Pelosi: If Boehner were a woman he’d be labeled ‘the weakest Speaker in history’

By Stephen C. Webster
Tuesday, May 14, 2013 8:53 EDT
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House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) appearing on MSNBC's "All In with Chris Hayes." Photo: Screenshot via MSNBC.com.
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Appearing on Monday night’s episode of “All In with Chris Hayes,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said that if her Republican counterpart, House Speaker John Boehner, were a woman, “they’d be calling him the weakest Speaker in history.”

Hayes asked Pelosi, “Is John Boehner a weak speaker?”

Pelosi smiled. “Well, I will say this about John Boehner, and I have a good relationship. If he were a woman, they’d be calling him the weakest speaker in history.”

It’s “because they don’t get anything done,” she said. “Where are the results? What are the results? They’ve never been able to pass anything without our coming to the rescue except their very nasty, in my view, unprincipled budgets.”

“When people ask me, I think, ‘You know what? If a woman was Speaker and things were happening this way, they’d say, ‘Oh my gosh.’ I’m just getting a little, shall we say tired, of how they take a pass on some and not others. We get criticized for accomplishing things. They don’t get criticized for not accomplishing things.”

Pelosi’s comments about Boehner were in part two of Monday’s interview, seen below.

These videos are from “All In with Chris Hayes,” aired Monday, May 13, 2013.

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Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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