Boehner’s short-term memory loss

BOEHNER’S SHORT-TERM MEMORY LOSS…. It’s been apparent for a while now that when it comes to the debate over health care reform, opponents have trouble taking “yes” for an answer. Yesterday, Chris Bowers highlighted a classic of the genre.

On Sunday, Feb. 7, President Obama announced his plan to host a bipartisan summit on health care reform. Exactly one day later, on Feb. 8, House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) wrote to the White House with a reasonable question.

“If the President intends to present any kind of legislative proposal at this discussion, will he make it available to members of Congress and the American people at least 72 hours beforehand?”

Four days later, the White House announced that it would, in fact, present a legislative proposal at this discussion, and would make it available to members of Congress and the American people in advance.

Boehner, true to form, was outraged that the president’s team would do exactly as Boehner asked, insisting that there be no legislative proposal at all at this discussion.

As Chris explained, it’s “one from the ‘negotiating in good faith’ files.”

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Steve Benen

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.