White House Says Boehner and McConnell Are Giving Obama 99% Of What He Wants


White House sources are suggesting that John Boehner’s strategy of picking a fight with the president over his immigration executive actions has backfired and led to Boehner and Mitch McConnell giving Obama 99% of what he wants.

Politico reported:

The key takeaway, they say: The argument that Obama could change the dysfunctional relationship with Congress by reaching out more to House Republicans appears to be dead. And even if Republicans eventually pass a funding bill clean of any restrictions on the president’s immigration executive actions or anything else, Obama comes out looking like the adult in Washington, and Republicans look like they are incapable of governing.

“The only reason is that it’s not the best possible outcome is that they didn’t pass the full-year funding,” an Obama aide said, reflecting on what happened Friday night. “The fact that they’re going to next week, and that we avoided a shutdown, was 99 percent of what we wanted.”

The only way that the situation could get worse for Boehner and McConnell is if Homeland Security does shut down. Both Boehner and House Whip Rep. Steve Scalise have denied the existence of a secret deal with House Democrats to allow a vote on full funding of Homeland Security next week, but it is clear that at some point that is where this Republican manufactured crisis ends up.

The political dynamics in Washington has done a complete one-eighty from where Republicans thought they would be on Election Night 2014. Boehner and McConnell had big dreams of challenging the president and forcing him to govern on their terms. Instead, President Obama quickly set the agenda immediately after the election and Republicans have been on the defensive ever since.

President Obama and the Senate Democrats are setting the agenda. Boehner and McConnell have been reduced to picking fights with the president in order to create situations where they hope to assert their power. Republicans can’t seize the high ground from this president and his party. Boehner and McConnell have bumbled from one hopeless bill and crisis to another. During their process of consistent failure, they have demonstrated a comprehensive inability to govern.

Things couldn’t be going better for President Obama if he would have scripted the events himself.

15 Replies to “White House Says Boehner and McConnell Are Giving Obama 99% Of What He Wants”

  1. You betcha. Do they still want to say a Constitutional professor is not as smart as the gop leaders? Checkmate again.

  2. Freed from having to kow-tow to anxious Democrats in the Senate, President Obama is showing his teeth and doing what we all knew he has wanted to do from the get-go.

    Now that most BlueDog Dems have been defeated in last election (although another is rising in New Jersey in the shape of Republican Democrat Menendez – of Cuban descent and working toward becoming the next Joe Lieberman in the Senate), President Obama is becoming the fighter we’ve always known him to be.

    Now let’s hope that the Democrats left over in the Senate don’t eff things up by siding with Republicans and passing veto-proof and egregious legislation. I don’t think they will, considering that they know that Hillary Clinton will most likely run of the WH in 2016 and they all seem to fear her wrath.

  3. I think one of the bigger problems we have in the U.S. is a voter problem. The turnout in 2014 was the lowest in – get this – 72 years! Together with gerrymandered districts, we get 40 members of the house who are irresponsible children (the best I can say about them). To get rid of them, we need voter turnout.

  4. Keith,

    I so strongly agree with you. I am so afraid that all voters won’t get the message in time for 2016 and then we could live under the ignorance, wrath and indifference of the bought and paid for GOP.

  5. Agree Keith….hopefully, one of the main goals is taking back these governorships! Many of the wacko teahadists have safely drawn full proof districts, otherwise known as cheating to win. Dems usually get more votes, but the Repugs rigged the system so they could still win when they actually lost!

  6. Bravo President Obama, it’s so easy playing chess with spoiled whiny children who need to be educated on how to govern

    It’s sad the children who can’t govern are ruing this country with their pettiness

  7. Thankfully California is SOLID blue and I don’t ever see us going back to the dismal republican governorship days.

    California sees reserves growing more than $4 billion over two years

    California’s debt was caused by years of republican borrow and spend beginning with governor Reagan’s trickle-down scheme.
    With Surplus in Hand, California Eyes Debt

  8. Boehner never gets tired of backing himself into a corner by his own doings, and then blames the president.

    Would it not be so much easier to just do what is right for the country, rather than trying to “get one up” on the president every single time there has to be a vote on something? GOPT won’t do that, because they don’t work for the people or the country, they work for their masters.

    This pattern of the GOPT has gotten very old. So fed up with this.

  9. Very valid point, which is why its up to us to help get the message/facts/truth out. I have some thoughts that will be posted soon and I’d welcome input from folks here.

  10. I spent the midterm canvassing neighborhoods, registering new voters, phone banking,informing the public, only to have Alison Grimes and the majority of Democratics campaigning as if their base consisted of white, gun loving RWNJ’S!

    If the politician running for office screws up, what we do won’t matter! We can only do so much to help people vote. Politicians have to do their part too, or else our work is for naught.

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