Boehner lashes at conservative groups: ‘They’ve lost all credibility’

by Russell Berman - The Hill
December 12, 2013

Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) lit into conservative activist groups for a second straight day, saying they have “lost all credibility” by attacking a bipartisan budget deal before it came out.

In a remarkable year-end press conference, Boehner repeatedly, and at times angrily, denounced and mocked the organizations that have dogged him throughout his Speakership, accusing them of “misleading their followers” while defending his own conservative credentials.

“I think they’re pushing our members in places where they don’t want to be, and frankly, I just think that they’ve lost all credibility,” Boehner said.

The Speaker didn’t cite any organizations by name, but he was clearly referring to a collection of Tea Party and conservative groups that have opposed nearly every significant piece of fiscal legislation he has presented to his members. They include Heritage Action, the political arm of the influential think tank, as well as the Tea Party-aligned FreedomWorks and Americans for Prosperity.

Boehner grew more animated as he recalled the government shutdown in October, blaming the activists who he said “pushed us into this fight to defund ObamaCare and shut down the government.”

23 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • terrymengle says:

    This liberal Republican should be on every conservatives list for replacement. He needs to go because he is “out of touch” with the American people.

  • frankenbiker says:

    There is no such thing as a conservative republican anymore, that is now a misnomer. There are only liberal progressives, and the Tea Party. Do NOT vote GOP anymore, vote Tea Party.

  • John Whittingon says:

    What a beener !!! He is the one who has lost touch !!! The people who have voted for him are Conservative. He has lost what little credibility that he had left !!!

  • AFZoomieTim says:

    OMG! Boehner has caught the dreaded “Liberal Stinkbug Flu”!! There’s NO known cure! He MUST be put out of office, taken to the nearest pasture, and covered in cow-pies and straw! This is his only salvation to pass on, pain free and have no knowledge of what he has become! A Liberal in Conservative clothing!!

  • Veeves says:

    What are you conservative extremists going to do when the Democrats get a majority in the House and Senate in the next election? You will be able to thank the Tea Party for that. It is time for everyone to have healthcare. The capitalist paradigm is on the way out. So you can continue crying or help figure out a way to make the country a better place for everyone.

  • truepatriotintx says:

    Yeah, we pushed you into it and you caved like a cheap suit!

  • lndependent says:

    Maybe he shouldn’t let the amnesty activists push him Into it then. Because that is exactly what this slime ball is going to do. He is my Rep. and nothing but a liar and I would call him that to his face.

  • longshorts says:

    What a hypocrite! Congress voted for the Affordable Care Act before they could even read it! Now “Bonehead” is accusing us Conservatives of attacking a budget “deal” before it comes out? Picture in your mind a manure cart with Boehner’s feet sticking out, and you will know what I think of this “waste of space”.

  • nbamron says:

    what a shame Boehner felt he had to be pushed to defund the disastrous Obamacare law that the GOP had nothing to do with.

  • milmac says:

    A complete failure as Speaker of the House. Conservative activists have not lost credibility, but the Republican RINOS have. They have screwed their constituents at every turn. Hoping Boehner is primarried and loses.

    1. lndependent says:

      The word here in Onio is that he is being primariried by Eric Gurr. But it is also being hinted at that he is retiring. It won’t matter though if he helps shove amnesty down our throats first.

      1. milmac says:

        Either way we will be rid of him I hope. With a majority of republicans in the house, hopefully those that are up for reelection will see the writing on the wall and vote against it. We will have to work extra hard to defeat those who vote for amnesty. Hopefully, even the democrats will consider the possibility of being cashiered if they vote for amnesty. I know many hardworking middle class democrats who are as much against amnesty as conservative republicans are, and are beginning to see what the liberals, progressives, and communist demorats are doing to our country.

  • whitebuffalo says:

    Boehner is not representing the conservative party. He needs to GO.

  • Anita says:

    Good bye drunk I am not sorry to see you go. I am very happy that your are going.

  • johnj says:

    Would like to see Boehner replaced along with Obama,

  • mlimberg says:

    Hey Boehner. we don’t trust you….

  • JONDO says:

    Thr are no real men in our Government. They are all wimps afraid of the bully of the block.Thats why they are trying to take our weapons and Ammo to stop any self defense.If we cant rely on our military, who can we rely on ?

  • whipitgood says:

    Boehner is a liar and a fraud…and his current actions demonstrate just that

  • kds says:

    I have been saying it for 5 years. BOEHNER IS A PUSSY. He needed to go back then but now KISSES OBAMA’S ASS.

  • alamoron says:

    alamoron-Men can cry but Boehner has to many tears vs ba**s and he is not
    strong and he seems to cave rather than stand up and take charge and say
    hell no you have to be crazy if you think your way is the only way. Meeting
    is over until you can do better. See you later!

  • modernminuteman says:

    What a sellout of the American people! Boehner cannot wait to wave the flag of surrender to the progressives! COWARD!

  • victoriadelacy says:

    Boehner picked up the gavel promising to end Obamacare and has subsequently failed to so much as lift a finger to put a stop to that bill now poised to kill both our economy and the electorate. If anyone has lost credibility, it is the speaker. Ted Cruz for President in 2016 – now THERE’S a man of integrity with the 21+ hour on the Senate floor speaking out against that deadly bill to prove it! The sooner Boehner is replaced with a real Republican, the better for America.

    1. F16JetJock says:

      That should be “replaced with a real constitutional conservative Republican”.

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