The would-be Speaker

THE WOULD-BE SPEAKER…. When the unemployment reports are terrific, congressional Republicans pretend they’re awful. Last month, with the strongest job totals in years, House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) described 290,000 new jobs as “disappointing news.”

With that in mind, with today’s report falling short of expectations, it stands to reason that Boehner will have quite a critique to offer. So, what’s his pitch? Here’s the Minority Leader on Twitter:

Jobs report underscores the need to repeal & replace #ObamaCare, & pass the spending cuts economists say we need to boost the economy.

It frightens me to consider just how clueless John Boehner really is.

The Affordable Care Act is to blame for underwhelming job totals? That’s crazy, not only because the law just passed, but because, if anything, the law will improve the job market.

Spending cuts will boost the economy? How will that work, exactly? Taking money out of the economy, funding fewer jobs, making less of an investment … this will, in Boehner’s mind, make things better.

This, of course, is the same man who was absolutely certain that the Clinton economic plan would be a massive failure, was completely convinced that Bush’s economic policies would produce extraordinary prosperity, and just knew beyond a doubt that the recovery efforts that have produced 2.8 million jobs so far would hurt the economy.

Why anyone would take this guy seriously on economic policy is a mystery to me.

And remember, in just seven months, John Boehner intends to be Speaker of the House.

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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.