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July 21, 2013 - 12:48 pm

Speaker of the House John Boehner refused to tell Bob Schieffer on Face the Nation this morning where he stood on immigration reform.

A real titan of a speaker, that one.

Reuters:

House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner refused on Sunday to say whether a comprehensive immigration overhaul should include a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, declaring that the House debate is “not about me.”

Boehner, appearing on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” dodged repeated attempts to get him to spell out his personal views on a path to citizenship for up to 11 million illegal immigrants now in the United States, a major point of contention between the House and the Democratic-led Senate.

“It’s not about me, it’s not about what I want,” said Boehner, an Ohio Republican. “This about allowing the House to work its will.”

The Senate has passed a sweeping, bipartisan immigration bill that includes a pathway to citizenship, which Republican opponents have called an “amnesty” that would reward lawbreakers and attract more illegal immigrants.

Boehner said taking a personal stand on the issue would make it harder for him to find consensus on immigration in the House.

“If I come out and say, ‘I’m for this and I’m for that,’ all I’m doing is making my job harder,” Boehner said. “My job in this process is to facilitate a discussion and to facilitate a process.”

Boehner said the sweeping Senate bill would not pass the House and reiterated that the House would tackle the issue in smaller “chunks” that would include stricter provisions on border protection.

“We want to deal with this in chunks, chunks that the members can deal with and grapple with, and frankly chunks that the American people can get their arms around,” he said.

One would think that the highest ranking Republican in the land might want to lead from the front. We’ve already got a president that leads from behind.

What this reveals is the pathetic nature of Boehner’s speakership; few like him, few follow him. Not revealing where he stands on any issue is a plus because there are probably several members who would vote the opposite of his position just to spite him.

And if there’s any doubt about just how much of a disaster this man is as speaker, here’s a defining quote:

With polls showing public approval of Congress at near record lows, Boehner was asked how he felt to have presided over the least productive and one of the least popular Congresses.

“We should not be judged by how many new laws we create. We ought to be judged on how many laws we repeal,” Boehner said.

How many laws have Republicans repealed under your leadership, John? Even if the comment wasn’t incredibly stupid, the fact that the GOP have repealed exactly zero laws makes Boehner a failure by his own standards.

The Republicans are taking the right approach on immigration reform — far more prudent than the massive Democratic disaster. And they’re doing it with zero input and assistance from the speaker of the House.

Like I said – a real titan.

Rick Moran is PJ Media's Chicago editor and Blog editor at The American Thinker. He is also host of the"RINO Hour of Power" on Blog Talk Radio. His own blog is Right Wing Nut House.

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No wonder he has to "crawl into the bottle" every night. That's what happens to people who can't stand what they see when they look in the mirror!
38 weeks ago
38 weeks ago Link To Comment
Just as in 2006 and 2007, advocates of Immigration reform are simply focusing in the wrong issue to debate and that is why they are losing. It is not reform itself. The debate for that has already been won. The votes are there overwhelmingly in both chambers and public opinion. The problem is Congressional rules and the legislative process itself. A few guys have absurd authority to hold and even to block the process from flowing through. Not because they represent more Americans but because the positions they hold. The "majority of the majority" rule (House)and the 60 vote Filibuster(Senate) are absurd. This has nothing to do with Immigration or any other issue or either party or chamber or person.. It is wrong always and regardless of any of that.
What % percentage of majority we need to pass a law comfortably? 90%?
Then we complain about "Gridlock"? It is our fault!
We are allowing it!
We need to reform the PROCESS OF REFORMING ANYTHING, before we attempt the specifics of any issue.
38 weeks ago
38 weeks ago Link To Comment
They (GOP) don't trust Obama administration with border enforcement?

The illegal immigration crisis is almost as old as Obama himself is.!! And they don't trust HIS administration? The one that deported more people than any administration before? The one that brought illegal immigration to a net Zero?

What nonsense!. .Don't you folks see that the entire GOP mission is all an anti-Obama charade?

They simply hate the man and will not give in to anything he wants even if it was their idea first. They will deny credit to him for whatever he may accomplish and blame him for the rain in Seattle, if possible.

This debate is no longer about Immigration reform, because the votes for it are already there overwhelmingly in public opinion polls, Senate(68-32) and House(Virtually all democrats and 50/60 reasonable Republicans are way more than the 218 votes needed). This is about the authority that leaders of any party, in any chamber, in reference to any issue, should not have to disallow the vote on a bill that has the votes to pass and has passed the other chamber.

The "majority of the majority" rule is absurd. It implies that the individual votes of representatives of one party are worth more than their colleagues in the other party. It has nothing to do with USA being a Republic(versus a Direct Democracy), the Constitution, The Supreme Court or the Founding Fathers. It is not Law at all. It is an informal, new rule by an arrogant jackass named Hastert who thought his position as Speaker of the House gives his views more weight than the rest of our Representatives' views have.

Under this obscene rule, If a party has a majority (in the House) of 218-217 seats, all is needed is for 110 Representatives of the majority party to oppose a bill for such bill NOT to pass, even if the other 325 seats say "Yes".

Barely 25 % say "No" and 75 % say "Yes" and the bill does not pass?

That is ridiculously tyrannical . Most Americans are not even aware of this.



38 weeks ago
38 weeks ago Link To Comment
Yah. He old. We a new generation.
38 weeks ago
38 weeks ago Link To Comment
GOP has been delaying this for a quarter century. They keep moving the goal posts with the excuse of "border security"(sealed border), a fantasy they know will never happen and even if it did, only would solve half the problem, since half the undocumented enter legaly and overstay.
38 weeks ago
38 weeks ago Link To Comment
It is obvious that this creep's mission in life is to blame Obama for everything and to give him credit for nothing
38 weeks ago
38 weeks ago Link To Comment
You want Obama to get some credit? How about we credit him for Benghazi? Or the IRS mess? Maybe the NSA scandal? How about Fast and Furious? Don't worry your little progressive head - Obama is going to get lots of credit - none of which he's liable to enjoy.
38 weeks ago
38 weeks ago Link To Comment
Why Boehner is leading with his behind is because they have his fingerprints on something. The Dems told him that if runs his Speakership in a way to hinder this President, they will splash it all over the news and his political carreer is finished. That is how I feel. I can't find any other answer to this most ineffectual Speaker of all time. We hear more from that wicked witch of the West, Pelosi. And she's not Speaker anymore. And she and the media still think she is!
38 weeks ago
38 weeks ago Link To Comment
Maybe Boehner should assume the title of Fudger of the House, instead of Speaker.
38 weeks ago
38 weeks ago Link To Comment
Perhaps the worst problem the Republican Party has right now, is a dearth of leadership. Even though Ted Cruz has been a senator for less than a year, he is one of the few Republicans who acts like a leader.
38 weeks ago
38 weeks ago Link To Comment
At least we have Sessions-Cruz-Lee in the Senate and Steve King-Gowdy-Chaffetz in the House...Old Yellowstain Boehner is an example of the old school establishment type of go along to get along "faux conservative" such as McConnel-McCain in the Senate. These men have allowed the American people to be placed in jeopardy by their weakness and cowardice purposely sold as "compromise" and "bi-partisanship." Just like the msm willfully supporting Obama/Holder's racist scam of propagandizing T.M.'s tragic demise for their own political advantage, the msm has also sold the American populace on the idea that any opposition to the radical marxist's ideology is also racism. Stand up and unite against an oppressive government out of control! 2014 is our last chance - drain the DC swamp and replace these moral defeatists with men/women of integrity and courage to save us all....

Remember BENGHAZI!
38 weeks ago
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