He’s the Speaker of the House. He’s supposed to be the leader of the GOP in the U.S. Congress. But he doesn’t want to take the lead. He just wants to act as a sort of moderator of a debate. It’s his way of keeping things “transparent” for the American people.
On “Face the Nation,” host Bob Schieffer asked Boehner if he favored a pathway to citizenship for 11 million aliens who are here illegally. He wouldn’t ever commit to a stand, because that’s not really his job:
“It’s not about me. It’s not about what I want. What I’m — what I’ve committed to when I became speaker was to a more open and fair process. And as difficult as this issue is, me taking a hard position for or against some of these issues will make it harder for us to get a bill. If I come out and say I’m for this and I’m for that, all I’m doing is making my job harder. My job is to – as the leader of the House, is to facilitate this conversation and this process that involves members on both sides of the aisle, involves the American people and where they can see us moving in a deliberative, step-by-step, commonsense way.”
Boehner said that the “House should be allowed to work its will.” But we know what Boehner does when certain representatives aren’t good “team players.” Remember what he did to Justin Amash and Tim Huelskamp? He booted them from the Budget Committee, likely because they didn’t go along with Speaker Boehner’s fiscal policies.
They both voted against any debt limit increases, while Boehner favored them; and they both are against tax hikes, while Boehner favored them, since they would prevent us from going off the “fiscal cliff.” And Amash and Huelskamp were the only Budget Committee members to have voted against Paul Ryan’s budget plan that Boehner and the rest of the GOP establishment were pushing. So, how’s all that for “facilitating discussion?”
Boehner is not just trying to be fair and open to the American people. He’s not behaving as a facilitator of discussion or even a moderator of a political debate. He doesn’t want to take a stand, because he has no backbone.