Boehner: I Didn't Mean to Mock GOP on Immigration
He likened caucus members to crybabies
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 30, 2014 12:30 AM CDT
Boehner meets reporters following a Republican strategy meeting yesterday.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – John Boehner, saying he can "rib people just a little bit too much sometimes," is trying to defuse tensions with fellow House Republicans after poking fun at them for their stance on immigration reform. In a speech last week, the House speaker likened his colleagues to crybabies who wanted to "take the path of least resistance" on immigration overhaul and avoid tough decisions. In a meeting with House GOPers yesterday, Boehner stressed that his remarks were lighthearted, and shifted blame for slow progress on immigration reform back to President Obama, reports the New York Times.

"You tease the ones you love, but some people misunderstood what I had to say, and I wanted to make sure the members understood that the biggest impediment we have to moving immigration reform is that the American people don't trust the president to enforce or implement the law," Boehner said after the meeting. Some observers, however, see Boehner's remarks last week as a sign that he has given up on trying to please the most conservative House Republicans and may not stay on as speaker after this year's elections, the Wall Street Journal reports. Democrats, meanwhile, welcomed his candor. "I'm glad he's complaining about his members for a change and I don't have to," quipped Harry Reid.

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Apr 30, 2014 5:17 PM CDT
Big deal. I thought he was hilarious.
Apr 30, 2014 12:03 PM CDT
What a pussy.
Apr 30, 2014 9:40 AM CDT
The process of only electing republcans and democrats is asinine. Repeatedly replacing the one party with the other solves nothing. The voting public needs to wake up to the fact that the "low-performance high-cost feed-the-rich corruption" that saturates the entire government system, that corruption will not fix itself. The voting public needs to collectively purge the worst party first from the system... thus turning the elected legislators back into public servants. Its time for the republicans to be replaced by a third party. And when they're gone, if the democrats become the worst, the can be replaced next.