John Boehner Gloriously Mocks His Fellow Republicans Over Immigration: 'Don't Make Me Do This!'
Oh, John Boehner, John Boehner. The top Republican in the House of Representatives mocked his fellow Republicans on a visit to his home district Thursday for failing to pass comprehensive immigration reform, which basically everyone in America is cool with Congress addressing. Unfortunately, much of the GOP in the House are scared that passing changes to immigration will alienate voters in their home districts and won't play well in attack ads during an election year. Boehner "theatrically" told constituents in Madison Township, Ohio that his coworkers are basically lazy whiners, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Here's the attitude. Ohhhh. Don't make me do this. Ohhhh. This is too hard.
Boehner's probably going to lose all his lunch buddies, but at least he got a good burn in. He went on to insinuate that his colleagues weren't just lazy whiners — they're also chicken for being too scared to face the electoral consequences of making a decision about reform.
We get elected to make choices. We get elected to solve problems and it's remarkable to me how many of my colleagues just don't want to ... They'll take the path of least resistance.
Most Americans are down for immigration reform — even a Fox News poll says so. According to Gallup, a large majority want immigrants in the U.S. illegally to be able to become citizens. A majority also wants tighter border security. (The first group, shockingly, has more Democrats and minorities; the second, more Republicans and whites.)
Immigration reform stalled in the House amid a budget battle and government shutdown at the end of last year. The Senate passed an immigration bill — wait for it — last June. On Thursday Boehner said he's been trying to rally his colleagues to get it together for more than a year.
I've had every brick and bat and arrow shot at me over this issue just because I wanted to deal with it. I didn't say it was going to be easy.
In response to media reports on the comments, Boehner's spokesman, Brendan Buck, told The Washington Post that the speaker still totally loves his House friends.
As the speaker often says to his colleagues, "You only tease the ones you love."
More like a last-ditch attempt to save those lunch dates, eh, Boehns? Still, we kinda like this maybe-nearing-retirement Boehner.