Maddow: Boehner speakership has devolved into defiance and derision

By Eric W. Dolan
Thursday, January 3, 2013 0:04 EDT
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MSNBC host Rachel Maddow ripped House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) on her show Wednesday night, framing him as an weak leader who was obstructing Congress with his incompetence.

“The speakership of John Boehner has been chaotic from the beginning, but it has now devolved into outright defiance of his leadership, outright derision against him from his own side,” she said. “His own plan to avert the fiscal cliff before Christmas went to the floor where it was quickly clear the bill wasn’t going to pass so it was humiliatingly pulled.”

“The White House eventually stopped negotiating with John Boehner went it became clear that there was no point, because it didn’t matter what he said Republicans would do. Republicans were not taking instruction from him, so he couldn’t promise anything about their behavior, so why would you talk to him about what Republicans are going to do?”

Maddow noted the current Republican-led House had passed less legislation than any House in American history, even failing to approve important bipartisan legislation like the farm bill. More recently, Boehner faced a sharp backlash from both Republicans and Democrats for failing to hold a vote on funding for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.

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Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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