From THE HILL:
House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) told his colleagues on Tuesday that Republicans plan to attend the president’s high-profile healthcare summit this week in order to “crash the party.”
According to a House GOP leadership aide familiar with the top-ranking Republican’s remarks at the weekly closed-door conference meeting, Boehner appealed to skeptical Republican lawmakers, saying, “We shouldn’t let the White House have a six-hour taxpayer-funded infomercial on ObamaCare. We need to show up. We need to crash the party.”
Maybe all that self-tanner has been absorbed into his bloodstream and has caused some cognitive difficulties for Boohoo Boehner. Someone really ought to tell him that you can’t crash a party to which you’ve been invited!
House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) has publicly said that Republicans intended to participate in the negotiation session.
Boehner conceded on Tuesday that “it’s an invitation from the president of the United States. If you get an invite from the president, you have an obligation to go.”
Then he whined some more.
There’s plenty to say about today’s summit (translation: I recorded it, but only saw the last half hour or so), but here’s a little something about Little Eric. From Congress.org:
Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) upset some people with a remark he made about the letters constituents send to Congress.
During Thursday’s bipartisan health summit, the House minority whip said:
When the speaker cites her letters from the folks in Michigan and the leader talks about the letters he’s received, Mr. Andrews his, all of us share the concerns when people are allegedly wronged in our health care system. I mean, I think that is sort of a given.
Earlier in the day, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) referenced letters from voters who said they needed Congress to act on health care.
Allegedly? Has this guy never picked up a newspaper? Has he never watched the news? Does he think people need to make stuff up about insurance companies and health care in general in this country? I guess as long as Little Eric and his family and his rich buddies are taken care of, that’s all that really matters. I hope his health insurance covers heinie abrasions, because Little Eric got spanked. From the Washington Post:
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama scolded Virgina Republican Rep. Eric Cantor for the stack of paper he brought with him to the health summit, calling it the type of political stunt that gets in the way of lawmakers having a serious conversation.
Cantor said he brought a copy of the 2,400-page Senate bill and the 11-page proposal Obama posted online earlier in the week.
Taking offense at the display as Cantor began to speak Thursday, Obama said the “truth of the matter” is that health care is a very complicated subject. He said all the Republican ideas discussed during the first half of the daylong summit would generate a bunch of paper, too.