Here's Boehner philosophy in a sentence: The government that governs most, governs worst. Or in the immortal words of Kunu (aka Paul Rudd) in "Forgetting Sarah Marshall": "The less you do, the more you do."
Boehner used that line of argument to defend himself against charges that the repeated attempts to repeal all or part of President Obama's health care law is a pointless legislative exercise. "The program isn't ready," Boehner told Schieffer. "This is not good for the country. And we're going to stay at it."
Staying at it, of course, will go nowhere as neither Senate Democratic leaders nor the White House has any interest in even taking up any of these House repeal bills -- much less acting on them. And that ensures gridlock, which, if you follow Boehner's logic is better than the alternative -- a Democratic president achieving his priorities without any serious opposition from the other side.
"We've got a divided country," Boehner explained to Schieffer. "We've got a divided government. Democrats have the White House. They have the Senate. American people sent Republicans here to the House. We have divided government."
In essence Boehner is arguing that, in blocking Democratic legislation and pushing GOP-backed bills with no chance at becoming law, he is representing the significant chunk of people who voted for Republican members of the House in 2010 and 2012. "We deal with what the American people want us to deal with," added Boehner.
Regardless, Republicans not only currently control the House but, due to redistricting, are likely to remain in the majority for the foreseeable future. There are simply very few competitive seats for either party these days and without a national wind, which could always kick up, the status quo (or close to it) seems the most likely outcome.
What that electoral reality means is that smart money says not much will be getting done in Washington over the next few years. Which, if you see the world like John Boehner does, is the best possible result from the Obama years.
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