October 4th, 2013
12:37 PM ET
11 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. Steve Thompson

    How much worse must our government perform before we stop re-electing these flows? A 10% approval rating means nothing when they know they will be re-elected anyway.

    October 4, 2013 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    Fund the government, have your party get enough people in office to overturn Affordable Care Act, (if that will ever happen) and quite trying to hold the US government hostage. The millions of people flooding the websites to sign up for healthcare overwhelmingly show support from the American people for this legally enacted legislation. Get over it Repugnicons!!

    October 4, 2013 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  3. Maryellen

    The tea party extremist's have divided this country, they are shameful! Boehner needs to do the job he is paid to do and control these morons. Obama should not compromise on the ACA and short of that The GOP doesn't want to consider a compromise.

    October 4, 2013 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  4. St. Xavier

    What's wrong with voting on a clean bill that doesn't have strings attached to it. The Republicans in the House know if they are allowed to vote on a clean bill then they know they have lost a big battle, what's more important their personal want's or the people wanting a clean bill to continue funding the government. They are trying to blame the democrats for the shutting down when it's the Republicans who shut down the government now their trying to reopen it by wanting to restart the government by a piece meal bills approach. The House leader Boehner knows if he lets a clean bill get a vote it will bass, my guess he's afraid of the tea party running him out of office. Mr. Boehner step up to the plate an do the right thing an let the members VOTE.

    October 4, 2013 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  5. rdg18

    Keep the government shutdown and don't pay all the handouts and we will see who the cry baby is.

    October 4, 2013 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  6. MarcNJ

    Someone needs to dethrone Boehner.

    October 4, 2013 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  7. RFB

    There isn't anything to negotiate. The Dems already compromised and presented a budget $70 billion less than they wanted which is exactly what the GOP said they wanted. Now the GOP is using the budget approval process to try criple a law, that was held up by the Supreme Court and affirmed by the American people when they reelected President Obama, just because they don't agree with the principle of subsidized health care? It has nothing to do with the budget or fairness to the American People and everything to do with a warped sense of what democracy stands for! The law passed, the law was upheld by the Supreme Court, the President was reelected ... GET OVER IT and stop holding the economy hostage ... that's not negotiating and it's just plain wrong!

    October 4, 2013 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  8. jason

    Repubs say Dem's are crybabies.

    October 4, 2013 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  9. Kathy

    That's what alcoholism will do to you.

    October 4, 2013 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  10. GKamburoff

    There is nothing to negotiate!

    The ACA is THE LAW!!

    You do not negotiate the law!

    Let's be honest: Whining Tea-Folk are just Bush Voters without the character to admit it!!

    Show me one who isn't.

    If they were so worried about the economy, they would start to PAY for their last Great Idea, the mass-killing of 200,000 Iraqi civilians.

    October 4, 2013 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  11. Hap

    They sat down the other night and he had a deal with Reid in September. The weapy orange guy from Ohio has no control over his caucas, he lacks the leadership skills to lead, he's good at one thing: blaming someone else for problems his lack of control creates. Republicans shut down the government plain as the nose on my face now they've painted themselves in a corner and want the Dems to give them a way out to save face.

    October 4, 2013 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  12. Jeff Spangler

    Boehner has made a losing bet by sucking up to the Tea Party and he will pay with his Speaker's job and a further weakened Republican party.

    October 4, 2013 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  13. Casper

    Really? Obama is a 5 year old who takes his ball and goes home when the other kids don't play his way. How many times has he said "I won't negotiate"? That's truly being bi-partisan and openminded-NOT.

    October 4, 2013 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  14. Jim

    "Obamacare', like it or not, is established law and is funded independently from the continuing resolution required to re-open the government. Boehner is the one trying to force the two to be linked, and no amount of propaganda is going to change that. There is nothing preventing Boehner from passing the CR and then bring new legislation to modify or repeal 'Obamacare'. The reason he does not do this is he knows he will fail to change Obamacare as he has in the past. He is the only one with a motive to hold the CR hostage. The Senate and the President gain nothing from this.

    October 4, 2013 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  15. ss

    What president,WE DO NOT HAVE ONE!!!!!

    October 4, 2013 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  16. EatRunDive

    The shut down is all Boehner's fault. The Senate has voted on all of the funding bills sent to them by the House, but he won't let the House vote on the clean ones sent back from the Senate.

    LET THE HOUSE VOTE!!!

    October 4, 2013 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  17. Mike Byrne

    Love it. Divide and destroy the republicans.

    October 4, 2013 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  18. 1 Little Turtle

    And we should let a few Congressmen hold our government hostage........yet again..........

    October 4, 2013 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  19. Vita

    It is not about the President, it's about your health

    October 4, 2013 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  20. American

    Nowwwww Boehner and the GOP want to sit down and talk about the Affordable Healthcare legislation (which was their idea in the 90's). They've misplayed this issue so horribly and now they can't let the President win on the issue. This country needs a strong GOP...sadly it just doesn't exist anymore.

    October 4, 2013 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  21. jon

    Oh, forget the Obamacare issue and MOVE ON! The ACA will be seen to either be great, or perhaps not so great, but at least let's go with it for a while. Defunding it, or trying to repeal it, before it even gets underway is really stupid.
    I do believe that the GOP is just frightened that the ACA will be a real success and they will be shown to be idiots.

    October 4, 2013 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  22. EatRunDive

    By 2020, the Tea Party will be running their own candidates against the Republican Party anyway. These people are the true RINOs.

    October 4, 2013 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  23. daveinla

    Yesterday the head of the EPA said that 90% of the employees there have been furloughed. I thought only "non-essential" personel were to be laid-off? I guess 90% of the EPA and all those employee pensions are not needed. I hope the shutdown last a year so we can cut out all the deadwood in Washington D.C. bloated waste of a government.

    October 4, 2013 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  24. More of the same

    The right: Making tomorrow seem like yesterday!! This is all about and only for: Kill the ACA!!! First. second & last. The law of t he land, OK'ed by the SCOTUS.... a majority right court. Where/what isthe issue? Tea Bullies? Fear? See quote below:
    Fear is the parent of cruelty."
    - James Anthony Froude,
    British historian

    October 4, 2013 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  25. NYSur4

    While I place 100% of the blame for the government shut-down on Boehner and Congressional Republicans, stunts like these don't exactly elevate the level of political discourse.

    October 4, 2013 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
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