October 4th, 2013
12:37 PM ET
10 months ago

Boehner likened to crying baby in new ad

(CNN) – Critics have long poked fun at House Speaker John Boehner's teary-eyed tendency. But now Democrats are comparing the speaker to a baby throwing an all-out temper tantrum.

During the commercial breaks of Sunday's game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the New England Patriots, viewers in Boehner's district will catch a 30-second ad with a close up of a wailing baby.

"Speaker John Boehner didn't get his way on shutting down health care reform," the ad's narrator says. "So, he's shut down the government and hurt the economy."

House Majority PAC, a group that backs Democratic candidates, released the ad on Friday.

"Speaker Boehner didn't get his way and so, like a child, he threw a Tea Party-inspired temper tantrum and shut down the federal government," Andy Stone, the group's communications director, said in a statement.

The new ad is one of many campaigns launched by groups on both sides of the aisle in recent days to fault Democrats or Republicans for the government shutdown.

House Republicans have been trying to attach anti-Obamacare provisions to a spending bill that funds the government, but Senate Democrats refuse to take up anything except a bill with no strings attached. The White House has also threatened to veto any bill that tries to change Obamacare.

Boehner grew agitated Friday morning over a Wall Street Journal article that quoted a senior administration official as saying, "we are winning" and "it doesn't really matter to us" how long the shutdown lasts "because what matters is the end result."

Throwing down the newspaper on the podium at a press conference, Boehner said: "This isn't some damn game!"

"The American people don't want their government shut down and neither do I," he continued. "All we are asking for is to sit down and to have a discussion and to bring fairness – re-open the government and bring fairness to the American people under Obamacare. It is as simple as that, and it all has to begin with a simple discussion."

White House spokesman Jay Carney disavowed the comment in the Wall Street Journal.

The House is scheduled to vote on measures Saturday that will start funding certain parts of the government, but Senate Democrats demand a bill that funds the government all at once.


Filed under: Ads • Government Shutdown • John Boehner
soundoff (222 Responses)
  1. ItsAMirage

    Hey Reps, you notice how stronger our Dem comments are now?! We learned FROM YOU :) Not only that, for the 1st time in many mannyyyy moons, Dems are actually together and putting the foot down on you Reps. Again....where did we learned that from?!! YOU guys. Now we paying you back with the same tactics you Reps have used. And guess what, you will def lose.

    October 4, 2013 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  2. Iggy

    I smell a military coup coming

    October 4, 2013 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  3. JWSEWN

    John Boehner could be compared to Dr. Kevorkian in the assisted suicide of the Republican party, as long as they keep Cruz'n along!

    October 4, 2013 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  4. datapower

    It seems to me that these holdouts in the House need to be prosecuted. What they are doing is breaking already established law. Can someone like the ACLU get on this case? If not, then legislation needs to be created to make this illegal once law is enacted. These people have to be reeled in when it comes to issues like this. We need a law that allows the President to remove people like this from office if a breach like this occurs.

    Also needing to be challenged in court is the sequestration law. This is discriminatory against government employees. The last time I checked, government includes all the people not just government employees. If we are to pay this debt down, which is mainly being caused by the corporate sector, then it needs to be across the board taxation not just furloughing some government employees. Can this argument hold water in court?

    I could go on and on but, you get the picture.

    October 4, 2013 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  5. Me

    I think they should have more dialogue instead doing press conferences.

    October 4, 2013 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  6. kirk

    Goss, dems gave him the numbers he wanted, and now he wants more, he can end this in ten minute, so when he says: this isn't a damn game, then what do you call it? The majority in your own party will vote yes, but the Koch brothers want more, so more it is, shameless disgusting excuse for a man

    October 4, 2013 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  7. Dan2116

    Was that an old picture of Al Gore?

    October 4, 2013 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  8. phoenix86

    There it is. The democrats playing the government shutdown for pure political gain.

    October 4, 2013 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  9. Tom

    My dog can do a better job of being president than Obama!!!!

    October 4, 2013 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  10. EdwardTr

    Skip the name calling, just make an ads asking to allow whole house to vote on a clean bill. Let people speak, all people not just the majority of the majority members in the house.

    October 4, 2013 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  11. kirk

    I should think boener will lose his job regardless, so get rid of him Ohio, we know you can do it! He is not acting on behalf of the majority, or his party's majority, only the Koch brothers, sad little man

    October 4, 2013 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  12. rplat

    Boehner should regret nothing. He and his majority are offering bills to ease the pain in a number of critical areas but the whiny obstructionist Democrats won't bring them to the floor. The shutdown is Obama's fault and his continued recalcitrance continues to make it worse. Democrats are all mouth and form with absolutely no substance.

    October 4, 2013 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  13. nc_mike

    At this rate Obama better watch it or else he might not be re-elected! Bwahahahahahahahahahah!

    October 4, 2013 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  14. Jimmy Newtron

    This working out wonderfully. The longer these 800k government worms are out of work the more chance many of Americans will see that they are unnecessary. Hold the line and keep the shut down permanently. 800K who would never have voted GOP anyway will be off the government teet looking for a real job.

    October 4, 2013 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  15. nc_mike

    "Boehner grew agitated Friday morning over a Wall Street Journal article that quoted a senior administration official as saying, "we are winning"" Humm, where did we hear that before... "Winnninnnnnning!" Loser!

    October 4, 2013 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  16. Jean

    The argument that "this bill was passed by both houses" doesn't hold any credibiltiy when you look at how the dems forced it through and not one republican voted for it. BTW "this bill" is not the bill that was passed by "both houses" nor is it the bill that the Supreme Court ruled on, Obama is responsible for unilaterally changing it to benefit his buddies in the big corporations and the trolls in congress. You can say both houses voted for it but don't try to misinform anyone that it means it was bipartisan when they voted on it – this was dems alone and the polls now and then show majority of Americans don't want ocare – dems didn't care then and don't care now what the majority of Americans want they just care about themselves, as usual. The bill in the form it exists today was never voted on by congress and was never ruled on by the Supreme Court.

    October 4, 2013 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  17. DaveLake

    I support the President however I do not like this type of ad. I think it is an immature way to criticize the Republicans. Although I am sure research has been done to show this type of ad works-it simply lacks class.

    October 4, 2013 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  18. Fair is Fair

    Iggy

    I smell a military coup coming
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    Ummmmmmmmmmmm... nah.

    October 4, 2013 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  19. Hogan's Goat

    What I don't see is Democrats foaming at the mouth and promising to destroy the Republicans. I see a lot of Republicans calling names and issuing threats, and a lot of nasty pretending that we are "all on welfare, all black, worship Obama as messiah," etc.
    When my side is saying "You can't blackmail the president" and the other side is saying "to heck with votes and laws, we want our way," I don't feel as if I am on the wrong side. We voted, we won. They voted too, and lost. Now they are anti-vote, too.

    October 4, 2013 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  20. Prairiefire

    Why is the press not noting that the government is shut down because of one line item in a total budget... And who is responsible.... The Republicans... Trying to change a piece of legislation that has already passed and is law... They put thousands of people out of work... Their excuse we never read the original bill before it was voted on... I guess they were not doing their jobs because they were to busy looking for more tax breaks for the rich... Maybe they shouldn't be in those jobs... In the next election maybe they will not be.. They have gave the Dems a great talking point....

    October 4, 2013 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  21. GB

    Everything the GOP does is calculated to pander to the audience. Who brings a newspaper to a press conference? The mock outrage is fake, just like the GOP pretending to care about women, children and minorities. Glad to see people finally seeing through the smoke and mirrors.

    October 4, 2013 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  22. lolo

    @TMO get real!!!!!!!!!!!!! No other Presdient in history has ever been treated like President Obama has by your racist party. I guess your selective memory is at work again. Now that you and the GOP/TP gang have stepped in it you are trying to save face. Too late my little chick-a-dee. Hold out Democrats no matter how long it takes. We don't mind assisting other people who are in need unlike the GOP. BTW their party are the main ones on the government roll and their red states are the poorest. Look at how the Republican representives and their families are collecting millions in subsidies from the government, but want to chastise anyone else who does it. The rich guys have them really jumping through hoops to keep their millions. Well stupid is what stupid does and the GOP/TP party is definitely the poster child for stupidity.

    October 4, 2013 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
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