The 'big headache': Boehner backed into corner by tea party, Obama
July 26th, 2011
04:26 PM ET
3 years ago

The 'big headache': Boehner backed into corner by tea party, Obama

Washington (CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner is in a tough position: between a rock and a hard place, wedged squarely into a corner.

On one side, he has President Obama painting him as a stubborn teenager who is unwilling to meet halfway on the debt ceiling.

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Filed under: Debt • Deficit • John Boehner • President Obama
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  1. ConservaFASCISTS/Dutch, Bad Newz, VA

    He's not stuck between a rock and a hard place. He's stuck between Barack and a hard place. That hard place is his teatard caucus who have him bent over with no lube.

    July 26, 2011 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  2. GI Joe

    Hey Boner - I hear Bachmann has some drugs that will take care of that splitting headache.

    July 26, 2011 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  3. The Day of Financial Reckoning is HERE - The Great Democrat Welfare Society Ends

    Isn't it nice of CNN to carry the Obama administrations water by painting a bogus picture of Boehner. He's not in a corner period. Obama and the Democrats have shown themselves to be nothing but a bunch of planless finger-pointing political hacks. But of course CNN won't print that! Youy're showing your bias CNN, but what else is new.

    July 26, 2011 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  4. Marie MD

    Oh poor little crying boner. His feelings are not only hurt but his little guy from virginia wants his job! I can't believe that this man can be that stupid (then again).
    The rethugs allowed the teabaggers to take control thinking that it would bring them more votes and the opposite has occurred. Starting with the flake from MN they should have stopped her and everyone else in congress who played into the koch brothers game.
    Nobody to blame but yourself boner . . . . cry me a river and go have a drink or two or three tonight along with a smoke. You are toast.

    July 26, 2011 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  5. Bloom

    Our President is more radical than any of them. He is the most radical President to have ever been elected. I have never been a Tea Party supporter but tell me where to send a check as they are making a difference. The Tea Party is spuring on debate and holding the line where as the GOP has always just folded to the Democrats. They have my support.

    July 26, 2011 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  6. The Greedy Old Pigs have declared class war on US!

    The problem is that the Weeper of the House is not a leader. He ceded control over the GOBPbaggers to Cantor and the Koch brothers. A true statesman would (a) recognize that everyone, including corporations and the ultrarich, need to share in the sacrifices and (b) have the political persuasiveness to get the teatards to reconsider they childish devotion to their cult of corrupt corporatism.

    July 26, 2011 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  7. Bill from GA

    After his speech last night, he gets NO sympathy from me.

    July 26, 2011 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  8. compromise

    I can not see how Boehner can change his position in few days from the last vote they passed on the Cut/cap/BBA ?? If he pulls it off he will be a successful politician. He is stuck between old republicans and the T' baggers...I can not see how that coalition can stay together...

    July 26, 2011 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  9. The Real Tom Paine

    No sympathy for him whatsoever. He said he wanted "...the adults to be in charge": well, they act like petulent children. I can never recall a Speaker ever stomping out of negotiations of any kind, and he picks the one area that absolutely has no margin for error to show a fit of pique. Obama has him right where he wants him, and if the TP thought they were a grassroots movement during the Healtchcare debate, wait until they get mobbed and run over if they allow the country to default. It will be their fault, and Boehner had better worry about a primary challenge, not to mention the general election.

    Get used to hearing " Speaker Pelosi" and "President Obama" for at least 4 more years after Boehner and McConnell blow up what is left of the GOP. The GOP will be in the minority for a generation, and they will be to blame. Maybe Rush will lend him some bootleg oxycontin to relieve his pain.

    July 26, 2011 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  10. DumbasRocks [R]s

    Boehner has been backed into a corner alright, but one largely of his own making. Backed into a corner, like the Wicked Witch of the West. Maybe someone will throw a pail of water on him, and make him go away too.

    July 26, 2011 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  11. DumbasRocks [R]s

    Hey Bloom and Day Of Financial Reckoning. You provide no cogent analysis for your position, which otherwise frankly seems a bit indefensible to the rest of us sentient humans. Your little drive-by cuts at the president and [D]s is just more of the same meaningless noise from the [R]ightwing underbelly at a time when the country really needs some meaningful cooperation. True conservatives find all you little reactionary dama queens repugnant, as should all true Americans.

    Get thee to a clinic, and have thy deteriorating mental condition diagnosed. I believe your Teatardism is a condition that is being written up in the medical journals as we speak.

    July 26, 2011 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  12. Russell Brown

    it will be nice if we can come togather in washington and pray.

    July 26, 2011 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  13. Lynda/Minnesota

    One too many *HELL NO's* finished Boehner off long ago. He's nothing more than a political hack bought and paid for by Washington lobbyists. That he knows this himself speaks volumes as to just how corrupt our Congress actually is. Good grief, they no longer even bother to hide their corruption, but prarade it out in all it's shining glory ... patting themselves as they march along with their flags, god, guns, and constitutional rights.

    July 26, 2011 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  14. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    hey Day of Reckoning.....you always have FOXNEWS usually the area where your ilk tend to hang out.
    As for Boehner he had a heck of a lot of nerve claiming that the president was more concerned about his re-election than anything else. He can't even cotrol his own caucus and he knows full well what would happen if the debt ceiling is not increased. Seeing how many times he voted for it himself when Bush was in office. He has no one to blame but himself for his position. And Cantor is just waiting like a spider waits for a fly.

    July 26, 2011 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  15. Sniffit

    "The 'big headache': Boehner backed into corner by tea party, Obama"

    And the GOP's response? Why, paint the corner of course!

    This is Boehner's Waterloo.

    July 26, 2011 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  16. Tampa

    Where in the world are all of the tea packers now, and why aren't they pouring into the streets with their "Hands of my medicare" signs? I guess its because its not the "brown man" whose trying to take away their hard earned benefits,
    after all, but the orange man. Which was the only thing that mattered to them. The republicans are showing their true
    colors, The sad part is that they will convince a segment of Americans that voting against their own interests will benefit them. To hell with taking my hard earned benefits to help big businesses and wealthy avoid paying their fair share of taxes
    at my expense. HANDS OFF MY MEDICARE AND SOCIAL SECURITY!!!!!!!

    July 26, 2011 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  17. gt

    american working people are in a corner... being shock down by the man...on waste ,wars and drug addicts, prisons, and million who just want to beat the system and get a ck...

    July 26, 2011 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    Boehner or however you spell his name is going to have the shortest tenure as speaker of house in U.S history, his part is close to splitting and they never heard of the word compromise, probably doesn't even know how to spell it. While i am a democrat is just want a balanced approach to tackle the deficit problem we have as a country. 2012 lets take back our congress and vote radical tea party out

    July 26, 2011 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  19. Boomer in Mo

    It's already too late. We've gone off the cliff. In about 25 years, we'll be out of the hole. You some of you will be. My Plan C retirement plan calls for me to end it all if I live to be 85, which will be 24 years and 11 months from now.

    July 26, 2011 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  20. Sniffit

    "He's not in a corner period. "

    Oh yes he is...one that he and the GOP painted themselves into. Here's how it works:

    GOP invents ASStroturf Frankenstein to give itself political cover for moving waaaaaay to the extremist right wing in their policy positions, all in an effort to shift Overton's Window (the window of possible compromise solutions) to the right with them in a mad strategy to paint Obama as a "socialist" and a "radical leftist"...you know, because most Americans, especially the ones that are so misinformed by watching the MSM and listening to talk radio, don't care about the meaning of the words or the actual nature of the political spectrum...they have knee jerk reactions like "the middle cimply must be where the compromise and solutions lie," despit the ostensible middle (Overton's Window) having been shifted waaaaay to the right by the GOP's lemminglike exodus from realityland.

    In response, Obama enacts the correct strategy: keep offering the GOP what it just left behind as a possible compromise. In other words, the GOP was standing on it yesterday, but moved to the right, so Obama offers them what they were standing on yesterday (or close to it), but which can no longer accept because they've written it off. They predictably deny the offer, thereby building fences behind themselves as they dash madly for the extreme right...whie publicly announcing that they are, in fact, moving over to the right. This effectively fences off the GOP's ability to backtrack to the more moderate positions they keep leaving behind as unacceptable options, particularly because they've created a Frankenstein monster that will summarily eat their careers if they suddenly abandon their mass disapora towards plutocratic corporatocracy, religious fundamentalism, fascism and ignorance worship. Now, they've painted themselves into the corner and can't back out, all the while announcing to the planet that they are extremist ideologues. Nothing left to do but paint the corner...or face the corner and put on the tinfoil dunce caps. Whoops.

    July 26, 2011 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  21. GOP = Greed Over People

    Remember Boehner, it is the "will of the people" NOT the "will of 87 tea bagging freshmen".

    July 26, 2011 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  22. The Greedy Old Pigs have declared class war on US!

    Bloom, only an idiot could conclude President Obama is "the most radical President to have ever been elected." He's a centrist, and continually sells out the left. decades ago he would have fit right in as a moderate Republican. Except for his skin tone, that is.

    If you want to see a "radical" president, look first at Reagan then Bush. Both claimed to be one thing while actively behaving as something entirely different. Reagan began the decline that led to where we are now. That's pretty radical!

    July 26, 2011 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  23. maikl

    The best what Obama can do ,ask for his resignation and forgiveness from American people. What a change he bring to USA. What a YES WE CAN. Nobody even talk about it anymore. All in trash.

    July 26, 2011 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  24. Sandra hayes

    Where is virginia foxx?

    July 26, 2011 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  25. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    @maikl
    The best what Obama can do ,ask for his resignation and forgiveness from American people. What a change he bring to USA. What a YES WE CAN. Nobody even talk about it anymore. All in trash.
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    Well, at least President Obama knows how to write in English. Your post suggests you're fluent in gibberish? LOL. Have a nice day and thanks for the laugh.

    July 26, 2011 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
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