Quote of the Day

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), today:

Boehner, who has been twisting arms to get conservative Republicans to sign onto the bill, described the legislation as a “sincere and honest effort to end this crisis in a bipartisan way.”

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), yesterday:

Boehner said he couldn’t understand why any Republicans would position themselves with Democrats opposing his plan.

“Barack Obama hates it, Harry Reid hates it, Nancy Pelosi hates it,” he said, naming off the Democratic leadership.

If the Speaker is pushing a far-right plan he knows the Democratic Senate and Democratic White House “hate,” how is it that this represents a “sincere and honest effort to end this crisis in a bipartisan way”? Isn’t that the opposite of a “sincere and honest effort to end this crisis in a bipartisan way”?

As Kate Conway put it yesterday, “In the perverse world of the GOP’s logic, a good proposal is one that your opponents are loathe to accept — not one that arranges for circumstances both parties can live with.”

Boehner added this afternoon, “The president has asked us to compromise and we have compromised.”

I’ll just assume the Speaker, suffering badly from fatigue, no longer remembers what “compromise” means.

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