Ed Driscoll

Heeding Obama's Advice, Boehner Punches Back Twice as Hard

As CNN notes, “House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, issued the following statement in response to President Obama’s remarks in Wisconsin Wednesday:”

“The President should be focused on solving the problems of the American people — stopping the leaking oil and cleaning up the Gulf, scrapping his job-killing agenda, repealing and replacing ObamaCare — instead of my choice of metaphors.“Attacking Republicans is a lot easier than explaining to the citizens of Racine, who face 14 percent unemployment, why one in every 10 Americans in our workforce is unemployed nearly 18 months after the president’s trillion-dollar ‘stimulus’ spending bill was enacted.”

“I wasn’t minimizing the crisis America faced — I was pointing out that Washington Democrats have produced a bill that will actually kill more jobs and make the situation worse. It does nothing to reform Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the government mortgage companies that caused the housing and financial crisis by giving risky loans to people who couldn’t possibly pay them back. Republicans have a better solution that ends the bailouts, ends ‘too big to fail,’ and reforms Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

“The American people want leadership from the White House, not more childish partisanship.”

This is the big difference between governing, which up until last January, Mr. Obama had never done in any capacity, and winning elections by destroying your opponents on the campaign trail via Alinsky tactics. Which, as pollster Stu Rothenberg writes, have their limits when events outside the narrow world of the campaign trail intercede: “President Obama, Welcome to Bush’s World.”