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Now that House Minority Leader John Boehner has conveniently developed McCainesia concerning the Republican offensive (pun intended)that pushed back financial market regulations and put us in the situation we ALL face now, it offfers a stark contrast to President Obama personally taking responsibility yesterday for the faux AIG outrage.

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Yesterday, President Obama spoke at a Town Hall Meeting in Orange County. This is how he demonstrated what actual leadership looks like after eight years of infantile dodging:

"I know Washington's all in a tizzy, and everybody's pointing fingers at each other and saying, 'It's their fault, the Democrats' fault, the Republicans' fault.' Listen, I'll take responsibility. I'm the president."

In the same breath, he said, "We didn't draft these contracts." But he added, "It is appropriate when you're in charge to make sure that stuff doesn't happen like this."

On the other hand, the very tan John Boehner (I didn't know Ohio was suddenly in the tropics) continued to not only worm out of taking ownership for a mess that he helped create, but also attempted to perform an Orwellian rewrite of history.

Boehner told CNN's Wolf Blitzer that, "there was no deregulation of anything in the financial services industries. As a matter of fact, there was an increase in regulation."
As DK FP Jed Lewison pointed out, Boehner did in fact the opposite, voting for the Gramm-Leach-Bliney Act of 1999.

In other words, John Boehner voted to usher in the era of financial services deregulation, helping pave the way to our present crisis. Now, instead of owning up to the devastating consequences of the policies he supported, he's simply pretending they were never implemented.

It's idiotic, but you already knew that. The amazing thing here is that House Republicans don't think they've got anyone better to represent them than John Boehner.

What a joke.

Let's quickly review.

President Obama owns up to something that has become the outrage de jour when it had been covered by the same TradMedia two months earlier, but was being presented again as "new news."

House Minority Leader Boehner lies about both the Republican effort and his own vote on Gramm-Leach-Bliney. Moreover, he lies again when he suggests that instead of Deregulating the industry, that the act actually increased regulation.

What makes this latest GOPocisy particularly rank IMO is that Republicans love to say the phrase, Personal Responsibility.  In fact they like to refer to themselves as the "party of personal resposibility" except when they have to own up for fucking up this country — perhaps beyond all recognition.

In GOP parlance, personal responsibility is what happens to people who took out sub prime mortgages on homes they couldn't afford in the first place or when a single woman gets impregnated and is told to have the baby despite the fact that Roe V. Wade is still the law of the land.

Boehner, Eric Cantor and the rest of these babies, including true infantilism fetishist Diaper Dave Vitter, remind me of a child that broke something and is caught red-handed...and blames it on the (undocumented) maid.

Update I : I wish to give a shout out to fellow DK diarist DaveInchi for his similar diary which I just noticed. I think he has something to add to the conversation about the type of "leadership" in the Republican Party:

Boehner is a RepubliCon par excellence . . . a PERFECT representation of what the GOP has become.  This is the guy who's popularity is at like 14%. He's the true and a righteous face of the RepubliCon Party. May he reign in stunning arrogance and abysmal poll ratings for ever.

Boehner's recent comments PROVE that he is perfectly suited to the mantle of leadership within the Republican Party. This face is perfect for the GOP, and I look forward to seeing it on TV and in the media again and again and again!

Originally posted to Dirk McQuickly on Thu Mar 19, 2009 at 11:00 AM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Yes, Boner is laughable (0+ / 0-)

    I think the only reason he's still Minority Leader is because they couldn't find anyone else willing to take the job.

    But at least his man-tan is holding strong.

  •  Didn't he pass out $$$ from Big Tobacco (0+ / 0-)

    (maybe it was cigarettes) - on the floor of the House once?

    I thought so.

    Slap it. Shoot it. Kaboot it.

    by adios on Thu Mar 19, 2009 at 11:11:21 AM PDT

    •  Merchant of Death (0+ / 0-)

      I thought he also complained in 2007 when the new Democratic majority actually tried to make Congress work by scheduling hearings and votes more than two days a week. Maybe it was someone else (I'm too lazy to do the Google on this one), but whoever did it was classic Republican Double Talk.

      •  "Now, listen, (1+ / 0-)
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        Dirk McQuigley

        I’ve voted ‘present’ two or three times in my entire 25-year political career, where there might have been a conflict of interest and I didn’t feel like I should vote. In Congress, we have a red button, a green button and a yellow button, alright. Green means ‘yes,’ red means ‘no,’ and yellow means you’re a chicken shit. And the last thing we need in the White House, in the oval office, behind that big desk, is some chicken who wants to push this yellow button.

        Yeah. Boner.

        Slap it. Shoot it. Kaboot it.

        by adios on Thu Mar 19, 2009 at 11:31:23 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  Michael Krazny on KQED's "Forum" (streamed (2+ / 0-)
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    Dirk McQuigley, qi motuoche

    nationally on NPR, by the way) had two mayors, one from Iowa and one from Alabama, on his show, and the guy from Alabama was excited---yes, EXCITED!---by the 'Green Jobs' part of the stimulus plan...after saying he understood why his Senators voted against the stimulus package, went on to say that he hadn't realised until after the bill passed how positive the Green Jobs part of it was...he just said, "You know, these green jobs are a fantastic idea because they can't be outsourced...they have to be handled by local people installing insulation, etc. and that means local jobs..." (or something to that effect).

    It was really quite refreshing, actually, to see that at the local level, anyway, even people from strong GOP areas are looking forward to Obama's economic recovery plan.

    Once in a while you get shown the light in the strangest of places if you look at it right.

    by darthstar on Thu Mar 19, 2009 at 11:13:07 AM PDT

    •  If they lose these voters, lights out for the GOP (1+ / 0-)
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      darthstar

      Astute comment. If these local (and up until now) loyal Republicans realize that these K Steet Republicans from the Party of Jack Abrahamoff have spent decades paying lip service to anyone but the wealthy, they will leave the party for good. Good luck with that Johnny B.

  •  Congressional Record anyone? (0+ / 0-)

    That claim of two or three "present" votes is probably another Boehner lie. I liked the link. Why don't you e-mail it to Chip Reid and Chuck Todd and anyone else claiming mock indignation to how WH Press Secretary Robert Gibbs PWNed Shooter Cheney.

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