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