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. Thorne

    I do agree that the name calling is counter productive. I also stand behind the president 100% on this and I hope he holds firm. Obama and I don't always agree, and even though there are parts of the ACA I don't like, at the end of the day this is a bill that was passed by both houses, signed into law by the President and then upheld by the SCOTUS. Pulling this kind of shut down garbage is a very dangerous precedence to set. You can talk about how narrowly it passed until you're blue in the face, but at the end of the day it is still the law and it has been since March of 2010 that's 3 1/2 years now. Move on and get your butts back to work.

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

    The speaker is correct, running the government is not a game. And yet his party is the one playing games. Boehner is the worst speaker in the modern era. He is gutless and rather hold on to his job than serve his country. He should realize that he has already lost his speakership regardless how this turns out and put the CR to fund the government and raise the debt ceiling to floor votes and let all the peoples representatives vote. At least in that way he can leave the speakership with some dignity.

    October 4, 2013 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  3. BRB

    Goodbye and goodluck to all the republicans. You are getting what you deserved twenty years ago. This century is a new dawn, new rules, new voters, new goals i.e. new world that you old, rich, white guys have never lived in. "Won't get fooled again" The Who.

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

    Boehner is leading from behind, behind Cantor and all the rest of the TEAPOTTIERS. But that is just it, he isn't leading. The TEAthugs are leading him into oblivion. Good fing bye.

    October 4, 2013 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  5. Fred

    I bet the British Monarchy had some nasty things to say about the Tea Partiers in 1773 too.

    October 4, 2013 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  6. tmo

    This is the kind of thing that makes it hard to have an adult conversation with a liberal. All they seem to know how to do is call people names, act like bullies, and vilify their opponents.

    October 4, 2013 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  7. TGoss

    I am ashamed to call Obama president and am both amazed and disgusted by Democratic politics. Shame on you.

    October 4, 2013 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    If Boehner would just bring the Senate CR up for a vote in the House, this would all go away. He - and he alone - is responsible for the shutdown.

    October 4, 2013 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  9. mark

    Boehner is a worthless drunk who is so far over his head he is a joke to both parties. The only good thing about him is he is helping the GOP kill iteslf.

    October 4, 2013 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  10. Dave

    Boehner needs to resign immediately. Obamacare is here to stay and if he can't accept that, then step down now and let someone else get this thing settled.

    October 4, 2013 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  11. edpeters101

    Blast from the past: New York Daily News head lined CRY BABY Newt's Tantrum. We can now call BoneHead CRY BABY 2 (or TOO) if you prefer!

    October 4, 2013 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  12. NB

    Do not let them or anyone pick and choose the funding...! No piecemeal funding...

    October 4, 2013 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  13. RadioResearch

    I don't know why the hell they bother with these negative ad campaigns. This would imply that they actually give a damn what we, the People, think. We know the opposite is true. If any of those overpaid, loud-mouthed jibronis up there on Capitol Hill actually cared about they people whom they are supposed to be serving, they would have been listening to us for a long time and these problems would have never come about.

    Shame on the lot of 'em! I hope all of their great-great-grandchildren wake up screaming from night terrors from the stupidity of their ancestors!

    October 4, 2013 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    Astroturf Frankenstein SMASH!!!!!!

    October 4, 2013 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  15. Jean

    wow – this is one of the most childish ads I have ever heard of – the dems are stooping so low with the name calling and personal attacks it is pathetic and I hope it results in people turning against them. They don't have a solid argument on the last round of changes Republicans put forth on ocare (1 year delay for regular Americans and small business and no subsidy for congress) so they resort to name calling and personal attacks (not new but this type of ad is ridiculous. I used to call my brother a cry-baby – when we were little kids). Obama, on his own, changed the law to give large corps a 1 year delay and to grant subsidies to congress, AFTER the Supreme Court had ruled on the law. For dems to now argue it's the law and repubs cannot change it even though its not the original law or even the law the supreme court ruled on is the height of hypocrisy and flat out lying about it. Last time I looked majority of Americans STILL don't like or want ocare.

    October 4, 2013 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  16. Padraig

    I agree the name calling from both sides are acting like petulant children. It shows a lack of maturity with the individuals who we expect to run our nation.

    October 4, 2013 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  17. RadioResearch

    I don't know why the heck they bother with these negative ad campaigns. This would imply that they actually give a darn what we, the People, think. We know the opposite is true. If any of those overpaid, loud-mouthed jibronis up there on Capitol Hill actually cared about they people whom they are supposed to be serving, they would have been listening to us for a long time and these problems would have never come about.

    Shame on the lot of 'em! I hope all of their great-great-grandchildren wake up screaming from night terrors from the stupidity of their ancestors!

    This has been re-edited to appease the KZ-camp censors of this thread.

    October 4, 2013 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  18. THETERP

    The GOP as a whole will suffer for what the Tea Party is driving and will unfortunately suffer for it come election time.

    October 4, 2013 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  19. Wake up People!

    @tmo

    Dems are the name callers??? Just which party has been calling the POTUS, Kenyan, Muslim, communist, socialist, etc.? Which party refers to the FLOTUS as Moochelle??

    I'll give you a clue...listen carefully, it's NOT the democratic party......

    October 4, 2013 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  20. popseal

    I've been deployed eight times to war zones for America's defense. I pay an accountant to keep my taxes right. I refuse to buy a product I don't want. I refuse to pay a fine for not doing so. THE TYRANNY STOPS AT MY PROPERTY. The SCOTUS, Congress, Obama, and Obama's politburo are wrong.

    October 4, 2013 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    As a moderate who has supported people on both sides of the aisle, this type of name calling by the White House sickens me. It is the President who is refusing to negotiate and saying it is his way or the highway. There is currently no leadership in Washington. We need Clinton, Regan or Johnson back.

    October 4, 2013 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  22. Snake

    @Walter

    "Name calling. How typically libby."

    Just shut up and stuff yourself.

    Really. I usually wouldn't post a thought like that but you have SOME NERVE making that statement. From calling our duly-democratically elected president "Odumbo". to calling liberals "libtards", to gays "child molesters" to unions "communists" to ACA supporters "socialists", to pro-choice advocates "baby killers", etc. etc, etc, we've had to hear at least EIGHT YEARS of your name calling.

    And now when a little bit of your own medicine is thrown back at you...you CAN'T HANDLE IT.

    Just like the crying baby.

    The GOP LOST *BOTH* the Senate and the presidency in a valid, legitimate democratic election. The GOP even lost the House by 1 million popular vote, but thanks to districts they kept the majority. Therefore, at the MINIMUM, the GOP lost 2/3 of the democratically-elected government. And yet the conservatives STILL think that they have the right to tell everyone ELSE in the country how to act!!

    On CNN's Pier's Morgan Live, a GOP talking head lady had the NERVE to say that because the GOP controls the House of Representatives, the "purse" of America, that the GOP therefore represents "what America wants". Who cares about the fact that the GOP only control 2/3 of the governmental bodies, therefore making them a minority?!

    You conservatives are so SELF RIGHTEOUS that the rest of us are SICK OF YOU. You have SOME NERVE saying "How dare you call us names!" when WE have had to hear it for YEARS. Eat some of your own crow, I can only hope you choke on it.

    October 4, 2013 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  23. The Real Tom Paine

    -Fred

    I bet the British Monarchy had some nasty things to say about the Tea Partiers in 1773 too.
    ***************
    OOOOO, clever one. You probably would have been a Tory, since they were interfering with the East India Company, and we all know how the righties think money and business trumps everything.

    October 4, 2013 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  24. Fair is Fair

    @ Tom Paine –

    "Wow, Fair. I thought you had a thicker skin than that."
    -------
    I do, Tom... I do. Just sick and tired of reading the same spam post on EVERY article. My reply wasn't so much meant to be truthful as it was to illustrate the childishness of the original.

    October 4, 2013 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  25. DrDmnto

    Since when did I elect Bohner to run the country..? The old white guys had their shot. and now that we are carving out a new world, they keep trying to keep us prisoners of their sick past.

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