John Boehner Says We Finally Have a Senate That is Actually Working

Republican leaders Senator Mitch McConnell and John Boehner speak after a bipartisan meeting with President Barack Obama at the White House in Washington
House Speaker John Boehner’s Press Office informed us yesterday that, “In an interview on Bloomberg’s With All Due Respect, Speaker Boehner discussed the first 100 days of the new Congress, his recent visit to the Middle East, and more.”

That “more” is a euphemism for a heavy dose of lies. What stands out is the following pronouncement:

Finding common ground for the American people: “I think the fact that we have a change of leadership in the Senate has certainly made a difference. … The fact that the Senate is actually working is helping us. It’s fostered bipartisan, bicameral discussions on cybersecurity, on trade, on the collecting of foreign intelligence, elementary and secondary education reform. There’s a whole host of things where there are bipartisan, bicameral conversations.”

I do not believe a bigger lie has come from John Boehner’s lips unless it is in the repeated claims that the House has actually created jobs.

But “a change of leadership in the Senate has certainly made a difference”?

Really? This begs the question: For Republicans, what does “working” actually mean?

It is a claim, fortunately, that is easy enough to examine.

Mitch McConnell, as Steve Benen wrote at MSNBC, “has taken congressional obstructionism to a level unseen in American history, effectively rewriting the rules of federal governance because it suited his partisan agenda.”

This is the same man who pledged last summer to end Senate dysfunction. It is impossible to say that without laughing. Go ahead and try.

The Senate has been, for the past six years, a theater of the absurd, where all the key roles are held by Republicans. McConnell is the guy, after all, who said of his own opposition to healthcare reform,

“It was absolutely critical that everybody be together because if the proponents of the bill were able to say it was bipartisan, it tended to convey to the public that this is O.K., they must have figured it out.”

You remember how the Republican-controlled Senate, led by Mitch McConnell:

  • Finally confirmed Loretta Lynch (and then only 56-43) as the 83rd Attorney General of the United States after a delay of months? As Harry Reid pointed out, she “waited longer to be confirmed than the first 54 Attorneys General combined.”
  • Tried to turn an anti-human trafficking bill into an anti-abortion bill, was repeatedly opposed by Senate Democrats, and ultimately failed?
  • Passed a top-down, rich-get-richer budget which, as the White House said, “refuses to ask the wealthy to contribute a single dollar to deficit reduction, putting the entire burden on the middle-class, seniors, low-income children and families”?
  • Invited a hate-group leader to testify before a Senate subcommittee on religious freedom? Sure, this is only a subcommittee you say, and not the entire Senate, but The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs, is chaired by none other than presidential hopeful Lindsey Graham, and also boasts Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell;
  • Sent a treasonous letter to Iran in an attempt to subvert the president’s foreign policy?
  • Tried multiple times to overturn Obama’s immigration Executive Order – and failed?
  • After spending six years obstruction Obama as the Senate minority, deciding as the Senate majority that filibusters should be outlawed?
  • Blocked a Democratic amendment to actually keep the Keystone XL Pipeline oil in the United States?
  • Passed the oil-company enriching, ecology destroying Keystone XL Pipeline but without enough votes to override the promised presidential veto?
  • Blamed Obama for the Senate’s inability to function because of years of Republican obstructionism? McConnell is the guy, remember, who said back in August 2010 that the White House had to do what the Republicans want, even if Republicans are only the Senate Minority.
  • Finally confirmed Vivek Murthy as Surgeon General after a wait of a year-and-a-half?

There is a reason President Obama has called Mitch McConnell’s Senate leadership embarrassing: it is.

After bragging about obstructing President Obama and deciding up front they will make him a one-term president, and being very public about it to boot, McConnell and his fellow Republicans have decided none of that happened, that we won’t possibly remember any of it, or have film or transcripts, and that it was all Obama’s fault nothing got done, and that filibusters are bad.

If anything, Republicans are worse with recent history than with Early American History.

The Senate got very little done during those long years of Republican obstruction, and it has gotten less done with McConnell as Majority Leader. Boehner actually thinks he is a good House leader so you can see where he might think McConnell is also a good leader, but the GOP has reached a new low if they think we have a functioning legislative branch. To the extent it is doing anything at all – no, let’s cut to the chase: it’s not doing anything at all.

And this – nothing – is apparently the Republican definition of success. What we pay for is a functioning legislative branch. What we get from Republicans is sleight of hand.

With no respect at all to John Boehner and Mitch McConnell – because they have earned none – I think we can do better, and will, in 2016.

18 Replies to “John Boehner Says We Finally Have a Senate That is Actually Working”

  1. Along the ranks of:
    “Mission Accomplished”
    “Heckuva Job Brownie”
    “Declare Victory, Move On”.

  2. Apparently, If the Bonehead says the Senate is working and SUCCESSEFUL, were all supposed to believe it???
    Don’t think so Bonehead…..

  3. A working congress? Only for that 35% of the electorate that believes the moon is made of green cheese. The other 65% of potential voters are awake and watching. The lies are seen as lies. It’s the same ol’ same ol’ goper line and we’re sick of it.

  4. Either the Orange #2 or the trypanosomes have finally taken care of what was left of his brain.

  5. Working for WHO ? the corporations and banks ? what about the people you are supposed to be working for ?

  6. Hmmm, wonder if Ms Lynch has a real positive outlook on justice? Can’t think of more deserving roaches, than the Republicans responsible for the “dereliction” of duty gangsters in congress. Get em’ Loretta. And by all means, get em’ good.

  7. The GOP will bring this country to its end if allowed to, and by all accounts, the Murkan people will welcome them as liberators, to steal a phrase.

  8. The republicans live in their own storybook world where they’re always the heroes, no matter what crap they pull.

  9. If, and it is a BIG if, he ever sobers up, he is in for a rude awakening. How appropriate that they have a drunk, slobbering orange guy as their leader. His alcoholism is so far advanced, he carries a cup of booze with him everywhere. If someone lit a match and threw it into that syrofoam cup he aways has in his hand, it would burst into flames. 90 proof, no doubt.

  10. Moongrim, let’s add two of Cheney’s best quotes:

    “Deficits don’t matter”
    “We’ll be greeted as liberators” (when we invade Iraq).

  11. Alcohol kills brain cells and they don’t ever regenerate.
    His glassy bloodshot eyes and DTs explain such irration-
    al claims. Since Grover Norquist got the repugs to unite
    in locked goose-step like good little obstructors, words
    such as “bipartisan”&”bicameral” went the same way as
    “patriotism”! May karma deal with Mr. Norquist in the very near future and his punishment be excrutiatingly
    painful and humiliating. Boehnor, McConnel, and Norq-
    quist create a janitorial job wherever their slimey asses

  12. John, the funny part of this is that these guys really believe that no one is watching. They are so busy being drunk and congratulating themselves for doing nothing, they think everyone’s doing the same. Will be fun to see all the expressions on their faces come 2016.

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