Boehner: House Has Smart Folks, 'Some of the Dumbest,' Too
It's just a 'slice of America,' he says in interview
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 10, 2012 11:46 AM CST
House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(Newser) – Peggy Noonan's column in the Wall Street Journal this week is an interview with John Boehner in which the speaker talks about issues great and small. Some samples:

  • The House: "We got 435 members. It's just a slice of America, it really is. We got some of the smartest people in the country who serve here, and some of the dumbest. We got some of the best people you'd ever meet, and some of the raunchiest. We've got 'em all."
  • President Obama: "He and I get along fine. But boy do we have big differences."
  • Debt ceiling talks: The White House "spun this thing that I walked away from this." In reality, Obama "lost his courage. ... He just couldn't bring himself to do what he had to do." (Politico's Mike Allen says Boehner here is getting out in front of an upcoming New York Times magazine piece on the collapse of the talks.)
  • Eric Cantor: "Eric and I have never disagreed on strategy, ever. From time to time there's been some disagreement on tactics, not usually between Eric and I, usually on the staff level."
Click to read the full interview.

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Mar 10, 2012 8:04 PM CST
"... and some of the dumbest." Did Boehner just throw the Tea Baggers under the bus??
Mar 10, 2012 4:24 PM CST
" and some of the dumbest. "....I wish some of them were "dumb"...because what they have to say is so stupid...(I am always amused when some one is stupid enough to call someone else "dumb") I once had someone pronounce that they were "not dumb" and I guess to drive the point home, they spelled it out to me...."d" "u" "m"....boy...did I laugh....but they didn't under why....
Mar 10, 2012 4:19 PM CST
Well I would guess that Boehner should know about the dumb ones since he is one of them.