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John Boehner’s Time Has Come Again

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

If this report is correct, the only reason we didn't have a government shutdown on the first of the month is because former House Speaker John Boehner convinced Trump not to veto the government funding bill.

When the spending bill had been negotiated and finalized, White House chief of staff Reince Priebus phoned the former House Speaker John Boehner and told him the president doesn't like how the negotiation came out and is thinking about vetoing the bill. Boehner has told associates that Priebus asked him if he could talk Trump into signing the spending bill. Boehner said he would.

Ten minutes later, Boehner's phone rang.

Boehner reportedly told Trump he should be happy because the bill included more defense spending.

That's funny for a couple reasons. The increased level of defense spending included in the bill was actually a baseline agreed to in the continuing resolution passed while President Obama was still in office. Trump probably doesn't even know that, but he also didn't get anything else he wanted in the bill.

I'm reminded of that time Boehner declared that he got "90 percent" of what he wanted in a funding bill that kept the government running, except he didn't really get much of anything at all.

All of this is amusing, but not exactly comforting. Government funding and the general health of the economy shouldn't hinge on Reince Priebus calling up John Boehner. Why couldn't Priebus explain this to Trump? Does Trump not trust him to explain it, or is Priebus incapable of explaining it? Is anyone inside the White House capable of explaining it? Does Trump trust Boehner more than Ryan?

I have many questions.

  • muselet

    Isn’t it fun having a moronic manchild as president?

    Are we tired of all the winning yet?

    –alopecia

    • Aynwrong

      Stop the Merry-go-round. I wanna get off.

      • Victor the Crab

        Too late. The Merry-go-round broke down.

  • Aynwrong

    It’s good to know that the ability of the government of the most powerful nation on earth to keep it’s doors open and the lights on rises and falls entirely on the phone calls of a retired politican who just a few years ago couldn’t haul his ass out out of Washington DC fast enough.

    Never underestimate the effictiveness of winnebago diplomacy.

    • muselet

      Winnebago diplomacy.

      I’m stealing that. Don’t know when I’ll use it, but I will. Oh yes, I will.

      –alopecia

      • Aynwrong

        I hope someday to practice it.

      • Aynwrong

        I’ve never had any use for Boehner at all, but I can’t help but be amused at the thought of him having to turn to his wife and say
        “Hey Hon, can ya grab the wheel for a bit? I gotta save these yoyos from themselves. Again.”

  • Nefercat

    “John Boehner may have saved the GOP from itself again,”
    ————————————-
    Well, that’s a damn shame.

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