighting back tears Rep. John Boehner addresses the RNC Committee on Nov. 2, 2010. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

John Boehner (R-Ohio), the man who will likely be speaker of the House in January, went on "60 Minutes" ostensibly to discuss his plans on handling the Democrats in the upcoming congressional session. However, it wasn't his politics that left people talking. It was his tears. Over the course of the interview with Lesley Stahl, Boehner teared up not just once, but twice. He also said that while he hopes to find common ground with the Democrats, he won't be compromising any time soon. He told Stahl he rejects the word "compromise."

"When you say the word "compromise," a lot of Americans look up and go, "Uh-oh, they're gonna sell me out." And so finding common ground, I think, makes more sense," he said.

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He looks like a heavily medicated, depressed, alcoholic.
These are the folks we entrust our government to. Pill popping, sedentary, drinkers. Find Boehner in the bars on Capitol Hill at night.

Posted by: skinswitabullet | December 13, 2010 9:47 AM | Report abuse

If Nancy Pelosi had sobbed like Boehner she would have been run off. Is Boehner so emotional because he is like the 150 white guy to be Speaker of the House? That was a pathetic performance.

And,why is common ground different than compromise? So Boehner has common ground with Obama on taxing estates over $5 million, because it contradicts his earlier position, and therefore could be called a compromise. This guy was in tears because he can't believe an idiot like him made it to Speaker.

Posted by: merrylees | December 13, 2010 9:55 AM | Report abuse

What a phony baloney.
He blocks, votes against anything and everything to help the survival of our country, yet tries to make us think he is concerned about our welfare.
He talks about kids having the American dream when the only ones he wants to be able to do this are the wealthy.
How many programs have he and his republican co-horts voted against, and,
will try to eliminate??
Haven help us.

Posted by: kathlenec | December 13, 2010 10:05 AM | Report abuse

So he doesn´t plan to compromise but will look for common ground. Oh, come on, who does Boehner think he´s fooling?

Posted by: Aquarius1 | December 13, 2010 10:06 AM | Report abuse

Well, Ed Muskie WAS run off from being a Democratic presidential nominee in New Hampshire 40 years ago after he teared up over a personal attack on his wife.

Just another example of double standard.

There is just something so sickeningly hypocritical about tears over the thought of the American Dream coming from a man who handed out envelopes of tobacco money on the floor of the House. Geez.

Posted by: edismae | December 13, 2010 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Did John Boehner really show up for a 60 Minutes interview as drunk as he sounded on video? Does he really expect us to buy that maudlin, soap-opera, "oh, the little people" presentation, at the vary same time as Boner's fighting to cut off the unemployment benefits that are keeping a couple of million families off of welfare?

Would you buy a used car from this man?

Posted by: lonquest | December 13, 2010 10:26 AM | Report abuse

Did John Boehner really show up for a 60 Minutes interview as drunk as he sounded on video?

Does he really expect us to buy that maudlin, soap-opera, "oh, the little people" presentation, at the very same time as Boner's fighting to cut off the unemployment benefits that are keeping a couple of million families off of welfare?

Would you buy a used car from this man?

Posted by: lonquest | December 13, 2010 10:28 AM | Report abuse

This guy is SCARY!

Posted by: whocares666 | December 13, 2010 10:33 AM | Report abuse

Crying Dick

Posted by: 44fx2901 | December 13, 2010 10:35 AM | Report abuse

Isn't uncontrollable crying associated with depression and alcoholism?

Posted by: 8-Man2 | December 13, 2010 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Politics as theater. Theater of the absurd, that is. Even Monty Python or the Dadaists couldn't come up with more ridiculous characters than we currently have now running things, or at least looking like they're trying to.

I look forward to tomorrow with a renewed confidence.

Posted by: bigdogbite | December 13, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Alcoholic

Posted by: johnk1000 | December 13, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse

God, what a boozy dillhole. Who believes this walking golf swing's b.s?

Posted by: LABC | December 13, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Unfortunately I think some people just cry more easily. It's interesting because on first glance Boehner doesn't seem like the sort of man who would (Conservative German-American Republican from the stoic Midwest) but obviously this is just part of him. It's going to be something he'll have to keep in check in public as much as possible though. A little bit of crying can show passion and sincerity. More crying just looks like emotional instability, a scary thing for the Speaker of the House.

Posted by: nvamikeyo | December 13, 2010 10:52 AM | Report abuse

The sexism in this article and these comments is disgusting. A woman cries, and the world stops to comfort her. A man cries and he's weak and is shown the door.

Posted by: OneWhoSpeaksTruth | December 13, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse

THIS is it?? The best and the brightest for a Representative from the State of Ohio?? Really??
This man is not a stable person, he has obvious emotional problems that have no place in the leadership of our nation at this juncture.

Posted by: motiv8ed | December 13, 2010 10:55 AM | Report abuse

Did ya check out his legs???They looked shaved and spray tanned. Something suspicious here with this guy. If I was the president I wouldn't go anywhere with the guy and especially golfing.

And here you have it folks the new Speaker of the House. A sniveling baby and to think the whole world is watching this. He feels sorry for himself cause he was not rich growing up and had to work..no wonder he is so mean. This guy is Speaker of the House omg give the gavel back to Peloski.

We are screwed!!!

Posted by: mac7 | December 13, 2010 10:56 AM | Report abuse

the orange nazi is nuts, somebody should suggest a visit to a shrink. scary this guy is in line to be president.

Posted by: calif-joe | December 13, 2010 11:00 AM | Report abuse

as a post-menopausal 63-yr old, this boo-hoo behavior would never have been tolerated by my employer. if i had choked up and broken down as much as he apparently does, i would have been offered rehab or separation. man up! i had to and i'm not a man!

Posted by: peanut47 | December 13, 2010 11:00 AM | Report abuse

Whatever he may be, he is most certainly NOT Nancy Pelosi - haughty. arrogant and dismissive of "the people", playing party politics first and Everything Else second. And for that we can be thankful. Besides, I thought liberals liked their men sensitive.

Posted by: bethesdaguy | December 13, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

Maybe he has prostate cancer and is getting female hormone treatments.

Posted by: lindsaycurren | December 13, 2010 11:03 AM | Report abuse

Boehner cries so much because he knows that he is the main reason the children of this nation is doomed.

He cuts your education budgets, support laws that persecutes our kids and seeks to imprison them. He kills their employment future and gives their economic future away to foreigners.

Boehner is in league with Satan and cries because he knows what happens in the end.

Posted by: question-guy | December 13, 2010 11:04 AM | Report abuse

In my opinion, Boehner's tears seem to be tears of self-pity. He views his climb to the top as singular -- the one and only modern-day Lincoln. Boehner can't seem to get beyond his pride in being a "barkeep's son" and does not think he has been given enough recognition for his struggle.
Sarah Palin, Bill Clinton and others who have come from humble beginnings and have risen to the top, seem to be proud of their parent(s), but they don't dwell on it.

Posted by: foxtrot1 | December 13, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

There you go Independents. This is what your votes for Republicans have brought you. "NO COMPROMISE!" Boehner promises gridlock and partisanship. There will be no working together. Boehner requires the Democrats to give up all of their issues, initiatives, constituencies and values. The Republican leadership promises to use their newly gained power to bring gridlock to the United States government. That's exactly what this country does not need and we will pay a heavy price.

Posted by: Lefty_ | December 13, 2010 11:07 AM | Report abuse

I weep, too, when I think of how the GOP exists for just the very rich, and what lies in store for the rest of us when they control the House.

Posted by: faygokid | December 13, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Hey Boehner, Man up.

Posted by: faux_jo | December 13, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

It is no compromise. When choosing between $280b for middle class tax rates or $360b for all rates, they choose $1 trillion in spending. That is collusion, not compromise.

Posted by: kitchendragon50 | December 13, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Well, it would seem that we have arrived at the Anger stage of the Kubler-Ross process. Cant wait to see what Bargaining looks like.

Posted by: FrancisMacomber | December 13, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse


This is what your voter tantrum got you, conservatives. No compromise? Compromise is the essence of Democracy!

Conservatives intentionally divided America to take advantage of it, and it worked. But now, we are not a united nation, but a fractious collection of issues with no trust in each other.

Thanks, Lee Atwater! Thanks, Rupert Murdoch! Thanks, Roger Ailes! Thanks, Karl Rove!! May you burn in hell for your terrible sins, your disgusting crimes, your bloody and unending wars.

Posted by: gkam | December 13, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

There will be alot of people crying when Boehner moves into the Speaker's office. The new leader of the House of Reps has adopted Tammy Faye Baker's media personna of a weepy religeous conservative.

Posted by: mjoy | December 13, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

He was a Kennedy Democrat who made millions in plastics and then became a Republican because he thought taxes were too high? What a joke. And he's spent his life "chasing the American dream"? Apparently that dream is couched entirely in terms of continuously expanding wealth and power.

Boehner is as much a fake as his tan. Good thing we're only stuck with him as Speaker for two years.

Posted by: amstphd | December 13, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

Terrific. But for extreme partisans, I don't think this is what the voters wanted to hear. So long as the House, Senate and Executive Office are of different parties, without compromise, we have gridlock, the party of "No" and nothing that gets done for anyone, regardless of what your point of view is. Why bother electing anyone at all? Maybe there is some computer somewhere who can make these decisions for us; its clear that the people voted into these positions have no intention to do anything but bicker.

Posted by: sassafrasnewport | December 13, 2010 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Terrific. But for extreme partisans, I don't think this is what the voters wanted to hear. So long as the House, Senate and Executive Office are of different parties, without compromise, we have gridlock, the party of "No" and nothing that gets done for anyone, regardless of what your point of view is. Why bother electing anyone at all? Maybe there is some computer somewhere who can make these decisions for us; its clear that the people voted into these positions have no intention to do anything but bicker.

Posted by: sassafrasnewport | December 13, 2010 11:35 AM | Report abuse

Right now, I don't know much about Rep. John Boehner beyond that he is from Ohio, came up the VERY hard way, and is poised to be the Speaker of the House. The issues over which I've heard that he has gotten teary-eyed are the right issues (gratitude, kids), so that's not a real problem for me (a 50+ grandfather of 7). An adult who is not able to produce tears of gratitude for God's goodness or sentiment for the innocence of children is not fully a man or woman.

Posted by: DoTheRightThing | December 13, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

Boehner is going to rue the day he made this statement as it will be used again and again. Dumb, egotistical move. 2010 may have been the year of the shellacking; 2012 will be the year of buyer's remorse.

Posted by: sassafrasnewport | December 13, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Simply unstable. NOT who should lead the House of Representatives.

Posted by: CardFan | December 13, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

There once was a pol named Boehner,
Who couldn’t have spoken more plainer,
I shill for the rich,
Hey, life is a b|tch!!
But the rich are my bank account maintainer.

Posted by: SequimBob2 | December 13, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Kenneth Lay also cried and look what happened to the people that depended on him. Those people lost everything, but yet Lay walked away with millions of dollars and died before he could be sentenced to jail. Lay, Boehner - this is false leadership.

Posted by: LeeShawnNelson | December 13, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin has loosened every lug nut on her wheel of the Republican bus. The emotionally unstable Boehner has handed the incoming emotionally volatile tea partiers each a tire iron with orders to get going on more loosening. I'll be right back. I just ran out of popcorn.

Posted by: firethief | December 13, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

The man is in touch with his feelings. He was probably a mama's boy who is now a duty-bound and heavily principaled man. I find that so sexy. Grrrr!

Posted by: forgetthis | December 13, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

Those tears are real, and they're shed for the wreckage that you Progressives have wrought upon this great country.

Posted by: CapnRusty | December 13, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Hey John, try not to cry so much, your spray tan might smudge. This guy is pathetic...

Posted by: ASchumacher | December 13, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

I wonder what that electronic billboard sign in NYC will show the debt to be in November, 2012. So too does Boehner. With a GOP "platform" to oust the Democrats off the face of the Earth as their only consistent policy ... Boehner well knows that his great, great grandchildren are already in deep 'hock'. ..... Go ahead. .... Cry away.

Posted by: deepthroat21 | December 13, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

AA is ready when you are, John.

Posted by: crw3 | December 13, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Something is mentally wrong with this guy, which I suppose is typical of GOP politicians.

Boehner decides to adopt the worse possible scenario from the worse bunch of GOP followers, basically he's promising to be one big azzhole, and he cries like a baby!

If it were anyone else, they'd be in a looney home.

This is but one of whackos Republicans choose as their leaders.

Nut case after nut case, there is your Republican Party.


Posted by: lindalovejones | December 13, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

If Nancy Pelosi had sobbed like Boehner she would have been run off. Is Boehner so emotional because he is like the 150 white guy to be Speaker of the House? That was a pathetic performance.

And,why is common ground different than compromise? So Boehner has common ground with Obama on taxing estates over $5 million, because it contradicts his earlier position, and therefore could be called a compromise. This guy was in tears because he can't believe an idiot like him made it to Speaker.

Posted by: merrylees |

~~~

She was run off for being a hard 'az' and for not wearing her emotions all over her damn sleeves every two minutes.

She was also called a bunch of hostile derogatory names by the Right-Winger's.

Now look who will be running the Congressional House of Representatives. A big "az" cry baby.

Crying every time, you turn around.

I don't mind grown men crying, but "geez freaking whiz", every two minutes?

I can say this, because I am a woman, nor have I cried this much, since watching the original "Imitation of Life" back when I was a little girl in the 1960's.

John Boehner acts like he is the only one that has ever had to a mop a damn floor and pay his own way through college.

I wish he would give us all a break.

Posted by: lcarter0311 | December 13, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Glad I didn't watch as I have a weak stomach. What a blabbering hypocrite! Isn't taking millions from special interest groups compromise?? Isn't living a life of "You scratch my back, I'll scratch yours", compromise???

Posted by: pkbishop1 | December 13, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

what a boehnhead

Posted by: cmsatown | December 13, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

Don’t be fooled, what was on display on “Sixty Minutes” was working class white Catholic anger, resentment, and a lot of inner demons. We saw the loathing of not being a graduate of Yale and Harvard; of not being married to a Princeton and Harvard Law graduate. We saw all the underlying bitterness at the obvious systemic failures of our country, that at some level in the foundation of his existence, Mr. Boehner does not ignore.

There are generally two sources of tears. There is humbleness and gratitude. But there is also anger and bitterness; or hatred and antipathy. There is the welling up of hostility and ill feeling toward those who are believed to have what they do not deserve to have; or anger toward those who are believed to wrongly have what is believed to have been taken from the rightful owners.

John Boehner’s angry tears are a throw-back to the vicious self-righteous anger of the Austrian and South-German Catholics against the favored “Court” Jews of the Austrian and German Empires; and the South-German Principalities and Kingdoms (before the founding of the German Empire in 1871).

This profound hostility was due to the fact that for at least three centuries (leading up to the 20th century) the ruling nobility of the autocratic and despotic princely states of Catholic Germany, used Jews to usuriously rob first the peasants; and then the urban laboring, and lower middle shop keeping classes. They used the Jews to serve as their face of burdensome over taxation, small share savings swindles, stock speculation, usurious credit offerings, and petty over-regulating officialdom. When these people found a political voice that would give vent to this resentment and hate (which was so strong it would drive otherwise grown men to tears); the cataclysmic violence and inter-ethnic cleansing of Catholic Europe became (and still is) a lasting shame on Western Civilization.

Now this comment does not, by any stretch of the imagination, suggest or assert that Mr. Boehner is anti-Semitic. It only observes that there is a profound and deep resentment and anger behind his, and his class’ tears; and that resentment, if properly focused (by a suitable Tea-Party leader, as yet not found and elevated by Boehner’s class of Americans) upon America’s presumptively suspect groups (in the American context all non-whites), will lead in America, to a cataclysmic spasm of inter-ethnic conflict, as destructive as the American Civil War.

Posted by: rc115shepherd | December 13, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

That this flake could be the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives says more about the American people than it does about this emotionally unstable individual.

This flake is either mentally and emotionally unstable, a drunk or a drug addict, or some combination of the three.

It also tells us a lot about the Republican Party that crows about family values, God, religion and patriotism that they would tolerate these embarrassing acts of instability.

And....
It's at least the 4th time for this flake.

Posted by: flamingliberal | December 13, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

If Congress is in session, most Americans believe they "are going to sell me out". Did Leslie question Boehner about his lobbyist chief of staff? The 98% of Americans who don't have a lobbyist drinking Schnapps with all the Washington politicians have already been sold down the river. Now they want everyone's benefits so they can keep shoveling money at their favored few.

Posted by: chucko2 | December 13, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Uncontrollable crying, especially when it turns into a paroxysm of tears, is clearly associated with advanced alcoholism. This is at least the 4th time he has been consumed in a paralysis of tears. This is one emotionally unstable individual.

Posted by: flamingliberal | December 13, 2010 12:16 PM | Report abuse

90% of the people in the DC area, including on this blog, are on Prozac and all of its cousins! So spare me the talk about emotional instability. You don't get points for drugging yourself into numbness. You probably wish you had the same freedom to express your own emotions. So stop the hating and swallow your pills so everyone will think you've got it together. Only your doctor and your pharmacist know the real truth, hypocrites!

Posted by: forgetthis | December 13, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

"God's Goodness?" So I guess I'm not truly a man because I don't believe in your invisible friend?

You people are so frigging smug and self-important. I'm sure you're more worried about not getting to put a manger up at your local courthouse lawn or something inane like that. Ugh.

Boehner is a blubbering fool who can't keep it together for more than 15 minutes at a time. Now he's third in line for the most important job in the world. That scares me.

Posted by: Please_Fix_VAs_Roads | December 13, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Kinda makes you wonder who is more stupid.
Alaskans or Ohioans?
I have to go with people from Ohio. They keep sending this a-hole back to Washington.

Posted by: strictly_liberal | December 13, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Those tears are real, and they're shed for the wreckage that you Progressives have wrought upon this great country.

Posted by: CapnRusty

&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&

And washed down with a fifth of bourbon

Posted by: flamingliberal | December 13, 2010 12:26 PM | Report abuse

It looks like he has been and is under tremendous stress. He needs a vacation on a Caribean Island and than he'll be ready to face Washington.

Posted by: voice02 | December 13, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse

America - you asked for it; now you got it. Did you expect anything else from these guys? It's there way or the highway. They've demonstrated their ability to be obstructionist the last two years in the Senate, and now their obstructionism will be on steroids in the House. A cheery 2 years lie ahead, and it won't be so easy to pry these buggers out of the majority with GOP legislators gerrymandering Congressional District all over the country. Democrats picked a heck of a year to get their heads handed to them. Ah the Tan Man - two heartbeats away from the Presidency.

Posted by: rcairo | December 13, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Gonna be a LONG couple of years.

Posted by: lizgwiz | December 13, 2010 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Don’t be fooled, what was on display on “Sixty Minutes” was working class white Catholic anger, resentment, and a lot of inner demons.
Posted by: rc115shepherd | December 13, 2010 12:09 PM |

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I think you hit it right on the head.

Good point and one well taken.

Posted by: lcarter0311 | December 13, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Don’t be fooled, what was on display on “Sixty Minutes” was working class white Catholic anger, resentment, and a lot of inner demons.

Posted by: rc115shepherd | December 13, 2010 12:09 PM
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Good Post and very good points, which are well taken!

Posted by: lcarter0311 | December 13, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

A little show of emotion is okay. Crying at the drop of a hat seems a little odd. At first I sort of thought it projected humanity and caring, but after he repeatedly was crying, it became a bit unnerving. Seriously, it may be stress, depression, or alcoholism.

Posted by: jackson641 | December 13, 2010 12:45 PM | Report abuse

I saw the interview and was left with the feeling that something just isn't "right" with Boehner. Some crying I can understand, but the amount he did makes me think he has problems that he obviously isn't in control of. And then on top of it, he doesn't like the word "compromise"? Looks like we have a real winner as Speaker of the House.

Posted by: softjazz41 | December 13, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

"He looks like a heavily medicated, depressed alcoholic."? You mean like Bill Clinton?

Posted by: colonel5 | December 13, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Bill Clinton used to get teary eyed a lot too - maybe they can have a sob sister session.

Posted by: Georgetowner1 | December 13, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

So much was made of Obama's birth certificate. I'd much rather have a candidates medical records! So many of these guys are on a cocktail of drugs for one malady or another it would prove very frightening to most Americans to know who is behind the wheel of their government.

Posted by: skinswitabullet | December 13, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

What is the world coming or gone too that we now have a Weeper of the House.

Posted by: mac7 | December 13, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Awww...how sweet :) a man who isn't afraid to cry.

Posted by: kitten2 | December 13, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

When is this man going to come out of the closet??

Posted by: thebobbob | December 13, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Forgot meds again?

Posted by: dorklord | December 13, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Congressman Boehner cries more than a woman. He needs to go on Oprah, sit on her sofa and discuss what is bothering him.
What is with these so called leaders that can't restrain their tears?

Posted by: richmonet | December 13, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

"I have been chasing the American Dream, Leslie, up and down K Street and believe me my Gucci's are too tight for all this walking - SOB, SOB!!!"

Posted by: quattro3 | December 13, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

This is the new majority leader of the House?? They really need to pick someone else, he'll never make it as a strong leader. His crying is going to turn into a big joke real quick.

Posted by: rj2008 | December 13, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

What is the world coming or gone too that we now have a Weeper of the House.

Posted by: mac7
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post of the day!

Posted by: priceisright | December 13, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

I reject the man Boehner. It is well and good to emote as he so genuinely did.
Where, I wonder, are his feelings for the millions of Americans who have no health insurance without our new national law?

Posted by: jimsteinberg1 | December 13, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

So, John Boehner is a bully who cries a lot.
What a ploy to get attention!
Wow.
This man has a significant emotional problem.
What if he was the only one left and had to assume the responsibility for leading this country in a threat?
Would he become so weepy at the thought of the wreckage he would cause that he couldn't cope?
"This country doesn't have a revenue problem; it has a spending problem," he said.
Well, he immediately displayed his lack of judgment.
Because the country has BOTH problems.
Our corporations, which got their start in our country, no longer salute our flag nor do they demonstrate any willingness to support our country's future.
They've left our shores, with the blessing of those who served in Congress throughout the last forty years.
Meanwhile, Congress acted like they could wear blinders and continue to spend like drunken sailors.
"This is a RICH country!" GWBush exclaimed, as he demanded deep cuts in taxes, following with expensive military incursions on two fronts.
Bush accomplished this, as had presidents before him, including Clinton, his father and Reagan, with Congress as tools of lobbyists, by allowing their buddies, private contractors to steal the money allotted to military buildup for their profits, while providing expensive poor-quality work in return (laced with fake invoicing and blatant graft).
Project that out to the entire intelligence apparatus -- which employs thousands of inept and incompetent private contractors.
(The media has just scratched the surface on this thorny problem.)
Boehner said he's going to cut all Congressional budgets 5 percent and save $25M -- "You gotta start somewhere."
He's got a LONG way to go.
Under Bush, from 2000, the entire bureaucracy of the government (exempting Congress) has endured a yearly 10 percent cut in budgets for each of the last 10 years, except in favored areas, such as the military/industrial complex and prisons.
I guess they could shut down the National Archives and the Library of Congress; that costs money.
Let the original documents of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution & the Bill of Rights rot.
They've been completely shoved aside, anyway, by the tea party mobs.
Who needs 'em anymore?
We'll see if Boehner weeps for the elderly he will damage when his minions destroy Social Security & Medicare.
I suspect it will be the rest of America weeping for what used to be, which is no more, thanks to his flawed leadership.
"He11 no, we won't" -- applaud him.
He won't weep while destroying OUR American dream one damm bit.

Posted by: Judy-in-TX | December 13, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

The gay slurs on this board are not cute at all! You guys should be booted out of the liberal club for eternity.

Posted by: forgetthis | December 13, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Boehner is unstable, an emotional wreck. Who is his therapist? He will be the worst Sopeaker of the House since Gingrich (another unstable man and demagogue).What is Boehner whining about? Did some kid take away a toy? Sheesh, he should grow up and weep for the people who are suffering because of his Party's unconscionable incompetence. Already I can't wait for 2012 to throw this batch of incompetents out of office.

Posted by: dmuench | December 13, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

of course he rejects the word compromise. to compromise means to give something up in order to get something else you want. the republicans gave up nothing and got everything they wanted in their tax deal with the president. its going to be a long two years.

Posted by: rocketman5 | December 13, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Hey Boehner!
Your got your tax cuts ... now when will the jobs you promised start appearing?

Posted by: knjincvc | December 13, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

A leader with unlimited self-pity is a dangerous leader. Boehner is a very dangerous leader.

Posted by: cbday | December 13, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

He's probably a bed-wetter too.


Posted by: lindalovejones | December 13, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

He looks like a heavily medicated, depressed, alcoholic.
These are the folks we entrust our government to. Pill popping, sedentary, drinkers. Find Boehner in the bars on Capitol Hill at night.

Posted by: skinswitabullet

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Yea, and so what if you find him at GAY bars at night?

Posted by: dc1020008 | December 13, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

I've got news for Orange Boner and the extremist Republican party:


Now that they have some actual power again (the House) they won't be able to get away with spending all of their time throwing verbal bombs at the Dems, going golfing and then hitting the DC cocktail circuit at night every day. They either CREATE JOBS or they'll be gone in 2012 so fast that their heads will spin.


Chop chop Repugs!


You've got two years, time's a wastin'!

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Posted by: DrainYou | December 13, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

It a crying shame we have to watch all of you people suffer so...now all americans are sufferagettes... but the only pain in the alice's washingtonland is having to listen to us suffer so...

Posted by: Wildthing1 | December 13, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Word games.

No action, no ideas, no vision -- just word games.

(For the record, 'compromise' and 'finding common ground' are equivalent ideas, at least for people with common sense.)

Posted by: 1EgoNemo | December 13, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Boehner does not understand the American dream. It meant a American born citizen could aspire to be President without regard to bloodline or class. It was about freedom to practice the religion of your choice. It was about the chance to prosper which is not the same as the same as being wealthy beyond Midas. Probably 98% of Americans want no more than a good job of their chosing, with decent working conditions and benefits. The absurdity of Joe the Plumber and the current crop of Republicans is a rape of the American dream.

Posted by: chucko2 | December 13, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

What a dumb thing to say.

Compromise is, like anything else, relative and contextual. One can nobly refuse to compromise one's principles in the face of massive pressure or one can stubbornly and self-destructively refuse a necessary deal, depending on the situation. One can buckle like a belt at the first sign of trouble or engage in rational, dignified give and take until both sides reach an acceptable deal, depending, again, on the situation.

Politicians on both sides too often speak in these ridiculous, bellicose tautologies. A little nuance would be nice once in a while.

Posted by: andrew23boyle | December 13, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Rust Belt resentment (Catholic or not), is right.

The man is fueled by it.

Fueled by a Reaganite myth that the problem with America is its workers -- that they are greedy because they want to feed, clothe, house and educate their children, while maintaining their dignity at work.

Well, for 30 years they've told that myth that the owners of jobs are more important than the doers of jobs.

I'd like him -- his background is so much like mine -- if he'd just prove, just once, that if he had to make a choice between the working people and money people, he'd pick the working people.

Posted by: 1EgoNemo | December 13, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

His sympathy is certainly NOT with the middle class nor the working class, nor with those without healthcare, nor with those losing their homes. Maybe it's for his country club buddies. Maybe it's just political theater. His crying is excessive even for a woman during menopause. My clinical opinion is that he has an underlying depressive condition that should be treated before he's deemed stable enough to be in a leadership position.

Posted by: Observer10 | December 13, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

I reject you, Mr. Boehner. I reject your crocodile tears, your hypocrisy regarding 'fiscal responsibility', your claim to support the American Dream. Do I believe that you are looking after my best interests? No...I mean, "HELL NO!"

Posted by: greggsol | December 13, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Believing this newly-come-to-religion character is like drinking kool-aid, the stuff from Jonestown. He and that obstructionista in the senate are about to put some major league hurt on this country.

Posted by: sls213 | December 13, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Boehner, with his crying orange self, should NEVER refer to Obama or anybody as appearing weak. NEEEVER!

The only thing worse than watching a drunk cry is watching him eat... Good LORD!

His *excuse* is that he doesen't like compromise.

Because who can reason/compromise with a crying drunk?

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Posted by: Evenfoolsarerightsometimes | December 13, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Common ground = compromise. Don't make the same mistake the Democrats did.

- a Centrist

Posted by: mike21 | December 13, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Boehner is a world class JERK. Perfect for leading the conservatives.

Posted by: Freethotlib | December 13, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Republicans are screwed. 1) A "weeper" of the House 2) Caribou Barbie 3) a Witch and 4) a National Chairman that spends money on lesbian bondage club entertainment. The GOP not only has strange bedfellows, but they are hypocritical, as well.

Posted by: jeanne021556 | December 13, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Actually, Boehner's problem is projection. He can dish hate out all the time but he just cannot take any comment that he FEELS makes him look less than the genius he THINKS he is. So to prove the point others had already made, he has a public cry.


If Boehner spent half as much time listening to and serving the needs of the 98% of Americans who are not multi-millionaires as he does playing golf, working on his tan, or accepting payoffs from corporate lobbyists, then he might have a valid reason to cry -- the public is hurting because of the self-serving obstructionism of the Republicans in Congress.

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Posted by: DrainYou | December 13, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Can't wait for the next two years with Boehner and Issa. It's going to be a long two years for Obama. Even Nutsy won't be able to save ole Barry. Let the games begin.

Posted by: Desertdiva1 | December 13, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

When an incoming leader starts by rejecting any compromises, he sounds already just an Adolph Hitler. This guy looks and reminds us of an icoming GOP Fuhrer.

Posted by: lkasina | December 13, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

He is gonna make Nancy look GOOD.

Posted by: TheImmigrant | December 13, 2010 6:30 PM | Report abuse

I love him!

Posted by: SusanMarie2 | December 13, 2010 6:55 PM | Report abuse

Gridlock is going to happen because that is what corporations are paying for.
The more the United States is rendered "inoperable", is crippled into irrelevancy, the better for our enemies. They are systematically destroying the capacity of the Congress to function, at all.
Could the terrorists, in their wildest dreams, have imagined the magnitude of help they are receiving from this "fifth column" of corporate organizations?
Just think: the corporations are doing what no terrorist organization could possibly do.
They are destroying our government itself.

Posted by: cms1 | December 13, 2010 7:02 PM | Report abuse

Boehner crys alot because he can't hold his booze. Most drunks cry.

Posted by: sumo1 | December 13, 2010 7:10 PM | Report abuse

A man that rejects compromise does not think or listen. Most of them go the way Custer did. What is sad is they usually take a number of good people with them.

Posted by: jdman2 | December 13, 2010 7:18 PM | Report abuse

Boehner cares and gets ripped for it. Liberals have trashed the USA for two years at every turn expressing how non-exceptional they think "God Damn America" is. You can be certain many Patriotic tears have been shed as this nation has become the brunt of every joke.

However, it only took two years for the American electorate to say loud and clear - "Enough"! We do not want the shared misery of you godless socialism. We treasure the Freedom and Democracy that has long been secured by a free market capitalistic economy. Thank God the Tea Party and Conservatives came together to bring balance and common sense to government. And should Liberals persist in obstinate "gridlock" they will get a very emotional "shellacking" again in November 2012!

“Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.” - Winston Churchill

Posted by: 2012frank | December 13, 2010 7:43 PM | Report abuse

Only common ground? Only things you agree on? That like when you a divorce but only split up the things you agree on. All the hard stuff never gets settled???? What a moron.

Posted by: michael4 | December 13, 2010 8:08 PM | Report abuse

Only common ground? Only things you agree on? That like when you a divorce but only split up the things you agree on. All the hard stuff never gets settled???? What a moron.

Posted by: michael4 | December 13, 2010 8:20 PM | Report abuse

The first comment here said it best:

"He looks like a heavily medicated, depressed, alcoholic."

Posted by: gce1356 | December 13, 2010 9:53 PM | Report abuse

Sorry to break it to you American-hating liberals, but the Republicans now have full control of the country. The voters spoke loud and clear that they reject everything Obama and his socialist agenda stand for. The tax compromise wasn't a compromise at all, Republicans got everything we wanted and more. Like we were going to cut off unemployment benefits anyway. We'll get back at the leeches who refuse to work a little later when we gut Social Security, Medicaid, and Medicare. It won't happen overnight, but we'll need about another decade of massive tax cuts, especially for the wealthy. When our deficits start to approach 2 or 3 trillion per year, we'll have no choice but to eliminate these job killing wastes of money. If you can't afford health care, it's simple, you get sick and die. If you don't save for retirment, you end up on the street. That's how it used to work when this country was great. Boehner is absolutely right, there's no need to compromise when you've completely neutered a party and President. Any number of Republican candidates can right the ship in 2012, including Palin, Santorum, and Brownback. The first thing they ought to do is lock up, for life, a few million of these American-hating treasonous Democrats before they destroy this country and restore the country for real Americans.

Posted by: salanatoli | December 13, 2010 11:33 PM | Report abuse

Sorry to break it to you American-hating liberals, but the Republicans now have full control of the country. The voters spoke loud and clear that they reject everything Obama and his socialist agenda stand for. The tax compromise wasn't a compromise at all, Republicans got everything we wanted and more. Like we were going to cut off unemployment benefits anyway. We'll get back at the leeches who refuse to work a little later when we gut Social Security, Medicaid, and Medicare. It won't happen overnight, but we'll need about another decade of massive tax cuts, especially for the wealthy. When our deficits start to approach 2 or 3 trillion per year, we'll have no choice but to eliminate these job killing wastes of money. If you can't afford health care, it's simple, you get sick and die. If you don't save for retirment, you end up on the street. That's how it used to work when this country was great. Boehner is absolutely right, there's no need to compromise when you've completely neutered a party and President. Any number of Republican candidates can right the ship in 2012, including Palin, Santorum, and Brownback. The first thing they ought to do is lock up, for life, a few million of these American-hating treasonous Democrats before they destroy this country and restore the country for real Americans.

Posted by: salanatoli | December 13, 2010 11:34 PM | Report abuse

When I see the daily hate speech from Progressives I cry for our country too.

Posted by: davidholt123@comcast.net | December 14, 2010 5:52 AM | Report abuse

No compromise? Boehner sounds exactly like so many leaders of the past who have lead their countries to oblivion.

Clearly a man for the current season.

Posted by: TomMiller1 | December 14, 2010 5:55 AM | Report abuse

"Sorry to break it to you American-hating liberals"--salanatoli

You are one vile and odious person, salanatoli; using ugly GOP name-calling so to feel good about yourself. Just the same, you should be pitied.

Posted by: JohnDebba | December 14, 2010 6:22 AM | Report abuse

With the repubs being so desperate to regain the Presidency, I would suggest to Obama and Biden that they no longer appear anywhere together. The repubs are now highly aware that they are only 2 notches away from the top spot and the right wing extremists that showed up at tea party rallies were very threatening.

Posted by: westcan | December 14, 2010 7:03 AM | Report abuse

Come on all, he and Glen Beck could have an hour long show featuring a 20 minute cry fest followed by hate speech and then mangling history and misinterpreting the Constitution. What an hour of power! It’s actually bringing me to tears (snif snif)

Posted by: mjcc1987 | December 14, 2010 8:16 AM | Report abuse

What a pus*y. The neocons are so flummexed you can hear a pin drop.

Posted by: ScottChallenger | December 14, 2010 9:12 AM | Report abuse

What a pus*y. The neocons are so flummexed you can hear a pin drop.

Posted by: ScottChallenger | December 14, 2010 9:13 AM | Report abuse

I didn't vote for Boehner's team in 2008, but I may in 2012. Nonetheless, I don't believe the tears of joy and triumph bit. Despite all his tough talk and criticism of the job that Obama is doing, lately I was interested to see what kind of guy would basically be representing the GOP until 2012, and I was really surprised to see, on a personal level, that JB was that sensitive. It doesn't seem like it's emotion coming purely from a love of the American Dream, or being chosen to uphold what he believes are the tenants of a better, or more "free" economy and society for the U.S. I think he's got something in his closet to deal with. Maybe not as severe as wishing he could go back to being a Democrat, but seemingly something that involves regret, or just sadness. Either way it's a human thing, and I hope he can focus that particular energy on healing the nation, which at this point is as much a humanitarian cause as it is an economic one.

Posted by: cuebal | December 14, 2010 9:40 AM | Report abuse

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