Boehner’s Got a Problem with the ‘C’ Word

BoehnerFirst Read reminds us of House Speaker John Boehner’s 60 Minutes interview with Leslie Stahl last December which revealed he knew his caucus would not let him compromise with Democrats. Or else he just can’t bring himself to pronounce, you know, c-c-c-c-com-com-comp-compost …

BOEHNER: We have to govern. That’s what we were elected to do.

STAHL: But governing means a — compromising.

BOEHNER: It means working together. It means find…

STAHL: It also means compromising.

BOEHNER: It means finding common ground.

STAHL: OK, is that compromising?

BOEHNER: I made clear I am not going to compromise on — on my principles, nor am I going to compromise …

STAHL: What are you saying?

BOEHNER: … the will of the American people.

STAHL: And you’re saying I want common ground, but I’m not going to compromise. I don’t understand that. I really don’t.

BOEHNER: When you say the — when you say the word “compromise”…

STAHL: Yeah?

BOEHNER: … a lot of Americans look up and go, “Uh-oh, they’re going to sell me out.” And so finding common ground I think makes more sense.

One comment

  • SmittyPA
    July 27, 2011 - 4:48 pm | Permalink

    No, Boehner, MOST Americans have no problem with compromise. Its a small percentage of very vocal teanutters who have a problem with the word. Folks who have no idea whatsoever how governing is actually done.

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