Harry Reid Calls John Boehner a ‘Failure’ as a Leader, Says He’s ‘Spooked’ by Tea Party

harry-reid-john-boehnerI haven’t always been the biggest fan of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, but every once in a while he’ll say something that really hits the nail on the head.

Speaking about immigration reform, and the Republican hissy fit they’re throwing because President Obama is using executive orders to do what he can since the House refuses to do anything, Reid ripped into House Speaker John Boehner.

“Speaker Boehner has made it absolutely clear that he won’t lift a finger to fix our broken immigration system so President Obama is right to protect families from being torn apart,” Reid said.

He continued, “Speaker Boehner is out of excuses and his failure of leadership is enormous. Our broken immigration system is one of the biggest challenges we face as a nation and Speaker Boehner knows that addressing it is the right thing to do, yet the Tea Party spooked him into cowering in a corner. Instead of working with Democrats to forge bipartisan solutions, Speaker Boehner has sunk to suing the President and wasting taxpayer money in a transparent attempt to appease the Tea Party.”

He also went on to say that since the Republican-controlled House obviously has no plans to do anything on immigration, the options are either sit back and do nothing or for President Obama to use what power he has to try to fix some of these problems we’re facing.

Last year the Senate crafted a bipartisan immigration reform bill that John Boehner wouldn’t even let the House vote on.  The reason why he wouldn’t let the House vote on it is because it probably would have passed.  There were enough Republicans that would have sided with Democrats to pass the bill, sending it to the president.  So instead of risking that, he simply refused to let the House even vote on it.

It’s the same thing he did during last year’s government shutdown.  Our government would have never been shut down had Boehner let the House vote on the Senate’s continuing resolution that would have kept the government open.

But he didn’t.  And just like with immigration reform, he was too much of a coward to go up against the tea party.

John Boehner is a spineless coward.  He’s been, by far, one of the weakest Speakers of the House in United States history.  He’s let a bunch of radical, right-wing tea party Republicans boss him around because he doesn’t possess the leadership or courage to stand up to them.

I’m just glad Harry Reid said what he did, because he was absolutely spot-on when it comes to describing the actions of the coward John Boehner.


Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • Jo Clark

    “…the Tea Party spooked him into cowering in a corner.”

    Tell it, Harry!! Nice, stark truth.

  • Stephen Barlow

    On the Contrary. I think Boehner is spineless yes!, But strong in that he has welched on EVERY deal he has made and that shows amazing stubbornness. I believe he will go down in history as the MOST effective SPeaker, simply because not even Jesse Helms and Strom Thurmond made race hate as universal as Boehner has. NOW… If we could only channel that power for good…

  • Stephen Barlow

    And YES!!! he is the ultimate coward, but cowardice worked for Don Knotts.

    • Sueann

      Don Knotts was funny.
      Boehner and the Do Nothing Congress are anything but.

      • Stephen Barlow

        True. I miss the old goat.

  • Eg Kbbs

    He made a statement that he was going to sue the President over signing statements. The base got fired up (as they do with any sort of thing to bother the President).

    Since then, I’ve heard crickets chirping.

    “It is a tale told by an idiot, bull of sound and fury, yet signifying nothing” – Shakespeare

  • Di Kelley

    I’ve gotten into an argument with some right wing wing nuts on CNN over the immigration thing, all of them screaming out “deport, deport” to which I pointed out that if they streamlined the immigration process so it didn’t take *months* to gain access legally we wouldn’t have near as many illegals, they got up in arms about it. Basically saying “Until unemployment is below 4% we don’t need any more immigrants.” I eye rolled.