October 4th, 2013
12:37 PM ET
12 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. Hogan's Goat

    "Repubs say Dem's are crybabies" because the GOP has become merely the Anti-Democrats. Democrats act, Repugs react. Now say something back to me.

    October 4, 2013 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  2. dudley

    They are all crying babies with the biggest being OUR leader OBAMA.....I thought Bush was bad but Obama clearly tops him in lack of leadership. Such a shame because I thought he would be a great leader. At least he is term limited....The rest of the leaders are "career" politicians and that is real problem here-both sides of the aisle.

    October 4, 2013 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  3. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    What all you lemmings don't understand is that Boehner is fighting for ALL of us, not just conservatives. Start looking at what this is going to cost you and what type of services you are going to get for that premium.
    -------------------------------------------------
    What you lemmings don't understand is that the President is fighting for ALL of us, not just democrats. Start looking at what this is going to cost you and what type of services you are going to get for that premium, PLEASE.

    FIFY

    October 4, 2013 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  4. Wake up People!

    I'm going to go even farther. It's not just Boehner it's the entire republican party who have been throwing a hissy fit for the past 5 years.

    Remember boys, Elections have consequences..... Your words not mine.

    October 4, 2013 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  5. Scott

    Robert Calm

    GOP keeps saying people don;t want Obamacare. I WANT OBAMACARE, end this shutdown.

    ________________________________________
    I hope you can afford it. Wait what am i thinking, looking for a goverment assisted handout are we?

    October 4, 2013 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  6. You are the fool for listening to the crazies!

    Apparently there is 15-20% of the US voting population that is crazy and the GOP found them. Now you will loose the Speakership. The voters will rip the GOP a new one in multiple elections to come. Still dream of that big White house with the big landscaped yard. The GOP will suffer greatly for what you did. You will be the Bill Buckner of the GOP.

    October 4, 2013 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  7. Joe

    The only way to deal with a baby is to be firm and consistent. The Democrats are doing a wonderful job parenting the GOP.

    October 4, 2013 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  8. Andrew

    When Obama/Reid/Pelosi passed Obamacare, they threw bipartisanship out the window and said, We are going to ram it down your throat while we have the chance. Why would they expect a different reaction from the Republican Party, than the one they are getting?

    October 4, 2013 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  9. Jyothi, MO

    Baby's demands if unreasonable cannot met ! Crying baby will calm down after having enough of crying !

    October 4, 2013 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    Classy ad. No wonder the public hates politicians.

    October 4, 2013 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  11. my10cents

    The GOP cannot turn funding the federal government into a "favorite" child contest. This precedent will undermine the entire foundation of the republic by allowing minority factions to dictate policy outside of the normal channels. The Tea Party are only agents of change for those who seek the destruction of a centralized government. These are fanatics who would choose anarchy, chaos, and selfishness over sanity, logic, and generosity.

    October 4, 2013 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  12. DaveinCincy

    ahhh yes. Name calling and zero compromise by the democrat elitists in office. Keep the government shut down...we don't care!! I realize a large portion of democrats have grown to expect cradle to grave coverage...but those of us who prefer the government keep their nose out of our healthcare, we're willing to deal with the shutdown. Mostly because we don't rely on the government for complete survival. So...best of luck with the whole name calling thing. Life goes on...

    October 4, 2013 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  13. Andrew

    When Obama/Reid/Pelosi passed Obamacare, they threw bipartisanship out the window and said, We are going to ram it down your throat while we have the chance. Should they now expect a different reaction from the Republican Party, than the one they are getting?

    October 4, 2013 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  14. RomneyWho

    @Kathy "That's what alcoholism will do to you."

    Boehner "I an't drunk . . . HIC-UP . . . I'm on medication" :(

    October 4, 2013 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  15. jbraxton

    Rates drop and your deductible goes up thousands.

    October 4, 2013 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  16. Nick

    When will the House GOP find a new speaker?

    October 4, 2013 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  17. Hogan's Goat

    If Böner was a real leader, he'd have led his people out of this before the shutdown. Sorry, weepy orange guy, you own this shutdown. Bachmann's caroling with joy about it. You're going home with a rupture.

    October 4, 2013 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  18. Andrew

    Why do the Dems only love bipartisanship when it comes to passing their bills? When Obama/Reid/Pelosi passed Obamacare, they threw bipartisanship out the window and said, We are going to ram it down your throat while we have the chance. Should they now expect a different reaction from the Republican Party, than the one they are getting?

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

    Profile Of A Typical Republican That Posts Here

    1. Thinks republicans are conservatives.
    2. Makes less than $100,000/yr.
    3. Has a net worth less than $200,000.
    4. Primary residence is on wheels or blocks.
    5. Probably retired and depending on SS and Medicare or will the the person most likely to need SS and Medicare.
    6. Thinks they are religious but they should read the book, "How NOT To Be A Republican" (a.k.a. The Bible).
    7. Actually thinks republicans represent THEM!
    --------
    Profile of a typical democrat that posts here

    1. Thinks democrats really care about them
    2. Job? What's a job?
    3. Does not understand what it takes to build wealth
    4. Primary residence is section 8 housing.
    5. Probably unemployed and dependent upon government for EVERYTHING
    6. Doesn't realize that most of the Bible is the history book of the Jewish people
    7. Will continue to vote for democrats although liberal policies have advanced them ZERO in almost 50 years.

    October 4, 2013 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  20. TIREDOFITALL

    Enough of the name calling already. Get over your overpaid selves and work together. Enough of the BS finger pointing and listen to the people you are suppose to be representing. Children aren't this immature.

    October 4, 2013 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  21. Thomas

    @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.
    ====

    Your right , however when you try time and time again to deal rationally with the un-rational , it's going to happen .

    Imagine trying to talk with Michael Balkman or Louie Gohmert about real issues of reality !

    October 4, 2013 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  22. aspblom

    This IS diversity. Are we loving it?

    October 4, 2013 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  23. BobV

    So let me get this straight, the House of Reps think they can fund the government on an agency by agency or bill by bill basis? So they can choose to defund Obamacare, and to fund other agencies. Who determines the priorities, especially since Obamacare was a passed law by both the House and the Senate? About we defund the House of Representatives and their pension, healthcare, and salary?

    October 4, 2013 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  24. rinsac

    They always blame the other side for their own actions. They need to GO!

    October 4, 2013 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  25. ecarlson1961

    As a democrat who supports ACA, I have to say that the name calling is going too far. It doesn't help bipartisanship when you start calling the other side names.

    Yes, I know people on both sides have done it already. That doesn't make it right.

    October 4, 2013 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
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