In a speech House Speaker John Boehner gave to the audience of National Religious Broadcasters, he basically shut down the conservative narrative about shutting down the federal government that has been going on since they took back the House. (forward to the 18 minute mark of the video to spare yourself needless migraine material)
House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) told a convention of religious broadcasters in Nashville on Sunday evening that a federal government shutdown was not appropriate and not what the electorate wanted.
His remarks were the latest sign that congressional leaders were backing away from the brink of a shutdown.
"Americans want the government to stay open, and they want it to spend less money," Boehner said. "We don't need to shut down the government to accomplish that. We just need to do what the American people are asking of us."
He cited "the moral responsibility" to reduce the federal deficit and cut government largesse while keeping the government open, but he said Congress also had a responsibility to address Social Security and Medicare spending.
Clearly these statements will anger his Tea Party base. Are we not people? If words can titillate you, then any mention of not raising the debt limit or holding it hostage to destroy Social Security and Medicare/CAID clearly creates massive orgasms within the Tea Party movement and the FOX Business Network. The fact that Boehner said the American people do not want a federal government shutdown undermines the Bachmann/Palin/Limbaugh/Beck/FOX line of attack and immediately causes unwanted impotence for these hyped-up individuals.
I wonder how long it will take him to retract his words or say he was misquoted ...