Boehner Slams Conservatives Over Budget Complaints

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All I want for Christmas this year is Republican leadership that doesn’t suck. Seriously. After a number of conservative groups criticized the budget agreement reached by Rep. Paul Ryan and Sen. Patty Murray, Speaker John Boehner went off, calling them “ridiculous” and accusing them of only being concerned about “their own goals.” Uh, note to Boehner, the goal is putting an end to the out of control spending of our tax dollars and reducing the national debt that will cause long term economic pain.

House Speaker John Boehner on Wednesday took a swipe at conservative groups that “came out and opposed” a bipartisan budget deal “before they ever saw it.”

“They’re using our members, and they’re using the American people for their own goals. This is ridiculous,” he said at a Republican news conference. (Read More)

Instead of being so combative, why didn’t he say something like “I appreciate the concerns of those who don’t believe this deal goes far enough in cutting spending. Unfortunately, the Democrats control the Senate and flat out refuse to agree to any sort of sensible budget. This is the best we could come up with under the circumstances.” Even Paul Ryan acknowledged that this is “not the greatest agreement.” While that is certainly and understatement at least Ryan didn’t come out and take a rhetorical slap at the base of his party. Then again, he did smirk during Boenher’s little hissy fit.