WAXMAN HURTS BOEHNER’S FEELINGS…. This sounds like intemperate rhetoric, but under the circumstances, it’s hardly over the top.

Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), who has had an eventful couple of weeks to say the least, believes House Republican opposition to climate change legislation and the stimulus indicates they’re cheering against the good ol’ US of A.

“It appears that the Republican Party leadership in the Congress has made a decision that they want to deny President Obama success, which means, in my mind, they are rooting against the country, as well,” the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee chairman told WAMU radio host Diane Rehm on Tuesday morning, promoting his new book, “The Waxman Report.”

A spokesperson for House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) called Waxman’s comment “outrageous,” adding, “[O]bviously Chairman Waxman owes the American people an apology.”

Really? It seems to me Republicans spent the first few months of the year debating amongst themselves whether rooting for failure was a good idea.

We’re talking about a group of partisans who’ve argued for half a year now that Democrats are deliberately trying to destroy the country. Waxman suggests GOP leaders are indirectly “rooting against the country” and Boehner’s office is once again looking for the fainting couch?


Steve Benen

Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.