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Did you ever have one of those days where you just want to crawl inside a tanning booth and cry your eyes out? John Boehner's having one, according to TPM. Check out the humor under the Socialist tangerine beignet.

Here's how Boehner's day started -- your basic election-recap with Diane Sawyer:

DIANE SAWYER: A couple of other questions about the agenda now. You have said next year that you would repeal the healthcare vote. That's still your mission?

JOHN BOEHNER: Well, I think the election changes that. It's pretty clear that the president was reelected, Obamacare -- is the law of the land. I think there are parts -- of -- the healthcare law that -- are gonna be very difficult to implement. And very expensive. And as -- the time when we're tryin' to find a way to create a path -- toward a balanced budget -- everything has to be on the table.

Sounds pretty sensible, right? Some stuff's too expensive, but Obamacare is the law, and if the people didn't want it, they would have voted for that nice Mitt Romney, who was going to repeal Obamacare and replace it with... Well, I'm sure he would have told us eventually.

Anyway, that should have been clear, even with all the pauses. But you know these "journalists" -- they've always got some stupid "follow-up question":

DIANE SAWYER: But you won't be spending the time next year trying to repeal Obamacare?

JOHN BOEHNER: There certainly may be parts of it that we believe -- need to be changed. We may do that. No decisions at this point.

Wellllllllllllllllllll, it looks like a few decisions got made later in the day -- probably after a few friendly phone calls from Louie Gohmert. Or maybe Eric Cantor came in Boehner's office with some color swatches and started measuring for drapes. The details aren't important! My point (or, rather, Boehner's press flack's point) is this:
“While ObamaCare is the law of the land, it is costing us jobs and threatening our health care," Smith said. "Speaker Boehner and House Republicans remain committed to repealing the law, and he said in the interview it would be on the table."
Gosh. I guess the election hasn't changed some stuff. Did you ever have deja... deja... deja... deja... deja vu? John Boehner has, but don't ask him about it right now. He's locked himself in that tanning booth over there. Ignore the whimpering sound. I'm sure it's a compressor or something...
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  •  the GOP's intransigence (9+ / 0-)

    immediately after the election, is NOT going to win it any points in the eyes of the public.  GOP congressional approval rating is about to drop to single digits.  They'll see that and know that they are all doomed to lose their jobs if they keep this up.

    •  Yeah, and in the meantime we, the People, (5+ / 0-)

      will suffer. I don't care who is to blame. Somebody had better do something to make things better. So, if Obama tries to be conciliatory he will be making a very serious mistake. People's lives are on the line. They have suffered for four years now and if nothing changes they will suffer for four more and they may suffer for four more after that if we lose the 2016 election. Somebody, and I mean those who have power, had better overpower the Republicans and put this nation on the right course. The time is now. No more celebrating, we need serious action, and we need it now, tonight, not tomorrow.

      Might and Right are always fighting, in our youth it seems exciting. Right is always nearly winning, Might can hardly keep from grinning. -- Clarence Day

      by hestal on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 03:40:26 PM PST

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      •  here's what i don't understand: (1+ / 0-)
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        what can the republicans do?  it is the law of the land.

        wouldn't anything congree do have to go through the senate and to obama's desk?

        they can threaten to tie it's repeal to something that needs to go through, but how realistic is that?

        i need some enlightenment here.

        November 6, 2012: United citizens = 1, Citizens United = 0 (-9.75 / -9.05)

        by doesnotworkorplaywellwithothers on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 03:56:30 PM PST

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        •  It is not what the Republicans do, it is (3+ / 0-)

          what they keep Obama from doing. They were very successful in blocking most of his initiatives in the first term and they will do it again this time if they can. Obama has to be tough. He has to go directly to the People and bypass the other party.

          Might and Right are always fighting, in our youth it seems exciting. Right is always nearly winning, Might can hardly keep from grinning. -- Clarence Day

          by hestal on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 04:08:31 PM PST

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          •  well, obviously i get that. (1+ / 0-)
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            but what is it they can specifically do in relationship to the ACA? nothing as far as i can see.

            the fact is they can't use it as a bargaining tool and say 'get rid of it or part of it and we won't hold x, y, and/or z hostage' because we know that's not true.  they will obstruct just to obstruct.

            so they've played their hand as far as that goes: we know clearly there is no real working with them because they aren't worth their word.

            so, as far as i can, until 2014, it's interim appts and other actions that go around the house.  maybe until 2016.  
            obama was right to jam through the ACA and not wait, and hammer out this weird package we all sniffed and pouted at, because otherwise it wouldn't exist, and provisions set to take action will in a very real way, make act as universal care.  biden was right, it was a bfd.  

            and now it's law, upheld by the SCOTUS. it's not on the table: someone needs to send the gop that breaking news bulletin.

            the stupid,and minority, GOP party keeps trying to be the tail that wags the tiger and it won't work.

            November 6, 2012: United citizens = 1, Citizens United = 0 (-9.75 / -9.05)

            by doesnotworkorplaywellwithothers on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 05:21:57 PM PST

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            •  We are not communicating. (1+ / 0-)
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              There is much more to be done than the ACA, which is not a very good act and will encounter many problems over the next four years, and which will embroil Obama in more controversy.

              But there are millions of people out of work and that has got to change. Most of those people will not have the time left in their lives to get back where they were when the bottom dropped out. Time is of the essence. People's lives are at stake. Yes, they may live until they die, but they will not live the way they wanted to, or the way they hoped to, or the way they thought things would go before the bottom dropped out. Time, time, time, is of the essence. What is hard to understand about that?

              New economic policies to get people back to work. Programs to get rid of fossil fuels and to produce really large scale green energy. Improve the education system.  The list is long and Obama is stuck with doing it. The Republicans know that and they will do their best to make certain that he leaves office as a failure. Don't you get it?

              Might and Right are always fighting, in our youth it seems exciting. Right is always nearly winning, Might can hardly keep from grinning. -- Clarence Day

              by hestal on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 05:48:45 PM PST

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    •  They'll keep at it until no-one approves (1+ / 0-)
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      It's the principle of the thing.

      Besides -  Socialism. Kenya. Jesus. Kool-Ade.
       Yummy, delicious Kool-Ade..

      Between redistricting and Dems staying home instead of visiting the polls .. 2010 was a very bad year for Kool-Aid and Tea.

      Perhaps one day the Fourth Estate will take their jobs seriously. Or not..

      by Anthony Page aka SecondComing on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 04:28:55 PM PST

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    •  Boehner said Obamacare is the "Law of the Land". (0+ / 0-)

      Case closed.

    •  We have to put... (0+ / 0-)

      ...up with their theatrics, at least a little.

      Many of those guys were elected on the promise that they would repeal Obamacare.

      So we need to let them have a vote, so they can go on record, slap them down, and then get on with business.

      We just shouldn't let them waste time with it. Vote and get it over with.

  •  Yup, that bike's headed backwards (4+ / 0-)

    as fast as Boner can back-pedal. Wow. He might have to go to the doctor to get check for whiplash that turn around was so drastic. Good think for him he's got fully socialized health care.

    To me progress is not so much a goal as it is a process and I believe it will not follow a straight course. Remember, the drops of water that form the river may not take the shortest path but they will still reach the ocean.

    by ontheleftcoast on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 03:30:27 PM PST

  •  Eric Cantor will be House Speaker (4+ / 0-)

    and Paul Ryan will be his Eric Cantor before 2014.

    They are going to blame The Bone for everything and anything they can until he walks away from the Gavel.

    It's going to be awesome to watch.

    And then it will be awesome to watch Eric Cantor looking over his shoulder at Paul Ryan as he gets the blame for everything and anything that goes wrong in the House.

    I am from the Elizabeth Warren and Darcy Burner wing of the Democratic Party

    by LeftHandedMan on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 03:34:24 PM PST

    •  LHM - I don't think so (0+ / 0-)

      Boehner will remain Speaker until the Republicans lose the House and then he will step down and retire during the subsequent term in Congress. It's what nearly all Speakers do. Cantor and Ryan aren't going to force Boehner out of the Speakers chair.

      "let's talk about that"

      by VClib on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 05:02:02 PM PST

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  •  I almost (but not quite) feel sorry for Boner... (3+ / 0-)

    He's in a completely no-win situation, trying to herd his gaggle of cats.

    I hope they do keep tilting at windmills like Obamacare and abortion - it just weakens them in the public's eye.

    If I had to take phone calls from Louie Gohmert, I think I'd seriously consider ending it all.

    At least we've helped poor John out by thinning his gaggle of cats by 2 of the most idiotic: Walsh and West.


    Against stupidity the gods themselves contend in vain. Friedrich Schiller

    by databob on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 03:35:43 PM PST

  •  see they can't run from their base (1+ / 0-)
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    their shrinking base.

    trapped by their loony base they are.  in a corner they are!

    -You want to change the system, run for office.

    by Deep Texan on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 03:43:44 PM PST

  •  What are we going to do tomorrow Boehner? (4+ / 0-)

    Same thing we do every day Cantor, pass a bill to repeal Obamacare

    Apologies to Pinky and the Brain

  •  The strategy seems more straightforward at this (6+ / 0-)

    point.  Allow the Bush tax cuts to expire.  Period.  Then, in the next session, work toward middle class tax relief.  There is no other way.

    The president capitulated the first term.  No more.  The republicans, like the Taliban, only understand strength.

    The kryptonite has been removed from the Oval office.  Time for Superman to regain his super powers.

    •  But he cannot do it without US. Please, let us (3+ / 0-)
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      88kathy, deepeco, highacidity

      not make any presumption that he can.

      We have to be organized, smart and very noisy.

      202-224-3121 to Congress in D.C. USE it! You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage them. "We're not perfect, but they're nuts."--Barney Frank 01/02/2012

      by cany on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 04:27:57 PM PST

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      •  This time, he has the senate momentum. (0+ / 0-)

        I don't have anything close to enough information to assist other than letters and phone calls and personal visits to Congress critters.

        This is a pivotal moment in the presidency.  And I believe president Obama knows that.  There can be no protracted negotiations.  The republicans must be left out to twist in the wind.  The tax cuts must expire.

        Boehner can bluster all he wants, but we won.  We won and his team did not.  Let them attempt to pass something that isn't fitting and see if Elizabeth Warren lets it get through the senate (well, Elizabeth and 51 other senators).

        We have a new day.  Boehner has been effectively cornered.

        Let the tax cuts expire.

        4π^3 + π^2 + π

        by Boris49 on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 05:25:41 PM PST

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