I’m not always that fair to John Boehner. I make fun of his tan, and usually find myself on the Cantor/Ryan/McCarthy side of any rumoured leadership struggles. The Minority Leader did speak honestly aboot Social Security recently, but other than that…meh.
Today, however, he’s making me a fan and starting to take the fight to the Obama Campaign.
It was only a matter of time. The election season kicks into overdrive in a few weeks, plus the Democrats have already started to paint Boehner as their enemy du joir. Today he started to push back, and it wasn’t over the 14th Amendment or a mosque, it was over the ECONOMY…
Boehner, delivering what his aides billed as a major economic address, will say President Obama’s team lacks “real-world, hands-on experience” in creating jobs, according to a draft version of his speech that was released in advance. The Republican lawmaker plans to cite reports that some senior aides complained of “exhaustion,” including the recently departed budget chief Peter Orszag.
“President Obama should ask for – and accept – the resignations of the remaining members of his economic team, starting with Secretary Geithner and Larry Summers, the head of the National Economic Council,” Boehner says in the prepared remarks, which are scheduled for delivery at the City Club of Cleveland shortly after 8 a.m. The mass dismissal, he adds, “is no substitute for a referendum on the president’s job-killing agenda. That question will be put before the American people in due time. But we do not have the luxury of waiting months for the president to pick scapegoats for his failing ‘stimulus’ policies.”
“The American people are asking, ‘where are the jobs?’ and all the president’s economic team has to offer are promises of ‘green shoots’ that never seem to grow,” Boehner says, according to the text. “The worse things get, the more they circle the wagons and defend the indefensible.” After the speech, he is scheduled to participate in a question-and-answer session with business leaders in this economically distressed Rust Belt city.
Yes, calling on the President to fire a cabinet matter is a hack political move. It’s also a hack political move that is no more hack than the Democrat Party trying to paint Bohener as a boogey man, ignoring GOP ideas just so that they can scream “Party of No,” and trying to tie everyone to some schmuck in a crowd with a “Go Back to Kenya” sign…which can easily be someone they sent there in the first place.
Setting that aside, I’m just happy to see Boehner with the eye of the tiger and ready to lead us to victory in November.