Pelosi: If Boehner were a woman he’d be called ‘the weakest speaker in history’

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is benefiting from a sexist double standard, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) suggested Monday night.

"I'll say this about John Boehner, and I have a good relationship" with him, the former House speaker told MSNBC's Chris Hayes. "If he were a woman they'd be calling him the weakest speaker in history."

She didn't specify who "they" were, but she appeared to mean Washington political pundits. House Republicans haven't been able to pass any meaningful legislation besides their budgets, she argued, and they should take more heat for it.

"What are the results? They've never been able to pass anything without our coming to the rescue." House Democrats helped pass the Jan. 2 deal averting the fiscal cliff, a relief package for Hurricane Sandy victims and a battlefield preservation bill. Republicans failed to pass their leadership's 'Plan B' fiscal cliff legislation and more recently a bill to help people with preexisting health conditions.

"If a woman were speaker and nothing were happening in this way, they'd say, 'Oh my gosh,'" Pelosi said. Her own tenure as speaker, she implied, was viewed more critically. "I'm just getting a little tired, should we say, of the way they take a pass on some but not on others. We get criticized for accomplishing things; they don't get criticized for not accomplishing things."

Rachel Weiner covers local politics for The Washington Post.
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