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Why Obama is going after John Boehner

Did you notice how President Obama kept mentioning House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) by name during his speech in Ohio? Obviously, he did it on purpose. But why?

Last week, there was that crazy Gallup poll that showed a 10-point gap in support between the generic Republican candidate and the generic Democratic candidate. Yesterday, Gallup's weekly tracking poll showed the two parties were tied. But, of course, elections aren't between generic candidates. By making Boehner the face of the Republican Party, Obama will force the electorate to no longer think in the abstract about whom they might send to Washington. He wants voters to see "Speaker" Boehner and think about the prospect of Republican control of Congress.

Obama was at the top of his game in Ohio. He's got to sustain that fire and focus from now until Nov. 2. He's got to keep hammering the Republicans and Boehner by name -- every day and often -- if he wants to keep a Democratic majority on the Hill.

By Jonathan Capehart  | September 8, 2010; 1:55 PM ET
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Harry Reid has been Senate Majority Leader since Jan 2007. He says, "You know that I had nothing to do with the massive foreclosures here. You know that I had nothing to do with these unemployment figures."

Of course Obama blames Boehner. He continues to poison the well to ensure that there will be NO cooperation between the White House and the Congress for the last two years of his administration. It seems like he is planning to blame the Republicans for his own failures so he can run for reelection (ala Clinton in 1996).

Posted by: kitchendragon50 | September 8, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Any tax increase on the rich just trickles down to the middle and lower class who pay through higher prices or job losses.

Posted by: apexmerch | September 8, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Probably because Boehner is the GOP's Biggest Loser.

I saw Boehner on TV a couple of times and he sits there shifting his eyes back and forth, from left to right, not able to make any intelligent response to questions asked of him, and/or Boehner is not able to understand the questions themselves.

Boehner is a bum, and all you need to do is take a look at the State of Ohio and see how the GOP has shipped all of Ohio's manufacturing jobs overseas and left many towns in Ohio as ghost towns.

Ohio even lost it's top basketball player who left because even he was sick and tired of watching Ohio remain in a state of depression with no jobs, no hope, and all their money going to support families overseas.

Hell, Boehner couldn't even get Ohio any of that GOP Pork Barrel money like Alaska, Virginia, Mississippi and Alabama has been getting for the last 5 decades.

Ohio is my home state where I was raised, but to go there mean nothing but depression.

I was so happy to see that the People of the State of Ohio had finally had their fill of the GOP when the State went to Obama for President, but until they get rid of Boehner and the other GOP do-nothings, I don't think that state can grow after losing all its jobs to China.

Posted by: lindalovejones | September 8, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Obama and his people mean to fundamentally tank the American economy, and change us so we can be dominated with a federally controlled everything. Obama and his cartel is taking over. They will say or do anything to continue. The future is bleak unless we can stop Obama and his revolutionary un-American war against the citizen, our way of life, and our personal free-enterpise activity. Obama and his ideology flys in the face of American history, who we are, and what we want, and what we stand for as free American citizens. What's of super disgust, is Obama wants us productive people to pay for his revolution. He uses Air Force 1 to spread his propaganda, and tours in it to spread his propaganda to his union allies.

Posted by: USDefender | September 8, 2010 5:38 PM | Report abuse

One reasons why President Obama is criticizing John Boehner by name is to take the focus off current House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who's even more unpopular than Mr. Obama. Somehow, I don't think this tactic will work given the current state of the country in general and the economy in particular.

Posted by: austinrl | September 9, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

Mr Capehart,

i'll take a shot at answering your 'title question" ====> BHO is NOT smart enough to keep his BIG MOUTH SHUT. that's why.

his MOUTH is a MAJOR reason that his DIMocRATS Party is about to be slaughtered on 11-02-2010 and why we TP folks will finish the job & assure that the USA dumps the rest of the DIMocRATS & the RINOs in November of 2012.

yours, tn46

Posted by: texasnative46 | September 9, 2010 11:50 PM | Report abuse

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