House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) really doesn't like it when his conservative credentials are called into question. At all.
"It does pain me to be described as spineless or a squish," Boehner said at his weekly news conference Thursday morning. "I tell you what pains me the most is when they describe me as the establishment. Now, I'm the most anti-establishment speaker we've ever had."
He continued: "Who was the guy who got rid of earmarks? Me. Who is the guy who believes in regular order? Me. Who believes in allowing more members to participate in the process from both sides of the aisle? Me."
Boehner chalked up conservative anger directed at him to general frustration voters are feeling with the economy, politicians and a perceived lack of action in Washington.
"This frustration that's out there -- they need to take it out on somebody," he said. "They take it out on the president, they take it out on me. It just comes with the territory."