John Boehner Goes Off on Embarrassing Twitter Temper Tantrum Following Keystone XL Veto

boehner-lostPresident Obama officially vetoed the Keystone XL pipeline bill yesterday, which shouldn’t have surprised anybody because the president said he was going to veto the bill weeks ago. But environmentalists really shouldn’t be celebrating too much, because this bill is eventually going to pass. It’s clear the president is going to use the pipeline as leverage down the road to offer Republicans when there’s something major that he wants passed by Congress. But make no mistake about it, it’s not a matter of if this pipeline will end up being built, but when.

That being said, Speaker of the House John Boehner threw what is tantamount to a childish hissy fit following the president’s veto of the Keystone XL pipeline.

He called the move “disgraceful,” an “embarrassment” and even tried to insinuate that this is a direct move to benefit the Chinese. You know, because when all other fear-mongering fails, just throw out “this helps the Chinese” and that’s a surefire way to get conservatives even more irrationally stirred up.

But here, take a look at some of these ridiculous tweets for yourself:

Like I said, an absolute temper tantrum.

I still love how, despite the fact that the lie has been debunked several times, Republicans continue to call the Keystone XL pipeline a “job creator.” The truth is, over two years (the estimated time it will take to complete) the project will create a few thousand temporary jobs. But when all is said and done, most estimates put the total number of permanent jobs between 35-50. No, not 35-50 thousand, but just 35-50.

That’s the big “job creator” Republicans have been pushing for years.

Not only that, but this is not our oil. So this nonsense about “this is going to help the U.S. become more energy independent” is completely ridiculous. This is Canadian oil that will be pumped through our nation, to the Gulf of Mexico and sold on the global market.

And it’s not just the fact that this is another oil pipeline, because it’s true that we have many others within this country. It’s the fact that this one would be used to transport some of the dirtiest oil on the planet.

But the way in which Boehner acted as if this veto is some national travesty is just laughable. His hissy fit on Twitter is easily one of the most immature and childish things I’ve ever seen from someone who’s supposedly an adult. Especially considering the fact that President Obama made it perfectly clear a few weeks ago that he was going to veto this bill if they sent it to his desk.

So I’m not sure exactly what Boehner was expecting from all of this. Then again, the House has presided over 50+ votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act knowing that these repeal votes stood absolutely no chance at meaning anything. So it’s really not a surprise to see Republicans in Congress wasting time and taxpayer money on yet another bill that they knew had absolutely no chance at currently being signed by the president.

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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