John Boehner: Opponents Of TARP Are “Knuckle-Draggers”

 

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Via @ErickErickson: Speaker of the House John Boehner was trying to sing the praises of Paul Ryan when he let the mask slip just a bit too much.

I mean, I think that he’s a practical conservative. He’s got a very conservative voting record, but he’s not a knuckle-dragger, all right? He understood that TARP, while none of us wanted to do it, if we were going to save — save our economy, save the world economy, it had to happen. I wish we didn’t have to do it, either, but he understood that.

For the Speaker of the House to call opponents of the plan “knuckle-draggers” is absolutely insane.

For the record, I supported TARP at the time based on what some people I know in finance were telling me (I oppose the slush fund it’s become since). At the time opposition or support was defensible. It was a situation unlike any we’d faced in most of our lifetimes and there weren’t any obviously good or safe options. You pick a plan and roll the dice, that’s life. For Boehner to dismiss opponents so breezily and with such contempt is despicable.

Does the Speaker not realize that save those “knuckle-draggers” he’d still be the minority leader in the House and Nancy Pelosi would still have the big, cushy office with the nice view?

Apparently it’s asking too much for the suppose leaders of the GOP not to hold large chunks of the base of the party in contempt. As much as people like Boehner may wish he was leading a better class of people, many of us realize we need a better class of “leaders”. Since there’s more of us than him, eventually he and his kind will be shown the door.

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Posted on August 15, 2012, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. Boehner is pretty much worthless at this point. He held republicans together for a few crucial votes but has been a disappointment overall. I’m hoping another republican challenges his speaker position when the new congress comes in but I’m sure he’s there for a while. How unfortunate.

  2. TARP is one of the disappointments of Ryan’s record as a fiscal conservative. If you believe in the free market and that government intrusion leads to more issues than it solves, you don’t turn to MASSIVE government intrusion when things get sideways just because you have to do something….ANYTHING…!!!!!!!!!111111eleventy!11111 If there was a government “solution” then there was most assuredly a better market solution.

    That so many free market leaders missed that opportunity to lead is disappointing.

    As you note, TARP (predictably) became a slush fund for the left and the establishment R’s still don’t grasp which way the wind is blowing.

    There will be blood.

  3. Or Boehner was invoking how the *Left* sees ALL conservatives/Republicans to illustrate that Ryan isn’t the ridiculous “son of Snidely Whiplash” cartoon character they’re trying to make of him.

    I’m far more off-put by the reflexive hostility of TPers toward the so-called GOP “establishment” than anything John Boehner is want to say. The Speaker isn’t a movement conservative by any stretch of the imagination, but neither is he the enemy that so many in the grassroots want to see him as being. That hostility can only have the same result as it did when the base took a walk on the “establishment” in the 2006 midterms: handing the country back to the Dems. How did giving the keys to the kingdom to Crazy Nancy and Dirty Harry and Red Barry work out for the Right – and, more to the point, the country – hm?

    Remember the Buckley Rule, my friends. It goes hand-in-glove with the Reagan’s 11th Commandment.

  4. Boehner did not say what you’re alleging. Saying that voting for tarp is evidence that a person is not a knuckle dragger is not the same as saying that all people who did not vote for Tarp are knuckle draggers. It’s an all dogs are animals, not all animals are dogs, situation.

  5. Boehner and his ilk are almost as much of a problem as SCOAMF and the Dems. The latter want to take us over a cliff in a Lamorghini, the former in a horse and buggy. The destination is the same; the only difference is the speed.

    The Republican party establishment must be defeated and marginalized or else we will get nowhere. Dump Boehner.

  6. “Saying that voting for tarp is evidence that a person is not a knuckle dragger is not the same as saying that all people who did not vote for Tarp are knuckle draggers.”

    Actually, he’s saying that voting for TARP is sufficient to prove that a person is not a knuckle dragger. And that voting against TARP is not sufficient to prove that a person is not a knuckle dragger, i.e., it is consistent with being a knuckle dragger. It is left unsaid whether or not he considers voting against TARP to be sufficient proof of knuckle dragger status.

  7. GM-

    That’s basically the same thing I just said, I just omitted the absolutes you’ve included, because they aren’t supported by the quotation.

    Boehner’s statement is akin to saying, “Look, Bill is not broke. He lives in a big house.” Living in a big house is evidence that one is not broke, but it does not prove that one is not broke because some broke people might live in big houses. Likewise, you can’t necessarily infer from the fact that someone doesn’t live in a big house that they are broke because some people who are not rich might choose not to live in a big house.

    In order for his statement to mean that voting for TARP proves one is not a knuckle dragger, it would have to include a premise equivalent to “only people who are not knuckle draggers voted for TARP. It doesn’t.

  8. “In order for his statement to mean that voting for TARP proves one is not a knuckle dragger, it would have to include a premise equivalent to “only people who are not knuckle draggers voted for TARP. It doesn’t.”

    I do not agree.

  9. Well, you’re wrong.

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